Off the Shelf

ZoDog Records
2000

This is a compilation of song demos that John recorded for EMI and Famous Music Publishing Companies recorded in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Leans more towards country rock and stone country music with some blues influences.

Musicians on this recording and a few of their career credits:

John Bunzow: Co-Producer, Vocals and Guitars.
Brian David Willis: Co-Producer.
Chad Cromwell: Drums (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler).
Greg Morrow: Drums (Pat McLaughlin).
Larry Marrs: Bass (Marty Stuart).
Richard Bennett: Guitars (Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler).
Dan Dugmore: Pedal Steel Guitar (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Glenn Frey).
Anthony Crawford: Background Vocals (Neil Young, Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam).
Gary Ogan: Harmony Vocals (Leon Russell).
Tammy Rogers: Strings (Steeldrivers, Patty Loveless).
Allison Moorer: Background Vocals (Steve Earle, Shelby Lynne).
Pat Bergeson: Harps (Chet Atkins, Lyle Lovett, Wynonna).

Big Gates
(John Bunzow)

Open up the big gates honey
Turn the key
Let ‘em swing wide open
I’m gonna set you free
Don’t keep your feelins’
Locked up anymore
Open up the big gates
I’m right outside your door

You think you’re the only
To have a broken heart
You want the world to weep for you
While you sit there in the dark
Ever since he done you wrong
You’ve had your curtains drawn
Livin’ in the shadows way too long

Chorus

Brick by brick
You built a wall
To hide behind
There’s such a big old world
On the other side
Let me show you ‘round a bit
You might even learn to like it
Come see all that you’ve missed

Chorus

Blue Sky
(John Bunzow)

Walkin’ up this gravel road, stones beneath my feet
It never went anywhere before please show me where it leads
Cause now I’m beyond the clouds walkin’ on blue sky
You gave me wings so that I could fly
High above all those earthly things weighin’ heavy on my mind
Beyond the clouds walkin’ on blue sky

Ain’t no airplane no skyscraper
Get me above the troubles down here
No ivory tower no elevator
Just that feelin’ whenever you’re near and I’m

Beyond the clouds walkin’ on blue sky
You gave me wings so that I could fly
High above all those earthly things weighin’ heavy on my mind
Now beyond the clouds walkin’ on blue sky
walkin’ on blue sky

Nobody else can move this heart of stone
Lift it up like it was nothing at all
Way up so high way up so high

Beyond the clouds walkin’ on blue sky
Beyond the clouds walkin’ on blue sky

You gave me wings so that I could fly
Beyond the clouds walkin’ on blue sky
Beyond the clouds walkin’ on blue sky
walkin’ on blue sky
walkin’ on blue sky, baby
walkin’ on blue sky
walkin’ on blue sky

Hit The Floor
(John Bunzow)

Losin’ at love is somethin’ I have known
Unraveled and undone lonely and heartbroke
But I never knew my heart could ever sink this low
Her mem’ry pulls me further down then I’ve been before
I hit the floor
The bottom of my soul hit the floor
As low as I could go

She thought I’d give in to her memory
And come back crawlin’ on my hands and knees
I lost my mind for a while
Got really off the wall
Turned my world upside down
Then I crash-landed hard
I hit the floor
The bottom of my soul hit the floor
As low as I could go

I’ve been shaken to my senses
Standin’ strong and sure
Dusted off those old emotions
Kept me down before
I hit the floor

The bottom of my soul
I hit the floor
Now I’m up and out the door
I hit the floor
I hit the floor
Off the wall and out the door

Baby I’m up and out the door

Spark
(John Bunzow)

Another day in black and white
One more empty sleepless night
I close my eyes but I don’t dream
Dreams are what I really need

Get me closer to the spark
Let it flicker in this heart
Strike a match here in the dark
Get me closer to the spark

Be the one who comes to me
Pour yourself like gasoline
Then my lonely … night
Burn away into the night

Get me closer to the spark
Let it flicker in this heart
Strike a match here in the dark
And get me closer to the spark

Get me closer to the spark
Let it flicker in this heart
Strike a match here in the dark
And get me closer to the spark

Let it flicker in this heart
Strike a match here in the dark
And get me closer to the spark

Get me closer to the spark
Let it flicker inside my heart
Get me closer to the spark
Strike a match here in the dark

How Far Is Crazy From Here
(John Bunzow, Sheila Stephen)

Hey bartender just keep fillin’ my glass
I came home from work
She had my suitcases packed
It sure sent me reelin’
Now everything’s so out of place
Where does a man go to stay
When his life unravels this wayIt might be a mile away or across the state line
It could be down at the corner of Main Street and Vine
All of this wondrin’ is drivin’ me out of my mind
I’m getting closer I know that I’m near
How far is crazy
How far is crazy from here

I’ll have one more double
Then you can call me a cab
I need to get so far gone
I’ll never get back
These thoughts in my head
Are spinnin’ out of control
Cab driver leave your meter on
I’m not really sure where I’m goin’

Chorus

Maybe a greyhound bus will take me there
Far from her mem’ry hey can you tell me
How far is crazy from here

Chorus

Her Mem’ry Is My Enemy
(John Bunzow)

When memory is your enemy there’s more…. than you can hide
It’ll hunt you down it’ll do you harm
Never know when it will strike

When she was by my side she was my shield my guide
Through love’s battlefield
Then she left me a casualty
Now her mem’ry is my enemy

Suddenly love turned against me
Cut me deep down to the bone
How could such an angel
Treat me so cruel and cold

When a mem’ry is your enemy there’s no place you can hide
It’ll hunt you down, it’’ll do you harm
Never know when it will strike

She was by my side she was my shield my guide
Through love’s battlefield
Then she left me a casualty
Now her mem’ry is my enemy

She was by my side she was my shield my guide
Through love’s battlefield
Then she left me a casualty
Now her mem’ry is my enemy

She left me a casualty
Now her mem’ry is my enemy

One Way Track
(John Bunzow)

My life is an empty space
Without her by my side
I keep tryin’ to escape
But she’s always on my mind
‘Round each bend there’s sorrow
Heading right towards me
I need to reach tomorrow
Beyond her memory

Moving fast as I can
To get past where I’m at
Feelings racing headlong
Through a tunnel so black
Down the wrong way on a one way track

My thoughts keep on roamin’ back
Winding through memories
Hard to keep my mind intact
Colliding with reality
Gotta turn this life around
Face the fact she’s gone
I know my heart is ready now
To jump this track I’m on

Chorus

Chorus

Front Door
(John Bunzow)

Night wind howlin’ right outside my door
This old house is shakin’ from the rafters to the floor
Thought I heard you knockin’
Thought I heard you knockin’
You know I thought I heard you knockin’ upon my front door

I see shadows dancin’ on the wall
Floating through the hallways and down into my soul
Thought I saw you walkin’
I thought I saw you walkin’
Baby I thought I saw you walkin’ right through my front door

My sanity seems to be slippin’ away
Visions of her haunt me every night and every day
Thought I heard her talkin’
I thought I heard her talkin’
Thought I heard her sweet voice talkin’ right by my front door

Memories they chill me
Right down to the core
Now they linger on inside my front door

Here I am in the penitentiary
They tell me that I shot her and so they sentenced me
Thought I saw her leavin’
I thought I saw her leavin’
I thought I saw her with another man walkin’ past my front door

Now my mind keeps playin’
All these tricks on me
I sit here prayin’ is this all a dream
I hold her tender body
I hold her tender body
They found her lifeless body layin’ inside my front door

Thunderbird
(John Bunzow)

You just keep getting more demanding
Repeating things all the time
You need a parrot for your companion
To talk with you just as you like

This golden cage was built to impress me
But I’m just stuck here alone
You take me for granted so now take notice
Polly don’t want this cracker no more

I ain’t your little turtle dove
I’m gonna fly from this lofty perch
Fly right back on down to earth
Spread my wings be gone in a blur
Ain’t your turtle dove cause now I fly like a thunderbird

Feel so free speeding toward the horizon
Wings made of chrome and steel
Flyin’ into the wild blue yonder
In my Ford automobile

I found the power at eighty miles an hour
To steer my own destiny
My head’s in the clouds cause wheels on the ground
Are now deliverin’ me

I ain’t your little turtle dove
I’m gonna fly from this lofty perch
Fly right back on down to earth
Spread my wings be gone in a blur

Ain’t your turtle dove cause now I fly like a thunderbird
I ain’t your little turtle dove
I’m gonna fly from this lofty perch
Ain’t your turtle dove cause now I fly like a thunderbird
I’m gone like a thunderbird

“Love working with John. Very soulful musician and songwriter. Do yourself a favor and check out his records”

Dan Dugmore

(James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon)

“Done a lot of gigs and sessions with JB over the years. John’s a triple threat. A gifted singer, songwriter and picker. One of the best.”

Anthony Crawford

(Member of Neil Young’s The International Harvesters, Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam)

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