John Batdorf | Next Stop, Willoughby
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Next Stop, Willoughby

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Ever since I was a young boy, the music in my head has never stopped. I am constantly “hearing” melodies, lyrics or just plain old great song concept ideas.

Songwriters don’t really know where the ideas come from, we just feel blessed to receive them and it’s our great privilege to complete the songs with the craft we have refined through the decades and share the music with the rest of the world.

Often times the songs are meant for someone we might not ever meet and may have a positive impact their life so it’s vital that we deliver the goods.

Just maybe that song you need is on this CD!


All Vocals and Instruments: John Batdorf
Produced, Arranged and Mixed: John Batdorf

Willoughby

When I was young I loved TV,
It took me places, set me free
Every week my mind was blown In the Twilight Zone
It took me one more step beyond,
Far beyond where I’d ever gone
Oh I loved every episode in the Twilight Zone

How could I be so affected
Why did this show so connect with me?
So well produced, so well directed
Stories with such scary endings

Except this story of a man
Who worked as hard as three men can
But his world came crashing down
He was lost in his hometown

Then the story, changed direction
Leaving outbound on this mystery train
When he woke, upon reflection
He felt like his old self again

All the sudden things had changed
Seems the world’s been rearranged
He felt happy as can be, in this place called Willoughby

Smiling faces, no more rain
Wouldn’t trade this
Not for anything

Never forgot that story line
Cos it so reflected mine
For 40 years I stayed around now I’m lost in my hometown
So we took a leap of faith moved onto another place
And now we’re happy as can be ‘cos we found our Willoughby
Yes we’re happy as can be oh yeah ‘cos we’re here in Willoughby
We’re as happy as can be.

John Batdorf, Bat Mac Music BMI
©2017 All Rights Reserved

I’m In Love with You

I’m in love with you, please don’t hate me
I’m in love with you and I know it’s true you’re
Out of my league, but what am I supposed to do
I’m in love with you, Yeah it’s crazy
I’m in love with you but maybe there’s a fairy Godmother who will come make this dream come true

I’ll only ask for riches if money’s what you need
In wanting you to love me, the greedy one is me

I’m in love with you it’s my delusion
Yes I’m in love with you and it’s so confusing but maybe there is a potion to cast a spell

Cuz I want to leave you spellbound like
You leave me each day
I want to be your hero I’ve got to find a way
I know it’s kind of reckless, I know that it’s insane
I know I’m going way to fast now, but
I can’t stop this train

ahhhhhhh i know, i know,
It’s senseless holding on to this but I can’t let it go

Tonight I’ll keep on planning exactly how I’ll start
To tell you what I’m feeling, and what’s inside my heart
And if you roll your eyes, girl, and then just walk away
I’m gonna reach for my guitar and this is what I’ll say…

I’m in love with you please don’t hate me
I’m in love with you, I know it’s crazy
I’m in love with you

John Batdorf, Bat Mac Music BMI
Michael McLean, Shining Star Music ASCAP
©2017 All Rights Reserved

Don’t It Make You Wonder Why

Don’t it make you wonder why? Why does this one make me cry?
When all the songs before just made me smile
How can just a melody? Touch a place so deep in me
Then grab my heart and hold it for awhile

And when I hear that song, I need to sing along
Feels as though the words were meant for me, can’t you see?
I know I can’t be wrong, the message is spot on
And sings to me in perfect harmony.

Don’t it make you wonder why, We can never say goodbye….cos
Once you’re in our soul it’s thru and thru
Makes me wanna testify, there’s one thing I can’t deny
No one says I love you like you do

And when the music ends, we’ll cue it up again
With every listen we’re more in love with you, oh it’s true
I’ll share you with my friends, and watch the joy begin
Now everyone will be in love with you

Oh the music feels so fine, all the words with perfect rhyme
Flowing together as every note rings true oh so true
Now we all know this song, so we can sing along
And now all the world is so in love with you

Don’t it make you wonder why, why does this one make us cry
Music fills our hearts with love and we love you
We’re In love with you, in love with you
Don’t it make you wonder why?

John Batdorf, Bat Mac Music BMI
©2017 All Rights Reserved

Sure Could Use Some Love

How about some tenderness, How about a sweet caress
God my life is such a mess, I sure could use some love
I been down on my luck, so lost and panic struck
I got lost and now I’m stuck, I sure could use some love

The sun keeps shining, everywhere I see
And I keep waiting for the light to shine on me yeah

I’m tired of feeling bad, Where’s the joy that I once had
But don’t feel sorry don’t feel sad, I just need some love

The sun’s still shining, everywhere I see
But I can’t wait for the light to shine on me oh

I’m not the only one, chasing dreams we can’t outrun
I pray for all the lonely ones, they sure need some love

True love is never guaranteed
It’s hard to find the love we need
But I know it’s there and wants to find me

How about some tenderness, How about a sweet caress,
This old world’s in such a mess and sure could use some love
The world could use some love, this world could use some love
Yes we all could use some love.

John Batdorf, Bat Mac Music BMI /
©2017 All Rights Reserved

John Batdorf, Bat Mac Music BMI
©2017 All Rights Reserved

They Can’t Have Everything

We should’ve seen it comin’, we should’ve seen the signs
The one percent get richer while the rest are in decline
You’d think with all that money, they’d help those down on their luck
But it’s become apparent they that don’t really give a flying you know what

No…. They can’t have everything
They’re takin’ their share and more in fact
Those billionaires don’t give much back
But no, they can’t have everything
But who will come and save the day cause they’re takin’ it all away

We sold our souls to China, and sent the jobs away
What’s happened to this country? How did it get this way?
Politicians keep on spending millions way too fast
But if they want my money, they can all just kiss my you know what

So no…….. They can’t have everything
They take a little this, take a little that
Keep on takin’ and never give back,
Oh no! They can’t have everything
The game those politicians play is taking it all away

I know it’s true, Cause everyone of you, are
Nodding like you know it too
What can we do
Who has a clue, a clue that just might help to see us through?

When I was young I fell in love and married my best friend
She was something special I thought it would never end
But now she says she’s leaving me ‘cos I can’t scratch her itch
How could once a sweet young thing become this whiny bitch!

Oh no…….. Now she wants everything
She takes the house, takes the car
She almost took my best guitar
Oh no, she can’t have everything
But her lawyers say today’s the day they’re takin’ it all away

Oh no, they’ve taken everything
They’d take the clothes right off my back
If I stood still and that’s a fact
Oh no, they’ve taken everything
Except this crowd that came today… 3xs
Hey, please don’t walk away….
Please don’t take everything
OH NO give me a chance to sing
Oh No, please don’t take everything.

John Batdorf, Bat Mac Music BMI /
Michael McLean, Shining Star Music ASCAP
©2017 All Rights Reserved

Unanswered Prayer

I’ve watched her wait, For him to say the word
Her heart will break, If they are never heard
How long will she keep waiting
How long until she finally sees

That he doesn’t love her
It’s an unanswered prayer
No he doesn’t love her
Barely knows she’s there

I’ve watched my friend, Completely change his life
He waits to hear, That she will be his wife
How long will he keep waiting
How long until he finally sees

That she doesn’t love him
It’s an unanswered prayer
No she doesn’t love him
Barely knows he’s there

It’s sad to see such misery with such a tragic ending
My greatest fear is finally here, now I’m the one pretending

‘cos She doesn’t love me
It’s my unanswered prayer
Guess He doesn’t hear me
Or simply doesn’t care, no
What if no one’s there

John Batdorf, Bat Mac Music BMI /
Michael McLean, Shining Star Music ASCAP
©2017 All Rights Reserved

Take A Look At You Now

You were full of hope, so full of promise
Gave a darker world a brighter day
You were not perfect and to be completely honest
You stumbled on the path, you chose to lead the way

But take a look at you now, tell the truth, don’t pretend
Take a good look at you now, what’s ahead round the bend
Take a look at you now, could it be, it’s the end
Have you forgotten who you are? Have you drifted off too far?
Have you lost your guiding star? Take a look at you now

You can see it one way or another
You can fight to prove you know what’s best
We can’t move forward til we find a way together

Can’t we all agree that we won’t stand for something less

And the battle going on won’t move us forward
If the only victories are placing blame
Take a good look at US now

Have we forgotten who we are? Have we drifted off too far?
We cannot let our wounds be scars? We cannot lose our guiding star

Take a look at US now Take a good look at US now
Take a look at US now Take a look at US now

John Batdorf, Bat Mac Music BMI /
Michael McLean, Shining Star Music ASCAP
©2017 All Rights Reserved

I Remember You

I forget the little things to do
That make me like the man that you once knew
Then I remember you…I remember you
I forget to go that extra mile
And how it feels to make somebody smile
Then I remember you…I remember you…

There’s a place inside my heart
I store all things forgotten
But the thought of you alone can take me there

I forget to give someone a break
Cause maybe he carries a greater ache
Then I remember you…I remember you…

There’s a place inside my heart
I store all things forgotten
But the thought of you alone can take me there

I forget the real meaning of
The gift of absolutely honest love
Then I remember you…I remember you

I keep stumbling through my life alone
Avoiding things I’ve always known
Pretending there’s no one who’s there to guide me

I forget the lesson I once learned
I forget my life could soon be turned
Then I remember you…yea I remember you…I remember you..
I remember you, I remember you, and only you
Oh I remember you

John Batdorf, Bat Mac Music BMI /
Michael McLean, Shining Star Music ASCAP
©2017 All Rights Reserved

The One That Got Away

Haunted by some memories
Things I know are all on me
And I can’t undo the consequences
Seeing all the Iives I changed
Not for better I’m afraid
For the sorry ones who stayed it’s true, it’s true

Seeing …faces… once kept hidden from my view
Though I crushed the hearts of more than you
You were the lucky one that got away

Caught a glimpse of you today
In the park with kids at play
Looking like you never had been broken
Then your prince came running in
Looked like you were good with him
The melancholy came it’s true, it’s true

I did nothing to deserve your love
It’s a habit I became fond of
So long…too very very long

Haunted by some memories
Things I know are all on me
You were the one that got away

John Batdorf, Bat Mac Music BMI /
Michael McLean, Shining Star Music ASCAP
©2017 All Rights Reserved

I Was The One

I was the one who doubted everything
Most of all doubted myself
I was the one who always avoided things
Most of all asking for help
I was the one who lost all faith in the future
Cause I wasn’t sure
I was the one who found believing
Believing in you was the cure

And I ….was the one who
Woke up each morning so happy I’d cry
That I…..left the darkness behind me
And you were the reason why

I was the one, who picked apart everyone
All I could see were the flaws
I was the one you picked to turn around
And oh what a good turn that was

And now I realize what I found in your eyes
Would change my life forever to my surprise.

I was the one, who knew it couldn’t last
That’s how I protected my heart
I was the one who didn’t know how fast
Perfection could be torn apart

Yes I…..was the one who
Woke up each morning so happy I’d cry
And I…….never told you
That I was the one who shined like the son
No doubting myself, I’m asking for help
Learning to start trusting my heart
Believing again, faith in a friend
Finally found I’m turning around
Whatever I was I’m better because
AND YOU ARE THE REASON
YOU ARE THE REASON
YOU ARE THE REASON WHY

John Batdorf, Bat Mac Music BMI /
Michael McLean, Shining Star Music ASCAP
©2017 All Rights Reserved

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