Here is a selection of my lyrics; if you wish to use any of them in a song, go ahead. Please credit John Schofield with the lyrics, and give me a link so I can enjoy what you’ve produced.

As Fickle as the Wind
2020© by John Schofield

Chorus:
You’re a footprint on a beach
An imprint in the sand
Capricious as a summer storm
As fickle as the wind

Verse 1
Tell me who you are
And what you want from me
I need to know how far we’ll go
Before you turn and flee

Verse 2
Do you want to stay?
Or do you want to leave?
Why can’t you just say some words,
Some words I can believe?

Bridge:
Don’t keep me in the dark
Don’t keep me in suspense

Chorus:
You’re a footprint on a beach
An imprint in the sand
Capricious as a summer storm
As fickle as the wind

Verse 3
Will I ever know
Just who you really are
Or will you always be my
Beautiful enigma?

Chorus:
You’re a footprint on a beach
An imprint in the sand
Capricious as a summer storm
As fickle as the wind

I don’t see you on the Menu
2020©John Schofield

Verse 1
A table in the corner,
A glass of Premier Cru
A waiter takes my order
But all I want is you

Chorus:
I don’t see you on the menu
Or I’d order two of you
But I don’t see you on the menu
And all I really want is you

Verse 2
We would come here together
Share a chocolate fondue
But now you’ve gone forever
I’ll just have some Danish blue

Chorus:
I don’t see you on the menu
Or I’d order two of you
But I don’t see you on the menu
And all I really want is you

Winter’s Song
2021© John Schofield

Verse 1
Spring had made its entrance
I was at the county fair
And that’s when I first saw her
As the sunshine lit her hair

Verse 2
We dated all that summer
She said that she was mine
When winter came a’callin
I found out she’d been lyin’

Pre chorus:
When I pledged my love that summer, how could I have known
When winter sang its sad song, I would be alone

Chorus:
When the last leaves die
When the wild geese fly
When the east winds sigh
It’s the saddest song of all

Verse 3
Spring again and that is when
New romances start
But will I find a lover?
And will winter steal her heart?

Pre chorus:
When I pledged my love that summer, how could I have known
When winter sang its sad song, I would be alone

Chorus:
When the last leaves die
When the wild geese fly
When the east winds sigh
It’s the saddest song of all

Louisiana Dawn
2020© by John Schofield

Verse 1
I see a crimson sun rise through the morning mist
Swirling over rice fields, the ones where we first kissed
I hold you in my arms again this Louisiana dawn

Verse 2
The jailer’s baton on the bars breaks my sweet recall
Yells at us to move ourselves, we’ve got some dirt to haul
It’s the bitter-sweet arrival of a Louisiana dawn

Chorus:
I’m running through a rice field
With a posse after me
Until I find a box car
And ride it till I’m free
But then I wake and find it’s just
One more Louisiana dawn

Verse 3
Digging in the levee from can’t see to can’t see
Doin’ three to thirty in the penitentiary
Makes me wish I’d never seen a Louisiana dawn

Bridge:
They’ll send me to the Red Hat if they catch me on the run
Let Gruesome Gertie fry me, or maybe use a gun

Chorus:
I’m running through a rice field
With a posse after me
Until I find a box car
And ride it till I’m free
But then I wake and find it’s just
One more Louisiana dawn

They Took Out the Bend
2020© by John Schofield

Verse 1
Through unwashed windows the sunlight streams
Onto empty bottles and broken dreams
Bar top and tables all covered in dust
Jukebox is silent, the light bulbs are bust

Verse 2
The baker next door doesn’t make any bread
The oven stays cold, the owner has fled
Same for the butcher, the fire house crew
Hotel’s boarded up, the gas station too

Chorus:
Route 66 was this town’s best friend
It brought in tourists with dollars to spend
Then one day it came to an end
They diverted the road, and
Took out the bend

Verse 3
In this ghostly bar I once sang and played
Happy folk drank, on the dance floor they swayed
But the bar stools and tables are no longer used
Dreams were broken when the highway was moved

Bridge:
Now tumbleweed rolls through these abandoned streets
In this forgotten town where nowhere and no place meet

Chorus:
Route 66 was this town’s best friend
It brought in tourists with dollars to spend
Then one day it came to an end
They diverted the road, and
Took out the bend

Yeh, they took out the bend
They took out the bend
They took out the bend

I’ll Steal Your Heart
2020© by John Schofield

Verse 1
On that makeshift stage beside the bar
I watch you sing and play guitar
You avoid my eye but I know you see
That you and me were meant to be

Verse 2
When you leave the bar and head for home
You walk where freaks and junkies roam
But you’re safe because I’m guarding you
I know you’ll learn to love me soon

Chorus
It’s only time my darling
That’s keeping us apart
I’m patient and I’ll give you time
But eventually I’ll steal your heart

Verse 3
I’m certain that you’ve yearned for me
And soon I know you’ll learn to be
Both my lover and my secret friend
I know that’s how this all will end

Chorus
It’s only time my darling
That’s keeping us apart
I’m patient and I’ll give you time
But eventually I’ll steal your heart

Friday Night at the Rose and Crown
2021©JohnSchofield

Chorus:
Friday night at the Rose and Crown
Where locals meet and drinks go down
Gin and lime or a pint of brown
It’s Friday night at the Rose and Crown

Verse 1
On a three-legged stool, the old busker croons
A monotonous string of once popular tunes
The crowd clap a bit and go back to their chat
Occasionally tossing a coin in his hat

Verse 2
At the bar the men stand and knock back their drinks
Telling tall tales and exchanging sly winks
The women sit at tables sipping their gins
And talk about partners and their latest sins

Chorus:
Friday night at the Rose and Crown
Where locals meet and drinks go down
Gin and lime or a pint of brown
It’s Friday night at the Rose and Crown

Verse 3
A man at a table talks to his beer
Eyes are all glassy, down his cheek runs a tear
He raises his head, looking vaguely alarmed
Then settles again with his head on his arms

Chorus:
Friday night at the Rose and Crown
Where locals meet and drinks go down
Gin and lime or a pint of brown
It’s Friday night at the Rose and Crown

That Remind-me Song
©2021 John Schofield

Verse 1
That “remind-me” song was playing
On the juke box in the bar
And on my way to work today
On the radio in the car

Verse 2
Reminds me how you wounded me
And it sure brings back the pain
But I can’t seem to let it go
I keep playing it again

Chorus:
I always press that number on the jukebox in the bar
And I play it on the tape deck when I’m driving in my car
It takes me back to sunny times we had before the rain
When I’m playing that “remind-me” song, when I’m playing it again

Verse 3
I oughta stop picking at the scab
So that this poor heart can heal
I don’t know why it’s so damn hard
Moving on from how I feel

Chorus:
I always press that number on the jukebox in the bar
And I play it on the tape deck when I’m driving in my car
It takes me back to sunny times we had before the rain
When I’m playing that “remind-me” song, when I’m playing it again

Verse 4 (Outro)
And I always press that button
On the jukebox in the bar
And that “remind-me” song still plays
On the radio in the car

. Chorus:
I always press that number on the jukebox in the bar
And I play it on the tape deck when I’m driving in my car
It takes me back to sunny times we had before the rain
When I’m playing that “remind-me” song, when I’m playing it again

We Ground Our Corn
A song using archaic sexual euphemisms
©2020 John Schofield

Verse 1
We lay down in a wheat field
Where nobody could see us
Passion took its wilful course
And so we serviced Venus

Verse 2
Later yet she turned to me
And the fire was once more lit
And so it was we had to
Put the quarters on the spit

Chorus:
On that endless sea of golden grain
We lay all night until the dawn
If we never see that field again
We’ll remember where we ground our corn

Verse 3
The sun rose up in the east
It appeared so full and ripe
So it was that one last time
We played the blanket hornpipe

Chorus:
On that endless sea of golden grain
We lay all night until the dawn
If we never see that field again
We’ll remember where we ground our corn