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lyrics: if i’m down: the mind reels

if i’m down (for a friend)

i don’t know where to go
i don’t know who to turn to
all those that i love
are to close to see

if i call on you
would you know what to say
and if i lost everything
would i be willing to to stay

if i’m down
oh once again
if i let you know
will you stay
here my friend

i need comfort and joy
but i can’t seem to find
any light in the day
any day light in mind

if we called it a day
sat together for a while
without something to say
just let it ride

if i know you
if i don’t know
if i lose you
then i won’t know
anything – anything
at all


Secret “first pass” at this song (songwriting in progress)

Buzzie – The Mind Reels (New Album Announced)

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 3.45.07 PMI’m happy to say our first three tracks for the next Buzzie CD are done. I am going to share them here in story format. And as we move forward with selections for the next album songs, I’ll keep this post updated, for those following along.

Track 1 – Higher Than Anyone
This is a song that describes the highs and lows we creative types tend to go through.

Track 2 – A Good Day
Looking to keep things on a happy or positive keel, sometimes it’s like a prayer to keep going.

Track 3 – Do You Feel?
As the relationship falls apart, the singer is asking, “Do you want love, do you want anything?”

You can find more Buzzie on our SoundCloud profile and on the Buzzie YouTube playlist.

Please enjoy responsibly.

Thanks, Buzzie.

lyrics: wandering around: the mind reels

i’ve been wanderin around
hoping to find
someone who’ll take me away
and out of my mind

and i – know – you
and i – found  – you

i’m sick of wanderin around
and feeling alone
that’s what you said to me
not so long ago

and i – know – you
and i – love – you

that say it’s too hard to find
this love that we have
hold back and wait for the time
don’t rush ahead

and i – want  – you
and i – know  – you

if you stay
if you give your self away
if you love
if you realy realy love
this could be
a moment

i’ve been wanderin around
but now i am found
by someone who says they will stay
not just hang around

and i – have – you
and you – have – me  – too


lyrics: if we should fall: the mind reels

i found her
she found me
what we found
astounding we

and if I should fall…
what will become tomorrow
and if we fall…
break away from the sorrow

nothings free
this we know
letting go
has its costs

i hold on
to what I think
makes me happy
keeps me high

and if I should fall…
what will be come of me
and if we fall…
Nothing breaks in me

how can we
learn to fly
holding on
to what we’ve lost

i let go
she let’s go
we become
something everyday

if you’re falling
you must be learning
if you’re hiding
you will be alone
if you’re loving
keep on trying
let yourself dream
and the magic begins


lyrics: we take chances: the mind reels

we take chances – we walk alone
looking for love
we can look forever – without finding
something real

we think we know what we need
we think we’ll figure it out

but i’m here baby, by no chance
baby i’m here by design
designs i’ve been dreaming up
all of my life – all my life

we think we know what we need
we think we’ll figure it out
someone taking chances
someone loving you
someone longing for one thing
and you might be it

we take chances, we bet everything
even when we lose
we might want forever
what we no longer
believe is there

we lose our chances
and are afraid to try
as we close down
but you’ve found the key
to the equation of me
and we’re on our way

big love – more than i’ve known
big life – standing besides you
big love – is all we asked for (all we wanted)
big life – to never go away


lyrics: higher than anyone


get up, get away
gotta keep it down
before I start lying
get out, find a way
if I write it down
then I’ll start trying

I’m higher than anyone
Swinging from the sun
Higher than anyone

shut up, move away
I’m gonna let you down
with all my lying
get out, get away
gotta go right now
because I’m flying


bridge: until I’ve fallen – can’t you see I’ve fallen

get up, another day
you can’t hold me down
today I’m flyin
this time, find a way
they won’t run me down
though they keep trying

chorus outtro

john mcelhenney ©2016 all rights reserved
(ascap) happy mac tunes

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RADIOHEAD: Royalties and Digital Distribution Rights

Well, my inclusion on the Radiohead tribute record in Germany (Retransmissions) appears to have caused a slight problem.


Turns out my German release is administered by a German rights management organization in Germany called Kontor New Media Music. Now this is not my first rodeo at having one of my own tracks be disputed by an online rights management company. Often these claims are bogus and the scam artists are just trying to attach their advertising to other’s videos.

Okay, that’s interesting. Kontor is claiming management rights of my track via the Retransmissions track. Well then, let’s get an accounting of the sales of that CD from them. As the disc came out in 2012 I’m sure some royalties have been collected. And I have a 5-year contract to share in the proceeds of the sales. I have contacted Kontor directly to release my YouTube video and provide me with a full accounting of royalties collected on that CD as well as my track.

I also contacted the record label, ESC Germany, to see if they had any accounting of sales to date. See, after the CD was released, with 25 tracks, iTunes showed my track and one other as selling 10 – to – 1 over the other tracks. So, Kontor and ESC, where’s my money? And have you paid Mrs Radiohead for their publishing as well.

Let’s see where this rabbit hole leads.

Listen Louder,

John McElhnney – Buzzie – doing Last Flowers (the disputed video)

Getting Ready for a BUZZIE ReBoot!

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Dec. 5th will mark the debut of the newest version of Buzzie. Come see us at Austin’s historic SCOOT INN. We’ll be there with a whole bunch of popsters and rockers for The International Pop Overthrow Austin Edition.

Buzzie plays at 9pm on Friday Dec. 5th with the following lineup.

John McElhenney – guitars and vocals
John Viehweg – guitars and vocals
Chris Vreeland – bass
Jay Hendrix – drums
Stacie Livesay – background vocals

If you want a rough preview of two songs, here’s a littlebox recording of our rehearsal yesterday.

Work In Progress – John Veihweg’s Blog (Songs included: Little World of Love and The Same Thing.)

And come see some amazing music at the Scoot Inn from Dec. 4 – Dec. 6.

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Support local music when you can, and when you can’t… hey what’s wrong with you?


JMac (aka Mr. Buzzie)

On the Radio – A Radiohead Multi-Pak


The Head Radio Tribute CD has been a nice awakening of just how powerful the In Rainbows disc was to me during my recent divorce. The cover of Last Flowers was a less than hopeful play to get my leaving lover to reconsider her decision. I’m sure she heard it, once. She never commented on it.

As part of my Songwriter’s Notebook, Here are the tracks in progress.

1. Nude (vocal over existing RH tracks, will be re-recorded)

2. All I Need (draft w/ Ron Flynt)

3. Last Flowers (completed w/Ron Flynt)

4. Reckoner

5. Down Is the New Up

6. 4 Minute Warning