BORN A GENIUS

by John Pippus

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"It appears that he has exorcised a few of his demons after the lonely pre-dawn lament of his first album, and he’s got stuff to say." - Shelley Gummeson, Earshot Magazine, Sept. 17/10

"Sounds like: Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, Jack Johnson" - Alan Cross, ExploreMusic.com, Sept. 27/10

"Pippus's second CD can't be labelled blues or tagged folk but it is earthy without also being retro... As varied as it is, humour and energy might be the album's unifying factor." - Tom Harrison, Province Newspaper, Aug. 15/10



All profits from the sale of the CD go to KIVA.ORG. This organization facilitates "micro loans" to start up businesses in developing countries.

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released September 15, 2010

Produced and recorded by Adam Bailie

Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11 mixed by Michael Nowak

Tracks 3, 4, 5, 10 and 12 mixed by Adam Bailie

John’s lead vocals and rhythm guitar were recorded by Michael Nowak at Saga Recording, Vancouver, BC. except:
“Let’s Legalize It” and some lead vocal lines for “It’s Just Music”. Recorded by Adam Bailie.

Mastered by Brock McFarlane


Graham Vickers: Album Cover Photography and Concept
Anthony Joseph: Visual Retouching
Digital Media Alliance: Album Cover Design

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"He has a gift for making us believe that he's been down the road and around the block, and is still kickin' it.” Shelley Gummeson, Earshot Magazine,

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Track Name: Where I Come From
Undecided, never sure of where you want to stay
Never taking chances, you don’t know no other way

Where I come from
We believe in what we say

Waiting for a signal that will tell you where to go
What you got inside you it's all you need to know

Where I come from
We believe in what we say

Make a move now let it take you
You’ll never be the same
World’s shining all around you
Walk into the flame

Where I come from
We believe in what we say

Undecided, never sure of where you want to stay
Afraid of making choices, afraid you’ll have to pay

Where I come from
We believe in what we say
Track Name: Hey Now Hey
Carefully we stare transfixed
At technology’s coiled advance
Held in awe by helicopters
Moving into the sun
Sometimes I get so bored by it all
I need an angel to come out and play
If I get lost in your love
Can I convince you to stay?

Hey now hey
Hey now hey
Hey now hey
Will I find my way?

I’ve been to the wall, I’ve come back disgraced
I’ve seen too many things that my mind can’t erase
This is me talking, I’m so incomplete
How can a man feel and not lose any sleep?
Well sometimes I get so used to it all
I need an angel to show me the way
If I give in to your love
Can I convince you to stay?

Hey now hey
Hey now hey
Hey now hey
Will I find my way?

I wanted just to love you
And feel the touch of another hand
I’m still waiting for the changes
I’m still waiting here today

Hey now hey…
Track Name: Let's Legalize It
There’s a hole in my life a needle can’t fill
The first cigarette and a blue and white pill
My kids don’t know me
I think it’s a shame
But I’m back in the alley
Doing it again

Let’s legalize it all around the world
No drug lord profits
No overdose
Armful of poison, for the price of a shot
You don’t want it now
That’s not going to stop

I kicked it once I can kick it again
I got nothing to live for but I remember when
I had ambition
A plan to survive
I got nothing to live for
But I don’t want to die

Let’s legalize it…

I went to a funeral for a kid named Ross
He took too much, he paid the cost
If he knew what he was doing
He’d be here still
He was a good kid
But he got killed

Let's legalize it...

Let’s regulate it, FDA approved
We can tax it, there's nothing to lose
Armful of poison, for the price of a shot
You don’t want it now
That’s not going to stop

Let’s undermine it
Let's regulate it
Let's talk about it
Let's neutralize it
Let’s legalize it


© 2006 John Pippus / Pamela Searle
Track Name: Leaving On Your Mind
Have you got evil on your mind
You got me drinking all the time
Please please tell me dear
And say the words I want to hear
You got one eye out the door
Have you got evil on your mind

Have you got leaving on your mind
The way you treat me it's a crime
Please please let me know
If you don't love me anymore
Is there something that you need
Or have you got leaving on your mind
Track Name: Liberation Day
The father lifts his boy up
To get a better view
At the generals and their armies
Dancing two by two
The Catholics aren’t laying trips
On the guilty and the lame
No one holds all the cards
There’s no one to blame

We all come out on Liberation Day

Sexuality is not in question
Desire is not a dirty word
You can be who you want to
As long as no one gets hurt
The children sing, the grass is green
Miles Davis is holding notes
People party on the rooftops
We all got the vote

We all come out on Liberation Day

High above the choir boys
Write their names in snow-white ink
But Adolf Hitler couldn’t make it
He needed time to think

We all come out on Liberation Day

© 2010 John Pippus
Track Name: Born A Genius
There’s something that I wanted to tell you
Something I forgot to say
I was born a genius
I liked it better that way

But too much wild living
Wall to wall excess
Ground me down even
Left me in this mess

Oh what a lonely sentence
I remember when the deal went bad

Holding court in a motel bar
Hanging on a song
When in walked a lady
A lady of the night

She said I can see that you want me
I’ll take that as a sign
We were meant to be together
Til the end of time

Oh what a lonely sentence
I remember when the deal went south

Interstate, got the pedal down
Living life under the gun
I’m busted and stranded
And I’m on the run

I was born for good loving
Remorse is not my style
I hate to say it
But she was the one

Oh what a lonely sentence
Oh what a crazy time
Oh what a sorry state I’m in
I remember when the deal went down

© 2007 John Pippus / Pamela Searle
Track Name: Shopping Cart Joe
Leaning in to an April wind
Sifting through my past
Funny how the time takes things away
One wrong turn too many
And I guess I lost the thread
I didn’t plan to end up this way

Shopping Cart Joe
That’s what they call me
That’s all they know

Slamming doors and social workers
The neighborhood disgrace
I wish I never took it out on her
Beer on tap and small cigars
Are my only friends
I got swallowed by my pride

Shopping Cart Joe
That’s what they call me
That’s all they know

If you only knew what I could do
When I was on my game
I bet you’d want to be my friend
If you only knew what I was like
When I was seventeen
I bet you’d want to be my friend

Counting off the city blocks
Adding up the dimes
Trying to keep the angry voices low
Pissing on a miracle
Hoping for a change
I’d just settle for piece of mind

Shopping Cart Joe…



© 2010 John Pippus
Track Name: Ancient Love
Tell me darling where have I seen
Have our paths crossed back in history
Did I see you in some ancient market
Felt your eyes burning into me

I know your love, I know your body
The way you move unconsciously
I hear your voice teasing me softly
Take me down, love me again

Tell me darling where have I see you
Are we from another century
Did we slip away from time’s embrace
Or are you just my fantasy

I see you in my restless sleep
The way you know me is a mystery
I feel you here against my skin
Love me once, it starts again

I see you in my restless sleep
The way you know me is a mystery
I feel you here against my skin
Love me one time, it starts again


© 2010 John Pippus
Track Name: Jack Knives and Cannonballs
Jack knives and cannonballs
And days that never end
Mothers call their children home
But they’ll be back again

Comic heroes drifting in the sky
Playing hide and seek
When you close your eyes at night
Pray the Lord your soul to keep

Chairs in rows, playing and guessing games
Lions in a cage
The shadows growing longer
As we learn to act our age

I’m sorry that I left you there
Without a second glance
Caught up in a cold world
You didn’t stand a chance

Maybe I’ll go back one day
To the place where I was blessed
And do a running header there
It just might be my best

Jack knives and cannonballs
And days that never end

© John Pippus 2010
Track Name: One Shot
Have you ever felt the cold wind blowing
Have you ever felt the rain on your skin
Have you ever felt anything at all
I hear you’re coming around again
I don’t buy your pretty talk and your designer shoes
You're reading all them magazines just to tell you what to do
You better stop and think about your time on this earth
We only get one shot
I don’t see no sign of life

You change your mind like you change your socks
You change it all the time
When are you gonna find something to believe in
When will you draw that line
Don't we have to answer for what we leave behind
I ask myself these questions and search the corners of my mind
You better stop and think about your time on this earth
‘Cause we only get one shot
We gotta protect this precious life

Fighting over oil, fighting over land
Fighting over the air that we breath
Help me understand
When we gonna change
When we gonna see the light
Too many dying needlessly, something just ain’t right
We better stop and think about our time on this earth
We only get one shot
Gotta respect this precious life
You better stop and think about your time on this earth
You only get one shot
Got to protect this precious life


© 2008 Karina Morin / John Pippus
Track Name: Your Mouth Is The Gun
Your mouth is the gun
Your words the ammunition
You can take back what’s been said
But I’ll still be shot full of lead

Your eyes are the blades
That slice through all the plans I’ve made
You can blame it on a troubled life
But a heart can’t forget the twisting of the knife

If your argument is not with me
Then why do I have to bleed
If I’m the victim of your crime
Why am I the one doing time

You were the flame
That once burned through my veins
But now with nothing to lose
You’re just a spark, I’m just a fuse

If your argument is not with me
Why do I have to bleed
If I’m the victim of your crime
Why am I the one doing time

Caught out in the light
I’ve earned my stripes
I’ve had all I can take
Gonna make my prison break
I won’t be guilty of the same mistake

If your argument is not with me
Then why do I have to bleed
If I’m the victim of your crime
Why am I the one doing time

© 2008 Aaron Joyce and John Pippus
Track Name: It's Just Music
It’s just music...

People singing / Moving to the wonder of it all / While up in the towers / Gold records line the walls / Deals are made, spirits broken / By the unit counts fall / While down on the street / Voices rise up and the rhythms rhyme with the beat / It’s a sound, make a sound now / Join in and sing / Make a sound / Open up your heart / Are you with me / And it’s only the sound of our voices / Keep the rhythm going / It can’t be wrong when you…

It’s just music…

- Ronii Wata solo -

It’s just music….

I want a world where we can all be strong / I want a world where we can all belong / Children and the old ones too / Respecting all the voices too / Ronii Wata, Watasun and Saga, Kickstart and touch it / It’s here, it’s real / Can’t you feel / It’s just music

It’s just music…

- John’s solo -

Eddie Tatoosh climbs a tree, gets to the top, looks around and he shakes.

It’s just music


© 2010 John Pippus and Adam Bailie