My Song List

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All Originals [click "Listen to Music" to hear my homegrown (except for two) demos]


A Mile Off Shore

A Million of That Trillion 

A Rainbow is Always a Good Sign

Ain’t That Enough Tomorrows for Today?

All of a Sudden I’m 50

Altarboy Mojo

April Seconds

Are You Available for Takeout?

Aren’t You Even Gonna Lie?

As Angry as You Want to Be

At the House

Atticus Schmatticus

Back to Haunt Me

Battles that I Fought

Better Frame of Mind

Better Windows

Bleeding from a Self-Inflicted Wound

Blood Run Clean

Boys Without Dates

Buy You a Case of Wine

Call Me if You Have To


Caught in the Undertow

Cedar Fire

Choose to Live with It

Counting the Bodies at Bull Run


Dancing on a Grudge

Darkness of My Own Device

Darrow’s Courthouse Pub

Dee's Roadkill Cafe

Diana Wins Another Round

Dina Mandredini

Doin' Life on the Installment Plan


Don't Buy Into Climate Change

Don't Flirt With the Married Guy

Don't Put the Idea in My Head

Don't Toy With Me

Dreams from My Father

Eddie Matthews is Safe Tonight

Ego The Size Of Mexico

Eleanor, Will You See Me?

Eleven Strains of Pain

Every Man Has Only One Revolution in His Heart

Every Time I Mention You

Every Woman's Game

Everybody Asks About My Hairdo

Everybody Lies on Their Resume


Falling for the Stars

Ferry to Coronado

Figure on a Bike

First Day of Spring

Five Small Towns

Flock of White Pelicans

For This Guy

Form Letter from a Retired Prostitute

Forty-Four Years Ago Tonight

Four O'Clock in the Morning

Fourteen Days in Quarantine

Fourth and Two

Full Night’s Sleep

Getting Robbed by the Change Machine

Give Me That Dance in the Sun

Good Sounds

Grave Concerns

Guest Room 302

Hawaii is like Heroin

Heart Cast in Tempered Steel

Here to Stay

Heroes Living Ordinary LIves

He's In a Band

Hey, Buddy

Hey, Siri

High-Priced Attorney

Hit from Behind

How Can Everyone Know the Truth (and Still Disagree)?

How it All Plays Out

How Many Bites Do You Get? 

Hurts to Be Me

I Didn’t Choose You

I Don't Win

I Had a Dream About You

I Know a Little Something

I Hope This Year's Better Than the Last One

I Looked At You

I Mean Here

I Meant it Every Time

I See the Signal

I Want to Talk to You

I Wish I Could See Me Through Your Eyes

I’d Have Stayed

I'd Like to Think

I'd Love to Hear My Own Advice

I’d Rather Be Numb

I’d Rather Have Your Sister

If I Could Be Like Bob Duvall

If I Had A Dime

If Oswald Had Live

If You Die in Iowa

If You Don't Like Me (Just Pretend)

If You Grew Up on High Street

If You Need a Reason to Miss Me

If You Think I’m Losing My Love For You

If You're a Fan

I'm at Peace When You're Holding Me Down

I'm Gonna Run

I'm Saying Please

I'm Supposed to Care

In Every Little Town

In My Blind Eye

Indiana Tollway at 3 a.m. 

Inside Man

Inside Out

Into the Dunk Tank

Irish Boys


It All Points to You

It Meant A Whole Lot More To Me

It Will Never Be Simple Again

January Victory

Just Drive

Just Let Me Play

Keep Your Eyes on the Floor

Last Airport Home

Last Fall Tour

Last Night in Waikiki

Let Me Know if You've Heard This One

Like a Mom to Us

Lillian Asplund


Living Out of a Suitcase

Living Through a Datemare

Long Lunch with Kwame Ture

Looking Down on 2nd Street

Lost Loves of Our Lives

Lovely Lass from Russellville

Marwan Will Never Go

Mary and Kim's Pre-Nuptual Conversation

Me and You in New Orleans

Melting In The Sun

Michael’s Song

Middle-Aged Pirate


More Fred Rogers Than Anyone

Morning Too Soon

Mother Blues, Don’t You Love Your Son? Listen to Music

My Boss is a Harvard Boy

My Fall Back Life

My New Year's Date

My One-Hundred Percent Original PRO License-free Birthday Song

My One-Hundred Percent Original PRO License-free Soundcheck Song

My Place in Line

My Song About Why I Don’t Do Christmas Songs


Nathan Asher's in the House

Netflix, Hulu, Disney, YouTube

No Hair

No One Else

No Safe Love

Not Young and Thin No More

Nothing a Puppy Won't Cure

Nun-ja Warriors 

One Day I'll Sing this Song to You

One Man's Heaven

One September Weekend

One-Sided Promises Listen to Music

Only I Can Let You Out

Over The Clouds

Out So Far . . . And It's So Late

Paid to Paint

Path to Me and You

People Who Don't See My Way

Please Don't Leave Today

Porque, Hermana?

Put Me In A Song

Raining in the West

Rebound Thing

Repositioning My Life


Ringing All the Time


Russian Roulette

San Diego Listen to Music

Second Road to Justice

Send My Ashes to Them

Separate Ways

Seven of My Closet Friends

She's Still Walkin'

Smoke at Home

Smokey Listen to Music


Stealing Big Joel Kinser's Song

Still the Matter of My Dreams

Tearing at My Heart

Ten Second Glimpse of the Tasmanian Tiger

Thank God For Caller I.D.

That Derecho was a Badass Storm

The Best Part of the Dream

The Better of the Two of Us

The Cop Shop Now

The Creator

The D.E.A.

The Loneliest Night of My Life

The Man Who Loves You

The Mayor of DeSoto

The Other Side of Your Heart (NOTE:  This song is licensed by the thugs at BMI.  Thus, I will not perform it in any establishment that doesn't have a BMI license.) 

The People Down the Hall

The Reason for Your Spite

The "S" Word

The Sandbag Line

The Shallow End of My Memory

The Story of My Life

That RINO Robert Ray

The Words Come Out

The Young Spanish Prince Listen to Music

There's Some Leftover Meatloaf in the Fridge

These Demons

These Same Two Arms

Thinking That's The Price

This Horrible Sense of Never

Threadbare Peace

Three Thousand Houses in Three Hundred Days

Throw Down the Ladders


Time to Grieve

To Thaw


Try to Tell Me


Under the Bridge

Up for Grabs

What Another Man Has Listen to Music

What to Tell the Kids

Whatever You Ask

When Baby Lester Turns 40 Listen to Music

When Jason Mamoa Comes Home

When the Water Runs Out on the Island

When You Come Back Again

When You Reach Out Your Hand

When Your 48 Hours Have Flown

When You're in Jail

Where the Boundaries Are

Where'd You Get That Scar?

Why Do I Act Like I Do? 

With My Martin in My Hands

Yankees Fans

You're in the Driver's Seat

Young Jack Trice

plus about four songs it’s better not mentioning by name!!

NOTE:  These are the tunes you'll hear in my performances.  If you want to record or perform a John Burns original, there are thousands and thousands more.

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