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1986    Mary (music)
1995    P (9 album songs plus bonus track, with Bill Carter, Gibby Haynes, Sal Jenco)
1999    Hollywood Affair (music)
2000    St. Germain (music)
2000    Bliss (music)
2003    Sands Theme (music, with Bill Carter, Bruce Witkin, Ruth Ellsworth)
2011    Kemp in the Village (music, with Jeffrey J. Poskin)
2013    New Year (music, with Ruth Ellsworth Carter, Lily-Rose Depp, and Vanessa Paradis)
2015    No Shadow (with Ryan Adams)
2015    The Last Vampire (with Bob Ezrin, Sir Christopher Lee)
2015    Raise The Dead (with Alice Cooper, Bob Ezrin, Bruce Witkin, Tommy Henriksen, Rob Klonel)
2015    My Dead Drunk Friends (with Bruce Witkin, Tommy Henriksen, Alice Cooper, Bob Ezrin)
2016    As Bad As I Am (with Tommy Henriksen and Bruce Witkin)


1) Mary, by Rock City Angels

From the album, Young Man's Blues.  Music
US Copyright Records:
Registration Number:          PAu-1-019-986
Title:          Mary.
Description:          on 1 sound cassette + lyrics.
Note:          (With Hot flashes et al.)
Claimant:          acDurebel Music, Inc.
Created:          1986
Registered:          16Oct87
Author on Application:          Durebel Music, Inc., employer for hire of Michael William Barnett p.k.a. Mike Angel (music), John Depp (music), Donald Louis Griffith p.k.a. Bobby Durango (words & music)
Special Codes:         3/M

rca cover   Young Man's Blues

Bobby Durango describes the writing of the song:  "Yeah, I remember writing that song very well, Johnny had a really cool riff he had been working on for years that he said was too dark for any other band he had played with. "Too dark? No such thing," I told him. He was really good at coming up with compelling riffs and had a very precision based style. The lyrics were based on the story of a girl I went out with when I was much younger who I cared for a great deal. She went off to college and I never saw her again. Years later I discovered that she had killed herself in a suicide pact with her dorm roomate. She had stabbed herself in the bathtub which was such a cryptically violent way to go out, I was crushed. She was so full of life, such a sweet and deeply intelligent girl, it took me a long time to get over that. The song "Mary" was a catharsis, a way for me to get over this traumatic event in my life. The performance of this intense song for nights on end brought me closer to my own mortality. Using song as psychodrama."
Punk Globe interview, Dec. 2009



2) P

US Copyright Records:
Registration Number:           PA-847-289
Title:          Zing splash ; Michael Stipe ; Oklahoma ... [et al.]
Note:          9 selections. Performed by aP.
In:          P. mCapitol Compact Disc CDP 7243 8 32942 2 0, c1995. Compact disc
Claimant:          Blame Music, Johnny Depp, Gibby Haynes & Sal Jenco
Created:          1995
Published:          1Aug95
Registered:          5May97
Author on  Application:          words & music: Bill Carter, Johnny Depp, Gibby Haynes & Sal Jenco.
Special Codes:         3/M/L

P cover   P liner
 
(The 9 tracks are: Zing Splash, Michael Stipe, Oklahoma, Jon Glenn (Mega Mix), Mr. Officer, White Man Sings The Blues, Die Anne, Scrapings From Ring, The Deal).

Bonus track Mumble "Written by P/L. Wray" (Link Wray)

7 in front   P 7 inch singlehttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/MadScntst/music/info/P7inchback.jpg



3) Hollywood Affair, by Iggy Pop

Featuring Johnny Depp, from the Japanese release of the album, Avenue B.  Released December 7, 1999.

Avenue B

Also released on the CD single Corruption, November 9, 1999.
Release dates 1999-2001 (No US Copyright found).
iggy corruption

Also released on the CD Hollywood Goes Wild, March 27, 2001
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4. St. Germain, by Vanessa Paradis

From the album, Bliss.  Released October 17, 2000 (No US Copyright found).  Music
bliss cover   Paradis Bliss

Also released as a live version on the album, Divinidylle Tour, September 15, 2008.
divin tour cover   CT-CDhttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/MadScntst/music/info/DT-CD.jpg   dt CD crop

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Also released on the album, Best Of, November 23, 2009.
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Also released as a live version on the album, Une Nuit A Versailles, November 28, 2010.
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5. Bliss, by Vanessa Paradis

From the album, Bliss.  Released October 17, 2000 (No US Copyright found)
  • "(V. Paradis / J. Depp - V. Paradis)"
bliss cover   Paradis Bliss

Also released as a live version on the album, Divinidylle Tour, September 15, 2008.
divin tour cover   DT DVD th   DT DVD crop   DT tour back

Also released as a live version on the album, Une Nuit A Versailles, November 28, 2010.
un nuit cover   un nuit 1   un nuit 1 crop   un nuit back



6. Sands Theme, from the soundtrack to Once Upon A Time In Mexico

Released September 9, 2003 (No US Copyright found).  Music
OUATIM liner

OUATIM   Rodriguez notes   ouatim VLC



7. Kemp In The Village, from the Rum Diary Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Released October 19, 2011 (digitally) and December 20, 2011 (on CD).  Music
TRD-front   TRD-back   TRD-liner   TRD-liner 2



8) New Year, by Vanessa Paradis

Released May 13, 2013 on the album, Love Songs.  Music (chords)
lovesongsfront   lovesongsback   newyearcred   new year   thanks


Also released as a live version on the album and DVD/Bluray, Love Songs Tour, November 24, 2014.
lovesongstour del   lovesongstour vinyl   love songs credithttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/MadScntst/music/related/lovesongstourcredit.jpg   new year amazon


Vanessa Paradis, from the French Elle magazine, 2013:  Asked about the New Year title co-written by her daughter Lily Rose, Vanessa Paradis says: "This is a song that Lily Rose found the melody and the first sentence when she was 6 years old. I found it sublime. We finished the song with family seven years later. " Asked if she considers Lily Rose to have a talent for music, Vanessa Paradis answers: "Yes, she has a natural gift for it."

Vanessa Paradis, from Les Les Inrockuptibles, 2013: "This song was composed very long ago, eight years ago. There was only the chords, I was looking for a melody that I could not find. My daughter, who was 6 years old at the time, began to hum something sublime. This melody has remained with the first sentence of the text, as it was sung at age 6. And the text was written a year ago."

Johnny Depp, from British OK Magazine CinemaCon 2013 interview:  [Question]And are you collaborating with your ex Vanessa on the next album?[Johnny]On Vanessa's latest record? I don't think I played on anything. [Question] Wasn't it something with you and your daughter? [Johnny] Ah yes. There was a little song, some chords that I wrote and Lily-Rose came up with melody to that.

Vanessa Paradis, from German Grazia, via Yahoo News Singapore, 2013: “Johnny wrote the chorus [note- she probably said "chords", not "chorus"] and one day our daughter, who was younger at the time, just sang a melody on the track. We recorded the song and I still have that recording, because to me it was incredibly beautiful. Now I decided to turn it into a complete song. The record is eternal and even when we’re all gone one day, this special project between daughter, mother and Johnny will live on. It’s a beautiful thought and very precious to me.”

Vanessa Paradis, from Elle, 2014: "Well what happened was, Johnny [Depp] had written the chords of a song and I was looking for a melody. Our daughter was six years old, and Johnny kept playing the chords over and over, trying to find a tune. She heard the song so many times that she finally came up with the prettiest melody for the verses by herself. She made up her own words, too, for the first part. And when I heard it, I said, 'This is so pretty, can I use it?' So that’s how the song came together... Johnny and I never asked her to write a song, it’s just something that sort of happened on its own, and it happened when she was so little."

Vanessa Paradis, from The Independent, 2014: "...it took a long time. Johnny's chords were really so pretty. And I knew I wanted to make a song of it, but it took all those years. I even tried it on my last album (Divinidylle), but I couldn't find it. I needed Lily-Rose's melody."



9) No Shadow, by Ryan Adams

Released January 13, 2015 on the 7" vinyl and digital single, No Shadow.
no shadow cover   no shadow back

From Ryan's PaxAm site:  "Johnny came rumbling into PaxAm one night with this riff and an idea of what it was about- a few hour later and one take on a 2 inch 24 track tape machine later we had No Shadow… typed up on my manual typewriter and born and delivered from a simple riff we found on his i phone. Johnny is a real songwriter and one of the deepest guitar players out there. Thats us singing and playing and playing all the parts ourselves with just our pal Marshal Vore on drums."



10) The Last Vampire, by the Hollywood Vampires

11) Raise The Dead, by the Hollywood Vampires

12) My Dead Drunk Friends, by the Hollywood Vampires

Released September 11, 2015 on the album, Hollywood Vampires.
vamps front   vamps back   vamps 1A   vamps 3A

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In a September 2015 interview with NPR, Johnny describes coming up with the riff for My Dead Drunk Friends: "Alice said we need something that sounds — musically sounds — unsteady, a little drunk. I remember everybody left the studio that day and it just kept rolling around in my head, Alice saying, "It should sound drunk, it should sound drunk." And having been familiar with "drunk" once or twice myself, that lick just came to me — and yeah, it sounded very drunk, so I presented it to Alice. It felt like he wrote the lyrics in about a minute."

13) As Bad As I Am, by the Hollywood Vampires

Released February 12, 2016 on the Digital Deluxe Edition of the album, Hollywood Vampires.

bad as I am credit

Johnny on the song's title, from an Artisan News YouTube: and an article in USA Today: "So the words of the song was this toast by my stepfather, who made his exit about 15 years ago. He was this really cool guy. He was a bit of a rounder. He spent about half his life in prison, in Statesville Ill. And he had this toast. 'Here’s to you, as good as you are. Here’s to me, as bad as I am. You're still as good as you are, as bad as I am.' "

Lyrics to As Bad As I Am on hollywoodvampires.com



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