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In your three-day sweater
Down on Old 4th street
Clutching a letter
Your eyes all tear-streamed
You stand Van Gogh-iris-blue
Under autumn leaves
The flaming reds and the curling browns,
The yellows dropping at your feet
…yeah, yeah…

You belong in a Spanish novel –
An Almadovar movie
The way the almond blossoms follow you
And rest on top of the breeze
Your butterflies circle ‘round my head
As I watch you in your grief
But you aren’t looking for open arms
You aren’t looking for anything
…No No…

An isolated moment
A major minor scene
I tripped and stumbled here
Into your story but
You cannot see me
I want to give you Pablo Neruda’s house
And all his secret poems
Want to give you a Japanese maple
Caught in the 4:30 sun

The 4:30 sun
That 4:30 sun
Wanna get caught
Let’s get caught
In that 4:30 sun
Let’s get caught
In that 4:30 sun

In my four-day sweater
This morning I stepped out
Almond blossoms
Strewn on my doorstep
In a trail
That leads


rafflemyheart music, 2017


from Light Years, released January 26, 2018
Jonathan J Bower: Acoustic Guitars, Vocals, Lyrics
Evan Phillips: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Tambourine, Keys, & Vocals
James Glaves: Electric Guitars
Silas Hoffman: Electric & Upright Bass
Cameron Cartland: Drums & Percussion
Alex Cruver: Upright Piano & Keyboards
Bryan Daste: Banjo


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Jonathan J. Bower Anchorage, Alaska

On the release of his 2012 EP, But So Beautiful, The Anchorage Press wrote, “[This is] masterful storytelling. These songs weave beautiful, forlorn tales in a matter of minutes, but with a defiant note of hope.” The songs on 2018's Light Years album play like postcards & snapshots written during an endless road trip around Alaska - or along every other dreamy, scenic stretch of highway anywhere... ... more

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