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I was a newcomer
And I was not in my dreams anymore
And I was not better
Just a heap of ash and rubble
On your floor
When the earth spun left
I fell to the right
When they lit their bulbs
I blew out the lights
And huddled in my corner
And waited for you

But today is like no other
Today is like no other

Today I feel brave
Where do these days come from?
So brave
Do not try and shake me
Today I’m brave

Now there’s a mighty trouble coming
But she somehow lives
Still nights I trace a map across her back
And memorize our impending
Though she knows she will never cave
When all hell here starts to rain
I can’t help it
I’m still staring down

She is like no other
She is like no other

…Where’d she come from?
And where’s she get off being so brave?...

I was not centered
I was adrift at sea
In a leaky and burning boat
And I lived unfettered
Till that summer afternoon
Your heart spoke
Your mama knew what I couldn’t know
And now you’re everything
We needed to grow
And there’s a timeless song
In your heart and your throat

You are like no other
You shine like no other

So brave
Where’d you come from?
So brave
Where you get off livin’ so brave?

So brave
Where do these days come from?
So brave
Do not try and change me
I dare you to upend me
You’d better not try and shake me
Today I’m brave

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


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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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