Eraser (Song for Trace)

from by Jonathan J. Bower

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Written on Greg’s “hundred-dollar guitar” in the midnight sun one recent summer…
Special thanks to Linford Detweiler for bringing it home.

…Sounds like heaven…


Eraser (Song for Trace)

Settle up and stumble home
Unlock the door by the light of your phone
Through the dark to your empty room
By the light of your phone

Caffeinate for the endless race
Are you pursued or giving chase?
A pit stop to melt your face
And numb the ache inside

Faithfully faithless
Try to write on the surface
Believing in more
Than time’s great eraser

The money’s tight and staying thin
And it goes funny now and then
So funny that you almost cry
A laughing fool with pooling eyes

Never sure where to call your home
The place you’re living or where you’re from
That place you once saw in a dream
A picture on your desktop screen


It’s a long climb beyond your sleeping aid
It’s a long climb alone through the concrete maze

Ain’t found no whiskey yet
No wine or Facebook friend
To offer you a space to rest
Steal away the restlessness

A dead-end stare through the screen
Searching for a different scene
Towards a distant flickering dream
The story you need to read


I think you can make it
Gotta push towards the traces
Believing in more
Than time’s great eraser

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
Silas Hoffman: Electric & Upright Bass
Cameron Cartland: Drums & Percussion
Bryan Daste: Pedal Steel & Banjo
Beth Chrisman – Fiddle & Vocals


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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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