Hope, AK

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Hope is a thing with sleek skin. A trout…There is no future and it’s coming. – Robert Wrigley

lyrics

Hope, AK

Never imagined it’d be easy
Always pegged you as hard to please
But one rain slashed Saturday
And hot coffee
And I’d never seen anyone so happy
You said –

Northern Lights on the sea
Shooting stars through the bay
Nothing left to want or be
When everything becomes me

Paper birch pays us in gold leaves
Favorite form of currency
The children trade in chokecherries
Who ever thought we’d be so wealthy?

Chorus

A wannabe saint has nothing on a friend to the lonely
A wannabe saint has nothing on the birds in the morning
A wannabe saint has nothing on our creek in the evening
Be a friend to the lonely

Told the Maker I’d give my every anything
To guarantee my boys’ safety
Through this world’s insanity
The Maker laughed and said it’s all wrapped up in beauty
Said –

Northern Lights on the sea
Shooting stars through the bay
Nothing left to want or be
I had it every which way
Nothing what it seems
The universe in my tea
And everything becomes me

credits

from Hope, Alaska, released October 24, 2014
Jonathan J. Bower: vocal, guitar
Evan Phillips: electric guitar, bass, synth, bgv
Aaron Benolkin: pedal steel
Greg Geddes: drums

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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.” Jonathan is currently readying the release of his follow-up to the EP, a full-length album to release in 2014 titled, "Hope, Alaska." ... more

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