Joan Didion

from by Jonathan J. Bower

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Hope refused to die but it got real thin sometimes.
– Ron Carlson, The Signal


Joan Didion

Brave the swelling tide
Pitch over the rise
Tumble in through
A sea of blue flowers

Thought we’d be our favorite story
I wanted to be your Joan Didion
We’d write the song and I’d carry the tune
A little bit of magical thinking’s a trap door
Through oblivion
Never imagined I could lose sight of you
Under the blue

To find a sign of life
Or the Rothko line
Or a fire light
On the horizon

Hope refused to die
But it got real thin sometimes
Hope refused to die
But never could catch flight


Then I was waking up under the bushes again
Safe on the shore, you were drowning
Couldn’t see you for all the blue flowers overhead
Safe on the shore, you were drowning again

Doctor says I’ve recovered
And I feel nearly all better
I can hold it together
Standing in plain view



from Hope, Alaska, released October 24, 2014
Jonathan J. Bower: vocal, guitar
Evan Phillips: synths, bgv
Andy Tholberg: guitars, bass
James Glaves: 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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