Nina Simone

from by Jonathan J. Bower

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Nina Simone

New Sunday morning
Pitch Bible black
Wending an unmarked path
To the naked Mountain Ash
Cheeks cut on clouds
Of my broken breath
Down in these fields
Heard you can catch your death

Sun’s gone till maybe December
Or maybe forever after
I don’t know, I don’t ask
I stick to the cave and shudder
Stoned cold on what I remember
Of the night that you left
And I pray for your ghost
To say,
Boy –

Baby let’s go
Waltz through the cottonwood snow
The cottonwood snow
Then you’d growl and say
Maybe let’s don’t
Honey let’s stay home
And spin some Nina Simone
A little Nina Simone

All that light on those nights
The moon in the picture window
Of our room
Your skin paper birch white
On the island bed
And the way that you glowed
When you said,
Boy –


The waxwings sing
Their drunken hymns
And I hear Nina on the wind
The waxwings
And this dream that’s not a dream
Nina’s taking us to church again

Oh, baby let’s go…

Growl and say…


from Hope, Alaska, released October 24, 2014
Jonathan J. Bower: vocal
Kat Moore: piano, percussion
Aaron Benolkin: pedal steel
Evan Phillips: claps
Marty Severin: bass
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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