Welcome the Night

from by Jonathan J. Bower

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lyrics

Welcome the Night

Let’s buy some cigarettes
Pretend that we’re smokers
We’ll sit on the front steps
And wave to our neighbors
We’ll cough and we’ll shiver
And then I’m gonna ask ya,
“How the hell’d we ever
Wind up in Alaska?”

We’ll sip that Chilean red wine
From the mugs that you made
But baby this doesn’t come close
To what I really wanted to say

When that sun passes by
And leaves that crushed cranberry sky
And you and I
You and I
Welcome the night
Welcome the night

The comics aren’t funny
And the news is not worthy
Of the words that it uses
And these candidates running
Would benefit from seeing
Your garden in spring
They’d all learn their lesson
And we’d have them to tea

And sip a little Japanese green
From the mugs that you made
But baby this doesn’t come close
To what I really wanted to say

Chorus

It’s well after midnight
Sirens are wailing
Lights from a cop car
Do a dance on our ceiling
But our next door neighbor
Is awake playing Chopin
It cuts through the chaos
And cracks the dark open

While the world goes to hell outside
We’ll dare and imagine we’re safe
Drifting on muffled nocturnes
Reminiscent of grace

Like the sun passing by
Leaving a crushed cranberry sky
And you and I
You and I

Welcome the night

Welcome the night

Welcome the night

credits

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