Jonathan Allen Guerra

Jonathan Allen Guerra

BandFolkPop

In the spirit of Nick Drake, Iron and Wine, Rufus Wainwright and Bob Dylan, the trick is to be catchy without being inconsequential. Intimate but undemanding, scrubbily polished. Nostalgic yet unsentimental. Folk-pop with a hankering for the baroque. Piano-ballads with a sprinkling of levity.

Biography

Jonathan Allen Guerra was born in Whittier, CA. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Houston, TX, with his parents, not recalling ever being asked to weigh in on the decision. At twelve years old, his family moved to Wheaton, IL, where he spent his developmental years learning to play guitar, wreaking havoc on small-town sheriffs, and obsessing over Radiohead, Rufus Wainwright, and Sigur Ros.
He is the only son of immigrant parents and is proud of it.
Jonathan Allen Guerra is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter currently living in Chicago, IL with his wife and soul/ensemble-mate Valerie Anne. They, along with Chuck Bein (founder and CEO of the highly acclaimed commercial music house SEE Music; co-producer of JAGuerra's debut LP among many others) and other friends, have recorded an album as real as Jonathan Allen Guerra's name is long. They very much hope you enjoy it.

Lyrics

If I Was

Written By: Jonathan Allen Guerra

If I was a banker in New York City
I would buy you all the rings that you thought were pretty
But I'll never be banker you see

If I was a painter in France or Italy
And saw you on a bench reading fashion magazines
You would be my muse, masterpiece
But I play guitar and now I'm

Singing my melody
Singing it for you
Singing my melody

If I was a chef and a three star michelin
I would make a dish for to make you wanna spend
All of your evenings with me

If I was a man that could tame the sea
I would take you a place just you and me
We could be Adam and Eve
But I play guitar and now I'm

Singing my melody
Singing it for you
Singing my melody

If I was a banker
If I was a painter
If I was any of these…

If I was a banker (I wouldn't want a banker)
If I was a painter (I wouldn't want a painter)
If I was any of these…

Side To Side

Written By: Jonathan Allen Guerra

You
You went out to feel the sun shine bright
You went on the lookout for a sign
I was asleep

You went to the middle of the street
You went looking for a moon to greet
You went alone

If I knew, knew, knew
What you went out to find
I would walk, walk, walk
With you from side to side

You
You went out to sail the rushing tide
You went out and found the ocean dried
I was afraid

You went out to hear the canyon preach
You went out and heard a simple speech
And mostly agreed

If I knew, knew, knew
What you went out to find
I would walk, walk, walk
With you from side to side

Cry So Free

Written By: Jonathan Allen Guerra

I went to space
To see the pearly gates
And there I saw it written

We really cry
We really cry
We really cry so free

Broke as hell but
Who could tell it
We laughed until we couldn't

We really cry
We really cry
We really cry so free

The trees and the rocks
And the vernal equinox all sing out
Kid I feel it, I feel it, I feel it like that
Votive candles on the mantel flickers
Kid I feel it, I feel it, I feel it like that

Time

Written By: Jonathan Allen Guerra

Give me time
To grow up
To find my way
To be somebody
As I make the most of what is mine
As I make my millions, give me time

To please you
To please myself
To smile more often
As I learn the lessons I'm assigned
As i flat out grumble, give me time

Give me time

To make it
To work it out
To conquer demons
As I'm captured on enemy lines
As I'm caught off guard just give me time
As I call you just to pick a fight
Harbinger of judgment, give me time

As I sheepishly apologize
As I find the strength to meet your eyes
Keeper of all new birth, give me time
Keeper of all new birth, give me time

Give me time, time, time, time

The Best Is Yet To Come

Written By: Jonathan Allen Guerra

We have been through everything together, my friend
There is not a single moment we should regret
If this is the very last time that I see your face
I will trust that both of us will find our place

I will remember everything
I will never forget
Though we say goodbye
We will come to find it's just begun
The best is yet to come

You will surely go your way and I will go mine
We're better to have known each other and no one can deny it

I will remember everything
I will never forget
Though we say goodbye
We will come to find it's just begun
The best is yet to come

I only want the best for us
Change is part of growing up
I only want the very best
For you and me
We will not ever forget, no
We will not ever regret
I only want the very best

Discography

See EP (FEB 2013)

Set List

1. If I Was
2. Side To Side
3. Cry So Free
4. Time
5. The Best Is Yet To Come
6. All My Love
7. To Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan)
8. But That Can Wait
...etc