Jake Nannery

Jake Nannery

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

He traded an 8-bit Nintendo for his first guitar. He's traveled the world, but he always finds his way home. His style is is eclectic because it's forged from necessity, passion, and skill. His music is the truest expression of himself, and you'll love him for it.

Biography

Raised in the shadows of mountains in the Great Northwest, Jake fled the seasons at a young age and traveled the world, playing shows and campfires across the US, in Europe, and New Zealand. He is, at his very core, a traveling story teller who's themes of self-searching, loss, love, longing and redemption connect and resonate on an intensely personal level.

On his own, Jake's massive presence belies his slight frame, and because of an injury sustained as a child his rich baritone has the texture of the same gravel roads he so often seeks out. His intense energy is only barely contained: A young Mustang chomping at the bit, begging to run free. He's been known to hold cafe's and living room concert goers in rapt anticipation, or single-handedly fill 3-story rooms like B.B. King's Blues Club in Los Angeles with sound and energy.

When backed by his Seattle-based "Wooden Nickel Brass Band," the gates are thrown open, and his shows are even more lively, tight, and fun. The group, who have been playing together off and on since 2007, seamlessly fuse musical talent with joy of performance, and give the crowd every reason to keep moving.

Jake has had a stellar year in 2013, with highlights including the Choochokum Arts Festival, Play it Forward III (Sharing the stage with Alan White of the band YES, John Popper, Lee Oskar, and members of Heart), and most recently recording 30 + songs with Grammy winning producer Bubba Jones (Scheduled for release in March 2014)

Jake is eager to build on his good fortune by meeting as many new friends and fans as he can, hearing their stories and songs, while making and sharing some of his own.

Lyrics

Goodnight September

Written By: Jake Nannery

"Good Night September"

[v1]
You can take all the words I ever say
translate them in your ear, take the extra ones away
you'll uncover when it comes to it
I'm not so eloquent

I can't profess enough, and
i can't confess enough, and
I can not dress it up, 'cause
i will probably mess it up
actions fail when words betray themselves.

[chorus]
G'night September.
(I love you.)
Sweet dreams, September
(I love you.)
Rest Well, I love you.
Until next time, I love you
Let's burn that bridge when we come to it.
(I love you....)

[v2]
I don't like what i've done
and I do not trust the man who i've become
I will repeat perform the same mistakes
but I'll never learn

I've walked a lot of lines, and
I've told a lot of lies, and
I just now realized that
I have always compromised
But where was I to save me from my self?

[Chorus]

[v3]
Now I'm sure that you know everything
What could i tell you now? I've no lies left to sing.
If after all of this, you're unimpressed,
and unconvinced...

I'm Sad for my lack of words, or
saying too much when the lines are blurred, and
i know it seems absurd, but
I've never been so sure of
how i feel, but it won't express itself

[chorus]

For Two

Written By: Jake Nannery

-v-
well it feels like forever
is how long it took to get here
riding round in circles
and writing off my past.

but now you're here beside me
a blessing in a borrowed bed
your skin is made of velvet
and my will is made of glass.

-c-
and every time you kiss me
it's fireflies
and whiskey.

-v-
well your makeup takes forever
but you're so well put together
that i'd wait another lifetime
to see you in that dress

and i know that you just got here
but can't we stay all day here
in this borrowed basement bedroom
with your head upon my chest?

-c-
and every time you kiss me
it's fireflies
and whiskey.

-v-
well it feels like forever
is how long it took to get here
i was riding South and East and West
and every way but right.

and in a drunken moment
you decided to confess
now your skin is satin silk
and my will still made of glass

-c-
and every time you kiss me
it's fireflies
and whiskey.

when I Left

Written By: Jake Nannery

-Intro

I miss California
'cause it reminds me of you.

and i miss the desert
that place does too.

but most i miss the place
your form used to grace
here in my bed
in my arms
and in my head.

-v-
I called you once this week
and then i refused to speak
of how the world seemed to revolve
around that moment
you pried it out of me
and then you cried aloud at me
and accused me of these falsities
as if i spoke it.

-c-
'i know you'll leave again.'
i hear you scream again
'and I'm not sure you ever loved me.'
you cry.

these tears they tear inside of me
and these are tears you'll never see
because i promised myself
i will be...

-v-
these steps we're dancin' in
well they never seem to end
and I'm havin' trouble figurin' out
when we began them
but we both know the tune
as we spin round and around the room
in a semi-circle pattern

-c-
'I know you'll leave again.'
I hear you scream again
'and I'm not sure you ever loved me...'
you cry.

these tears they tear inside of me
and these are tears you'll never see
because I promised myself
I will be...

-v-
the sun it always shines
and soon it will all combine
with this rash and rush of mixed emotions
deep inside
and soon the sun will dry
all the tears from your eyes
I hope you realize
that when I left I cried.

-c-
'I know I'll leave again'
I hear myself scream again.
'and I'm not sure I ever loved you...'
I cry

these tears they tear inside of me
and these are tears you'll never see
because I promised myself
I will be strong.

Fine Summer Dress

Written By: Jake Nannery

Well I probably should've known that you weren't going to work
when I saw you leave the house in your fine summer dress.
And I will take the fall for trying not to get too close,
and staying friends at most, but I want you. I confess.

I will lie awake at night, and you're only steps away,
and only doors and clothes and space between me and your caress.
But you will never know that I've ever felt this way.
And I'm resigned to own my fate, and our lips will never kiss.

Well we met at the right time, but we were in the wrong place
And in the hopes of saving face, I will dawn my liars mask.
And you tell me you're in love, and that you've never felt this way
but it kills me to hear his name. You make me feel the same.

Well I probably should've known that you were in love with him
when I saw you leave the house in your fine summer dress.