Jason Shannon

Jason Shannon

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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Jason Shannon leads a four-piece rock and roll band that focuses on lyrics, groove, and song.

Biography

The Jason Shannon Band is a four-piece rock and roll outfit from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Specializing in driving guitars, funky keyboards, soulful vocals/harmonies held down by a heavy groove, Shannon, the principle songwriter, and his group collaborate to produce a sound reminiscent of early-era Wilco and The Band with hints of folk, blues, and roots reggae. The band completed a 2009 nationwide tour and will be hitting the road from May through September in support of monthly single releases that will be accompanied by videos and studio footage.

Lyrics

Can't Erase Love

Written By: Jason Shannon

Can't Erase Love

I'm walking through the battlefield carrying a rose
The petals fall like raindrops on the the road
I see a boy in shambles
He's trying to forget
He won all that he gambled
and lost all that he bet

Can't put a face on love
Can't run a race with love
You can go to hell and they will tell
You can't erase love

The wind is ruled by whispers carrying the world
The highway is your mistress but the moonlight is your girl
She takes you by the hand
And offers you a dance
She says wrong or right, we'll ride tonight
There is no second chance

Can't put a face on love
Can't run a race with love
You can stare me down
Right out of town
But you can't erase love

Can't put a face on love
Can't run a race with love
You can beg and steal
And forget how to feel
But you can't erase love
No, you can't erase love
You can't erase love

Mister Miracle Mile

Written By: Jason Shannon

Mister Miracle Mile

Preacherman coming to my door
He says he wanna buy my soul
He says he understands just who I am

Gideon living in his drawer
Sweeping up the dust on the killing floor
He says I am covered with the blood of the lamb

Don't like the way you talk
Don't like the way you smile
Don't like the way you walk
Mister Miracle Mile

Businessman knocking on my door
Bets his bottom dollar he can sell me a war
He says he knows the perfect place to start
He gotta gun living in his drawer
I pray to God he don't know what it's for
I pray to God to save me from my heart

Don't like the way you talk
Don't like the way you smile
Don't like the way you walk
Mister Miracle Mile

And he goes dancing in the rain
He can't feel anybody's pain
He takes his chances on a sword
His devil dances with the Lord

Don't like the way you talk
Don't like the way you smile
Don't like the way you walk
Tears like a crocodile
Mister Miracle Mile
Mister Miracle Mile
Mister Miracle Mile

Long Lost Friend

Written By: Jason Shannon

Long Lost Friend

Take the rope around my neck and hang it from the tree
Take the anchor off my boat and throw it in the sea
Take the load off of my back and haul it 'round the bend
Take the ransom of your heart and be my long lost friend

Everyone here in this room is looking for a sign
A lover for a lifetime or a piece of peace of mind
And the evidence is confident there's nothing to defend
Take the ransom off your heart and be my long lost friend

Politicians make decisions no one understands
But it is of no consequence to the quieter demand
That you knock upon the door whose hinges only open in
Take the ransom off this heart and be my long lost friend

Frankie wrote a letter to her Johnny in the sky
She said, "Johnny, things are getting better round here but sometimes I still cry.
Oh, I got a job inside a clock and now I'm turning back the time.
I'm still trying to remember a long lost friend of mine."

Sons & Daughters

Written By: Jason Shannon

Sons & Daughters

Welcome to the world
Here are your diamonds and your pearls
Now please pretend
Guard your life with your life
Though you know it may mean nothing
In the end

Hold your hands across the water
For the hands of sons and daughters
Amen

When you decide to leave
Take only what you need
And take it fast
And I know it's hard to see
The dreams you once believed in
Never last

Hold your hands across the water
For the hands of sons and daughters
Amen

Oh, to be free
Where all you can see
Is light in front of you
In front of me

Hold your hands across the water
For the hands of sons and daughters
Hold your hands across the water
For the hands of sons and daughters
Amen
Amen
Amen

All I Want Is You

Written By: Jason Shannon

All I Want Is You

Four o'clock in the morning
Where you at, love?
Where you at, love?
I've been up late worrying
Where you at love?
Where you at love?

I don't need anybody
To tell me where to be
To tell me what to do
I don't need anybody
to tell me what I want
when all I want is you

Rainclouds overhead
It's getting dark, love
It's getting dark, love
Woman in my bed
It's getting dark, love
Whoa oh oh

I don't need anybody
To tell me where to be
To tell me what to do
I don't need anybody
to tell me what I want
when all I want is you

Burn your bridge in the morning
I'll be gone, love
I'll be gone, love
The truth has no fair warning
I'll be gone, love
Yeah yeah yeah

I don't need anybody
To tell me who to be
To tell me what to do
I don't need anybody
To tell me what I want
when all I want is you

Slip Away

Written By: Jason Shannon

Slip Away

How come it took so long a time
For me to be yours and you to be mine?
How come it took losing everything
To find out again what you mean to me?
C'mon baby, please

Slip away, baby
Slip away, oh darling
Slip away, baby
Slip away with me

My hands are shaking, my heart is alert
I might have been lying when I said it didn't hurt
And I never dreamed in all of my days
I'd ever be without your loving ways
C'mon baby, please

Slip away, baby
Slip away, oh darling
Slip away, baby
Slip away with me

It's the soft touch of your skin
All the places we have been
Tell me do you remember when
I said I love you and you said you love me too?

Love is so simple. Why complicate it?
You hire all your private eyes to investigate it
And when they can't find what they're looking for
I won't say a word, I'll just open up my door
C'mon baby, pretty please

Slip away, baby
Slip away, oh darling
Slip away, baby
Slip away with me

Slow Down Love

Written By: Jason Shannon

Slow Down Love

I rode the bus into town today
It costs too much to drive my car
Sat by a woman nearly half my age
She held her heart inside a jar

I didn't tell her anything
But I believe she heard me sing

Slow down love
Slow down love
Slow down your worried mind
Slow down love
Slow down love
Well you know it's not right
Slow down love
Slow down love
Slow down love
Slow down your worried mind
Well you have nothing more than time
Well you have nothing more than....

I rowed my boat to the edge of the shore
Got out and walked a million miles
Fell down face first at my enemy's door
And all he did do was smile

He didn't tell me anything
But I believe I heard him sing

Slow down love
Slow down love
Slow down your worried mind
Slow down love
Slow down love
Well you know it's not right
Slow down love
Slow down love
Slow down love
Slow down your worried mind
Well you have nothing more than time
Well you have nothing more than....

I will not tell you anything
But I know in my heart
Someday we will sing

Slow down love
Slow down love
Slow down your worried mind
Slow down love
Slow down love
Well you know it's not right
Slow down love
Slow down love
Slow down love
Slow down your worried mind
Well you have nothing more than time
Well you have nothing more than time
Well you have nothing more than.....

Where Are You Tonight?

Written By: Jason Shannon

Where Are You Tonight?

I got a call in the middle of the night
Picked up the phone and turned on the light
I said, "Hello, who is this?"
And a million voices came rushing through
They were red and white and black and blue
They said, "It is your innocence you miss."

Where O Where
Where O Where
Where O Where are you tonight?

I got a letter from a friend of mine
Who went off to war and came home blind
He said, "You will never understand
What it's like to point a gun against another's heart.
The things I've done yeah they're tearing me apart
Now I can't go back inside."

Where O Where
Where O Where
Where O Where are you tonight?

And we go running
From what we don't understand
And we go running
Again

I saw a boy on the side of the road
He carried the weight of the world for a load
And there were no shoes on his feet
I offered him a ride back home and he looked into my eyes alone
And said, "There's no one there I wish to meet."

Where O Where
Where O Where
Where O Where are you tonight?

Maybe Mexico

Written By: Jason Shannon

Maybe Mexico

It's early in the morning, I'm driving in my car
I cannot read the signs so I'm following the stars
My hands are on the wheel, my heart is on my sleeve
I told you how I feel and you told me I should leave

And I'm going down that road
Where I'm bound, I don't know
Maybe Mexico

The flowers on the hillside are waving in the wind
They never go anywhere but they know where you've been
Crawling through the meadow, calling out your name
Well, if you're feeling lonely, love's the one to blame

And I'm going down that road
Where I'm bound, I don't know
Maybe Mexico

This world is made of matchsticks ready to be burned
Well, you are not the same as all the things that you have learned
So fill your pot of gold and build your bed of nails
For the one who understands is the one who tries and fails

And I'm going down that road
Where I'm bound, I don't know
Maybe Mexico

And I'm going down that road
Where I'm bound....
I don't know
I don't know
I don't know

Mighty Mighty River

Written By: Jason Shannon

Mighty Mighty River

Now one and one is two
And two and two is four
I gotta table with three legs
That won't stand up on the floor
But that's alright with me
If that's alright with you
We'll do suppertime on the killing floor
Just like a bloodhound do

And we'll sail, yeah we'll sail
Rain or shine, sleet or hail
Yeah, we'll sail down the mighty mighty river
Just you and me

I've got some hickory
Don't make a mockery
Can I please my dickery
Down in your dockery?
And no, this ain't a joke
Yes, I am for real
I sold my soul for silver
And now they're turning me into steel

And we'll sail, yeah we'll sail
Like a hammer to a nail
Yeah, we'll sail down the mighty mighty river
Just you and me

Now everyone I know knows me
As a man who keeps his cool
But what I know and they don't see
Is that I'm just a fool

Now, if you're gonna kill somebody
Let me tell you what I know
Kill 'em all with kindness
Then show their ass to the door
And take their hearts and bones
And stuff 'em in the trunk
There ain't no such thing as Jesus
Just the Devil gettin' drunk

And we'll sail, yeah we'll sail
Rain or shine, sleet or hail
Yeah, we'll sail down the mighty mighty river
Just you and me

Now one and one is two
And two and two is four
I bought a bed in Bedlam
And I made love to a whoa....
But it ain't what you think
I didn't want nothing from her
We talked all night til we were red in the face
It was like a Royal Indian Summer

And we'll sail, yeah we'll sail
Rain or shine, sleet or hail
Like a hammer to a nail
Like a jump-rope skipping bail
Like a boy in the mouth of a whale
Yeah, we'll sail down the mighty mighty river
Just you and me

Woman On My Mind

Written By: Jason Shannon

Woman On My Mind

I believe it's time for me to go
Go where I've never gone before
You're leaving me a crazy dream of life after love
A world to walk and talk to the stars above

Now I know bodies grow old
And hearts, they fade away
You made me see
Freedom ain't free
There's a woman on my mind
There's a woman on my mind

The candlelight is flickering again
Casting our shadows, we dance on the wind
And the only sound to be found after you're gone
Are wheels on steel moving me on

Now I know bodies grow old
And hearts, they fade away
You made me see
Freedom ain't free
There's a woman on my mind
There's a woman on my mind

Now I know bodies grow cold
And hearts, they fade away
You made me see
Freedom ain't free
There's a woman on my mind
There's a woman on my mind

Sleep Tonight

Written By: Jason Shannon

Sleep Tonight

Once upon a time when I was a man
I played a part I didn't understand
But I knew my lines and I knew 'em good

I close my eyes and disappear
I'm in and out of being here
But I wouldn't change it if I could

So sleep tonight
Out of mind and out of sight
Sleep tonight
May your dreams be filled with light

Somewhere along the way, I lost my head
I woke up in a stranger's bed
With nothing on but a smile

Well, she sat beside me and held my hand
She said "True love is beyond command.
True love might take awhile..."

So sleep tonight
Out of mind and out of sight
Sleep tonight
May your dreams be filled with light

Please Josephine

Written By: Jason Shannon

Pack up, we're leaving
There's no time for grieving
The things you're believing aren't true
There's plenty of places
to find friendly faces
waiting for someone like you
And if you think I'm lying
You're probably not trying
But flying in circles that burn
You know living is giving
yourself without wanting
anything back in return

Please Josephine
I'm lost in a terrible dream
The world has gone crazy
It's making me lazy
Just tell me you know what I mean
Please Josephine

Well, I fill up my belly
and turn on the telly
and everyone's yelling at me
I don't have the patience
for all of these stations
I want you right now and for free
And it when it gets cold out
Maybe I'll fold out my chair
and freeze in the snow
Catch flakes with my tongue
and watch all the young
people running with nowhere to go

Well, I try not to worry
and I try not to hurry
It's blurry when you do both at once
Nobody taught me
And nobody's yet caught me
The back door's as good as the front
So when you have the time
To make love a crime
You can find me in the dark of the night
I'll be the one with a rose for a gun
And you'll be the one with the light

Please Josephine
I'm lost in a terrible dream
The world has gone crazy
It's making me lazy
Just tell me you know what I mean
Please Josephine

Discography

Jason Shannon (eponymous debut)

Release Date: December 16, 2008
Recorded: January-June 2008, Wild Sound Studio, Minneapolis, MN
Produced by: Jason Shannon
Mixed by: Matthew Zimmerman and Jason Shannon
Mastered by: Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC

1 Mister Miracle Mile
2 Long Lost Friend
3 Sons & Daughters
4 All I Want Is You
5 Slip Away
6 Slow Down Love
7 Where Are You Tonight
8 Maybe Mexico
9 Mighty Mighty River
10 Can't Erase Love
11 Woman On My Mind
12 Sleep Tonight

Set List

Song List:
(typically do 45min-1.5hr. can do up to three hours of music....usually no covers)

Forever Friend
Bad Blood
Slip Away
Mighty Mighty River
Trouble In The World
Terminal Road
The Carpet Don't Match The Curtains
Row Row
Mister Miracle Mile
Little Bit Of Loneliness
Summer Rain
Feeling Fine
Babylon
Sleepless Nights
Breakdown
In The Light
Please Josephine
This Town
Chained
Dreams Of Yesterday
Slow Down Love
Go To Hell
Diablo
All I Want Is You
Maybe Mexico
In The Hour Of Need
Shake Me Good
Because
Here And Now
End Of The Line
Love, Rescue Me
Where Teardrops Fall