John Nash

John Nash

 San Francisco, California, USA
BandFolkBlues

John Nash's music explores the relationship between force and flow. His songwriting is driven by exploring compassion and the deep truths bound in paradox and his growing realization of how much he doesn't know. His music is like a big easy chair of warmth and acceptance.

Biography

Born in New York City, he has lived in Colorado, New Mexico, New England, California and Oregon, as well as a stint studying abroad in Europe. His travels and vagabond childhood contribute to his penchant for observation and compassionate insight.

John Nash's music explores the relationship between force and flow. His songwriting is driven by exploring compassion and the deep truths bound in paradox and his growing realization of how much he doesn't know. His music is like a big easy chair of warmth and acceptance.

John's musical influences are varied. His favorites include the Harry Manx, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Bruce Cockburn, Eric Taylor, Miles Davis.

Lyrics

Dogfights on the Moon

Written By: John Nash

I heard the dogfights on the moon last night
Echos in my dreams
My heart was racing till the morning light
Yeah it gets the best of me

I only reached out for a little taste of that
American Pie
Really thought Ihad a hold on something that
I could call mine

Mary won't you lay me down
Hold my head against your breast
And hum a happy tune
Before I sink into the ground
Yeah everything I've done is second-guessed
In these dogfights on the moon
Dogfights on the moon

They say the big illusion is
The comfort of money
Well I'm
Caught between the fear and greed

Set me on a treadmill and I'm
Tired of running but the
Banker just turns up the speed

Mary won't you lay me down
Hold my head against your breast
And hum a happy tune
Before I sink into the ground
Yeah everything I've done is second-guessed
In these dogfights on the moon
Dogfights on the moon

This Time Around

Written By: John Nash

This time around, I’m gonna make it
A life half-lived leaves one half wasted
I’ll have the strength and wisdom
To let it be
This time around you can count on me

This time around, I won’t have to be right
Truth don’t need me to lead the fight
I’ll have the faith to let time
Reveal what’s true
This time around I’ll count on you

You say you don’t believe in second chances
Well maybe that is all there is
It never ends, the wheel just advances
And all I have to say is this

This time around, I’m gonna be kind
An open heart tends an open mind
All I know is I don’t know
This time around
This time around
This time around I’ll let it go

This time around I’m gonna face it
A life half-lived leaves one half wasted
I’ll have the strength and courage
To let it be
This time around
This time around
This time around you can count on me

It's Only Rain

Written By: John Nash

She said “Somewhere the sky is blue”
As she brushed a tear away
She asks, “Should I move on to something new?”
Because here it only rains

Oooh, the rain comes down
Oooh, down and down
I’m not waiting for the sun to shine
To be on my way
And I’m not waiting until I feel fine
It’s only rain
It’s just a little rain

It’s just another lonely day
Followed by a lonely night
These days, Lord, she’s so afraid
Nothing’s going to come out right

Oooh, the rain comes down
Oooh, down and down
I’m not waiting for the sun to shine
To be on my way
And I’m not waiting until I feel fine
It’s only rain
It’s just a little rain

Indiana In Winter

Written By: John Nash

They say it’s cold in Indiana in winter
Where she is tonight
I’ve heard it’s cold, you see I’ve never been there
Though I thought I might

She made her plans and God started laughing
It was too damned hard
To find her joy in what wants to happen
Her mind broke her heart

She said goodbye, and that I had hurt her
It cut me to the bone
And all the times I never quite heard her
Echoes in my empty home

Now a full moon rises on star-crossed lovers
Two thousand miles apart
And my heart aches as I’m thinking of her
My mind breaks my heart

If I could be in Indiana in winter
Would she ever bend?
If I could be myself and be with her
One authentic friend

But I made my plans and God started laughing
Now the joke’s on me
And I can’t have what I want to happen
I’ve got to let it be
An Indiana Winter over me

Grace

Written By: John Nash

Everybody wants to get to Heaven
But nobody wants to die
Everyone is looking for their true love
Even as they twist inside a lie

And I
I am no different
And now
I fear that my life’s been spent
Chasing shadows on a wall
Not I think it’s time they fall

Chorus
And now I see how perfection’s served
In every motion, every thought and every word
I think I’ve stumbled on the place
And everywhere I look, all I see is grace
All I see is grace

I never meant to hurt nobody
But it seems I’ve done it all my life
The things I’ve done for love and money
Too weak, too proud to pay the price

And now
I think that I’ve had enough
And I
I want to put my trust
In more than shadows on a wall
Now I think it’s time to fall

Chorus

Papaya

Written By: John Nash

She gives her heart only to the needy
And I was needy at the time
You might say that her love freed me
From the darkness in my mind

But I want to eat a papaya
And I have only mangoes at home
So don't, don't ask me why I
Still gotta roam

The Buddha tells us that desire
Is the root of misery
And we've been called to something higher
But just one taste, and then
And then I shall be free

'Cause I love a papaya
But I have only mangoes at home
So don't, don't ask my why I
Still gotta roam

When I'm 30

Written By: John Nash

When I'm 30 I had planned
I'd be a fine, well-traveled man
The wife the job the car the house
Yeah I'd have it figured out
When I'm 30

But I saw 30 come and go
The more I learn the less I know
The things worth keeping must be free to go
Or the light inside them dies

When I'm 40 I'll have laid aside
The fairy dust and ashes of my pride
Must be something else besides
All my empty dreams

But I saw 40 come and go
The more I learn the less I know
The things worth keeping must be free to go
Or the light inside them dies

As I'm older I just hope to trace
A simple pattern in the shape of grace
Understand and accept my place
And then be on my way

I've seen my whole life come and go
The more I learn the less I know
The things worth keeping must be free to go
Or the light inside them dies