John Nels

John Nels

 Portland, Maine, USA
BandRockAcoustic

The voice of Northern Maine isolated 'Fock'n Rolk', John Nels is a musician that write songs pertinent to the mental human condition in relation to social disconnection. Manic depression + erratic home recordings + one man in a room = John Nels.

Biography

Born in Caribou, Maine- John Nels Blanchette spent 26 years in Northern Maine while practicing techniques in home recording on a budget and playing in various musical groups with diverse backgrounds. While releasing many home recordings starting with 2003's 'Prelude Le Hiver Fonce'- John Nels came into his own with 2007's 'The Current State of Madness' which foreshadowed his bout with depression. Since then, John Nels has successfully learned to record with various instruments on a tight budget; creating thick records doused with acoustic pop and early 90s college rock.

John Nels is a recent transplant to the Portland, ME area and has performed with members of Grand Hotel, The Cambiata, Dominic and the Lucid, Line of Force, Space vs. Speed, and Strange Pleasure (amongst others).

Lyrics

Goodbye, Hello!

Written By: John Nels

I believe there are moments in life that hold you back
Susceptible to broken dreams and the times you do not act
No matter what they tell you but no matter what they'll do
Smile, shake a hand, and bid ado.

If you've given up, you're given in- a lackey for the world
A chain reaction occurs when the perfect plan unfurls
No matter what's been said- just give it a day or two
Just smile, shake a hand, and bid ado.

(Hear them call your name) I hear them too
(Hear them call for pain) I can refuse
Keep distance without fighting and walk out with a view
Just smile, shake a hand, and bid ado.
Just smile, shake a hand, and bid ado.

These words I say bluntly- these words I sing true
Just smile, shake a hand, and bid ado- but not to you
Just smile, shake a hand, and bid ado- but not to you
Just smile, shake a hand, and bid ado

The Excuse

Written By: John Nels

These eyes I've seen- these eyes I've dreamed- a loud
Glow fondly in moonlight- dimming in and out of sound
One call from me- one call to see us through
But It’ll end abruptly- you’ll hang up before we’re due

Under the OLD street light, Is where we’ll end up for good
Move from shadows into sight
That’s where we can’t go wrong, Can’t go wrong, I’m sure

Give your credence- give your word- for the date
Expect there to be blood- expecting less than faith
I CHARGE you with deed- well. I. CHARGE you to believe
Coupled time is indeed well worth the price of the seat
The price…of me

Under the OLD street light, Is where we’ll end up for good
Move from shadows into sight, as dark as aged rosewood
Under the OLD street light, Is where you’ll stand me up for good
Move from shadows into light,
That’s where we can’t go wrong, Can’t go wrong, I’m sure

Well What's the excuse this time?

Knockout

Written By: John Nels


Don't hold back
From your best attack
And I'll promise not to laugh or
There you go
With your 'Acadian Blow'
The left hook is a little off track
But all in all
I feel there's something off with you
All in all
Can not believe the things
you do- yeah you do

Pardon my French
But you're a tough little wench
Perfect example of a woman left in pain
Clothesline right
Dropkick left
You know you're beautiful with my blood on that dress
It matches your eyes
In a circular pattern
Of stress, of love, in dying lies

But all in all
I feel there's something wrong with you
All in all
Cannot believe the things you do
But all in all
I feel there's something wrong with you
All in all
Cannot believe the things you do
But all in all
All in all
All in all
I still love you
yeah i do- yeah I do

Yeah you punch out my lights in knockout time

Not Worth Asking

Written By: John Nels

Try to focus on the tribulations that matter most to me
Complex descisions like wether to wether stay or leave-
Can only save one life
Can only speak your peace
Can only turn into trials
Of the weak

I'm only saying
I'm just saying
the things- on the top of my head
I'm only saying
I'm just saying
the things- on the top of my head

Bitter judgement towards a future life I cannot see
Stuck in a quandry of wether to wether stay or leave-
Can only save one life
Can only speak your peace
Can only turn into trials
Of the weak

I'm only stating
I'm just stating
the dreams- from the top of my head
I'm only stating
I'm just stating
the thoughts- from the top of my head

I'm only saying
I'm just saying
the things- on the top of my head
I'm only saying
I'm just saying
the things- on the top of my head

Luck

Written By: John Nels

If there was a chance to know, Which way my heart would go
Well then I'd leave and never hold back
Instead I sucked it up
Began to unpack

Made up my mind, retraced my time
Found out I'd lost the game
How? Well I fucked it up
Pushed my ...

Luck- it's not all it's cracked up to be
Luck- more with you than it would have ever been with me

Rubbed my rabbits foot, and other magic loot
Wished it all away
Closed my eyes
and clicked three times for security

The epiphany I had, adjusted all these fads
Twas then a smiled and knew
That you and I, just met with a hint of

Luck- it's not all it's cracked up to be
Luck- more with you than it would have ever been with me
Luck- if I had I'd face it all again
Despite Luck
Despite Luck

Discography

'Prelude Le Hiver Fonce' - 2003
'Elephants + Airplanes' - 2004
'Songs for the Uneducated Mind' - 2005
'The Current State of Madness' - 2007
'Self-Titled' - 2008
'A Great Depression' - 2009
'Night/Day' - 2010
'Under City Lights' - 2011