Jordan Rast

Jordan Rast

 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Jordan Rast is a singer songwriter from Lancaster, PA. His music includes a diverse collection of original songs consisting of honky-tonk rousers, pop rock hits, and folk ballads. Expect to leave each venue humming his songs with a smile on your face. It's a good time.

Biography

Jordan Rast is a singer-songwriter hailing from the great county of Lancaster, PA. Raised without a television set, Jordan instead attended bluegrass festivals with his family, while also experimenting heavily with the resources around him: musical instruments. By the beginning of high school, Jordan had successfully mastered the art of playing classical violin, mandolin, guitar, piano, and claw-hammer banjo, while also composing a plethora of original songs. He draws his influence not only from childhood, but also from his slightly broken, yet beloved car stereo, which plays the likes of classic rock and modern pop radio. Such a wide range of influence has resulted in a unique, yet entirely accessible and enjoyable sound. Jordan keeps the tradition alive today, playing music while studying History at Temple University. His new album, “Fractured Love,” is centered on the element of heartbreak and is available at jordanrast.com.

Lyrics

Heartbreak Mile

Written By: Jordan Rast

I pulled into Cumberland Station
Waiting for a miracle to pass my eyes
And there she stood, my heart in duration
I looked over and I gave her a smile
She didn't notice on a Heartbreak Mile

So she's married now; a kid on her shoulders
Husband in the corner with a shirt out of style
And though I notice we're both getting older
She's always made me feel like a child
When she never really noticed on a Heartbreak Mile

Chorus:
Hey it ain't easy
It's been a little while
But it still ain't easy
When you see her smile
On a Heartbreak Mile

I remember when you missed me so dearly
Out of the dark in the corner of your eye
And in your language you spoke it so clearly
But we each loved in an original style
Never knew what we could do about a Heartbreak Mile

Chorus

I've gotta let it go, I'm not gonna let it show
Your feelings ahead of mine, my heart left so far behind
This love is without control, each of us is wanting more
Of something so unknown, but we can't let it go

I pulled into Cumberland station
Waiting for a miracle to pass my eyes
And there we stood, two hearts in duration
I looked over and I gave her a smile
She pretended not to notice on a Heartbreak Mile

Chorus

Summer Days

Written By: Jordan Rast

Chorus:
Summer days don't end like they say
Summer days don't end like they say
First you have your love, then she slowly slips away
Summer days don't end like they say

I can't take this heartbreak anymore
Her laugh, her smile, I've never been so sure
But her love's fading fast and I am running from the past
Always looking back to before

And now I wear a thin man's disguise
Laugh a little cry a little, keep it all inside
So she can live her life, but it cuts just like a knife
And in the end there's nothing I can hide

Chorus

Forget, gotta let her go
But she's over there standing all alone
And I can't help wondering if she would have known
That I - oh, I hit a wall
And I think I lost it all

Girl you're playing me just like a game
So when I tell you true you say I'm just insane
But I am guilty to because I've learned it all from you
And in the end I'm the only one to blame

Chorus

Movie Star

Written By: Jordan Rast

Well the things I try and the things I can't deny
When the music's loud and here comes the crowd again
But I can't go back (oh) to living life like that
When it mattered so much and I was so out of touch in the end

Ah... I like attention
But I like the tension too
And it's just me and you

Catch a plane out west to Seattle
Fighting harder in a losing battle
Now I know I can't be saved
But I'm trying to find a way
When she's gone beneath the waves
And I don't know who you are...
But you're my movie star

But we're all stil here and we drink away our fears
Cause when we care about nothing we finally are something again
And the sun's a shattered light when it wakes us from the night
Thought this never could end, we do it over and over again

Ah... I like attention
But I like the tension too
And it's just me and you

Catch a plane out west to Seattle
Fighting harder in a losing battle
Now I know I can't be saved
But I'm trying to find a way
When she's gone beneath the waves
And I don't know who you are...
But you're my movie star

Break

(Catch a plane out west to Seattle)

Catch a plane out west to Seattle
Fighting harder in a losing battle
Now I know I can't be saved
But I'm trying to find a way
When she's gone beneath the waves
And I don't know who you are...
But you're my movie star

Nancy

Written By: Jordan Rast

Daddy, oh daddy, what makes you cry?
Lovers are like June bugs in the middle of July
Mother, oh mother, what makes you mourn?
Love is like the thunder making way for the storm
Love is like the thunder making way for the storm

I married Nancy in the year of eight-three
With roses in her hair, well she gave her hand to me
But the times got hard and through the smoke I couldn’t see
Gave up my farm to go and work the factory
Gave up my farm to go and work the factory

Cold stone and concrete is sure a price to pay
I got to drinking and my Nancy lost her way
Hanging in the slums and not returning till the dawn
Didn’t see my Nancy till I noticed she was gone
Didn’t see my Nancy till I noticed she was gone

I picked up my shotgun and headed out the door
Shot my little Nancy till she fell down on the floor
The jailer asked me, son, what you do this for?

Daddy, oh daddy, what makes you cry?
Lovers are like June bugs in the middle of July
Mother, oh mother, what makes you mourn?
Love is like the thunder making way for the storm
Love is like the thunder making way for the storm

California Blues

Written By: Jordan Rast

If I ever loved somebody, then it probably was you
Passing like waves upon the ocean into an empty shade of blue
And so I’ve never loved nobody and now I know it to be true
It’s so hard to be a lover with the California blues

So take my hand and walk the east coast; a tragedy beneath the rain
All of the gray that comes between us, well it is driving me insane
And all the drugs that we are taking, so we don’t have to feel the pain
We are kissing and forgetting in the Appalachian rain

And now I slowly walk the west coast; the sand falls slowly through my shoes
Because this life is like an hourglass, and time it passes so I lose
Her love is just a dream now, so what’s a lonely man to do?
All my feelings are forgotten with the California blues

So if I ever loved somebody, then it probably was you
Passing like waves upon the ocean into an empty shade of blue
And so I’ve never loved nobody and now I know it to be true
It’s so hard to be a lover with the California blues
It’s so hard to be a lover with the California blues

Discography

Fractured Love (2011) - tracks streaming and available for purchase at jordanrast.com