Lake Markham

Lake Markham

BandFolkRock

Country-fried indie pop: if Mick Jagger sang Bob Dylan's arrangements of Jack Johnson songs, you might wind up with something like Lake Markham's music. It's music that's rooted in songwriting, with instrumentalism prioritized.

Biography

Lake Markham is a folk and roots rock artist from Kentucky. As a teenager, he moved to Japan, where he was removed from popular forms of western music and began to experiment with and write his own unique style. He considers a central aspect of his music to be his songwriting, placing heavy importance on lyrical significance.

Lake was influenced mainly by non-topical folk and rock & roll songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, as well as modern alternative, rock, and folk music. His influences show through, creating an interesting, hard-to-define sound.

In June 2012, he left the other members of the Lake Markham Band in Kobe, Japan for Nashville, TN.

Lyrics

A Bar in Japan

Written By: Lake Markham

Maybe I'll start to miss you
Maybe I'll feel no shame
You'll probably pretend we've never met
You'll pretend that there's nothing to say
And that's when I'll start to wonder
What happened to my plan?
Cause you're deaf to the song
I've been playing all along
At some lonesome bar in Japan

And me, well I'll still be here
Counting up my last pair of cents
Not sure about where I'm going,
But I haven't really been since
And while you're forgetting the old times
And you're out kissing some other man
With me you'll still belong
And I'll still play your song
At some lonesome bar in Japan

Hometown Blues

Written By: Lake Markham

I spent the summer looking at a picture of you
Making wishes that I knew would never come true
But it don't change a thing,
I wanna be the best that I've ever been,
But I can't do it without you,
I can't do it without you.
Oh, yes oh, I got the hometown blues.

It looks like my temper got the best of me
My eyes were cloudy, baby I could hardly see
I know it don't change a thing,
And I'd wanna be the best that I've ever been,
But only if it's for you,
Only if it's for you.
Oh, yes, oh, I got the hometown blues.

Well my time is up, and I gotta move on
I think I went and wore out my invitation
I'm gonna change everything
Moving out west with a different name
I'll forget all about you,
I'll forget all about you.
Oh, yes, oh, I got the hometown blues.

Blackbirds

Written By: L. Markham

After the storm, I managed to stumble to my feet;
Not a person standing around that was willing for me to meet.
It's nice to know that nobody cares,
It's what they mean when they say, "The world ain't fair".
But I guess that all along, it's been the truth,
And that's the truth.

I heard those blackbirds singing the blues
As they came walking in two by twos
Cause my days are getting numbered,
And I'm really getting number to the evil all around.
But at least I know that I am younger now.

I went walking through Central Park;
Everyone looked at me like I was fading the day to dark.
I'm tired of these constant stares,
Evolving into angry glares.
I guess that everybody knows the truth,
And that's the truth.

I heard those blackbirds singing the blues
As they came walking in two by twos
Cause my days are getting numbered,
And I'm really getting number to the evil all around.
But at least I know that I am younger now.

I heard those blackbirds singing the blues
As they came walking in two by twos
Cause my days are getting numbered,
And I'm really getting number to the evil all around.
But at least I know that I am younger now.

Discography

In a House - EP
Pueblo
Give a Little (Single)