Deep River

by Jon Allen

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Deep River sees Allen paying tribute to great tunes of the past; mixing catchy Sixties-inflected rock, soul, and country blues. Since breaking out in the music scene in 2008, Jon has gained a loyal and ever-growing fan base through his talent as a vocalist, guitarist, and song-writer. His songs have provided the perfect soundtrack for hit prime time TV shows such as ‘Homeland’ and ‘Bones’, along with Hollywood blockbusters ‘The Oranges’ and ‘Safe Haven’. With vocals that are eerily reminiscent of a young Rod Stewart, Deep River finds Jon Allen channeling his wide range of influences with songs covering relationships, moving on, and finding oneself.

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released 08 July 2014

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Track Name: Night & Day
If I can’t have your love
I don’t want nothing at all
If I can’t have your love
I’ll keep my heart behind the wall

I don’t want to see the sun
Don’t want nothing from no one
And night and day don’t mean a thing to me

If I can’t have your love
I don’t want nobody else
If I can’t have your love
I’ll keep my sorrow to myself

Can’t do no good with my time
Got no rhythm, got no rhyme
And night and day don’t mean a thing to me

Come back and revive my senses
Set fire to my skin
Give me a reason to feel defenseless
Give me a reason to start again

If I can’t have your love
I don’t want to play the game
If I can’t have your love
It would be a lie to love again

I don’t have no life to live
If you’ve got no love to give
And night and day don’t mean a thing to me
Track Name: Lady Of The Water
In the cold, cold morning
Thought I heard you calling
In the half-light just before the dawning of the day
Half awake and dreaming
When untapped thoughts were streaming
Thought I heard you telling me you’d take it all away

At the turn of midnight
In the burning firelight
Did I see your fragile figure dancing in the flame
Beyond the realms of reason
Untamed and out of season
Could you be the missing key that gives my need a name

Lady of the water
Lead me to hallowed ground
Lady of the water
Take me where I long to be found

My days are full of faces
Of racketeers and chasers
I’m praying for a drop of rain in a street that’s full of sand
This city can undo you
Cut its teeth right through you
I’m looking for that open door and the grace of your hand
Track Name: Falling Back
Another losing hand’s been played out
Another dream has turned to dust
I’m trying to keep myself believing
It never really meant that much

And I’m falling back
Like a barfly to the bottle
Way down into the black
Yeah I’m falling back
And nothing can touch me
‘Cause I’m already gone

I don’t have no explanation
For why the cards are so unkind
I’ve let go if every last illusion
That ever gave me peace of mind

And I’m falling back
Like a barfly to the bottle
Way down into the black
Yeah I’m falling back
And nothing can touch me
‘Cause I’m already gone

I don’t have no cause
No reason to be brave
Everything I used to stand for
Is buried in a shallow grave
Oh, it’s such a waste
Oh, it’s such a shame
To see the fields of Eden
Burning down in flames
Track Name: Hummingbird Blues
You’ve got a way of living, Lord it makes me feel so fine
You’re the tonic for my troubles that gets me reeling every time

I’ve never been to China but I’d like to go there now with you
We could sail out on that slow boat just like the way they used to do

The hummingbird’s singing his songs
He don’t give a damn who can hear it
My heart is singing along
If I’m not in heaven now I swear I must be near it

When I think about you darling, Oh it sets my heart aglow
There’s so many ways you send me that you don’t even know

The hummingbird’s singing his songs
He don’t give a damn who can hear it
My heart is singing along
If I’m not in heaven now I swear I must be near it

Gonna find your loving waters, gonna wash my spirit clean
That river that reminds me life ain’t as cruel as it seems
Track Name: Fire In My Heart
You’ve got a lot of nerve
The way you keep me hanging on
‘Cause I can’t let you go
Guess I’ve been loving you too long

And every time I try to walk away
Something inside me always makes me stay
‘Cause I just can’t put out this fire in my heart

I gave you all I had
Wish I could take it all back now
But I can’t start again
‘Cause I got a heart that don’t know how

And maybe I don’t know what’s good for me
And I’d be better off for getting free
But I just can’t put out this fire in my heart

You got me hooked on you and your bad love
That only makes me blue
And what’s sad about it is I can’t do without it

Sometimes I wish, sometimes I wish we never met
Then I wouldn’t know this pain
Wouldn’t know this sadness and regret

But every little bit of hurt I feel
Is a part of me that knows love is real
‘Cause I just can’t put out this fire in my heart
Track Name: Deep River
I’ve been torn down, I’ve been kicked around
Waiting for the war to end

It’s been a long time since I crossed the line
Where the weeping willows bend

I’m going back to start anew
To shed these scars, way out in the blue

Deep river roll me where I need to go
Give me the answers that only you know

The river’s in me, It’s all I wanna be
I just have to let it run

All the changes that its course arranges
Are the deeds that must be done

Tears of joy and tears of pain
The river takes them, takes them all the same

I’m doing all I can to follow nature’s plan
To hold on to the hand of fate
Maybe I’ll see the sun setting on the way I’ve come
Before the evening gets too late

Deep river roll me where I need to go
Give me the answers that only you know
Track Name: Wait For Me
Gonna miss you in the morning, gonna miss you when I’m gone
With that bitter sweet sorrow of a heart that’s hanging on

Will you wait for me?

Well I ain’t too proud to ask it ‘cause I really need to know
Will you watch after this fire, keep it burning when I go

Will you wait for me?

That big jet plane is leaving to take me far away
But right here with you darling is where my heart will stay

Though I got to say goodbye now, though I know we have to part
Won’t you give a little comfort to the pain that’s in my heart

Say you’ll wait for me

‘Cause I’ll be coming back here when the autumn moon is due
I’ll be falling at your feet before the leaves of autumn do

Will you wait for me?

That big jet plane is leaving to take me far away
But right here with you darling is where my heart will stay

Gonna miss you in the morning, gonna miss you when I’m gone
With that bitter sweet sorrow of a heart that’s hanging on
Track Name: Get What's Mine
Well I’ve crawled when I should have been running
And I’ve been way too long biding my time
I don’t care if it ain’t too becoming
Come hell or high water, I’m gonna get what’s mine

I ain’t lookin’ for to rob anybody
I ain’t thinking of committing any crime
Baby I’m just a man in a hurry
Come hell or high water, I’m gonna get what’s mine

I’m tired of chasing someone else’s dream
Gonna get my freedom, gonna do a little living
Find out what the world really means

Well, I don’t wanna die on this mountain
Ain’t nobody gonna build me a shrine
So I gotta fight fire with lightning
Come hell or high water, I’m gonna get what’s mine

You can stone me and call me a sinner
But I’ll be damned if I’m waiting in line
It’s getting late and the light’s getting dimmer
Come hell or high water, I’m gonna get what’s mine

I’m tired of chasing someone else’s dream
Gonna get my freedom, gonna do a little living
Find out what the world really means
Track Name: By My Side
There are times when I lose my step
Times when I forget who I am
But I believe there's hope for me yet
Just as long as you're around

If I ever feel like giving up
Near as I can be to defeated
You always find a way to lift me up
Catch me when I'm coming down

I don't know how the story goes
Or where the journey will end

But there's a warm sun shining
In the darkest sky
There's a silver lining
Long as you are by my side

I can't hold on to the restless wind
I can't stop the rain from falling
But you're the one I keep believing in
When my faith is burning low

Every new day is blind to see
What tomorrow will bring

But there's a warm sun shining
In the darkest sky
There's a silver lining
Long as you are by my side

Fortune telling's not a game I play
But I know one thing for sure
If you promised me you'd always stay
I'd never ask for nothing more oh

There's a warm sun shining
In the darkest sky
There's a silver lining
Long as you are by my side
Track Name: All The Money's Gone
Come back to me baby
Don’t put me down in my prime
I may be a bad man but don’t we have a good time?

It’s a dog eat dog world, babe
Ain’t nobody to blame
You’re only picking on me now on account of my name

All the money’s gone, all the money’s gone
I can’t walk on water, I can’t even run
Lord forgive me for the things that I’ve done

Well it says in the good book
That you reap what you sow
But that old green backed woman is the only god that I know

You can take back my Warhol
Tear down my chandelier
But darling, I only told you what you wanted to hear

I’m in the bunker, baby
I ain’t seen daylight since you said we’re through
I ain’t worth nothing, if I’m worth nothing to you

Lock me up if you want to
But baby don’t lose that key
‘Cause you know that I need you, like I know you need me

We belong here together
We’re a match made in Hell
One day we’ll start over, on the sound of that bell

All the money’s gone, all the money’s gone
I don’t know if I’m clever, I don’t know if I’m dumb
But give me some credit for the things that I've done
Track Name: Loving Arms
I’ve walked through the badlands all alone in my bed
I’ve suffered the silence of words left unsaid
And I figured hope, an impassable trail
Just the bitter chill of morning, just the distant sun so pale

I’ve sailed across an ocean of hard luck and lies
I’ve seen the horizon through desolate eyes
With a heart full of hurt and a head full of fear
Till you love-light came shining on the shoreline there so clear
And I was reborn

Here in your loving arms, where I belong

I’ve lived like a stranger out of place and time
I’ve stood on the high ledge at the edge of the line
With blood on my shoes and fire in my brain
I’ve held on to your memory like a rider to the reins
And now I’m reborn

Here in your loving arms, where I belong

Well my days have been dark and my nights have been cold to the bone
Like a bird on the wing, with the promise of spring I have flown
Just looking for home

Here in your loving arms, where I belong
Track Name: Keep Moving On
Well we’re stone dead standing still
We’re just sitting ducks waiting for the kill
If we can’t find the way and the will, to keep moving on

We got fear in our bones and it feels like we’re so far from home
But it’s only the pain of our growing, so keep moving on

Maybe it’s not about getting to the Promised Land
Maybe it’s more about trying

Well we’re all born in the fight
We’re all children thrown into the night
You gotta lift your eyes up to the light, and keep moving on

‘Cause there ain’t no going back
Ain’t no footprints left on the track
And time never cut any slack, so keep moving on

Maybe it’s not about getting to the Promised Land
Maybe it’s more about trying

You can’t live your life in the past
Nothing good or bad ever lasts
You can walk slow or you can walk fast, but keep moving on