Jon Solo

by Jon Solo

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released August 3, 2010

all instruments: jon solo
drums: brian griffin
violin: rachel ferm
tenor sax: jake clemons
guest emcee: probe dms
guest vocalist: jonah smith
jon solo plays martin strings thanks to chris thomas.
cover art by victoria collier
drums recorded by jeffrey swart at kingsland studios.
mixed and mastered by brad conrad

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Jon Solo Brooklyn, New York

Jon Solo's earliest memory is playing the piano. "My earliest memories are playing local talent shows." Having lived in New York City for nearly 20 years he has played a broad spectrum of musical styles including jazz, pop, hip-hop, R&B, folk, indie rock, etc.

When Solo's not on tour he's in his studio in Brooklyn, NY writing and recording music.
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Track Name: Checkmate
doubled up my money on a sunny hot day
tripled up my honey with a birthday cake
came out on a highway reading NYC
hoping that my baby won't miss me

cradled in my pocket was a rocking chair
pencil with a mirror and a bass guitar snare
wishing for adventure that will keep me there
hoping that the city will be fair

and i've been wrong before
but i'm walking through the door

time is fine when time begins
when you're driving on a freeway motoring
fate is faith and i was raised
after being called all in checkmate

litigating terms at a corporate job
waking up at 7 just to make it on top
riding on the subway thought about my home
hoping that i'll never have to be grown

ordinarily i'm on top of my game
found kentucky bourbon and a little cocaine
messing with a girl she was out from spain
hoping that she loves me the same

and i've been wrong before
but i'm walking through the door

time is fine when time begins
when you're driving on a freeway motoring
fate is faith and i was raised
after being called all in checkmate

living on the street
no shoes on my feet
i should've learned to read
but now i pay the fee


time is fine when time begins
when you're driving on a freeway motoring
fate is faith and i was raised
after being called all in checkmate

doubled up my money on a sunny hot day
tripled up my honey with a birthday cake
came out on a highway reading NYC
hoping that my baby won't miss me
Track Name: Broken In Two
speaking of a small town
wish i was homeward bound
where i used to feel alone
you and me
under the willow tree
loving you wasn't hard

miss the sun
the mountain in me
where's the healing
the coldest winter nights
hung by the city bright lights
makes my heart broken in two
wish i knew

western winds and pecan pies
remind me sitting by my grandmas side
she said don't worry about me
everybody's got a timeline
with these chords hope i'll make mine
never colored inside the lines

miss the sun
the mountain in me
where's the healing
the coldest winter nights
hung by the city bright lights
makes my heart broken in two
wish i knew

speaking of a small town
long time since i been around
forgotten dreams swirled in my head
apple trees a part of me
home is where i wanna be
family thoughts become my theme

miss the sun
the mountain in me
where's the healing
the coldest winter nights
hung by the city bright lights
makes my heart broken in two
wish i knew
Track Name: Diamond Plate
wasted all my time with you but i don't care
sometimes it's unfair
sitting in my kitchen smoking cigarettes alone
while i'll talk on the phone

and i reach for another beer
i almost see it clear

my diamond plate won't break
your silver chain won't change
i'm moving on, movving on, i'm moving on
before you're gone, i'm moving on, i'm moving on
moving on

captured moments nightly with my ATM card
didn't get real far
now i see that you've become a star
just by saving par

and i reach for another gin
i almost see the end

my diamond plate won't break
your silver chain won't change
i'm moving on, movving on, i'm moving on
before you're gone, i'm moving on, i'm moving on
moving on
Track Name: I'll Get By
in the cards
can't play the queen till your hearts been broken
not in the stars
depends on how your lucks been going
i'm broken in my heart
back to the start
i'll get by i'll get by like i should without you

lost respect for you
when you played the ace of spades and i
thought of telling you
that i was hurt when you walked away but
my tongue was in a knot
and you put me on the spot
i'll get by i'll get by like i should without you

what you said was true
i'm not about to be the one
who didn't think it through
i held my highest heart for you
oh cause you were on the run
guess i'm not the one
i'll get by i'll get by like i should without you

played the game i'm not ashamed
had my chance now that all remains
are memories of losing to you am i just a fool

Probe:
no you'll be alright big homie
here's how you get by with out feeling lonely
you get on you get mines you get a new ronie
get rid of your old queen that hoes phonie
she's so dramatic she needs to get a tony
check her schematics man she's so sporatic
she's so eratic and full of boloney
but it could even be cool being alone homes

now i'm on my own
with an empty deck and whiskey drinking
thinking of the time
when i shot the moon with your eyes wide open
i'm broken in my heart
back to the start
i'll get by i'll get by like i should without you
i'll get by i'll get by like i should without you
i'll get by i'll get by like i should without you
Track Name: Dandelion
i never liked to sleep at night
on my own with no one home
i saw you at the bar last night
with some guy i almost cried

now i wonder what to do
it was you who said it's not you it's on me

don't tell me i'm not on your mind
no reason why you can't be mine
got a picture of your face inside
my dandelion

taste this wine at supper time
why not try you gave a sigh
looking back i see it clear
i had no fear you were insincere

your secrets played a melody
it was minor but i knew the harmony

don't tell me i'm not on your mind
no reason why you can't be mine
got a picture of your face inside
my dandelion
Track Name: Do You Feel Me
me and my girl bought a six pack of ronies
told me how she hate my homies
didn't wanna make out with you last night

monday quarterbacking words i'm regretting
coming from good intentions
didn't wanna stay out with you last night

love, will follow us, until we turn to dust
hey my girl, do you feel me

back to our corners ring the bell i'm a swinging
my words they are demeaning
didn't know what to say to you last night

please and thank you's all that you're craving
country raising missed my graduation
didn't think i would change my mind last night

love, will follow us, until we turn to dust
hey my girl, do you feel me

oh my friend of mine
ain't no boundries yet so where's the line
discovered on my own that i'm no good alone
do you feel the same
Track Name: It's Up To You
i was walking on a cloud backed by your
words that you swore
it's me you adore

the trouble in my time is gone
now that it's on
it's you in my arms

oooh, you know we're dreaming
so let's not pretend, bring me in, till the end my friend beginnings

are the best
like a rising sun
it's something new
it's up to you

holding all my kindness in a cup
trying not to slump
it doesn't take much

spreading on your body like soap suds
my words that you love
heaven is above

oooh, you know we're dreaming
so let's not pretend, bring me in, till the end my friend beginnings

are the best
like a rising sun
it's something new
it's up to you

please don't fret my dear it's clear
no time for fear
you know i'm sincere

i understand how you commit
hand in a fist
you i can't resist

oooh, you know we're dreaming
so let's not pretend, bring me in, till the end my friend beginnings

are the best
like a rising sun
it's something new
it's up to you
it's up to you beginnings
are the best like a rising sun it's something new
it's up to you
Track Name: Bluebird
blue bird singing out my window in brooklyn
playing my piano in my kitchen
writing down a simple tune

it's about the time i used to be a drunkard
sipping from the bottle with a stutter
hoping i won't go back there

did you know how i felt
back when i was lost
on your exhaust
even in those dark days
above a cloudy haze
i still saw your face

my intentions were so cryptic now i'm sober
burning down the roots of my lover
working over time for you

scared of being with the one i never let go
steady like a walking tempo
working yourself back in

did you know how i felt
back when i was lost
on your exhaust
even in those dark days
above a cloudy haze
i still saw your face

did you, ever think that i
would become as lonely as the sky
Track Name: One By One
you're scared of me and i know why
cause i fear you and that's a sign
thats how i know it's right
risky words and mystery
hanging onto secrecy
regrettably that's me

one by one, makes two complete, it forms naturally, but not to me

built our home with paper walls
came crashing down like waterfalls
with no regard at all

one by one, makes two complete, it forms naturally, but not to me

you were waiting on me wasting all your company
longing for true love possessing us from suffering
daydreaming of us one by one and unworried
it comes naturally but not to me
Track Name: I Can Be Me
when the script is lost
i'm free
i will walk around the city
graciously
saw the tearful joy of
my peers
touched by words of sorrow
yearning for a hopeful year

in my settling i've learned to say harsh things
my dreams schemes obscene

now i'm free
from your scene
now i'm free
i can be me

answered everyone
all day
in my car alone stoned
with no dismay
wasn't long ago but
in time
i will need another life to live
anticipate my resign

the smile i wear for you won't move
i'm tamed changed and unashamed


now i'm free
from your scene
now i'm free
i can be me

now i'm free
from your scene
now i'm free
i can be me
Track Name: Girl Back When
young and underplayed
in the corner of the hall i stayed
watched you walked across the room
knew i had to hold you soon

mama used to say
don't fall for young girl ways
but you made me bite my lip
soon as you had touched my hips
you did

love in my early days
it was so innocent it wasn't hit or miss
i knew how i felt back when
but now that my heart has grown
feel that i'm not as known to what will make my home
i'm still in love with that same girl i knew back when

i'm a little slow
don't know if i need someone no mo
took me longer than a mile
like a watch without a dial

listen to me now
maybe i could come around
reminisce about that time
when you should've been mine
could i

love in my early days
it was so innocent it wasn't hit or miss
i knew how i felt back when
but now that my heart has grown
feel that i'm not as known to what will make my home
i'm still in love with that same girl i knew back when

i was thinking of you even though i had no idea
where you are or where you've been
your under my skin

what do you say
before my memory starts fade
do you feel like me within
promise i won't leave again
i do

love in my early days
it was so innocent it wasn't hit or miss
i knew how i felt back when
but now that my heart has grown
feel that i'm not as known to what will make my home
i'm still in love with that same girl i knew back when
Track Name: River To The Sea
one day i followed the river to the sea
i had time to waste i was hoping it would set me free
and when i got there i heard tenor melodies
singing will you ever come to me

decades past me by and i've been wearing chains
country people say never live life in vain
a buried treasure chest might kill this misery
just wondering if i'll ever find me

so get me high this day
cause in due time she'll say

the tallest mountain top is colder than it seems
even though you're high there's nothing that'll justify
i know it's been too long but i haven't changed the key
just wondering if she'll come on back to me

so get me high this day
cause in due time she'll say

the waves were calm that day and swear i heard them say forget how i used to feel cause i'm never coming back that way
the tenor voices sang you're feeling deja vu
stop wondering if she'll ever come to you
stop wondering if she'll ever come to you
Track Name: Desperate Angels
desperate angels walk on crooked paths
follow them and you'll be taken back
read the role and play your part
all you need is inside your heart

we dream and plan ahead
listen to your soul instead
sounds something like

oo oo oo oo oo
i can hear it don't go and fear it
out here on your own
oo oo oo oo oo
i can't explain it, nothing but a heartache
detour ahead unknown

can't make rent and bills to pay
hard at work you're never safe
you don't feel like you don't feel like you
with miles ahead it's hard to follow through

we dream and plan ahead
listen to your soul instead
sounds something like

oo oo oo oo oo
i can hear it don't go and fear it
out here on your own
oo oo oo oo oo
i can't explain it, nothing but a heartache
detour ahead unknown