Bowl, Holland

by Common Jack

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Using Common Jack as his moniker, multi-instrumentalist John Gardner has toured the globe extensively for the past two years with the Broadway show, Once. While playing the John F Kennedy Center, John was introduced to platinum producer Jim Ebert (Madonna, Dave Grohl, Toni Braxton), and they began work on Bowl, Holland in DC’s historic Cue Recording Studios in late July 2015.

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released December 14, 2015

Produced/mixed by Jim Ebert
Engineered by Sean Russell
Recorded at Cue Recording Studios in Falls Church, VA
Mastered by Collins Audio

John Gardner: Songwriting, vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo, keys, percussion
Ryan Link: Drums, vocals
Alex Nee: Bass, vocals
Erica Swindell: Violin, vocals
Josh Carter: Guitar, piano, vocals
Zander Meisner: Guitar, vocals
Erica Spyres: Violin
Cassidy Stirtz: Viola
Stephen McIntyre: Cello

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Moniker of singer-songwriter John Gardner. Virginia bred, NYC based Americana.

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Track Name: Hymn I
Carry what you can and keep your compass rose
Closer to your heart than a man who says he knows.
Hold onto yourself in the light of a summer dawn.
Remember I long for you everyday that you are gone.

See through the thickest fog and know your way is true,
True as a morning dove sailing on a sea of blue.
Keep a coat so warm for the winter’s icy yawn.
Remember I long for you everyday that you are gone.

I will long
For your touch
Everyday
Everyday
Track Name: I Fall Away
And as I lay in bed again,
Searching the shadows of a stolen line,
You’re gone once more to roam,
Carving a message on the concrete skies.

Swallow your doubt, come back to me,
East of the lantern lies a lonely mess
We’ll go there anyway
To sing the praises of our loneliness.

We’re standing with each other
Eye to eye, thigh to thigh,
And no one sees the set of keys
On the windowsill,
We stand so still,
I’ve had my fill of you now.

Love, it seems you’ve come
Too late tonight, I turned off the light
And gone to bed to rest my head,
There’s nothing to say,
You cannot stay,
I fall away from you now.
I fall away
Track Name: Skin and Bone
Well I feel you watching me
Underneath a flatbush sun,
But from your grassy seat
You only see a loaded gun.
Yes we are children yet
But darling girl do not forget
My old bones groan for you
And I am blue.

So I tried to keep my wit
But he ran off through the dark
Cause he heard there's something
Infinite hiding down in Prospect Park.
So we'll barricade the slope
And see what vows the breezes wrote
As we dreamed so quietly,
You and me.

And I'm all skin and bone,
Stripped of all my summer clothes,
Cause you tell me that we're
Protesting with winter in July
Until summer devil cries for more,
And she will call our name.
Oh we'll never be the same.

So won't you take me home,
Won't you drown me in your sheets?
What's left unsaid within our heads
Is tangled in our feet.
Oh my god my Jessie Lee
Did you ever think on how we'd be
A mile above the moon?
Just us two.

And I'm all skin and bone,
Stripped of all my ancient clothes.
And I'm shocked to find
The real revolution lies
Deep within her chocolate eyes
And I am compromised,
Ostracized,
I'm so paralyzed.
Oh I'll never be the same.
Track Name: And It Nearly Killed Me!
Get me out of the desert sun,
Give me a drink and we’ll have some fun,
Cause it’s all a game.
I’m not scared of a smoking gun,
My skin is thick and my brain is numb,
It’s all the same

I’ll go anywhere the moon has friends,
I’ll follow him down where the black street ends,
I’m not alone.
I’m not scared of a spinning wheel
Where lives are lost and the dead can steal,
I’ll throw the money stone.

All I see:
Lonely me.

But I was there
In the county chair
And the judge’s hair
Was white as snow
But he was gone,
O my life!
O my children!
O my wife!
Can you tell me, am I broken?

O my Lord won’t you make me brave?
Cause I think my need will dig my grave.
Cause I come from Nero.
I guess he knew that a life well-lived
Is life well won, oh well my son,
Won’t you save me from zero?

I saw a man in a mirrored wall
But the person’s name I can’t recall,
Did I know him?
I watch myself in the fiery dawn
And I wonder did I leave my gas stove on?
I feel so thin.

All I see:
Lonely me,
Bloody knee,
Spending spree.

But I was there
In the county chair
And the preacher’s hair
Was black as coal
But he was gone,
O my life!
O my children!
O my wife!
Can you tell I am broken?
Track Name: Restless
Please excuse my style today
It’s not that I don’t care, it’s just a phase.
The restless dog is at my heels,
Nipping, biting no matter how I pray.
The more I try to use my eyes,
The more I see the picture start to fray.
The moon becomes the sun
Becomes the moon again,
The pendulum will sway.

It swings swings swings,
It swings so hard.
It hits hits hits
It hits so hard.

My mind goes walking through itself,
Looking for the water in the well,
But he don’t know the well’s got legs
And keeps his secret safely from the swell.
So please excuse my mood today,
It’s not that I’m unkind, I just tend to dwell
On everything outside of me
And all the stories you will never tell.

It swings swings swings,
It swings so hard.
It hits hits hits
It hits so hard.
It swings swings swings,
It swings so hard.
It hits hits hits
It hits so hard.

Tell me something I don’t know
Before I get dumber.
Show me something new
Cause I’m already kind of bored.
Yeah maybe I stole your fire
But can you really blame me?
Cause what’s the good of fire
If you’re just going to sit and stare?
Don’t just sit and stare.
Track Name: She Don't
She don’t love me like no other girl
No she don’t love me like no other girl
She’s got a picture in her pocket and a pistol in her hand.

She don’t stand like nobody else,
No she don’t stand like no body else.
The room will light up and she and I will lay the land.

I don’t know what Chicago said
No I don’t know what Chicago said
Cause I buried myself beneath the dirt and grass
I buried myself beneath the dirt and the grass.
Yes I buried myself beneath the dirt and the grass.

So I will love her like no other girl
Yes I will love her like no other girl.
Cause she don’t care what has come to pass
No she don’t care what has come to pass.
No she don’t care, no she don’t care what’s come to pass.
Track Name: The Echo
I can't catch a break
Because it seem that it would take
Some luck.

It lights your face, it lights the night,
We lose the phosphorescent fight,
We run.

The echo sounds.
The echo sounds.

I'd rather be an enemy
Than some forgotten memory
Of yours.
I'm yours.

Should I have changed myself for you
Would we have even made through
Or would we walk as liars do,
Alone?

The echo sounds.
The echo sounds.
The echo sounds.
The echo sounds.
The echo sounds.
The echo sounds.
Track Name: Bowl, Holland
And then I saw my swollen face
Dancing on the swollen lake.
I ran from the wind and sky
As I tried to hide,
But my arms opened wide.

We threw our wishes to the flames,
You lovely smile gave mine a lovely name,
Oh to be the wind and sky
As I dug a hole
To the secret of the bowl.

Oh I feel a touch of grace
As we are dancing in this holy place.

I felt your breath warm upon the swell,
We circled the moon before we fell,
We laughed at the wind and sky
As they tried to be you and me.

Oh I feel a touch of grace
As we are dancing in this holy place.
Do you hear the siren song
Singing through the air?
Won’t you take my hand and lead me there?

I’m told that hope is for the blind,
Then I saw you, I lost my sight.