When I Was

by Jonathan Cannamore

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"When I Was," is my debut album containing songs that were written as long ago as 2010, and as recent as 2013. Combined together, the songs on "When I Was," can be interpreted as the many different experiences and mental breakthroughs you have when growing up. Songs about love, heartbreak, jollity, curiosity, mentality, and stupidity are all themes that can be found in the depths of the record. Complimenting the deep roots of the album, there are many different genres to take in with it. Acoustic, Folk, and Alternative styles all find their way onto this diverse, and colorful album.

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released March 1, 2013

Written and recorded by Jonathan Cannamore
Artwork by Jonathan Cannamore
Recorded at Cannamore Studios

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Jonathan Cannamore Alaska

Alternative, folk, and acoustic rock from Anchorage Alaska. I try to share songs from the home and heart through as many different writing angles as possible. Music is an avenue to share experience, hearts and minds to raise us out of our circumstances. ... more

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Track Name: When I Was (The Song)
When I was
When I was
When I was
When I was

That long walk, to our spot
Where we sit, and we talk
It's longer than its, been before
The fog outside, knocks, on our doors

My headphones dangle, from my neck
When we embrace, your ears press
You hear that same, sad, song
That I've listened to all along

When I was lost it was on
When I was young it was on
When I was dumb, it was on
But you said, we're not done

When I was
When I was
Track Name: It's The Pressure Out There
If it's the place where you, lose your faith
It's not an answer, to your failure
Looking out a window, a spot on campus
People watching, those with no offering

A cane blind trudge, a toothless grin
The world's worst, and you're not close to them
A hood shy shuffle, with few teeth
Those words are always, always muffled

It's the pointless struggle, the language we all speak
All the same we're denying we're so spoiled that we're dying
It's the pressure out there it could change the weather
Thrift store jeans and bundled coats we try to change but we won't
Track Name: Tunnel Vision
We're out for the third night this week
We drive atop the world and you begin to speak
You say, you want it all want it now I know it
Leaning back I sigh and keep my thoughts quiet
You want it all want it now I know it
Leaning back I sigh and keep my thoughts quiet

How will one man ever live up to you?
If he's not perfect he's not for you.

You'll never have never have never have someone's heart
When you wish when you pick when you want a perfect start
You'll never have never have never have someone's love
When we are all we are all in some way corrupt

This world's screwed if every girls' like you
Since you won't like a guy who doesn't love all your shoes
You can stop we'll drive back i can't take this, leaning back I sigh and keep my thoughts quiet
You can stop we'll drive back I can't take this, leaning back I sigh and keep my thoughts quiet

How will one man ever live up to you?
If he's not Jesus he's not for you.

You won't get
What you wish
Cuz you don't know
That you're all alone
Track Name: Vegetable
In the ground dirt all around
It sits, just to be picked
The day comes you are in the sink
Water runs and people eat
I washed so that you could be
Glistening, now you're clean

Anywhere, anywhere
There's so much there, yeah
Anywhere, anywhere
There's so much there, yeah

We're running out of fuel you think
Waters rise and mountains sink
Cars crash and people scream
Alcohol traces in black steam
People know better than me
You're not as willful as you think

Why do some play by the rules?
No need when they play us like fools
If people fight it means they care
Some argue just because they can
You've tuned out everyword I've said
You'll even defend what I just did

And everyday you've got a reason
Track Name: Even Your Dreams Are Clouded
I know what broke you now
All she said went to your head
Lost at sea in all your thoughts
All your mind is locked up by what she said
Now all you think is all that's bad
And if she went back to what she said
Sorry won't remove the lock
You've been told she's done some obscene things
Even your dreams are clouded
Dreaming of her going away
You ask for the truth from her
But I don't know if I believe her voice anymore

You're never going back
She's made her move and begun to attack
Shovel dirt out of your head
So you return what you had
You're never going back
She's made her move and begun to attack
Shovel dirt out of your head
So you return what you had

It took two years to write this song
Because time proved we were all wrong
Your whole past was pushed on me
And your weight is sweet relief
Track Name: Wildfire
A hunter trudged through the forest
His spear tail and tongue pointed red
Between his lips was a cigarette
It fell to the ground and spread

The ash touched the leaves from the fallen trees
It spread like a wildfire to the sea
My heart, is a wildfire
And I can't stop it from going farther

The leaves were my despair
When the devil roamed in my wood
He started what I could not stop
This season finally lit up
The trees were my strength now they crash and burn with anger
Like planes crashing in wars between strangers

The fire burned without smoke
And when green turned black no one saw

Where is the water?
Weren't we supposed to rely on eachother?
Where is the water?
Weren't we supposed to rely on eachother?

And I used to be the sea
My waves smothered those in need
Now I'm drowning in the heat
And I'm waiting for someone to, smother me
Track Name: Boddah (You Are Always There)
This love is loud, but makes no sound
It keeps me through, each sun that's new
Because you'll be there in the blue sky, clouds may come but you're higher
You are always there
You are always there

In neon lights, my room lights up
Trapped in the haze, a technic wave
It's not the way to follow through, communicate like we're supposed to
You are always there
You are always there

When I break down, when you can't stand
You're the chosen sound, I'll grab your hand
No neon lights, just face to face
Just talk and smiles, just love and grace
Because you'll be there under clouds with me, sun or shine or angry sea
You are always there
You are always there

Because you'll be there under clouds with me, sun or shine or angry sea
Track Name: The Prodigal Son
Oh you know when I'm gone
Your voice it calls but I run on
But the second I turn to look for you
You still want me to come back to you

Oh you know when I stray
Eyes will fall and look away
But the second I turn to look for you
You still want me to come back to you

Oh you know when the world's above
And looking down and mocking love
Your honesty will shine right on through
You still want me to come back to you

Did you know that we are strong?
But only with our Savior's love
We're all that's left to heat the day
Even as some whither away
Did you know a match is always there?
It's in our heads under our hair
With our minds we will prevail
Every boat will have a sail
Track Name: Actions Speak Louder All The Time
I don't know what you've been told
I tend to put my life on hold
Some say I need to leave from home
And I say it's wasted time
No sense in being left behind
Actions speak louder all the time

And I've lost my hope more than once
Friends forget and crush my trust
But you're presence is enough
And like a rope around the peer
Our boat's docked and always here
Waves are the whisper in your ear

Actions speak louder all the time
Even in the shadow of world eyes
Actions speak louder all the time
Even when we're treading on thin ice

And I see you're moving
And I see you're there
And I see you're moving
And I see you care

And i've sat many times here before
This time there's comfort one the floor
Life's gone and we're no more
But you know our winds will always spin
Up high away from all of this
Your gust has made me again
I don't know what you've been told
I tend to put my life on hold
Some say I need to go back home
But I say it's wasted time, no sense in bein left behind
Actions speak louder all the time
Actions speak louder all the time
Track Name: White Walls
Not once, have white walls
Been so hard to write on
And my heart, has no ink, it won't take long to melt in sink
And I don't know about your fate, and I don't know which route to take
Why did this page taunt me? Now books are full, about thee
No crooked smiles in mathbook sleeves, we drew the fine line
Without even knowing

And not once, have white walls
Been so hard to write on
And my heart has no ink, it won't take long to melt in sink

You stared in, my eyes, you know the sad reprise
These branches, droop low, grab your coat go back to school
And why can't walls be all chest high? Or knots in life be all untied
Show me the painter's blood roll up your sleeves I'll catch your love
And stop in the room with the empty shelves, and place the book all by yourself
Track Name: My Philosophy Has Your Name In It
The wind of the fields
The droplet of rain
The trees sway
And the oceans give way

The time surpasses
As I sit on the plain
Looking round for you
But you don't come this way, anymore

You're off in the city
Writing the law
That I nimbly avoid
Hiding in these bogs

I had this image
That you would follow
Me to the forest
And leave what's real, all behind

Why walk from this?
Look at the life you've left
Materialistic nature
Clouds your judgement

You sing beauty
Just like the stars up high
Don't retreat to the corrupt
Who treat you as a game

I can't believe you'll from
The towering trees of green
For the towering skyscrapers
That hide the obscene

You leave this of peace
For the life of unrest
You too have become
A slave of society

Can you see this love
Expressed by the trees
You can be yourself
Because the woods are for we
Because the woods are for we