What Takes You

by Jon Bryant

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What Takes You began in late 2010. The writing process was difficult to get back into as I had been touring, finishing University and planning for my touring year of 2011.

Each song I wrote for What Takes You immediately came to life for me. It was as though I knew they would make it to the album and all the others I was very much on the fence about. In the end I wrote about 40 songs for the album and only 10 actually made it.

From the selection process and pre-recording to the final mixes, my producer Jordan Wiberg worked tirelessly. his patient and persistant work ethic took this album to a level I had never imagined. He pushed the music to the a perfect balance of simplicity and production dynamic; which we both feel, is exactly what this album needed.

We wanted to create a mood and a progression of emotions with the songs. I didnt necessarily want to create a concept album, but I didnt want to have each song flow into the next.

The tracks that make up "What Takes You" are all very personal and taken from parts of my life of which I dont want to fully disclose. I like the way music can draw one specific reaction from one person and another very distinct reaction from another. I feel if I give away too much information about these songs, they will somehow lose their power and ability to do that.

Thank you for listening and giving this album your time, your ears and your money


released May 17, 2012

Written, Performed, Co-Produced, Illustrated and Designed by Jon Bryant
Producer/Engineered/Mixed by Jordan Wiberg
Mastered by Jason Germain

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Snare Drum - Jon Bryant
Additional Vocals - Meaghan Smith, Jordan Wiberg,
Strings - Alec Harrison, Jason Germain
Electric guitar - Jason Mingo
Pedal Steel - Greg Derksen
Drums - Dave Lalonde, Jordan Wiberg
Bass - Greg Peace
Banjo - Andy Shauf
Violin - Olivia Wall
Cello - Lisa Nazarenko, Patricia Mastalerz
All Additional Instrumentation - Jordan Wiberg

Looks Better on You - Writing Credits - Andrew Veysey
Carolina - Written by James Taylor
Be Still - Author Unknown
Comfortable land and Evening Sun - Writing Credits - Jordan Wiberg

Photography by Jon Burke



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Jon Bryant is a true artist whose popularity within the international music industry is growing and certainly leaving a lasting impression with his unique musical style of haunting-ambient dream-folk and singer/songwriter roots. At the start of his career, Jon Bryant’s single “Deaf” was selected as the iTunes single-of-the-week and his debut album the featured singer-songwriter album of the year ... more

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Track Name: Souls of Manhattan
theres a longing of sorts
for the souls of manhattan
but i dont see what they all see
see i knew a good girl with the slightest of curls
who was bound for the land of the free

she left in the morn from so empty a home
with the hope that the city would fill
and she made souvineers, from many notepads and tears
writing memoirs until it made sense.

but time like a bandit retreated too fast
at the drop of her hat you go down down down
where the souls of manhattan resound

When the sun does rise up
or' that silver horizon
would you let out a soft spoken prayer
cuz shes lower than hell and she needs a good friend
who dont mind givin up holidays.

cuz all of your heroes and fairweather friends
watch as your dreams tumble
down down down
where the souls of manhatten resound.

Where will you go
when your heart is covered in snow?
and your friends
leave you feelin alone

Theres a longing of sorts for the souls of Manhatten
and I'm just beginning to see
Track Name: High Above the Iron
high above the iron youll see
high above the iron she will be
Leave you hangin by your very word
til your heart cant take it any more

but I saw that spirit rise out from the grave
covered me with ashes of a slave
time to come with me my little child
Its better when you let me walk this mile

Ohhh x 8
Track Name: Ontario
I heard the wind today
tellin me to go
I felt the train depart
to take me from a coast
i watched my city sleep
like a restless soul with nowhere else to go.

Sorrows go on for years
like the tears in widows eyes
lessons all stay the same
while the days give in to nights
I watched the oceans rise
and asked myself "how can i leave this town"?


i can feel those winds blow,
so many roads
in ontario
Gotta breathe in real slow
where will I go,
God only knows
so far, so low
God only knows

Its crowding the empty streets
and every champage glass
I lingering voice that speaks
Lest I repeat the past
Im lookin at empty streets
and wonder If ill make it out this time

i want you closer now
in the messages i send
but im watching our candles burn
depleting at the ends
n' I'm lookin at everyone
tellin me no better time to run


If I go
there is one thing you should know
this land is not my home
im leaving for my coast
Track Name: Once In a While
Israel youve left me a mark
and it rest on my forehead like dust on a spark
I still see clouds in the clearest of nights
but when you settle in your the truest of northern lights

Jerusalem, I miss you now, i miss you now
and the way we danced, so lost in the crowd

so take my hand, or let my heart go
im not gonna leave you like lovers before
dont you remember , what I said that night
I cant stand to be with you once in a while

"take me down to the medic" you ask
And carry me close for to weave through the stacks
I cant see your pain til it weakens your heel
In this city so fake, your'e the sapphire so delicately real.
Track Name: Evening Sun
all the colors of the evening sun
on your sweet face
take me home

Like the fullness of the midnight moon
plain and simple
I love you

So few hold the hand of faithfulness
I cant let up
mad for you

It is good to find a lover in this life
take her to the waters and never ever leave her dry
But my father always sang this chord
day by day, in every way
Set your eyes upon the Lord
Set your eyes upon the Lord

Oh the feeling when i kissed your mouth
middle of night
such relief

Aint no currency to buy your heart
pure as gold is
What reward
Track Name: Looks Better on You
I buy these clothes
I buy these clothes
i buy these shoes these shirts these clothes
I put em on
I take em off
you put em on you pull it off

Everything I own looks better on you
Everything I own looks better on you
Everything I own looks better on you
oh my shirt, my shoes, my watch, my hat, my my scarf
my lips, my eyes, my hands and my old heart
Everything I own looks better on you
Track Name: David Livingstone
You be a mystery and i will uncover the truth
You be the chorus and Ill be the verse to go through
you be the dynamite blasting away at the walls we take apart
you be dave livingstone, ill be his african heart

you be my walker and stay with me as i grow frail
you be the wind and direct me when i lose the sail
you be the resonance pulsing through every nerve that fails my knees
You be John Lennon, and Ill be the world that he see's

sweet midsummer nights
with you in my life
with you in my life

You be a flask and ill be the comfort you hold
You can be stranded and ill bring you in from the cold
You be the ambulance racing me back to that old familiar door
You be Theresa, and ill be your hands to the poor

You be a train track, and ill never leave you for long
you be new land, and ill plot my home in your arms
You be the coffee that brings me to life in the early winter blue
You be my lady and Ill be your man, through and through.
You be my lady and ill be your man through and through.
Track Name: Take Me if You Must
you wont take this heart of stone
no you wont no you wont no you wont
I dont think its worth the sacrifice
no i dont no i dont no i dont
but something in you pulled my out of the flames
ive lost all this doubt, perfected my aim
this rivers gon take me gone take me away
and I dont mind leavin today

i have lived good life
so take me if you like
keep on this narrow path
cut every lie in half
love lest my heart turns to dust
and if you decide still ill be satisfied
take me if you must

When that white horse come swing down low
im gon ride, im gon ride, im gon ride
onward through that blazing eye
i wont die i wont die i wont die
Cuz im on a highway strainin to end
like the wars of my father, their homes to defend
the hammer builds on as the sword reprimands
no i dont mind leavin today.

i have lived good life
so take me if you like
ill keep on this narrow path
cut every lie in half
love til my heart turns to dust
if you decide, ill walk into the brightest light
take me if you must

I dont want to fuss
So take me if you must
Track Name: St. Antonio's Soap
saint antonio soap
passed down by the governer
put out by the vendors.
for the poorest of citizens
make me a clean man today

saint antonios soap
cleans with the water that lingers
expecting their wallets to grow
by the time they make payroll.
oh man me a clean man today

Saint antonios soap
For the profiting parties at hand
they will steal every strand
of the faith you call mystery
oh make me a clean man today.