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“Jones creates songs of world-weary grace and beauty. The vision is dark and diaphanous with disappointment, failed love, put off dreams and atmospherically brilliant evocation. He’s a staccato stiletto to your heart.” - Mark Gresser - Music Matters Review



Produced by JP Jones and Andy Jones with Kevin Sullivan and help from everyone
Engineered and mixed by JP Jones at home
"What Does It Take" basic tracks engineered by Lloyd Salisbury at Flat Rock Studios
Mastered by David Correia at Celebration Sound Design: JP Jones
Art (back cover): Sasha Kouznetsov
Special thanks to Peggy Jones, Jane Weidman, and
all these beautiful musicians who played for free

credits appear below under the song lyrics

drawing: Sasha Kouznetsov

Something Beautiful

anywhere i wander night or day...
anywhere i wander...

anywhere i wander night or day
whether anything will go my way
i'll take any reason i should stay

[chorus:]
i wanna see something beautiful
i wanna see something beautiful
i wanna see something beautiful every day

when i wake up in my sleepy bed
open up my eye and turn my head
remembering everything you said

i wanna hear something beautiful...

[bridge:]
you can pray to jupiter and mars
all i wanna do is thank my lucky star

when i'm walking down the same old street
any pair of eyes i happen to meet
all i wanna say is something sweet

i wanna say something beautiful...

when i stand out on my porch and look
every word i write down in the book
don't it seem that you know what it took

i wanna write something beautiful...

copyright jp jones 2006
december 26 newport

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitar,programming, keyboards, bearclaws
Andy Jones: drums, bongos
Kevin Sullivan: bass
Leslie Grimes: vocal

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The Story

you grew up too hard, too fast
in a world as hard as glass
some hours were unbearable
but every moment is a miracle
nothin else you got to do
nothin left to live up to
when it feels like life has passed you by
there's more to you than meets the eye

[chorus:]
born to the power
born to the glory, you were
born to discover and to tell your story
born to the highway, you were born to come home
whatever you are, you are not alone

where do they come up with all this crap?
"death's the end and love's a trap"
time to move on to another day
where everything matters and it's all okay
these ol' fizz-sists, they gonna find
every little thing they got in mind
quasars, bosons, charming quarks
god sits back and laughs and farts
[chorus]

you been more than more than sad
had every doubt that you can have
you keep comin back for more
we have all been here before
we grew up too hard, too fast
in a world as hard as glass
some hours were unbearable
now every moment is a miracle

born with to power
born to the glory, we were
born to discover and to tell the story
born to the highway, we were born to come home
whatever we are, we are not alone

copyright jp jones 2012
august 4 newport

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitar, programming, keyboards, electric rhythm guitar
Andy Jones: drums, tambourine
Kevin Sullivan: bass
Leslie Grimes: vocals
Chris Vaillancourt: electric lead guitar

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What Does it Take

over my head
out of control
all of my heart
all of my soul

how long can it last
can it go on this way
each time that we meet
i'm blown away

(chorus:)
what does it take
what must i do
who must i be
to make it with you

if only you could see
if only you knew
how beautiful you are
how much i love you

to god up above
every day i pray
will give you the eyes
to see me that way

(chorus)

go make your way in the world
go make sure that you're sure
go through all your lovers
go through every door

with all your runnin around
you don't even see
you already are
who you wanted to be

and i'm in that room in your heart
where you never go
wondering whether
you'll ever know

(chorus)

copyright jp jones 1977, 2014
august nyc

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitar, electric tremolo guitar
Kurt Meyer: fretless bass
Dave Lang: drums
Matt Neibels: drums
Leslie Grimes: vocal
Mike Barrett: electric rhythm guitar
Louise Muller: electric violin
Chris Vaillancourt: electric lead guitar
Don Watson: organ
Kevin Sullivan: maracas

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Frannie
(Long Long Time Anyway)

Frannie was a young girl
as pretty as you please
first time i saw her
she took me to my knees
she had to ramble
she couldn't stay
was a long long time anyway

Frannie liked to travel
had to see the world
she really got around
people said, for a girl
she had to ramble...

never told her i loved her
least not at first
was it really love after all
or some kinda curse
she had to ramble...

Frannie had diamond eyes
loved to hear her talk
she said it made her feel so good
when we'd go for a walk
she had to ramble...

I heard a few rumors
I'd phone her now and then
she'd always say she had a new one
not to call her again
she had to ramble...

saw her picture in the paper
just when i though I'd lost track
seems she took the big trip
where you don't come back
she had to ramble...

Frannie how could you do it?
didja have to be so free?
tried all of them young bucks
you never would try me
you had to ramble...

copyright jp jones 2012
3/4/12 newport

JP Jones vocal, acoustic guitar

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Francesca

things got real
things got real
a sudden drop in the price of fuel
things got real comin outta the blue
kids on the street
played it tough and cool
business went on as usual

while I was
dreamin
dreaming of Francesca

a chandelier cascaded out of the sky
a silver bus went rolling by
all flying things forgot how to fly
the headlines poured from Dali's eye

while I was
dreamin
dreamin of Francesca
while I was
dreamin
dreamin of Francesca

people started quoting Nostradamus
sub-atomic terrorists
collapsed to black hole nothingness
all of creation's lovers' innocence

while I was
dreaming
things got real
dreaming of Francesca

married too late
in love too young
my wife can't stand it when I sing this song
forgive me, Lord, the harm I've done
forgive us, Lord, the harm we've done

dreaming...

copyright jp jones 2001
Oct 11 newport

JP Jones: vocals, acoustic guitars, programming, loops, keyboards
Kurt Meyer: fretless bass
Kevin Sullivan: vocals
Gianna Sullivan: vocals
Vinnie Pagano: bongos

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Don't Ask Me

my my hey hey
that's the way of the world today
have a little faith
let it be
it's written in your heart
don't ask me

Abraham held the knife above his son
Isaac say, "you better do what you oughta done"
don't ask me how to run your life
everybody gets to make a sacrifice

my my hey hey
everybody gets to feel a bit betrayed
have a little faith
let it be
it's written in your heart
don't ask me

how many soldiers aint comin back
hell or highwater in the house of iraq
blame someone else if you want to
it's on me and it's on you

my my hey hey
the prophet to pray to the piper to pay
have a little faith
let it be
it's written in your heart
don't ask me

it's written in the records since the records were kept
justice and mercy and love res and respect
all that's required last that i checked
justice and mercy and love and respect

my my hey hey
we get a little closer to it every day
have a little faith
let it be
it's written in your heart
don't ask me

copyright jpjones 2008
middletown

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitar
Andy Jones: drums
Kevin Sullivan: bass
Chris Vaillancourt: electric lead guitar
Leslie Grimes: vocals

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Who Says

who says you're a loser
who says you even got to win
who says you're just a creature of habit
who says you got to change a thing

who says you got somethin to prove
who says you aint free
you know you could treat yourself better
OUTRAGEOUS -- you're all right with me

who says you're a lousy lover
who dares to compare with you
there's more here to discover
there's more than a thing or two

[chorus]

who says you're a sinner
who says you got some dues to pay
who says you can't transcend your limits
maybe, but baby, who's to say

who says you're a blessed child
who could let yourself be
audacious just enough to trust it
OUTRAGEOUS -- you're all right with me

who says it's gettin better
who says it's gonna be okay
who says you still got somethin to offer
who says go give it all away

[chorus]

copyright jp jones 2011
newport november 22

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitar

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The Trick

[chorus:]
you made me love you
just by doin what you're doin
you make me happy
just by bein who you are

you keep me guessin
nothin's certain
that's for certain
i learned my lesson
you're a blessing in disguise

you're always movin
lord, sometimes you are a handful
each hour's a new one
when i look into your eyes

(chorus)

when you're beside me
the world just looks a little bit better
when you're beside me
i feel like i am alive
know what the trick is?
i am not the one to tell you
except a clue is
sneak a peak at who you're next to

(chorus)

copyright jp jones 2011
newport

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonica

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Bobby Ryder

how did everything get so damn twisted?
with the ansers written right across the sky
time curlin up like a railroad
on your shoulder
you just shrugged it off
and winked an eye

hey, hey Bobby Ryder
following your heart's desire
who could tame the tiger
in your soul?
hey, hey, who could catch ya?
who would ever guess what kept ya
innocent and wired
to the road

guide me in between the lies
and the laughter
i seen so much and
it's tearin me apart
you knew all that they
were really after
is nothin but a place inside your heart

hey, hey, Bobby Ryder
play it out like the outsider
who could tame the tiger in your soul?
hey, hey, who could catch ya
who would ever guess
what kept ya
innocent and wired to the road?

innocent and wired
innocent and wired
innocent and wired
he was
innocent and wired

now all the lies just die
and the truth gets truer
the way you moved you knew it
all along
someday soon I'll be as free as you were
and turn these tears I shed into a song

hey, hey, Bobby Ryder
following your heart's desire
who could tame the tiger in your soul?
hey, hey, who could catch ya
who would ever guess what kept ya
innocent and wired to the road?

copyright jpjones 1985, 2014
brooklyn, ny

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitars, programming, loops, keyboards
Andy Jones: drums, eggs
Chris Vaillancourt: electric lead guitar

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The Parting Glass

These days I don't worry much what people think
unless I hurt someone in passing.
If I'm trying too hard or had too much to drink,
I make my amends in my fashion.
And I'm not afraid
if in this passing parade I'm lost in history's dust.
I don't need to hide or swallow my pride
or go out of my way to seem mysterious.

From all of the bitterness I've ever felt,
for slights, neglect, and stupidity,
I've slipped beyond all the need to respond
for what life did not do or did to me.
Why play a game
when fortune and fame have lost all their appeal?
I don't need to be shamed or accept any blame
for what I've become and the way I feel.

I have taken my hits and been given some gifts
and I'll honor the call as a shaman.
I don't need to rise up in anyone's eyes a-
bove what we all share in common.
I believe in God's grace
that the whole human race is still at its birth.
But heaven's a place where all remains in its place
so the place I belong is, for now, on this earth.

For those who are caught, for whose soul's can be bought
by allowing their hearts to be deadened
I can only pity who's abandoned the city
on earth as it might be in heaven.
For in my own time
I've seen gods unwind to reveal what they're made of
and have no more doubt that all things come out of and
eventually all things return to love.

Grief, fear, and rage are not new to the age
and gratitude makes all the difference.
The wind and the rain and the sun on my face
and the laughter of children are sufficient.
So I'll work and I'll play
and I'll live every day and practice my art.
And I'll know my mind and learn to be kind
and I'll sing like I'm talking straight to your heart.

copyright jpjones 2007
june 6
middletown
(traditional Celtic melody meant to be set to words
by the singer at the end of the evening - this arrangment
copyright jp jones 2007)

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitar

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Thas All

i got voices in my head
tellin me what to do
don't expect me to explain unless
you hear em too
'scuse me but i got to take this call
do what i'm supposed to do
that's all

if i make you blue
if i make you sad
dont confuse me
dont abuse me
man, i'm not your dad
might as well be talkin to the wall
do what i'm supposed to do
that's all

[bridge:]

all i'm lookin for is peace of mind
my mind is all in pieces all the time

rings around the moon
heartaches by the spoon
croonin on my tune in june
unless you're comin soon
o my god you gotta lotta gall
do what i'm supposed to do
that's all

i got voices in my head
tellin me what to think
wonderin which one's at the wheel
could drive a man to drink
didn't i hear her hollerin "last call"?
do what i'm supposed to do
that's all

i hear voices every day
i give myself away
don't expect me to explain a
single thing i say
excuse me for existing on this ball
do what i'm supposed to do
that's all

I hear melodies all the time
maybe they should rhyme
some are little teenage jingles
some are so sublime some could
bring you to your knees and make you crawl
do what i'm supposed to do
that's all

copyright jp jones 2007
jan 6 middletown

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitar, programming, keyboards, electric lead guitar
Andy Jones: drums, bongos, tambourine
Kevin Sullivan: bass
John Hillman: 2nd electric lead guitar

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photo: Peggy Jones

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