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"JP Jones writes with an intensity and vision that transcends the sound...Jones has a way with words, and he nails them, hammers them, and stretches them, but never minces them." - Rich Warren Sing Out!



Life and Death was recorded at Flat Rock Studios by Lloyd Salisbury in the early winter of 2003 in  four days.  As a painting is a "document of the decisions in time made by the artist" (Harvey Wilson), and can only reflect the state of consciousness of the creator, so a recording always is a manifestation of the state of consciousness of those involved (Ram Dass).  Most of the songs were scored out in advance, but everything was done seat-of-the-pants live in one or two takes, with no overdubs (except the acoustic guitar on "The King Is Dead," which was badly distorted in the original recording). Sometimes this approach is considered a "jazz" method.

For the full  lineup of musicians see  Rite Tite.

(Lloyd Salisbury, musician and engineer, has also created a line of audio cables for serious studio work that is a significant advancement in the field. Check it out here.)


drawing:
Scott Menchin

One sticky moment occurred when I became frustrated with the pace.   I like to work quickly.  My fault: I took it out on Donn Watson, telling him to stop looking at the charts and rely on the what was happening in the room...he had to cool me down (he later insisted that my coffee with a shot of whiskey was to blame).   The lesson was important: as with the CBS album John Paul Jones, it turned out that the guitar player (again), this time Mike Barrette, was in a black mood because he couldn't hear his guitar (the amp had been tucked up in the attic to avoid bleed-through) and he had been plucking along in a funk.  That's why you can't hear him on "Cum A Live." When this was sorted out, things went swimmingly....

The Ballad of Adele is based on Francois Truffaut's' The Story of Adele H. (Victor Hugo's daughter), in the title sequence of which Truffaut makes a point of stating that it is a true story.

Mastered by David Correia at Celebration Sound.

 

Cum a Live

what's the use in cryin
stayin home complainin?
every day's a sunny day
somewhere it's always rainin
take it from a guy who knows
a guy who comes from Canaan

come alive
come alive

would you serve the king
would you dress in drag
would you sell your spleen
would you burn the flag
would you hit your kid
cause he was a fag?
if the government decrees it?

come alive
come alive

would you kill for God?
would you pray to Ram?
would you call up the brass
on your intercom?
would you drop your pants
would you drop the bomb?

come alive
come alive

i aint gonna fight in anybody's war 
not unless i know what all the fightin's for
and even then you better come a-knockin
upon the door
arrive alive
said, come alive
arise, arise, arise
come alive

I'm as good as the next guy
as bad a curse
I'm the first there ever was
of the first of the worse
I'm a real mother, brother,
and a natural lover,
and I aint givin up or
givin in to any other,
would you?

come alive
come alive

copyright jp jones 2003
january 12
danielson

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The King Is Dead

out of the time
out of the mist
out of an ancient
wilderness
called to the stage
a poet king
the king is dead
long live the king

blessed in his eyes
touched by his hand
dreamed by his fire
loved the man
brother in arms
of thee i sing
the king is dead
long live the king

stand with your eyes wide open
walk with your head held high
smile if your heart is broken
a legend goes by
a legend goes by

into the night
outta the blue
bearing a light
from me and you
mercury's child
now you have wings
the king is dead
long live the king

bring on the pipes and drummers
beat on your broken drum
pray for the one gone over
pray for the one who comes
pray for the one who comes

out of the time
out of the mist
out of an ancient wilderness
bring on the bells
let freedom ring
the king is dead
long live the king

copyright jp jones 1997
newport
10/24/97

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What in God's Name

you take a born-again Christian
and a holy man of Islam
each one a leader
in a world we share
each one entranced by
the things he believes in
each one entranced by
the things that he hears

what in god's name
are you people doin?
what in the hell
is goin on?
who in the world
do you think you're foolin?
who in the world
in the name of God?

like a page out of history
some third or fourth century
hostages and kings
and every life on the line
husbands and fathers
mothers and brothers
hope there's a way out
of this one this time

(chorus)

last night i had a dream
full of confusion
a pyramid of faces
and climbers aloft
and the ones on the bottom
had to reach out and save em
who would climb to the top
just to throw themselves off

(chorus)

copyright jp jones 1980
norwalk

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Pull Over

pull over and let me drive
pull over and let me drive
i wanna live and not just survive
a little further and we arrive

on the inside of the world
on the inside of the world
on the inside of the world
where it all begins

look at them signposts whipping past
look at them signposts whipping past
why is everything go so fast?
don't look now and the now is past

it's the power of a heartbeat
it's the power of a child
it's the power of our believing
it's the power of your smile

on the inside of the world
on the inside of the world
on the inside of the world
where it all begins

pull over and let me drive
pull over and let me drive
feel the healing begin to rise
my heart and my love's alive

on the inside of the world
on the inside of the world
on the inside of the world
where it all begins

copyright jpjones, 2002
february 14, newport

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In the Beginning

in the beginning
there was nothin at all
just a whole lotta love
in a little bitty ball

you and i were just a dream
in the infinite skies
little more than a gleam
in eternity's eyes

it all started yesterday
it all started tomorrow
in the beginning
about an hour ago

in the beginning
i remember it well
like a melody ringing
on a big brass bell

and every note was perfect
every tune was free
every soul got tuned
to the frequency

it all started yesterday
it all started tomorrow
in the beginning
bout a minute ago

every star and flea
every human and frog
every possibility
in the mind of god

and the ball got bigger
and the ball does grow
bigger than you figure
bigger than I know

it all started yesterday
it all started anyhow
in the beginning
right about now

copyright jp jones 2002
janurary 14
newport

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Ballad of Adele

they say he was a soldier
for the king
they say that she met him
in the first green of spring
up on the moors
or down by the bay
though exactly how it happened
nobody can say

she was a fool for someone
the woman was a fool for sure
she gave her love to somebody
who didn't give a damn for her
and all the king's horses
and all the king's men
couldn't put the love back
in the lady's heart again

the doctors and the wise men
and the priests were called in
said, to love somebody too much
is surely a sin
in this modern day and age
such a wasted life
nobody's baby
nobody's wife

she is a fool for someone
the woman is a fool for sure
she gave her love to somebody
who doesn't give a damn for her
and all the king's horses
and all the king's men
cannot put the love back
in the lady's heart again

maybe he was too young to understand
maybe he had already pledged his hand
maybe he was terrified of love that is true
maybe he was me and maybe
you

roses are red if violets are blue
tell me the story i'm tellin aint true
no explanation
no one to blame
just these words carved in stone
along with her name

she was a fool for someone
the woman was a fool for sure
she gave it all to somebody
who didn't give a damn for her
and all the king's horses
and all the king's men
couldn't put the love back
in the lady's heart again

copyright jp jones 1977
april
springfield

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Flat Black Cadillac

i dont wanna criticize it
i dont wanna analyze it
i dont need to worry
when you gonna make it
when you gonna realize it

everybody's got a certain
price that they pay
for thinkin about sellin your soul

hey hey mamma
what do i see
a flat black cadillac
through the trees
find your coat
and grab your keys
and put the finishin touch
on that masterpiece
and let's go

oh i love the picture you're paintin
you left all the laughter and pain in
you don't need to frame it
you dont need to name it
no words could ever contain it

was it just a stroke of luck that made it
or was it a stroke of genius?

hey hey mamma
what do i see
a flat black cadillac
waitin for me
grab your coat
and find your keys
and put the finishin touch
on that masterpiece
and let's go

let it go
it knows the way back home
let it go
it's got a life of its own
let it go
look at it in the light
let it go
mm, yes, i think you're right

mm, yes, i think you're right

i dont wanna criticize you
i dont wanna analyze you
what's it gonna get me
if i let you let me
come and go and idolize you

if it isn't yet
it's comin right up
further on down the road

hey hey mamma
what do i see
a flat black cadillac
waitin for thee
grab your coat
and find your keys
and put the finishin touch
on that masterpiece
and let it go
let it go

copyright jp jones 1988, 2005
brooklyn

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The Last Song
(I ever will write)

well i came home today
in the usual way
just by rolling out of the bed
and i read what i wrote
to myself in a note
and here is all that it said:

this is the last song
i ever will write
i'm so bored stiff with myself
but here's a dollar that says
every one of my friends
will all beg me to write
something else

so lend me some cash
and pass me the glass
and where can i crash for the while
my fifth string is broke
and i promise i won't 
keep anyone up with my singin

(chorus)

well your place it is great
and i don't mean to gripe
but the fridge it is practically bare
and your girlfriend is nice
i just wish she'd think twice
about how to and when to and where

(chorus)

so the hour is late
and my brain is a slate
that is dusty and dry as a bone
so i'll pack up my gear
and i'll get out of here
after doin one more for the road

copyright jp jones 1993
voluntown

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Killer Instinct

you don't need an inspiration
you don't need a reputation with the 
killer instinct
you don't need justification
you don't need a revelation with the 
killer instinct

you might need a reason
and you might need a cause
you might need to believe
you didn't see what you saw
you might need a lawyer
but you don't need the law with the 
killer instinct

you can show em who the boss is
put a guy in office with the
killer instinct
you will be so safe and moral
why he does your killin for ya with the
killer instinct
jesus police and the national cops
executive models on the way to the top
once you begin ya can't tell where to stop

ya gotta lock em all up till there's 
no one who's free with the
killer instinct
yeah it all comes down to 
either you or me with the
killer instinct
you can dress all the criminals 
and their victims
in a blood red dress 
with the lunatic fringe
line em all up 
and make em die for your sins and the

so i can't think for ya
just wanna warn bout the
killer instinct
it's father against mother
sister against brother with the
killer instinct
what's it gonna take to make it sink in
if you aint thinkin for yourself
then you aint thinkin
and every where ya see the eye of 
justice winkin at the
killer instinct

copyright jp jones 1979, 1997
norwalk

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What's The Fuss

what's the fuss?
what's the fuss?
ya do your bloody best
until you bust
til ya bust!
life is thus
death is thus
what's the fuss?

us or them
them and us
it all comes down to
if you're on the bus
on the bus?
life is thus
death is thus
what's the fuss?

love and lust
love or lust
it all depends on 
who you really trust
who do ya trust?
life is thus death is thus
what's the fuss?

diamonds and rust
diamonds and dust
all of it to me is 
passing stuff
more passing stuff....
life is thus
death is thus
what's the fuss?

times are tough
times are rough
if time is runnin out then
what's the rush?
what a rush!
life is thus
death is thus
what's the fuss?

copyright jp jones 2002
sept 9th
middletown, ri

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When That Change Finally Comess

well, we're lookin for it
on the outsidee
while we're working on it  
on the insidee
till that critical mass is reachedd
and we all decidee
when that changee
finally comess

ev'ry atom dreams of the  
day it'll awakenn
ev'ry molecule vibrates with thee
achin''
ev'ry angel prays for thee
day we bring home the baconn
and that change finally comes  

when that changee
when that changee
when that changee
when that changee
when that changee
finally comess

ev'ry tear will water the gardenn
of creationn
ev'ry fear in here will turn too
celebrationn
things will appear clear out off
our imaginationn
when that changee
finally comess

[chorus]]

[instrumental verse]]

all will be sacred from the smallestt
down to the largestt
ev'ry hand will have a personal  
stake in the harvestt
not a single soul will  
be left out in the darknesss
when that changee
it finally comess

Come on down from thatt
precipice please!!
come on down before you skinn
your kneess
everything is gonna be all rightt
all right, I swear,,
by geez!!
when that changee
finally comes  

[chorus]]

copyright jp jones 20011
december 299
newportt

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