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“Jones is as gifted a songwriter as you'll ever hear...[W]ithout exaggeration, listening to his body of work leaves me believing his writing is on a par with Dylan and Elvis Costello. He is just that good.” - Mark Gorman, Newport This Week



Produced by JP Jones and Andy Jones

Engineered and mixed by JP Jones at home
 
Mastered by David Correia at Celebration Sound

Art and photo by Sasha Kouznetsov

Special thanks to Minot Davis

credits appear below under the song lyrics

photo: Sasha Kouznetsov

TOUCH

we live in the days of the shadow of doubt
never really sure what it's all about
make up all our plans while we hope it works out
and we touch
just for a moment

reach for the stars and we try to stay strong
leaning on the everlasting arms of God
dreaming up the world as we go along
and we touch
just for a moment

[bridge:]
turn from the mirror that we cannot face
hide from our heart when we don't feel safe
naked and alone in our flickering faith
and we touch
just for a moment

it all goes so fast and i don't know why
we all dont run screamin “we're all gonna die”
we just said hello and it's time to say goodbye
just for a moment


copyright jp jones 2015
newport, 1 29 15

JP Jones: vocals, acoustic guitar, midi keys, bass drum sample
Chris Vaillancourt: nylon string lead guitar, electric guitars
Kevin Sullivan: bass
Kurt Meyer: acoustic arco bass
Andy Jones: maracas

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COWBOY HAT

I do not play no rock n roll
I gave that up a long time ago
I do not jam I do not rap
I do not wear no cowboy hat

I do not play no Delta blues
I do not pay them kinda of dues
if you were me you would not too
unless of course you're black... and blue

I sing my song and that's my act
I do not wear no Cowboy Hat

I do not swing I do not bop
I do not know how not to stop
I do not play no modern jazz
never had the mentor or the master class

I sing my song and that's my act
I do not wear no Cowboy Hat

I do not play no funky stuff
I would but I'm not good enough
I'd like to once and go for broke but
I do not play no old time folk

I sing my song and that's my act
I do not wear no Cowboy Hat

I do not write no Rite of Spring
twelve tone tango's not my thing
only got one bell to ring
even bird brains get to sing

copyright jp jones 2015
newport, 3 21 15

JP Jones: vocals, acoustic guitar, midi keys, cymbal sample
Chris Vaillancourt: jazz lead guitar
Kevin Sullivan: bass
Andy Jones: drums

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HELEN> FRONT

(spoken word)

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonica
John Hillman, electric guitar

HELEN BACK

at first she looks so beautiful
no one can resist the pull
she'll come for you if you hold back
got to go to Helen Back

met her on the road one night
stars was black the sky was white
she told me this she told me that
said her name was Helen Back

[bridge:] feels like fire feels like grief
feels like beggin for relief
feels like shakin like a leaf
feels like god's own heart attack

maybe you heard of her before
she's the saint and she's the whore
lives out there in that old shack
ev'ry one goes to Helen Back

she will bring you to your knees
she can see what no one sees
freight train comin down the track
headed straight from Helen Back

[bridge:]
she will take you on your back
make you cry and that's a fact
you will know just how to act
when you been to Helen Back
 
she's the curse and she's the cure
you'll go when you're not really sure
when you want to know the score
when you want to know some more
got to go through Helen Back

copyright jp jones 2010 october 24 newport

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonica, tambourine
John Hillman: electric guitar
Dean Cassell: bass
Andy Jones: bongos, bass drum

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YES

yes I am sick
yes I am old
yes I done what I want
yes I done what I'm told

[chorus:]
yes yes yes yes
I am ashamed
yes yes yes yes
I shall be free
yes yes yes yes
dont hold it against me

you will be too
if you get lucky
this bitterness, this blue
this desperation, fuck me

[chorus]

yes I am sad
yes I am blessed
yes I have let you down
yes I'm like all the rest

[chorus:]
yes yes yes yes
I am ashamed
yes yes yes yes
I shall be free
yes yes yes yes
this is my life
yes yes yes yes

dont hold it against me

yes I am sick
yes I am old
yes I done what I want to do
yes I done what I'm told

copyright jp jones 2014
october 18 newport

JP Jones: vocals, acoustic guitars, drum samples, midi keys, electric lead (rideout)
Kevin Sullivan: bass
Chris Vaillancourt: electric guitars

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LITTLE JOHN LITTLE

once upon a time was a man with a fiddle
everybody knew him as a Little John Little
had a little problem so they had to lock him away
listen to the rain fall listen to the wind blow
listen to the man standin in the window
playin like he might shine night time into day

everything is easy when they say you're crazy
they can do whatever they have half a mind for
now how do you like your blue-eyed baby?
Johnny don't fiddle for the blues hospital no more

everybody knows when a man goes mental
doesn't matter much if he was kind or gentle
gotta get him back to the fact
of how things are
isn't it a shame and isn't it a pity?
lordy and to think how he could play so pretty
healin with a feelin but you really can go too far

never was a match for the competition
money don't love ya honey when you're poor
heaven have mercy on the man with a mission
Johnny don't fiddle for the blues hospital no more

everybody said he was a little bit moody
everybody said he oughta do his duty
get a wife get a life get a grip get a real job
now things're back to normal and the ward is quiet
people shuffle up and down and don't deny it
Little John Little gone to play that fiddle for God

Johnny don't take no medication
Johnny don't wake up on the floor
Johnny don't take no blue vacation
Johnny don't fiddle
for the blues hospital
no more

copyright jp jones 1994, 2016
august 13
newport

JP Jones: vocals, midi keys, ghost notes
Chris Vaillancourt: electric guitar
Dave Zinno: acoustic bass
Andy Jones: crash cymbal

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KENYON'S MILL

there's a little girl who's been on my mind
she moves like the grasses in the summertime

the sun on her face the wind in her hair
the dust on her feet at the county fair
diamonds and silver on her windowsill
i'm goin back to kenyons mill

i had a friend was a brother of mine
i'm goin back to kenyons mill
king of the streets left it all behind
i'm goin back to kenyons mill
lived in a castle when he was a child
some you can tame some are too wild
driwned in the flood i'm missing him still
i'm goin back to kenyons mill

a woman i know coudn't make it here
i'm goin back to kenyons mill
she was either crazy or too sincere
i'm goin back to kenyons mill
folks down here don't know their stuff
everybody wants to play too rough
someday maybe they'll get their fill
i'm goin back to kenyons mill

i know a cat had to go berserk
i'm goin back to kenyons mill
buried alive in his paperwork
i'm goin back to kenyons mill
i don't know why they were all surprised
musta had a secret or two to hide
stealin the gold gettin the bill
i'm goin back to kenyons mill

people on the street say what they please
i'm goin back to kenyons mill
done enough walking down on my knees
i'm goin back to kenyons mill
i'm low as it goes but i'm still all right
i'm high as the tail on gandhi's kite
rollin a stone up joshua hill
i'm goin back to kenyons mill

I had a home and i had a wife
i'm goin back to kenyons mill
you can have it all but you pay the price
i'm goin back to kenyons mill
i want it all like when i was a kid
they left me alone i did what i did
my love of life-- nothing can kill
i'm goin back to kenyons mill

the air up there is fresh and fine
i'm goin back to kenyons mill
kisses on the breeze and love on the vine
i'm goin back to kenyons mill
there's a little girl in a calico dress
why i ever left her is anyone's guess
i love her and i always will
i'm goin back to kenyons mill

copyright jp jones 2007
april 6
middletown

JP Jones: vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, midi keys, eggs
Kevin Sullivan: bass
Chris Vaillancourt: electric guitars
Andy Jones: bongos


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GOD SHAPED HOLE

I stood out under the sky when I was a young young man
and the stars lay silent and white shinin down on the snow
the sky was blue and the trees were black and the night was cold
and I cried inside for the somethin I had to know

[chorus:]
there's a God Shaped Hole that nothin but God can fill
no matter how hard you try or whatever you do
when you come to the end of your rope
when you give up your will
there's a God Shaped Hole in your heart
waiting for you

I made a name, fortune and fame but I was blind
used and abused and I bruised everybody I love
read every book and done what it took
but no peace could I find
all the sex and success and my best
was never enough

[chorus]

it's a long and sorrowful path when you wanna see things like that
it's a bitter old world that only leads to despair
lyin to yourself & everyone else about where you're at
when you played all the games
and you been too long at the fair

[chorus]

copyright jp jones 2015
newport
11 13 15

JP Jones: vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitar, midi keys
Kevin Sullivan: bass
John Hillman: vocal
Graham Gibbs: lap steel guitar
Andy Jones: tambourine, maracas

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YOUR PROBLEM

your problem is this
your problem is that
i'm tellin you where it's at
take it from me
give it on back
your problem is this
your problem is that

you're full a complaints
got it so rough
whatever you get
it's never enough
none of your dreams
ever come true
gotta be somethin
wrong with you

[chorus]

you can't make it come
can't let it go
it's goin too fast
comin too slow
you're trying so hard
but none of it works
nothing feels right
and everythin hurts

[chorus]

you can't live it up
you can't live it down
your secret is safe
all over town
nobody cares
everyone knows
it's clear as the face
in back of your nose

[chorus]

copyright jp jones 2010
12/6/10
newport

JP Jones: vocals, electric guitars
Kevin Sullivan: bass
Andy Jones: hi hat, tambourine

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ENDLESS HIGHWAY

O it is an endless highway
and I have traveled for so long
passing through without returning
wave goodbye and move along

sailing through the endless darkness
guided by the double lines
search for love and search for kindness
search the road ahead for signs

and sometimes it can get so lonely
I wish that I could find home
but this road goes on forever
and I go drivin on alone

O it is an endless highway
that we all are travelin on
we can't stop or slow the journey
we are here and then we're gone

and though your eyes they may need sleeping
you know that you must drive
open wide and do your dreaming
you got your dreams and you're alive

copyright jp jones 1974
weston

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitars, midi keys
Dean Cassell: bass


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JIMMY JONES

jimmy jones, jimmy jones
where have you been a-roamin
the river is wide and
the highway is sweet
with the road in your bones
and your soul like an ocean
holding some secret so peaceful and deep

jimmy jones, jimmy jones
the leaves are all blowin
the clouds are so high
and the crows fill the wind
the pages of time
and the river is flowin
all down from the mountains
and around the next bend

jimmy jones, jimmy jones
where have you been a-roamin
with your eyes that are sparklin
to the souls of your feet
on the wings of the wind
where will you be a-goin
when your comins are over
and your goin's complete

copyright jp jones 1993
december
newport

JP Jones: vocal, acoustic guitar
Andy Jones: drums, bongos
Kevin Sullivan: bass
Kurt Meyer: acoustic bass
Chris Vaillancourt: acoustic and acoustic slide guitars
Graham Gibbs: electric guitars

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drawing: Sasha Kouznetsov

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