Original Song – “Peace Be With You”

Peace Be With You is a gentle, prayerful song intended as a blessing to myself and to others, reminding us of God’s desire to grant us His direction, guidance, blessings, protection, will, plan and peace for our lives.  As we walk this dusty path called life from beginning to end, Jesus offers us His love through grace to bless our lives and bestow on us His gifts – for our benefit, and the benefit of all those who we extend His love to. Ours is a small world that we live in today, and you may just find that the love of Christ working in and through you will touch hearts around the world, “He will take your life where it should go, And He won’t let go, Or let you fall, For the hands of Christ, Can hold all the world, And even you…Peace be with you, Through the Lord, Amen…”

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I recorded my original song “Peace Be With You” on Set 13 in 1997, and it personalizes the words Jesus left us with, “Peace be with you.” May God’s peace be with you all! Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

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"Peace Be With You" - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Peace Be With You

“In The Name Of The Father”, Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

Am        Dm          Am        Am  Dm

Peace be with you, peace be with you

Am        Dm          Dm            G

Peace be with you, through the Lord

             C          G                   F   Dm    C

With the Spirit of Christ, in your life every day

           C               G           F      Dm   C

You will know He is there, to guide your way

          Dm       G      C   F

All you have to do, is let go

          Dm         G            F C        G

He will take your life where it should go

           Am         G      Am Dm F

And He won’t let go, or let you fall

           G            F              F  C G       F               Dm  C

For the hands of Christ, can hold all the world, and even you

Verse Two:

Am        Dm          Am        Am  Dm

Peace be with you, peace be with you

Am        Dm          Dm            G

Peace be with you, through the Lord

        C         G              F       Dm       C

Look around you, at the world God has made

        C            G                      F      Dm    C

Even birds and flowers, and the grass in the field

      Dm    G        C        F

Are taken care of by the Lord

         Dm      G       F   C   G

If you let Him so He will for you

        Am      G             Am Dm F

Take care of you, if you let Him in

          G             F        F  C    G         F             Dm  C

He will guide your life, in all you do may peace, be with you

Verse Three:

Am        Dm          Am        Am  Dm

Peace be with you, peace be with you

Am        Dm          Dm            G

Peace be with you, through the Lord

            C            G                      F   Dm    C

May the will of the Lord, guide your life every day

           C           G                 F     Dm C

Give to Him who brought you, into this world

              Dm  G          C        F

With you life’s work, in all you do

               Dm          G            F    C G

Praise the Lord your God, who made you

      Am    G      Am Dm F

And has a plan, just for you

         G        F       F       C     G           F                  Dm  C

If you let Him in, to guide your life, then peace, will be with you

Am         Dm         Am         Am  Dm

Peace be with you, peace be with you

Am         Dm         Dm            G       G    C

Peace be with you, through the Lord, A-men

Original Song – “Times Of Our Lives”

Times Of Our Lives is a reflective and introspective little song about this journey we travel through life – leading us down a long and winding path to the eventual discovery of a gentle patience and acceptance of all that life offers us, an appreciation for what each day brings, a reassuring peace of mind, and the love and light of God in Christ. Our experiences of sharing this pathway called life are often a mixed bag of happiness, sadness, good times and bad – all moments to be experienced and treasured for what they have to teach us – for, “These are the times of our lives, Watchin’ the days passin’ me by, Just like clouds in the sky, As they drift by and by…”

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I recorded my original song “Times Of Our Lives” in two takes as demos on Set 10 in 1997, and it speaks of living each day one by one, “These are the best of times, These are the worst of times, But they’re the only times, We’ll ever have, we’ll ever have…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-times-of-our-lives-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-times-of-our-lives-take-2-of-2

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"Times Of Our Lives" - "You Get What You Pray For", Collected Works Volume XIII, Mark D. Jones, Copyright 1992, All Rights Reserved

Times Of Our Lives

“You Get What You Pray For”, Collected Works Volume XIII, Mark D. Jones, Copyright 1992, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

                    D         E

These are the best of times

                    D           E

These are the worst of times

                      D     E

But they’re the only times

               A                    E

We’ll ever have, we’ll ever have     (x2)     (Ending)

                  D          E

They can be good or bad

                  D           E

They can be happy or sad

           D        E

But I’m always glad

           A                E

For the time, for the time     (x2)

                    C                G

These are the times of our lives

                   D                     A

Watchin’ the days passin’ me by

             C                G

Just like clouds in the sky

            A               E

As they drift by and by     (x3)

Bridge:

C   G   D   A     (x2)

Verse Two:

              D              E

Live each day one by one

         D            E

Try to love everyone

           D             E

Life’s a race to be run

          A               E

To the end, to the end     (x2)

         D              E

If you do you will find

             D                   E

That you have peace of mind

              D              E

And your life will be a sign

             A                   E

Of God’s love, of God’s love     (x2)

          C                  G

Let the times of your life

    D                  A

Be filled with the light

           C          G

And the love of Christ

A                        E

Every day of your life     (x3)

Bridge:

C   G   D   A     (x2)     (Back to the beginning to end)

Original Song – “On My Knees”

On My Knees is a fast, fun, upbeat, breathless, cute and exuberant little song that tells the fictional story of proposing to Mary Lou.  The singer’s beside himself with excitement and can’t wait for her response to the most important question in the whole, wide world – will she marry him?  The song speaks to the innocence and enthusiasm of youth, along with the infectious infatuation of love.  Stories are special because they touch and connect with us emotionally – relating to our experiences, as well as to our hopes, wishes and dreams, “She says that her love for me is true, She says I’m the only one that will do, She waited here for me to ask her please, She waited for me to get down on my knees…”

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I recorded my original song “On My Knees” in two takes on Set 4 in 1996, and it tells the fictional story of proposing to Mary Lou. It’s a sweet little story that captures the essence and excitement of love, “I picked out a ring just the other day, And I brought it here just so that I could say, Please Mary Lou will you marry me…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-on-my-knees-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-on-my-knees-take-2-of-2

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"On My Knees" (Pg 1of2) - "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved"On My Knees" (Pg 2of2) - "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

On My Knees

“Turn Up The Volume”, Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

             G D A

I’m goin’ down

             G D A

I’m goin’ down

             G D A

I’m goin’ down

                         G

On my knees for you

            D       A

Will you marry me

G      D

Mary Lou

            D       A

Will you marry me

          G     D

Please say I do

   A

I picked out a ring just the other day

        G

And I brought it here just so that I could say

A

Please Mary Lou will you marry me

D

Please Mary Lou will you marry me

  G

I came here to see you just to ask you please

D

Oh Mary Lou please say that you do

A

Please Mary Lou will you marry me

D

Please Mary Lou will you marry me

A

I’ll tell you what I’m gonna’ gonna’ gonna’ do

    G

I’ll count to three ’till you say I do

Verse Two:

                  G    D    A

I’m countin’ one two three

                  G    D    A

I’m countin’ one two three

                  G    D    A

I’m countin’ one two three

                         G

On my knees for you

            D       A

Will you marry me

G      D

Mary Lou

            D       A

Will you marry me

          G     D

Please say I do

   A

I want you to please marry me

        G

And I want us to start a family

    A

So please Mary Lou don’t you hesitate

D

Please Mary Lou ’cause I just can’t wait

  G

I came here to see you just to ask you please

D

Oh Mary Lou please say that you do

A

Please Mary Lou will you marry me

D

Please Mary Lou will you marry me

A

I’ll tell you what I’m gonna’ gonna’ gonna’ do

G

I’ll count to six ’till you say I do

Verse Three:

                 G     D    A

I’m countin’ four five six

                 G     D    A

I’m countin’ four five six

                 G     D    A

I’m countin’ four five six

                         G

On my knees for you

            D       A

Will you marry me

G     D

Mary Lou

            D       A

Will you marry me

          G     D

Please say I do

      A

She says that she wants to marry me

      G

She says that she wants to start a family

      A

She says that her love for me is true

      D

She says I’m the only one that will do

      G

She waited here for me to ask her please

      D

She waited for me to get down on my knees

A

Yes Mary Lou will marry me

D

Yes Mary Lou will marry me

A

Yes Mary Lou will marry me

G                                         D

Mary Lou’s gonna’ marry me

Original Song – “The World”

The World is a quiet, thoughtful and prayerful song for love, hope and peace to be given a chance to transform the world into the thoughtful, joyful, generous and caring place it should be for everyone.  For love, hope and peace form a foundation from which all things can thrive, grow and prosper.  Let us all hope and pray that love, hope and peace will one day fill the world, and usher in a brighter and more beautiful tomorrow for everyone, “The world cries out for love, Give love a chance…”

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I recorded my original song “The World” as a demo on Set 15 in 1997, and it completes the set.  The intro is a bit rough, but the song speaks to the world crying out for love, hope and peace, “The world cries out for love, Give love a chance…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-the-world

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"The World" - "Pages Of Life", Collected Works Volume XII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

The World

“Pages Of Life”, Collected Works Volume XII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

D   Dsus4   D     (IX)

D   Dsus4   D     (VII)

D   Dsus4   D     (V)

D   Dsus4     (x2)

Amin11   D     (x3)

Dm   Dsus4   Am   Esus4*     (x2)

Am   Esus4*     (x2)

E

A9sus4   A♭9sus4   G9sus4   E     (x2)

Verse One:

      E       F#m G        E

The world cries out for love     (x3)

F      C       G

Give love a chance     (x3)

F      C       E

Give love a chance

A9sus4   A♭9sus4   G9sus4   E     (x2)

(Return to the Intro and then Verse Two)

Verse Two:

      E       F#m G         E

The world cries out for hope     (x3)

F      C        G

Give hope a chance     (x3)

F      C        E

Give hope a chance

A9sus4   A♭9sus4   G9sus4   E     (x2)

(Return to Intro and then Verse Three)

Verse Three:

      E       F#m G         E

The world cries out for peace     (x3)

F     C          G

Give peace a chance     (x3)

F     C          E

Give peace a chance

A9sus4   A♭9sus4   G9sus4   E     (x2)

(Return to Intro to end)

Original Song – “Smile For Me”

Smile For Me is a little song about smiles and tears, laughter and sadness, happiness and joy.  It’s about choosing to be happy and seeing the sunshine in our lives, wiping the tears away and smiling a little smile today.  Happiness is a choice – always has been and always will be – but sometimes it’s hard to see the sunshine streaming into our lives when our eyes are full of tears.  It often takes someone to help us wipe our tears away and remind us that it’s a sunny day outside!  Only then can we, “Smile a little smile, Smile a little smile for me, Baby wipe your tears away, Baby smile a smile today, Look around it’s a sunny day today!”

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I recorded my original song “Smile For Me” as a demo on Set 14 in 1997, and it completes the set. The song speaks to the emotions of happiness and sadness, “Sometimes we laugh when we cry, Sometimes we cry when we laugh, Do you wonder why…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-smile-for-me

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"Smile For Me" - "Pages Of Life", Collected Works Volume XII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Smile For Me

“Pages Of Life”, Collected Works Volume XII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

C   G   D     (x3)

C   G   A

Verse One:

F                    C                    G

Sometimes we laugh when we cry

F                    C                G

Sometimes we cry when we laugh

F         C          G

Do you wonder why

         F               C                 G

Tears come if you laugh or you cry

         F               C                 G

Tears come if you laugh or you cry

         F               C                 G

Tears come if you laugh or you cry

      F         C             A

I’ve always wondered why

Chorus:

C

Baby you can smile

C                               G

Baby you can smile for me

C

Smile a little smile

C                             G

Smile a little smile for me

D                    G

Baby wipe your tears away

D                G

Baby smile a smile today

D                        G              A

Look around it’s a sunny day today

C

Baby take my hand

C                                   G

Baby come and walk with me

C

Baby take my hand

      C                       G

And come along with me

        D               G

We’ll take on the world today

D                   G

Somehow we’ll find the way

D

Come with me and I’ll

G                         A

Show you the way today

                             G

Come and walk this way

C   G   D     (x3)

C   G   A

D     (Ending)

Verse Two:

F                        C           G

Sometimes we’re happy or sad

     F             C                    G

We shout for joy when we’re glad

         F                   G                G

Tears come with the good or the bad

     F                     C            G

We cry when we’re happy or sad

     F                     C            G

We cry when we’re happy or sad

     F                     C            G

We cry when we’re happy or sad

      F         C             A

I’ve always wondered why

Original Song – “Crooked Highway”

Crooked Highway is a song about the journey of our lives – the wandering path we travel from birth to death and all points in between. Looking ahead from the inexperience of youth, the winding course before us leads into a fog of uncertainty: Where will it take us? How will it all turn out?  Will I live my dreams?  Will I be happy? Looking back from the wisdom of age, the course of our lives reminds us of the effort it took to get to this point in our lives, the wrong turns we’ve taken along the way, the disappointments we’ve had – as well as, the success and happiness we’ve achieved over the years. The truth is that none of us achieves anything on our own – for our success is the product of all those who have helped us along the way – and especially for me, it’s my faith in God that has given me the courage, confidence and ability to keep going into the future…  “The path goes on forever, Never an end in sight, You ask yourself a question, Will it all turn out alright…”

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I recorded my original song “Crooked Highway” as a demo on Set 14 in 1997, and it speaks to the journey of our lives, “You walk down a crooked highway, Follow a crooked path, You carry a heavy load, A burden upon your back…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-crooked-highway

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"Crooked Highway" - "You Get What You Pray For", Collected Works Volume XIII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Crooked Highway

“You Get What You Pray For”, Collected Works Volume XIII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

C   G   D   C   G     (x2)

C   G     (x2)

Verse One:

      C

You walk down a crooked highway, follow a crooked path

      D

You carry a heavy load, a burden upon your back

      C

The path goes on forever, never an end in sight

      D

You ask yourself a question, will it all turn out alright

         C

Will it all turn out alright

A

Alright

Chorus:

     C       G        D

We carry on our way

C                               G

Through the darkened night

     C           G        D

We stumble and we fall

C                    G

Try though we might

C           G          D

We can’t see the way

      C                      G

Our eyes don’t have sight

     D          C            G

We have to follow the light     (x3)

                  D

Through the night

                 G

The light of Christ

               D                       G

Follow the light, the light of Christ     (x2)

               D

Follow the light    (End)

Verse Two:

    C

In life you need a roadmap, to keep your goal in sight

     D

We only have one life, to find our way in the night

     C

We stumble and we fall, but then get up again

     D

We try the best we can, but need strength from within

     C

We need strength from within

         A

From Him

Original Song – “Open Your Heart”

Open Your Heart is a soft, gentle and rhythmic song about the nature, essence and wonder of love.  There’s a permeable and diffusive nature about love that allows it to pass into every heart and soul in the world – requiring only an invitation to welcome it in.  A decision to love, while personal, has a far-reaching effect on not only your own life, but also on the world around you.  The nature of love is to be given away, and the essence of that gift multiplies exponentially through other hearts in like manner – flowing like a never-ending river.  Yet, in giving love away, it returns to the giver in greater portions than when first given.  The wonder of love is in its strength and power for something without form or substance, yet in our world nothing holds a greater strength, power or transformative ability – because love is supernatural and divine in nature. For love can pierce the darkest nights, soften the hardest hearts, bring together and mend what was torn apart, and heal what was broken and ailing.  In love, there are no litmus tests, barriers to entrance, degree requirements, examinations, side-by-side comparisons, levels of ability or any previous experience required at all. In fact, love is open to all who choose to love without exception – all that’s needed is a willing desire and the decision to say yes to love, “If you just open up your heart, It will lead, You to people, All around you, Who need the love you hold, If you share it, With each other, You will find it always grows…”

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I recorded my original song “Open Your Heart” as a demo on Set 14 in 1997, and it speaks to opening your heart and sharing your love with the world, “Open your heart, to the world, And your love, will always grow, And you will always know, That you are loved…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-open-your-heart

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"Open Your Heart" (1 of 2) - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved"Open Your Heart" (2 of 2) - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Open Your Heart

“In The Name Of The Father”, Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

       C                             Am

Look around you, can you feel it

         G                F

All the love in your life

          C                   Am

All you have to, do is open

            G                    F

Up your heart and let it in

               C                  F

There are people, all around you

       Dm                     C

Who hold the love you need

         G             Am       G

If you just open up your heart

Em    F

It will lead

          C                   Am

You to people, all around you

       G                         F

Who need the love you hold

         C                         Am

If you share it, with each other

           G                  F

You will find it always grows

     C                       F

For love, has no boundaries

   Dm                C

It crosses every line

         G                  Am           G

In the world we are brothers in love

Em        F

You and I

(Note – substitute ‘sisters’ or ‘a family’ above for ‘brothers’ as desired by the vocalist)

Chorus:

F              C        C     F

Open your heart, to a world

F                G      Em         F

Where your love, needs to go

F        C    C         F

If you do, you will find

F             C               G

That your love always grows

Em       Am      F        G

Always grows, always grows

G              F        F        G

Open your heart, to the world

G           C            C        Am

And your love, will always grow

                  F        G

And you will always know

                   C

That you are loved

Verse Two:

             C                  Am

Take the time to, look around you

       G                              F

At a world that needs your love

          C                         Am

People need to, share the love

             G                 F

That you hold in your heart

           C                    F

For the people, of the world

      Dm                    C

Are just like you and me

     G          Am           G

We all need love to survive

Em     F

In this world

    C                          Am

So believe me, when I tell you

          G                  F

All you need to do is love

         C                    Am

All the people, in the world

              G                     F

That you see from day to day

           C                   F

For the love, you hold inside

   Dm                      C

Is all the world really needs

         G            Am           G

If you give your love, it will grow

Em     F

Every day

Original Song – “Fruit Of Your Heart”

Fruit Of Your Heart is a dreamy, enchanting and mesmerizing little song that has a heavenly, otherworldly and mystical sort of feel to it. It’s the kind of song you could listen to with your eyes closed in the corner of a garden all by yourself while peacefully meditating.  The song equates our hearts to fertile soil, into which God plants a seed of love.  This seed of love then needs to root and grow while we water, nourish and nurture it. As the seed of love roots and grows in the fertile soil of our hearts, it gains strength to grow tall and flourish – bearing fruit that becomes the visible fruit of our hearts to others. Sadly, modern society isn’t always a nurturing place for love to flourish and grow, which requires us to create within us the nurturing environment and conditions where love can prosper and flourish until its fruit have matured – which are then to be given away as gifts of love to others.  “If you take the time, To let your love grow, You will find, Your love will flow from within, Love will flow from within…

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I recorded my original song “Fruit Of Your Heart” as a demo on Set 15 in 1997, and it speaks to nurturing the seed of love God plants in our hearts, “Take the time to water your heart, And love will be the fruit of your heart, And grow from within your heart…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-fruit-of-your-heart

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(Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Fruit Of Your Heart" - "You Get What You Pray For", Collected Works Volume XIII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Fruit Of Your Heart

“You Get What You Pray For”, Collected Works Volume XIII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

D7sus4   D7   G7   C     (x2)

D   C6/9   G     (x2)

Verse One:

D7sus4   D7     G7            C

Where is love if not in your heart

D7sus4       D7   G7                      C

How can we love without a place to start

D7sus4   D7          G7              C

Love is a seed God plants in our hearts

D7sus4    D7    G7       C

From that seed love will start

     D             C             G

To grow from within our hearts     (x3)     (Optional Ending)

Chorus:

   Am              G

If you take the time

    Am              G

To let your love grow

Am       G

You will find

                   Em          C

Your love will flow from within     (x3)

D          C6/9        G                      (D)

Love will flow from within     (x3)     (Ending)

(Return to Intro and then Verse Two)

Verse Two:

   D7sus4    D7         G7         C

In time that seed will root and grow

     D7sus4    D7          G7              C

And give you love more than you will know

D7sus4   D7       G7            C

Take the time to water your heart

    D7sus4   D7      G7              C

And love will be the fruit of your heart

      D              C               G

And grow from within your heart     (x3)     (To Chorus)

Original Song – “When Will You Begin”

When Will You Begin is a tender and heartfelt song about love, commitment and affirmation, that speaks to communicating the totality and depth of love one holds for another.  Words and actions should harmonize together within a beautiful melody, and when they don’t it creates an air of doubt and uncertainty.  The true nature of love is complementary – where thoughts, feelings, words, deeds, actions, choices, decisions, commitment, affirmation and desire all harmonize in a single message that communicates the true purity, depth and enduring nature of love… “If you could dream a thousand dreams, Would they be with me, If a dream could last forever, I’d like to spend that time with you…”

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I recorded my original song “When Will you Begin” as a demo on Set 7 in 1996, and these two takes complete the set.  The song speaks of love and commitment, “If you could dream a thousand dreams, Would they be with me, If a dream could last forever, I’d like to spend that time with you…”  Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-when-will-you-begin-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-when-will-you-begin-take-2-of-2

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(As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

"When Will You Begin" - "Faces In The Crowd", Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

When Will You Begin

“Faces In The Crowd”, Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

 Chorus:     (Start)

F#m

When will you begin

F#m                           D

When will you begin to see

F#m

That my love for you

F#m                           D

That my love for you is real

E

Then you will begin

E                              F#m

Then you will begin to see

F#m     C#m               Bm

That my love for you is real

Bm        E         D       A

That our love is real…

         A                   D

If you could dream a thousand dreams

A                           D

Would they be with me

A                      D

If a dream could last forever

E            D                             A

I’d like to spend that time with you

D       A

…with you     (Go to Verse One)

Verse One:

F#m                           E

Where, do we go from here

F#m                          C#m

Where, do we go from here

D                   C#m             F#m

Where, do our lives go from here

D                      C#m            F#m

Where, does our love go from here     (Ending)

F#m            E

How am I to know

F#m            E

How am I to show

C#m                     D

You that my love is real

D                           A

You that our love is real     (To Chorus followed by Verse Two)

Verse Two:

F#m                             E

How can I show you my love

F#m                            C#m

How can I show you my love

D             C#m             F#m

How can I show you my love

D                     C#m             F#m

Where does our love go from here

F#m          E

When will I know

F#m              E

When will you show

C#m                      D

Me that your love is real

D                           A

Me that your love is real     (To Chorus followed by Verse One to End)

Original Song – “Show The World”

Show The World is a slow, tender and heartfelt song that speaks to sharing ourselves with the world around us through loving and caring for one another.  After all, what else is there in this temporal existence called life that could possibly matter more?  The song asks us to step out of ourselves and make a difference in the lives of others through love, “Show the world that you love them, Show the world that you care, You can make a difference, To people everywhere…”

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I recorded my original song “Show The World” on Set Two in 1996, and it completes the song posts from this set. This song is the 75th original song and 100th song track I’ve posted on SoundCloud to date, and there are many more to share in the future. “Show The World” reminds us all to, “Show the world that you love them, Show the world that you care, You can make a difference, To people everywhere…”

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-show-the-world

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(Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Show The World" - "Follow The Light", Collected Works Volume IX, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Show The World

“Follow The Light”, Collected Works Volume IX, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

D                                  G

Show the world that you love them

D                                  C

Show the world that you care

D                     G

You can make a difference

    D                 A

To people everywhere     (Alternate Ending)

A           D     G          A

Let your light shine all around

A          D     G         A

Let your love flow all around

A       D       G       A

Every day in every way

A                                  D

Show the world that you care

D                                  G

Show the world that you care

G                                  A

Show the world that you care

A                                  D

Show the world that you care     (End)

Verse Two:

D                       G

Life’s to short to never

D                      C

Take the time to love

      D                       G

The people all around you

D                      A

Take the time to care

A           D    G         A

Let your love flow all around

A            D         G            A

Give your love to everyone around

A        D        G          A

If you do you will have found

A                       D

Your love can go everywhere

D                       G

Your love can go everywhere

G                       A

Your love can go everywhere

A                       D

Your love can go everywhere

Verse Three:

D                     G

You can make a difference

D                      C

You have love to share

D                               G

With the world around you

D                           A

Show the world you care

A            D         G            A

Give your love to everyone around

A                D     G  A

Spread your love all around

A     D      G              A

The world needs your love

A                           D

Show the world you care

D                           G

Show the world you care

G                           A

Show the world you care

A                           D

Show the world you care

Original Song – “The World Gently Weeps”

The World Gently Weeps is a tender and heartfelt song that portrays a world weeping in the darkness over concerns for its suffering people, reminding us that we are our brother’s and sister’s keeper.  The song references, “Cries in the darkness, Echoes on the streets, A cold wind is blowin’, The chill runs deep, Children goin’ hungry, People livin’ on the street” as a few of the representative ills that the world weeps over that cry out for warmth, light and love for all people, everywhere.  The singer then turns to us, both individually and collectively to plead, “We have to come together, Holding hands in the street, You and I together, United we can defeat, The darkness all around us, And take back the streets, With love for each other, As the world gently weeps…”

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I recorded my original song “The World Gently Weeps” on Set One in 1996, and it speaks of being our brother’s and sister’s keeper to help turn back the darkness and spread light in the world. I missed the first note of the Emin9 chord at the beginning of the song’s lyrics, but it does get better from there ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-the-world-gently-weeps

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(Note: The chord Fmaj13* is a variation of the standard guitar chord and is drawn out on the scanned lyric sheet.  Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"The World Gently Weeps" - "Pages of Life", Collected Works Volume XII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

The World Gently Weeps

“Pages of Life” – Collected Works Volume XII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

Fmaj13*   A   Emin9   A     (x2)

Emin9   A     (x2)

Verse One:

Emin9   A

Look all around you

      Emin9          A

The world gently weeps

Emin9         A

Cries in the darkness

Emin9            A

Echoes on the streets

   F               C

A cold wind is blowin’

      F           C

The chill runs deep

F                  C

Children goin’ hungry

          F                C

People livin’ on the street

G          D

Can you hear them

      G                   D

The cries from the street

G          D

Look all around you

      G                 D

The world gently weeps     (x3)     (End)

Chorus:

     A                        G

We are our brother’s keeper

     D                          A

We have to spread the light

     A                     G

We are our sister’s keeper

     D                             A

We have to make things right

        A                G

Take care of each other

      D                         A

And help turn back the night

   G   D             A

If we don’t who will     (x4)

Verse Two:

    Emin9        A

We all have a mission

     Emin9            A

For each of us to keep

    Emin9                        A

To care for those around us

              Emin9          A

While the world gently weeps

     F                   C

We have to come together

           F                 C

Holding hands in the street

F            C

You and I together

F                   C

United we can defeat

      G                D

The darkness all around us

      G                   D

And take back the streets

       G                  D

With love for each other

          G                 D

As the world gently weeps     (x3)     (Chorus, back to start to finish)

Original Song – “Girl Next Door”

Girl Next Door is a heartfelt song about the memories and reflections of days gone by and people we once knew.   The autobiographical portions of the song are that there was a popular girl my age living across the street during high school, I wasn’t on anyone’s social calendar, I grew up in a relatively small town, I dreamed of seeing the world when I was younger and I’ve actually visited the places mentioned in the song. It’s easy to view life from a sort of “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” mentality – looking at other people’s lives from a distance and wishing we had what they have – but we can never really know the truth about anyone’s situation from observation alone.  What we see as idyllic from afar, may actually be an entirely different experience when viewed from within. Popularity doesn’t always equate to happiness and sometimes “quiet and steady” wins the race over the course of time – for life is not a sprint, but a marathon – and in many respects it’s all about the finish… “I wonder where she is, After all these years have gone by, She was the girl next door, And I was just the guy, Livin’ in the house beside her, So many years ago…”

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I recorded my original song “Girl Next Door” on Set 5 in 1996, and it’s autobiographical in nature as a popular girl my age lived across the street when we were in high school, we lived in a small town, I wasn’t on anyone’s social calendar growing up and I’ve visited the places mentioned in the song. Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-girl-next-door

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(Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Girl Next Door" - "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Girl Next Door

“Turn Up The Volume”, Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

D                              A

She was the girl next door

      G                                 D

And I was just the neighbor kid

D                              A

She was the one that everybody loved

      G                             D

And I never seemed to fit in

         A

Every weekend she had a party

      G                                      D

And kids would come from miles around

          A

It was invitation only

      G                     D

And mine was never found

         A

Every time she had a party

G               D

I was never around

Verse Two:

D                     A

Those were the days so long ago

         G                D

When I was just a kid

D                              A

She went her way and I went mine

G               D

And I never did

A

Know where her life had taken her

G                      D

Over all of these years

A

Livin’ her life in the fast lane

G                    D

Everything was hers

      A

She had everything she wanted

G                                      D

Everything she wanted was hers

Verse Three:

     D                    A

We lived in a small town

        G                            D

And I went out to see the world

D                   A

Places I’d only read about

      G                       D

And never dreamed I would

A

Walk the streets of Paris

G                D

London and Berlin

A

Amsterdam and Switzerland

G                      D

Monte Carlo and Madrid

         A

Copenhagen and Barcelona

         G                               D

Never knew the world was so big

Verse Four:

  D                         A

I wonder where she is

        G                                   D

After all these years have gone by

D                             A

She was the girl next door

      G                   D

And I was just the guy

A

Livin’ in the house beside her

     G               D

So many years ago

A

She went her way and I went mine

        G                           D

And I guess that I’ll never know

A

She was the girl that lived next door

      G                   A           D

And I was just the neighbor kid

Original Song – “Seems Like Rain”

Seems Like Rain is an early song of mine that speaks to hope, change, opportunity and new horizons.  It’s a very short and reflective song that in a way is autobiographical in nature – reflecting the fact that I went west on my 8,000 mile bicycle adventure back in 1976 – but this song wasn’t written specifically with that event in mind.  Instead, it was written to reflect our restless, inner nature and eternal optimism, that believes a change of pace can bring sunshine into our lives and drive the rain away!  “Time to get on with my life, Looking for those sunny skies, ‘Cause that rain’s been in my life for way too long…”

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I recorded my original song “Seems Like Rain” in two takes on Set 8 in 1996, and it was a challenge for me to reach the high notes, but take two improved, “There are times in my life, When that rain keeps falling down, And that rain follows me, Wherever I go…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-seems-like-rain-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-seems-like-rain-track-2-of-2

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(Note: As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

"Seems Like Rain" - "Faces In The Crowd", Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Seems Like Rain

“Faces In The Crowd”, Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

Em   G   D   C     (x2)

Verse One:

              Em            G

There are times in my life

                D                      C

When that rain keeps falling down

             Em             G

And that rain follows me

D               C

Wherever I go

           Em            C

When I look to the west

             Em                  C

I get the urge for movin’ on

               G                 Am    D

‘Cause my life here isn’t goin’ anywhere     (End)

Chorus:     (Repeat twice)

    Em          C

It seems like rain

            D

Is falling down

C        D

Falling down

             G

Down on me

C                    G

Down, down on me     (Second time through)

Verse Two:

            Em           G

It’s that long, long road

          D                C

That’s calling me to go

          Em    G

I don’t have anything

D                        C

Keepin’ me ’round here

           Em                  C

Time to get on with my life

            Em                   C

Looking for those sunny skies

                 G                      Am

‘Cause that rain’s been in my life

                 D

For way too long     (Back to the top)

Original Song – “Hills Of Tennessee”

Hills Of Tennessee is a slow, heartfelt and sentimental song about chance meetings and love at first sight.  It’s also about home, family and happy endings.  It’s a lengthy song as my songs go, and the lyrics simply speak for themselves – so I’ll step aside and let you be the judge, “I’d never seen eyes so green, She was the prettiest thing I’d ever seen, I said yes anything would do, But may I have you, For the rest of my life, For the rest of my life, For the rest of my life…”

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I recorded my original song “Hills Of Tennessee” in three takes as demos on Set 9 in 1996, and they tell the story of a guy who falls in love with his waitress with big green eyes in Tennessee while driving to California, “Back in the hills of Tennessee, She was as cute as a girl could be, And I was drivin’ by on my way, In my ol’ Chevrolet…”  Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-hills-of-tennessee-take-1-of-3

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-hills-of-tennessee-take-2-of-3

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-hills-of-tennessee-take-3-of-3

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(Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Hills Of Tennessee" Pg. 1 of 2 - "Three Chords and a Prayer", Collected Works Volume VI, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved "Hills Of Tennessee" Pg. 2 of 2 - "Three Chords and a Prayer", Collected Works Volume VI, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Hills Of Tennessee

“Three Chords and a Prayer”, Collected Works Volume VI, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

                D                  E

Back in the hills of Tennessee

                 D                         E

She was as cute as a girl could be

               D                     E

And I was drivin’ by on my way

                      A

In my ol’ Chevrolet

A                 D

Goin’ to California

D                  G

California that day

G           E

California way…     (Hold for 4 counts)

        D                          E

And I stopped at a restaurant

           D                                    E

Time to eat and didn’t give it a thought

         D                          E

Until I looked up from my menu

                           A

May I please help you

                    D

Is all that she said

D               G

All that she said

G               E

All that she said…     (Hold for 8 counts)

Verse Two:

             D                    E

I’d never seen eyes so green

                  D                               E

She was the prettiest thing I’d ever seen

         D                     E

I said yes anything will do

                      A

But may I have you

A                        D

For the rest of my life

D                   G

The rest of my life

G                        E

For the rest of my life…     (Hold for 4 counts)

               D                             E

She said I don’t even know your name

               D                                E

She said I don’t want to play your game

               D                         E

And if you don’t live in Tennessee

                     A

You can forget me

A                    D

You can forget me

D        G

Forget me

G                    E

You can forget me…     (Hold for 8 counts)

Verse Three:

            D                           E

‘Cause I don’t want to go to LA

         D                                   E

You’ll never catch me goin’ that way

    D                                    E

My life’s just as nice as could be

                    A

Here in Tennessee

A                  D

Here in Tennessee

D           G

In Tennessee

G                  E

Here in Tennessee…     (Hold for 4 counts)

      D                        E

So I asked her for her hand

  D                     E

I said that I understand

           D                        E

And I’ll stay here in Tennessee

E                  A

If she’ll marry me

A                  D

If she’ll marry me

D                  G

If she’ll marry me

G                            E

She said she’ll marry me…     (Hold for 8 counts)

Verse Four:

       D                            E

So I made up my mind to stay

     D                              E

I unpacked the old Chevrolet

        D                                     E

And I asked her to show me the way

    E                A

To her father’s house

A                    D

To her father’s house

D               G

Her father’s house

G                    E

To her father’s house…     (Hold for four counts)

             D                   E

He had a shotgun in his hand

        D                         E

I said Sir you don’t understand

                D                       E

I’m gonna’ live here in Tennessee

E                           A

She wants to marry me

A                     D

Wants to marry me

D                     G

Wants to marry me

G                           E

She wants to marry me…     (Hold for 8 counts)

Verse Five:

           D              E

He said only if you stay

                     D                               E

And don’t you ever take my daughter away

                  D                 E

‘Cause we’re just one big family

E                  A

Here in Tennessee

A                  D

Here in Tennessee

D          G

In Tennessee

G                  E

Here in Tennessee…     (Hold for 4 counts)

             D                                 E

It’s been twenty-five years to the day

                  D                                 E

She’s still as cute as she was on that day

                    D                          E

When I drove up in my old Chevrolet

E                                  A

And saw those big green eyes

A                    D

Just lookin’ my way

D              G

Lookin’ my way

G              E

Lookin’ my way…     (Hold for 8 counts)

E

Well, you know I was…     (Slow and heartfelt to finish…)

A                   D

Drivin’ to California

D                   G

California that day

G            E

California way…     (Hold for 8 counts)

E                  A

But in Tennessee

A  D

I’ll stay

D           G

In Tennessee

G           E

In Tennessee

E                      A

In Tennessee I’ll stay

 

Original Song – “One Man” (A Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

One Man is a song about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the fact that his dream still lives on in each one of us.  The song recounts Dr. King’s life, dream and his love for his fellow man, while emphasizing the fact that we hold the key to realizing his dream in our day.  The song is meant to be historical, symbolic, introspective and motivational – encouraging us to fulfill Dr. King’s dream through our actions each and every day.  One Man also conveys a sad perspective in reminding us how Dr. King’s brilliant life was so tragically cut short, but then the song finishes on a note of hope: “We hold the key, To the dream, Martin Luther King, Your dream lives on, Your dream lives on…”

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I recorded my original song “One Man” as a tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Set One in 1996, and this finishes up my song demos from this first set. The song reminds us that, “We hold the key, To the dream, Martin Luther King, Your dream lives on, Your dream lives on…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-one-man

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(Note: The chord Esus4* is simply an easier version of the standard Esus4 fingering pattern played on the guitar.  Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"One Man" - "The Dream Lives On", Collected Works Volume X, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

One Man

“The Dream Lives On”, Collected Works Volume X, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

Bmin     Esus4*     (x3)

E          Esus4*     (x2)

Lyrics:

Bmin               Esus4*

One man had a dream     (x3)

                     E      Esus4*

And he walked alone     (x2)

Bmin                   Esus4*

One man gave his life     (x3)

        E        Esus4*

For a dream     (x2)

     Bmin                  Esus4*

His life was filled with love     (x3)

                   E     Esus4*

For his fellow man     (x2)

Bmin           Esus4*

We hold the key     (x3)

          E       Esus4*

To the dream     (x2)

Bmin             Esus4*

Martin Luther King     (x3)

                        E   Esus4*

Your dream lives on     (x3)

                        E

Your dream lives on

Original Song – “Lady, Oh Lady”

Lady, Oh Lady is a slow, simple, heartfelt and sentimental love song about commitment, distance and longing of the heart.  I love the relationship between the chord sequences and the soft and dreamy atmosphere the chords create for the lyrics to swirl around in, as if dancing in the fog of a wonderful, never-ending dream!  “Even though we’re, So far apart, You are always, In my heart, If I can’t be, There with you, I’ll send my love, To you, All my love, To you…”

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I recorded my original song “Lady, Oh Lady” on Set Eleven in 1997 on four takes, and surprisingly enough for me they all turned out pretty well!🙂 Each take is a different flavor as takes one and two are strummed on the guitar using a pick, and takes three and four are simply strummed with my fingers. Take one is faster, while takes two, three and four keep slowing down and getting progressively better ~ I’ll share them all with you! Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-lady-oh-lady-take-1-of-4

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-lady-oh-lady-take-2-of-4

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-lady-oh-lady-take-3-of-4

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-lady-oh-lady-take-4-of-4

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Lady, Oh Lady" - "Three Chords and a Prayer", Collected Works Volume VI, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Lady, Oh Lady

“Three Chords and a Prayer”, Collected Works Volume VI, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

F#m      E

Lady, oh lady

               F#m

You’re the one I’m

             C#m

Dreamin’ of

F#m      E

Lady, oh lady

               F#m

You’re the one

              C#m

I’ll always love

       D

Even though we’re

    C#m

So far apart

           D

You are always

         C#m

In my heart

     F#m

If I can’t be

E

There with you

    F#m

I’ll send my love

    C#m

To you

F#m

All my love

    C#m

To you

    D

I’ll send you

         E

All my love

    D

I’ll send all

               C#m

My love to you

    F#m

I’ll send you

          E

All my love

    F#m

I’ll send my love

    C#m

To you

    D

To you

    Fsus4     F#

To you

Verse Two:

F#m       E

Baby, oh baby

               F#m

Don’t you know I’m

          C#m

Missin’ you

F#m       E

Baby, oh baby

       F#m

You know I’m

          C#m

Always true

                 D

Though the miles

           C#m

Keep us far apart

         D

I hold you

                 C#m

Close to my heart

             F#m

And you know that I’ll

    E

Be there for you

    F#m

To give my love

    C#m

To you

F#m

All my love

    C#m

To you

    D

I’ll give you

         E

All my love

    D

I’ll give all

               C#m

My love to you

    F#m

I’ll give you

         E

All my love

    F#m

I’ll give my love

    C#m

To you

    D

To you

Fsus4     F#

To you

Original Song – “Singin’ The Blues”

Singin’ The Blues looks at life through the lens of time, family and memories within the perspective of progress as modern life encroaches on the very fabric of our lives. Our memories of what was and what has been are being slowly, but continuously, whittled and chipped away around the edges by time as life relentlessly marches forward.  Singin’ The Blues tells the fictional story of a singer returning to his grandparents’ farm and sitting on the front porch watching the rain, while recalling the days of how it used to be.  The singer realizes that “We must all, Carry on, Carry on, But I long, For the days, On my Grandpa’s farm.”  The singer then gazes out at new houses in the fields where he once played as a boy.  The singer never knew his grandfather for very long and verse four depicts a moving van driving away from what was now his grandmother’s farm – as time has indeed marched on,  “I can still see her now, The way she used to be, Like yesterday, The way it used to be…But you know, Time, Carries on…”

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I recorded my original song “Singin’ The Blues” as a demo on Set 8 in 1996, and it tells the story of ‘progress’ relentlessly marching on in our lives ~ and changing how things used to be, for better or for worse, “I’m just singing the blues, Watchin’ the rain fallin’ down, Sittin’ on the front porch, Of my Grandpa’s farm…”  Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-singin-the-blues

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

Singin' The Blues, Pg. 1 of 2, "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights ReservedSingin' The Blues, Pg. 2 of 2, "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Singin’ The Blues

“Turn Up The Volume”, Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

            G             E

I’m just singin’ the blues

G                E

Watchin’ the rain fallin’ down

G                 E

Sittin’ on the front porch

         A             E

Of my grandpa’s farm

         A             E

Of my grandpa’s farm     (End)

  G                E

I was a young boy

     G              E

So many years ago sittin’ here

G                   E

Listenin’ to my grandpa’s tales

             A          E

Of how it used to be

             A          E

Of how it used to be

            D

But you know

A

Time

           E

Carries on

A         E

Carries on

        D

And I never

             A

Knew my grandpa

            E

For very long

     A     E

For very long

Verse Two:

            G             E

I’m just singin’ the blues

G                      E

Thinkin’ of those times gone by

G                     E

Dreamin’ of the days

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm

        G                 E

And I never understood

G                  E

Why it had to be that way

  G                    E

I never knew my grandpa

     A     E

For very long

     A     E

For very long

            D

But you know

             A

We must all

         E

Carry on

A       E

Carry on

        D

But I long

           A

For the days

                         E

On my grandpa’s farm

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm

Verse Three:

            G             E

I’m just singin’ the blues

G                E

Watchin’ the rain fallin’ down

G                 E

Wind blowin’ cold

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm

        G         E

I can see the fields

    G             E

As far as the eye could see

         G               E

When I was just a boy

               A          E

The way it used to be

               A          E

The way it used to be

            D

But you know

              A

Times are changin’

          E

Everywhere

A        E

Everywhere

            D

Now I’m lookin’

         A

At the houses

       E

Over there

A     E

Over there

Verse Four:

            G             E

I’m just singin’ the blues

G                 E

Watchin’ the movin’ van

G        E

Drivin’ away

             A              E

From my grandma’s farm

             A              E

From my grandma’s farm

        G               E

I can still see her now

      G          E

The way she used to be

      G          E

Like yesterday

               A          E

The way it used to be

               A          E

The way it used to be

            D

But you know

A

Time

           E

Carries on

A         E

Carries on

            D

I’m just singin’

      A

The blues

                         E

On my grandpa’s farm

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm

            D

I’m just singin’

      A

The blues

                         E

On my grandpa’s farm

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm     (Back to the top to finish)

Original Song – “Love You So”

Love You So is a fast-paced and joyful song about love, reunions and second chances.  The song tells the fictional story of a woman who had left for whatever reason and now plans to come home.  The guy wakes up to a brand new day with the realization that today’s the day as he prepares to drive to the airport to meet her for their reunion.  The song speaks to changed hearts, second chances, new beginnings, fresh starts and changed perceptions – with both realizing while they were apart that something was missing from their lives – and their future together would be much better than their lives were apart!  “Stay with me baby, Forever more, I don’t want you ever, Walkin’ out the door, And leave me standin’, Here all alone, I’m so glad that, You’ve come back home, And you said that you love me too…”

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I recorded my original song “Love You So” in two takes on Set 3 in 1996, and as each take turned out well I’ll share them both with you today. The song speaks of a woman who has decided to return home and the excitement of the reunion that follows ~ with both realizing they are so much more together than they were apart. Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-love-you-so-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-love-you-so-take-2-of-2

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Love You So", Pg. 1 - "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved"Love You So", Pg. 2 - "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Love You So

“Turn Up The Volume”, Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

F

Up in the mornin’

      G

And out of bed

F

Throw on my clothes

                     G

Make sure the dog is fed

F

Skip my breakfast

               G

‘Cause I’m runnin’ late

F

Out the door

            G

‘Cause I just can’t wait     (x3)

    C         G    D

To be with you again     (x3)

    C         G    A

To be with you again

Verse Two:

F

Startin’ the car

                G

And drivin’ down the street

F

Every red light

         G

Is the one I meet

F

Waitin’ for you

               G

Makes the time stand still

        F

‘Till I get there baby

            G

And you know that I will     (x3)

C         G    D

Be with you today     (x3)

C         G    A

Be with you today

Verse Three:

F

Miles and miles

           G

Runnin’ under my feet

F

You and I

         G

Got a date to keep

      F

You called me up

            G

Just the other day

                 F

Said you’re flyin’ in

          G

Comin’ home today     (x3)

            C                  G              D

And you said that you missed me so     (x3)

            C                  G              A

And you said that you missed me so

Verse Four:

  F

I see you standin’ there

           G

Walkin’ through the door

         F

And I realize

         G

That I want you more

F

More than I ever

       G

Ever thought I could

            F

‘Cause I didn’t believe

             G

That you really would     (x3)

C         G   D

Be with me again     (x3)

C         G   A

Be with me again

Verse Five:

        F

With you in my arms

          G

it feels like a dream

  F

I kiss your lips

          G

And it only seems

      F

Like yesterday

                  G

When it was you and me

F

Now you’re back home

                G

And you’re kissin’ me     (x3)

            C               G           D

And you know that I love you so     (x3)

            C               G           A

And you know that I love you so

Verse Six:

F

Stay with me baby

    G

Forever more

  F

I don’t want you ever

           G

Walkin’ out the door

      F

And leave me standin’

       G

Here all alone

F

I’m so glad that

          G

You’ve come back home

            C                  G         D

And you said that you love me too

            C                G         D

And you never never wanted to

C                   G  D

Leave me here all alone

      C                  G                  A

And together we’ll make this our home

      C                  G                  D

And together we’ll make this our home     (End)

Original Song – “Like A River”

Like A River is a reflective and introspective song that uses the analogies of a river and the wind to describe the ebb and flow of our lives, changing from calm and gentle to turbulent and out of control in mere moments.  Rivers and wind also symbolize the endless movement of time along a continuum, just as our lives exist along a timeline from birth to death.  Within these two analogies, we not only see ourselves flowing along in a river of time and blown along by the wind as if in a hot air balloon – we also see that others accompany us along the way – sharing with us this passage of time and precious opportunity called life.  “Life’s like a river, Just rollin’ along, That river keeps flowin’, On and on…”

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I recorded my original song “Like A River” in two takes as demos on Set 7 in 1996, and the second take is the better version.  The song compares our journey through life to a river and to the wind, as they both flow through periods of calm and turbulence, “Life’s like a river, Just rollin’ along, That river keeps flowin’, On and on…”  Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-like-a-river-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-like-a-river-take-2-of-2

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Like A River" Pg. 1 - "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved"Like A River" Pg. 2 - "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Like A River

“Turn Up The Volume”, Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

D              E

Life’s like a river

D             E

Just rollin’ along

       D              E

That river keeps flowin’

D         E

On and on

    A                  G

My life’s like that river

A             G

Just rollin’ on

A               G

Twistin’ and turnin’

A         G

On and on

       D              E

Sometimes that river

        D             E

Is as smooth as glass

       D              E

Sometimes that river

    D             E

Is rough and fast

     A                 G

My life’s like that river

     A              G

As calm as can be

      A                   G

But then come the rapids

       A      G

That carry me

D              E

Away like a river

D        E

Out to sea

        D             E

Don’t know the direction

D                     E

They’re carrying me

            A

Carrying me

            D

Carrying me

            C             G

‘Cause I know that river

             C             G

Keeps flowin’ to the sea

        D                   E

But I don’t know my life’s

D       E

Destiny

        A                   G

And I know that my days

      A                   G

Are numbered and few

           D            E

But I’m happy to spend

         D            E

All my days with you

       A

With you

       D

With you

       G

With you

       E

With you

Verse Two:

D                 E

Life’s like the wind

D               E

Just blowin’ along

       D                   E

That wind keeps on blowin’

D         E

On and on

    A                G

My life’s like the wind

A               G

Just blowin’ on

        A            G

Don’t know the direction

      A         G

Just blowin’ along

       D              E

Sometimes that wind

        D              E

Is as calm as can be

       D              E

Sometimes that wind’s

    D                  E

As strong as can be

    A                G

My life’s like the wind

      A         G

Just blowin’ around

        A                     G

Don’t know where I’m goin’

       A         G

Just coverin’ ground

           D               E

Like the wind that’s blowin’

       D        E

As it travels along

        D             E

Don’t know the direction

   D            E

It blows me along

A

Along

D

Along

            C                   G

‘Cause I know that the wind

         C                 G

Keeps blowin’ on forever

       D                   E

But I know that my life

         D           E

Won’t go on forever

        A                  G

And I know that my days

      A                  G

Are numbered and few

           D           E

But I’m happy to spend

         D            E

All my days with you

       A

With you

       D

With you

       G

With you

       E

With you

Original Song – “Love’s Like A Rainbow”

Love’s Like A Rainbow is a heartfelt love song that begins with a familiar marching cadence, “I don’t know, but I’ve been told, Love’s like a rainbow, made of gold, I don’t know, I don’t know…”  Most of the song follows the singer’s lament of being told what love is all about, without having experienced love itself.  At the end of verse three the singer finally falls in love for the first time and expresses a joyful heart,  “I woke up this mornin’ to somethin’ new, And felt the love that I’m feelin’ for you, For you, for you…”

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I recorded my original song “Love’s Like A Rainbow” in three takes on Set 5 in 1996, and I’ll share all three versions with you ~ as they all reflect a moment in this songwriting journey of mine, “I don’t know but I’ve been told, Love’s like a rainbow made of gold, I don’t know, I don’t know…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-loves-like-a-rainbow-take-1-of-3

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-loves-like-a-rainbow-take-2-of-3

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-loves-like-a-rainbow-take-3-of-3

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(Note: As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

"Love's Like A Rainbow" - "Early Works - The Start of a Dream", Collected Works Volume XI, Copyright 1990, Mark D. Jones/Gordon A. Olvera, All Rights Reserved

Love’s Like A Rainbow

“Early Works – The Start of a Dream”, Collected Works Volume XI, Copyright 1990, Mark D. Jones/Gordon A. Olvera, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

C

I don’t know, but I’ve been told

C

Love’s like a rainbow, made of gold

          B♭                F

I don’t know, I don’t know

C

Love is gentle, love is kind

C

But for me love’s so, hard to find

          B♭                F

I don’t know, I don’t know

Chorus:

F               C

But (and) I know, that my love is true

         F

And I know, that I’ll always love you

C

Will, you love me too

B♭              F

Will, you be mine

                   C

(Will, you be mine)     (Ending)

Verse Two:

C

Love’s like a shining, star at night

C

Love’s what makes you, feel alright

                        B♭                            F

That’s what they say, that’s what they say

C

Love can come like a thief in the night

      C

And steal your heart even though you might

             B♭               F

Not let it go, not let it go

Verse Three:

C

Try what you may love’s, here to stay

C

It’ll steal your heart and, take it away

                        B♭                            F

That’s what they say, that’s what they say

C

I woke up this mornin’ to, somethin’ new

      C

And felt the love that I’m feelin’ for you

      B♭        F

For you, for you

Original Song – “My Life’s Journey”

My Life’s Journey is a song about realizing we need guidance as we go through life – specifically in the areas of patience, courage and wisdom.  It’s God who has called us into being and has a plan and purpose for our lives.  It’s only in living within His will that we can fulfill the meaning and purpose of our lives as he guides us through His hand, light and word.  My wish and prayer is that God would bless and keep you, guide your footsteps as you journey through life and provide you with life in abundance!  “As I travel on my way, Through my life’s journey, Along the path of life, I know your hand guides me, And it’s ‘gonna be alright.”

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I recorded my original song “My Life’s Journey” in two takes on Set 6 in 1996, and as usual the second take turned out the best. The song speaks to the winding path we walk through life, and trusting God to show us the way, “As I travel on my way, Through my life’s journey, Along the path of life, I know your hand guides me, And it’s ‘gonna be alright…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-my-lifes-journey-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-my-lifes-journey-take-2-of-2

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(Note: Esus4* refers to a simpler version of the chord than the traditional guitar finger placement.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"My Life's Journey" - "The Dream Lives On", Collected Works Volume X, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

My Life’s Journey

“The Dream Lives On”, Collected Works Volume X, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

C                   D

Lord grant me patience

     C                    D

To carry me day to day

       C                   D

That Your hand will guide me

      C                 Esus4*

As I travel on my way

D                      G

Through my life’s journey

D                       G

Along the path of life

  D                     G

I know Your hand guides me

            D            A

And it’s ‘gonna be alright

  D                     G

I know Your hand guides me

            D            A

And it’s ‘gonna be alright

E         G         D

Alright, alright, alright

Chorus:

       C         G       D

Lord let Thy will be done

  C          G                    D

I walk the highway to the Son

       C         G       D

Lord let Thy will be done

                           A

In the name of the Son

                           D

In the name of the Son

                     A

Let Thy will be done

                     D

Let Thy will be done

Verse Two:

C                   D

Lord grant me courage

    C                           D

To face each and every day

  C                          D

I know Your light will guide me

      C                            Esus4*

And always show me the way

      D                     G

As I walk the path of life

           D                             G

You will always show me Your light

      D                            G

And encourage me on my way

      D                 A

As I travel day to day

  D                     G

I know Your hand guides me

            D            A

And it’s ‘gonna be alright

E         G         D

Alright, alright, alright

Verse Three:

C                   D

Lord grant me wisdom

    C              D

In all I do and say

     C              D

For Your word guides me

C                    Esus4*

Each and every day

      D              G

As I follow Your light

            D                  G

Give me wisdom that I might

             D                G

Have the will to follow You

    D          A

In all that I do

  D                     G

I know Your hand guides me

            D            A

And it’s ‘gonna be alright

E          G        D

Alright, alright, alright

Original Song – “In The Name Of Pride”

In The Name Of Pride is a song about our pride getting in the way of loving the people in our lives that we really care about.  Instead, we often find ourselves focusing on our needs, our concerns, our views and our opinions in life and messing up our lives because our pride has clouded our vision and blinded us from seeing what was really important to us – standing right in front of us all along.  Life is an experiment in choices and oftentimes our choices simply miss the mark and can’t be taken back…which leaves us standing in the rain… “In the name of pride, I threw my life away, In the name of pride, I threw it all away, I never thought I’d find myself, Standin’ in the rain…”

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I recorded my original song “In The Name Of Pride” as a demo on Set 16 in 1997, and it speaks to letting pride get in the way of love, “In the name of pride, I threw my life away, In the name of pride, I threw it all away…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-in-the-name-of-pride

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(As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

"In The Name Of Pride" - "Turn To Face The Music", Collected Works Volume II, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

In The Name Of Pride

“Turn To Face The Music”, Collected Works Volume II, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

F        Am        G

In the name of pride

  F                  C

I threw my life away

         Am        G

In the name of pride

  F              C

I threw it all away

  Em                     D

I never thought I’d find myself

C                   D

Standin’ in the rain

Em                     D

Walkin’ down this highway

        C                     D

With nothin’ much to gain

Em                               D

Except maybe my foolish pride

C                   D

That you took away

Em                  D

On the day you left me

     C                 D

On another rainy day

         Am        G

In the name of pride

  F                 C

I threw my life away

         Am         G

In the name of pride

  F              C

I threw it all away

      Am

For storm clouds have

G                Em

Followed my life

Em                    C

Raining down on me

Am

Wind in my face

Em

All day long

Em                   C

Makin’ it hard to see

C         G                   F

My way home, My way home

C         F

My way home

             G

I’ve been lookin’ for

F         C

My way home

Verse Two:

         Am        G

In the name of pride

  F                 C

I threw my life away

         Am        G

In the name of pride

  F              C

I threw it all away

     Em                   D

My pride was always in the way

C                   D

Of my love for you

  Em               D

I couldn’t ever understand

C                   D

What I should do

  Em          D

I never told you

C               D

How I really feel

      Em       D

But now it’s over

      C                     D

Not much that I can do

         Am        G

In the name of pride

  F                 C

I threw my life away

         Am        G

In the name of pride

  F               C

I threw it all away

      Am              G

For you were the only one

Em            C

That I ever loved

Am                    Em

Don’t know what I will do

Em           C

Or how I’ll find

C         G                   F

My way home, My way home

C         F

My way home

             G

I’ve been lookin’ for

F         C

My way home

C         G                   F        C         F

My way home, My way home, My way home

             G

I’ve been lookin’ for

F         C

My way home

Original Song – “Promised Land”

Promised Land is a bluesy, Gospel song about a train bound for heaven.  Although there have been many train-themed songs written over the years, this is my version to add to the mix.  Historically, trains have symbolized a very civilized way of traveling in relative comfort and ease – all you have to do is buy your ticket, show up at the platform on time, board the train once the doors have opened and find your seat. There’s also a community feeling attached to trains because they hold a lot of people from every walk of life and are essential modes of mass transport – especially for workers commuting to and from their jobs in the city.  This feeling of community is also an inherent part of faith as Christianity is a faith-based community of believers – so a train bound for heaven is a perfect way to symbolize our trip to heaven together when we’ve finally reached the end of the line!  “Climb aboard this train’s a leavin’, There’s a seat for everybody, Take my hand and climb aboard, Just in time, There’s a day that’s soon a comin’, Don’t be left behind, As it’s pullin’ from the station, Right on time.”

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I recorded my original song “Promised Land” on Set 3 in 1996, and it conveys the idea of boarding a train bound for heaven. Trains are popular themes in music as they work well as metaphors for many aspects of our lives, and “Promised Land” is one of two train themed songs I’ve written ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-promised-land

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(As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

Promised Land - "Turn To Face The Music", Collected Works Volume II, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Promised Land

“Turn To Face The Music”, Collected Works Volume II, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

C           Am                  C

Can you hear the whistle blowin’

             F

Can you feel that train a rollin’

          Am                 C

As it’s pullin’ from the station

            G

One last time

            Dm            C

For that train it is a rollin’

      G      Em F

It’s rollin’ on forever

            Am                  Dm

And it’s gonna’ bring us to

      F            C

The promised land     (End)

Chorus:

C         G

For this train is bound for Heaven

     Am                              F

To take us to the promised land

         G

Climb aboard here let me give you

           Am                    G

Let me give you a helpin’ hand

          F

Helpin’ hand

     Dm                      C

So come on and climb aboard

              G          Em   F

There’s a seat for everyone

             Am                 Dm

Don’t be standin’ in the station

             C                   Am

Don’t be standin’ in the station

               F                        G

When this train starts rollin’ down

         C

These tracks     (Back to Verse One to end)

Verse Two:

         Am                        C

Climb aboard this train’s a leavin’

              F

There’s a seat for everybody

             Am                 C

Take my hand and climb aboard

          G

Just in time

              Dm                     C

There’s a day that’s soon a comin’

G           Em F

Don’t be left behind

          Am                 Dm

As it’s pullin’ from the station

F           C

Right on time

Verse Three:

         Am                     C

Don’t worry about your baggage

            F

You can leave that behind

          Am                C

All you really have to do is

              G

Walk this way

         Dm

Climb aboard this train’s a

C

Leavin’

    G          Em      F

It might be leavin’ today

                 Am                Dm

Don’t know when that old train

        F       C

Goes rollin’ on

Original Song – “Sixteen Candles”

Sixteen Candles is a contemplative song about the choices we make during the course of our lives.  As we get older, we realize it’s been the choices we’ve made in life that have led us to the point we’re at – for better or for worse – and perhaps if we would have made different choices along the way, our lives would look much differently than they do today.  Sixteen Candles attempts to explain this notion of being careful about the choices we make in life, because each and every choice we make leads to an outcome that may or may not have been expected or desired.  There are no guarantees in life, but the choices we make everyday define our lives, “For life is full of choices, That you make from day to day, Make your choices, Wisely on your way, On your way…”

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I recorded my original song “Sixteen Candles” in two takes on Set 5 in 1996, and they complete this set. The song speaks to the choices we make in life and the importance of choosing wisely along the way, “For your life is full of choices…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-sixteen-candles-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-sixteen-candles-take-2-of-2

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Sixteen Candles" - "The Dream Lives On", Collected Works Volume X, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Sixteen Candles

“The Dream Lives On”, Collected Works Volume X, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

G          D                    G

Sixteen candles burning brightly

G          D                  G

Sixteen candles in the wind

G         D

As you stand there

      Bmin              E

You life’s about to begin

E                  G

Blowin’ in the wind

G                  A

Blowin’ in the wind

G         D            G

Sixteen years old today

G         D                G

Sixteen years to the day

G         D

As you stand there

      Bmin              E

You life’s about to change

E     G

And rearrange

G                A

It’s about to change

Verse Two:

G        D                             G

As you journey through your life

G            D                                 G

You must choose what’s wrong or right

G     D

Only you will ever

Bmin                         E

Know the choices you make

E                     G

The choices you make

      G               A

The choices you make

G           D              G

For your life is full of choices

G           D              G

You may turn left or right

G          D

But you may not

       Bmin             E

Ever have another chance

E          G

Another chance

G          A

Another chance

Verse Three:

G   D               G

For life is full of choices

G           D                        G

That you make from day to day

G             D

Make your choices

Bmin               E

Wisely on your way

E         G

On you way

G          A

On your way

G D                     G

I wish you best of luck

G        D                 G

As you journey from today

G          D                        (Ending after repeating Verse One)

May the Lord always

Bmin                    E

Guide you on your way

E                        G

Let Him light your way

G                        A

Let Him light your way

A                        D

Let Him light your way

Original Song – “Simple Man”

Simple Man is a slow, heartfelt and sentimental song – and the second song of that title I’ve written.  I posted the first version of “Simple Man” in, “Turn Up The Volume” – “Collected Works Volume V”:

https://livelovethinkexist.com/2012/07/20/original-song-simple-man/

In a way, by writing two songs of the same title, I’m focusing on the very essence of my personality – trying to explain that in being simple, I’m also free to be who I really am and was always meant to be.  Simple essentially means straightforward, direct, transparent and logical – and all of these traits apply to me – but there’s more. Simplicity also speaks of efficiency, directness and even boldness in approaches to issues and situations that go straight to the heart of a problem for unique solutions.  In being simple, I’m open, honest and to the point – what you see is what you get.  With that having been said, “You asked me who I am, I said a simple man, I told you that I am, Your biggest fan, And I hope that you can see, That our love will be, Forever free, Just you and me…”

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I recorded my original song “Simple Man” in two takes as demos on Set 5 in 1996, and I think this is my last original song post. I’ve posted 282 total song tracks and playlists, and 182 original songs of the 212 I think I’ve written ~ and at the end of the day I’m just a simple man, “Take me as I am, Just a simple man, Love me as I am, I do the best I can…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-simple-man-version-ii-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-simple-man-version-ii-take-2-of-2

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Simple Man" - "Follow The Light", Collected Works Volume IX, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Simple Man

“Follow The Light”, Collected Works Volume IX, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

Dsus4          D

Take me as I am

         C        G

Just a simple man

Dsus4          D

Love me as I am

             C       G

I do the best I can

      Dsus4           D

And I will promise you

    C    G

In all I do

   C         G

I will love you

   C         G

I will love you

  Dsus4   D

I promise you

  C          G

I promise you

Chorus:

F                     D

I’m in love with you

           F                        G

There’s nothing I’d rather do

        F                    D

Than live my life with you

  C     G

I love you

  C     G

I love you

  C     D

I love you

Verse Two:

Dsus4      D

I’m just a man

          C       G

Just a simple man

  Dsus4             D

I hope you understand

             C       G

I try the best I can

       Dsus4            D

And you will always be

             C         G

The best part of me

  C     G

I love you

  C     G

I love you

   Dsus4 D

In all I do

       C               G

I will always love you

Verse Three:

       Dsus4              D

You asked me who I am

           C        G

I said a simple man

  Dsus4            D

I told you that I am

        C         G

Your biggest fan

         Dsus4                 D

And I hope that you can see

             C          G

That our love will be

C          G

Forever free

       C          G

Just you and me

      Dsus4 D

And we will be

C          G

Forever free     (To Chorus, Verse One and finish with the Chorus)

Original Song – “No Reason Why”

No Reason Why is a song about love and following your heart despite all logic and reasoning that might argue against it.  Love always finds its own way, defines its own conditions, arrives at its own time and defies custom, class, decorum and etiquette. In many ways, love itself is the perfect illustration of serendipity.  For love plays by its own rules and conditions, picks its own time and place of arrival, sets its own stage, scene and act – and creates its own drama, atmosphere and ambiance.  Life’s never simple and contained in a pristine box on display for all to see, but instead is often complicated, unscripted, cluttered, messy and inconvenient.  All we can do in uncertain times is follow our hearts, not knowing where they will lead us – but simply knowing the path we follow is the only one that leads us to who we really are.  “There may not be a reason, Why I should love you, But I told them my answer, Was just that I love you, Just that I love you…”

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I recorded my original song “No Reason Why” in two takes on the guitar on Set 17 and once on the piano on Set 18 back in 1997, and they each present a different version and flavor of my song. Take one is strumming with a pick, very fast and pretty rough around the edges. Take two is strummed with my fingers, slower and the best version of this song. Take three is played on the piano and rough again, as I wasn’t used to trying to play and sing at the same time. Three versions, one song and one musical journey ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-no-reason-why-take-1-of-3

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-no-reason-why-take-2-of-3

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-no-reason-why-take-3-of-3-piano

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"No Reason Why" - "Listen To The Music", Collected Works Volume IV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

No Reason Why

“Listen To The Music”, Collected Works Volume IV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

C       G                   D

Some say there’s no reason

       C                 D

Why I should love you

              C            G

And they talk all about it

              Em                 C

And they tell me what to do

              G                  D

But there may not be a reason

       C                 D

Why I should love you

        Em               D

But I told them my answer

       C                    D

Was just that I love you

C                    D

Just that I love you     (End)

Chorus:

           Em         D

I don’t need any reasons

          Em       D    C

I don’t need to justify

         Am        Em    D

Why I love you like I do

         C           D

Like I do, like I do

           Em       D    C

I don’t need to explain

         Am      Em       D

Why I do the things I do

        Am      Em              D

I just do the things that I do

         C         D

And I do love you

        C         D             G

Yes I do love you, yes I do

Verse Two:

C              G      D

There may be no reason

        C                    D

Why we should fall in love

        C                    G

But I know there’s a reason

         Em         D     C

Why I love you like I do

           G         D

I loved you the minute

              C                 D

That you came into my life

         Em          D

And I had to be with you

        C              D

Even if it wasn’t right

C              D

If it wasn’t right     (Back to the top)

Original Song – “Little Darlin'” (Version II)

Little Darlin’ is about trying to right wrongs in life and tells the story of a guy who wants to make amends and apologize to his true love.  He’s sorry for what he’s done in the past and realizes he may never receive the forgiveness he so wants to hear from her as he sings, “I’ve been looking, For a way, To say that I’m sorry, For the things, That I’ve said, And I’ve done, Can’t expect you, To ever, Forgive me, ‘Cause I’ve made, Some mistakes, I regret…”   We never learn what his mistakes actually were, we only hear his remorse and professed love for her, and never know if she accepted his song as an apology or if she ever forgave him for his actions.  We’ve all found ourselves in these positions in our lives, both after realizing we’ve made mistakes and when people have wronged us.  The song speaks to us individually through our personal experiences as we reminisce about our own dilemmas of seeking and extending forgiveness.  May we all be quick to apologize and forgive as well – for life is too short and precious to be lived any other way…

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I recorded my original song “Little Darlin'” on Set One in 1996, at the very beginning of my musical journey of making demo tapes, and it speaks to apologizing for one’s mistakes and seeking/extending forgiveness. Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-little-darlin-version-ii

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As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.

Little Darlin' (Version II) - "Turn To Face The Music", Collected Works Volume II, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Little Darlin’ (Version II)

“Turn To Face The Music”, Collected Works Volume II, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

F            C

I’ve been looking

        F

For a way

                      C

To say that I’m sorry

           C

For the things

             Dm

That I’ve said

             C      (F)

And I’ve done

F       C

Can’t expect you

     F     C

To ever forgive me

                 C

‘Cause I’ve made

         Dm

Some mistakes

  C        (F)

I regret

F      C

Little darlin’

               F

Don’t you cry

        C

Little darlin’

              F

Dry your eyes

              C

Because I love you

        F

Yes I do

              G

Love you true

        F

Yes I do

              G

Love you true

         F

Yes I do

F      C

Little darlin’

              F

Smile for me

             C

Come on baby

               F

Can’t you see

         C

That I love you

            F

And it’s true

         G

I love you

         F

I love you

         G

I love you

         F

I love you

Verse Two:

F       C

If you said

F

Goodbye

                        C

I wouldn’t blame you

            C

For not wanting

     Dm      C           (F)

To see me anymore

F       C

Don’t know

           F

If it will ever

           C

Make a difference

        C

But I wanted

     Dm               C    (F)

To tell you how I feel

F      C

Little baby

             F

Hold me tight

        C

Little baby

      F

It’s alright

               C

When the morning

           F

Comes around

               G

When the morning

           F

Comes around

               G

When the morning

           F

Comes around

F            C

Come on baby

          F

Do me right

             C

Come on baby

      F

It’s alright

                C

For you to love me

             F

Like you do

         G

I love you

        F

Yes I do

         G

I love you

        F

Yes I do

              C     (F)

Love you true

              C     (F)

Love you true

              C     (F)

Love you true

              C

Love you true

Original Song – “Lost and Found”

Lost and Found is a fictional story about a husband who lost the love he shared with his wife and how he found it again.  He was reading the classified ads at breakfast with his wife and saw an advertisement: “It read lost and found, And in the paper, My love was found…If you want your love, Call the followin’ number…It was my own phone number…And I gave my wife a kiss, Honey I missed that tenderness, That I knew when we were young so long ago, Her touch caught my attention, She didn’t even have to mention, The love that I had found again inside…”  It’s a sweet song about focusing on what’s important in life, especially areas where we may have become complacent over time.  The moral of the song is to make sure we don’t neglect the most important things that matter most to our hearts!

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I recorded my original song “Lost And Found” on Set 3 in 1996, and it tells the fictional story of a husband who finds the love he’s lost for his wife through a ‘Lost and Found’ ad his wife places in the paper for him to read. It’s a sweet song that turned out pretty well ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-lost-and-found

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"Lost and Found" Pg 1 - "Three Chords and a Prayer", Collected Works Volume VI, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved Lost and Found, Pg 2, VI

Lost and Found

“Three Chords and a Prayer” – Collected Works Volume VI, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

        D                   G

I was sittin’ down to breakfast

       D                         G

Just readin’ the old newspaper

D                   G      A

Looking at the classified

      D                       G

The words caught my attention

      D                  G

The ad went on to mention

      D                   G    A

The love that I had lost inside

          D          G

It read lost and found

                A

And in the paper

                 G

My love was found

               D

Sooner or later

                 G

The ad said please

                        A

If you want your love

                       C

Call the followin’ number

                       G

Call the followin’ number

           D     D     G

It read four, two, nine

D     D    D      A

Five, six, eight, three

          D      D     G

It read four, two, nine

D    D     D     A

L     O     V     E

                               G

It was my own phone number

Verse Two:

            D                        G

I looked up from under my paper

                    D                           G

There was my wife just a lookin’ at me

        D                             G              A

And I knew she placed that ad just for me

   D                       G

It caught me by surprise

  D                   G

I didn’t even realize

      D                 G             A

She had that love I had lost inside

  D                 G

I put down the paper

                A

And in her eyes

                 G

My love was found

               D

Sooner or later

                  G

My love was found

                A

And it was sittin’

                             C

Right in front of my eyes

                             G

Right in front of my eyes

          D      D     G

It read four, two, nine

D     D    D       A

Five, six, eight, three

          D      D     G

It read four, two, nine

D    D     D     A

L     O     V     E

                               G

It was my own phone number

Verse Three:

         D                   G

And I gave my wife a kiss

            D                        G

Honey I missed that tenderness

         D                           G                   A

That I knew when we were young so long ago

      D                             G

Her touch caught my attention

       D                         G

She didn’t even have to mention

      D                   G                A

The love that I had found again inside

          D          G

It read lost and found

                A

And in the paper

                 G

My love was found

               D

Sooner or later

                  G

The ad said please

                        A

If you want your love

                       C

Call the followin’ number

                       G

Call the followin’ number

          D      D     G

It read four, two, nine

D     D    D       A

Five, six, eight, three

          D      D     G

It read four, two, nine

D    D     D     A

L     O     V     E

                               G

It was my own phone number

                               C

It was my own phone number

                               D

It was my own phone number

Original Song – “Sign Of The Times”

Sign Of The Times describes a chance encounter between a young man and an old man meeting alongside the highway.  I imagine the young man walking towards his future, while the old man is nearing the end of his road.  The young man says, “And I asked him for directions, To help show me the way, From the troubles of the world, And to a better day.”  The old man replies with the wisdom of his years, “He told me the problems, Of livin’ in the world today, Reflect the lives we’re livin’, Each and every day.”  Then the young man ponders to himself, “There is no better day, To reflect on the life I’m livin’, Time to start today.”

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I recorded my original song “Sign Of The Times” on Set 4 in 1996, and it speaks to the world around us being a reflection of how we’re living our lives. The singer has a chance encounter along the highway with an old man who tells him, “He told me the problems, Of livin’ in the world today, Reflect the lives we’re livin’, Each and every day, He said, It’s just a sign of the times, A sign of the times, Of the times…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-sign-of-the-times

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Sign Of The Times" - "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Sign Of The Times

“Turn Up The Volume”, Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

         Am

I was walkin’ down a highway, tryin’ to find my way

           G

When I met an old man, who was goin’ my way

         Am

And I asked him for directions, to help show me the way

             G

From the troubles of the world, and to a better day

           Dm

And he told me a story, of how he found his way

         C

When he was a young man, and how he came my way

     Dm

He told me the problems, of livin’ in the world today

C                                                            E

Reflect the lives we’re livin’, each and every day

E          E             Dm           Am

He said, it’s just a sign of the times

         Dm            Am       G              E

Just a sign of the times, a sign of the times

          Am               C             E                Am

Of the times, and he looked, at me, and he cried

Verse Two:

  Am

I turned my head for a moment, tryin’ to look away

         G

And I heard that old man, startin’ to walk away

         Am

And I asked him to stop, but he walked away

G

Leavin’ me standin’, beside that highway

         Dm

And I started to think, about what he had to say

         C

And I looked at my life, and how I’d gone astray

         Dm

And I thought to myself, there is no better day

     C                                                      E

To reflect on the life I’m livin’, time to start today

E          E             Dm            Am

He said, it’s just a sign of the times

         Dm            Am        G             E

Just a sign of the times, a sign of the times

         Am             C           E               Am

Of the times, and I looked, down, and I cried

Original Song – “Answered The Wind”

Answered The Wind is a rhetorical song where the singer asks his or her soul, the wind, the dark and finally no one at all – questions concerning life and their future. Finally the wind answers back saying “Only time will tell.”  There are always questions about life that we have no answer for and we often flail away trying to find answers to things we can’t know.  I suppose the best response to these questions is always that we’ll never know the answers to some questions in this life, but one day everything will be made known and visible to us for our understanding, “Why is it so, Asked a man to no one at all, Only time will tell, Answered the wind…”

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I recorded my original song “Answered The Wind” on Set Two in 1996, and it speaks to life’s questions about the future and where our lives will take us, “Why is it so, Asked a man to no one at all, Only time will tell, Answered the wind…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-answered-the-wind

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(Note: Gmaj7* and Esus4* represent easier to play versions or ‘shortcuts’ to these two guitar chords.  Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Answered The Wind" - "The Dream Lives On", Collected Works Volume X, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Answered The Wind

“The Dream Lives On” – Collected Works Volume X, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Gmaj7*                     Esus4*

Where do we go from here     (x3)

          Emin         Esus4*

Said a man to his soul     (x2)

—–

Gmaj7*              Esus4*

Where will my life go     (x3)

          Emin         Esus4*

Said a man to the wind     (x2)

—–

Gmaj7*      Esus4*

Is anybody there     (x3)

           Emin         Esus4*

Cried a man in the dark     (x2)

—–

Gmaj7*  Esus4*

Why is it so     (x3)

            Emin                   Esus4*

Asked a man to no one at all     (x2)

—–

       Gmaj7* Esus4*

Only time will tell     (x3)

Emin              Esus4* (E to finish)

Answered the wind     (x3)

Original Song – “Ridin’ That Train”

Ridin’ That Train is a short, simple little song that reflects on the struggles we all go through in life.  Life can be difficult and unfair – and often we don’t have insight as to where we’re going, how we’ll get there, or how long the journey will take to finally reach our destination – if we ever reach it.  The singer laments his struggles, and his present situation, while drawing a parallel between the journey we call ‘life’ and a long distance trip by train.  Despite the miles of track ahead, the tediousness of the journey, the open-ended time frame, and the lack of a known destination – the singer realizes there’s value hidden in the journey that’s worth ridin’ for: “Been times I want to get off, Don’t want to ride no more, But then it seems to me there’s, Something worth ridin’ for…”

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I recorded my original song “Ridin’ That Train” in four takes as demos on Set 16 in 1997, and they complete the set. The song compares our journey through life to traveling by train, “You know I’ve been up, You know I’ve been down, And from time to time you know, That I’ve been kicked around…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-ridin-that-train-take-1-of-4

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-ridin-that-train-take-2-of-4

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-ridin-that-train-take-3-of-4

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-ridin-that-train-take-4-of-4

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(As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

"Ridin' That Train" - "Faces In The Crowd", Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Ridin’ That Train

“Faces In The Crowd”, Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

      G

You know I’ve been up

      D

You know I’ve been down

C

And from time to time you know

       G                     D

That I’ve been kicked around

G

Life’s not always easy

D

Life’s not always fair

C

But it seems to me my life’s

      G      D

Not going anywhere

               G

’cause I’m riding that train

       C                    F

That train that I call life

                  G

And there’s no turning back

       C                        F

Just miles and miles of track

           Am       G

I don’t need no reservation

F                     C               G

Don’t know my destination home

F        G

Home, home

Verse Two:

        G

Been times I want to get off

         D

Don’t want to ride no more

      C

But then it seems to me there’s

                G               D

Something worth ridin’ for

        G

Can’t say how long this ride is

        D

Can’t say how long it lasts

  C

I know there’ll come a day when this

     G                      D

Old train stops in its tracks

            G

And I’m ridin’ this old train

     C                     F

I’m ridin’ down that line

           G

‘gonna ride it to the end

      C            F

Got plenty of time

           Am       G

I don’t need no reservation

F                     C              G

Don’t know my destination home

F        G

Home, home

Original Song – “Love Is The Key”

Love Is The Key is another early song of mine, which ponders life, love, dreams and meaning.  It makes the case for never giving up on our dreams and making love the central focus of our lives, “We’ll carry on ’till the end of time, And live our lives in love and find, That we’ll always remember, and never forget, That life is for living, and love is the key…Love is the key for the world.”  My hope and prayer is that we might all one day live in a world of love for all people, “And never forget, That life is for living and love is the key…Love is the key to our hearts!”

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I recorded my original song “Love Is The Key” in two takes on Set 5 in 1996, and it speaks to love being the key to all we do. Take 2 is the better version, but they both reflect my journey, “Why is life so hard to find the answers to, Why is it love that holds the key to all we do, Why do I search for all the dreams I’m reaching for…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-love-is-the-key-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-love-is-the-key-take-2-of-2

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(Note:  As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

Love Is The Key - "Early Works - "The Start Of A Dream", Collected Works Volume XI, Mark D. Jones/Gordon A. Olvera, Copyright 1990, All Rights Reserved

Love Is The Key

“Early Works – The Start Of A Dream”, Collected Works Volume XI, Mark D. Jones/Gordon A. Olvera, Copyright 1990, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

F         C       D                     A

Why is life so hard to find the answers to

F           C            D                      A

Why is it love that holds the key to all we do

F            C              D                        A

Why do I search for all the dreams I’m reaching for

D            A                       G  A

Why do I always search for more

            G                D                   A

I’m just living my life trying to carry on

G                         D                   A

Looking for love, a love to call my own

    G                   D                       A

I’ll never give up, never give up my dreams

    D                     A

I’ll carry on ’till the end of time

          D                        A

And I’ll live my life and I’ll know it’s mine

          G        D                   G       D

But I’ll always remember and never forget

       E           D            E              D

That life is for living and love is the key

E              D     E               D

Love is the key, Love is the key

A              E              D                   E

Love is the key to our hearts, to our hearts

Verse Two:

F          C        D                       A

Look to love in all the things you hope to do

F             C        D                    A

Give your love to all the world in all you do

F                  C           D             A

Why can’t we live together in the world as one

D            A                     G  A

Why do I always hope for more

            G                   D                      A

I’m just looking for the answers for the world

          G                   D              A

People livin’ their lives looking for love

           G                   D                       A

We will never give up, never give up our dreams

        D                     A

We’ll carry on ’till the end of time

       D                   A

And live our lives in love and find

              G                 D           G           D

That we’ll always remember, and never forget

       E            D             E             D

That life is for living, and love is the key

E              D     E             D

Love is the key, love is the key

A              E               D                  E

Love is the key for the world, for the world

Original Song – “Mountain Starlight”

Mountain Starlight is essentially an ode to friendship, set in an idyllic mountain setting surrounded by family and friends beside a rustic campfire under a canopy of twinkling stars.  Writing songs has been a long and winding journey for me, as I’ve tried to do justice to the songs songs I wrote so many years ago.  As a songwriter, no single process along the way has been as difficult or as rewarding for me as have been my efforts to demo and record many of my own songs.  For years, all I could see were the mistakes and shortcomings in my recordings, and I’ve finally learned to embrace my lack of skills in this area as just another part of my journey, “Here we are all gathered around, Friends from out of town, On a cold winter’s night, With snow and mountain starlight…”

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I recorded my original song “Mountain Starlight” as a demo on Set 7 in 1996, and it speaks to friendship and belonging, set in an idyllic mountain setting under a canopy of stars, “Here we are all gathered around, Friends from out of town, On a cold winter’s night, With snow and mountain starlight…”  Enjoy! ♡ :) Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-mountain-starlight

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(Note: As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

"Mountain Starlight" - "Turn To Face The Music", Collected Works Volume II, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Mountain Starlight

“Turn To Face The Music”, Collected Works Volume II, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

      Am                Dm  G

The wind’s blowin’ cold tonight

      Am     G         F

The sun is setting low

              Am             Dm         G

There’s a fire burning warm and bright

           C   F             G

There’s no reason to go

         Am      Dm     G

Come on and gather around

Am         G        F

Everyone take a chair

          Am              Dm       G

Take a load off your feet for awhile

        C        F          G

We’ll have a drink of cheer

Chorus:

            Am     G           F

Here we are all gathered around

Am              G        F

Friends from out of town

        Am  F          C

On a cold winter’s night

        Am         G             F

With snow and mountain starlight

             C                G          F

With our friends on a winter’s night

                C   F          C

’round the fire burning bright

G Am            G             F                     C

On— into the night, the night, mountain starlight

Verse Two:

       Am      Dm   G

We  are the lucky ones

            Am         G           F

We can share our lives for awhile

        Am               Dm           G

Look around at the friends we have

        C        F          G

We’ll sit and talk for awhile

      Am        Dm       G

The time will come to go

           Am        G          F

And we may not be back again

          Am         Dm    G

So for now let’s enjoy ourselves

       C            F           G

And make this moment last

Original Song – “Do You Care”

Do You Care is a song that asks if we care about helping the people in our world who struggle and suffer every day.  The song speaks of changing our world and alleviating suffering – pleading with all of us to, “Take a look around you, you know there has to be a better way, We can change the world if we try, and help the people who suffer and cry…”

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I recorded my original song “Do You Care” on Set Three in 1996, and it asks us to “Take a look around you, you know there has to be a better way, Look at the problems, in the world today, Are you helping, to make a better day, For the world, all around you, Do you care…” This track turned out as best as I could possibly do ~ so even if you haven’t listened before to my demos from years ago, you might want to listen to this one ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-do-you-care

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Do You Care" - "You Get What You Pray For", Collected Works Volume XIII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Do You Care

“You Get What You Pray For”, Collected Works Volume XIII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

A                                                                                           G

Have you seen the sun rise, early in the morning, at the break of day

A                                                                                     G

Sunshine for a world, where people’s lives are often cold and gray

A                                                                                          G

You get up in the morning, and stumble off to work to start the day

A                                                                                   G

Take a look around you, you know there has to be a better way

Chorus:

Bm            G             Bm             G

Look at the problems, in the world today

Bm       G              Bm                G

Are you helping, to make a better day

                Em              C

Oh do you care, do you care  (x3)

           Em         C

For the world, all around you

G   D    A

Do you care  (x3)

Verse Two:

A                                                                             G

Have you seen the moon rise, over a city cold dark and gray

          A                                                                         G

People tryin’ to survive, just waiting for the light of another day

A                                                                                        G

Lookin’ all around them, wondering how they will ever find their way

            A

Is there something you could do, to help the people in your world

G

today

Verse Three:

A                                                                                G

Have you seen the snow fly, blown by the wind as a baby cries

          A                                                                            G

People livin’ shattered lives, looking to the world if only to ask why

A                                                                             G

Why do people suffer, why do they have to starve and die

            A

We can change the world if we try, and help the people who suffer and

G

cry

Original Song – “Amazed”

One of my favorite songs is Paul McCartney’s ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ and back in 1990 I wrote my own song about being “Amazed.”  It’s a soft, simple and tender little love song that expresses the warmth and comfort of being loved unconditionally, especially when we feel we don’t deserve to be loved.  For, “Every time I think of you, I find myself amazed, That you could love me, With all the mistakes I’ve made…”

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I recorded my original song “Amazed” on Set 14 in 1997, and this was the second take that day. This attempt actually turned out pretty well and I’m happy to share it with you ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-amazed

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I recorded my original song “Amazed” in two takes as demos on Set 14 in 1997, and I haven’t previously shared the 1st take, as I got lost in the middle of it. My songwriting is all about the journey, so I’m posting both takes back to back for you today, “Every time I think of you, I find myself amazed, That you could love me, With all the mistakes I’ve made…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-amazed-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-amazed-take-2-of-2

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(As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

"Amazed" - "Turn To Face The Music", Collected Works Volume II, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Amazed

“Turn To Face The Music” – Collected Works Volume II, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

C                G

Every time I think of you

  F               G

I find myself amazed

       C             G

That you could love me

        F                           G

With all the mistakes I’ve made

      C            G

But you were always there

F                     G

When I needed you

C                Am              F

You are the only one for me

                       G

No one else will do

C                  Am

No one could love me

      F                  G

The way that you do

      C          F     G

You are the only one

      C          Em  F

You are the only one

      Dm

For me

      G

For me   (End)

             Am G

Because you believed in me

         F       G

When I was down

C                  Am

You were the only one

        F                 G

That didn’t let me down

      C          F     G

You are the only one

      C          Em  F

You are the only one

     Dm

For me

      G

For me   (Return to the top)

Original Song – “Simple Man”

Simple Man is a song about the gift of giving and receiving love, and about the undeserved and selfless nature of love itself in its purest sense.  The essence of both giving and receiving love is that it completes us from the inside out, in both cases fulfilling the nature of who we are meant to be.  While few songs are truly autobiographical in that they uses a form of poetry in lyric, rhyme and verse to tell a story, this comes pretty close to describing me just as I am…a simple man, “Baby I’ll never understand, Why you give your love, To such a simple man…”

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I recorded my original song “Simple Man” on Set One in 1996 at the beginning of my musical journey of making demo tapes of some of the songs I’d written. It’s a simple little song about love ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-simple-man

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Simple Man" Pg 1 - "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved"Simple Man" Pg 2 - "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Simple Man

“Turn Up The Volume” – Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

Esus4

Baby I never

E

Thought it could be

    G

As good as the love

                 D

That you’ve given to me

Esus4

Baby I’ll never

E

Understand

             G

Why you give your love

              D

To such a simple man

          Esus4

But I’m tellin’ you now

          E

And I’ll tell you again

      G

The love you give

      D

The love you send

Esus4

Gives to me more

        E

Than you’ll ever know

       G

Your love for me

          D

Fills my heart and soul

       G

Your love for me

          D

Fills my heart and soul

Chorus:

          F#m

I never knew

                         E

Love could be like this

          F#m

I never knew

                         E

Love could be like this, oh no

          F#m

I never knew

                         E

Love could be like this

           G

But I’ve found

                    A

That love with you

       G

But I have

                    E

That love with you

Verse Two:

        Esus4

And I hope that someday

        E

I can give to you

         G

All the love in my heart

           D

‘Cause I know it’s true

          Esus4

You’ve given to me

                 E

More than a man deserves

          G

And my love for you

      D

Can only serve

    Esus4

To pay back the debt

            E

That I’ll always owe

              G

When you gave me your love

           D

‘Cause I love you so

    Esus4

So please believe me

          E

When I say to you

    G

I’ll always be there

              D

When you need me to

    G

I’ll always be there

              D

When you need me to

Original Song – “Merry Christmas”

Merry Christmas is an alternative type of Christmas song.  It isn’t an upbeat ‘candy canes and presents’ Christmas song, but instead looks at the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place – to have a personal relationship with Jesus – the humble babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.   It also speaks to the world waiting for you to help bring the light, love and hope of Christ to them through your relationship with Him.

The unfortunate truth is that the true meaning, message and gift of Christmas has become lost in the modern focus on materialism these days.  Yet the world is full of people in all countries and continents that have been left out of Christmas and the Good News of Jesus Christ.  There is so much to be done in our world and this song reminds us as Christians to, “Go to the world tonight, To bring the people light, For the world waits for you, To bring them the news, Of Christ, tonight, tonight…Merry Christmas…”

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I recorded my original song “Merry Christmas” in two takes on Set 14 in 1997, and I’ll share both of them with you today. It’s another alternative Christmas song of mine that speaks to having a personal relationship with Jesus to bring the light, love and hope of Christ to the world, “Go to the world tonight, To bring the people light, For the world waits for you, To bring them the news, Of Christ, tonight, tonight…Merry Christmas…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-merry-christmas-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-merry-christmas-take-2-of-2

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"Merry Christmas" - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Merry Christmas

“In The Name Of The Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Chorus: (The song begins with the Chorus and then alternates with the verses before ending with the chorus.)

G             Dm      G       Dm     G

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas

G             Dm      G       Dm      G       Dm

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, to you

    Dm      G      Dm

To all the world tonight

    Dm      G      Dm

To all the world tonight

    C        C      G

To all the world tonight

G             Dm      G       Dm      G       Dm

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, to you

Verse One:

            F    G    G

How do you feel tonight?

             C   G    Dm

Are you saved tonight?

            Dm             C          G

Do you walk in your Savior’s light?

            F         G             C

Do you let Him guide your life?

     G          C         G

Tonight, tonight, tonight

Verse Two:

           F       G      G

In the whole world tonight

               C        G        Dm

There are people crying tonight

            Dm             C         G

Without knowing the love of Christ

              F              G       C

Can you guide them to the light?

    G        C         G

Of Christ, tonight, tonight

Verse Three:

      F             G           G

For today our Lord was born

             C       G       Dm

To bring light into the world

     Dm     C        G

To wipe away the tears

             F           G        C

To bring hope instead of fear

      G         C         G

Tonight, tonight, tonight

Verse Four:

     F        G      G

Go to the world tonight

    C            G        Dm

To bring the people light

           Dm       C        G

For the world waits for you

     F       G           C

To bring them the news

    G             C         G

Of Christ, tonight, tonight

Original Song – “Sing Songs Of Joy”

Sing Songs Of Joy was the second song that I wrote, just after Glory To God.  With this song I changed direction from the triumphal and heavenly Glory To God, to a more traditional Christmas carol.  With Sing Songs Of Joy,  I imagine a group of people out caroling in a neighborhood, all gathered around someone’s front porch.  Add a few snowflakes for effect and a snowman in the background with a carrot for a nose, and Christmas lights and decorations on the house – and I think you can visualize what I have in mind.  The song focuses on Joy, Praise, Peace, Love, Hope and Thanks – all centered on God and His Son Jesus Christ.  So grab a cup of hot chocolate brimming with marshmallows, roast some chestnuts over a fire and enjoy a glass of eggnog – and imagine this caroling group beginning the song with, “Sing songs of joy for all mankind to hear…”

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I recorded my original song “Sing Songs Of Joy” on Set 13 in 1997, and it’s the second song I wrote just after praying for the gift of songwriting. This is a Christmas song that reminds us of all the things in our lives that we have to be joyful for at both Christmas and throughout the year ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

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"Sing Songs of Joy" - Christmas 1990, Collected Works Volume VII, Copyright 1990, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Sing Songs Of Joy

“Christmas 1990” – Collected Works Volume VII, Copyright 1990, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

C,   Am,   F,   G         C,   Am,   F,   Dm,   G

Verse One:

C                  Dm              Em         F

Sing songs of joy for all mankind to hear

C                  Dm                Em         F

Sing songs of praise for our Savior is here

C       Dm       G

Jesus Christ is born

C               Dm       G

Our Savior Christ is born

Am,   Dm,   G,   F,   C,   F,   G

Verse Two:

C                  Dm              Em          F

Sing songs of peace for all people to hear

C                  Dm             Em                  F

Sing songs of love for the world need not fear

C       Dm       G

Jesus Christ is King

C             Dm      G

Christ our Lord is King

Am,   Dm,   G,   F,   C,   F,   G

Verse Three:

C                    Dm              Em        F

Sings songs of hope for the world to hear

C                  Dm                 Em         F

Sing songs of thanks for our Savior is here

C                Dm    G

Give thanks to our Lord

C               Dm    G

Sing praise to our Lord

Am,   Dm,   G,   F,   C,   F,   G

Verse Four:

C               Dm            Em             F

Praise unto God for the Light of our lives

C               Dm     Em               F

Angels sing of our Lord from on high

C       Dm       G

Jesus Christ is born

C               Dm       G

Our Savior Christ is born

C,   Am,   F,   G         C,   Am,   F,   Dm,   G

Original Song – “Noel”

Noel is the sweetest Christmas song that I’ve written.  To visualize this song, I see and hear a children’s choir singing it in a beautiful Cathedral, with hand-held Christmas bells used throughout the song. The beginning of each verse repeats the word, “Noel” four times in a row – each time changing a few notes in pitch, harmonizing with the others as they echo off of the Cathedral’s walls.  This song uses the innocence of children and the crisp and clear Christmas bells to announce to the world that, “Christ is King, Noel.”  So sit back and close your eyes for a moment and listen with your imagination as the children’s choir sings, “Can you hear the church bells ring?  Noel, Noel.  Can you hear the children sing?  Noel, Noel.”

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I recorded my original song “Noel” on Set 13 in 1997, and it’s a Christmas song that speaks to children ringing in the joy of Christmas. While my performance of “Noel” may be a bit rough, my songs aren’t about me at all. This song in particular is written for a children’s choir in a cathedral ringing Christmas bells and announcing the joy of Christmas to the world, “On Christmas day let children sing, Lifting voices high to Christ our King, Noel, Noel…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

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"Noel" - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Noel

“In The Name Of The Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

Am G        Am      Dm         G

Noel,     Noel,     Noel,     Noel

C                                          G           C      G

Can you hear the church bells ring?  Noel, Noel

C                                    G            C      G

Can you hear the children sing?  Noel, Noel

     C                         F

On Christmas Day let church bells ring

            C               G

Throughout the land for all to hear

     C                         F

On Christmas Day let children sing

          C                  G                           F      G

Lifting voices high to Christ our King, Noel, Noel

             F           G               F           G

Christ is King, Noel, Christ is King, Noel

Verse Two:

Am G       Am       Dm         G

Noel,     Noel,     Noel,     Noel

C                            G              C      G

Can you feel the joy inside?  Noel, Noel

C                             G              C      G

Can you feel the love inside?  Noel, Noel

       C                      F

That Christ has given to us all

    C                       G

Through His birth in Bethlehem

       C                         F

That Christmas Day so long ago

      C                  G                         F      G

Rejoice for all the world to know, Noel, Noel

             F           G               F          G

Christ is King, Noel, Christ is King, Noel

Verse Three:

Am G       Am        Dm        G

Noel,     Noel,     Noel,     Noel

C                                 G             C      G

Let the church bells ring today, Noel, Noel

C                            G            C      G

Let the children sing today, Noel, Noel

      C                     F

We raise our voices to the Lord

          C                                  G

As the church bells ring and the children sing

      C                        F

For we are Christians and our Lord

             C                    G                         F      G

Came to live with us on Christmas Day, Noel, Noel

             F           G               F           G              F           G      C

Christ is Lord, Noel, Christ is Lord, Noel, Christ is Lord, Noel, Noel

F      C

A-men

Original Song – “Christmas Comes But Once A Year”

Christmas Comes But Once A Year is an early Christmas song of mine written in 1990.  When I imagine this song, I see a procession of people and a small band playing and singing while walking through the narrow and winding streets of a European village on Christmas morning with snowflakes in the air – or as a choir marching down the middle aisle of a church singing this song a cappella – announcing the news of the arrival of the baby Jesus to all who can hear on Christmas morning.  The song is stripped down to the basic fundamentals of Christ’s arrival as a babe born in a manger on Christmas Day, and flows in a very rhythmic and marching type of beat.  So imagine a town crier announcing to a sleepy and just waking village at dawn, as townspeople throw open their shutters and lean out their windows to hear for themselves the news of the birth of Jesus Christ as a babe in Bethlehem, “Lord our Savior, God is man, Born this day in Bethlehem…”

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I recorded my original song “Christmas Comes But Once A Year” on Set 13 in 1997, and it tells the story of Jesus’ birth as a babe in Bethlehem on Christmas Day, “Christmas comes but once a year, Bringing to all people here, News that Jesus Christ is born, In a manger our Savior’s born…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-christmas-comes-but-once-a-year

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"Christmas Comes but Once a Year" - Christmas 1990, Collected Works Volume VII, Copyright 1990, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Christmas Comes But Once A Year

“Christmas 1990” – Collected Works Volume VII, Copyright 1990, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

C,   G,   C,   D         G,   C,   D,   G

Verse One:

C             C              Am      C

Christmas comes but once a year

F           C      Gsus4  G

Bringing to all people here

C             C       Am       C

News that Jesus Christ is born

F     C                Gsus4   G

In a manger our Savior’s born

C        D         G          D

Let the people rise and say

G       Gsus4    Dsus4  D

Jesus Christ is born today

C           D         G        D

Lord our Savior, God is man

G         Gsus4   Dsus4    D

Born to Mary in Bethlehem

C,   G,   C,   D         G,   C,   D,   G

Verse Two:

C        C   Am           C

People all around the world

F       C         Gsus4  G

Celebrate His birth today

C        C           Am       C

Giving praise to God above

F         C          Gsus4      G

For the birth of Christ our Lord

C      D      G       D

Glory be to God above

G         Gsus4  Dsus4       D

For this sacred Christmas Day

C           D          G           D

Lord our God has come to us

G     Gsus4   Dsus4  D

As a babe in Bethlehem

C,   G,   C,   D         G,   C,   D,   G

Verse Three:

       C         C        Am         C

Sing praises to the Heavenly Host

F          C    Gsus4  G

For this very Holy day

C      C        Am          C

For unto the world has come

F       C           Gsus4  G

Jesus Christ to us this day

C       D          G         D

Let us sing His praise today

G             Gsus4  Dsus4  D

Christ our Lord is born today

C           D         G         D

Lord our Savior, God is man

G            Gsus4 Dsus4  D

Born this day in Bethlehem

C,   G,   C,   D         G,   C,   D,   G         D,   G,   C,   D         G

Original Song – “Just As I Have Loved You”

Just As I Have Loved You, is derived from the New Testament verse found in John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (New International Version – Used With Permission)  Some Bible versions use the translation, “Just as I have loved you” in verse 34 – which is what I have used in my song – reminding us that just as Jesus has loved us – we are to love one another.

The reality of Christmas is that while TV portrays the perfect Christmas, the truth is that for every family that has a wonderful Christmas there are many who are left out of Christmas.  For more reasons than can be counted, individuals and families fall through the cracks during the holidays, and don’t experience a, “picture perfect storybook Christmas” filled with the holiday warmth of a loving family, long-time cherished friends and wonderful gift exchanges with those who are near and dear to them.

It is Jesus Christ who reminds us to do what we can to seek out those who would be alone or not participating in Christmas, so we can show them the love of Jesus at Christmas – just as He first loved us.  For Jesus is the meaning of the Christmas season, and He wants our focus to be on going out into the world to love one another, “So go out into the world, With the joy of Christmas Day, And spread the love of Christ, on your way…”

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I recorded my original song “Just As I Have Loved You” on Set 13 in 1997, and it’s an alternative Christmas song that doesn’t focus on all the traditional joys of the Christmas season. It focuses instead on the message Christ carries to us with His birth in Bethlehem, one of loving one another – especially those who don’t know the true meaning of Christmas or aren’t in a position to celebrate it in the traditional sense. “There are people, on Christmas Day, Who are lost, and alone…So go out into the world, With the joy of Christmas Day, And spread the love of Christ, on your way…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-just-as-i-have-loved-you

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Just As I Have Loved You

“In The Name Of The Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

               G               Em

There are people, on Christmas Day

             F            C

Who are lost, and alone

        G             Em

Their lives, are empty

            F                 C

As they sit alone, at home

          G                    Em

We all love Christmas Day

           F               C

What a joy it is for us

      G              Em

For Christ was born

     F                   C

To wash our sins away

          Dm                C

But as we rejoice on Christmas Day

Dm                             C

Remember what Christ had to say

    G                                Em         F        C

“I command you that you love, one another

C        G                  Em                    F    C

Just as I have loved you” – love each other

    G                               Em          F        C

“I command you that you love, one another

C        G                 Em

Just as I have loved you”

         F                G

So go out into the world

             Am                   G

With the joy of Christmas Day

       F                         G                      C

And spread the love of Christ, on your way

Verse Two:

               G                Em

There are families, on Christmas Day

            F                                C

Without homes, or any place to stay

               G                      Em

There are people, that are hungry

       F                        C

And cold on Christmas Day

          G                    Em

We all love Christmas Day

           F               C

What a joy it is for us

      G              Em

For Christ was born

     F                  C

To wash our sins away

      Dm                        C

But remember those on Christmas Day

            Dm                         C

Without much to give thanks for that day

    G                Em         F          C

As Jesus loves us, go to them in love

C         G                    Em        F  C

Give to them a helping hand, in love

    G               Em          F          C

As Jesus loves us, go to them in love

C         G                    Em

Give to them a helping hand

         F                       G

Show them the love of Christ

              Am                      G

That you hold on Christmas Day

       F                         G                  C

And spread the love of Christ, every day

Verse Three:

      G              Em

The world, is a cold place

          F                     C

If you don’t, know the Lord

       G                    Em

Without His love, to guide your life

       F                      C

You find yourself, all alone

          G                    Em

We all love Christmas Day

           F               C

What a joy it is for us

     G              Em

For Christ was born

     F                   C

To wash our sins away

         Dm                             C

So on Christmas Day think of those out there

       Dm                C

Who sit alone without the love

    G                  Em               F               C

Of Christ in their lives, give to them your love

C         G                       Em           F  C

So that they will come to know, the love

    G                   Em              F               C

Of Christ in their lives, give to them your love

C         G                       Em

So that they will come to know

       F         G

The love of Christ

             Am                        G

That you have on Christmas Day

      F                     G               C       F     C

The world needs to share, your love, A-men

Original Song – “Eyes Of A Child”

Eyes Of A Child is a Christmas song of mine that describes the simple joys of Christmas through the eyes of a child.  Every parent sees and experiences the anticipation building in their children during the Christmas season, culminating in their pure joy and delight on Christmas morning!  The song then transitions to recall the memories of Christmases past when we, too, were small children.  So take a moment and step into the wonder and cherished memories of Christmas through the eyes of a child – Merry Christmas to one and all!

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I recorded my original song “Eyes Of A Child” on Set 13 in 1997, and it’s a Christmas song that speaks to the joy and delight of children at Christmastime. It also recalls the memories of Christmases past, when we, too, were children ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-eyes-of-a-child

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"Eyes Of A Child" (Pg 1) - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved"Eyes Of A Child" (Pg 2) - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Eyes Of A Child

“In The Name Of The Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

C                 Am              G

Lights on the tree burning bright

C            Am          G

Love and joy fill the night

     F          G            C              Am

As children dream of Christmas Day

       Dm                         G

Fast asleep on Christmas Eve

          F            G       C             Am

In the eyes of a child, Christmas Day

         G     Dm           G

Is the best day of the year

C           Am          G

Presents under the tree

 C               Am    G

Wrapped so carefully

        F             G             C           Am

Until Christmas Day when children wake

          Dm                 G

Sitting there so patiently

C          Dm         C             D

Dream, dream of Christmas Day

C                  Dm             G           C

Dream of the joy that you feel that day

F              G          C        F

Christmas Day is a joy to see

          C            Dm  G

In the eyes of a little child

Verse Two:

C                Am     G

Snow falling so gently

C                Am      G

Outside the window tonight

          F             G            C             Am

As we watch the snow fall Christmas Eve

              Dm                  G

While the children quietly sleep

          F            G       C             Am

In the eyes of a child, Christmas Day

         G     Dm          G

Is the best day of the year

C           Am              G

Children dream in the night

C                    Am            G

Wrapped up in blankets so tight

            F             G             C      Am

And on Christmas Day when they awake

             Dm                          G

They will run to the Christmas tree

C          Dm         C             G

Dream, dream of Christmas Day

C                  Dm             G          C

Dream of the joy that you feel that day

F              G           C       F

Christmas Day is a joy to see

          C           Dm   G

In the eyes of a little child

Verse Three:

C           Am            G

Thinking back years ago

C            Am         G

When we were children

F              G             C              Am

Dreaming dreams of Christmas Day

          Dm                      G

As we slept on Christmas Eve

          F            G       C             Am

In the eyes of a child, Christmas Day

         G     Dm           G

Is the best day of the year

C                 Am        G

Do you remember the joy

C           Am                    G

That you found Christmas Day

                  F         G          C             Am

(When you) were a child on Christmas Day

               Dm                      G

With your presents under the tree

C          Dm         C             G

Dream, dream of Christmas Day

C                  Dm             G           C

Dream of the joy that you feel that day

F              G          C        F

Christmas Day is a joy to see

          C           Dm   G

In the eyes of a little child

       C             Dm          G

Fast asleep on Christmas Eve

G                C

Dream your dreams

Original Song – “How Could I Serve Him”

“How Could I Serve Him” is another tender, heartfelt and very personal Christmas song of mine, as I use myself as a template for the main character of the song – in this case a lowly donkey.  Like the donkey I ask, “What could I ever do for God?”  In this case, God found two very important jobs for the donkey to do – and changed his entire perspective of what he was capable of doing for God.  The meaning of the song is that God sees our hearts through and through, and has a perfect plan for our lives and for what He needs us to do!

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I recorded my original song “How Could I Serve Him” on Set 13 in 1997, and it looks at both the first Christmas day and the events of Easter through the eyes of a lowly donkey. We all feel sometimes like a donkey or worse, with nothing to offer anyone let alone to God ~ but He knows our hearts through and through and has a perfect plan for us ~ no matter what we can do! Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-how-could-i-serve-him

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How Could I Serve Him?

“In The Name Of The Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

 C                 F       F             C

“How am I to ever, serve my God?

C                 F       F             C

How am I to ever, serve my God?”

             F                G

Said the donkey one day

 Em    Am      Am              Dm   F

“I am nothing more than a lowly beast

         G         G           F         F

Just a humble soul among the least

    G        F               F       C  G   Em  F

Of all the world what could, I, do, for, God?

                  G      C

How could I serve Him?”

C            Dm      C       F

Then one day an angel came

    F           C      G

To whisper in his ear

 G       F        F          C        Am

“For unto the world a Savior comes

       F                 F           G

And here’s God’s plan for you

     Am             Am                     G

He knows your heart through and through

       Am            Am           G

And here’s what you are to do

Em     F      F           G

Carry Mary on your back

     F       C

To Bethlehem

       F            C          F    C  G

And you shall see, the Christ Child”

Verse Two:

 C                 F       F            C

“How am I to ever, serve my Lord?

C                 F       F            C

How am I to ever, serve my Lord?”

            F                 G

And the donkey went forth

 Em      Am         Am             Dm       F

“I have seen the Christ Child with my eyes

          G           G            F           F

I have seen the love that filled His eyes

     G       F       F        C  G Em F

But I am just a beast, of, burden

                   G       C

What could I do for Him?”

C      Dm    C              F

After many years went by

     F       C          G

An angel came to Him

G   F              F       C          Am

He said, “God has a plan for you

      F                F     G

and needs your help again

     Am             Am                     G

He knows your heart through and through

       Am            Am           G

And here’s what you are to do

Em      F                       G

As you stand beside the colt

               F           C

You must guide his path

      F       G             F C  G

For on his back, will ride Christ”

Verse Three:

 C                 F       F             C

“How am I to ever, serve my Lord?

C                 F       F            C

How am I to ever, serve my Lord?”

            F                    G

And the donkey led the way

Em Am  Am     Dm     F

Into Jerusalem Christ rode

       G           G         F    F

On a colt that donkey led along

    G     F         F     C      G Em F

He was just an old, gray, donkey

                     G      C

What could he ever do?

C    Dm      C             F

And he was there that day

    F            C        G

To hear the people say

 G       F           C     Am

“Hosanna in the highest

      F         F  G

The son of David”

      Am                Am                      G

The Lord knew his heart through and through

      Am       Am     G

And needed him to do

Em  F                G

The work of the Lord

      F             C

The same for you

      F               G           F C G

The Lord has a plan, for you too

G             F        F          C    F   C

No matter what, you can do, A-men

Original Song – “Light Of Christ”

Light Of Christ is one of a number of very personal Christmas songs that I’ve written which have affected me and deepened my faith as I put myself in the part of one of the song’s characters – in this case a little shepherd boy – who personally receives the Light of Christ at the foot of the manger in Bethlehem.  Like the little shepherd boy, I have no gift fitting to give the Lord – so I have asked Jesus to give me His light, the Light of Christ – that will always be with me in my life.  The Truth of Jesus shines brightest through the simple perspective of children in their purity and their innocence. May we all adopt childlike hearts, and look at our world through the simple love of a child…as given to us by our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.

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I recorded my original song “Light Of Christ” on Set 13 in 1997, and it’s a Christmas song that looks at the very first Christmas through the eyes of a little shepherd boy. It’s one of a number of personal Christmas songs that I’ve written, as I look back at the events of over 2,000 years ago through the eyes of the characters in my songs ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-light-of-christ

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"Light Of Christ" (Pg 1) - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved"Light Of Christ" (Pg 2) - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Light Of Christ

“In The Name Of The Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

              C                       F

He was a shepherd boy all alone

F                C         C            F

Tending his father’s flock one night

F                  G      Em      Am

Watching the stars shining bright

        G      Em     F

On a cold, desert night

          C              F

And he saw in the night

   Dm    Em  G         F

A single star shining brighter

        C            C        G

Than he’d ever seen it before

G       F                   F

As he looked to that star

    G                    Am

He wondered how far

   Dm            C        G      Em     F

It was to that special light, in the night

         C               C          F          F

As he stood there on that winter’s night

            C       C                 F         F

Tending sheep beneath that star so bright

F        C                         F        G

There appeared an angel of the Lord

 G   F              G

“Go follow that light

            F        C

To your Savior tonight

            Am   F         C             G

May His light always shine over you”

Verse Two:

                  C                         F

He woke his father up with the news

F                C      C        F

Of what the angel had to say

F            G     Em        Am

And they followed that star

           G        Em     F

Burning bright in the night

            C                F

As they followed the light

Dm     Em  G                F

Of that star through the night

        C          C        G

They came to Bethlehem

G            F                   F

And they saw with their eyes

        G     Am

Their Lord Christ

  Dm                     C           G          Em      F

A babe wrapped in swadling clothes, on that night

            C               C         F          F

As they stood there on that winter’s night

         C               C          F            F

Three Kings came bearing gifts that night

F            C                       F          G

And they heard the angels sing on high

 G        F                 G

“Hallelujah, Christ is King

      F              C

Our Savior will bring

     Am  F   C               G

His light to shine in the world”

Verse Three:

            C                               F

And the shepherd boy standing there

F         C        C          F

Had no gift to give the Lord

F        G        Em         Am

So he bowed down his head

      G    Em  F

And said a prayer

             C         F

“May the light of Christ

Dm     Em G    F

That I followed tonight

C                 C           G

Always shine on in my life

G                F          F

Through the darkest night

      G         Am

The light of Christ

      Dm          C     G    Em    F

Will always be with me, in my life”

         C              C       F         F

As he knelt there at the feet of Christ

       C            C    F                 F

That shepherd boy received the light

F   C                  F          G

Of Christ into his life that night

G         F                       G

And he heard the angels sing

          F                      C

“Glory to the new born King

            Am  F         C              G

May His light always shine over you

Em       F     F      C             F   C

In your life, from tonight”    A-men

Original Song – “Glory To God” (Part Two)

While writing Glory To God, I imagined a large choir and a dramatic hymn praising God; with the hymn cascading down like rapids into a waterfall in the verses beginning with the chord of C, and climbing back up again to the top in the verses beginning with the chord of F – rising and falling in a dramatic and thunderous fashion as the lyrics flow down – as if cascading down out of Heaven itself.  So here is the first song that I ever wrote – a Christmas Song – Glory To God:

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https://livelovethinkexist.com/2010/11/27/original-song-glory-to-god-part-one/

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"Glory To God" (Pg 1) - "In The Name of the Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved "Glory To God" (Pg 2) - "In The Name of the Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Glory To God

“In The Name of the Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

C  G  C  F           C           F  C   G

Glory to God sing praises, to our Lord

F                  G         F              G

Sing with the angels, sing of His glory —

C   G  C      F                C       F  C   G

Lift up your voice to the glory, of the Lord

——— (Momentary Pause) ———

C    G     C   F       C             F       C G

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord

F                G        F                  G

Heaven and Earth, rejoice in His presence —

C     G      C     F       C             F    C  G

Bow down before the Lord your God today

F              G              F             G

Christ will return one day in His glory —

C  G C    F            C         F  C   G

Sing with choirs of angels, to the Lord

C     G   C    F       C             F       C G

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord

Verse Two:

C   G  C    F            C           F       C    G

Christ was born in a manger, Christmas Day

F             G          F                    G

Mary and Joseph, shepherds and Kings —

C      G      C    F          C        F     C    G

Knelt down before their God in Bethlehem

——— (Momentary Pause) ———

C    G    C    F       C             F       C G

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord

F                G        F                  G

Heaven and Earth, rejoice in His presence —

C     G   C   F        C           F   C   G

Give thanks to the Lord our salvation

F                 G         F              G

Christ is our Savior, let all mankind hear —

C    G C  F                   C         F        C   G

Sing His name with the angels, Christ our Lord

C     G   C    F       C             F       C  G

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord

Verse Three:

C       G        C   F                C      F       C   G

Come praise His name Hallelujah, Christ our Lord

F             G          F          G

Born in a manger, King of Kings —

C   G  C      F                C       F  C   G

Lift up your voice to the glory, of the Lord

——— (Momentary Pause) ———

C     G    C   F       C             F       C G

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord

F                G        F                 G

Heaven and Earth, rejoice in His presence —

C  G  C    F                 C             F  C   G

To all the world tell the blessings, of the Lord

F                 G         F            G

Christ is the Savior, of all the world —

C  G C    F            C         F  C   G

Sing with choirs of angels, to the Lord

C                                  G    F       C G

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord

C                                  G

Sing praises to the Heavens

F                 C       F    C  G   F       C G      G   C

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord, A-men

Original Song – “Glory To God” (Part One)

Glory to God is a Christmas Song and the first song I ever wrote.  I had always wanted to write songs – music and lyrics – but had been unable to write out anything that made any sense over the years.  By 1989 I had written plenty of articles, stories, philosophy and poetry – but I had never written a song…which was a goal of mine since I had taken piano lessons as a child.  In the fall of 1989, our family had just moved to Hahn AB, Germany, and I was working the night shift during a base exercise; so my wife and young son spent the week at her parent’s house in Bruch so that I could sleep during the day without distraction.

Our piano at the time was on a small mezzanine just outside our bedroom in what was a tri-level house that we were renting in Monzelfeld, Germany.  During my time alone in the house I decided to sit down at the piano for a minute, and see if I could make any progress towards my life-long goal of trying to write music and lyrics. As I sat down to attempt to compose a song, the first notes and chords seemed to make a little sense to me, so I got up to find a pencil and some paper just in case I had any success.  When I sat back down at the piano I stopped, and put down the pencil and paper.  I felt that if I was to write music it would be because God allowed me to have this talent, as I had been unable to write anything on my own after some twenty years of trying.

I had purchased a small Lladro statue of Mary in Spain while on a temporary duty assignment (TDY) there while I was in the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, a few years earlier.  Although I was officially Presbyterian at the time, my wife – who is Roman Catholic – and I had attended Mass as a family for years by the fall of 1989.  Before continuing in my attempts to write a song, I said a little prayer that went something like this, “Dear Lord, you know that it is my will to write music – and I pray that if it is also Your Will to allow me to write music, then let it be in accordance with Your Will – not mine, Amen.”  At that point seeing the Lladro figurine of Mary above me on my piano, I said a second prayer which was, “Dear Mary, I pray that you would intercede with your Son Jesus – my Lord and Savior – for the ability for me to write music, Amen.”

It was immediately after these two prayers – in the following minute – that I began to write my first song, Glory To God. In my awareness there is a direct connection between my two prayers and my immediate ability to write songs.  Not only did I write Glory To God, but followed it directly afterwards with, Sing Songs of Joy – my second song ever written.  In fact, every time I sat down to the piano or later with the guitar, I wrote song after song until I had written over 200 songs.  I was overwhelmed by the work – and the responsibility – to now write down and document these songs on paper, type them up, and eventually copyright them.

So why would God have given me the ability to write music?  I can only explain this from my own experience and viewpoint, but here’s my best explanation to answer this question.  First of all, God always knew my heart and my desire to not only write songs, but to follow Him – and He knew that granting me the ability to write songs would bring glory to Him – not me.  Secondly, it was obvious that the talent wouldn’t be my own, as I was unable to write any song on my own. Third, God would challenge me personally because I wasn’t a musician in any sense of the word – and I couldn’t sing a note – and although I would still long to write popular music and play it myself, at least half of my songs that I would write would have a spiritual meaning in them.  So God granted this ability to me in the end not because it would give me any personal success through them, but because I would be drawn closer to Him through my songwriting – and I was.

Beyond that simple explanation, I won’t begin to say what happened that afternoon in my gift to be able to write songs – because I don’t really know for sure myself.  All I know is from that moment on I wrote more songs than I could manage and deal with on my own, and in the end I stopped writing songs until I knew what I was going to do with the ones I had already written – which I still haven’t managed to know as I write this 21 years later.  So without further ado, Part Two of this post will be the first song I ever wrote, Glory To God.

Cheers,

Mark

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https://livelovethinkexist.com/2010/11/28/original-song-glory-to-god-part-two/

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Original Song – “An Old Fashioned Christmas”

An Old Fashioned Christmas is my portrayal of everything that is warm, cozy, sincere and authentic about family and their relationship with Christ through three generations at Christmas; focusing primarily on children, grandparents and the memories of the song’s narrator.  Everyone has a role and a part to play in reinforcing a loving and nurturing family – from the pure joy of children to the dedication of loving and devoted parents, to the inclusion and warm participation of involved and loving grandparents.  Of course no family is the ideal standard to emulate, and every family has its issues to deal with, as a fact and matter of life itself; but this song was my attempt to include all the best features of family and Christmas memories from a timeless perspective into a single Christmas song.

The title is an interesting story in and of itself.  Shortly after I had begun writing songs I answered an advertisement to, “Have your song included in an upcoming collection of songs to be called – An Old Fashioned Christmas.”  The second song that I ever wrote was a Christmas song called, Sing Songs of Joy; so I wrote out the music, note for note, as carefully and perfectly as I could by hand with the lyrics – as if it was a piece of published sheet music.  I mailed away the written song along with my check and waited for their response.  Months later I received a single cassette tape with my song included in a compilation with other songs, and sat down to listen to it.  What I heard was a singer making a half hearted and almost joking attempt to record my song along with some simple background instrumentation.

I sat there after listening to my song and I had a lot of mixed emotions.  As a songwriter and as an author, everything you write is personal, even if you know that some of your pieces are better than others; if a piece didn’t have some kind of meaning to you, you wouldn’t have written it.  The melody on the recording was pretty much accurate – if you overlooked the part where the singer got the words all wrong and didn’t bother to do a retake – and the resulting obvious lackadaisical attitude in the studio.  Regardless of the recording attempt or quality, listening to Sing Songs of Joy was the first time I had ever heard one of my own songs recorded in any version or format, and for a songwriter that is pretty special.  Secondly, I could hear the potential in what “wasn’t” recorded.  As I songwriter, I can mentally “hear” the song in my head in a finished format, but for me it was nearly impossible to translate that into something audible.  I couldn’t sing to save my life, my piano playing was essentially self-taught and not performance quality, I didn’t know how to play the guitar or any other instruments – so the song was essentially trapped in my head unable to be expressed to the world.

There was a certain amount of self-disappointment for having thrown away “good money” on what was essentially a worthless recording.  I felt like a fool, having been taken by an unknown record company in Hollywood.  Over time I began to start giving myself a break – how was I to know that it would be a half-hearted and lousy effort?  I couldn’t have known that in advance.  For all I knew these may have been serious professionals that would see something in my song, and the rest could have been “history” now – as they say when something becomes an “overnight success.”  The truth is there are very few overnight success stories – and some of them end up going terribly wrong.

What I learned from this experience is to dig deep, and find a way within yourself to reach your goals without thinking that someone else would hand you something on a silver platter out of the blue.  I kept writing songs on our piano and started purchasing equipment over time and teaching myself how to use or play them: a simple 4 track tape deck, a Roland synthesizer, a Fender Stratocaster, an Applause 6 string acoustic guitar, an Ovation 12 string acoustic guitar, a very large Sonar drum kit (a piece at a time it seemed), a Carvin amp stack, a Carvin mixer and used Peavey PA speakers.  I taught myself how to sing, play the drums and the guitar – all while moving to England from Germany, learning how to fly the  F-111 – first in New Mexico and then in rural Oxfordshire, England – and continued to write songs on the piano and later on the guitar.

Soon after moving to Oxfordshire I began making simple DAT (Digital Audio Tape) cassette recordings at a local recording studio, which was an in-home studio set-up in what was essentially a converted spare bedroom and closet.  Eventually I stopped writing music until I figured out what to do with the 200+ songs that I had written – and as you see I’m still working through that process.  It was a pragmatic decision because life was just too “full” and there were too many unfinished projects and loose ends to continue adding more to the mix.

Everything cost money over time and served a purpose – to find within myself the ability to express my music.  When I retired from the Air Force our family moved to New Hampshire.  I played my guitar and sang at a number of open mic sessions at a local hole-in-the-wall bar, playing a whole range of songs – including religious pieces.  I realized that the performing life was not ever going to be mine from that experience – as I can’t memorize song titles, music or lyrics – and have to read them off of a music stand.  I got pretty comfortable actually playing my songs, and actually enjoyed the experience though.  The place was never really that crowded, and folks were spread out at the bar, sitting at tables and playing pool – in various stages of talking, drinking, eating and listening.  The apex of my entire open mic “performing career” as it was, came one night when I had finished playing my set and packed my guitar away in its case; I walked past a table and a young woman said, “You’re awesome.”  That one little phrase, from that one person, in that one moment in time – really made my day.

My performing went into “retirement” shortly after the time her comment was made, as our family moved west; and after six years of storing everything in a basement and then later in a garage, I gave all of that music equipment to a young aspiring musician with tremendous talent who is now in USAF pilot training.  I sold our little upright piano, and the only thing I kept is the 12 string Ovation guitar that someday I’ll pull out from under the bed and get acquainted with again.  All things have a purpose and a season, and happen for a reason.  Now I’m writing this blog and who knows what I’ll be doing two or five years from now.  So now we come full circle and back to An Old Fashioned Christmas.

After the disappointment with the “professional” recording of Sing Songs of Joy, I began to think, “Well what did you expect, Mark?”  These people in Hollywood probably don’t know who Jesus really is, so how could they actually “understand” what an old fashioned Christmas was really about?  They didn’t have any “understanding” of Christmas or Jesus or the reason for His birth.  So I sat down to write a song with the real message of Christmas – one of many that were to follow.

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I recorded my original song “An Old Fashioned Christmas” on Set 13 in 1997 ~ it’s a fictional song that speaks to cherished childhood memories and the real meaning of Christmas ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

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"An Old Fashioned Christmas", Pg 1 of 2 - "Christmas 1991",  Collected Works Volume VIII, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved"An Old Fashioned Christmas", Pg 2 of 2 - "Christmas 1991", Collected Works Volume VIII, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

An Old Fashioned Christmas

“Christmas 1991” – Collected Works Volume VIII, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse 1:

       C            C      G    F             C

I’m dreaming of an old fashioned Christmas

       G       G         F

The way it used to be

F          C     G      F

Ridin’ a one horse sleigh

F          C        F        G

Singing carols on our way

G        F            G             C

With a fresh cut Christmas tree

            F                              G

We had picked ourselves that day

     Dm                             G

To Grandma’s house we’d ride

              Dm         C

When we were children

       Dm           Dm           G    

The fields were white with snow

     Dm        Dm      G

All bundled head to toe

      C      C            F

We sang along our way

F              C           G             F

Christ was born on Christmas day

F        C  G    G        F  G

Hal-le-lu-jah, Hal-le-lu-jah

G              Am        G             F

Christ was born on Christmas day

F        C    G            F          

Jesus was born that day

             Dm           C

The first Christmas day

Verse 2:

          C             C       G    F             C

Those Christmas memories bring me back

     G         G      F

To days so long ago

F            C           G        F

With my Grandpa by the fire

F           C           F    G

Reading from his Bible

G     F      G             C

The story of Christ’s birth

               F                   G

And we’d listen to every word

          Dm                 G

As he read to each of us

              Dm         C

When we were children

      Dm         Dm          G    

The tree was filled with lights

      Dm        Dm       G

The fire was burning bright

      C        C     F

We were a family

F              C             G             F

Gathered ’round the Christmas tree

F          C           G     G       F  G

Singing Hal-le-lu-jah, Hal-le-lu-jah

G              Am       G              F

Christ was born on Christmas day

F        C    G            F           

Jesus was born that day

              Dm          C

The first Christmas day

Verse 3:

     C             C         G     F             C               

My Grandma used to sing Christmas carols

       G    G             F

And knit beside the fire

F         C   G    F

In her rocking chair

F        C       F             G

As we sang along with her

G     F       G       C

She was a joy to hear

            F                       G

Singing songs I still hold dear

           Dm                  G

As she sang to each of us

              Dm          C

When we were children

       Dm          Dm  G    

The Christmas cookies

       Dm         Dm          G

And presents ’round the tree

      C          C              F

We sang on Christmas Eve

F               C          G             F

Christ was born on Christmas day

F        C  G     G       F  G

Hal-le-lu-jah, Hal-le-lu-jah

G              Am        G             F

Christ was born on Christmas day

F        C    G            F           

Jesus was born that day

             Dm           C

The first Christmas day

Original Song – “Green Eyed Sally”

Green Eyed Sally is a complex song about relationships.  It tells the story of Sally, a girlfriend or spouse who has decided to throw away her current life to go off and search for herself – for who she really is and wants to be.  The story line discusses the age old tale of ‘the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’ and the personal search for meaning and fulfillment.

There often comes a point in people’s lives when they realize that the dream, or song, that they carry somewhere deep inside of them has been deferred too long – to the point where they suddenly realize that they never even attempted to live out their hopes and dreams.  Once they realize this, the tendency is to make an irrational decision to throw everything away and finally chase that dream before it’s too late.  Too often they are too late and ill equipped to succeed in their last ditch attempt to rescue their lives – and in the process others get hurt – spouses, children, family and friends.  How much better it would be to deliberately live a life with purpose and meaning all along, so as to not face a mid-life crisis in a panic after realizing that you never even reached for your dreams.

Green Eyed Sally builds over four verses to peak at the song’s conclusion.  The singer’s impassioned plea is an attempt to build a bridge to her and find some common ground for her to return home, “I’m looking at your rainbow’s end right before our door, I know that you’ve always wanted a little somethin’ more, Maybe you and I can find, Somethin’ worth staying for, Won’t you come back to me…”

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I recorded my original song “Green Eyed Sally” on Set Two in 1996, and it tells the story of a woman who has left home to search for herself – while her significant other makes an impassioned plea for her to return back home. If I was to do this song again I would begin much slower, instead of racing from the beginning, but this is simply a snapshot from that day in my life ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-green-eyed-sally

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(Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

 "Green Eyed Sally" - "You Get What You Pray For", Collected Works Volume XIII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Green Eyed Sally

“You Get What You Pray For” – Collected Works Volume XIII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

E/A     (x4)

D/A     (x4)

E/F/G7/D

Verse One:

D                G   

Green eyed Sally

                D                        G

Won’t you come’ on home to me

D                G

Green eyed Sally

D                       G

Come’ on back to me

                   A

You’ve been chasing every rainbow, lookin’ for your pot of gold

                   E

You’ve been running around with every guy, that you could grab a’ hold

      F

You turned your back on me, and left me standin’ in the cold

                G7                  D

Won’t you come home to me     (x3)   (End)

Verse Two:

D                G

Green eyed Sally

       D                     G

You know I love you so

D                G

Green eyed Sally

        D                     G

Why did you have to go

       A

You packed your bags and moved away, drivin’ on down the road

       E

You said you’ve got to play the field, before you got too old

       F

You threw away your life with me, tryin’ to lighten your load

               G7               D

Don’t you still care for me     (x3)

Verse Three:

D                G

Green eyed Sally

           D                     G

Where are you runnin’ to

D                G

Green eyed Sally

         D                       G

What are you going to do

           A

You’ve run around this town all night, flirtin’ with every guy

          E

Has it ever crossed your mind to stop, for awhile and wonder why

F

Guys will take you home but then, they’ll always say good bye

                G7         D

Won’t you still love me     (x3)

Verse Four:

D                G

Green eyed Sally

D                          G

Won’t you think of me

D                G

Green eyed Sally

D                                       G

Home’s where you ought to be

      A

I’m lookin’ at your rainbow’s end, right before our door

   E

I know that you’ve always wanted, a little something more

F

Maybe you and I can find, somethin’ worth stayin’ for

                G7                 D

Won’t you come back to me     (x3)   (Return to verse one and repeat)

Original Song – “Me and My Piano”

Me and My Piano captures the essence of my early songwriting on the piano, as I worked late into the night getting a new song completed and transcribed onto paper from the piano.  It’s an endearing song for me, because it captures all those long, lonely nights on the piano in my early period of songwriting, while later on I wrote mostly on the guitar.  I cherish the memories of writing songs late into the night on my piano, and hope you can carry away at least the essence of this love relationship between me, my piano, lyric, rhyme, verse and melody!

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I recorded my original song “Me And My Piano” in two takes as demos on Set 15 in 1997, and it’s an autobiographical glimpse into my songwriting done on the piano, yet played on the guitar, “It’s been years in the makin’, Spending long, lonely nights, Me and my piano, Workin’ late into the night…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-me-and-my-piano-take-1-of-2

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-me-and-my-piano-take-2-of-2

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Listen to the Music", Collected Works Volume IV, Mark D. Jones, Copyright 1991, All Rights Reserved

“Me and My Piano” – “Listen to the Music”, Collected Works Volume IV, Mark D. Jones, Copyright 1991, All Rights Reserved

Me and My Piano

“Listen to the Music” – Collected Works Volume IV, Mark D. Jones, Copyright 1991, All Rights Reserved

Verse I:

C            Am            F

It’s been years in the makin’

              Am   Am    F

Spending long, lonely nights

G         G   Dm

Me and my piano

Dm        Am             F

Workin’ late into the night

                     C             C    F

Sometimes it don’t come easy

                     Dm               Am

Sometimes it don’t come at all

                   Dm  Dm  G

And minutes run into hours

        Am    F       G

Long after nightfall

      C              C        Am

But sometimes music flows

Am    Dm      Dm            Am

Sometimes it works out right

         Dm  Dm  G

As it races on before me

            Am  F    G

Running into the night

Dm      Dm  G

Me and my piano

                 Dm     C

We’re doin’ alright—

Verse II:

C           Am       F

Running into the night

            Am   Am     F

As the hours run along

G          G      Dm

Looking for a love song

    Dm  Am               F

As I search inside of me

            C        C        F

For the feelings that I have

                  Dm    Dm        Am

Somewhere deep inside of me

            Dm         G

And the melody to fit them

             Am       F        G

With the proper harmony

C           C             Am

I (often) lose —– myself

Am     Dm     Dm        Am

As the music starts to flow

          Dm     Dm       G

And I (often) keep on playing

       Am   F         G

Until late into the night

Dm      Dm  G

Me and my piano

                 Dm   C

We’re doin’ alright

Dm      Dm  G

Me and my piano

                  Dm  C

We’re doin’ alright—

Music Video – “Masquerade” by Mark D. Jones

“Masquerade” is based on my original song of the same title, and tells the story of my memories of deploying to the Persian Gulf War at the end of 1990. The song’s lyrics plead, “Let’s build a world based on love, Build a world we can be proud of, Instead of a masquerade, Instead of a masquerade…” The video includes photos I took of our son, David, before deploying; of David and I at home in Germany, and at the Hahn Air Base Deployment Center before deploying; of me while deployed to the Persian Gulf, and finally of my return to Germany and back home again with David. I’ve dedicated this video to the People of Kuwait in hopes that all peoples of the world can one day, “build a world based on love, build a world we can be proud of, instead of a masquerade…” Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

Music Video – “Only Three – David’s Song” by Mark D. Jones

“Only Three – David’s Song” is based on my original song of the same name and my photographs of our son’s 3rd birthday through his 4th birthday when we lived in Germany during 1990-1991. The song speaks to how quickly time goes by and children grow up ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

Original Song – “England”

Earlier, I introduced you to the first verse and chorus of a song of mine titled, England, written while returning from my flight training at Cannon AFB, NM, where I learned to fly the F-111G ‘Aardvark.’  In the fall of 1991, after the first leg of my return flight took me to Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, and while waiting for my overseas connecting flight to London, England – I began jotting down a few lyrics that came to me in the airport so I could later finish the song.  On my flight to London I asked the flight attendant for some paper and a pen which she graciously brought to me, and I continued working on the song’s lyrics.  At the time I was longing to return home to England and see my family again after being away for over three months at Cannon AFB, NM, in the southwest of the United States.  I couldn’t wait to see something green again, and return to the Old World – where most everything was quaint and picturesque – with stone walls, thatched roof cottages and church spires that had withstood the test of time.

So without further ado, here’s my original song, England.  The nature of this song is slow, with feeling and reverence.  If you were to conceptually film a video of the song, the singer(s) would walk through a historic market square – while black and white transparent images of people in period costumes from hundreds of years of English history would be passing by and greeting them in the streets.

This song is dedicated to all the wonderful folks of the United Kingdom who have been so hospitable to me during my: solo bicycle adventure in 1979, while on Temporary Duty with the U.S. Air Force, while visiting on vacation, and while permanently stationed in the UK with the U.S. Air Force for almost eight years.  You have given me so much more than I could ever give back to you in return!  This song is a small token of my appreciation for your care and concern for me as my hosts during my delightful stay in your very pleasant and green land!  I’ve released my personal Copyright rights to this song as a way of saying ‘Thank You’ for the memories and for the wonderful hospitality you’ve shown me and my family!

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I wrote the lyrics for my original song named “England” in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, airport, as well as, on my return flight to London, England, in the fall of 1991 – following almost 4 months of flight training at Cannon AFB, NM, in the F-111G. My wife and son were waiting for my return in our rental home in Bloxham, England, at the time, and I was longing to return home to them, and to this very pleasant and green land called England! Enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark

https://soundcloud.com/mark-jones-100/original-song-england

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"England" - "Follow The Light", Collected Works Volume IX, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Released

England

“Follow the Light” – Collected Works Volume IX, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Released

Verse One:

C                          D

Stone walls casting shadows

     C                 D

For hundreds of years

C                      D

Green fields and forests

C                D

Echoes ring clear

         A               G

From church bells above me

             A           G

Through all of the years

      A              G

This land called England

               D

Draws me near

       A             G

This land called England

                      D

I’ll always hold dear

Chorus:

D                  A                G

Castles stand silent in the mist

D             A                 G

Cathedral spires I have missed

      D          A      G

As I journey from afar

D             A                 G

Returning home to that land

       D       C       G

That island in the sea

  D           C          G

I hear her callin’ to me

      D      C      G

This land called England

                 D

Is calling to me

                 G

Is calling to me

                 D

Is calling to me

                 G                   D

Is calling to me   (Callin’ to me)

Verse Two:

C                     D

Narrow winding streets

       C               D

That all seem to meet

C                  D

In the market square

        C       D

From most everywhere

       A                       G

As I walk through the streets

          A                 G

All the people that I meet

          A              G                D

In this land called England I call home

       A              G                D

This land called England I call home

Verse Three:

  C          D

A land of history

 C                D

Surrounding me

C                      D

Echoes from the past

C                       D

Footsteps on the path

 A                   G

Out in front of me

       A                 G

As I walk through history

        A            G                      D

This land called England calls me home

       A             G                      D

This land called England calls me home

Verse Four:

C                        D

Another time and place

         C                     D

Silent footsteps that I trace

C             D

Down the cobblestones

       C             D

As I wander all alone

                   A           G

Through the doors of history

        A            G

That surround me

       A             G                  D

This land called England that I love

       A             G                  D

This land called England that I love

 

My Recollections of RAF Upper Heyford, UK

Dear Lily,

Thank you so much for asking me to answer a few questions for you as part of your final project for your art course you’re taking at college.  It’s very touching that you’re documenting the RAF Upper Heyford community and collecting the experiences of people who were stationed at the base.  I appreciate your efforts to preserve these memories before much of what was RAF Upper Heyford is lost forever, due to the steady and relentless march of progress.  Feel free to use anything you see on my blog concerning my time in the 79th Fighter Squadron and RAF Upper Heyford as part of your project, Lily.  I’ll do my best to answer your list of questions for you, but I’ll first begin at the beginning of my relationship with Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds and the greater community surrounding RAF Upper Heyford.

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My first experience with the greater area around RAF Upper Heyford was riding through Oxford on my bicycle adventure around England, Scotland, Wales and France in the late spring of 1979.

https://livelovethinkexist.com/2012/10/02/in-search-of-the-meaning-of-life-an-autobiography-chapter-twelve-part-eleven-a-bicycle-adventure-to-england-scotland-wales-and-france-may-july-1979/

Later on in my bicycle adventure, I bicycled through Aylesbury, Bicester and Banbury – just east of RAF Upper Heyford – on my way towards Stratford-upon-Avon and Wales.  Just twelve years later I would be assigned to RAF Upper Heyford, the Air Base I had once passed by on my bicycle in my youth.

https://livelovethinkexist.com/2012/10/23/in-search-of-the-meaning-of-life-an-autobiography-chapter-12-part-32-a-bicycle-adventure-to-england-scotland-wales-and-france-may-july-1979/

So my relationship to the greater community of RAF Upper Heyford had a much earlier beginning than the day I received military orders to report to the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing to fly the F-111E as a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) or navigator in the right seat.

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I had the opportunity in about 1990 to attend a training course at RAF Upper Heyford and traveled there by car from Hahn Air Base, Germany. All of us attending the course went out to dinner at a restaurant in Oxford one evening, and it was my second opportunity to visit beautiful Oxfordshire that we would later call home.

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While I was deployed to the deserts of the Middle East from Hahn Air Base, Germany, during the Persian Gulf War, our squadron learned that Hahn Air Base was scheduled to convert to a civilian airport.  I would have to accept another assignment, and was given two choices for my follow-on assignment shortly after the cessation of hostilities was announced.  I was offered the choice of flying the F-111E at RAF Upper Heyford, UK, or the F-111G at Cannon AFB, NM – and I chose RAF Upper Heyford immediately so our family could remain overseas. It was a whirlwind of activity as I returned home to Monzelfeld, Germany and we packed up and moved our household goods in record time to England.  We found a home to rent in Bloxham, Oxfordshire, on a cul-de-sac in a housing development on Gascoigne Way.  I then left for almost four months to learn how to fly the F-111G at Cannon AFB, NM, before returning home in September of 1991. Meanwhile my wife ran our household while I was away and took care of our son David, who was four years old at the time and attended Temple Close Nursery School in Bloxham.  When I returned to RAF Upper Heyford from Cannon AFB, NM, that September, I immediately began training to become Mission Ready (MR) in the F-111E in the 79th Fighter Squadron.  The unique and demanding aspect of flying the F-111E in the UK for me was flying night low-level flights over the Scottish Highlands in all types of weather using Terrain Following Radar (TFR). Flying the F-111E in the UK was a challenging job and consumed most of my attention and concentration in those days.

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David began First Grade that autumn at St. John’s R.C. Primary School in Banbury.  My wife drove him to school and picked him up each day, and did most of her shopping in Banbury while in town. She loved to shop at Laura Ashley and our favorite outing was driving through the Cotswolds and exploring all that the area had to offer. We also took in all the famous sights around the area like Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace, Oxford and the quaint towns and villages of the Cotswolds during the time we lived in Bloxham.

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Our lives were very busy and intense during the time we lived in Bloxham, with all the demands of flying and the adventure of living in England for us.  We absolutely loved living in Oxfordshire, but had little time to do justice to all it had to offer us.  Besides the demanding nature of flying the F-111E – I upgraded to Instructor status and later as a Flight Commander – I loved the fact that David wore his very smart uniform and tie to school and quickly acquired the cutest British accent as if he had always lived in England – he was simply adorable!  Our time in Oxfordshire was particularly memorable for me as I wrote music from 1989 through 1993, and much of that time I was assigned to RAF Upper Heyford.  I bought my first two guitars while on temporary duty at Cannon AFB that summer learning to fly the F-111G, and we had a piano at home that I used to write songs on as well.  I had always wanted to write songs, but without any success ever since I was a teenager.  One day in the fall of 1989, I said a prayer asking God to give me the gift of songwriting if it was His will for me to have it, and I began writing songs in that very moment.  By 1993, I had written over 200 songs and was so completely overwhelmed with pages of lyrics, musical notion and guitar chords, that I finally stopped writing songs until I could bring them to some sort of logical conclusion – which I’m still working towards today.  I spent every spare moment during that time on my flying duties at the 79th Fighter Squadron, taking care of the house and yard we were renting, sightseeing in the Cotswolds, playing with David and writing songs and organizing what I had already written – it was a very intense, demanding and personally creative time for me and our family.

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During those years shortly after the Cold War came to an end peacefully, the U.S. Air Force was rapidly closing bases in the UK and Europe, and becoming smaller while taking advantage of the Peace Dividend that followed the years of the Cold War.  By 1993, I had been passed over or non-selected for promotion to Major, and RAF Upper Heyford was in the very early stages of closing.  I asked for a follow-on assignment to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, with the hopes of being able to compete for promotion.  For a short period of time I began organizing the many administrative details involved with the deactivation of the 79th Fighter Squadron.  By March of 1993, we had already packed up our household goods and moved to Ramstein Air Base, where I was selected for promotion to Major the following year. Our family then moved again in 1994 to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.  Busy doesn’t even begin to describe our lives during that period of our lives, and David would go on from attending British schools, to German schools, and then again back to British schools when we later spent six years at RAF Mildenhall before I retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2001.

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We loved our time in England and besides shopping at Laura Ashley, we own Wedgwood china, love English antiques and country furniture, and enjoyed sightseeing in London and shopping at Harrods.  We miss almost everything about our time living in the UK and regret not having visited Ireland during our time there, with it being so close by.

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When I was a child I dreamed of adventure, of traveling the world, of flying jets, and of writing music.  I also began writing stories prior to joining the Air Force, not knowing that I would one day aspire to be a writer, as well.  I originally studied at Michigan State University to become a veterinarian like James Herriot, but decided to leave college to undertake an 8,000 mile bicycle adventure around the United States in 1976-1977, before crossing the pond on my solo bicycle adventure around England, Scotland, Wales and France.  I traveled extensively around the Western United States in my early years as well as co-piloted a hot air balloon, so in a very circuitous way I’ve accomplished all the dreams of my childhood and then some.  Today I write six blogs of my various stories and life experiences, and I’m still working to bring all the songs I’ve written years ago to a proper conclusion.  I enjoy the world of social media and connecting with folks around the world on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter @livelovethinkex – and I continue to dream new dreams and live new adventures!

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I think I’ve covered all of your questions in a roundabout way, Lily.  I hope I’ve provided you with a snapshot of my life and experiences while stationed at RAF Upper Heyford – it’s been a pleasure to recall those days and my experiences in Oxfordshire!  Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help you with your project.  It was an honor and a privilege to serve at RAF Upper Heyford, and I’ve enjoyed assisting you in remembering that special time in my life and in the life of our family!

Cheers!

Mark

Music Video – “Reflections” by Mark D. Jones

“Reflections” is based on my original song by the same name and the photos I took during the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.  This song speaks to becoming the person you always wanted to be ~ and I had always dreamed of someday writing music and flying jets ~ enjoy! ♡🙂 Mark