Original Song – “Crossroads”

Often in life we find ourselves at a Crossroads and wonder which direction our lives should take.  Choices lead to decisions – either purposefully or by default due to our inaction – and we find our lives heading down roads we never expected to travel.  Life flows like a river and time never stands still for us, and this song soulfully reflects the pain of going forward without the one you need by your side – as it laments “’cause I’m lost here without you, And there’s nowhere to turn, I’m just standin’ at the crossroads, Lookin’ for my way home.”

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“Crossroads” is the first song of Set 15 that I recorded in 1997, and as it was the very first song of the set, I ended up recording it 3 times ~ and remarkably I got through each take without any major mistakes ~ a major miracle for me! 🙂 I’m sharing each version because each take has a different flavor to it. Take One is the most tentative, as it was the first song of the set. Take Two was strummed only using my fingers instead of a pick so it’s quieter. Take Three is more dynamic, but there are some awkward phrasings. So here you go ~ 3 flavors ~ vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ~ enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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This is Take 2 of my original song “Crossroads” that I recorded back in 1997. I strummed the guitar using my fingers instead of a pick ~ so it’s quieter and more reflective. Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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This is the third and final take of my original song “Crossroads” that I recorded back in 1997. The third take starts out more dynamically, but there are a few awkward “without you” phrasings in this take that weren’t nearly as smooth as all the others ~ it is what it is, another day in my life ~ back in 1997! Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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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.

"Crossroads" - "Listen To The Music", Collected Works Volume IV, Mark Jones, Copyright 1991, All Rights Reserved

Crossroads

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

Verse One:

     Dm                        G

I’m standin’ at the crossroads

           Dm                   G

Lookin’ for which way to go

           Dm                             G

No use lookin’ where I’ve come from

           Dm         G

Tell me how will I know

         F                         G

What direction holds the answer

           Am           Dm

For the rest of my life

         F                       C

What direction should I turn to

     Dm        G

To carry me home

     F Am     G

To carry me home

               Dm                    G

’cause I’m lost here without you

                  F              G

And there’s nowhere to turn

            F                    G

I’m just standin’ at the crossroads

Chorus:

           F               G

Lookin’ for my way home

           F               G

Lookin’ for my way home     (Optional ending)

               Am                    G

’cause I’m lost here without you

           F                   G

I don’t know where to turn

            Dm       Am     G

I’m just standin’ at the crossroads

             Am             G

Without you, without you

             Am             G

Without you, without you

            Dm       Am     G

I’m just standin’ at the crossroads

             Am             G                 C

Without you, without you (without you)     (Optional ending)

Verse Two:

            Dm                          G

I’m just standin’ here without you

           Dm               G

Lookin’ down a lonely road

         Dm                G

Can’t find any street signs

            Dm              G

Pointing my way back home

          F                  G

Where will I go from here

                Am           Dm

Down that long dusty road

        F                         C

How will I find (my way) back home

            Dm           G

Without you by my side

             F    Am     G

Without you by my side

               Dm                          G

’cause I’m standing’ at the crossroads

                 F               G

And there’s nowhere to turn

            F                    G

I’m just standin’ at the crossroads

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