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

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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

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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!)

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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 – “Pretty Baby”

Pretty Baby is a song about the mistakes we make in life, and the resulting changes we make in ourselves as a consequence. We all make mistakes in life, it’s part of living and being human – for to not make mistakes would mean that we’re not participating in the world around us.  The essence of our humanity isn’t that we make mistakes, but that we have the ability to make changes in ourselves that limit the chances of making those same mistakes twice.  I didn’t write this song from an autobiographical perspective, although I could have – because I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life.

Although I wrote this song as a single, straight through verse, I’ll present it below in individual verses so you can see how each part relates to the whole.  Pretty Baby is a fast paced, earnest, remorseful and bluesy song, that reflects the urgency of the singer to find his love and tell her that he’s very sorry for what he’s said and done.  The singer’s also eager to show her the changes he’s made in his life, to prevent him from being who he once was.  He wants a second chance to demonstrate that these changes are the real deal – and to ask her to come back to him because his love for her is true. “I’ve made some changes in my life for you, I never ever meant to ever hurt you, I know those things that I said were wrong, So I sat down to write you this song…”

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I recorded my original song “Pretty Baby” in two takes as demos on Set 12 in 1997, and it speaks of mistakes, apologies, changes and love, “I’ve made some changes in my life for you, I never ever meant to ever hurt you, I know those those things that I said were wrong, So I sat down to write you this song…” 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!)

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Pretty Baby

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

Verse One:

  B

I went downtown just the other day

E

Lookin’ for my baby ’cause I had to say

B

Please pretty baby come home to me

          E

‘Cause I’ve got something that I want you to see

      A

I’ve made some changes in my life for you

  E

I never ever meant to ever hurt you

  A

I know those things that I said were wrong

E

So I sat down to write you this song

Verse Two:

        B

And I hope you can see that my love is true

            E

‘Cause I never ever meant to ever hurt you

        B

And I hope you can see that my love for you

    E

Is all that I ever ever wanted to do

             A

‘Cause I never ever meant to do you wrong

E

So I sat down to write you this song

        A

And I had to tell you that my love is true

            E

And I’m sorry for all the things that I do

Verse Three:

       B

So I made some changes in my life for you

        E

And I want to give all my love to you

            B

Will you please pretty baby come home to me

             E

‘Cause I miss you so and I want you to see

      A

The changes in my life that I’ve made for you

             E

‘Cause I never ever meant to ever hurt you

        A

And I want you please to come home to me

        E

And I want you to see the changes in me

Verse Four:

            B

‘Cause I want you to know that I love you so

        E

And I never ever wanted for you to go

        B

And I want you to know that I love you so

        E

And I never ever wanted to see you go

     A

So please pretty baby come home to me

E

Please pretty baby come back to me

     A

So please pretty baby come home to me

E

Please pretty baby come back to me

Ending:

            B

‘Cause I love you and I miss you so

        E

And I never ever wanted to see you go

            B

‘Cause I love you and I miss you so

        E

And I wrote this song so that you would know

            B

That my love for you is always true

            A                                        E

That my love for you is always true

Original Song – “Six String”

Six String is a song about living one’s dreams and riding that train as far as the tracks and the dream will take you.  In some respects, this song is autobiographical in nature.  I wrote this song as an anthem for my rock ‘n’ roll dreams of performing my songs one day, but that gift wasn’t given to me.  I taught myself to play the guitar and wrote Six String shortly after learning a handful of chords – G, C, D, E and A.  However, the line, “make you a star” is a liberal sprinkling of artistic license to gloss over the fact that I was just a songwriter and not a performer.  I tried to perform my songs, but it wasn’t my talent and didn’t work out.  Yet, my rock ‘n’ roll dreams never died – I’m finally posting the songs I wrote so many years ago – and perhaps one day someone else may sing, “Gonna’ rock my way from New York to LA, From the Motor City down Houston way, Gonna’ pack my dreams in an old Chevrolet, With this six string guitar I’m gonna’ play, Rock & Roll tonight, Rock & Roll all night!”

(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!)

"Six String" - "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Six String

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

Verse One:

  G

I got this guitar just the other day

                                                        C

‘Cause I always wanted to learn how to play

G

Rock & roll music on a six string guitar

                                               C

Pack up my dreams and see how far

                D           E

It’s gonna’ take me

E              D           E

It’s gonna’ take me

E              D           E

It’s gonna’ take me

E              D           E

It’s gonna’ take me

Verse Two:

E         G

Gonna’ rock my way from New York to LA

                                                   C

From the Motor City down Houston way

           G

Gonna’ pack my dreams in an old Chevrolet

                                                     C

With this six string guitar I’m gonna’ play

D               E

Rock & Roll tonight

D                   E

Rock & Roll all night

D               E

Rock & Roll tonight

D               E

Rock & Roll all night

Verse Three:

E G

I talked to a man from a studio

                                                       C

He told me son you got a long way to go

          G

But I’ll take your money and make you a star

                                                     C

If you do it my way you’re gonna’ go far

                 D         E

But I didn’t want it

E              D         E

No I didn’t want it

E                  D         E

I said I didn’t want it

E              D         E

No I didn’t want it

Verse Four:

E               G

I’m gonna’ do it my way make it on my own

                                                       C

Gonna’ Rock & Roll ’till the cows come home

           G

Gonna’ rock on the streets gonna’ play for you

                                                     C

Gonna’ rock all night gonna’ rock for you

                       D          E

And I’m gonna’ make it

E                     D          E

Yes I’m gonna’ make it

E                     D          E

Yes I’m gonna’ make it

E                     D          E

Yes I’m gonna’ make it

E         A

On my own

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

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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 – “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

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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

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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

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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 – “Time Stands Still”

Time Stands Still is a fast, upbeat little song about love and the power of attraction it holds over those who choose to be vulnerable and open to love.  To love is to be vulnerable and risk rejection, yet to be loved is to gain the world!  This song uses the metaphors of time standing still, the sun rising and setting and the sands of time flowing through an hourglass to describe the power of attraction that love holds over us, “The world goes around, Every day, But time stands still, Whenever you say, Do you love me, Oh, do you love me, The sun will rise, The sun will set, But the hands of time, Are standin’ still, Yes I love you, Oh, yes I love you…”

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“Time Stands Still” is a little song from Set 2 that I recorded in 1996 that speaks to the emotion of love, sunshine, the world going around, the sands of time, and watching a sunrise. I only recorded this song once, and if I was to do it again, I’d start slowly and gradually build up speed instead of jumping right into it from the start. I was still trying to get my feet on the ground recording-wise during Set 2, and missed the transitional note leading into the ending, but what the heck – it was what it was – a snapshot of a day in the life of this dreamer! Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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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!)

Time Stands Still, Pg. 1 -  "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights ReservedTime Stands Still, Pg. 2 -  "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Time Stands Still

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

      G

The world goes around

Every day

But time stands still

Whenever you say

           D

Do you love me

                A

Oh, do you love me

      G

The sun will rise

The sun will set

But the hands of time

Are standin’ still

        D

Yes I love you

              A

Oh, yes I love you

      G

The sands of time

Will always flow

And my love for you

Will always grow

              D

I’ll always love you

              A

I’ll always love you

C

Everytime

I look in your eyes

It feels like watchin’

The sun rise

         G

In the morning

         D

In the morning

      C

For sunshine

Brings life to the world

And your love for me

Is all I would

               G

Have ever needed

               D

Have ever needed

     G

So let the world go around

Everyday

But time stands still

Whenever you say

        D

Yes I love you

              A

Oh, yes I love you

      G

The world goes around

Everyday

But time stands still

Whenever you say

           D

Do you love me

                A

Oh, do you love me

      C

The sun will rise

The sun will set

But the hands of time

Are standin’ still

        G

Yes I love you

              D

Oh, yes I love you

      C

The sands of time

Will always flow

And my love for you

Will always grow

              G

I’ll always love you

              D

I’ll always love you

              A

I’ll always love you

       D

Love you

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

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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