Music Video – “Papa” by Mark D. Jones

“Papa” is based on my original song of the same name and an assortment of photographs that I took Out West years ago. It tells the story of a fictional relationship between a singer and his father ~ the man who was never around… Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

 

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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

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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!)

"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

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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!)

"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 – “Still Got The Blues”

Still Got The Blues is an earthy song about feelings and emotion, inklings and disconnect, relationships and uncertainty, and of chemistry and discontent.  The blues is a very powerful medium to convey the feelings and raw emotion of being down-on-your-luck – of broken relationships, personal loss and wandering down a lonely, dusty road to nowhere in particular.  Life often has to take a turn-for-the-worse and hit rock bottom before things start looking up again – because it’s physically impossible once you’ve hit rock bottom to be dragged down any further. This song isn’t autobiographical, but instead tells the story a singer whose relationship doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  While his Baby professes her love for the singer, he doesn’t see it in her actions – which creates a disconnect between his desires for their relationship and his reality – creating a classic context for the blues – love gone wrong…  “My Baby says she loves me, But still I’ve got the blues, ‘Cause you know she’s never around…”

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I recorded “Still Got The Blues” in one take on Set 15 in 1997, and it tells the fictional story of a singer having the blues, because his baby’s never around ~ despite her assurances of loving him. The song starts off slowly and picks up some speed and changes keys between verses in order to tell the singer’s story of heartbreak ~ 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!)

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

Still Got The Blues

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

Verse One:

     F#                          E

My Baby says she loves me

     F#                    E

But still I’ve got the blues

     F#                          E

My Baby says she loves me

     F#                    E

But still I’ve got the blues

     F#                    E

But still I’ve got the blues     (x3)

                 F               C       G

‘Cause you know she’s never around     (x4)

Verse Two:

     B♭                          G

My Baby says she loves me

      B♭                   G

She says her love is true

     B♭                          G

My Baby says she loves me

      B♭                   G

She says her love is true

      B♭                   G

She says her love is true     (x3)

            F             C               G

But you know I’ve still got the blues     (x4)

Verse Three:

F#          E

She’s my Baby

F#                 E

And I love her true

F#          E

She’s my Baby

F#                 E

And I love her true

F#                 E

And I love her true     (x3)

      F      C     G

But what will I do     (x4)

Verse Four:

     B♭                          G

My Baby says she loves me

     B♭                    G

But still I’ve got the blues

     B♭                          G

My Baby says she loves me

     B♭                    G

But still I’ve got the blues

     B♭                    G

But still I’ve got the blues     (x3)

            F         C    G

I’m just singing the blues     (x4)

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

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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 – “Papa”

Papa is a song I wrote that tells the fictitious story of a young person’s difficult relationship with their father.  Their father was a drifter who lived a hard life of drinking, gambling and womanizing while neglecting his wife and his family – both emotionally and financially. Despite this rocky and stormy relationship the young person never gives up hope and confirms, “But you know I still loved him so.”  The song hits a high point with the young person acknowledging that, “My Papa was a dreamer, And a ladies man, He always had ideas, But never had a plan, He spent his life dreamin’, Gamblin’ his life away, But you know he always dreamed, I’d live my dreams one day, And you know I still love him so.”

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“Papa” is a song of mine from Set 4 using my acoustic 12-string Ovation guitar, and this song just seemed to nicely click in one take. “Papa” speaks to human fallibility, weakness, good intentions gone wrong, dreams, forgiveness and love within the fictitious setting of a relationship between the singer and his/her father. 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!)

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

Papa

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

Verse One:

     D              C

My Papa was a drifter

     G                   D

He was a gamblin’ man

     D                C

He lived a life of drinkin’

          G       D

I could never understand

  D                    C

I never knew my Papa

  G                        D

I never knew him at all

     D              C

My Papa was a drifter

   G               D

A man I never saw     (x3)

            C        G                  D

But you know I still loved him so     (x4 and End)

Verse Two:

     D              C

My Papa was a gambler

     G               D

He never had a dime

D                  C

Always out of money

     G                    D

He never spent the time

     D                    C

To take care of his wife

G       D

Or his family

           D                          C

He was always runnin’ from trouble

       G                         D

And never saw much of me     (x3)

            C        G                  D

But you know I still loved him so     (x4)

Verse Three:

     D              C

My Papa was a dreamer

G                D

And a ladies man

     D              C

He always had ideas

      G               D

But never had a plan

     D                C

He spent his life dreamin’

G                     D

Gamblin’ his life away

            D                     C

But you know he always dreamed

    G                          D

I’d live my dreams one day     (x3)

             C        G                D

And you know I still love him so     (x4 and Repeat Verse One to End)

Original Song – “Walkin’ Shoes”

Walkin’ Shoes is a fictional, bluesy little song about a guy whose relationship has just fallen apart, as his girlfriend has left and given him his walkin’ papers, “I was walkin’ down the street just the other day, I was walkin’ with my Baby when I heard her say, Don’t feel bad but I’ve got some news, You better put on your walkin’ shoes, Cause I’m leavin’, Oh I’m ‘a leavin’, And my Baby’s got me singing the blues.”  We all go through good times and bad in life and we never know what tomorrow brings us, so all we can try to do is try to be better today than we were yesterday.  Always remember, it’s not that we’ve stumbled in life that matters – it’s how we’ve recovered that counts!

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This is a fun, little original song of mine from Set One that I recorded back in 1996 that turned out pretty well. It’s the fictional story of a guy given his walkin’ papers by his girlfriend ~ he then has to put on his walkin’ shoes and go out into the world and look for a new love ~ 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!)

"Walkin' Shoes" - "Pages Of Life", Collected Works Volume XII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Walkin’ Shoes

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

Verse One:

        E

I was walkin’ down the street just the other day

        E

I was walkin’ with my Baby when I heard her say

E

Don’t feel bad but I’ve got some news

      E

You better put on your walkin’ shoes

               A                      E

Cause I’m leavin’, Oh I’m ‘a leavin’

            G        A                         E

And my Baby’s got me singin’ the blues     (x3)

Verse Two:

  E

I couldn’t understand what she had to say

  E

I couldn’t understand why she said it that way

  E

I went back home after hearin’ the news

       E

And dusted off my walkin’ shoes

               A                             E

And I’m ‘a walkin’, Oh yea I’m ‘a walkin’

            G        A                         E

And my Baby’s got me singin’ the blues     (x3)

Verse Three:

  E

I never ever thought it could happen to me

  E

I never ever thought that I would see

  E

I never ever thought I’d be singin’ the blues

      E

But here I am in my walkin’ shoes

            A                             E

And I’m walkin’, Oh yea I’m ‘a walkin’

            G        A                         E

And my Baby’s got me singin’ the blues     (x3)

Verse Four:

             E

Now I’m standin’ on the street just singin’ the blues

E

Standin’ on the street in my walkin’ shoes

E

Miles ahead and miles behind

E

Hopin’ someday that I will find

          A                         E

A new lady, Oh yea a little lady

       G         A                     E

And then I’ll stop singin’ the blues     (x4)

Original Song – “Lost In Love”

Lost In Love symbolizes love ‘raining down’ from Heaven in a never-ending shower of love, that continuously replaces the love we give away to one another.  All we have to do to ‘accept’ this free shower of love is to open our hearts, and say ‘yes’ to receiving God’s nurturing love.  God’s love given to us is pure and true, will never fail or forsake us, and will always nourish our hearts from within.  Take a moment and visualize love streaming down all around you from Heaven above…

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I recorded my original song “Lost In Love” in three takes as demos on Set 12 in 1997. Take one is the long version and takes two and three each had a few rough spots, “Love flows from Heaven above, Love grows in those who love, Love is a mystery, To those whose eyes can’t see…” 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!)

"Lost In Love" - "Pages Of Life", Collected Works Volume XII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Lost In Love

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

Intro:

(x2)      A7sus4 / A / Esus4* / A

(x2)     Dsus4 / D / Amin11 / D

(x2)     Amin11 / D

(x3)     D / DV / DVII / D

(x3)     DVII / DV / D

D9sus4 / Gmin11 / F#min11

Verse One:

A7sus4 A          A7sus4 A

Love flows from Heaven above

A7sus4 A       A7sus4     A

Love grows in those who love

Emin9 Esus4* Emin9 Esus4*

Love is a mystery

Emin9   Esus4  Emin9       Esus4*

To those who’s eyes can’t see

       Dsus4 D  Dsus4   D

That love is so easy to see

   Dsus4 D      Dsus4  D

If you take the time to be

Emin9 Esus4* E

Lost in love

Emin9 Esus4* E

Lost in love

Emin9 Esus4* E

Lost in love                     (End)

        Cmaj7      E

As it flows from above

       Cmaj7       E

As it flows from above

       Cmaj7       E

As it flows from above     (To Intro and then Verse Two)

Verse Two:

A7sus4 A A7sus4 A

Can you follow me

A7sus4  A      A7sus4          A

Can you open your eyes and see

Emin9 Esus4* Emin9 Esus4*

Love raining down

Emin9 Esus4*      Emin9  Esus4*

Falling down from Heaven above

       Dsus4 D        Dsus4          D

Just reach out and open up your heart

      Dsus4 D Dsus4  D

And love will, love will start

     Emin9  Esus4* E

To change your heart

    Emin9 Esus4* E

To fill up your heart

      Emin9 Esus4*  E

And then you can start

    Cmaj7        E

To share your love

    Cmaj7      E

To share the love

       Cmaj7       E

That flows from above      (To Intro and then Verse One)