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

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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)

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Original Song – “Masquerade”

Masquerade is a special song for me, that is, if it was possible that one song could mean any more than the others to a songwriter.  Every song holds something special and unique in a songwriter’s heart, because the song itself is an extension and a direct reflection of that heart.  Conceptually, as if in a dreamy video, the singer is walking through the reality of what is life today, and looking around and commenting on what he sees – without complete clarity or understanding himself – but no one seems to notice him, hear him or even know that he is there.  He is a detached presence trying to get everyone’s attention and wake them up to how they’re living, but they keep going about their normal lives.  The song is about the contrast of good versus evil, beauty versus emptiness, kind hearts versus cold hearts, awareness versus unknowing, love versus pretense, truth versus masquerade and what’s possible versus the status quo.  It starts slow and passionately and slowly builds in intensity.  During Verse II there is a sharp, dramatic and momentary pause or hesitation after the word “stop” – before immediately beginning again with continued intensity.

Someone not from our world – say a visionary angel who came to our world to enlighten us – could rightly ask us to justify why we live and have structured a society the way we have.   Why have we placed the emphasis on ourselves and not on others?  Since we live for such a short relative time span, why don’t we concentrate our priorities on values instead of possessions?  When love is the most precious element of the universe, and is universally free and in unlimited supply, why isn’t the foundation of our society constructed with such a wondrous substance?  Why do we hold currency and precious metals as a currency of exchange – instead of kindness, tenderness and love?

When we finally experience Heaven, we will truly understand what it means to love, to be loved, to cherish and to hold dear the things of the heart.  In our human experience we can’t understand the vast potential of possibility that could exist here on Earth – if we only but tried.  One thing I’m very sure about though – if I was to start over with the Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs on the living room carpet in order to build a new society completely from scratch – it wouldn’t look anything like ours does today.  Here I’m talking about the social fabric and not the political structure.  For humans, nothing can replace democracy, but even that can be improved upon.  The emphasis in my new world would be on truth, on values, on cherishing time as a precious commodity, and heartbeats as a measure of units.  Value would come from hearts that are true, and our treasure would be the love we share and give away.

Perhaps dreaming of things unknown, but long hoped for isn’t a prestigious job title in our society today – but sign me up – because it’s the job that I want and the job that I strive for.  I would rather be a volunteer in a self-defined imaginary position, than to accept something less.  Because time is fleeting and short – and this just may be the very last job title that I ever hold – even if no one reads it or recognizes the value in it.  It really doesn’t matter in the end, because it’s the job title that I’ve given myself – “Dreamer of All Things Possible, but Unknown to the World.”  Welcome to my world – there’s room for everyone!

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‘Masquerade’ is another song from my first recorded set of songs, and you can tell how my voice wavers a lot from my nerves ~ especially in the first half of the song before settling down a bit in the second half of the song. In the coming days I’ll post one song a day from all 19 sets of songs that I recorded back in the mid-1990’s ~ enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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

Masquerade

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

Verse I:

Am

Everywhere I look around

  G

I see the sights and hear the sounds

    D                                  A

Of life, as I pass along my way

Am

Things I see and things I hear

      G

Are often cloudy never clear

D                                   A

Where, is the truth in life today

      Am

The world has turned itself upside

G

Down the things we’ve lost can’t be

D                        A

Found, it’s only a masquerade

      D        A

It’s only, a masquerade  (x2)

Chorus:

C                          G

Where, has beauty gone

D                                   A

Where, have kind hearts gone

C                   G

Why, is life so cold

D                    A

Why, does evil hold

      C                          G

The hearts, of so many men

   D              A

I pray, Lord Amen

       C                      G

That love, will fill the world

        D                      A

That love, will fill the world

      G                       A

That love, will fill the world

Verse II:

Am

Can’t you see the things I see

G

Can’t you feel the things I feel

D                                      A

As I look around me every day

Am

Why does the world have to go on this

G

Way why don’t we stop –  and

D                                 A

Say, we’ve had enough today

Am

Let’s, build a world based on

G

Love, build a world we can be proud

D                      A

Of, instead, of a masquerade

D                  A

Instead, of a masquerade  (x2)