Gift To Be Alive

by Jefferson Jay

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"Gift To Be Alive" is an uplifting adventure culled from the challenges life has to offer.

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released March 27, 2012

Produced by Jefferson Jay
Mixed by Jefferson Jay and Jim Tuggey
Production Support – Paul Ruiz

Recorded at The Pink House, Escondido, CA, Jeff Miller; Can O’ Pork Studio, San Diego, CA, Jim Tuggey; The Studios in San Diego, San Diego, CA, Jefferson Jay.

Mastered by Dustin Nix, San Diego, CA

Cover Art by John Warner, JdubAllStars.com

Cover Image photographed by Vladi Sytnik, Californiaimage.com

Music performed by
Jefferson Jay – Guitar, Vocals on Tracks 1-13, Keyboards and Percussion on Track 13
Paul Lopez – Drums, Congas, Bongos
Richard Romero – Bass, Backup Vocals
Junior “The Soul Man” Fos – Guiro
“Blowski” Michael Blow – Keyboards
Paul Ruiz – Trumpet
Jack Davidson – Lead Guitar

Special Guests
Joe Khoroosi – Violin on Tracks 1, 11, and 12
Maciej Swiatcz – Flute on Tracks 2, 3, and 4
Jim Tuggey – Bass and Drums on Track 13

Thanks to Leanne Pearl, Angel, Nigel, Don & Nancy Truesdail, Jim Tuggey, Kip Forde, Dustin Nix, Rayleen Pearl, Sean Power, Jeff Dewine, James Deans, Dylan Avery, John Warner, Tim Clark, Maddie Moon, Jeff Miller, Robin Lee, Clifford M. Jomuad, Dan & Janet Truesdail, Barbara & Bobby Brown, Jim & Karen Gottlieb, Will Edwards, Barbara Tolbert, Charlotte James, Justin Mills, Maria Blow, Joan Seifried, Rahmeen Shary, Jason Nascimento, Mariposa Ice Cream & all the wonderful musicians who lent their talents to this cause.

All songs written by Jefferson Jay

Gift To Be Alive is dedicated Don Truesdail

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Jefferson Jay Band San Diego, California

Jefferson Jay believes in working to improve the world through art and love. His 5th CD "Gift To Be Alive" is available now. Jefferson does things his own way. His "24 Hours of Free Music" concerts and his Operation 365 video project - three videos and blog each day for a year! - are but two illustrations of this. ... more

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Track Name: Good Graces
Good Graces
Am C G Am

I can see all these smiling faces
And I believe in God’s good graces
And I can find in a moment in my mind
The peace divine that is with me all the time

Good Graces x4

And I had a dream that we all walked as one
To the moon and the stars and through the setting sun
In my mind all the time was the source of all this fun
I believe in this dream and that we will live as one

Good Graces x4
Track Name: Gift To Be Alive
Gift to be Alive (in 3)
G
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
C9
Swift will be the stride
Swift will be the stride
Swift will be the stride
Swift will be the stride
G
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive

D9 E9 C9
Now, we have the time of our lives
D9 E9 C9
Now, we’re still here in minds
D9 D9 E9 C9
Now, we’re collecting our tides, sides, rides
C9 C9/B C9/A
Now, it is the time of our lives

G
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
C9
Swift will be the stride
Swift will be the stride
Swift will be the stride
Swift will be the stride
G
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive

D9 E9 C9
Now, we have the time of our lives
D9 E9 C9
Now, we’re still here in minds
D9 D9 E9 C9
Now, we’re collecting our tides, sides, rides
C9 C9/B C9/A
Now, it is the time of our lives

G
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
C9
Swift will be the stride
Swift will be the stride
Swift will be the stride
Swift will be the stride
G
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
Gift to be Alive
Track Name: Believe It
Believe It
C
Believe it
C/B
I see it
C C/B
Everything it happens for a reason

C
Believe it
C/B
I see it
C C/B
Everything it happens for a reason

G G/F#
There comes a time
G G/F#
When the answers come together in your mind

C
Believe it
C/B
I see it
C C/B
Everything it happens for a reason

D D D D C
It’s all found life I know
C C C C G G/F#
But it’s my life to shine sign
G G/F#
You feel it when it happens in your mind

C
Believe it
C/B
I see it
C C/B
Everything it happens for a reason

C
Believe it
C/B
I see it
C C/B
Everything it happens for a reason

G G/F#
Love is the sky
G G/F#
We never get as daring or as high

C
Believe it
C/B
I see it
C C/B
Everything it happens for a reason

D D D D C
It’s all found life I know
C C C C G G/F#
But it’s my life to shine sign
G G/F#
Whatever you find clever in your mind

C
Believe it
C/B
I see it
C C/B
Now to fly to become and to be it

C
Believe it
C/B
Retrieve it
C C/B
It’s there for you, you merely have to seize it

G G/F#
Love’s gloves
G G/F#
You can wear ‘em and be daring with the doves.

C
Believe it
C/B
And be it
C C/B
Everything it happens for a reason

C
Believe it
C/B
I see it
C C/B
Everything it happens for a reason

C
Decree it
C/B
And be it
C C/B
Everything it happens for a reason

C
Believe it
C/B
And be it
C C/B
Everything it happens for a reason
Track Name: Strive and Thrive
Strive and Thrive (or Don’t and Die)
G Em

Bm Em

D

C Bm G Em

D
-
G Em

Bm Em

D

C Bm G Em

D

G Em Bm D
The truth will make you flourish
G Em Bm D
The truth will make things right
G Em Bm D
The truth brings us together
C D G Em
The power in the truth in us together is the hope we have for
C D G Em
The power in the truth in us together is the hope we have for
C D G Em
The power in the truth in us together is the hope we have for

C D G
Keeping us alive
C D G
Saving human life
C D G
Making humans high

C D G Em
Taking care to remember that the reason we’re all here’s
C D G Em C
To work together here to keep us all alive and thrive until the end of time
D G Em C
and thrive until the end of time and thrive until the end of time
D G
and thrive until the end of time

Redo Intro
G Em Bm D
We try to avoid disaster
G Em Bm D
Survival is on the line
G Em Bm D
Defining what we’re after
C D G Em
The power in the truth in us together is the hope we have for
C D G Em
The power in the truth in us together is the hope we have for
C D G Em
The power in the truth in us together is the hope we have for

C D G
Keeping us alive
C D G
Saving human life
C D G
Making humans high

C D G Em
Taking care to remember that the reason we’re all here’s
C D G Em C
To work together here to keep us all alive and thrive until the end of time
D G Em C
and thrive until the end of time and thrive until the end of time
D G
and thrive until the end of time
Track Name: Great Shine
Great Shine
Em G
When I try to rationalize
Am
Or reason why
D Em
The things that go astray
G Am
Go the way they climb and start to shine
D
The time has come to make great

G D
Times and reasons why
G D
Times and reasons why
G Am
We start a sane escape
G Am
Time’s a lot to take
G Am Em D
We’ve got to stay awake and make a great shine

Em G Am
When I live above the dream and start to scream
D Em
And see things unfolding in my dreams
G Am D
We share these memories, these breaths, we share atomic structures, sunlight is

G D
Shine and save today
G D
Shine and save this place
G Am
Shine and make today
G Am Em D
A safe tomorrow in a world you want to

G D
Shine and stay awake
G D
You make these moments that you store away
G Am
Time’s a lot to take

G Am Em
But when we take these steps we make a great,
D
We make a great shine

-SOLO-

G D
Shine and save today
G D
Shine and save this place
G Am
Shine and make today
G Am Em D
A safe tomorrow in a world you want to

G D
Shine and stay awake
G D
You make these moments that you store away
G Am
Time’s a lot to take

G Am Em
But when we take these steps we make a great,
D
We make a great shine

G
Shine
Track Name: Times Divine
Time’s Divine
D G A D
D G A D

D G A D
There are reasons why we do so many things
G A D
And I don’t care what harm my candor brings
D G A D
It’s time to give a ride to the fear in my soul
G A D
It’s time to finally take control
G A D
I’ve got the dice and I’m gonna roll
G A D
I’ve got the dice and I’m gonna roll

D G A D
I thought about moving to Los Angeles
G A D
I thought I’d take my guitar and I’d run
D G A D
I didn’t know if I had all it’d command for this
G A D
I wondered if it would be fun
G A D
For love and the setting sun
G A D
For love and the setting sun
G A Bm
For love and the setting sun
G A D
For love and the setting sun

SOLO –

D G A D
G A D
G A Bm
G A D D/C#

Bm G A
There are no accidents
Bm G A
We leave nothing behind
Bm G A
There’s no romance for this
Bm G A
One day we all are dyin’

G A D
So it’s now that the time’s divine
G A D
So it’s now that the time’s divine
G A Bm
So it’s now that the time’s divine
G A D
So it’s now that the time’s divine
G A D
Track Name: Finding Your Dreams
Finding Your Dreams (capo 2)
A E A
I fly like eagle pie
E A
On those mountains high
E E A A
above our minds

A E A
I sky with my hawk-like eyes
E A
As I improvise
E E A A
A way of life

A Bb/A E F
Finding my dreams
G
Not what it seems
C
When you’re relaxing
A Bb/A E F
Finding your dreams
G
Not what it seems
C C
Today

A E A
I run with a heart-stocked tongue
E A
As now I’ve begun
E E A A
To make my name

A E A
I ‘m here with my well-fed beard
E A
Sirens disappear
E E A A
I start today

A Bb/A E F
Finding my dreams
G
Not what it seems
C
It defies planning

A Bb/A E F
Finding your dreams
G
It’s in the seams
C
Of yesterday

C C/B

Am Am G G / C C C C
F F G G / C C C C
Am Am G G / C C C C
F F G G / C C C C

A Bb/A E F
Finding my dreams
G
Not what it seems
C
When you’re collapsing

A Bb/A E F
Finding your dreams
G
Not what it seems
C C
Today

A Bb/A E F
Finding my dreams
G
Not what it seems
C F
It defies everything that could ever seem sane

G
It’s in the seams
Am
Of yesterday

F
Finding your dreams

G
It is exactly
C C
What you say

F
Finding your dreams
G
It is exactly
C/G
What you say
Track Name: The New Dawn
The New Dawn
Bm7 E7 Am7 D7
I know how to move on
And get along and sing with my brothers

I know how to write songs
Share these skills and work well with others

I know that it won’t be long
‘Til we celebrate in the arms of each other

We finally exist where we’ve gone
Now we’ve got the chance to dance on our Mother Earth

Gm7
You can feel the funky rhythms
Come on let’s funk all night
You can feel these funky rhythms now
So come on let’s funk all night

D B7 G F#7
We’re taking our stride
Now it’s our time
It’s a gift to be alive
It’s our time, our time, our time, it’s yours and mine

F#m7 F#m7 D7 C#7
Truth’s what you find
When you’re inclined
To find the fate of things
And make it fine

E7 D#7 G7 F#7 C7 B7

Bm7 E7 Am7 D7
Been waiting for this all life long
This window we have to connect with each other

No one can tell me it’s wrong
To believe that we grow when we work close together

I know that it’s time we get strong
The strength that we have we enrich in each other

I’m looking at the new dawn
It awaits the awakening of sisters and brothers

Gm7
You can feel the changes coming
You can feel its changes time
I can feel this change is coming now
Come on let’s change this right

D B7 G F#7
We’re taking our stride
Now it’s our time
It’s a gift to be alive
It’s our time, our time, our time, it’s yours and mine

F#m7 F#m7 D7 C#7
Truth’s what you find
When you’re inclined
To find the fate of things
And make it fine

E7 D#7 G7 F#7 C7 B7
Track Name: Love of My Life
Love of My Life

A C
Hi Little Tiger
A C
You care to decipher
A C A
The game that we're going to play

A C
I crawl up beside her
A C
And there's a reminder
A C A
I don't know what I'm going to say

Em G
You so alluring
Em G
Our pathways maturing
Em G Em
Into one fat thick beam of light

A C
You slide into my heart
A C
I throw such a blind dart
A C A
What will the future incite?

B C
You don't know what you're going to feel

B A G
Let love reveal

Em G

Em G

Em G Em (12th fret harmonic)

A C
Get high Little Tiger
A C
It's there as a reminder
A C A
Of the way that our tendencies change

A C
As you wind into my heart
A C
I fight with the fine art
A C A
Of restraint versus wanting to say, I… I… I…

Em G
One eager traveler
Em G
And one lost hitchhiker
Em G Em
Cross paths in the thick of a life

A C
"Hey, where you heading"
A C
She said He relented
A C A
"With you for the rest of my life"

B C
But was telling her the truth right?

E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A G
Whether or not it feels right
E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A
I won't think twice
E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A G
That light is shining brightly
E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A
I’ll never fear light

D7 D#7

A C

A C

A C A

A C

A C

A C A

Em G

Em G

Em G Em

A C

A C

A C A

E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A G
Whether or not it feels right
E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A
I won't think twice
E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A G
That light is shining brightly
E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A
I’ll never fear light

D7 D#7

E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A G
Whether or not it feels right
E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A
I won't think twice
E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A G
That light is shining brightly
E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A
I’ll never fear light

E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A G
Whether or not it feels right
E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A
I won't think twice
E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A G
That light is shining brightly
E E D D B
You are the love of my life
G A B A
I’ll never fear light
E E D D
You are the love of my…
E E D D
You are the love of my…
E E D D E
You are the love of my life
Track Name: A Call To Action
A Call to Action
Bm A
Are you guys in a band?
Bm A
Not in a musical way
Bm A F#m E
More like a Band-Aid on the Earth today

Bm A
The homeless guy asked us
Bm A
He’d biked from somewhere in Virginia
Bm A
Over 3000 miles
F#m E
On Christmas Day delivered

G
Call the people
G A Bb
Make a stand
G
Our next move
G A Bb
Will soon be planned

G
We’ll rise together
G A Bb
Hands held high
G
Freedom People
G A Bb C
Touch the sky

Bm A
We come together like a band
Bm A
And sing our songs throughout the land
Bm A
We grow and reach for sun and sky
F#m E
We grow each day together high

Bm A
Every day our numbers grow
Bm A
We feel as others join our flow
Bm A
And when we reach the mass extreme
F#m E
The chance arrives; fulfill our dream

Bm A
We lift each other to the sky
Bm A
With open arms, we float up; fly
Bm A
We reach the light and merge as one
F#m E
Forever grace the heavens; sun

G
Call the papers
G A Bb
Flood the ‘net
G
The revolution’s
G A Bb
being set

G
We’ll rise together
G A Bb
Hands held high
G
Freedom People
G A Bb C
Touch the sky

F#m
The ocean reflects
B
The sky reflects
F#m
The ocean reflects
B
The sky reflects
F#m
The ocean reflects
B
The sky reflects
F#m
The ocean reflects
E
The sky reflects

F#m
The ocean reflects
B
The sky reflects
F#m
The ocean reflects
B
The sky reflects
F#m
The ocean reflects
B
The sky reflects
F#m
The ocean reflects
E
The sky reflects

Bm
The ocean reflects
A
The sky reflects
Bm
The ocean reflects
A
The sky reflects
Bm
The ocean reflects
A
The sky reflects
F#m
The ocean reflects
E
Track Name: Us Against the World
Us Against the World
Verse: C G Am
Chorus: F G C

So they built this place in 1909
All things considered now, it’s lookin’ pretty fine
Within every oyster, you’ll always find a pearl
But until you find it, it’s us against the world

So we’re sittin’ here in a room of old friends
And newer ones sure to meet again
For every special boy, there’s a very special girl
But until we make ‘em meet it’s just us against the world

Whoa, us, us against the world
Yes, it’s us, us against the world
We’re gonna give this tiny town a shiny pearl
But for now, it’s us, it’s us against the world

The chance is here, that we all clearly see
What happens here is up to you and me, and you and you and she
And if we raise it right, like our very own baby boy or girl, girl, girl
It won’t be us, us against the world

It’ll never be us, us against the world
It won’t need to be us, us against the world
Like our very own place that we share in this world
It’ll never be us, us against the world
Track Name: That Morning
That Morning
G Am D7 G
The sun rose in the morning and went down all day
G Am D7 G
The hurricane came without a warning and tore the town to waste
G Am D7 G
I can’t remember Christmas before 1984
G Am D7 G
And I feel like I am falling in love with a world without war

G Am D7 G
And I can keep on giving all my love away
G Am D7 G
Yes in hope of finding my heaven here someday
G Am D7 G
Now as I start believing the time is prime to shine
G Am D7 G
I am finally seeing all this love fall into line

G Am D7 G
It was that fateful morning, the morning when I cried
G Am D7 G
Yeah, it came without a warning, the day Don Truesdail died
Track Name: Making Time
Making Time
F
Love for the ones you love
F/G
Believing in who you believe
F/A
F/G
Grieve
F
Playing chess
F/G
Listening to music
F/A
As the snow sets in the sun
F/G
The open door enraptures
Drifting visits on the run

C Dm
Heavenly flows fountain bathing birthing waters run
Running water cuddling but her, death must be more fun
Running water, sprinting past, do you believe in God?
Tumbling water, bumbling clutter, dizzying collage

Repeat Verse 1

Fm7 (w/riff) 8x
I know I cannot escape my time
Therefore I know I need to make it mine

F
Love for the ones you love
F/G
Believing in who you believe
F/A
Oh - Believe
F/G
Believe!
F
Believe!