Great Story

by Jefferson Jay

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Great Story is Jefferson Jay's first release. It features an eclectic blend of songs with terrific musicianship. Jay aimed to offer everything including the kitchen sink on this record, so dig in and an enjoy a whole heaping load of musical adventure for your brain.

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released March 14, 2004

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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: Great Story
I’m gonna tell you a great story
Of where I want to get back
I’m gonna tell you a great story
Believe it’s gone, then you’re the attack

The children they were all running
For what they once perceived as the door
They saw a sign; it was coming
Then they decided to stay through the war

I want to live without you
I want to go alone
I want to hear about you
I want to lose control

One dark day, there was killing
Then in time, there were many more.
At the start it was thrilling
But soon they thought “what’s this killing for?”

I like to go walking with Jah by my side
And when I go walking on you I do rely
With Jah, my love resides

Now where the words are
Where I want to be clear
Now where the words are
I feel you in my ear

I’m singing Namaste now

It’s time I get the groove on
I put the move on, I get high.
It’s now that I remember it is December in my mind
I’m singing Namaste now
Now now

There was that sign from the prophet
Though few were left, the few they were fine
Living on love, they cared for each other
But occasionally they wondered why it took so much time

I want to live without you
I want to go alone
I want to hear about you
I want to lose control
Track Name: Running Out of Time
I was swimming down the barrel of a fish, of a throat, of a circus, of a highway.
I was searching through the stream, for some dinner, for a lady, for a respite, for a way to get to you.
You were flailing, you were dangling, you were waiting, you were hanging, and then I came.
Now we’re walking and we’re running and we’re singing and we’re sunning, all in the name of some forgotten blame.

Doesn’t matter if it’s your fault, doesn’t matter if it’s mine.
All that really matters is we’re running out of time.

I was flying out the window from the fire and the walls came down on me and I was far away.
I was fleeing from desire and the passion and the hire til I was cornered and the fucker captured me.
I was in interrogation, in the fortress, in the station, and the pigs were asking why.
No I didn’t have an answer cause they didn’t have a question, so I had no choice but to lie.

Doesn’t matter if it’s your fault, doesn’t matter if it’s mine.
All that really matters is we’re running out of time.

And the sun and the trees and stars and the seas, came all at once to grab me
Yeah, the sun and the trees and moon and the weeds, said it would be all right.
So I unleashed my love, took it out and I sprayed it, all over the station. Oh Yeah.
Yeah I unleashed my love, and I brandished it all around.
So they couldn’t take my love, No they couldn’t take my love and I watched them expire one by one by one.
And I sat with my people in my heavenly steeple under my lover, our God-given sun,
The light that shines for everyone,

Doesn’t matter if it’s your fault, doesn’t matter if it’s mine.
All that really matters is we’re running out of time.
Doesn’t matter if it’s your fault, doesn’t matter if it’s mine.
All that really matters is we’re running out of time.
Track Name: Dragonbreath
What do you have to say?
The thoughts that get you through your day
Distracting games you play
In silence, go away

The words we need from you
The realest work you do
The need for love is true
What will you have done when it’s through

I need you near me
Take a couple days
I need you near me
Take the time you need to breathe

Responsibility
is more than owning a sport utility
You try to feed your needs
With plastic tans and DVDs

You only get one life
It’s up to you to do what’s right
Is money everything,
or simply paper green?

I need you near me
Take a couple days
I need you near me
Take the time you need to breathe

27,000 people die of starvation each day
You’re only fooling yourself if you think you don’t have a say
Your world is yours
Don’t give your turn away
Heroes, you are a part of history
As much as you’ll let yourself be
And your world needs you desperately
To say what you believe
And I believe that we are all one

You only get one life
It’s up to you to do what’s right
Your world, it’s you, it needs
So like a dragon, BREATHE.
Track Name: Molasses Man
Standing in the Band
With the Rhythm in his hand
As if all these things we’re planned
Molasses Man

Dripping ‘round the town
Always slowly flowing down
He wears the crown
Molasses Mown

Bleeding sap, the oak tree’s creed
Going nowhere though he’s freed.
Isn’t progress slow indeed
As follows, lead

Catch me while you can
While I’m still nursing nature’s plan
Cause once I’m gone I hit the fan
Molasses man

Off to brighter bolder lands
Arriving higher than I can
Writing future with my hand
Molasses man

To ride a cycle, something more
Strolling closer toward the door
What is all this business for,
Spilled on the floor?

Thick and oozing something tan
Sits and watches falling sand
I am Molasses Man
I am Molasses Man
I am Molasses Man
Track Name: Rex the Tune
Time to take me to the river
Time to take me far away
Away from all the archers and their quivers
The angry mobs who came to share their fates

Time to take me to the mountains
The answer’s there and it’s not far away
The silence as I climb through every corner
The arrows’ ashes slowly drift away

And I’m gonna get my start
I’ll get my motor running
High is fine
But in a way I know I must escape
Sit right back down
And find your faith in nature
The only truth there is
Is one you must embrace

Time to lead me to the ocean
I’ll watch the sun set down beneath the orange waves
Time to sit me by the fire
And let the flames eclipse my guilt parade

I can feel it pumping
That’s my motor moving
High is fine
But all the way I know I must obey
Sunshine, My mind
Is like a rolling boulder
The only truth there is
Is one you must embrace.

Time to lead me to the heavens
I’ve put it out there now I’m coming home
Time to rest and be with God now,
Why nature has been throwing you the throne
Track Name: BRAINjam
The place I'll now attempt explain
Above its shouldered in my brain
The soldiers search and hope to find
The hidden secrets of the mind
Den of thought and conversation
Serpents winding integration
Tossed about the stormy sea
Unreeling as it goes
Flying rapid walled in streets
with cheetah drumming slower beats
A lion braves the darkest duty
Protecting unborn hidden beauty
Secrets march a different path
a deeper drum
a darker wrath

Instantly to Eighteen years
The dungeon dogs avoid their fears
The strong survival genius said
Bad thoughts won't thrive
If they're not bred
To kill the parents of the breed
Attack the dogs and strip their needs
Inspired planet outer worlds
The fuel is flowing, boys and girls
The things I see are getting hazy
Kill me if I'm going crazy
Death and evil stalking trees
I'll have to learn to live with these
My terror builds
My senses heightened
A light that breathes is getting whitened
Looking forward
Seeing back
NO EYES
familiar'ty
The future leads through every day
Not knowing what she sees

The musty scent of gloom invades
this moist and thickening lair
Cloudening the corridors
A film of graying hair
Creeping sleeping truth is near
with green and growing ivy
Dripping sweat the end is here
But in and out we're sliding
pressure building
colors crawling
walls a shaking
pieces falling
words unfolding
World exploding sense
that something's changing
The galaxies forever glare
Now stars are rearranging

Similarities unseen begin
The Darklands and the home
The parallels to wizardry
the climbing of the gnome
Concepts which breathe through all create
Surprisingly they stem
The artifacts to excavate
Behind you; let me in
Fossils displayed stoically
Omniscience in museum
"Survival strong", the tortoise claimed
while crawling toward salvation
The question inner sanctum
what you see and what you feel
Now realign with spacious time
EVERYTHING REAL IS REAL

Strength is not an inbred trait
Maintaining lets you live
Momentum travels piece of mind
To have and then to give
Inner truth refortifies
True strength ignores the patients size
Within the sun, the dreams unweave
to free the threads that let us breathe
The quilts that cloak our fragile minds
are made with string that we supply
Collecting fabric clings the way
The clothing's twine will separate
The effort stretches out her string
to pull out new forgotten things
The work takes time but you will find
the wardrobe of survival

One and one together two but separate not the same
To know each individually to know yourself by name
Mysteries that closet lurk the scary skeleton
They're all in you, you know them so
Unfold and walk within
Until you know the other self
The screaming babies off the shelf
No one can feel your entity
They'll never listen, hear, or see
Heal the wounds and heal them fast
Then tell the world to kiss my …

The company we take is one
The person there for all our fun
And sorrow, pain, and torture too
The closeness that you know is true
The only one who never leaves
Is one in whom you must believe
Believing but you must know first
by praying to the mental church
Courage all you need to try
You'll like it 'cause the pain's a high
When mind expands you'll feel as such
The knowledge blossoming the trust
The wounds you heal will hurt you too
But you'll feel better when its through
and knowing then the extra twines
will all of a sudden realign
and seeing self a different way
the babies sleeping quietly
The skeleton of stronger bones
Precious moments spent alone
The lions help; the cheetah sings
But you're the one who sprouts the wings
And floating up amongst the clouds
The world is different looking down
But now you see a prettier place
By staring in its distant face
You'll see her as you're only friend
and then you'll know you've reached
THE END
Track Name: Love Won't Hold Back
So I’m writing in the book that bares your name
As I’m slowly taking steps to bare my soul
I only dare reflect it’s not a game
But I can’t hold back what I cannot control
And I’m always tempted to make this a task
But a privilege this is this so I know
And for some reason I guess I’m scared to say
But it’s so clear I won’t hold back at all

Love won’t hold back
Love bares your name
We don’t wear clothes
And in a way we’re in this world alone

And as I write these words I can’t let it go
But I know this is the only place we’re going
For a long long time we will not be alone
And I want to let you know that I’m in love
Seriously I never did decide
It’s true there are some things that you just know
And I know I’ll never have to say goodbye
As I look you in the eyes and watch you glow

Love won’t hold back
Love bares your name
We don’t wear clothes
And in a way we’re in this world alone

And I feel the need to write another verse
Cause I haven’t said enough and never will
And I’d like to show you everything I have
But for now I’ll come to you and be still
Track Name: Shhhh...
I know I like to ride my bike right in to the bushes
I know I need and I know what I've seen and that's all right with me
The places and times and all these things in my mind and I'm aware that I'll feel just fine
I know I like to ride my bike right in to the bushes

Shhhh… It’s OK
Track Name: Simple Song
The cloud I make and hide away in
A place to avoid wondering what goes on
There’s no limit to your creation nation
We are really strong.

Do you sense the freedom?
Can you feel it in your grasp?
A moment later, it’s gone away
But you can’t tell it’s past

I try to let the sunshine lift me
And avoid mindlessly watching my TV
Any moment of my mind’s worth than motherfuckers
Trying to milk my money.

Do you sense the freedom?
Can you feel it in your grasp?
A moment later, it’s gone away
But you can’t tell it’s past

It’s time to write a simple song
And I wish you all would come along
To the land where nothing else is showing
And you know that you belong.

At the top of the Grand Canyon
God and nature’s love brings blatant harmony
If you let the lotion soothe you, you’ll quickly find
You can do anything.

It’s time to write a simple song
And I wish you all would come along
To the land where nothing else is showing
And you know that you belong.
Track Name: Wooden Boats
I was ridin’ on the water.
I was rollin’ through the waves.
I was hanging from the rope you brought her
And I have stayed the same for 18 days.

And the wooden boats
Rock much righter,
But we are in a plastic age.
And the wooden boats rock tighter,
We swiftly choke as we turn the page.

I was livin in the shadows
Of my cozy lonely wooden cage.
And I wish the rest of you would come inside her.
And there’s plenty different ways of getting paid.

And the wooden boats
Rock much righter,
But we are in a plastic age.
And the wooden boats rock tighter,
We swiftly choke as we turn the page.

But who can sail The Lion
As she’s of another age?
I pine for her survival.
It’s plastic boats with whom the waves parade.

How could we have forgotten?
Gotten so so far away
From a way for us to trumpet
Trumpet what we know we need to say

All this plastic stuff must go away.
Love is the only way.
Your love is the only way.
Give love and the rest you will obey.
Track Name: Love Song 64
We’ll bail in after
We’ve lost control
The stakes are saying
It’s all your roll
You take it with you
For all your days
I was there in from of you
In many ways

We’ll jump in after
Fifteen years
The cliffs we fall off
So many fears

Baby, I was born to love you
Born to love you all darn day
Baby, I was born to love you
Not to watch you slip away
I’ve been charging
Charging baby for the goal
I’ve been guarding
Baby, I’ve been on patrol
I’ve been claiming
That this is ours to give away
I’ve been waning
Hell, each and every day

We’ll jump in after
Fifteen years
The cliffs we fall off
So many fears

I love you I love you
I love you, love you baby
I love you I love you
Every single day
I love you I love you
I love you, love you baby
I love you I love you
Every word you say

I love you