Joshua Jones

Joshua Jones

 Lee, New Hampshire, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

New Folk Singer/Songwriter

Biography

“If you want something done right, sometimes you just have to do it yourself.” He grew up listening to the big hair guitar gods and dreaming of power chords through a Marshall stack. But Joshua Jones’ real musical journey began after he’d tired of the mechanical, pre-fabricated songs he knew and played as part of the metal scene. One day a friend introduced him to Ani Difranco and it changed everything. His perception of himself and his music shifted and soon he stashed the electric and picked up an acoustic guitar. After seven years of trying to express himself and his experiences in various bands that never seemed to leave the garage behind, it was time for him to go out on his own and do it himself. And as naturally as taking a walk or breathing, he began writing songs that challenged the accepted songwriting ‘rules’ of verse, chorus, verse, bridge, chorus, and embraced wry characterizations and pinpoint descriptions of the people he knew, had met or wanted to meet someday.

In addition to his songwriting and performing skills, Joshua’s years of guitar instruction provides him with the knowledge and ability to do just about anything he wants with a guitar. He is determined to ascend to new levels of mesmerizing guitar work and marry it to the songwriting skills of his newly discovered favorite artists, Bruce Springsteen, Shawn Mullins, and David Wilcox. Although well established, hearing and studying these artists with an emphasis on the craft of songwriting combined with his background in metal produces a unique and exciting perspective within Joshua’s work.

Listening to his songs on his debut CD and in the flesh, the influence of the “rock ballad” of the early 90s is still evident in his music and lyrics, albeit in a fresh, unique, totally-Joshua way. “It’s hard to ignore where you came from and what started you on a journey in the first place”, he says. While he merges all of his diverse influences together in what has become a unique, inimitable style that not only provides plenty of artistry, passion, and craft, but also a lot of Joshua Jones’ style of breaking the rules.

Lyrics

All Along

Written By: Joshua Jones

All Along
Copyright 2000

Well it’s getting late
And it’s time for me to go
And I love the way
The moon brings out the detail in your eyes

It must be right
Cause I’ve waited so long to know
That the iris of your eyes
Won’t wake me from my dreams tonight.

Chorus:
So maybe I
Maybe I’m the one that crossed the line
Maybe I’m the ones that woke me from my dreams
Maybe I
Don’t know where I’m going
Maybe I
Knew it All Along

Through your window I see
Two bodies dancing in the night
And Elton John’s playing on the radio
Singing an all to familiar love song.

I see the flowers on your lawn
And I realize maybe it’s time for me put mine away
cause there’s nothing here save right now but,
What if I was to stay

Bridge:
You came in to my room last night
Stood there softly and looked me in the eye But I
I couldn’t tell you what I meant cause
It’s not right for grown men to cry

So I just stood there
Looked out into the rain
That poured out side my window so loud
I never heard you call my name

Well it’s getting late
And it’s time for me to go
And I love the way
The moon brings out the detail of the night

It must be wrong
Believe me cause I’d be the first to know
T hat the iris of your eyes
Still holds the meaning of my life.

San Francisco

Written By: Joshua Jones

San Francisco
Copyright 2000

She came in off the streets, soaking up from the rain
Casue a storm had just moved in from the coast
By the way she looks, tonight and the bartenders smile
I could tell that she'd been in this place a time or two before

Their conversation started in a how ya doin' fashion
She replied with I've seen better days
With a face that hides her lack of years
And her eyes that disguise the actions of her ways

I found an angel in a our of the way backroads bar
She looked like someone that I'd like to get to know
She looked like a story that just needed to be told.
A drink was all it took for her to tell me a story
Of how she been waling for many days
She's been to places that I have never even heard of
Though she dosn;t know where she going
She always know the way

Chorus:
And she said..

I, caught a high,
and rode it all the way to San Francisco
So I, figured I hold on to it for a while.
Found myself in a Tijuana sunrise
Till it lost me down that road about a mile.

And she said..

I, caught a high,
so I rode it all the way to San Francisco

Two hours and a pack of cigarettes later
She paused to breath as if to waist her time
She said hold on for a minute there young boy
Opened up her purse and pulled out a glass of her favorite wine
Between sips she tells me of a man
She married somewhere in the hills of South Dakota
Who said she was woman ehough to make him a man
She left him quickly you know
For the next train that was headed home for Boston
So she could sit down in this bar and start over again

(Chorus)

Big Cities Little Towns

Written By: Joshua Jones

We've driven these roads
To and from our homes
The same way we've done for years
Though the route stays the same
They've added on two more lanes
and you should see all our choices for gasoline

Chorus:
Big cities are coming in to take over our little towns.
They tear down the trees, to put the billboards all around.
They tell us that Walmart is gonna bring the prices down.
The big cities are coming in..

Old man Johnson's farm won't be around the corner from us for very long
I heard the money he made will keep his family fed well beyond his years.
So there's a subdivision coming it, and I can't say I blame him.
You gotta make something off your blood, your sweat, and your tears.

Chorus:
Big cities are coming in to take over our little towns
They're buying up the land, to put thier houses all around.
Mom and Pop have to work at the Walmart since thier stores closed down.
The big cities are coming in...

I've swam these lakes and pond for so long now.
Somedays it seemed the only place for a kid to get away.
Now there are so many boats, my canoe will not float,
and I'll never get the summer we were 17 back again.

Chorus:
The big cities are coming in to take over our little towns
They were saving us from ourselves when they tore our rope swing down
I'm never going to work at the Walmart, and I hope that it closes down.
The big cities are coming in.

Door Hinges and Bed Springs

Written By: Joshua Jones

I walk in
To that look upon your face, again.
I don't know if we're gonna fuck, or if we're gonna fight.
But we're gonna tear the roof off this place tonight

Chorus:
The door hinges bear the scars of all our fighting
The bed springs bear the weight of our making up
There comes a time to wonder if it's worth what we're denying
While where tangled up inside ourselves and what we've become

So I'm waiting...
Waiting on you to make your move.
Standing here stoic in the belief, there's absolutely nothing I could do.
You press me up again the wall, I feel the warmth of your breath upon my neck.
As we silently make our peace with God for what's about to happen next

Chorus:
The door hinges bear the scars of all our fighting
The bed spring bear the weight of our making up
There comes a time to wonder if it's worth what we're denying
While where tangled up inside ourselves and what we've become

Bridge:
So why..........................
Do we fight like this
So why.........................
Do we deny like this
So why..........................
Do we hurt each other like this
So why, do we chose
To love like this

Chorus:
The door hinges bear the scars of all our fighting
The bed spring bear the weight of our making up
There comes a time to wonder if it's worth what we're denying
While where tangled up inside ourselves and what we've become

Discography

The Reality of it All - 2000
Back Roads - 1998

Set List

90-120 Minutes of Origonal and Cover Material