Lea Jones

Lea Jones

 Eugene, Oregon, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

I write some pretty good songs, sing like a bird, play a beautiful Taylor 810 & have been accused of being good on stage... I've been singing & playing guitar, writing, recording and performing since I was 17.

Biography

I've been performing for years and have earned recognition for songwriting, including making TOP 10 nationally in the NEW SONG Competition, have played (solo) at places like Bumbershoot, the Kennedy Center, the Eugene Celebration, Willamette Valley Folk Fest, Unity Churches of Austin, Chicago, Atlanta, and places like that. I've had a number of tracks played on the radio over the years and sold thousands of records... Love singing and playing for folks who know music!

Lyrics

If It Ain't About Love

Written By: Lea Jones

Night and day I chant and pray
My chakras are in awe
A poster child of new age style
I'm off to see the Dalai Lama
Face to face with his grace
Such a sight to see
Dreads in my eyes, my hemp tie dies
And my K-Das mp3s (but Dalai say)

Oh no Oh no
You're right back to square one
All the chanting & yearning & burning
you been doin'
Your ego has undone

'Cause if it ain't about love
My bedazzled friend
From the cycle you won't be free
And if it ain't about love
In the end, Jack,
It don't mean much to me

Qu'ell tres drag I grabbed my bag
And went tiltin' back toward the west
To see if I couldn't catch the eye
Of the heiress I loves best
I got waxed and tucked, got lipo-sucked
I got coiffed and manicured
Of her warm and soft embrace
I felt myself to be assured

But Paris she's like
Oh non Oh non!
Though you're looking fine
Your heart ain't true blue like your lenses
You'll be no man of mine!
And if it ain't about love
It's sheer vacuity
And if it ain't about love, Bubba
It don't mean much to me

Shot down once, shot down twice
I won't go 0 for 3
Cause now I spy this sorry guy
And he looks way worse off than me
This little bum out on the street
Sitting there with his trash
But he smiles and shakes his head
When he sees me reaching for my cash (and the little guy say)

Oh no Oh no
Don't you waste your time
Cause if it's redemption you're looking for, brother
It's gonna cost more than a dime

And if it ain't about love
My penurious friend
You're barking up the wrong tree
And if it ain't about love
My brother, it don't mean much to me

Buckaroo's Dilemma

Written By: Lea Jones

Now there’s a cat in the weeds beside the road
And whether he should stay or whether he should go
Is a choice only the cat can make

Everywhere you go it’s the same place
Everyone you see it’s the same face
That you been here before is a feeling you just can’t shake
Everything you read it’s the same page
Every wingnut it’s the same rage
Another day you wake up staring at your frosted flakes

Every new stage it’s the same play
Every sun rise it’s the same day
You give and give and give and she still won't take
And there’s a cat in the weeds beside the road
And whether he should stay or whether he should go
Is a choice only that cat can make

Every face you kiss it’s the same lip
Every leaky faucet it’s the same drip
A different day a strangely familiar ache
Every swing you take it’s the same chin
Every time you do it it’s the same sin
Rub your eyes see if you’re really awake

Every rush hour it’s the same jerk
Every new job it’s the same work
You can wait and wait and wait for your lucky break
And there’s a cat sittin’ twitchin’ beside the road
And whether he should hang or whether he should blow
Is a choice only that cat can make

Now there’s a cat in the weeds beside the road
And whether he should stay or whether he should go
Is a choice only the cat can make

(vamp out)
Every cool drink it's the same ice
Every crime scene it's the same vice
Every sundown it's the same night
Every mad dog it's the same bite
Every new breath it's the same air
Every new 'do it's the same hair
Every smooth talker it's the same lies
Every Double Whopper it's the same fries

We Can Do Better

Written By: Lea Jones

WE CAN DO BETTER

Cats and dogs got nothin' on us

The way we fight, man, the way we fuss

You say high I say low

You say stop I say no

We been walkin' on the dark side of the moon

But a change is due and it can't come too soon

I do believe (you and me together)

We can do better (a brand new day together)

Together we can do better

Shake off the fear, stand up to the night

Takes more courage to make peace than it does to fight

The big wheel turns, it's comin' around

We're gonna find our feet on common ground

Rise above the strife and stress

With compassion and tenderness

Drop the gloves walk into the light

Takes more strength to make love than it does to fight

I do believe

We can do better

We can do better

We been down so long it looks like up to me and if it's up to me

I'll rise up and say I still believe..

We can do better

(You and me together)

We can do better

(A brand new day together)

lyrics: Lea Jones

Discography

(my first two albums, remastered onto one kickass CD)
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LeaJones

(my first protest GWB CD)
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ssrs

(my second protest GWB CD)
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ssrs2

(my buddy, Marc's, Vietnam documentary soundtrack project)
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ssrs3

Set List

I'll do a lot of originals in festival or pub settings & might throw in Neil, Rodney Crowell, Los Lobos, The Stones, The Band, Jerry Jeff, Jerry, Greg Brown, Michelle Shocked, Merle Travis, or Zevon for fun. If I'm performing in a Unity or Unitarian scene, I sing my originals along with tunes by the likes of John McCutcheon & Bill Staines. Don't do "religious" music per se.. More like spiritual leanings....