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100 Stories Vol. 4

by Jason Paul Johnston

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High Noon 03:06
High Noon © 2006 Jason Paul Johnston How long – until this splinter of dawn Shines on - into the high noon of day Light a candle scare the night away A beam or two maybe just crack the shades... The sun to help the shadows fade A fire to keep some of the gloom at bay Chorus: How long – until this splinter of dawn Shines on - into the high noon of day When will – this stumble path be filled With full light – to leave a brighter way I've got a picture in my mind I wish it was of me just doing, fine Like a sunny field that I could paint But there’s no flowers, and it’s all in the shade Chorus
Give In To Summer © 2012 Jason Paul Johnston Give into summer when it arrives Don’t stay in the season of winter that dies Don’t look to fall or the change that it brings Live in this moment that blossoms from spring And when the sun shines, I’ll always be here by your side And when the moon is high, we’ll run and splash in every tide Until the road is gone, we’ll keep it loud and play it strong To every (happy) song, all summer long we’ll sing along Why think of tomorrow? Just stop worrying. Each day has enough trouble it brings. Just look at the flowers. And the birds of the air. They’re not concerned - he has taken good care. Oh…embrace the day Oh, let it take your cares away
Come Over 04:05
Come Over © 2006 Jason Paul Johnston I want to see your face - The soft light on your skin Through the window blind embrace - The lines are curving in But there’s more between - Than this darkness sheet It’s going to take a move - It’s going to take some need… So come over…. I spoke too soon, and didn’t say enough Used the wrong words, didn’t open up In fact I closed the door, I had flipped the lock I was waiting for the strength to line my voice up with my walk So come over….
Overdue Poem 03:16
Overdue Poem © 2003 Jason Paul Johnston It's been a while, I know I should have said all this before I've waited too long, to offer you this over-due poem I hope you will keep it, The ramblings of a love stuck little man Forget my forgetting, and please hold out your hand 'cause I had forgotten your beautiful face And left out the part you extended me grace But now, I'm here, to say... Chorus: That when I see your face – I can't believe I ever went away When I see your face – I don't know why I didn't stay When I see your face – I just start to pray I've written so much, but very little that pertained to you Stories of myself, I came up with it all, and some of it was true But I had forgotten your beautiful face And left out the part you extended me grace But now, I'm here to say... chorus Chorus In the morning I'll rise, in the evening I'll fall At your consistent hand and your exquisite power I will pick up my life, I will answer your call And step into the circle and give you my all.... Chorus
Last Time Again © 2005 Jason Paul Johnston Tell me straight – cause I need to know Why did you leave? Why did you have to go? Stop the lies – you’ve got to spill It all on the table or someone else will Chorus: Next time – you won’t get the chance I will leave you, as sure as you wear the pants Next time – don’t think that you’ll win Is that you at the door? Ok…I’ll let you in Just this once, but it’s the last time again I did it again, I let you in Was it the puppy dog eyes – or that stupid grin? Maybe you drugged me or hypnotized But I’m sure it’s the last time, I let you inside Chorus What’s that sound, how’d you get in? The deadbolt was on but here you sit I guess, I should take your key But that might just mean – that you’d really leave… Chorus Just this once, make it the last time again...
Blame Me 03:35
Blame Me © 2005 Jason Paul Johnston Nobody to blame but me - And I'll take it square on the chin If you will begin...to - Untangle this destiny It's all wrapped up in a ball - And I'm beginning to stall.... So close to the crest of the hill - My legs they are slipping My breath now is failing - So near to that downward tilt But my strength it has faltered - Instead of a slope there's a wall here... Chorus: Oh, Oh, Oh Where did you go? I thought you were my friend then you cut me short I I I can’t stand the thought – of losing it all, even something that’s not Or Or Or just stand in line, that in the end I find is just a big waste of time Oh Oh Oh I must believe, to see the forest sometimes I’ve got to stand in the tree Nobody to blame but me -I guess that's half of the problem Time to pick up a job them - So I'll have some company Even if they're just as steady - Misery's kind of friendly... Chorus Bridge Second by second the clock tock rings out loss, loss, loss, loss And I'm stuck here in the middle of it all… Of all that was, and is and what might never be Or what could be vacuity if it were left up to me It all was a passing dream Now I'm wide awake – and I'm ready to take A dose of reality I’ll look straight through the mirror As it starts to look clearer…
Stop You 03:46
Stop You © 2012 Jason Paul Johnston I can’t stop you… I can’t draw an end, it’s true… With all I do… It’s like it’s never through... And then there’s the pause Could I be the cause? Then shortly the sound Of you crashing down to the ground My mask is down... I’m done with acting the clown… Dressed up for the very last time... I’m through with my pitiful mime…
Red Rider 03:12
Red Rider © 2005 Jason Paul Johnston I've got an old red rider – and I know just where it's been It's been to the end of the Rio Grande – and the fields of Wisconsin It's a history map of trouble – see the bullets in the skin It's been left for dead twice counting – and it's half alive again Red rider Red he steps up in the thick of it, and stands off in the thin Got a mind that I can't realize – and leaves me wondering What the other folks are thinking – when they trade their old horse in I'd say it's just about the same – as turning in a friend Red rider ah – ah – ah – Red Rider Red saved by life a dozen times and never looked for thanks Never took more than was offered and never had too much to drank Always kept his mind on duty and in trouble did not shake At the ripping sound of outlaw guns he would trampled them like snakes Red Rider ah – ah – ah – Red Rider Someday soon the night will come when I lay old Red to rest When I've saddle up for one last time and brush his dusty chest I'll put an apple by his pale mouth but he will feed no more As he drifts off thinking fondly of the long days that we rode – red rider Red Rider
We Stare 05:01
We Stare © 2005 Jason Paul Johnston She stares into a cup - Of paper empty now I know just how she feels, But I'm not sure just how She stares into my eyes, The contact makes me see That I am someone nice, That I just might be real Pre-chorus: And though I can see out And stare up from the ground She reaches out her hand And in the touch I'm found Chorus: Every day I see her now - And I can't live without No I can't live without - Each day I see her now I stare into a wall - Of concrete looking off It's painted with some tears - It's peeling from my loss I close my eyes to stop - The emptiness I see But all I get is dark - And all I feel is steel And so many people hunger - It's so hard to feel So many people hunger - So hard to feed So many with without - But it's so hard to give what's real so many lights are blinding – so hard – to even – see....
Song of Saints and Sinners © 2006 Jason Paul Johnston (Amazing Grace lyrics - John Newton) I scar my knees again My neck is sorely bent Not from a pious posture It's how my mouth can vent Chorus: It's a song of saints and sinners Popes and convicts, pimps and priests Of the lowest form of winner Of the highest wretched beast Not far from my best sin It's crouching at the door It calls my name, knows my shoe size It’s got 20 new styles, it just picked up from the store Bridge: I'm falling now – and I can't flap my arms again I'll hit the ground – if you don't pull me back... Chorus (Amazing Grace - How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, but now am found Was blind but now I see)


This is the fourth installment of a ten volume work featuring Jason Paul Johnston’s songwriting. More of Jason and his music can be found at the following:


Thank You’s:

Big thanks to my wife Melissa, to whom I owe many overdue poems. Special thanks again to Ted Denies of the Netherlands for the cover photograph. And thank you to the folks at Rarebird Records and anyone who has given me a word of encouragement along the way. Thanks to God for the blessing of having the time, means and health to do this - life is a gift.

So often we musicians don’t give thanks to those who have inspired and influenced us. As I listened to the final mixes, I need to give thanks to the people who give these songs roots : Among them I must mention Wilco, the Eagles, U2, Radiohead, Gram Parsons, Mumford & Sons, the Avett Brothers, Tom Waits, Ennio Morricone and Mr. Johnny Cash.


released June 1, 2012

All Songs written and recorded by Jason Paul Johnston © 2012
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Release Date: June 1, 2012
Rarebird Records


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Jason Paul Johnston Lexington, Kentucky

Jason is the son of a preacher from the Great White North (Canada) and a music teacher from Tennessee, giving his muse northern and southern winds. Jason released his first album "Willows Motel" in 2009. It was an americana inspired album of eleven originals and one old gospel tune. Jason is now working on a series of follow-up albums: 100 Stories Volumes 1-10 ... more

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