Best of jps* (2005)

This is a collection of what I thought were my best tracks at that time.  You can find these songs on four different albums: Second Base, Afflatus Animus, The Winter Project, and Celerity of the Sun (which would release the next year).

1. Remembering a Little Dream
Music by John Paul Sharp

2. Trying to Fall Asleep
Music by John Paul Sharp
Vocals by John Paul Sharp, Paul Michael Escalante, and Jeffrey Alan Bennett

3. Ramshackle
Music by John Paul Sharp

4. Bird’s Eye View of the City
Music by John Paul Sharp

5. Balm in Gilead
Traditional Gospel Song
Arrangement and Vocals by John Paul Sharp

There is a Balm in Gilead To make the wounded whole
There is a Balm in Gilead To heal the sin-sick soul.

If you can pray like Peter If you can preach like Paul
Go home and tell your loved ones He died to save us all

6. Snowed In
Music by Paul Escalante
Vocals by John Paul Sharp

7. Mercurial Delight
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp
Spoken Word performed by LeighAnn Gould

Frightened, Angry, Happy, Sad – One to Next in Nothing Flat – Mercurial Delight!

8. Legend
Music by John Paul Sharp

9. Intuition
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

did you ever think that you could change? rearrange your life?
I bet tomorrow’d come and you’d think twice: wasn’t yesterday so nice?
think about it, baby, you’ve got time but don’t forget the face that we die

I had a dream of you and me we were walking in Kansas
we were making our plans the best we could
and I was in love, I was in love, I was in love with you.

I never thought of you and me, I was dreaming of places I was hoping to go before I die
now why would I lie to you? why would I lie? I was hoping you’d come I was hoping you’d come
I was hoping you’d come I was hoping you’d come I was hoping you would –

lemme get my notebook, lemme get my, lemme get my
lemme get my notebook, lemme get my, lemme get my

I had a dream we were walking in Kansas
we were making our plans the best we could
I was so in love with you …

I never thought of you and me I was dreaming of places ,I was hoping to go before I die.

10. The Curvy Crossroads
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

driving all night to find just a little more peace of mind
I was driving all night to find just a little more peace of mind
did you notice that turn in the road? do you see how it turns just so, taking off again?
well I thought I’d make it right at 24, ’cause I died, yes I died at 23
black and blue at 22, so much fun at 21, Jesus Christ – where to now?
now that life has slowed it down?

well, I’d just like to say that I’m glad I’m drivin’, glad to be okay.
I want you to know that I wouldn’t have it any other way
and I’d like you to sing with me – GO!

(vocalizations)

I woke up this morning to a heavy phone call from someone who had said
they knew my friend who died long ago he died long ago (until today) long ago
don’t let it haunt you, forget the past, don’t let it harm you, embrace the changes

(I was driving all night just to find a little more peace of mind)

11. Dance of the Earth
Music by The Wimshurst’s Machine
Vocals and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

where the earth meets the sky, in about a thousand years from now, will we be asking ourselves:
“where did our Mother go?” oh, no – no, no, no – no, no, na-no,
for She will be grieving for Her children who have somehow gone beyond Her control.

in about a thousand years from now will we be asking ourselves: “where did our Mother go?”
oh, no – no, no, no – no, no, na-no

12. Dear God
Music by John Paul Sharp

13. Fishing for Compliments
Music by John Paul Sharp

14. Perhaps Just Maybe
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

when it feels so cold, I can make you warm, I could make it go away, perhaps just maybe today
if you love me so, would you then forgive me for the things I never meant to say?
perhaps just maybe today?

army dreamers never really last, army dreamers never really last, they always die so fast
they always die so fast, I’m one of them, I’m one of them!

when it feels so cold, I can make you warm, I could make it go away, perhaps just maybe today
if you love me so, would you then forgive me for the things I never meant to say?
perhaps just maybe today?

15. Oatmeal Creme Pies
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

oatmeal creme pies, makes me wanna’ sit around and try to eat them all day on the couch.
oatmeal creme pies, you know I’m just waitin’ for that creamy surprise, deep into the center.
oatmeal creme pies, you know I’m sittin’ pretty with my baby tonight, i’m gonna’ getcha’ then i’ll eatcha’
oatmeal creme pies, baby you have given me the time of my life, you a sweet-ass honey, baby.
(so sweet to me)
Let’s Jam!

16. Invitation to a Pussy Party
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

it’s a pussy party and ev’rybody’s invited! I want you to see my pussies!
they are going to live in 200 sq. ft. for the rest of their lives but that’s okay –
they don’t know no better, anyway
they are lucky to eat, my friends
these cats is lucky that they ain’t out on the streets, okay?
they are lucky that I decided to pick up a couple of cats.
they are so, so lucky, they are so, so happy-go-lucky that

I decided to pick up all the poop out of their litter box
you have to do it ev’ry day, or your house is gonna’ stink
runnin’ all over my face at night –
you know that makes me scared!
makes me wonder why I decided to pick up a couple of cats.
but then I remember it was I who wanted to have a family
and I want you to help me welcome them to their new home, my friends,
pussy party and ev’rybody’s invited!

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