Desmond Jones

by Desmond Jones

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kristinnvaughn I love the storytelling in "Gold 'Til the Grave" and "El Merchero". "I Recall" makes me think of playing DND on a snowy/rainy day in Michigan and it just feels like home. This whole album gets me. Favorite track: El Merchero.
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Desmond Jones is the self-titled debut studio album from Desmond Jones, a five-piece rock/funk/jazz fusion group from Grand Rapids, MI. This record features 8 unique original songs written by 4 different band members and spans across many genres and styles of music. NPR says it "showcases eclectic musical diversity". We hope you enjoy!

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released October 10, 2017

Isaac Berkowitz // Guitar, vocals, fart and percussion
John Nowak // Drums, percussion, and vocals
Chris Bota // Guitar and vocals
John Loria // Bass guitar and vocals
George Falk // Saxophone and vocals
Caleb Elzinga // Saxophone
Austin Hunt // Trumpet

Recorded by Kevin McKay, Inmuso Studios
Mixed by Alex Gauthier
Mastered by Glenn Brown
Photo by Nathan Purchase (Psychedelic Eyes Photography)

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Desmond Jones Grand Rapids, Michigan

John Nowak: Drums, Vocals
Isaac Berkowitz: Guitar, Vocals
Chris Bota: Guitar
John Loria: Bass
George Falk: Saxophone, Vocals

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Track Name: Gold 'Til the Grave
Now your lives I won’t save
I live for the gold ‘til the grave
And little as we are against the waves
I am still just a knave

Who won’t give up now
Not after years at the bow
But to have it all I must
Find a crew that I trust

Given the chance I’d choose it again
Anything less than my death is a sin
What kind of guy have I been?
What kind of guy have I been?

It’s all happened before
Once we’re far passed the shore
They’ll all rise against me
So I must set them free

They’ll all walk the plank
Like the others who sank
To the depths below
Where all traders go

Given the chance I’d choose it again
Anything less than my death is a sin
What kind of guy have I been?
What kind of guy have I been?

Is there some lesson I’ve learned
How on the seas I have turned
So rotten with greed
Now your words I won’t head

I don’t think I’ve gone mad
But all my rum has been had
So what’s a poor captain to do?
Get them before they get you

Given the chance I’d choose it again
Anything less than my death is a sin
What kind of guy have I been?
What kind of guy have I been?
Track Name: El Merchero
He had heard it all before
the excuses and the pleas
A last attempt and final words
to try and make some peace
But by now his heart was cold
and every bone was bad
This is what happens
when you mess around with

One bullet to the head
another for good measure
The body fell straight to the floor
and brought him twisted pleasure

A week went by and in the field
police had found the gun
His prints were on it they had him
suspect number one
But he was loco, bad, and rough
and he knew just what to do
He cut his fingertips right off
police would have no proof

One finger at a time
erasing any trail
Of the things that he had done
and that’s the tale of
One bullet to the head
another for good measure
The body fell straight to the floor
and brought him twisted pleasure

Everyone knew he had killed
that man some weeks ago
But no one dared stand witness
against El Merchero

One bullet to the head
another for good measure
The body fell straight to the floor
and brought him twisted pleasure
One finger at a time
erasing any trail
Of the things that he had done
and that’s the tale of

Whatchu gonna do, you got no proof
Whatchu gonna do you got no
Whatchu gonna do, you got no proof
Whatchu gonna do you got no...
Track Name: Good Song
Hello morning
Hello lake birds through
The window early on into
The day until I hear you say

This is a good song
This is a good song
Don’t you think this is a good song?
This is a good song
This is a good song, yeah
But this is a good song too

Hello sweetheart
Hello to your voice too
Over up inside and through my brain
Until I hear me say

This is a good song
This is a good song
Don’t you think this is a good song?
This is a good song
This is a good song, yeah
But this is a good song too

Hello evening
Hello thunder through
The window oh so late into the night
Until I hear you say

This is a good song
This is a good song
Don’t you think this is a good song?
This is a good song
This is a good song
Don’t you think this is a good song?
This is a good song
This is a good song
Don’t you think this is a good song?
This is a good song
This is a good song
Don’t you think this is a good song?
Track Name: I Recall
Seeing as though the ice has fallen, we journey on with surrounding gloom
The path freezes over as we continue our departure, and all we feel is impending doom

But as the snow turns into rain, I recall;
A place from whence I came
But as the snow turns into rain, I recall;
A place from whence I came

The path that led me to the left, at first seemed like a brutal test
But as my boundaries pushed further to the limit it created,
A ripple through my heart and chest

But as the snow turns into rain, I recall;
A place from whence I came
But as the snow turns into rain, I recall;
A place from whence I came

But as the snow turns into rain, I recall;
A place from whence I came
But as the snow turns into rain, I recall;
A place from whence I came
But as the snow turns into rain, I recall;
A place from whence I came
But as the snow turns into rain, I recall;
A place from whence I came
Track Name: So Fly
I'm so glad you gave me a try
My lady is lookin so fly
Come with me and we will try
To fly up way up high in the sky

Way up high
In the sky
So fly
In the sky

Let's keep all our shit on the ground
Just focus on that musical sound
Believe me when i say we are bound
Together and forever in the sky

Way up high
In the sky
So fly
In the sky

Let's bring what we learned back down
Fixin up the cracks in our town
By spreading what we got all around
And leading all our peeps to the sky

Way up high
In the sky
So fly
In the sky
Track Name: Ballad of Dante Felcher
In the spare room
Where we kept you
With the stuff
George left you
And the keeper
Of the freezer
Buried you much deeper
In the ground
You found the answer
To Grok now and after

I don’t want to stay outside
In ice I hide
And the saints came marching home
Through these tunnels I will roam
Not to reach this path unknown, ooh

To stay frozen for all time
On this quest that I must find
Escape the room of cans and trash
As they crash
on my task
I will pass through the cracks
Free at last

Now a giant I must face
And all his race
I was trying to escape
The giant with the cape and jeans
I was slipping through the seems, ooh

To stay frozen for all time
On this quest that I must find
Escape the room of cans and trash
As they crash
on my task
I will pass through the cracks
Free at last
Track Name: Get Along
Cats and dogs
They get along
Toads and frogs
They get along
Heat and meat
They get along
Shoes and feet
They get along

But
I don't get along with you
I don't get along with you
I don't get along with you
I don't get along with you

Arms and tubes
They get along
Chewy and Louie
They get along
Kevin and Malbecs
They get along
Butts and farts
They get along

But
I don't get along with you
I don't get along with you
I don't get along with you
I don't get along with you...
Track Name: Below the Wind
Below the wind, you feel the difference
when you're all the deflated and
when you're feelin' whole

The sun sets on a snowy field
looping like the frames in a reel
that just keep on
spinning around

Whether I get flat or stuck
I just got to take it day by day
I don't want to stay here
but i just can’t seem to float away
Falling faster towards the trees
Losing time and feeling free
parts of you will fade away
as you do your best to never stay

See the world from a string
above the standard as you’re
floating by so try to just keep
getting high

Find yourself in some strange land
flat on your back without a string to stand
And you can never
just blow away

Whether I get flat or stuck
I just have to take it day by day
I don't want to stay here
but i just can’t seem to float away
Falling faster towards the trees
Losing time and feeling free
parts of you will fade away
as you do your best to never stay

Hey Hey Hey
Don't let the wind take you away
Hey Hey Hey
Don't let the wind take you away
listen to me when I say
it can't decide for us
its not what controls us
may Opus please guide you this day

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