The Days

by Zach Jones

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The Days is the fourth album from Zach Jones, an artist whose musical exploration knows no boundaries. Embracing a similar vintage production style as his previous album Things Were Better, The Days explores new musical territory while echoing the vibe and style of the 1960’s and 70’s pop music that Jones loves and continues to be inspired by. With thoughtful lyrics, simple melodies, and skilled musicianship, the ten songs on The Days traverse the musical landscapes of classical, rock, pop, and soul.

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released December 17, 2013

Musicians:
Zach Jones – Vocals/ Guitars/ Keyboards/ Bass
Chris Sweet – Drums
Kate Beever – Percussion/ Vibes

Strings:
Lauren Hastings Genova- Violins
Emily Dix Thomas- Cellos

Horns:
Matt Lagarde- Trumpet/ Piccolo Trumpet/ Flugelhorn
Matt Day- Trumpet
Lucas Desmond- Alto Sax
Tyler Card- Tenor Sax
Ben Appel-Bari Sax
Jamie Colpoys - Trombone

Vocalists:
Jocelyn Emery Miller
Sara Hallie Richardson
Katherine Albee
Chuck Gagne

Credits:
All songs written and arranged by Zach Jones; contains elements of Days of Wine and Roses, written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, and Days, written by Ray Davies
Produced by Zach Jones & Jon Nolan with additional production by Steve Drown
Recorded by Jon Nolan, Zach Jones, and Steve Drown at Milltown Recording, Newmarket, NH, The Studio, Portland, ME, and various random locations.
Mixed by Jon Nolan and Steve Drown
Mastered by Steve Drown at The Studio in Portland, ME
Photos by Jake Austin (jakeaustinphoto.com)
Art and Layout by Kelsey Munroe (scowldesign.com)

Thank You:
Friends, family, fans, fellow musicians, colleagues, and co-workers, in the words of Daryl Hall & John Oates “You make my dreams come true!” Thank you for believing in me and allowing me to continue to make music. I love you all.


Special thanks to:
Mom, Dad, Josh, Kate, Chris, Spencer Albee, Andrew Hodgkins, Patrick Hodgkins, Michael Hersey, Michelle Bathurst, John and Lauren Gates, Gretchen Drown, Jill Hill and family, Greg Martens, John Macey, Roger Upham, Thomas Hatem, Rachel Jones Buckdancer’s Choice Music Company, and the Old York Historical Society

Note: The Days, is an album designed to be enjoyed as a singular piece of work. The sequence, segues, and transitions have all been carefully constructed to bring a unique listening experience and provide maximum enjoyment for the listener. When played from beginning to end, there is a narrative that flows through this album. In my head, it plays like a movie. I hope it will provide personal mind-movies for all of you and bring just a little bit more happiness into the world.

The Days has been broken into two sides, A and B, for those who choose to listen to the album as it is intended. However, I understand that we are living in a singles era. With attention spans shorter than ever and the world’s entire musical catalogue available at our fingertips, some people may prefer to hear just one or two songs in the manner of their own choosing. In fact, there are many people who say “the album” is dead. I refuse to believe this, but just the same, the songs contained within The Days have also been made available for consumption in a stand-alone fashion.

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With an encyclopedic knowledge of yesterday’s music and an awareness and appreciation for today’s, Jones combines the raw energy and style of the 1960’s British pop explosion, with the soulful expression of the R&B that poured from Motown & Stax. While paying tribute to the music he loves, yet expanding beyond tradition, Jones has created a fresh musical melting pot of modern rock, pop, and soul. ... more

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Track Name: That Time Again
Have a little faith
Here, have a little more
There’s a smile on her face
Seems like we’ve both been here before

And I don’t know what to do
I can’t leave it all to you

And now it’s that time again
Now it’s that time again

Time to turn around
Time to leave this town
Go back underground
And contemplate all that I’ve found

I didn’t mean to say goodbye
And I hope that you won’t cry

‘cause now it’s that time again
Now it’s that time again

Time to turn around
Go back underground

And I don’t know what to do
I can’t leave it all to you

And now it’s that time again
Now it’s that time again
Track Name: Not Meant To Be
She looked in my eyes
Saw right thru my disguise
She knew I could be with her happily
But something unsaid went through both of our heads
And now we both know this is not meant to be

She took a deep breath and sighed
I fixed my collar and tie
The timing’s just not right

She said that someday
She’d like to move away
Where she can’t say, no not definitely
And so I’ll convey that I know I can’t stay
And now we both know this is not meant to be
Now we both know this is not meant to be

We speak no words, but still I hear her out
The cards won’t fall for her and me
I tell her don’t be afraid to let him take you out
I won’t take it so badly

It’s time that I go
Hate to leave her alone
I hope she is happy with him over me
It may sound cliché, but there might come a day
For now we both know this is not meant to be
Now we both know this is not meant to be
Track Name: Undertow
Tears like rain fall from our eyes
A fine campaign of long goodbyes
Just one kiss before I go
Once we part I’ll miss you so

At times it may seem strange
But don’t be afraid of change

Each new moment will come and go
Music playing in stereo
Don’t get caught in the undertow and wash away
As long as you know that

I’ll still be with you when I’m gone
And every time you hear this song
A sweet and simple melody
Please remember to think about me

At times you might feel lost
There were lines that we both crossed

But each new moment will come and go
Music playing in stereo
Don’t get caught in the undertow and wash away
Just remember to say

All the things we meant to say
And should have spoken before today
Words of sorrow, words of joy
Each new feeling we might employ

Don’t think this is the end
I will always be your friend

But each new moment will come and go
Music playing in stereo
Don’t get caught in the undertow and wash away
Please don’t wash away
Track Name: Why Pretend
It's just not the same without your love
So what in the hell were you thinking of
You said I was wrong, that this wasn't my song
I was heads and you were tails
Flip the coin, but heads always prevails

So I can try to see both sides, but why should we pretend
I just wanna move on, go back to calling you my friend
After all the things that we have done and everywhere we've been
I can try to see both sides, but why should we pretend

Now it's written in black and white
A steadily worsening plight
You said it was me, but how can this be
I was in and you were out
Miles beyond any doubt

So I can try to see both sides, but why should we pretend
I just wanna move on, go back to calling you my friend
After all the things that we have done and everywhere we've been
I can try to see both sides, but why should we pretend

Whatever happened to responsibility
How did all the blame fall on me
And what about you, I thought that we had both out grew
This susceptibility

So I can try to see both sides, but why should we pretend
I just wanna move on, go back to calling you my friend
After all the things that we have done and everywhere we've been
I can try to see both sides, but why should we pretend

After all the things that we have done and everywhere we've been
I can try to see both sides, but why should we pretend
Track Name: Time For A Change
All this seems a little strange
But maybe I’m insane
There’s not much here for me to lose
But so much I could gain

And I think it’s time for a change
Yeah, I think it’s time for a change

I’ve been running circles
Now it’s time that I move straight ahead
Doesn’t always work I know
But I’ll have to sleep when I’m dead

And I think it’s time for a change
Yeah, I think it’s time for a change

For better or for worse
I know I’ve got my faults
Can’t keep doing the same old thing
And expecting new results

No, I think it’s time for a change
Yeah, I think it’s time for a change

I’ve stood in one place so long
Guess it’s time I get moving on
I keep writing the same old song
With the same old chords and rhymes

Now I think it’s time for a change
Yeah, I think it’s time for a change
Track Name: Go It Alone
She just got home the lights are dim
She’ll pour herself a drink
Take a sip, begin to think

She sits alone with thoughts of him
They had tried his way
But now she’ll need to call and say

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Where would I be without you
Out in the rain and drenched to the bone
It’s not that I’m starting to doubt you
But maybe it’s time that I go it alone

Silence breaks, the telephone rings
Lifts the receiver to his ear
What he’ll hear confirms his fear

She wants to try some other things
He’ll beg and plead for her to stay
But it’s too late, all that she’ll say is

Chorus

Less is more, ‘less more is less
It’s such a bore when you refuse to give your best
Take all you want, but not from me
I hope you’ll realize I’m not your enemy
And I can see

I know where I’d be without you
Out in the rain and drenched to the bone
It’s not that I’ve started to doubt you
But maybe it’s time that I go it alone
Track Name: Call This Place Home
Somewhere in the back of my memory
Covered in dust on a shelf
A place that I’ve been
Now I’m back here again
This time I’ve come by myself

Chorus
And I think I wanna call
I wanna call
I’m gonna call
This place my home

Yeah, I think I wanna call
I wanna call
I’m gonna call
This place my home

The years live and die, they are casualties
Victims of the time that’s gone by
But seedlings in spring
Grow into beautiful things
And now is the moment I’m in

Chorus

Just thought I’d call and see
Just when you might be free
I know we can find it
Will be so good to see you again
But if it don’t work out
Then I don’t have a doubt
I’ll see you the next time
Til then I’ll be fine on my own

Chorus
Track Name: Feeding Fuel Into The Fire
Raggedly
on display in the gallery
Now is not the time to fall
Just keep on standing tall
It’s a tried and true affair

Far away
Temporarily on display
Animal caged at the zoo
Attempting to break through
But caught in the cross hairs

Chorus
Now is not the time
Feeding fuel into the fire
Just standing in line
Singing to the choir
Ah Ah Ah

Memory
Can manifest what you want to see
Soon reality sets in
You’re back in your own skin
And up against the wall

Don’t hide away
It’s nothing but hearsay
Walls will crumble down
And falling to the ground
Don’t always feel so small

Chorus
Track Name: Carry
Chorus:
Carry, oh won’t you carry
I can’t shake this weight off of me
I’ve dug in deep now and I feel buried
Won’t you take this weight off of me

Felt so young and alive
I was just twenty five
My path was laid out in front of me
But every time it’s the same
First the thunder then rain
Set afloat, all alone, lost out at sea

Chorus

Seems like so long ago
But then what do I really know?
If I opened my eyes then I’d see
All the things that I fear
Have become perfectly clear
And tomorrow’s as bright, bright as can be

Chorus

Along this road that we’re on
Things will pass, then they’re gone
But there’s still so much more out there to see
Though things are weighing me down
I am glad that I found
Someone like you who can take this weight off of me

Chorus