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Emerald City Review from Maverick Magazine by Alan Cackett

...Captivating... superbly written songs.

EMERALD CITY is an acoustic-based album by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ted Murray Jones. The title is not connected to the Wizard of Oz, but reflects that this time he has brought a Celtic feel to his music, both lyrically and in the musical arrangements that utilise, penny whistle, fiddles, accordion, mandolin and various acoustic guitars. The whole album has a captivating, almost haunting vibe running through it that enhances the superbly written songs. “Come To America” reminds me a little of Neil Diamond’s BEAUTIFUL NOISE album, though this song is more gently inviting, “Jerusalem Light” has an hypnotic quality that pulls you in, whilst “Roman Guard” hones in on reincarnation of a Roman centurion during the time of Christ. A beautiful and lyrically refreshing album. Featured on Maverick Magazine's website.

 

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Nell Fuqua

Ted does not shrink from the prospect of baring his soul through intimate verse and soul-touching tunes.

Emerald City, the newest acoustic release by Ted Murray Jones (aka Raggedy Man), is a dramatic and delightful departure from his previous albums. Performed at a much slower pace, this album brims with atmospheric supporting vocals and off-the-beaten-path instruments that include penny whistles, accordion, and snare drum. We are treated to performances by some of the best session players Nashville has to offer, and the result is something to savor. The title does not refer to the Emerald City of Oz, but to a songwriter's new found romance with Celtic music. I felt at times as if I were observing a world gone by, a simpler time when rosy-cheeked children skipped laughing down cobblestone streets and farmers paused in their fields to appreciate the land and the bounty it would provide. It has been said that the way to write powerfully is to "open a vein and let it bleed." To his credit, Ted does not shrink from the prospect of baring his soul through intimate verse and soul-touching tunes... and the listener is the beneficiary of this gift. This is music that opens the heart and is a balm to the spirit.

Roman Guard, the first cut, was inspired by a man who was convinced that he is the reincarnation of a Roman centurion during the time of Christ. When he says, "Time to lay down this sword," the ghostlike narrator seems to speak for all soldiers throughout history.

That's the World is a window to a simpler time, almost reverent in its tone. Nostalgic yet optimistic that we can live this way again... it sketches a roadmap to happiness and suggests that we accept the ups and downs, that we "hear the heaven's falling rain that keeps the mighty rivers flowing.

"If It Were My Dream appears on previous albums, but this rendition feels more powerful perhaps because of the slower pacing that highlights the very personal lyrics. "If it were my dream, I'd be the sparkle in your eye, and I'd comfort you at night, if it were my dream.

"Wish for You is as warm as a lover's embrace and perhaps the most intimate tune on the album. Fiddle takes center stage, weaving haunting harmonies around lyrics in which the singer offers his love a little song she can remember him by.

Jerusalem Light suggests that we can find what we need within our own hearts, if we harbor love and truth there. Like a well, we can go there and bring up refreshment for body, mind and spirit.

You Could Be reminds us that we make choices every day about how we spend our time. What if... when times get hard, we turn our attention toward someone in need... "you could be calling up a friend, writing them a letter, taking some time just to make 'em feel better... you could be.

" Say When is an upbeat number featuring accordion and mandolin that implores the object of the singer's affection to name the time and day when he can give her all his love... "whenever you're ready, whatever it takes... I'll be counting the days... baby, say when.

" This is an honest, fresh album much influenced by the best in Celtic music. Haunting at times, it touches emotions that may have been scarred and offers perspectives on living life in full consciousness... through the ups and downs... to arrive at a place of love and realization.

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Lyrics

The Roman Guard

Time to lay down this sword/step away from this war...
I'm old and outworn/don't want to fight anymore...
I am the Roman guard and I carry a scar deep in my heart...
And I've held back the tears for a thousand years...
And I've lived so long and I've come so far...
And it's been so hard/I am the Roman guard...
I stand on the wall and I watch the night fall...
From dusk until dawn/I die for us all...
Well a man must be brave/he must trust in the fates...
When they call out his name and the world must be saved...
I am the Roman guard

- Ted Jones


That's The World 

All the people stolling by/sun up shining in the sky...
Little children holding hands and laughing...
Church bells start to ring up and down the cobbled streets...
Before you know another day is passing...
That's the world I want to live in...
Through the woods they walked along/she asked if he would play a song...
The one she said that keeps her smiling...
And anywhere that she may be/it's always in her heart to keep...
And it won't be long before she's flying...
That's the world I want to live in...
All across the country side/the fields are green and open wide...
And every little seed is surely growing...
You can watch the leaves and seasons change/hear the heaven's falling rain...
That keeps the mighty rivers flowing...
That's the world I want to live in

- Ted Jones

Come to AmericaWay up in the north/a little ways from the city of York...
I'd been there once before and I was coming back, Back for more...
The people there are just fine/they feel like long lost friends of mine...
And the girls have rompadeedoodah eyes/eyes that you dream about...
Late at night...
I've come a long long ways...
I've come about a thousand miles today...
And I've come around just to say...
Hey come to America/come to America...
Come to America Kay...
I took a good look around/I took an early morning train out of town...
Back in my old stomping grounds/nobody knew what I was...
Talking about...
Well you can't hardly blame a man...
When a woman holds him in her hand...
Makes him believe he's got a chance...
But she only wants to be his friend...
Come to America Kay

- Ted Jones

If It Were My DreamIf it were my dream/I'd be a tree in your backyard...
With a tire swing hanging for kids to play on...
With wind chimes in the leaves/dangling in the breeze...
And a place for you to lay down in the shade with me...
If it were my dream...
If it were my dream/I'd be the moon up in the sky...
Shining my light with all the stars in heaven...
Shining through your window/resting on your pillow...
Watching over you when you're fast asleep...
If it were my dream...
If it were my dream/I'd be the sparkle in your eye...
I'd comfort you at night if it were my dream...
And nothing much would change/the world would be the same...
When I wake up/if it were my dream...
And I'd send all my love to you...
And all the world would know you feel the same way too...
If it were my dream

- Jonathan Singleton, Ted Jones

Wish for YouIf I could only have a moment/just a minute of your time...
It won't take long at all/if you'd be so kind...
And when I'm gone/here's a little song...
You can remember me by...
If you listen real close/maybe you can hear...
Words that whisper soft and low in your ear...
And all the love I wish for you the most my dear...
And we'll sing and dance the blues away...
And ask the rain to come again another day...
'Cause everybody needs a little sunshine now and then...
Everybody needs a little love and someone to trust...
And call a friend...
If you listen real close maybe you can hear...
Words that whisper soft and low in your ear...
And all the love I wish for you the most my dear...
And all the love I wish for you the most

- Tim New, Ted Jones

Jerusalem LightOn a lonesome Sunday afternoon/I got up then I laid back down...
I needed a friend I could talk to/someone I could put my arms around...
'Cause lately I've been burning both ends/tossing and turning at night...
I can't keep up with all the places I've been/people think I must be doing alright...
But they don't know what I feel inside/that I'm praying for Jerusalem Light...
Jerusalem Light/watch over me now in these troubled times...
Jerusalem Light/Jerusalem Light/won't you shine through my window tonight...
Most days I get along fairly well/it only takes a prayer or two...
At least that's what I keep telling myself/I can't complain but I still do...
Maybe a change is coming soon and I'm praying for Jerusalem Light...
Will I see you in the stars or could you be somewhere deep in my heart...
Jerusalem Light

- Jonathan Singleton, Ted Jones

You Could BeYou could be calling up a friend/writing them a letter...
Taking some time just to make 'em feel better/you could be...
You could be falling in love/falling apart...
Turning on a light or hiding in the dark/you could be...
You could be reaching out across the sky...
Spreading your wings and your love far and wide...
And opening up your eyes... So you can touch and taste and breathe...
Everything you could be...
You could be looking at the world/looking in a mirror...
Wondering who to blame with eyes full of tears/you could be...
You could be laughing at yourself/feeling just fine...
When all that's left is a little light shining/you could be...
Any time/you could be...
Anywhere/you could be...
Anything you believe...
You could be

- Bruce Wallace, Ted Jones

Man Behind the CurtainI forgot what I was trying to say/it happens a lot these days...
Like I'm standing still and the world's going by...
Wish I was somewhere way up high...
Maybe I aint smart enough and maybe I ain't got heart enough...
And sometimes I get so scared/I'm always looking everywhere...
Trying to get back home...
But nothing seems to be working...
I need to see the man behind the curtain...
I wish I had somebody to tell/all the good things I'm keeping to myself...
You tried to show me I had nothing to fear...
But somehow I missed the lesson here...
No matter where I turn/I always seem to learn...
I need someone I can trust for certain...
Maybe it's just me but I need to see...
The man behind the curtain

- Jonathan Singleton, Ted Jones

Angels WaltzTelephone rings/mockingbird sings...
And we race through the day to see what life brings...
But when I lay down/it's the absence of sound...
In my sleep when I dream/the angels come 'round...
The angels come 'round...
And I hear the symphony of the heavens...
The strings and timpani and the Angels Waltz...
And the planets spin 'round and the stars light the sky...
And hold me in their arms and whisper sweet melodies...
And the angels waltz...
Children cry and church bells chime...
And they pray to be saved in the sweet by and by...
In the sweet by and by...
Hush little baby/don't you cry...
And I will sing you a lullaby...
I will sing you the Angels Waltz

- Chuck McGill, Ted Jones

Say WhenSay when I can give you all my love...
Say when it's all about the two of us...
Whenever you're ready/whatever it takes...
However long I've got to wait...
I'll be counting the days/baby say when...
If I don't see you soon I just might die...
The way you keep me wondering just ain't right...
I don't need that much/all I need's a little sign...
Maybe I'm just dreaming/I can't tell...
What I believe and the way I thought you felt...
Won't you tell me something/anything would help...
Every morning it's the same...
I wake up and today's gonna be the day...
Say when

- Jonathan Singleton, Ted Jones
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