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These songs are proving more relevant every day, given all the so-called "holy wars." But they were actually written over 30 years ago when the seeds of conflict, division and destruction were being sown.

Jeffers shelved the songs in 1984 because he could see the ominous signs of the terrible things to come, and he thought he needed to offer a more comprehensive warning in writing.

In 1984 he put his guitar away and he has focused on writing about religion and government ever since. But then, early in 2009, he felt that people might finally recognize the truth in his songs, so he released his first recording attempts. (And besides that, he felt he had better record his songs while he still could, since his health was rapidly failing.)

After 26 years of not playing or singing, he was pretty rusty and his ability had waned, but even though he wasn't satisfied with is first efforts he had to settle for them because his health was worse. (You can listen to them at http://www.soundclick.com/ttap) But then, by April 2014, feeling somewhat better with new medications, he was able to record these slightly improved performances, and he was then even able to make videos in December and January.

The good thing about it is that most of the songs are more relevant now than they were back when he wrote them -- considering all the so-called “holy wars” and fighting in the name of religion.

In fact, there are more people now who have been led to believe that their religion is superior and entitles them to rule (whether it's in the name of Christianity or Judaism or Islam or whatever). So it is extremely important for all of those aggressive, theocratic people to be reminded of true spiritual values common to all religions.

See, most of these songs promote such universal spiritual values, and what is important to Americans is that they are Jeffersonian in scope.

Thomas Jefferson and most other Founders of America indicated that government must ensure real religious freedom by preventing Theocracy. The U.S. Constitution and especially their other personal writings clearly reveal that they knew that we cannot have real religious freedom without freedom from Theocracy and freedom from theocratic imposition by any particular religion or religious groups.

Jefferson wrote: "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State."

He was referring, of course, to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and explaining its actual intent.

The problem is that for the last 32 years right-wing Theocrats in America have ignored that, and they violate Article 6 and the 1st Amendment of the Constitution with impunity, to the point where our religious freedom is in grave danger. The Jeffersonian "wall" has been very badly eroded and being a so-called "Christian" is a de facto litmus test for holding political office -- which is absolutely contrary to the intent of America's Founders.

Jeffers wrote and sings these songs because he understands that it's not going to get better in America or in the world until enough people realize that we should celebrate our diversity and ensure that our government treats ALL religions, races, nationalities and cultures as equal.

Furthermore, his beliefs are based on what he calls the Universal Divine Imperative common to all religions — which is basically that we should treat all others as we would want to be treated if we were them -- especially the poor and least of our brethren.

By the way, in his writing, even though he strongly supports the Jeffersonian "a wall of separation between church and state," like Jefferson he also believes government should be administered by virtuous people who understand the Universal Divine Imperative. Like Jefferson and most other Founders he understands that government should promote the general welfare, use the common wealth for the common good, and create and maintain a true Democracy of, by and for the people -- rather than allow rule by Oligarchy and a Plutocracy of the wealthiest few.

Now, you can see other videos (in addition to the one below) by clicking "Videos" on the menu to the left. He's hoping he can make better ones, if he is able. (However, his health is failing because he was severely stricken and afflicted by Polio in 1977 and has been afflicted with many other things since, the most life-threatening are COPD and congestive heart failure.)

PERMISSION is granted, without license to play these songs on the radio and for other artists to accurately "cover" Why Fight Over a Name?, It Takes Two, The Dream Will Come True, Right Here Now, We Can Change Our World, Right Wing Preachers, and A Place to Dwell, as long as Jeffers is credited.

Copyright © 1984 - 2015 Jeffers, The Try Try Again Project, and The Initiative For Peace, Freedom and Justice.

(To see more photos, click on "photo page" to the upper right of the photo box below.)
Why this name?
"Jeffers" is a nickname his father used to call him (and James Jacob Joseph Jeffers is his "stage" name -- though he will probably never appear on any stage).
Earth, Our Home
One Family of Religions
One Family of Nations
Age 71
Age 71
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This song is somewhat autobiographical, while also meant as commentary on society's obsession with personal material wealth (as opposed to spiritual values that are in everyone's interests).
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It's a revelatory philosophical analysis, a critique of preachers of doom, and a statement about the union of polar opposites, because when our "eye is single" we can see the divine reality.
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A song pointing out that the purpose of religion should be to unite humanity and produce peace and a sense of oneness -- not to divide people with the idea that their religion is superior.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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It's a commentary on a society corrupted by a deceptive political ideology that breeds greed and lust for money. (And the line saying "hopin' for a hero, not another liar" was added in 2008.)
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It's about freeing ourselves from the "self-made prison" we sometimes find ourselves in, and it's also about the fulfillment of our collective liberation from the forces of greed and self-interest.
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This song is to rebuke and refute theocratic right-wing preachers who think their religion is superior to all others and entitles them to rule.
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An honest declaration, meant to be both sincere and amusing as well as inspirational, because Jeffers sees the day when America's promise is fulfilled, when government becomes TRULY of the people, by the people, and for the people.
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This song was written with certain people in mind, particularly the homeless and those who ignore the homeless. For as we treat the least of our fellow human beings, so we treat our very Self, in the spiritual sense.
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The divine reality is right here at hand, but we are blind to it for many reasons, most of which are egocentric, and most of which produce conflict and division. So this song is a call to see the world with a "single eye," in a new, unifying Light.
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We are here to learn the lessons we need, but it seems we are led by trial and error. Sometimes we fall, and we suffer failures, setbacks and afflictions. But we can take it all in stride, and overcome.
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A love song, about seeing who the "other" really is. (Photo of Jeffers and his new wife in 1981 when he was 40 years old.)
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A song with the homeless in mind. But it's not against private property. It's commentary against greed and profiteering, and a plea for a New Homestead Act to create new eco villages, farms and communities to alleviate poverty and homelessness.
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This is included just so you can hear what Jeffers' voice sounded like in 1982, when he was 41 and just married to his 3rd wife, and to show you the original version of the song. He revised the lyrics slightly when he recorded it more recently.
All That Glitters
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Kind of a biographical sketch covering about 42 years of my life, realizing a few things along the way.