These songs were written more than 30 years ago, but Jeffers shelved his songs in 1984 because he could see the ominous signs of the terrible things to come.

Feeling the need to issue warning and share his insight in writing, he put his guitar away and has focused on writing about religion and government ever since. But then, early in 2009, thinking people might now listen to his songs, he released his first recording attempts feeling he had better record them while he still could since his health was failing.

After 26 years of not playing or singing, he was pretty rusty and his ability had waned, so he wasn't satisfied with is first efforts -- but he had to settle for them. But then, feeling better with new medications, by April 2014 he was able to record these slightly improved performances, and he was then able to make videos in December. (He's still not satisfied with his performances, but he fears it's the best he can do under his circumstances.)

Ironically, in a way it's good that he waited, because most of the songs are now more relevant than they were back then -- considering all the so-called “holy wars” and fighting in the name of religion.

In fact, there are more people now who have regressed, having 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). 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. After all, that's why Jefferson wrote that the 1st Amendment to the Constitution was intended to build "a wall of separation between church and state" -- because Jefferson and the other Founders knew that we cannot have real religious freedom without freedom from Theocracy and freedom from theocratic imposition by any particular religion or religious groups.

The problem is that for the last 32 years Theocrats in America have ignored that, and they violate Article 6 and the 1st Amendment of the Constitution with impunity, to the point where the Jeffersonian "wall" has been very badly eroded and being a Christian is a de facto litmus test for holding political office. But that is contrary to the intent of the 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.

Because the songs were written so long ago, the lyrics for some of the songs were updated and revised somewhat in late 2008 before he first began recording them, to reflect his current views.

You can see more videos by clicking "Videos" on the menu to the left. (And there may be more, or better ones, if he is able.)

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 - 2014 Jeffers and The Try Try Again Project
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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 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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The liberating "dream" is the real American Dream -- not that of individual fame and fortune, but of a better life for everyone, ensured by good government that will actually be of, by and for the people. It's about our liberation.
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The divine reality is right here at hand, but we are blind to it because our spiritual vision is clouded with egotism and its illusion of duality and separateness. So this song is a call to see the world with a "single eye," in a new Light.
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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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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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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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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 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.
Why Fight Over A Name? - A Song by Jeffers
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