These songs were written between 1978 and 1983, and Jeffers made these recordings recently for two reasons, because he's dying and also because the ones about religion are now more relevant than they were back then -- considering all the so-called “holy wars” and fighting in the name of religion.

See, most of these songs promote universal spiritual values common to all religions, and they are Jeffersonian in scope. But the most important songs serve to remind us that our God loves us all, and that loving one another is more important than what "religion" you belong to, or whether you are religious or not.

Many "religious" people today forget that.

See, 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.

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.

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.

Videos will be posted on YouTube, if he is able. There is a first attempt there now (at, and there will be more when his camcorder gets back from the repair shop.

CDs may become available if we become able to afford having them duplicated and put in suitable jewel cases (so any purchases of his MP3 files would be appreciated).

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
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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 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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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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The divine reality, also known as the "Kingdom of Heaven," is right here at hand, but we are blind to it because our spiritual vision is clouded with an illusion of duality and division. So this song is a call to see the world 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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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. But it's a song of personal liberation too.
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Life here is like a school where we 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?
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