The Sage Advice Of Howard Jones

The 80s might have been long on hairstyles, and short on lyrics (Trio’s Da Da Da, anyone?), but it’s reassuring to know one artist allowed his craftsmanship shine through – both musically and philosophically. A look at Howard Jones‘ lyrics not only bring out a melodic sense not heard since, but an essential listen for anyone interested in where music might take them. Jones has a solid sense of being, never limiting himself when giving advice, relying on the listener to think about subjects not normally heard on radio – Vegetarianism, Buddhism, animal cruelty, among them. He’s ever one at a loss for words, and if you listen closely, he’s speaking like a Zen-like leader at his pulpit laying down the rules of life. He’ll be on tour throughout North America on the Retro Futura Tour With that, the sage advice of Howard Jones:

What is love anyway, does anybody love anybody anyway?
– What Is Love?

Dress with passion
Fashion for the parking lot
Make some action
– All I Want

Must I fear what others fear
What nonsense
– Is There A Difference?

You got to be strong
You go to fight on
For everyone
– Fight On

Don’t always take life so seriously
Play the flute
And dance and sing your song
– Life In One Day

Dance til sunrise
Reggae til the cows come home
Fight the bigot
Champion you’re not alone
– All I Want

If my world falls apart
It just doesn’t matter
I’ll pick it up right from the start
– It Just Doesn’t Matter

You can build a mansion, but you just can’t live in it
You’re the fastest runner but you’re not allowed to win
Some break the rules, and let you cut the cost
The insecurity is the thing that won’t get lost
– No One Is To Blame

Try and enjoy the here and now
The future will take care of itself somehow
The grass is never greener over there
– Life In One Day

Don’t chop off his head
To make yourself look tall
Don’t tear a strip off
To make yourself feel wonderful
– Specialty

When you sit on a fence you get a sore behind
– Rubber Morals

So love with abandon
Without judgement. without fear
With a confidence in tomorrow
Love with a grin and a tear
– Love’s Never Wasted

Who would ever want to live alone
Without sharing this world with everyone and everything?
– Just Look At You Now

Don’t try to live your life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away
– Life In One Day

Where’s the justice we cry
It’s there and will follow us ’til the day we die
– Fresh Air

The big thumb it never rests on you
Anything you want lies here for you
– Law Of The Jungle

Raise a glass enjoy the scenery
Pretend the water is champagne
And fill my glass again and again
– Life In One Day

Future dreams we have to realize
A thousand skeptic hands
Won’t keep us from the things we plan
Unless we’re clinging to the things we prize
– Things Can Only Get Better

You were born with something special
You were forged in open fire
Stop running away form things that might fail you
– Roll Right Up

A diamond in your hand not a piece of glass
– Angels And Lovers

There’ll be a time when all our rhythms of love
Are shakin’ it we’re makin’ it
There’ll be a place where life is livin’ to give
– Lift Me Up

If the moon should turn red over your head don’t let her go
If the sea should turn dry don’t let him fly don’t say goodbye
If the planets collide don’t run and hide change his mind
Just believe it’s your time here is the sign what angels and lovers find
– Angels And Lovers

We will fight the bigots
Fight them with our reason
Fight them with our constancy
– Let It Flow

You’re the Buddha, you’re the Christ,
You’re the Mohammed, and the Mother Mary
– You’re The Buddha

There is no need to worry
It will be fine
Given some time
– Give Me Strength

Can anybody love anyone so much that they will never fear
Never worry never be sad
The answer is they cannot love this much nobody can
– What Is Love?

Don’t go speed your time away
– Live In One Day

About time you realized
You are a specialty
There is no one like you
– Specialty

When the sight of your own reflection only breaks your heart
And all your dreams have given up the chase
Pick up the telephone
– Let Me Be The First To Know

All you want is a miracle
But you don’t need it at all
– Shine Through

Don’t crack up, bend your brain, see both sides
Throw off your mental chains
– New Song

Baby born with an open mind and a trusting face has no regard for distinction, says to have hope is to be human
Another chance, another day to mend, to change, to start again
– Another Chance

Forget cold glances and rejections
Leave the things that separate
Build on a trust that we can stand on
– Like To Get To Know You Well

Only fear can stand
On potential’s hands
This is the greatest day of your life
If you make it
– Nothing To Fear

It’s the light not the dark that frightens us most
– You’re The Buddha

You need to fly on up and touch the moon
Sharing this temporary weight
No time to hesitate
– Let Me Be The First To Know

Only so much you can do
– Live In One Day

Things can only get better
– Things Can Only Get Better

Don’t destroy yourself in a little bit of snow
When there is no feeling and no pain
It only lasts a little while
– Little Bit Of Snow

Stop running away from things that might fail you
You have what you need you are the one
– Roll Right Up

The fool that loves his dreams
Breaks the cruelest schemes
– Back In Your Life

No good blaming the outside world
Pleasure and pain are in the mind
– Good Luck Bad Luck

We’re water breaking on an endless wave
Potential bursting from the sea
Compassion is what sets our minds apart
Be cheerful when you break
– Let Me Be The First To Know

Not always reflected, not always fulfilled
Love’s not out to get you but wants you to build
– Love’s Never Wasted

No need to feel so insecure
Waste of energy
– Specialty

Life is not the end we’re passing through like bubbles on the sea
– We Make The Weather

Every life is precious life
Every mother loves her son
We must bring the tyrants down
But with the voice, not with the gun
– Black And White

Button up and tighten your lip
Keep a check on what you say
Those crazy words you fling from your mouth
Are going to bounce back on you some day
– Bounce Right Back

I must believe in my choices to create value out of everything
– The Presence Of Other

You playin’ small doesn’t help at all
The world need the things you give
– You’re The Buddha

Just try to finish the things that you start
Stop thinking with your fists
And start thinking with your heart
– Gun Turned On The World

The future will unfold
If we are open and ready
We all have choices
Not just the chosen few
So raise your voices
– Let The People Have Their Say

Don’t talk to me about ban the bomb
Don’t talk to me about who’s side I’m on
Replace the system with one just the same
Don’t you know that we are all to blame
It’s so easy as an armchair blamer
Get off your seat and make a personal change sir
Can’t change the system by smashing it down
Inside route personal revolution
– Change The Man

We can make the difference
One voice raised against the void
Celebrates it’s own existence
– Stir It Up

Choose a role that you feel happy in
You get hurt and end up leaving
But to stay is most revealing
Take the knocks and get the meaning
Choose a role you feel happy in
– Collective Heartbeat

Time to judge the act don’t judge the actor of the circumstance
– We Make The Weather

Everything around is natural don’t fight it
– Natural

Things have to be attempted one step at a time
– Gun Turned On The World

Don’t be fooled by what you see
Don’t be fooled by what you hear
– New Song

Don’t lose the rage, don’t become immune
When others criticise you
Don’t change your tune
You’ve got to love, with a passion that hurts
It’s love that conquers baby
Its love that serves
– Cookin’ In The Kitchen

What is the greatest expression of love?
To let go and wish well
– Tears To Tell

We can tip the balance we can break those barriers down
Little things count as much as the big and turn it all around
Don’t always look at the rain
– Don’t Always Look At The Rain

You got to stir it up sometimes
Turn this anger into your passion
Just don’t tow the line
– Stir It Up

Feel that surge open the doors around
Higher and higher the world is my hunting ground
– Hunt The Self

Rise above revenge
– Don’t Want To Fight Anymore

Why look for the key in another
The answer lay in his own heart
– Why Look For The Key?

People telling me it’s not my responsibility
But it is my problem and it’s my life, my life
I must believe the solutions, to the problems, are in my hands
– The Presence Of Other

Goodbye doesn’t mean to be cruel
But dies on the vine
– Never Say Bye

Everybody thinks they’re different from the next man now
But we just got to realize we’re just the same
– Equality

Looking over there
He looks different, she looks different
They might even be different
But we’re just the same
– Equality

An everlasting precious love
Wait for it, wait for it, give it some time
– Everlasting Love

Well we’ve been much too greedy
Wanting too much to fast
But we have to say we are what we are
– Exodus

Your love is never wasted
If your heart is true
All that you’re giving
Will always come back to you
– Love’s Never Wasted

Howard Jones is on tour this summer with Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Midge Ure and more.