Ventura Sunset

by Jeffrey Scott Stewart

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This is a PREVIEW of this album. Peaceful, Happy, Fun, Funny, Pretty, Relaxed Songs . . . invoking the spirit of my hometown of Ventura, California. This album is about a big part of who I am . . . that is, where I came from!

- Jeffrey Scott Stewart

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releases May 10, 2020

All Instruments/Vocals by Jeffrey Scott Stewart

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Jeffrey Scott Stewart Houston, Texas

Originally from Southern California, and now - after sixteen years of "seasoning" in Nashville, Tennessee - based in Houston, Texas.

Jeff has had his songs heard in movies, documentaries, television and radio from Australia to Seattle to Switzerland.

Live performances feature a wide variety of original music using guitar, tenor banjo, accordion, mandolin, violin, ukelele and harmonica.
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Track Name: Dreamin' Too Long
DREAMIN' TOO LONG

I guess I'm not as smart as I thought
or I'd be livin' in a big ol' house
and ridin' in a limousine
- I guess it's not that easy

I guess I'll never be a movie star
I'll never make the girls go wild
or see my name in lights
- I guess that's alright

I've been dreamin' too long
I've been dreamin' too long
I've believed somehow that I was glory bound
I've been dreamin' too long

I guess that I've been hopin' for too much
I never counted on an average life
I've been waiting for my destiny
to come along and save me

I've been dreamin' too long
I've been dreamin' too long
I've believed somehow that I was glory bound
I've been dreamin' too long
- to give up now

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Simple Things
SIMPLE THINGS

On a cold grey winter’s morning
On the old side of the town where I grew up
I stood with eyes wide open
Noticing the things that always are; but just the same, are seldom seen

The firemen were jogging
Back and forth in front of station number one
While the elder generation
Walking arm in arm passed slowly by; and took the time to smile back at me

I was pacing ‘round in circles
‘Cause I guess I thought that this was wasting time
Am I falling out of touch now
With the simple things in life?

At the fire station,
Children came to see their heroes’ home away from home
They were filled with an excitement
Anticipating all the possibilities of this new day

Still pacing ‘round in circles
I was wondering if they might be wasting time
Or were they just in touch now
With the simple things in life?

I talked about the weather
With a man who stood there waiting – like me –
Waiting for his car, so he could drive away
From a cold grey winter’s morning
On the old side of the town where I grew up

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright 1986 Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Ventura Sunset
VENTURA SUNSET

I grew up lucky I guess
A California boy
And never too far from the beach
I'd go down to the harbor
In my hometown
And it was beautiful to see

A Ventura Sunset
I imagine that
And no matter where on earth I go
A Ventura Sunset
Takes me back
There really is no place like home

I moved across the country
A long time ago
But I still visit when I can
Look out at the horizon
Feel the ocean breeze
And I remember who I am

A Ventura Sunset
I imagine that
And no matter where on earth I go
A Ventura Sunset
Takes me back
There really is no place like . . .

A Ventura Sunset
I imagine that
And no matter where on earth I go
A Ventura Sunset
Takes me back
There really is no place like home
. . . no place like home

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Ballad of Lake Piru
THE BALLAD OF LAKE PIRU

Well I'd done ten laps around Lake Piru, I was thinkin' about the next trick I'd do,
When it comes to water skiing, I'm a champ
Well I was doin' tricks with one eye closed, and one hand holdin' my precious nose,
The water was sprayin' but I wasn't even damp
Well I thought I saw some kind of fin, So I blinked my eyes but I saw it again,
And before I could holler "shark!" he bit my toe
Well I reached and grabbed that shark by the tail, Now my face was gettin' mighty pale,
But I knew in my heart that I wasn't about to let go

Well we dragged that shark right across the lake, And believe you me I was wide awake,
'Cause this wasn't exactly the trick I'd planned to do
Then some smart aleck in a hot rod boat, Came by close just to get my goat
And I'll be danged if he didn't cut that shark in two
Now I was holdin' the tail with all my might, But the load I was pullin' got kind of light,
So I looked back just to see what I might find
Well I called to the captain "More throttle, please!", 'Cause that shark was gettin' close to my skis,
And I think I know just what he had in mind

Well the boat took off with a sudden burst, And I don't know how but I got there first,
I was sittin' on the dock, sippin' on an ice cold beer
Well my legs were fine, and my tummy was fine, And my arms were fine, and my nose was fine
But wait a minute . . . where's my left ear!?!!
Well I hollered out to Captain Jack, "Captain, can you take me back?"
'Cause that gall-derned shark got a piece of my bod'
Well the Captain kind of snickered, but he started the boat, And just as we were gettin' ready to go
I reached out and grabbed some old man's fishin' rod

Well the shark saw me comin' and he opened his mouth, But I took one swing and I punched him out,
And I shoved that fishin' rod between that sucker's teeth
Well I climbed inside and it was kind of dark, And in case you've never been inside of a shark,
It's kind of hard decidin' where to put your feet
Well I threw out so many pieces of junk, It's a wonder that that shark hadn't sunk,
I guess it was all the empty bottles that had him saved
Well I was callin' my name and I finally heard, Through my own little ear underneath a dead bird,
I picked it up, put it on, and I was on my way

My friends I'm tellin' the truth to you, That's just what happened on Lake Piru
And I ain't a man to stretch the truth . . . Well . . . maybe just a little bit

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: In My Dreams
IN MY DREAMS

When I wake up every day
I go through the same routine
Nothing ever seems to change
It's just my reality

But in my dreams I love to fly
High and higher, no clouds in sight
My heart spins out of control
Giving in to letting go
Free as a breeze
Easy for me
In my dreams

I've worked hard for what I've got
Don't have time to play around
I'm as steady as a rock
Here with both feet on the ground

But in my dreams I love to fly
High and higher, no clouds in sight
My heart spins out of control
Giving in to letting go
Free as a breeze
Easy for me
In my dreams

Free as a breeze
Easy for me
In my dreams

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Carmen Melton Taylor
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) /
Awesome Musings Publishing (BMI)
Track Name: Breezy
None.

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright 1979 Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Havin' Fun
HAVIN' FUN

I don't like complication
Keep it simple, it'll get 'er done
I need a real vacation
Spendin' time soakin' up the sun
Where my only obligation
Is Havin' Fun

I think I'll clock out early
Drive the T-bird to the beach
I'm in a real big hurry
To feel that ocean breeze
Take time off from my worries
And just be me

Sunshine, tan lines
Short skirts, no work
Beach songs, singalongs
Just Havin' Fun

I don't like complication
Keep it simple, it'll get 'er done
I need a real vacation
Spendin' time soakin' up the sun
Where my only obligation
Is Havin' Fun

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Carmen Melton Taylor
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) /
Awesome Musings Publishing (BMI)