Jackson Browne “Before the Deluge” – Downstream 2021



Some of them were dreamers And some of them were fools Who were making plans and thinking of the future With the energy of the innocent They were gathering the tools They would need to make their journey back to nature While the sand slipped through the opening And their hands reached for the golden ring With their hearts they turned To each other’s hearts for refuge In the troubled years that came before the deluge Some of them knew pleasure And some of them knew pain And for some of them it was only the moment that mattered And on the brave and crazy wings of youth They went flying around in the rain And their feathers, once so fine grew torn and tattered And in the end they traded their tired wings For the resignation that living brings And exchanged love’s bright and fragile glow For the glitter and the rouge And in a moment they were swept before the deluge Now let the music keep our spirits high Let the buildings keep our children dry Let creation reveal its secrets by and by When the light that’s lost within us reaches the sky Some of them were angry At the way the earth was abused By the men who learned How to forge her beauty into power And they struggled to protect her from them Only to be confused By the magnitude of her fury in the final hour And when the sand was gone and the time arrived In the naked dawn only a few survived And in attempts to understand a thing so Simple and so huge Believed that they were meant to live after the deluge Now let the music keep our spirits high Let the buildings keep our children dry Let creation reveal its secrets by and by When the light that’s lost within us reaches the sky

Written by Jackson Browne Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP Publishing administrated by Drive Music Publishing

Who is Joni Mitchell’s creative male counterpoint, Jackson Browne? Some might think so, yet perhaps there is no clear counterpoint for such a creator as Joni Mitchell. It is worthy to raise Jackson Browne’s parallel impact on the boomer generation. A sustainable voice with skillful vocal control getting stronger with age, Jackson Browne is unrivaled. Songwriter chops, Jackson Browne still has the gift.  Joni was the queen of first-person/personal narratives that draw on the themes of human frailty. Joni Mitchell explored musical genres within songs and through relationship union and disunion.  Jackson Browne wrote skillfully on the burdens and joys of working musicians and roadies on the road.  Ecological, climate change, racial-socio economic disparity, unsustainable energy sources were prevelant themes for Jackson Browne throughout the 70s and today. Both artists have clearly impacted the world with amazing musical creations and performances.

Widely known and often discussed, Jackson Browne co-authored, Take it Easy with Glenn Frey. Take it easy was the Eagle’s first track, the first hit on the Eagle’s first album. It epitomized the way Browne has always worked at his own pace in his own way. His debut album didn’t appear until 1972 when it was released on David Geffen’s Asylum label, though Browne had been working in the music business since the mid-Sixties. Having fleetingly been part of the original line-up of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in California, in 1967 he came to New York and signed a publishing deal with Nina Music, a division of Elektra, and wrote songs which were recorded by the likes of Tom Rush and Nico, who was Browne’s girlfriend at the time (he appears as musician and songwriter on her album Chelsea Girl). “I made my first album when I was about 22 or 23, ” he reflected. “A lot of my friends made records when they were 18 and kind of made them before they should have.” The startlingly mature quality of songs such as “Doctor My Eyes”, “Something Fine” and “Rock Me on the Water” proved his point.

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I’ll Do Anything: Live in Concert
Jackson Browne
Drive Music Publishing and 2 Music Rights Societies

One year ago

I’ve been listening to Jackson Browne for nearly 50 years. His music always puts me in a better place. Now, as I enter the twilight of my life, battling stage 4 cancer, I can say his music keeps me going.

Jack Kurtz
One year ago
@J.D. King, thank you.


Jeff Barling

11 months ago
Hope you still going, Jack?


Michael Ohara

Three months ago
I hope you are doing well, Jack!



Andy d’E

Three months ago
It provides much peace.



Blaise Salmon

Three months ago
Thank you



Bruce Jepson
Three months ago
Keep going, Jack!✌️❤️



Chris Ullery

Jack, I had stage 4 cancer 10 yrs ago; keep staying positive and listening to Jackson brown or whatever makes you happy, brother. I hope you’re doing well and beating the beast.



Diana Crow

Three months ago



Nancy Boyd

Three months ago (edited)
Best to you, Jack. I hope n
Pray your journey is not a long hard road. Get the good stuff to make your ride a little easier. I’m at this age where my friends are leaving way to fast. And it sucks! But, hey. Look at it this way. It’s rock and roll Heaven and there’s a huge party waiting on ya. Now you have something else to look forward to
Prayers up, my friend
God bless 💕

Jack Kurtz

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Jackson Browne – In The Shape Of A Heart

One of his best songs. This pure acoustic track is my favorite version of the song he recorded. The song is about his wife Phyllis, and there’s a lot of emotion in the lyrics.

Music in this video

In The Shape Of A Heart (Album)
Jackson Browne
Licensed to YouTube by
WMG; LatinAutor – PeerMusic, LatinAutorPerf, Drive Music Publishing, Exploration Group (Music Publishing), CMRRA, ASCAP, and 6 Music Rights Societies

Lago di Scanno, Province of L'Aquila, Italy Published on January 21, 2021 RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD., PENTAX K-1
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Jackson Browne “The Barricades of Heaven” (2020 Dream Concert performance)


LYRICS: Running down around the towns along the shore When I was sixteen and on my own No, I couldn’t tell you what the hell those brakes were for I was just trying to hear my song Jimmy found his own sweet sound and won that free guitar We’d all get in the van and play Life became the paradox, the bear, the rouge et noir And the stretch of road running to L.A. Pages turning Pages we were years from learning Straight into the night our hearts were flung Better bring your own redemption when you come To the barricades of heaven where I’m from All the world was shining from those hills The stars above and the lights below Among those there to test their fortunes and their wills I lost track of the score long ago Pages turning Pages we were years from learning Straight into the night our hearts were flung Better bring your own redemption when you come To the barricades of heaven where I’m from Childhood comes for me at night Voices of my friends Your face bathing me in light Hope that never ends Pages turning Pages torn and pages burning Faded pages, open in the sun Better bring your own redemption when you come To the barricades of heaven where I’m from Better bring your own redemption when you come To the barricades of heaven where I’m from

Written by Jackson Browne, Scott Thurston, Mauricio Lewak, Luis Conte, Jeff Young, Kevin McCormick and Mark Goldenberg (Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP / Bateria Music, ASCAP / Iraguo Music, ASCAP / Neurp Songs, BMI / Eye Cue Music, ASCAP / Songs fo Windswept Pacific/Faux music, BMI) Administered by Drive Publishing

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Doctor My Eyes


Doctor My Eyes · Jackson Browne Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using) ℗ 1986 Asylum Records Viola: David Campbell Harmony Vocals: David Crosby Harmony Vocals: Graham Nash Mastering Engineer: Greg Ladanyi Acoustic Guitar: Jackson Browne Piano: Jackson Browne Lead Vocals: Jackson Browne Electric Guitar: Jesse Ed Davis Harmonica: Jimmie Fadden Bass Guitar: Leland Sklar Engineer, Producer: Richard Sanford Orshoff Congas, Drums: Russ Kunkel Writer: Jackson Browne
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Jackson Browne – Running On Empty – OFFICIAL VIDEO MONTAGE

A Video Montage of Joel Bernstein photos from the 1977 Jackson Browne Running On Empty Tour. Video Montage created by Andrew Thomas. A new version of ‘Running On Empty,’ with newly remastered sound and faithful reproduction of the original artwork is now available on CD, 180-gram vinyl, and digitally!

Jackson Browne The Load Out/Stay

The Load Out
Jackson Browne
The Load Out
Bryan Garofalo, Jackson Browne
Licensed to YouTube by
WMG (on behalf of Elektra 0591); LatinAutor – PeerMusic, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA – UBEM, Drive Music Publishing, CMRRA, ASCAP, Exploration Group (Music Publishing), BMI – Broadcast Music Inc., LatinAutorPerf, and 10 Music Rights Societies
Stay (Live)
Jackson Browne
Maurice Williams
Licensed to YouTube by
WMG (on behalf of Elektra 0591); AMRA, LatinAutor, CMRRA, SOLAR Music Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing, BMI – Broadcast Music Inc., LatinAutorPerf, Sony ATV Publishing, UMPI, Wise Music Group, and 13 Music Rights Societies

Jackson Browne – The Load-Out / Stay (Live on 2 Meter Sessions)

About 2 Meter Sessions ==================== Based in the Netherlands, 2 Meter Sessions is an independent, ongoing (new) music platform with a great legacy. Monthly we film 3 to 4 sessions with promising and breakthrough acts from all over the world. Many well-known acts have visited the show; from James Taylor, Elliott Smith, and David Crosby to Damien Jurado, Ben Howard, and Josh Ritter, via Radiohead, Nirvana, Coldplay, and Foo Fighters. Archive footage can regularly be seen in (theatrical) documentary movies, like “Mystify: Michael Hutchence” (with footage of our session with INXS, filmed in 1997), “Heaven Adores You” (with footage of our session with Elliott Smith, filmed in 1998) and “All I Can Say” (with footage of our session with Blind Melon, filmed in 1993). The show started back in 1987 by radio presenter Jan Douwe Kroeske. On his popular national radio show, he persuaded New-Zeeland band Crowded House to play a couple of songs. The response of the public was so great, that 2 Meter Sessions quickly became a household name. In 1993, the show made a successful transition to national television. From there the show became a national phenomenon, for over 10 years, with filmed sessions of new talent, breakthrough acts, and arrived career artists. Almost a million of 2 Meter Sessions CDs were sold in the Netherlands.

Jackson Browne – World in Motion (Live on 2 METER SESSIONS)


Jackson Browne performs ‘World In Motion’ on the Dutch music show “2 Meter Sessies”. ** Filmed on June 18, 1994