"Center of Attention" as written by and David/hawk Leonard....
You want your independence
But you won't let me let you go
You wanna test the waters
And leave it on the empty shores

But I'll take my time if you want to
And I'll give you whatever you need
And I'll wait a lifetime to give it to you
Give it to you

You think that you?re the sun
The whole world revolves around you
The center of attention
And everything is drawn to you

But I'll take my time if you want to
And I'll give you whatever you need
And I'll wait a lifetime to give it to you
Give it to you

I would wait a lifetime
And I would wait for you
I would wait a lifetime
And I would wait for you

But I'll take my time if you want to
And I'll give you whatever you need
And I'll wait a lifetime to give it to you
Give it to you


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"Center of Attention" as written by Rob Hawkins David Leonard

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    General Commenti LOVE this song!!!! i was surprised to see no one had added it so i did! lol its a really great song! kinda haunting but u can tell where the guy is coming from, sort of comforts you
    iluvothon November 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great. I first heard it when it was played in "One Tree Hill" and while that show's pretty bad, I've got to commend the music it uses. I've been introduced to some amazing songs and bands thanks to that show, and Jackson Water's "Center Of Attention" is most certainly one of them.
    spentcigaretteon November 30, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:0! One Tree Hill isnt a bad show! this season is eh but its certanly better than the oc! lol but yeah they have got some kick ass music
    iluvothon December 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe OC is miles better than OTH.
    spentcigaretteon December 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWho gives a shit? they both suck.
    mopo976on December 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti LOVE this song. i first heard this song on One Tree Hill and yes huh tht show is the bomb!

    i think that this song means that the guy wants her so bad that she gets so full of herself and thinks she is everything...
    "You think that you’re the sun
    The whole world revolves around you
    The center of attention
    And everything is drawn to you"
    -->> and that he would wait a lifetime to be with her and he wants her to realize that she is not everything and that he is there to help her realize that.

    Kelsea37on December 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah The Oc is pretty good but it so isn't better than OTH. And there is no way in HELL that you can defend it considering the 3rd season was crapa and 4th season was off to an iffy start as well. PLus, they have totally copied oth(although oth i guess did copy some things off the oc) but lately, i'll watch oth on wednesday and see the same thing on the oc the next night
    iluvothon December 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a guy who likes a girl (could be a guy), but she doesnt notice him in that way. His feelings for her are taking over his world. He might of told her how he feels, and she probably said she wants her "independence" but she gives him hope anyway; hope that it'll all change and she'll fall for him too.
    "You wanna test the waters
    And leave it on the empty shores" - I think this demonstrates perfectly how much she thinks of herself. She could possibly love the attention he gives to her so much, that she leads him on purposly so he'll stick around, even though its at the cost of his feelings.
    "But I’ll take my time if you want to
    And I’ll give you whatever you need
    And I’ll wait a lifetime to give it to you
    Give it to you

    You think that you’re the sun
    The whole world revolves around you
    The center of attention
    And everything is drawn to you"
    - He loves her so much, that even though what she's doing to him is wrong, he can't escape...
    Love Angelon April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentExpressing Themselves
    by Chad Bonham

    Don’t expect new band Jackson Waters to be selected as the poster boys for a stay-in-school campaign anytime soon. It’s not that the five-piece rock act has anything against education, more specifically of the higher variety, but you certainly won’t find lead singer David Leonard and company pining for the old days back in the classroom.
    “We just wanted to play as much as we could, and we pretty much didn’t like school,” David admits. “It was either study or go play. I think that’s what kept us sane, just the fact that we knew school wasn’t it. I know that’s not what educational people would want me to say, but for the most part, school was very stressful for us, and music was our escape.”

    Leonard, along with guitar player Toby Friesen and drummer Ryan Hawk, formed the band while attending John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. Local bass player Brian Meek eventually joined the group as well as guitar player Jesse LaFave, who hails from a small town north of Oklahoma City.

    And while each member independently agrees that music was something they were born to do, Leonard says that his journey to college was ultimately about denying his personal desires for a life as a youth pastor.

    But one night in his car, a conversation with God turned him back to the original vision for his life.

    “I was just praying, ‘If this is what You want me to do, let me know,’” he remembers. “I had already prepared myself to give up all of that stuff. But I just couldn’t get away from it, and now I’m here.”


    Bringing It Together
    With personal histories as eclectic as their tastes in music, the boys of Jackson Waters have some stories to tell. Friesen, for instance, was born in Kobe, Japan, to missionary parents and lived there until he moved to Newton, Kan., at age 13. Hawk played in a popular band in Denver before landing at John Brown, where he says his futile efforts to play drums for a “really bad hardcore band” were upstaged only by his short-lived stint as a hapless lead singer of an emo outfit.

    Initially, Jackson Waters was a self-proclaimed Southern rock band. The band’s debut CD, made independently, evoked the Black Crowes and Georgia Satellites, and a glorified knock-off at that. But as they matured as writers and musicians and played countless dates in churches, coffeehouses and clubs, Jackson Waters eventually found a way to blend such diverse backgrounds into a seriously marketable sound.

    With Leonard’s soulful vocals, a tinge of earthy roots and rock as the foundation, Jackson Waters soon found itself gaining a significant number of fans throughout the region. And Leonard, who writes most of the band’s lyrics, stopped forcing the issue and started to let the music happen organically.

    “I really don’t think about anything,” Leonard says of the writing process. “Songs just kind of come, and it’s like you try to get out of the way. You don’t want to tame the beast. It’s just what’s happening at the time. Words just come out.”


    Spectrum of Emotions
    Fans can finally get a taste of Jackson Waters’ most recent efforts on the debut national release, Come Undone. In one of the band’s early press appearances, Friesen jokingly referred to the new songs as “life rock,” a label that has somehow managed to stick.

    “Our music goes through a spectrum of the same kind of emotions somebody would feel at different times in their life,” he says. “We have the energetic, passionate songs, and then we have the moody, grooving songs, and we have the happier, poppy songs. People can identify with those songs because it’s part of life that we go through different moods.”

    As a precursor to the full-length process, Jackson Waters released an EP featuring the title track “Center of Attention,” which started out as a song about Hawk’s ex-girlfriend but turned into a stirring metaphor for God’s grace. Using poetic, introspective lyrics and deliberate, swelling crescendos, the band found itself in the national spotlight when the tune was featured last fall on the TV show “One Tree Hill.” Within days, “Center of Attention” was one of the top 100 songs on the iTunes rock chart, and it received over 100,000 listens on MySpace.

    While the band had just signed with a Christian label, all of the mainstream attention immediately caused some to wonder if Jackson Waters might be following in the footsteps of notable crossover acts such as P.O.D., Switchfoot and most recently needtobreathe. But Hawk says there’s no pressure either way.

    “We write songs, and we write music that comes from within our hearts, and whoever wants to listen to it will grasp it,” he says. “If that’s the secular market, then that’s great. If that’s in the Christian market, then that’s great. I don’t think we’ve changed ourselves or our songs or what we do to fit within any mold.”

    And regardless of what kind of audience Jackson Waters attracts, the band fully understands that the multiple interpretations that can come from a single song are what make the art form so powerful.

    “That’s the beauty of music,” Leonard says. “You can take whatever you want from it. One song might mean something to somebody else, but it could mean something totally different to you. That’s the beauty of expression.”




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    Copyright © 2007 Chad Bonham. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.
    Kameegurlon April 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI Love this song!
    Kelseyf.on June 04, 2007   Link

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