Grand National (2007)

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Tracklist
1. Better Than – 3:29
2. Daniella – 4:16
3. Funky Tonight – 5:27
4. Caroline – 3:48
5. Good Excuse – 3:26
6. Used To Get High – 4:28
7. Gov Did Nothin’ – 4:28
8. Groovin’ Slowly – 4:32
9. Devil Running – 4:49
10. Losing You – 3:47
11. Nowhere Man – 3:21
12. Fire In The Sky – 5:36
13. Gonna Take It – 4:44

Additional songs featured on the Limited Edition Vinyl:
Good As Gone
Recognise Me
Ain’t That Just The Way
Thou Shall Not Steal

Personnel
Released: 24 March 2007 (AUS), 27 March 2007 (Worldwide)
Recorded: 2004-2005 at Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne
Length: 59:32
Producer: John Butler and Mario Caldato Jr.

John Butler – Vocals, Acoustic/amplified open back banjo, 12-string, 6-string, resonator lapsteel, and Weissonborn lapsteel guitars, Baritone tricone resonator guitar, Nylon string acoustic guitar, Banjo, Mouth harp, Harmonica, Ukelele (track 8), Yidaki (Didgeridoo) & Electric guitar (track 9)
Shannon Birchall – Backing vocals, Double bass, Electric bass guitar, Violin and string section composition and arrangement (track 4)
Michael Barker – Backing vocals, Drums, Shakers, Tambourine, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Congas, Timbale, Cow Bell, Timpani, Vibraphone, Tubular Bell, Crotale, Vibraslap, Kalimba, Tongue drum, Clave, Cabassa, Bongos, Triangle, Beat Box (track 2)
Danielle Caruana – Backing vocals (tracks 2, 7, 11)
Meng Jones – Beat Box (2)
Chad Hedley – Turntables (2)
Money Mark – Clavinet (2)
Bobby Singh – Tabla (2, 9, 12)
Michael Caruana – Piano and B3 Hammond (5), Wurlitzer (7, 8)
Ray Pereira – Talking drum (7)
Jex Saarelaht – Piano (7), Hammond organ (9)
Vika Bull – Backing vocals (7, 8)
Linda Bull – Backing vocals (7, 8)
Stacia Goninon – Backing vocals, chants & claps (7)
Jesse Goninon – Backing vocals, chants & claps (7)
Nicky Bomba – Backing vocals, chants & claps (7), Police skank (8)

Singles
Funky Tonight was released as the first Australian single (December 2006)
Good Excuse was released as the second Australian single (March 2007)
Better Than was released on 20 February 2007 as an online single in the United States, available via iTunes and later in Australia as a CD single in August 2007 and it served as the third single in Australia.
Used to Get High was released as a radio promotional fourth single in Australia (November 2007).

Their fourth studio album, entitled Grand National, was released on 24 March 2007 in Australia and New Zealand, and released on 27 March in the United States and France. The first single off the album, titled “Funky Tonight”, reached a high of No. 15 on the ARIA charts and No. 12 on Triple J Hottest 100 for 2006. A second single, “Better Than,” was also released. In conjunction with the American release, the trio scheduled a small American Tour consisting of only five cities starting in Los Angeles and ending in New York.
In April 2007 Grand National was the initial album nominated for a J Award by national youth broadcaster Triple J. “Better Than” which was released as the first overseas single from Grand National, reached No. 1 on the Triple A format charts in United States in June 2007. It also reached the top ten international songs at Japanese Radio and has been a major radio hit in France where the video made MTV’s video of the week.
On 7 July 2007 they performed at the Australian leg of Live Earth in Sydney. On 31 July 2007 the John Butler Trio performed their song, “Better Than” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On 4 August 2007 they performed at Newport Folk Festival playing a set that included “Used to Get High”, “Better Than”, “Ocean”, “Funky Tonight”, and “Good Excuse”.
In 2007, the John Butler Trio won the Australian Independent Record (AIR) Award for Best Performing Independent Album as well as Best Independent Release and Best Blues and Roots Album at the ARIA Awards.
On 3 August 2008 they performed at Lollapalooza in Chicago. The John Butler Trio concluded the summer of 2008 touring the U.S. with G. Love and Special Sauce.
In July 2009 “Betterman” was voted number 47 by the Australian public in Triple J Hottest 100 of all time.

On 26 March 2009 John Butler announced that the current bass and drum musicians of the John Butler Trio, Shannon Birchall and Michael Barker are separating from the band. For purely artistic reasons, John felt it necessary to change the line up in an attempt by John to discover new inspirations with new members. John stated in his announcement:

Michael and Shannon have been by far the best line up I have performed with in The John Butler Trio to date. They have been a pleasure to live, love, learn, record and tour with. Their professionalism, musicianship, and commitment have been unwavering and for that and a whole lot more I am truly thankful.John Butler, 2008

Michael Barker went on to form Swamp Thing with guitarist/singer Grant Haua, based in New Zealand. Their first album Balladeer was released in May 2011


Better Than

All you want is
What you can’t have
And if you just look around man
You see you got magic
So just sit back relax
Enjoy it while you still have it
Don’t look back on life man and only see tragic

[CHORUS] Because you could be better than that
Don’t let it get the better of you
What could be better than now
Life’s not about what’s better than
You can be better than that
Don’t let it get the better of you
What could be better than now
Life’s not about what’s better

All the time while you’re looking away
There are things you can do man
There’s things you can say
To the the ones you’re with
With whom you’re spending your today
Get your gaze off tomorrow
And let come what may

[CHORUS]

All I know is sometimes things can be hard
But you should know by now
They come and they go
So why, oh why
Do I look to the other side
‘Cos I know the grass is greener but
Just as hard to mow

Life’s not about what’s better than.

 


Daniella

You light me up little girl, like the 4th of July
I love you more than every single star man in the sky
You are the best damn thing that ever happened to me
Want to take you home start making family
You are a damn fine lady like no other
Want to introduce you to my father and my mother
I’m so damn happy you want to be my lover
Can’t wait to get you home and get you under the covers

Daniella be my cinderella
Won’t you come around and be my baby
Daniella, don’t you remember won’t you come
Daniella
Daniella
Daniella

I remember the day I asked
Your parents for your hand
Nearly knocked them off their feet
They could not hardly stand
The same day I asked you be my wife to be
I said m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m marry me
I said I promise to love you and treat you right
Give you the proper respect you deserve
Every day and night
Give you good good lovin’ ’til the morning light
And I promise we will never, ever
Ever fight, yeah right yeah

 


Funky Tonight
Girl I don’t wanna argue
I don’t wanna fight
And if there’s something wrong
Yes you know I’m gonna try to make it right
I love you, you love me
We be one family tonight
So get right over here
Let’s get don col’ funky tonight

Girl you are my queen
And there ain’t no doubt about it
And if you want I’ll tell the world
Yes you know I’ll shout it
The way you walk, talk, move yeah girl get me high as a kite
So get right over here let’s get down col’ funky tonight
Tonight

What’s your name?
Let’s go back to when we first met
Back in 1999 ‘preciate
Before you knew I was yours and you mine, yeah

Gonna turn the lights down low
Put the stereo on
Put on our favourite record by
Ella Fitz and Louis Armstrong
And take you to the living room dancefloor
And I’ll hold you tight
I guarantee you and me gonna get down funky tonight
I guarantee you and me gonna get down funky tonight

I guarantee you and me gonna get down funky tonight

What’s your name?
Let’s go back to when we first met
Back in 1999 ‘preciate
Before you knew I was yours and I knew you were mine
What’s your name?
Let’s go back to when we first met
Back in 1999 ‘preciate
Before you knew I was yours and you mine, yeah


Caroline
Got your eyes open, but you cannot see
Got what you want, do you got what you need?
The one day you see something you cannot bear
Telling you girl, yes you better beware
Her papa loved her so much you could see
Loved her too much if you know what I mean
So, she left home young,
Yeah she moved town to town
Looking for love that she never found

She played it hard and yes she played it rough
Made her feel safe and it made her feel tough
And rock by rock she built those walls everyday
Built herself a tower so far away
And from up high in that castle
She knew no one could get too close to touch
And if life and death were such a game
Why did they all make such a fuss?
And if birds could fly high over their troubles
She gonna find some of her own wings and fly
And no one could convince or pay her double
Or tell her she was too young to die


Good Excuse

I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that i saw on my tv
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me
I used to get high for a living
Thinking that my destiny was out of my control
I used to get high for a living
There’s lots of different reasons and i’ll tell you so

Super size, large fries, big mac, coca cola
Go on man, pick your poison
Speed, weed, ecstacy, LSD
Man, it don’t bother me cos we’re all on something
Caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol
You know I’m clawing at the walls trying to get my fix
Prozac, ADD tablets, coke, smack
Now you know i am turning tricks cos

I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that i saw on my tv
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me
Yeah, that they sold me

Escape, can’t wait all trying to get away
From this place man that we’re feeling
Can’t deal, can’t feel what’s real
All trying to conceal all this time we’re stealing
No doubt, the route you’re on
Can’t find the clout that you’ve been needing
‘Til then my friend you must contend
With the monster that you’re feeding

I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that i saw on my tv
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me
I used to get high for a living
Thinking that my destiny was out of my control
I used to get high for a living
There’s lots of different reasons and I’ll tell you so

Got links of the cheney
Getting crazy, getting lazy with their foreign relations
Starting wars, closing doors
Trying to bring about one quicker, man, revelations
Economic rational calling fouls with the workers
Just trying to make it pay
Cost cutting, head butting
Big business do what they like and you do what they say
What’s wrong get along, just prolong all the thoughts
You got going on, on the inside
Appease, stand at ease, just try to please
All the apathy that you’re trying to hide
How now brown cow
Did we get from this standing place……
And now we’re kneeling
‘Til then my friend you must contend with the monster that you’re feeding

I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that i saw on my tv
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me
I used to get high for a living
Thinking that my destiny was out of my control
I used to get high for a living
There’s lots of different reasons and I’ll tell you so


Used To Get High
I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that i saw on my tv
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me
I used to get high for a living
Thinking that my destiny was out of my control
I used to get high for a living
There’s lots of different reasons and i’ll tell you so

Super size, large fries, big mac, coca cola
Go on man, pick your poison
Speed, weed, ecstacy, LSD
Man, it don’t bother me cos we’re all on something
Caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol
You know I’m clawing at the walls trying to get my fix
Prozac, ADD tablets, coke, smack
Now you know i am turning tricks cos

I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that i saw on my tv
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me
Yeah, that they sold me

Escape, can’t wait all trying to get away
From this place man that we’re feeling
Can’t deal, can’t feel what’s real
All trying to conceal all this time we’re stealing
No doubt, the route you’re on
Can’t find the clout that you’ve been needing
‘Til then my friend you must contend
With the monster that you’re feeding

I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that i saw on my tv
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me
I used to get high for a living
Thinking that my destiny was out of my control
I used to get high for a living
There’s lots of different reasons and I’ll tell you so

Got links of the cheney
Getting crazy, getting lazy with their foreign relations
Starting wars, closing doors
Trying to bring about one quicker, man, revelations
Economic rational calling fouls with the workers
Just trying to make it pay
Cost cutting, head butting
Big business do what they like and you do what they say
What’s wrong get along, just prolong all the thoughts
You got going on, on the inside
Appease, stand at ease, just try to please
All the apathy that you’re trying to hide
How now brown cow
Did we get from this standing place……
And now we’re kneeling
‘Til then my friend you must contend with the monster that you’re feeding

I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that i saw on my tv
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me
I used to get high for a living
Thinking that my destiny was out of my control
I used to get high for a living
There’s lots of different reasons and I’ll tell you so


Gov Did Nothin’

Way on down where they’ve been forgotten
City just sinking with the whole world watching
Wading waist deep in water, living on my roof in the land of forgotten
Hey, to the deaf giant with the big muscles why ya moving so slow
Con, conquer and dividing, hole in the bucket got nothing to show

G be Indiana-Jones-ing
Digging up the east stealing dinosaur bones-ing
Hey, he don’t dream of stopping
Chasing his tail trying to find Bin Laden
Hell, is what he living
It’s not what you can get, it’s about what ya giving
Hey and I know you won’t admit it
Ya stepped in the puddle and you know what was in it

Another storm coming, you better cover head
Sh!t gonna hit the fan, gov did nothin’
Oh my god, the gov did nothin’

Now I don’t wish to offend
No I don’t wish to start a fight
But do you really think that the gov would do nothing
If all those people were white
Hey, don’t tell me you know the answer
Stranger than fiction and it don’t need romancing
Hey and he think they’re the sinners
He caught up in the race and he think he the winner

Forgotten, for way too long

 


Groovin’ Slowly

Beautiful woman, so sexy
Come shake that bottom over, over to me
Feel that one drop, feel that skank
Brother B playing that Hip Hop
It better than a, money in the bank
Lights are low, moon is high
I want you to know
That you’re the brightest star in my sky and

I’m groovin’ slowly
With my woman
Groovin’ slowly
With my wo-man

DJ play that music
All night long
Play that funky kingston
You know it’s our, our favourite song
Feel that back beat
Feel that groove
Got my baby on the dancefloor
She doin all her, her favourite moves

I want you to know girl
I want you to feel
I want to show you
That my love is real
I want you to see girl
You’re the brightest star that shines
Even though there is no forever
I’m gonna love you ’til the end of time

‘Cos I’m, I’m groovin’ slowly


Devil Running

A sun does rise from distant lands
Tears run and fires burning
He find first place with dirty hands
He graduates man without learning.
Agenda set
So long ago
This son’s a puppet with a master
The hands stand still right by his side
Middle finger on the button of disaster.

And most of us we stand and watch
Like old lady getting handbag stolen
It’s time to chase, chase them criminals
I see the devil and the devil is running.

Bad business ties turn out sour
Backstabbed man nothing forgotten
And in an unforgotten hour
Seeds fall from an apple rotten.
Now hate and fear have their own way
And don’t the scum just love the distraction
Black blood will need to be lanced
And when it’s found you just blame the guilty faction.

And now it’s time not just to watch
Like old lady getting handbag stolen
It’s time to chase, chase them criminals
I see the devil and the devil is running [x2]

 


Losing You

There are things in this life I,
Would rather not sacrifice.
You girl I could not live without,
And you know there’s no doubt that
All I mind’s, losing you.

And I don’t mind losing sleep,
Pray the lord my soul to keep.
I’ll get plenty of rest when I am dead,
But ’till then wont you share my bed ’cause
All I mind’s, losing you
All I mind’s, losing you.

And now that I’m losing money,
There’s nothing this life owes me.
I’ve been giving more than I can receive, but for,
For you there is no receipt so,
All I mind’s, losing you.
All I mind’s, losing you…ohh…

And now that I’m growing old,
Losing teeth and growing more.
Not as handsome as I never was but,
You loved me just because.
All I mind’s, losing you.

There are things in this life I,
Would rather not sacrifice.
You girl I can not live without,
And you know there’s no doubt that
All I mind’s, losing you.
Oh, all I mind’s, losing you.
All I mind’s, losing you.

 


Nowhere Man
I’m in
and i’m out
Australian, and so the rest dont know what the hell i be on about but
from here
and there
i belong nowhere

it seems some men…..
and life dont seem to be the same…..
but all my life ive lived on the, outside
and now im in, but in nowhere

Nowhere man
Nowhere man
Nowhere man
Nowhere man

i love those forests but no long….
but i love to share just like the bullet likes to be free
flying through the air nowhere…

some where down deep inside, of me
i guess i allways wanted to, be part of the ….
but now ive found that in my, family
and now im happy just to be…

a Nowhere man
Nowhere man
Nowhere man
Nowhere man

and i say…


Fire In The Sky

Fire in the sky outta the blue and into the red depths,
Time for you and I to try to fall asleep in the bed they’ve made us,
All came crumbling down tears in our eyes as it rained confusion the whole world has changed
But I don’t understand how one can kill a man in the name peace, that’s ridiculous
But I understand that I will defend my family, from both sides of misery.

Fire in the sky outta the blue and into the red depths,
Time for you and I to try to fall asleep in the bed they’ve made us,
All came crumbling down tears in our eyes as it rained confusion the whole world has changed
But I don’t understand how one can kill a man in the name peace, that’s ridiculous.

They say I colonize, so they fire from the sky and they come outta nowhere
Time for you and I to turn on the big screen see what’s happening’
And as those children die, pawns in the game of collateral damage,
The whole world goes mad,
Standing your on quick sand, the more we fight we sink
And vengeance gives us hope, at least that’s what we think, at least that’s what we think. As we make amends on getting our revenge, We solved nothing now, to sad to look down
but with God on both sides, death is justified, wateva the name, and we all feel pain.

As those spirits fly,
to honor those who have past,
we got to get along, while the time still lasts
Burying this has to be so we all can grieve
and feel all this pain and so we can live again, so we can live again but
as we make amends on getting our revenge, We solved nothing now, to sad to look down
but with God on both sides, death is justified, wateva the name, and we all feel pain.
But I don’t understand how one can kill a man in the name peace, that’s ridiculous
But I understand that I will defend my family, from both sides of misery.

 


Gonna Take It

Smile your lovely smile
And tell me of tomorrows for a while And hold my hand
And tell me, tell me, tell me you understand
‘Cos I know your name
And there ain’t no one else
I’d trust now with this shame
So, so good woman, open up your heart
And I will take it back to the beginning I will

Yes I am gonna take it
Gonna take it
Gonna take it
Right back from the start
Gonna take it
Gonna take it
Gonna take it right back from the start

‘Cos I am weary and I am torn
Been fighting a war that started before yes I was born

And now before it tears my heart clean apart
This is my proclamation
This is me

She said taste the spice
Don’t just hang it up in the corner
Where you think it looks nice
And ah say what needs to be said
‘Coz you’re health man is your wealth
And you’re a long time dead

Yes I am gonna take it
Gonna take it
Gonna take it
Right back from the start
Gonna take it
Gonna take it
Gonna take it right back from the start