John Butler (1998)

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Tracklist
Original Australian track listing:
1. Valley – 8:34
2. Inspiration – 5:18
3. Busted – 7:40
4. Sista – 3:18
5. Ocean – 12:28
6. Colours – 9:05
7. Crazy – 5:29
8. Keeper – 5:00
8. Under an Indian Sky – 7:39

Personnel
Released: 27 December 1998
Recorded: Studio Couch – North Fremantle
Arrangements, Artwork, Producer – John Butler
Engineer, Mixer – George Nikoloudis, Shaun O’Callaghan

John Butler – vocals, guitars
Gavin Shoesmith – double bass; electric bass
Jason McGann – drums; vocals

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John Butler is the first full length album by the John Butler Trio, released 27 December 1998.
It was recorded at Studio Couch, Fremantle and engineered by George Nikoloudis and Shaun O’Callaghan, mixed by Shaun O’Callaghan and George Nikoloudis and mastered by Shaun O’Callaghan and Richard Mahony at Studio Couch and Toad Hall.

All music and lyrics were written, arranged and produced by John Butler, except for the words of the chorus in “Colours” which were by Sly and the Family Stone.

With Jason McGann on drums and Gavin Shoesmith on bass, the first version of the group recorded the album in December 1998 which was launched at Mojos Bar in North Fremantle.


Valley
So have you been to the valley lately?
Have you noticed that the shepherd is gone?
So walk gently lady
As you walk along
Cos I once fought for his forces
But that cross bears nothing now
I’ve seen all but your Crusades succeed
And it’s growing sour

Gonna be a long time waitin
Things are always looking little better when you’re on the back
Side of them

And then you know all that you think you might need to know
But even then, my little wing, you’ll have to grow
You’ll have to grow

So have you been to your God lately?
No Jesus Christ, he ain’t nowhere to be seen
He is not there matey
He has never been

So have you been to your church lately
No cannot find the key to your home
There is no support for you now my friend
They got problems of their own


Inspiration
I’m going way down
Down South
Where I feel a little better about myself
Gonna find some inspiration real soon
Mother Earth and I’m gonna find a way

Cos I’m riding through this valley all the way, yeah, on my own
Gonna learn to, say, live by myself, I’m gonna learn to be alone
Cos I’ve chained myself to someone’s hip, so long, now, I can’t see
And I’ve forgotten who I really was, I forgot about me

Gonna find some inspiration
Gonna take it real slow
No pressure on myself
I’m gonna go with the flow
Cos it seems like the only person I can’t escape from is me
So I’m gonna open these old eyes, I’m gonna open them up and see

Cos I’m riding through this valley all the way, yeah, on my own
Gonna learn to, say, live by myself, I’m gonna learn to be alone
Cos it seems like the only person I can’t escape from is me
So I’m gonna open these old eyes, I’m gonna open them up and see

Hey, I’m commin’ home
Hey, I’m commin’ home


Busted
All, all that I know
Is that I stand here before you as criminal
For what I have done, and for what I still am doing
What you see is wrong
But I’m just watching the sunset and playing my old song
So why did you even have to come along

And all, all that am
Is a good man searching for some truth
So why, why mess with me
Just cos you say I’m doing something wrong against society
But I’m just having a smoke and playing guitar, can’t you see
But I made the mistake and thought I was free

Thought I was, thought I was free
Thought I was, thought I was free
Well you got your alcohol and your tobacco and you make your money off
And your sending our kids off to war and your killing all of us
But I can not have a smoke, no, cos your whole world come crumbling down
No I cannot smoke a spliff, no, cos your whole world come crumbling down
I don’t think so, I don’t think so

All, all that I know
Is that I stand here before you as criminal
For what I have done, and for what I still am doing
What you see is wrong
But I’m just watching the sunset and playing my old song
So why did you even have to come along

Hey man, why won’t you just, won’t you just leave me alone


Sista
Sista, Sista, why can’t you see
That I’m a part of you
And you’re a part of me
And all I want is to be your friend
So Sista, Sista, won’t you let me in

Cos all your life I have seen you grow
And yes you are, you’re a beautiful woman,
And all I wanted is the best for you
Even though sometimes
Me meaning gets confused

But all I can do is let you know
That I’ll be there when ever you call
Cos I am your family
I am a part of you and you’re a part of me

So, Sista, Sista, do you feel alone
Cos the family’s apart and brothers all left home,
And all you want is someone to talk to
But there’s no-one there

I’m here, whenever you need me
I’m here, I am your family
I’m here, whenever you are down
All you got to do is look around

And there I am, and there I am

Know I don’t get to see you much anymore
But all you got to do is give me a call
And there I’ll be, yes I’ll be there for you
You’ll have someone to talk to
Cos I am your family
And I’m a part of you, and you’re a part of me
There isn’t a single thing I would not do
Give it all away for you
For you


Colours
Writer(s): John Kander, Fred Ebb, John Charles Wiltshire-Butler
Copyright: Bro ‘N Sis Music Inc. O.B.O. Kander & Ebb Inc., Family Music Pty Ltd.
Chorus lyrics by ‘Sly & The Family Stone’

[Chorus] “Don’t call me nigger, whitey”
“Don’t call me whitey, nigger”
“Don’t call me nigger, whitey”
“Don’t call me whitey, nigger”

Why’s all the time in this world, we stumble in the night
When all we have to do is get along, we don’t need to fight
And in this great beauty, beautiful beauty, beautiful world we live upon
Well say its far too small, far too small for us not to get along

So saying: “why can’t we just all get along”
So saying: “why can’t we just sing this one song”
So saying: “why can’t we just all get along”

Instead of always saying:

[Chorus] “Don’t call me nigger, whitey”
“Don’t call me whitey, nigger”
“Don’t call me nigger, whitey”
“Don’t call me whitey, nigger”

Why’s all the time in this world, we stumble in the night
When all we have to do is get along, we don’t need to fight
And in this great beauty, beautiful beauty, beautiful world we live upon
Well say its far too small, far too small for us not to get along

There’s more than just one colour to this big world rainbow
And no colour shines off any brighter
This my son, you should know
You should know


Crazy
Take a look around and what do I see
It looking like the whole world’s goin just a little crazy
And I know it can’t be all of them and just not me
So I guess I’m going just a little crazy

Take a look around and what do I see
Far too many people watching their colour TV
Well, you might as well hang yourself
Right up from a tree
Cos you be starving your brain
If you’re watching too much TV

And all that it’s telling you is good is bad
And all that it’s telling you is that your happy is sad
And all that it’s telling you is that you are to fat
And we are what we are, that’s all we are

Take a look around and what do I see
A goddamn government that couldn’t give a fuck about you
Or me
Can’t even get his shit together, come up with one good
Policy
A goddamn government that couldn’t give a fuck about you
Or me

All that they care about it that you pay your tax
And all that they care about is that you pay off your land
And all that they care about is that you obey on command
And we do, and we do, and we’re all mad


Keeper
Keeper won’t you let me in
My soul is tired and worn thin
And all I want is a place to lay my head
So keeper, keep me a while, I said

Cos all I want to do is escape this mind
So keeper, can I leave that part please behind
Cos I don’t want to think about life anymore
That’s why keeper, I am knocking on your front door

And all I get inside
Melted away with all my pride
And all I can do is sleep
It’s the only thing that gets me away from this brain in my head, you see

Keeper

I know you look around and you look inside and you see nothing
I know you look around and you look inside and you see nothing
But you got to look around and look inside and see something
you gotta look around and look inside and see something

Keeper

And I know its gonna be a long time
And I know its gonna be a long time