Three (2001)

- posted in Studio Albums
Tracklist
Original Australian track listing:
1. Betterman – 8:16
2. Attitude – 6:09
3. Media – 5:19
4. Believe – 3:59
5. Take – 8:01
6. Life Ain’t What It Seems – 7:04
7. Money – 11:33
8. Foundation – 14:47

U.S. track listing featuring 3 tracks from the JBT EP and without ‘Foundation’:
1. Betterman – 8:16
2. Attitude – 6:09
3. Media – 5:19
4. Believe – 3:59
5. Take – 8:01
6. Life Ain’t What It Seems – 7:04
7. Money – 11:33
8. Pickapart – 2:59
9. Earthbound Child – 3:50
10. Don’t Understand – 4:31

Personnel
Released: 18 April 2001
Recorded: Studio Couch – North Fremantle
Producer: John Butler Trio & Shaun O’Callaghan

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

Paul Boon – didgeridoo
George Rrurrambu – intro vocals on “Money”
Rosie Johnstone, David Broadfoot & Brenda Fost – backing vocals

Three is the second studio album by The John Butler Trio.
All the music and lyrics were written and arranged by John Butler. The album was recorded, engineered and mixed by Shaun O’Callaghan at Studio Couch, North Fremantle, Western Australia. It was mastered at Woodstock Studios by Robin Mai, Nicky Bomba and Joe Camilleri. The album was produced by the John Butler Trio and Shaun O’Callaghan. The cover concept was designed by John Butler with Matt and Iowana at Insomnia Design.

In April 2001, John Butler Trio released Three and relocated to Melbourne to promote the record on the east coast. The track, “Betterman”, was on high rotation by Triple J. Three peaked at No. 24 on the ARIA Charts. It also remained on the alternative charts for nine months reaching No. 3. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2001 the album won an award for ‘Best Independent Release’.
“Betterman” reached No. 5 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2001.

Shoesmith left the trio to form his own band, The Groovesmiths, Butler replaced him with 19-year-old Rory Quirk, who was on their first tour of the United States in 2001. Quirk, in turn, left in 2002 to pursue a career with his band, Quirk. Andrew Fry joined as the next bass player.

The success of Three led to its release in the US in 2002 and two tours of the US followed. The band supported the Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer as well as playing at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and the South by Southwest Festival. The band also played at the Splendour in the Grass Festival in Australia. Butler, his manager Phil Stevens and fellow Western Australian folk artists, The Waifs, founded Jarrah Records in July 2002.

As a result of intensive touring, the band developed a great live reputation in Australia. The band released Living 2001-2002 in February 2003, a double live album which had a top ten debut in the ARIA album charts and went on to achieve platinum sales. Butler took a brief break after five years of solid work since 1997 for the birth of his daughter Banjo.


Betterman
Betterman I am since I
Come into contact with you
And you taught so many things about myself
and you know this is true
but now we are apart and its all my fault
cos you know I need to be alone
Don’t know myself
so how can I share me with you girl or anyon e

Don’t want to be a thorn in your side
good woman
Always be the one
to make you cry
Don’t wanna be that guy
Good woman
cos you deserve everything
and I got nothing so leave me
and I’ll go away better off I stay
Far from you,
because you are beautiful

BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

Now typical man
I am because you think
I want my cake and eat it too
Cos say I can’t be in a relationship
but I still feel for you
Cos you are the best woman
This old man has ever met
You taught me about my soul
you shared with me your magic

Don’t want to be a thorn in your side
good woman
Always be the one
to make you cry
Don’t wanna be that guy
Good woman
cos you deserve everything
and I got nothing so leave me
and I’ll go away better off I stay
Far from you,
because you are beautiful

Betterman I am since I
Come into contact with you
And you taught
so many things about myself
and you know this is true
but now we are apart and its all my fault
cos you know I need to be alone
Don’t know myself
so how can I share me with you girl
or anyone
Cause you are

BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL WOMAN…
BETTER MAN I AM COS OF YOU…


Attitude
Hey man why you always give me Attitude?
What I, what I ever Done to you?
If you got a bone to Pick
Step outside step Outside talk about it

But I talk with words man
I don’t talk with my fists
I’m sick of all this aggression
Hell you know I’ve had enough of it
But I don’t mean to Offend you
So tell me if I have tell me if I have
Don’t give me attitude
Don’t you give me attitude

Hey man why you always laughing at me?
What’s so, what’s so funny?
Cos take a look in the mirror say now what do you see?
You are just, you are just like me

And I’m easy going
I listen to what you gotta say
And if I was wrong, if I was wrong
I’d say sorry.
Cause I don’t mean,
No I don’t mean to offend you
I got my own Demons
Don’t need bad karma too

Cos truth is the only way
So express what you’re feelin
Say what you’ve gotta say
Without blaming, without blaming


Media
What you watch, what you read
What you perceive is to be truth
It is all so subjective
So what you believe is up to you

But what are we to believe in
Between the lies and the truth? Youth
Media has vested interest
So what you believe is up to you.

But how are we to make sense of these turbulent times
When all they do is censor our minds
Only telling what they want us to know
Only half of the story told

So what is wrong? What is right?
No truth can there be seen
Well it’s all there in your new religion
Just turn on your TV screen

Watch the sex and drugs and all that violence
Look what they are feeding you
Propaganda yes indeed its,
its all there to confuse

But how are we to make sense of these turbulent times
When all they do is brainwash our minds
Only telling what they want us to know
Only half of the story told

And if the truth can’t be found
I’ll find my own underground
And if the truth is never to be seen
I’ll find my own in between

What you watch, what you read
What you perceive is to be truth
It is all so subjective
So what you believe is up to you

But what are we to believe in
Between the lies and the truth? Youth
Media has vested interest
So what you believe is up to you.
You know its up to you
Don’t believe the lies, read between the lines,
Don’t believe the lies, critically analyze


Believe
Theres no need to cry
Just hold your head up high
All you got to do is Believe…
In your self
Cos there will be no-one else
Who will ever leave…
You alone anymore
Cos in yourself you be sure
in who you’d be…
Exactly who you are
Cos you could go so far
All you got to do is believe…

Take sometime with yourself
Think about something else
If you cannot be thankful
for what you got
Cos take a look around
It is all so beautiful
So what the hell is there to worry about?
Worry about, worry about…

There’s no need to worry
Run around in your scurry
All you got to do is believe…
In the universe
Cos this man it always works
All you got to do is release…
All your expectations
In any situation
All you got to do is see…
That it’s all taking place
In it’s own grace
All you got to do is believe

Take sometime with yourself
Think about something else
If you cannot be thankful
for what you got
Cos take a look around
It is all so beautiful
So what the hell is there to worry about?
Worry about, worry about…


Take
Take, take what you want,
Take it all, I know you want my soul
And feel, what you want me to feel
But I will only conceal just a little more
From you
You’re all alone, you’re all alone
And you draggin everyone in
All alone and you don’t even understand
Don’t even understand

So I’ll obey, listen to what you say
Cos you are in full control now
But you’re so scared, so scared of losing it all somehow
You’re all alone, you’re all alone
And you draggin everyone in
All alone and you don’t even understand
Don’t even understand

See if you don’t got the time to show just a little respect
You won’t get any in return
And if you don’t got time to have an open ear
You won’t have anything to learn

Don’t know why you don’t even understand
Don’t know why you don’t even understand
Don’t know why you don’t even understand


Life Ain’t What It Seems
Strange as it may be
Sometimes life you know it ain’t what it seems
Like going to war to make peace
Sometimes life you know it ain’t what it seems

Like the old man out there he lives on the streets
And now he is asking for a dollar off everybody he meets
Never knew he used to be a millionaire on wall street
Sometimes life you know it ain’t what it seems

Just like that plane you are late for leaving without you
And now it changes all you plans and puts you in a bad mood
And that plane ends up crashing but at the time man you would not have a clue
That being late could be so good and life is strange and this true

So sometimes life you know it ain’t what it seems
Sometimes good presents come in bad wrapping
Strange as it may be
Sometimes bad presents come in good wrapping

Just like our Prime Minister with his new policy
called the RFA he says he wants to save the old trees
You have a look at what he has come up with his business mates and you will see
That the man could not give a shit and some things ain’t what they seem

Just like that environmental day sponsored by Shell
So we can all endorse the killing and go straight to hell
It’s like Bunnings saying they’re supporting your community
While they’re chopping it right down and somethings ain’t what they seem

Oh I won’t forget
Everything you know it’s happening, happening for a reason
So there ain’t no need, no need in worrying…
Just get your job done.

Strange as it may be
Sometimes life you know it ain’t what it seems
Like going to war to make peace
Sometimes life you know it ain’t what it seems


Money
Well I hope you find your way
Through every heart wrenching day
With all those shitty decisions that you make
Hell I know the games, I know the games you play

So do you think you got enough time
To open all of your uranium mines
Before yes you go and you poison us all
You know your profit man it’s gonna take its toll

And I don’t know who you are
I don’t know where you come from
I just know it is to hell you’re going cos
You pollute everything with you big business
And I know it’s all for your money
Hell yeah, all for your money
All for your money
Tell me man it’s all for your money

So go now you go and you rape this Earth
You take her for what you think she’d worth
But you take and you take and you take til there’s nothing left
I don’t call that business, I call that theft

So who do the Hell do you think you are
Why do you got to take things so far
You know you screw the Earth and then you look towards the stars
Tell me man why do you got to take things so far

And I don’t know who you are
I don’t know where you come from
I just know it is to hell you’re going cos
You ruin everything with you big business
And I know it’s all for your money

All for your money
Sweeter than honey
All for your Money
Tell me man can you eat your money
Tell me man can you eat your money
Cos that’s what’s gonna be left, that’s what’s gonna be left
So tell me man can you eat your money

Business man with your uranium mine,
will you gain a conscience
Politician man, there in your Government,
will you gain a conscience
Media man with all your newspapers,
Who lies must gain a conscience
Prime Minister with all our apathy,
will you GAIN A CONSCIENCE!