John Butler (1998)

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Get this album: CD Vinyl Record Music Tracklist & Lyrics 1. Valley – 8:342. Inspiration – 5:183. Busted – 7:404. Sista – 3:185. Ocean – 12:286. Colours – 9:057. Crazy – 5:298. Keeper – 5:008. Under an Indian Sky – 7:39   Credits John Butler – vocals, guitarsGavin Shoesmith – bass, vocalsJason McGann – drums, percussion, vocals Additional Info 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 written 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. 1. Valley So have you been to the valley lately?Have you noticed that the shepherd is gone?So walk gently ladyAs you walk alongCos I once fought for his forcesBut that cross bears nothing nowI’ve seen all but your Crusades succeedAnd it’s growing sour Gonna be a long time waitinThings are always looking little better when you’re on the backSide of them And then you know all that you think you might need to knowBut even then, my little wing, you’ll have to growYou’ll have to grow So have you been to your God lately?No Jesus Christ, he ain’t nowhere to be seenHe is not there mateyHe has never been So have you been to your church latelyNo cannot find the key to your homeThere is no support for you now my friendThey got problems of their own   2. Inspiration I’m going way downDown SouthWhere I feel a little better about myselfGonna find some inspiration real soonMother Earth and I’m gonna find a way Cos I’m riding through this valley all the way, yeah, on my ownGonna learn to, say, live by myself, I’m gonna learn to be aloneCos I’ve chained myself to someone’s hip, so long, now, I can’t seeAnd I’ve forgotten who I really was, I forgot about me Gonna find some inspirationGonna take it real slowNo pressure on myselfI’m gonna go with the flowCos it seems like the only person I can’t escape from is meSo 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 ownGonna learn to, say, live by myself, I’m gonna learn to be aloneCos it seems like the only person I can’t escape from is meSo I’m gonna open these old eyes, I’m gonna open them up and see Hey, I’m commin’ homeHey, I’m commin’ home   3. Busted All, all that I knowIs that I stand here before you as criminalFor what I have done, and for what I still am doingWhat you see is wrongBut I’m just watching the sunset and playing my old songSo why did you even have to come along And all, all that amIs a good man searching for some truthSo why, why mess with meJust cos you say I’m doing something wrong against societyBut I’m just having a smoke and playing guitar, can’t you seeBut I made the mistake and thought I was free Thought I was, thought I was freeThought I was, thought I was freeWell you got your alcohol and your tobacco and you make your money offAnd your sending our kids off to war and your killing all of usBut I can not have a smoke, no, cos your whole world come crumbling downNo I cannot smoke a spliff, no, cos your whole world come crumbling downI don’t think so, I don’t think so All, all that I knowIs that I stand here before you as criminalFor what I have done, and for what I still am doingWhat you see is wrongBut I’m just watching the sunset and playing my old songSo why did you even have to come along Hey man, why won’t you just, won’t you just leave me alone   4. Sista Sista, Sista, why can’t you seeThat I’m a part of youAnd you’re a part of meAnd all I want is to be your friendSo Sista, Sista, won’t you let me in Cos all your life I have seen you growAnd yes you are, you’re a beautiful woman,And all I wanted is the best for youEven though sometimesMe meaning gets confused But all I can do is let you knowThat I’ll be there when ever you callCos I am your familyI am a part of you and you’re a part of me So, Sista, Sista, do you feel aloneCos the family’s apart and brothers all left home,And all you want is someone to talk toBut there’s no-one there I’m here, whenever you need meI’m here, I am your familyI’m here, whenever you are downAll you got to do is look around And there I am, and there I am Know I don’t get to see you much anymoreBut all you got to do is give me a callAnd there I’ll be, yes I’ll be there for youYou’ll have someone to talk toCos I am your familyAnd I’m a part of you, and you’re a part of meThere isn’t a single thing I would not doGive it all away for youFor you   5. Ocean Instrumental 6. Colours Chorus lyrics by ‘Sly & The Family Stone’ from their song “Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey“, from the album “Stand!”Originally released 1969. Lyricist: S. Stewart [Chorus lyrics by ‘Sly & The Family Stone’]“Don’t call me ni**er, wh**ey”“Don’t call me wh**ey, ni**er”“Don’t call me ni**er, wh**ey”“Don’t call me wh**ey, ni**er” Why’s all the time in this world, we stumble in the nightWhen all we have to do is get along, we don’t need to fightAnd in this great beauty, beautiful beauty, beautiful world we live uponWell say its far too small, far