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John Butler Trio — Company Sin
Album: Sunrise Over Sea
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6.9

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Released: 2004
Length: 4:35
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Ben got a job, at the mine along the way
He said eveything was fine until that fateful day
That's when his life started to change,
The day he went to help and go blow up that mountain range
He been moved to town a year ago or maybee more
Straight out of high school,
The whole he had in store,
Wanted to travel, needed some dough
Eveybody worked the mines why should he say no

But don't ask him why,
He can't explain,
Why now things for him have changed
It's not his land
They're not his songs
He can't work out why he don't belong

(chorus) x2
Part of company
Part of company
Part of company sin
Won't someone please tell the lad when humbug did begin.

Now legend has it,
Or so they say
The bones of an ancient people,
Yeah thats where they lay
And their decendants hold close to heart,
Oh that mountain range Ben was helping to blow apart
And so I said things for ben weren't quite right
Now he's waking up screaming man every single night
Hearing voices in different tounge
The screaming of the old
Yeah the screaming of the young

Don't ask him why,
He can't explain, why
Why now he feels in so much pain
It's not his land
They're not his songs
He can't work out why he don't belong

(chorus) x2
Part of company
Part of company
Part of company sin
Wont someone please tell the lad when humbug did begin.

(guitar)

Now Bens moved on
Job left him a while back
Now he's thanking God that his boss gave him the sack.
But in the mirror, yes he can face
The day he stopped helping go blow up that sacred place

(chorus) x2
Part of company
Part of company
Part of company sin
Now he knows when all that humbug did begin
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Shades of RHCP🙄
Yet more political BS from Mr Butler.
So bad in so many ways.  
Anyone who thinks this tune is “boring and without soul” is not trying very hard. Brilliant, beautiful work.
 Proclivities wrote:


I thought it was Enya.
 Hahahaha!

Wonder if Bill also  heard something of RHCPs since he followed with  Dani California?
Dexy's Midnight Runners?
Lyrics are powerful and heartbreaking.  So much destruction of the land.   
 crackker8385 wrote:
I love the Red Hot Chili Butler Trio... wtf?
 

I thought it was Enya.
Always really disliked this 'Sound' Just find it so boring, no soul.
I love the Red Hot Chili Butler Trio... wtf?
I second that emotion 

DaidyBoy wrote:
I hear the Chilies, but I like it better than them.

edit:  Ha. Followed by Dani California and a rapid PSD.

 


I hear the Chilies, but I like it better than them.

edit:  Ha. Followed by Dani California and a rapid PSD.
This tune sounds way too DMB meets Phish....yes and as someone pointed out Rusted Root too....
MORE JBT PLEASE !!!!!!!!
Used to love this during my studies in Oz-straiaaa {#Bananapiano}
Anyone else hear a little Red Hot Chili Pepper in this?

... Oh, I read further down, guess I'm late on noticing.
Absolutely awesome live.  He does wonders with the 12 string.  Saw him with Keb Mo, Eric Bibb, Jack Johnson at Byron Bay Blues Fest.  Brilliant.  
The guitar work reminds me a lot of Zappa.
9/10
Not rock. Not reggae. Not alternative. Somethong in between which deserves the rate in between. 5.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Heck...I thought this was the Chilli Peppers!

 
It was close enough that I punched that PSD button for all it was worth. 
Briliant track to make one think, or just to drive to if that's enough for you. Great artist.

Holy Guacamole.

I thought, for the first time in the history, RP played a two for.

I was going to break out the Champagne, because Red Hot Chili Peepers are my favorite. And I'm like - hmm, I don't know this one - what the heck? This song could completely be on Stadium Arcadium.


Grovee and meaningful! {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Sunny}
 tesscakes wrote:
I love John Butler Trio. If you're not quite sold on this song, check out "Ocean". This man is pure genius
 
Gorgeous... my daughter sent me the youtube link a year or so ago. I watch it every now and then to get a headspin.
havin' a godlike effect on my tookus  : )
Hey, Anthony! Oh...it's not you. Heh. Nice little groove tune.
I love John Butler Trio. If you're not quite sold on this song, check out "Ocean". This man is pure genius
I was just about to post the same comment ...
squidish wrote:


And I, as well.

 


 Chili Pepper X Joe Jackson anyone?


squidish wrote:


And I, as well.

 


 me tooidiot_wind wrote:
Heck...I thought this was the Chilli Peppers!

 

And I, as well.
Rusted Peppers. Joking aside, this sounds like it would probably be a great band live.
Heck...I thought this was the Chilli Peppers!
Didn't know Anthony Kidis sang in another band.
 Jeff09 wrote:

Actually, I'm hearing Rusted Root

 

True that.
Michael Glabecki.
 Cynaera wrote:

I was thinking the same thing! {#Bounce}
 
Me too...good though
 cupajoe wrote:
I just saw JBT last night with a good friend.  Excellent show.  That guy sure can play the guitar!!!
 
I saw the trio in Reno 2 or 3 years ago at a small little outdoor venue.  What a great show!  Too bad he does not come around these parts more often.  Definitely an underrated talent.
 Jeff09 wrote:

Actually, I'm hearing Rusted Root

 
There's nothing wrong here, then...

I just saw JBT last night with a good friend.  Excellent show.  That guy sure can play the guitar!!!
Funky Universal Vibes goin' on here!  {#Yes}
 DaveInVA wrote:
Sure does sound a lot like the Peppers better stuff...
 
Actually, I'm hearing Rusted Root

This is my go-to song when the weights are too heavy in the gym "he don't work out"

John Butler 14-08-2007 by ~burntcitizen
Scotty Gelston ©2007-2010 ~burntcitizen

John Butler,

Albert Hall Launceston Tasmania



 DaveInVA wrote:
Sure does sound a lot like the Peppers better stuff...
 
I was thinking the same thing! {#Bounce}
 AdyMiles wrote:
annoying and noisy
 
Yes you are. Please stop.
Sure does sound a lot like the Peppers better stuff...
Same. Either way, good little ditty.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Couldn't believe it wasn't the Peppers!
 
Ditto! I thought, "Hey, they're back in form!"

Bought this album when it come out and I was travelling in Australia (hadn't come across JBT before - was recommended to me by an Ozzy mate).
Listened to it constantly while road tripping in Oz. Don't care how cheesey this sounds, but that album made the trip twice as good!!

b.t.w. the album's well worth buying - as with most good albums, the overall value is greater than the sum of the parts!
A shamless Chili Pepper's rip off
 floydoftherocks wrote:

second.

 
fourth!


third!

 
floydoftherocks wrote:

second.
 


 AdyMiles wrote:
annoying and noisy
 
second.

annoying and noisy
 wally42 wrote:
You must listen to more JBT. I have seen him solo and with the band. Amazing, really fun and a super nice guy.
 
I completely agree. I saw them live in Alaska & they were just amazing! Met them after the show & everyone was so cool & down to earth. My favorite song is off their EP album, called Treat yo' mama (funky mix). Definitely indicative of John's style. MORE JBT on RP!! {#Bananajam}
prickelpit96 wrote:
What a groovy drumbeat combined with a real lazy rhythm and a charismatic voice... Like it!
Hard to add to that, so I won't.
UltraNurd wrote:
I didn't realize it wasn't until Bill transitioned us into "Scar Tissue".
Indeed, I was sat here thinking "Surely Bill wouldn't play the same artist twice" He didn't.
On_The_Beach wrote:
Couldn't believe it wasn't the Peppers!
....but only together with the musicians from 'The Specials'....
Bosonator wrote:
Same here! That's hilarious!
Me too! Or three, or four... It's like Chili Peppers except I like it! ;)
On_The_Beach wrote:
Couldn't believe it wasn't the Peppers!
I didn't realize it wasn't until Bill transitioned us into "Scar Tissue".
:dancingbanana_2:
On_The_Beach wrote:
Couldn't believe it wasn't the Peppers!
Same here! That's hilarious!
What a groovy drumbeat combined with a real lazy rhythm and a charismatic voice... Like it!
I hear some 4 Way Street type guitar solo's, maybe I better eat something...
Sure, it sounds like the Chili Peppers, but it's still got an original enough vibe....and a great guitar solo! I think this might just be one of my new favs.
SuperWeh wrote:
why is there only one guy one the cover when it is a "trio"?
lionirons wrote:
Someone had to take the picture, and someone had to aim the lights.
:lol:
SuperWeh wrote:
why is there only one guy one the cover when it is a "trio"?
Someone had to take the picture, and someone had to aim the lights.
SuperWeh wrote:
why is there only one guy one the cover when it is a "trio"?
It's a tribute to his parents,Tracey Chapman and Anthony Kiedis. Baby makes 3.
There is a hot pepper taste on the tongue
SuperWeh wrote:
why is there only one guy one the cover when it is a "trio"?
Multiple personality disorder?
SuperWeh wrote:
why is there only one guy one the cover when it is a "trio"?
hmmm... self-indulgent?
why is there only one guy one the cover when it is a "trio"?
On_The_Beach wrote:
Couldn't believe it wasn't the Peppers!
You must listen to more JBT. I have seen him solo and with the band. Amazing, really fun and a super nice guy.
jlind wrote:
Can you say red hot chilli peppers?
Couldn't believe it wasn't the Peppers!
jlind wrote:
Can you say red hot chillie peppers?
Ah yes, those paragons of originality.
jlind wrote:
Can you say red hot chillie peppers?
similar funk-inspired sound perhaps, but john butler's lyrics are much more coherent and less contrived.
:dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :bananajumprope:
rgrace wrote:
Exactly what I thought.
Maybe in this song, but not the album in general.
this is like a better version of michael franti
jlind wrote:
Can you say red hot chillie peppers?
Exactly what I thought.
I'm always think that this is a intro to "Drifting Along - Jamiroquai" is just either a great coinsidence or i'm going nuts but that intro is a bit too jamiriquai imo. OScar
cptbuz wrote:
can you spell it?
:lol:
jlind wrote:
Can you say red hot chillie peppers?
can you spell it?
Can you say red hot chillie peppers?
good, but 'zebra' from same ablum is better.
dadofsammy wrote:
Let's see, we've got Rusted Root, Incubus, Roxy Music(!!!), Chili Peppers, Joe Jackson...all over the map.
I hear Chili Peppers first, but that's probably because of his vocal style more than the musical style.
Wow...this is one of those sound-alike specials. I love these. Let's see, we've got Rusted Root, Incubus, Roxy Music(!!!), Chili Peppers, Joe Jackson...all over the map. Well, let me throw one more in the ring. This was my immediate reaction: Did Tracy Chapman become transgendered while no one was looking? Have a wonderful day.
I_LUV_BRITROCK wrote:
this is by far the best Incubus cover band out there.
weak. ZedLeppelin wrote:
I'll have to see em next time they're in Broome...
no doubt.
At last, something cool from the Peppers! Oh, wait... nevermind.
this is by far the best Incubus cover band out there.
:guitarist: :bananajam:
One more banana for good measure: :dancingbanana:
ThePoose wrote:
Sounds like the wah-wah pedal will never die!
Wah bless! :lol:
ThePoose wrote:
Sounds like the wah-wah pedal will never die!
Long live the Wah!
Sounds like the wah-wah pedal will never die!
Marr wrote:
Good god! This sounds like Rusted Root! Any connection that anyone knows of?
Seriously
Ok, I like this tune. I love the Zebra tune a bunch. Looks like I have another addition to my Amazon Wish List! That damn list grows every day thanks to RP!!
Good god! This sounds like Rusted Root! Any connection that anyone knows of?
Mari wrote:
... Ah, a genuine JBT fan, good on ya freeone1, see them every year when they tour our remote tropical local, brilliant!
I'll have to see em next time they're in Broome...
freeone1 wrote:
Yes he does, but those fingernails allow him to play some of the best guitar that I have ever been witness to. Check out the track "Ocean", it's kind of his signature instumental song. He has also taken to playing with 11 strings on his 12 string guitar. This man is amazing. I'm telling all you RPer's out there, JBT rocks, pick this up and everything else JBT you can get your hands on!">
... Ah, a genuine JBT fan, good on ya freeone1, see them every year when they tour our remote tropical local, brilliant! ... :bananajam: ... ( Live At St. Gallen is Triffic!) ...
There's an awesome version of this on Live At St. Gallen. Definately worth a listen.
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Indifferent until that awesome guitar solo!
See (hear) what you mean. Imagine they could be fairly amazing live!
Rickster wrote:
Strong flavor?! - I think they may have stolen the recipe...
I'm hearing the same thing.
Indifferent until that awesome guitar solo!
Sounds like the dude from Incubus... ...also sounds like something I could see them doing at some point.
Does anyone else hear a Roxy Music w/Brian Ferry similiarity?
These guys really do rock!
Dirktooth wrote:
I like this, but there is a strong flavor of Chili Peppers to the band's sound.
I'm thinking more like Joe Jackson fronting the Peppers and Primus. Red Hot Jackson Primus Peppers? Very likeable tune.
meghan89 wrote:
He has some really long funky fingernails to do his picking.
Yes he does, but those fingernails allow him to play some of the best guitar that I have ever been witness to. Check out the track "Ocean", it's kind of his signature instumental song. He has also taken to playing with 11 strings on his 12 string guitar. This man is amazing. I'm telling all you RPer's out there, JBT rocks, pick this up and everything else JBT you can get your hands on!">
He has some really long funky fingernails to do his picking.
The song Zebra is really good. Just a generally awesome band.
hippiechick wrote:
Just bought this album yesterday, after hearing it on RP. A really fantastic album all the way thru.
That's really good to hear! Must check it out then. I'm totally digging this track!
Rickster wrote:
Strong flavor?! - I think they may have stolen the recipe...
He may resemble other singers in this song, but he has his own style throughout the album. Nothing like the Peppers (love u Anthony)
Just bought this album yesterday, after hearing it on RP. A really fantastic album all the way thru. Thanks Bill for bringing on the new tunes.
Jah blesses this track. One of the best new songs I've heard in a long time. :bananajam: :dancingbanana_2:
He does sound a little like RR, but not so trilly. Great song!
Is it just me, or does the lead singer sound a little like the guy from Rusted Root? Either way, I like it!
Dirktooth wrote:
I like this, but there is a strong flavor of Chili Peppers to the band's sound.
Strong flavor?! - I think they may have stolen the recipe...
I like this, but there is a strong flavor of Chili Peppers to the band's sound.