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Joseph Arthur — Travel As Equals
Album: Redemption City
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Total ratings: 1499









Released: 2012
Length: 5:59
Plays (last 30 days): 1
In the dark of grave yard chatter
In the light of freedoms call
In the heat of any matter
We travel as equals or not at all

Bloom disgust and class divide
I saw it written on the wall
The only way we can survive
We travel as equals or not at all

You can't be in greater comfort
As my pain prevents your fall
The truth will come and tell us brother
We travel as equals or not at all

And when we get to where we're going
Past the divide past the stall
Past the wind that's always blowing
Travel as equals or not at all

In your way, you found a way free
In your way, you found a way, follow me
Give it up, give it up
Give it up to your destiny
In your way, you found a way free

And you might have a greater income
Or you might be dumb and dull
But either way I won't leave you
Travel as equals or not at all

So help me too in my slumber
If I'm blind in madness hall
If I'm deaf amongst the thunder
Travel as equals or not at all

Lift the way forget the ransom
Free the chain and kick the ball
Let our love take us higher
Travel as equals or not at all

And down the road and through the sky
And on the tracks, hear the gull
Fly above us, without worry
Travel as equals or not at all

I hope your road takes you homeward
And may you always outrun the law
If I'm with you we will always
Travel as equals or not at all

Yes if I'm with you we will always
Travel as equals or not at all
Yes if I'm with you we will always
Travel as equals or not at all

In your way, you found a way free
In your way, you found a way, follow me
Give it up, give it up
Give it up to your destiny
In your way, you found a way free

In the dark of grave yard chatter
In the light of freedoms call
In the heat of any matter
We travel as equals or not at all

Bloom disgust and class divide
I saw it written on the wall
The only way we can survive
We travel as equals or not at all

The only way we can survive
We travel as equals or not at all
The only way we can survive
We travel as equals or not at all
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
In your way, you found a way free
In your way, you found a way, follow me
Give it up, give it up
Give it up to your destiny
In your way, you found a way free
In your way, you found a way free
In your way, you found a way free
Comments (214)add comment
 Canadese wrote:
Dylan style 1964
 
I was thinking he sounds more like Townes Van Zandt (aside from the chorus). No?
= or 0 x 14
Well, it's certainly not the music in this case!

 
GTT wrote:
As is often the case on RP, what makes this song excellent is the lyrics.
 

 GTT wrote:
As is often the case on RP, what makes this song excellent is the lyrics.
 
I agree with your central point that what Joseph Arthur should have made was a blog post instead of a song.
As is often the case on RP, what makes this song excellent is the lyrics.
Dylan style 1964
not at all
not at all
not at all
not at all
not at all
not at all
 (Banned) wrote:
Why do I like this song?
 
Cerebral abnormalities?
Great production values, almost 80's instrumentation... never tire of this.
Why do I like this song?
weird . . . circles in circles. i swear i heard this just a few plays ago. i really like it though. men take heed. 
Option C: we just be equals and stay at home, too.  I like that idea if it means I can stop hearing you sing.
I like the music and the background vocals fine, but the repetitive droning lead vocals make this song worse, not better.
Never heard this tune but DOWN BY LAW with such lyrics... will have to investigate more about who/what/why he is.  Thanks RP.
 mdfergy wrote:
This song gets old after the first couple of times... solid 2....

 
If that was the case, it would not still be in rotation.  Evidence suggests otherwise.  Nice to my ears.
Dude deserves way better then a  6  never heard this before but liked it right away. so to boost that undeserved 6 I'm giving it a 10
 mdfergy wrote:
This song gets old after the first couple of times... solid 2....

 
I'm more generous, it's a bit hooky so a sort of 3-ish...enjoyable randomly way. As Farthing's cat said...I enjoy his voice
why so much hate — a lovely song this is
{#Bananajam}


This song gets old after the first couple of times... solid 2....
Would he just go already.
I have a preference for the acoustic version. Kind getting into Joesph, I like his voice and delivery of words.
Gary 
Dammit!  

hanssachs wrote:
Not again ...

 


 hanssachs wrote:
Not again ...
 
Actually, yes, but not quite; I'd just stepped outside as this one started, and I'm now listening to the spring melt drip from the eaves. Drip drip drip drip ...
Not again ...
Thought I'd give silence a listen while this one played. Turns out it's not that bad!

Edit 23-01-2017: After a peek at the lyrics (which aren't horrible), I noticed something awry I've referenced elsewhere on the RP site (see: oops-see!).
 dwlangham wrote:
This can't be the worst song on RP, can it? 

 
Nah, there are many which are far worse.  Here's one.
Very Dylan like lyrics. I for one would rather listen to this rather than ANY Smiths song, unless they did an instrumental album.
 Interesting reading the opinions here. I like the song-heard him play this live at Todos Santos Music Festival in January 2016. I was glad I'd heard first on RP. Peter Buck really likes him.

Funny that someone commented it reminded  them of "People Who Died"; the Drive By Truckers" covered that at the festival. Is it that interesting musicians and listeners think alike, or just a sign of the times...?
Too much like Rap for my taste... and I do not like rap.....
 
 aelfheld wrote:

It'll do 'til another comes along.

 
Not even close. And you're not listening. 
 Shmelo wrote:

I want this song to douse itself in gasoline and light a match.



 
Yes I'll second that, I ws away from my computer in another room and thought it was my noisy neighbours playing their Rap-Crap again, with the endless Thump-Thump-Thump but I was pleased to discover it was on RP as I could turn it off.

I want this song to douse itself in gasoline and light a match.


 dwlangham wrote:
This can't be the worst song on RP, can it? 
 
It'll do 'til another comes along.
This is kind of intriguing. It seems like NA listeners rate this lower than European listeners.

Is this
a) true?
b) if so why?

Sounds to me like a lot of US listeners think it is contrived.
To me it doesn't sound contrived at all, but I'm not American and maybe I'm missing the cultural nuances?

I actually quite like it.

Not crazy about this particular song and I don't know the artist, but I have to think he has some Townes Van Zandt in his CD collection.
 
I do not understand the negative comments.  The lyrics are exceptional; the music is very good; the delivery reminds me of Richard Hell circa Blank Generation, but with a more positive and deeper message. 
I wanted to give this a 1.  But then anything that compels me to stop what i'm doing and read the comments and lyrics deserves more consideration.  I love all the listeners (and opinions!!) almost as much as this station.  Thanks Bill, for the gift of pause.
This can't be the worst song on RP, can it? 
Jeez, looks like this guy needs a bit of support. I've just tuned in on a wet Monday morning in Manchester at the start of a shift and this song gave me a serious lift. Suppose Manchester is the home of cheerfully depressing music so maybe it fits just fine with that!
 westslope wrote:
A year and a half later, I still really enjoy this song.

 
Despite that many RP listeners whose tastes I share and opinions I respect do not appear to be of the same view with respect to this song.

Oh well. {#Ask} 
 bstevens1951 wrote:
I think of "People Who Died" by Jim Carroll.

 
Yeah, but this seems pretty weak and silly compared to that tune.
Mute.
I think of "People Who Died" by Jim Carroll.
This is my least favorite song on RP, I think.  meh.
i thought this sounded ok to me, suprised at the dislike in the comments on this one. whats there to 'hate'?
does remind me a bit, at the beginning, of 'Bleed it Out' - Linkin Park - is that what people don't like?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnuuYcqhzCE
This grouping of songs does not reflect Bill's usual mastery of tune, lyrics, tempo and theme.  This time has been devoted to also-rans, rejects, iffys and the dreaded sucko-barfo.  Sorry  to be so negative.
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Traveling anywhere with this guy would be a bad trip indeed.

 
I'll catch the next elevator, thanks.
What an ear-bleeder, almost as bad as the Decemberists.
 kaviksdad wrote:

This is just relentlessly awful



 
The above does not suffice for this song.  It is much worse.
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Traveling anywhere with this guy would be a bad trip indeed.

 
{#Clap}{#Cheesygrin}
Traveling anywhere with this guy would be a bad trip indeed.
Second sucko-barfo in a row within 10 minutes, there must be something wrong with my mood today. OR??
most excellent
I quite liked this. New to me in the UK
A year and a half later, I still really enjoy this song.
 Laowai wrote:
It's a good song. I heard it the other night in a club in the city in which I live where people who inhabit the club spill $15 glasses of vodka over each other, while the driver waiting for them outside until 3 a.m. is lucky if he gets paid that in a day (and his day is 20 hours, folks). If we travel as equals, it is not on the material plane of existence on which we are travelling. Because on the material plane we don't travel as equals, and the vast majority of us don't travel "at all" but aren't satisfied with that outcome.

Still, it's a great song. Life the way we live it is the bastard here, not Joseph Arthur. He's just a poser, but that's not unusual and in my view it's cool — like I said, I like the song.

 

 
I like the song ... and I like this comment even more. Reminds me of my Wall Street gig.
 
 kaviksdad wrote:

This is just relentlessly awful



 
agreed!

This is just relentlessly awful


It's a good song. I heard it the other night in a club in the city in which I live where people who inhabit the club spill $15 glasses of vodka over each other, while the driver waiting for them outside until 3 a.m. is lucky if he gets paid that in a day (and his day is 20 hours, folks). If we travel as equals, it is not on the material plane of existence on which we are travelling. Because on the material plane we don't travel as equals, and the vast majority of us don't travel "at all" but aren't satisfied with that outcome.

Still, it's a great song. Life the way we live it is the bastard here, not Joseph Arthur. He's just a poser, but that's not unusual and in my view it's cool — like I said, I like the song.

 
 Steely_D wrote:
give me all your money and I'll make some origami, honey

 
Well that's pedestrian at best.
Yuck! PSD time.
Awesome message in this song. 
Think this is monotonous? Try Rick Stirfry (the CBC announcer} aka Buck.65's version.
He's done better - ought to stay off the soapbox.
Instant PSD - it's as if it were intended to irritate ...
give me all your money and I'll make some origami, honey
 fatcatjb wrote:
I am very surprised that there are so many negative comments...if RP is known for anything, it is a very eclectic playlist. I don't love everything and sometimes complain, but it's all part of the mix. I am grateful for PSD, which doesn't work through my SONOS system, or at least I haven't figured it out yet. Worse case scenario, I take a moment of silence....
 

 
Dig what your sayin. I only complain when U2 hits the airwaves.
Well, as always, I love that RP plays all kinds of music, regardless of popularity.
This one does come off as affected and self-aware, but the song does improve as it progresses past the spoken word vocals into the instrumental finish. Still, it's only a 5 or 6, IMO.
 k1j2cat wrote:
Well, I certainly don't agree with most of the negative remarks here, so I will add that while it is mildly monotonous, the artist has other songs from this album that more than make up for this slightly lesser offering. Lighten up folks -  it's a song, not rocket science!

 
Rocket science is way over rated.
In 2012 is not quite good idea to use style from 1985 :)
I'll take this over that War on Drugs dross that gets played so much.
 k1j2cat wrote:
Well, I certainly don't agree with most of the negative remarks here, so I will add that while it is mildly monotonous, the artist has other songs from this album that more than make up for this slightly lesser offering. Lighten up folks -  it's a song, not rocket science!

 
Here's a thought — and I'm just spitballing here — we could play those good songs instead of this one. 

(By the way, I'm not really advocating Bill pull this from the lineup. I like that he challenges my sensibilities and forces me to experience new things. It's his playlist, and he can / should do what he sees fit. But yeah, this one is pretty much unredeemable for me. )
I am very surprised that there are so many negative comments...if RP is known for anything, it is a very eclectic playlist. I don't love everything and sometimes complain, but it's all part of the mix. I am grateful for PSD, which doesn't work through my SONOS system, or at least I haven't figured it out yet. Worse case scenario, I take a moment of silence....
 
Well, I certainly don't agree with most of the negative remarks here, so I will add that while it is mildly monotonous, the artist has other songs from this album that more than make up for this slightly lesser offering. Lighten up folks -  it's a song, not rocket science!
 calle01 wrote:
This song and artist is sooo bad and stupid!!!!!!!!!! Please Bill Please stop playing crap!

 
Agreed.  This song SUX!!!!  Please stop playing it.  The station gets turned off every time I hear it now. 

Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Yuck!
 Majestic wrote:
I don't mind travelling as equals, as long as I don't have to share the same touring bus with this god-awful git. Horrible song, horrible spicoli-esque delivery, played with horrible frequency on RP. The segue from The Smiths to this crap was the very definition of "sublime to ridiculous".
 
Don't mince words, man! Did you like it or not?  ; )
This has less appeal each time I hear it ...
 
I don't mind travelling as equals, as long as I don't have to share the same touring bus with this god-awful git. Horrible song, horrible spicoli-esque delivery, played with horrible frequency on RP. The segue from The Smiths to this crap was the very definition of "sublime to ridiculous". 
Dreadful.
Do I like this tune?
Well, NOT AT ALL!

Wins the prize for the most platitudes in a silly pop song. Pure pap.


I take comfort knowing that someone else is as annoyed by something I like as I am by this song.
Sounds to me like it came from Rodriguez's "Sugar Man".
ya it is not too bad  westslope wrote:

Compelling.  

Like a moth to a bright night light, I feel drawn to this.  



 


This might be why I choose to travel...not at all. I kinda like this tune though...
 bentonian wrote:
The RP crowd shows its age with their comments. Anything new, like spoken word songs, are derided and junked. More Neil Young and Cream, right gang? I like this song!

 
Ooh, I dunno - the William Shatner covers/parodies of popular songs (such as Pulp's Common People) with lots of spoken words are pretty popular on here. The spoken, rather than sung, word goes back rather a long way so I don't think it's an age thing.
 westslope wrote:

Compelling.  

Like a moth to a bright night light, I feel drawn to this.  



 
Well said. There's something about this song that captivates me…
Listen to this song? Not at all!
PSD
SPAFFFT.....DAMN RIGHT SPAFFAREETOE........
..
 
I'm hearing Dylan's "It's alright Ma, I'm only bleeding"....

Compelling.  

Like a moth to a bright night light, I feel drawn to this.  


I am at a loss as to why I like this song...everything is wrong. Weird guitar, drum machine, it goes on and on...yet somehow, that drawling guy (I stole that from a comment below) makes it work
 
 hayduke2 wrote:
I thought it was Jim Carroll reading/singing in that 80's junkie head style, it's pretty catchy

 
Kinda yeah...The first association that came to my mind was a caffeinated Dr. Seuss. Seems like I'm one of the few people here who likes this.  
This could be much better if he just removed the chorus "travel as equals..." bit.  I like the other parts well enough...a "5"
 casey1024 wrote:
so, how do we travel?

 
I'm going to choose not at all.
so, how do we travel?
Did this guy get his start writing jingles for TV ads?
 KevinM wrote:
For those of you that like this song... This whole album is available as a free download from Joseph Arthur's website.

 

thank you.
Dreadful and dreadfuler, from the Smith's traveling light to this pari possum adventuring.  Along with grade-F lyrics for both.
For those of you that like this song... This whole album is available as a free download from Joseph Arthur's website.
 jbunniii wrote:
I'm having a terrible vision of being stuck "traveling as equals" in coach class, seated next to this drunk, drawling guy who won't shut up.

 
And he's your equal? Quite a share on your part!!  Hee, hee.
Drum machine on RP?

Like the sentiment, not the production.
Too repetitious.
I'm having a terrible vision of being stuck "traveling as equals" in coach class, seated next to this drunk, drawling guy who won't shut up.
I've just got to downgrade to a 5 - this song just gets more annoying with each listening - so NOT compelling - pop fluff!
Uplifting :)
At first, I really didn't care for this...but alas with several listens and and open mind...I really don't mind this...not at all.
I thought it was Jim Carroll reading/singing in that 80's junkie head style, it's pretty catchy
Play this song? Not at all!!!...4
 bentonian wrote:
The RP crowd shows its age with their comments. Anything new, like spoken word songs, are derided and junked. More Neil Young and Cream, right gang? I like this song!
 
Careful sonny!
How bad can a Song Get? Well, as bad as this one!!!

Oh this is just awful! At least some others who push out vacuous drivel make catchy tunes, e.g. Michael Franti.

I take it all back, Bill.  Just the other day I wrote that some song I can't even remember was/is the most annoying cut on your playbill.  But I lied!  Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.  THIS track is it, the "MacArthur Park" and "In the Year 6565" of the 21st Century.  I know it's a little early on, but TAE is a real contender, it's got legs.
 Segue wrote:
The status quo
Hippostar wrote:

Wonder what the alternative to traveling as equals might be?

 
 
You get to travel in Coach.
Mr. Arthur opened for Nada Surf not long ago in New York and I have to say I was pretty impressed by his imaginative arrangements and dramatic stagecraft. 
"Not at all" it is. Make for the PSD button!{#Crashcomp}
The status quo
Hippostar wrote:

Wonder what the alternative to traveling as equals might be?

 


 Hippostar wrote:

Wonder what the alternative to traveling as equals might be?

 
Not travelling at all.