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Jack Johnson — Good People
Album: In Between Dreams
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Released: 2005
Length: 3:22
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You win
It's your show, now
So what's it gonna be
'Cause people
Will tune in
How many train wrecks do we need to see?
Before we lose touch of
We thought this was low
Well, it's bad, getting worse, so

Where'd all the good people go?
I've been changing channels
I don't see them on the TV shows
Where'd all the good people go?
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow

They got this and that
With a rattle a tat
Testing one two,
Man, what you gonna do?
Bad news, misused,
Got too much to lose
Gimme some truth
Now whose side are we on?
Whatever you say
Turn on the boob tube
I'm in the mood to obey
So lead me astray
And by the way, now

Where'd all the good people go?
I've been changing channels
I don't see them on the TV shows
Where'd all the good people go?
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow

Sitting 'round feeling far away
So far away but I can feel the debris
Can you feel it?
You interrupt me from a friendly conversation
To tell me how great it's all gonna be
You might notice some hesitation
'Cause it's important to you, it's not important to me
But way down by the edge of your reasons
It's beginning to show
And all I really wanna know is...

Where'd all the good people go?
I've been changing channels
I don't see them on the TV shows
Where'd all the good people go?
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow

Where'd all the good people go?

They got this and that
With a rattle a tat
Testing one, two
Now what you gonna do?
Bad news, misused, give me some truth
You got too much to lose
(Where'd all the good people go?)
Whose side are we on today, anyway?
OK, whatever you say.
Wrong and resolute but in the mood to obey
Station to station desensitizing the nation
(Where'd all the good people go?)
Going, going, gone.
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Long Live RP and 'My Favorites'!!
there's no good ppl on this planet. not even aliens


Jack Johnson has completely disappeared from the RP- programming grid.
Option 1 - by bad luck, Johnson for the RP has already "gone out of style" (out of fashion) and so Jack Johnson can go to the warehouse shelf, maybe to give place to some fashions instantaneous and ephemeral that here pass.
Option 2 - Jack Johnson forgot to send share...


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 Businessgypsy wrote:
This song reminds me so much of my ex-wife: an artificially pretty, outwardly vacuous, agenda laden bit of fluff designed to separate well meaning people from their cash.
 
Ouch.  Glad to hear that she's your ex.  The JJ, not so glad to hear. . . 


This song reminds me so much of my ex-wife: an artificially pretty, outwardly vacuous, agenda laden bit of fluff designed to separate well meaning people from their cash.
lame
 Byronape wrote:
I find myself hating Jack Johnson.  Not because I don't like his music (some of it is really good, but I'm not gonna go buy an album), nor because he isn't an impressive professional surfer (he is), or because his documentary about surfing isn't good (never seen it, but everyone I know that has seen it enjoyed it)...  No, I hate him because he is good enough at 3 different things that he could make a good living at any one of them. 

And here I am just another struggling schmuck.

Yeah, I'm jealous, so what.
 
Beautiful.
bad, as in, not good. . . 
I find myself hating Jack Johnson.  Not because I don't like his music (some of it is really good, but I'm not gonna go buy an album), nor because he isn't an impressive professional surfer (he is), or because his documentary about surfing isn't good (never seen it, but everyone I know that has seen it enjoyed it)...  No, I hate him because he is good enough at 3 different things that he could make a good living at any one of them. 

And here I am just another struggling schmuck.

Yeah, I'm jealous, so what.


Stingray wrote: TRUELY "HATE" SUCH PUSSY-MUSIC!

soooooo intellectual - sooooooooooo boring!

ppfffff.....!
 
byebyedelray wrote:

I love pussy music.

 

{#Lol}{#Lol}{#Lol}
 rowdydaisy wrote:
I can't believe how many people like this pap. Bad taste people, bad taste. Sacarine.
 
It's saccharine, not sacarine. And it's just for fun. Some music is just meant to be relaxed and simple.


bippity boppity Jack.
I can't believe how many people like this pap. Bad taste people, bad taste. Sacarine.


 ortallcowgirl wrote:
I know everyone has commented about how negative they feel about Jack Johnson.  I like him alot because even though everything seems the same, it is soothing.  It is comforting.  Maybe it is his voice, I dont know, but I like it...
 
I agree.  His music makes me tap my feet, do a little boogie, grin like a dork, and just feel better. Um, and maybe wanna learn to surf. {#Sunny}
 ortallcowgirl wrote:
I know everyone has commented about how negative they feel about Jack Johnson.  I like him alot because even though everything seems the same, it is soothing.  It is comforting.  Maybe it is his voice, I dont know, but I like it...
 
You are not alone.... please ignore the crybabies.

 Stingray wrote:
TRUELY "HATE" SUCH PUSSY-MUSIC!

soooooo intellectual - sooooooooooo boring!

ppfffff.....!

 
I love pussy music.

This sounds a lot like the song accompanying the Lacoste perfume TV ad. Twee is the word that comes to mind as soon as yer man's voice cuts in.

 oscar_driver wrote:
This genre of music was good and very under the radar until DMB and this guy ruined it for me, now I can't stand even Ben Harper ... n ... it's all POP now :(
 
I don't disagree with your point about pop, but you're conflating three different genres.  Johnson writes surf music, pure and simple.  He originally wrote it as background music for surf movies.  I can hear elements of that in common with DMB and Ben Harper, but I wouldn't lump them all together.  (I personally like Johnson and can't stand Harper.)  Having said that, I agree that pop radio can ruin almost any genre of music.

where'd all the good music go?
This genre of music was good and very under the radar until DMB and this guy ruined it for me, now I can't stand even Ben Harper ... n ... it's all POP now :(
If he used more than 4 notes and 2 note progressions, this might be interesting, but sadly it's Ho-Hum all the way. For that matter, this has been a pretty ho-hum morning with the last half-dozen or so numbers being snoresville. Or maybe I'm just in a grump after returning to wage-slavery after the holidays :(
the good people have been off doing bad things...but remember people, it's never too late.
TRUELY "HATE" SUCH PUSSY-MUSIC!

soooooo intellectual - sooooooooooo boring!

ppfffff.....!

I just got up and this is putting me to sleep!
i just wish he'd give his vocal performance some life and some more interesting guit work
I know everyone has commented about how negative they feel about Jack Johnson.  I like him alot because even though everything seems the same, it is soothing.  It is comforting.  Maybe it is his voice, I dont know, but I like it...
 peter_james_bond wrote:

It does sound Steve Millerish.

 
Its the lead vocal doubled, then doubled again an octave apart. Miller did that all the time.

(It was also part of the hook to Robert Palmer's 'Clues.')

sounds like every single song he sings.....I tried
 tdawg wrote:
I heard this on a commercial station today and thought it was Steve Miller.
 
It does sound Steve Millerish.

I heard this on a commercial station today and thought it was Steve Miller.
Well, just yesterday I was bragging to a friend about how much better RP is than our local "progressive rock" station. "That station plays stuff like Jack Johnson and David Gray. That's progressive "lite" rock! RP is way better!"

Oops. Wasn't that a David Gray song I heard about 1/2 hour ago? Now Jack Johnson. That guy gets on my last nerve. He received an overdose of cool somewhere, and it's not wearing off. You better play something I really, really like soon, or I'll... I'll... turn the volume down slightly. That's right, you heard me! Slightly!!!!
This makes 3 for 3. Pure bubble gum. I'm getting mental cavities. I'll check back later...  

 orthomd wrote:


i agree.....this guy just leaves the same music playing for every song and changes the lyrics{#Puke}
 
Yep really sounds like the same music maybe different words. The whole thing just makes me not want to listen to find out if they are different words! Someone said below that he's makin' music inspired by the nature around him! Poor eyesight or he's in a deep gully of gray rocks!

:P

I usually make more of an effort to make positive comments ... but I need to register my irritation with his music ... i can understand why RP includes him on their play list ... it is surprising to me how something so bland can be so grating ... and i guess it is because his music is everywhere

 orthomd wrote:



i agree.....this guy just leaves the same music playing for every song and changes the lyrics{#Puke}
 


{#Curtain} {#Bounce}{#Sunny}{#Bounce} {#Curtain}
 jennywho wrote:
Ugh.  {#Headache}  The most commercial artist of them all.  I listen to RP to AVOID stuff like this!!  How do you decide which song to accept?  They all sound EXACTLY the same....

 

i agree.....this guy just leaves the same music playing for every song and changes the lyrics{#Puke}
Ugh.  {#Headache}  The most commercial artist of them all.  I listen to RP to AVOID stuff like this!!  How do you decide which song to accept?  They all sound EXACTLY the same....

 milehighYinzer wrote:
I agree. I want to give it a 1 for the repetition of this song too. When we use to listen to FM radio at work this was on 2 times every hour.
  

 It's not Jack Johnson's fault FM radio can't be bothered to play a bigger variety of music. 
johnson is a genious!{#Notworthy}
'Reminds me of a t-shirt I just saw: "OK. I promise not to vote for anymore stupid people." Funny, but tricky.
Banana skins falling around your head while you rue that the monkey got there first. Think about it...but just for a second. dousto wrote:
I'm curious, what do you see next?
BLAND is what this is..milehighYinzer wrote:
I agree. I want to give it a 1 for the repetition of this song too. When we use to listen to FM radio at work this was on 2 times every hour.
good artwork, good music, good people.
bokey wrote:
I did. What happens if you are higher up the tree than the monkey?
I would suppose he makes a similar comment about you on RadioPrimatedise
Misterfixit wrote:
By the way, when a monkey climbs a tree in a hurry the first thing you see is his big red ass. Think about it.
I did. What happens if you are higher up the tree than the monkey?
By the way, when a monkey climbs a tree in a hurry the first thing you see is his big red ass.
I'm curious, what do you see next?
In Between Dreams an' Good People is a man with his guitar bein' inspired by the nature around him Love this! The idyll!
This is good listening music. His effortless and very proficient chord changes, well they are icing on the cake of his voice. Yes, some here have said this is "bland music". I don't see it that way. A 2007 Cat Stevens? Well, what's bad about that? You complainers have expectations which are both irrational and difficult to justify. If any of you can carry a tune and play a guitar, well then maybe you have some ammunition. This track is simplistic, it is clearly sung, it is minimalist in melody, yet it is enjoyable. Why? Find you own reasons or not but don't make complaints about a style of music rarely heard in the past few years. Spend more time listening and understanding than make sarcastic comments. By the way, when a monkey climbs a tree in a hurry the first thing you see is his big red ass. Think about it.
Darkmatter wrote:
Kind of funny how a completely non-controversial song like this can provoke such an argument. It just proves that people will argue about anything these days. Pleasant melody, nice voice and instrumentation. What's not to like?
Blandness is what's not to like
Wallis wrote:
Cat Stevens for a new generation.
I always thought Cat Stevens was pretty good. Don't see this as much of a slam.
Darkmatter wrote:
Kind of funny how a completely non-controversial song like this can provoke such an argument. It just proves that people will argue about anything these days. Pleasant melody, nice voice and instrumentation. What's not to like?
Well said.
Walrus_Gumbo wrote:
Not saying I hate it...but it's rather bland. Reminds me of the fluff Michael Franks did, circa 'Popsicle Toes' era. Cotton candy pop. Sweet, sticky, made out of nothing and unremarkable.
I agree. I want to give it a 1 for the repetition of this song too. When we use to listen to FM radio at work this was on 2 times every hour.
Not offensive, but a little too Clear Channel
Not saying I hate it...but it's rather bland. Reminds me of the fluff Michael Franks did, circa 'Popsicle Toes' era. Cotton candy pop. Sweet, sticky, made out of nothing and unremarkable.
Kind of funny how a completely non-controversial song like this can provoke such an argument. It just proves that people will argue about anything these days. Pleasant melody, nice voice and instrumentation. What's not to like?
4real wrote:
I am a MUSICIAN who plays guitar and writes for television, film, gaming etc. . . . Jack is a shity guitarist and talks, whispers and moans his bullshit lyrics about staying inside when it's raining and making pancakes. . . Open your eyes and ears people, quite swallowing the spoonfull of shit the record companies feed you!
So it's one thing to work for the tv and film industry but if you have a record contract . . oh never mind.
JJ's guitar is fun but I prefer the Curious George efforts.This isnt my favorite track. When I hear a song complaining things are just so wrong today or people suck now I think, "um yeah, times were never all good. People certainly are not 100% good, there's always imperfection and there's always conflict. If it's your heyday its someone else's rainy day" The only thing different about modern times is the sensationalist media coverage of it all. The older I get the more I realize what a concious effort it is to try to stay upbeat.
Lonestar wrote:
Apt use of 'pusscore' well done! It should be in the dictionary with a picture of Jack Johnson beside it.
Is, now!
tony99 wrote:
JJ is over-rated snooozimundo music .... sorry
Agreed.
GROOVY !
GOOD STUFF -
Cat Stevens for a new generation.
I keep hearing Steve Miller: I'm a joker; I'm a smoker; I'm a mignight toker...
JJ is over-rated snooozimundo music .... sorry
The way he sings "Where'd all the good people go?" reminds me of the scene in Blazing Saddles where Bart (Cleavon Little) shouts to the KKK...well, you do the research if you don't know. For all the vitriol spewed on Mr. Johnson's music, it's awfully inert. Boring even. Just decent. Maybe.
Pipes wrote:
Oh my, you poor sensitive soul. There is a difference in expressing a dislike for an artist and categorizing his music as mind-numbing "pusscore" ritalin music. If I in turn enjoy Jack Johnson, are you not insinuating that I am "pusscore" whatever the hell that is? Get over it. Go and have some of that nice dark german beer and chill. Hell, I'd even buy you one if it would drown the bug that's up your ass. Nothin but love!
Dear Pipes, I never meant that you, or any of the other Jack Johnson lovers out there (my best friend happens to be one of them...) was a "pusscore" I don't like beer (no offence to beer fans out there either...), but I'll take a nice Riesling. Peace right back at ya'
This guy is the king of cool
Bosonator wrote:
By the way, have we got a definition on "Pusscore" yet? Neither dictionary.com nor the urban dictionary have an entry...
Apt use of 'pusscore' well done! It should be in the dictionary with a picture of Jack Johnson beside it.
By the way, have we got a definition on "Pusscore" yet? Neither dictionary.com nor the urban dictionary have an entry...
Just an observation... I've looked at the Jack Johnson posts for a couple of his songs, and there seems to be more contention over him at this point than any other artist played on RP. In case you're wondering, I gave this song a 6 (I don't have a strong opinion either way).
physicsgenius wrote:
This guy isn't depressing or mumbling. He must not have any artistic integrity. I'm going to hate on him.
No taste here folks. Jack is an all time fav of mine, and I know that people are entitled to an opinion...but if you dont like ANY of the music on here then why listen? Ten by me!
RayRay wrote:
Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, and expressing dislike for music you might like doesn't warrant name-calling or personal insults.
Oh my, you poor sensitive soul. There is a difference in expressing a dislike for an artist and categorizing his music as mind-numbing "pusscore" ritalin music. If I in turn enjoy Jack Johnson, are you not insinuating that I am "pusscore" whatever the hell that is? Get over it. Go and have some of that nice dark german beer and chill. Hell, I'd even buy you one if it would drown the bug that's up your ass. Nothin but love!
This guy isn't depressing or mumbling. He must not have any artistic integrity. I'm going to hate on him.
RayRay wrote:
Maybe you should take of these before you make personal digs at people who don't share your taste in music and express a different opinion.
Alas, your negativity brought forth my negativity.
4real wrote:
I am a MUSICIAN who plays guitar and writes for television, film, gaming etc....Jack is a shity guitarist and talks, whispers and moans his bullshit lyrics about staying inside when it's raining and making pancakes. Perfect music for mindless idiots "ta jus chill wit" Any goes now days in the world of PUSSCORE, add Dave Matthews, John Mayer to fire for me. Open your eyes and ears people, quite swallowing the spoonfull of shit the record companies feed you!
You can't even spell. What does "Any goes now days in the world of PUSSCORE, add Dave Matthews, John Mayer to fire for me" mean?
not2sirius wrote:
Jack Johnson's positive lyrics and laid back style is what more of us need to tune in to. I tend to be a bit high strung and rather demanding of myself and others. It's very nice to have tapped into JJ's music as I have been readjusting my outlook on life. Time to enjoy things and look for what's good.
Thanks for the positivity! We need more folks that can take this music for what it is; fun and easy, music that makes you feel like the ocean is right outside even when you are landlocked like hell...
I have finally found an artist that RP plays entirely too much for my taste. I know some people like this schlock, but I have to agree with the poster below - it's Chinese water torture.
This is good, non-offensive music, as others have said. It's excellent chill-out background music, and besides, I rather like the little trill on the "go" in the chorus. So there.
RayRay wrote:
Listening to Jack Johnson is mind-numbing. I'd have to be on Ritalin to appreciate this. PUSSCORE! RITALIN ROCK!
Yes, abnormal people might need drugs to appreciate good music. Maybe you should try lithium first.
mysteryplane wrote:
Dave Mathews Jack Johnson Jack Mathews Dave Johnson Counting Johnsons Dave Crows Jack Counting Johnsons Crows... etc... it's all the same...
Ain't that Great!!!!
Dave Mathews Jack Johnson Jack Mathews Dave Johnson Counting Johnsons Dave Crows Jack Counting Johnsons Crows... etc... it's all the same...
dit-TO it is initially anodyne .. but it is like chinese water torture or something .. i have been to some get togethers and this seems to be the choice of easy-going, good-time music .. and it was all i could do not to jump out of my chair and scream PLEASE NO MORE JACK JOHNSON Wisercrowe wrote:
this guy gets old fast
good time music
this guy gets old fast
This is not a BAD song, but I am getting a little tired of it.
4real wrote:
PUSSCORE
bronorb wrote:
You know, some songs are just supposed to be fun. Some people in here are so freakin cynical.
YES! Thank you for pointing this out. Sometimes people take things WAY too seriously.
Ah Jack Johnson...let the snarkiness begin -- the sometimes amusing downside of RP...poor guy!
I adore JJ but he always has 1 awful, preachy song on each album; this is that song. (see also: The News)
Jack Johnson's positive lyrics and laid back style is what more of us need to tune in to. I tend to be a bit high strung and rather demanding of myself and others. It's very nice to have tapped into JJ's music as I have been readjusting my outlook on life. Time to enjoy things and look for what's good.
Chill out folks! I can work brainlessly to this music, it doesn't offend my coworkers and I can sing along on the car radio because the song demands so little. I'm just jealous that my life is so complicated and will never have the sense of leisure that JJ's songs evoke.
4real wrote:
I am a MUSICIAN who plays guitar and writes for television, film, gaming etc....Jack is a shity guitarist and talks, whispers and moans his bullshit lyrics about staying inside when it's raining and making pancakes. Perfect music for mindless idiots "ta jus chill wit" Any goes now days in the world of PUSSCORE, add Dave Matthews, John Mayer to fire for me. Open your eyes and ears people, quite swallowing the spoonfull of shit the record companies feed you!
you suck. good tunes is good tunes man
so funny to read the negative comments on JJ. He is such a mellow cool guy, his wife was a HS teacher at my daughters school and just so sweet. Always love to hear him.
Boring.
What a miserable song. I think hearing it just ruined my morning.
You know what is an odd phenomenon? How popular Jack Johnson is in the U.K. I would not have thought he would have "translated" across the pond...but I guess he is filling a void in the scene there.
Sometimes I need this kind of music to grade by - not arresting enough that I get sidetracked, but not vapid enough to make me switch back to my own music library.
Sure he got up on stage in the first place but I don't feel he ever envisioned himself as a rock star. Too me, he was probably just a guy that enjoyed playing music for his friends and people like them. Fame was an after thought. After all, he comes from a pretty vibed-out, happy go lucky surf culture that prefers to have a rosier view of the world. His music reflects that culture. In its simplicity you can find the genius of his music. Also, for those of us who live abroad and never get the chance to hear the radio we welcome everything that RP has to offer.
I like "Flake", but I'm so over Jack Johnson at this point...
It gets a solid 3 from me. I wish I was hip enough to 'get' him...
After reading some of the dreck people wrote about Jack, where indeed did all the good people go?
joelb wrote:
I can hear this (expletive deleted) song ten times a day on any of several AAA stations in my area. This song (and OK, anything by Train) is what drove me to Internet radio in the first place.
That used to be my argument too, but hey, no one forced me to listen to the radio... If i got sick and tired of a song on the radio, it's my fault, not anyone else's................
I keep hearing Steve Miller's The Joker in this.
You know, some songs are just supposed to be fun. Some people in here are so freakin cynical.
I have some good associations with Jack Johnson tunes, but honestly, I can't understand the hype. Overrated.
This is so bland,does nothing for me.
thewiseking wrote:
joel; don't knock it cause ya heard it elsewhere, knock it cause it sucks, and boy does it suck.
All of this guy's stuff sucks....
4real wrote:
I am a MUSICIAN who plays guitar and writes for television, film, gaming etc...
Let's hope your next audition goes better for you...
I enjoy JJ's music. Found him very enjoyable to watch/listen to on Austin City Limits this weekend.
I like it. And since when does good music have to be deep or hard to play. I don't get it. That means AC/DC is total crap, and Tenacious D too!
I wish I had this guy's life. He sounds like he doesn't have a care in the world.
joelb wrote:
I can hear this (expletive deleted) song ten times a day on any of several AAA stations in my area. This song (and OK, anything by Train) is what drove me to Internet radio in the first place.
joel; don't knock it cause ya heard it elsewhere, knock it cause it sucks, and boy does it suck.
Wow, I think we are in need of some serious chilling out here. That is what this music is all about...so enjoy it and know that that is Jack's intention here!
I can hear this (expletive deleted) song ten times a day on any of several AAA stations in my area. This song (and OK, anything by Train) is what drove me to Internet radio in the first place.
the sort of stuff you immediately recognize and don't object to for one simple reason; it is entirely derivative. upon repeated listening, nausea develops. we are so over this guy.
This song makes me wish that I had 2 nails to drive into each one of my eardrums.
4real wrote:
I am a MUSICIAN who plays guitar and writes for television, film, gaming etc....Jack is a shity guitarist and talks, whispers and moans his bullshit lyrics about staying inside when it's raining and making pancakes. Perfect music for mindless idiots "ta jus chill wit" Any goes now days in the world of PUSSCORE, add Dave Matthews, John Mayer to fire for me. Open your eyes and ears people, quite swallowing the spoonfull of shit the record companies feed you!
Funny. You brag abount being a musician, and then list your "credits"--- film. television. video games. As if that gives you a special dose of credibility.... Now, I'm not saying there is anything wrong with music written for those channels, but if you're going to be one of those "musician's musician", music snob, purist types, well then MUSIC FOR VIDEO GAMES won't exactly help your case... (oooh, this guy MUST know what he's talking about... he wrote music for a VIDEO GAME!) The musicians you listed aren't exactly my favorite... but there is no denying that John Mayer CAN play guitar well (taste or style is open to opinion), no denying that Dave Matthew's Band'd drummer is world-class, and no denying that the production and much of the musician-ship on Jack Johnson's record is of a reasonably high level. If you're really a musician, I would think you would have some ability to discuss elements of why you dislike certain music. Bring it on!
water wrote:
i'm all for respecting people's opinions, but i sense some rage issues at a simple song thank you for your input, your enthusiasm is noted
4real wrote:
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JEEZ! It's just a SONG. You can turn down the volume, or find another station. Whatever.