John Butler Trio on One Way Road

Australian electric roots/jam band John Butler Trio have launched their new single “One Way Road” in a music video with a revolutionary edge. The track is the first single from the new album April Uprising, named after John Butler’s voyage to find his ancestors on SBS Television’s genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are.

John Butler Trio One Way Road music video


Vocalist/guitarist John Butler, drummer/percussionist Nicky Bomba, and bass player Byron Luiters, the new line up for the trio, perform in a range of settings, edited to create a sense of dissonance. The revolutionary nature of the lyrics connects with the voyage John took in the SBS Who Do You Think You Are series, following the Butler name through generations of hardship to a matriarch who sang for her survival and tracing his Bulgarian ancestry to a forebear caught up in a violent revolt.

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Credits

Filming was shot and produced by the team at Chaotic Pictures, Sydney.

Lyrics

They come they take
It’s never enough because they can’t relate
To the real world
Thinking that the oyster is just for the pearl
They start those wars
They want to own the land sea and all the stars
And right those wrongs
They change their history with their poison forked tongues.

All right, who’s they?
A Maybe it’s the government of today
Or B for the big business man who thinks the whole world revolves around him
Or C for the corrupt official for A and B he be the man in the middle
Or D for discoverer for Cook and Columbus and the pirate plunderers.

Doesn’t mean I ain’t got no fight now just because I don’t got a gun
The lyrical is heavier than lead and this guitar is my canon
Just like my Martin and Mahatma Im gonna love Im gonna over come
Maybe its E for all of the above but I don’t want to be

Wrong way going down the one-way road wrong way going down the one-way road
Wrong way going down the one-way road gonna turn it all around gonna back it on up
Wrong way going down the one-way road wrong way going on a one-way road
Wrong way going down the one-way road gonna turn it all around gonna back it on up

These men who they say we should follow
BUT we cant follow men if their hearts are hollow and
Mmmm yes how can we respect puppet regimes we do not elect?
Straight up straight up like Pinocchio and every time they lie man the fire just grows so
Now’s time to be part of the solution raise your fist if you believe in revolution

Doesn’t mean I ain’t got no fight now just because I don’t got a gun
The lyrical is heavier than lead and this guitar is my canon
Just like my Martin and Mahatma Im gonna love I’m gonna overcome
Maybe its E for all of the above but I don’t want to be….

Living in a pantomime living in a fantasy
I dont want to be don’t want to be I don’t want to be don’t want to be no
Living in a pantomime living in a fantasy
I don’t want to be don’t want to be I don’t want to be don’t want to be…

Wrong way going down the one-way road wrong way going down the one-way road
Wrong way going down the one-way road gonna turn it all around gonna back it on up
Wrong way going down the one-way road wrong way going on a one-way road
Wrong way going down the one-way road gonna turn it all around gonna back it on up

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  • Tobias Jones

    Awesome video clip, it’s also the music for Channel One’s sports promo.