“And if we want hell then hell’s what we’ll have”: Jack Johnson on Culture and Entertainment

Now that it is extremely warm outside, I have to listen to Jack Johnson. If you’ve never listened to him, his sound is very laid back and relaxing. Some might say all his songs sound alike, but that hasn’t stopped me from listening to him.

His song “Cookie Jar” really stood out to me this afternoon as I driving home. Watch the video below and/or read the lyrics printed below that. It seems to me that he is not only a great musician, but has an eye and an ear to the culture at large.

What do you think?

 

 

 

“Cookie Jar”

I would turn on the TV but it’s so embarrassing
To see all the other people I don’t know what they mean
And it was magic at first when they spoke without sound
But now this world is gonna hurt you better turn that thing down
Turn it around

“It wasn’t me”, says the boy with the gun
“Sure I pulled the trigger but it needed to be done
Cause life’s been killing me ever since it begun
You cant blame me cause I’m too young”

“You can’t blame me sure the killer was my son
But I didn’t teach him to pull the trigger of the gun
It’s the killing on this TV screen
You cant blame me its those images he seen”

Well “You can’t blame me”, says the media man
Well “I wasn’t the one who came up with the plan
I just point my camera at what the people want to see
Man it’s a two way mirror and you cant blame me”

“You can’t blame me”, says the singer of the song
Or the maker of the movie which he based his life on
“It’s only entertainment and as anyone can see
The smoke machines and makeup and you cant fool me”

It was you it was me it was every man
We’ve all got the blood on our hands
We only receive what we demand
And if we want hell then hells what well have

And I would turn on the TV
But it’s so embarrassing
To see all the other people
I don’t even know what they mean
And it was magic at first
But let everyone down
And now this world is gonna hurt
You better turn it around
Turn it around

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