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A Quiet Revolution: Day After Day EP by John Jenkins and the James Street Band
‘Day After Day’ is the latest release from the prolific Liverpool musician John Jenkins. Five powerful songs of reflection, observation and insight with an unerring focus on the modern world. These songs lay bare the flaws, problems and injustices of life in the current political climate while reflecting on nostalgia, personal goals and living well. A ‘Design for Life’ if you will. Hard hitting but softly spoken; a gentle call for common sense and humanity.
There are stories and characters in these songs. Two-line snapshots that economically paint pictures worthy of Paul McCartney. Broad brush strokes that stir the imagination. The EP showcases a maturity both lyrically and instrumentally. Different musical styles combine to produce a cohesive whole. This is both personal and political. There is sadness in this work tempered by optimism and faith in the future. This is a soundtrack for our times. Sing along.

Lyrics

Why?

Heard the news today so many people dying
Man it made me feel so miserable
If I could have my way I’d would do away with fighting
Why can’t everybody be so equal?

Why must it be?
What are the reasons for such suffering?
Why must everybody feel so helpless and small?
What can we do? What are the reasons for such extremities?
Why do some people just want it all? They want it all

Read the news today so many people lying
Man it made me feel so miserable
If I could have my way, I’d do away with such prying
Since when has privacy been inconsiderable?

Why must it be?
What are the reasons for such suffering?
Why must everybody feel so hopeless and small?
What do we need? What are the reasons for such extremities?
Why do some people want it all?

In my life I’ve seen more things than I’ve wanted to see that would make most honest people cry
And in my dreams I’ve got this mental picture of the way it should be
And a list of questions that don’t ask why?

Why must it be? What are the reasons for such suffering?
Why must everybody feel so hopeless and small?
What can we do? What are the reasons for such extremities?
Why do some people want it all?
They want it all - Tell me why?