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I Don’t Want to Be That Guy Anymore’ is the third release of the year by John Jenkins, in follow-up to his critically acclaimed album ‘Tuebrook’, released in July 2023, and the March and April 2024 standalone tracks ‘The Reason’ and ‘Bury Myself in the Sand’.

It is the third track of six being released monthly that, thematically, wouldn’t fit on the ‘Tuebrook’ album.
There are a lot of songs about self-hate or self-loathing (Johnny Cash – Hurt, Townes Van Zandt – Rake, Linkin Park – Numb, just to name three), songs about the realisation of doing something wrong and recognising it. Maybe hoping for salvation or forgiveness. My song ‘A Wiser Man than Me’ explored this previously and ‘I Don’t Want to Be That Guy Anymore’ is another. I recently realised I was dyslexic and probably neurodiverse and have spent a long time recently going over moments in my past and trying to connect the dots. This song came from those soul-searching moments.
I wanted a little bit of a rough indie guitar sound after the acoustic songs I’d been releasing, and Jon Lawton as always steps up to the plate. I even got him to add a backward guitar solo to match the black thoughts I had been dipping into.
To be released on May 3rd, 2024, ‘I Don’t Want to Be That Guy Anymore’ is co-produced by John Jenkins and Jon Lawton (Sami Yusuf, Ian Prowse, Only Child) and mastered by Pete Maher (The Rolling Stones, U2, Patti Smith).

This will be available from the usual digital retailers.

Lyrics

Don’t Want to Be That Guy Anymore

Tell me who you see
I don’t want to be that guy anymore
Tell me how you feel about the things I did before

Ended up with nothing,
Except this misery
Guess it’s all that I deserve as the world punches back at me

Took the early morning train
Stood in the thunder and the rain
To flush away this pain
I don’t want to be that guy anymore

Tell me who you see
I don’t want to be that guy anymore
Tell me if its real
Because I can’t take much more

Nothing came from something, but I just couldn’t see
Guess it be all I have in life,
there’s no guarantees

Took the early morning train
Stood in the thunder and the rain
To flush away this pain
I don’t want to be that guy anymore


Slept through my early morning calls
Drank far too much to face it all
And I could drink so much more
I don’t want to be that guy anymore