The James Brown Theory

from Patchwork Rebellions by Jamie B Sings

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What if James Brown never felt good
'Cause he worked in an office in a rough neighbourhood
Paid the cost, but still had a boss
And didn't know what to do, yeah
He was at a loss, 'cause
You see, he liked to sing on the side
And dreamed of travelling far and wide
With a band full of fire and rhythm and rhyme
It lit him up, and he talked about it all the time
But James' boss always got so cross
He said, "focus on your profit and your loss"
So James lost heart, knew his role
And the world never got a Godfather of Soul

So what if you're the next James Brown?
The next one to revolutionise the sound
The next big thing that never got found
'Cause the bastards ground you down
Or maybe you never believed in your abilites
Lacked the drive or lacked the facilities
But if you follow your passion and see where it leads
Your gift could be just what the world needs now

What if Stevie Nicks never lived her dreams
'Cause she sold fish and chips, or maybe ice creams
By the seaside, and inside of writing Landslide
She hid the gifts that she held inside, she said,
"What if nobody else feels the way that I do
About the songs I play?"
She didn't know she was talented and pretty
And if she could only get to Sound City
She would find a tribe to relate to her soul
You never know quite what awaits you
Her songs would be beloved, and often covered
A source of inspiration for struggling mothers
Children and fathers, sisters and brothers
You'd be surprised the effect you can have on others
But instead, Stevie fed herself little lies
About the music in her head
"It's all pie in the sky, it's going nowhere", she said
"It's time I put these dreams to bed"

So what if you're the next James Brown?
The next one to revolutionise the sound
The next big thing that never got found
'Cause the bastards ground you down
Or maybe you never believed in your abilites
Lacked the drive or lacked the facilities
But if you follow your passion and see where it leads
Your gift could be just what the world needs now

Now I'm not saying there's anything wrong
With any of these walks of life
And sometimes, we all have to sacrifice
Just to get by
I just hope you've found a beautiful way to spend your precious time
Within work and without,
Something you wanna shout about
Something that doesn't make you say,
"My talents are wasted here"
And to spend your days just ruing all the wasted years
Held back by practicalities, disguising all your fears
So when you hear your Muse a-callin'
It's time to quit your stalling...

So what if you're the next James Brown?
The next one to revolutionise the sound
The next big thing that never got found
'Cause the bastards ground you down
Or maybe you never believed in your abilites
Lacked the drive or lacked the facilities
But if you follow your passion and see where it leads
Your gift could be just what the world needs now

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from Patchwork Rebellions, released July 8, 2022

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🍏 Nutritious homegrown singer-songwriting, est. 2004.

My third album, Patchwork Rebellions, is out now!

I also produce melodic electronic shizznizz at sanghasounds.bandcamp.com

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