The Joes

Words & Music by James Kennedy

'The Joes' is an Acoustic Pop Rock song & is the 2nd song on the 2013 James Kennedy album 'The National Health Service'. The words, music & production are by James Kennedy.

'The Joes' is a fun, upbeat & simple acoustic Pop Rock song with sparse instrumentation including acoustic guitar, electronic drum loop, strings & vocals. The song features intricate acoustic Guitar riffing & a funky, syncopated feel. Lyrically, the song is a comment on the modern age of social media where everybody can expect to be taken seriously as an expert in anything they choose because they can make it seem that way online. The song takes a comical, tongue in cheek approach to the subject by using examples of wannabe pilots crashing planes because they haven't actually spent the years in training and of a football game where the audience sees itself as of equal skill to the players, so they inundate the pitch and ruin the game for everyone including themselves. Kennedy's point in the chorus is that 'its a hard time' to be an expert in something when actual talent & graft has been oversaturated with relentless amateur content in all areas of life. The sentiment in the song also featured in an article Kennedy wrote for Black velvet Magazine entitled 'The End is Night & I Blame The Joes'.

LYRICS

You’re a thousand miles high

Chauffeured through the sky

But Joey wants to fly the Plane

‘cos he says he’s real good at computer games

And as you crashed

He was singing a song he wrote

About the movie that he made

Based on the book he wrote just yesterday

It’s a hard time to be new

It’s a hard time to be real

It’s a hard time to be you

When it’s just a good time for the Joes

And as the crowd invades the field

All promoting paper shields

In the stadium that hosts no games

Just the roar of a million names

And so they say

The spectator sees more of the game

So sit back, enjoy the scene

And clear the way for the players to play

It’s a hard time to be new

It’s a hard time to be real

It’s a hard time to be you

When it’s just a good time for the Joes