"F-Stop Blues" as written by and Jack Johnson....
Hermit crabs and cowry shells
Crush beneath his feet as he comes towards you
He's waving at you

Lift him up to see what you can see
He begins his focusing
He's aiming at you

And now he has cutaways from memories
And close-ups of anything that
He has seen or even dreamed
And now he's finished focusing

He's imagining lightning
Striking sea sickness
Away from here

Look who's laughing now that you've wasted
How many years and you've barely even tasted
Anything remotely close to
Everything you've boasted about
Look who's crying now

Driftwood floats, after years of erosion
Incoming tide touches roots to expose them
Quicksand steals my shoes
Clouds bring the f-stop blues

Look who's laughing now that you've wasted
How many years and you've barely even tasted
Anything remotely close to
Everything you've boasted about
Look who's crying now


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"F-Stop Blues" as written by Jack Hody Johnson

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    General Commentwhat do you guys think about the meaning of this song in comparison with mayer's 3x5?
    caseyjoneson April 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI read somewhere that Jack created this song one night when he and Slater and Machado and the whole September Sessions crew were out on the boat while making the movie (one of my all time fav's) and he sang it to try and ease a poor seasick Rob Machado (also one of my all time fav's, wink wink) off to sleep. Also, i think F-Stop blues might be a camera -term.... Jack being a film maker and all. I LOVE this guy. ; )
    jw11on April 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI read the same thing. I guess some people just have talent and one night is all it takes to write beautiful songs.
    schuttfaceon April 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah f-stops are what control the amount of light on the film so when he says "clouds bring the f-stop blues" hes saying that its harder to take pictures whent he clouds come cuz there isn't as much light. hehe
    breezybay11on May 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, and i love all of Jack Johnsons songs. He is my all time favorite singer! i luv the part in the song where he goes "he's waving at you" and he's aiming at you" i luv how he carries out the you! its so cool hes the best!
    IlOvEjAcKjOhNsOnon June 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthehe, Jack's a shutter bug like me! rock! Yep Breezybay, that's exactly waht i was thinking. Ilove picking out little film references in his songs
    Lissy Ratzon August 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwell before i read this, this song had a whole different meaning to me. as far as i know jack doesn't have a son but it sounds like he's singing about a son, and it says "lift him up to see what you can see, as he begins his focusing", which is like a baby.
    mysterywhitegirlon September 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think he's talking about the camera
    badfish5447on April 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics posted for this are wrong. It is not "He's waving a shoe" it is "He' waving at you" and it is not "Gutterways for memories" it is Cut aways for memories, which is a term used in film making. This song is about living your life on the other side of a camera lens. The F-Stop on a camera detemines how much light is let through, making your picture or frame either "Hot" or " Cold". The song is about being a spectator and not a participant to many greta things, which I am sure has been nittersweet for J. Johnson. I had never heard the Rob Machado story but it sounds very believable as Rob is known for having no sea-legs. A killer song, especially in the Sept. Sessions movie.
    overheadglass01on April 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe f-stop also determines the amount of depth of field that you are able to get. When he mentioned the clouds, I imagined his frustration of how flat/shallow the results would be. Sometimes his songs are literal and sometimes not. I love the way that he is able to intentionally create multiple interpretations of his songs.
    ophelia219on April 19, 2004   Link

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