"Brother John" as written by Chan Kinchla, John C. Popper and Bobby Sheehan....
[Chorus]
Are you sleeping
Brother John
If you feel like weeping
Brother John
Please won't you hear me
Brother John
Just wait and see
Brother John

Can't you see by the will of your hand
You can give it a try and just name your price
And everybody in this rock & roll band
Don't want to preach don't want to give advice
But the music's playing and all we're saying
Is come along and jam
And it's hard to be believed what can be achieved
With an outstretched hand

[Chorus]

Take a walk through the rest of your life
Until you dare to take it step by step
(Positively) till you make it yours
Now tell me what's left
Is it really you and you when you gotta know
That things can change
Just a pair of little eyes inside your head
That make you rearrange

[Chorus]

The things that hurt just won't go away
But neither will we
Doesn't really matter either way cause you're all you need
To set yourself free
It may sound hard but it's just a start
To ride that wind
And you ain't Peter Pan you're just a man
You'll get there again

[Chorus: x2]

[Repeat: x4]
Just wait and see

Are you guys ready to play follow the leader?

[Repeat: x4]
Just wait and see

Hush little baby, now don't say a word
Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird
And if that mockingbird don't sing
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring
And if that diamond ring don't shine
Papa's gonna buy you a bottle of wine
And when that bottle of wine gets done
Papa's gonna buy you a BB gun
Papa's gonna show you what it's all about
Or you're gonna shoot your own eye out,
Hey hey hey hey [Repeat: x4]

[Repeat: x7]
Won't you rise and shine

Won't you wait and see


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"Brother John" as written by Chan Kinchla Bobby Sheehan

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    General CommentWell you're all in luck, Blues traveler is my fav. band and i know quite a bit about them, like the meaning of this song for instance... *ahem* When this song was being made, Bob sheehan's BROTHER, JOHN sheehan, was going through some tough times. I think it had something to do with girls.. or drugs... i dont know exactly BUT I do know that he was sleeping most of the day and well, he was just really out of it. So John (Popper(thats the lead singer)) and the group made this song to, wake him up, if you will... Personaly, this is most definetly my favorite song of all time! And thats all i have to say about that... (yeah i got that from forrest gump, so what?)
    Andrackon October 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was about Bob, Chan and Brendan telling John to sing with them, or an Anglicized version of the children's song "Frere Jacques" ("Are you sleeping, Brother John?").
    seeingon March 10, 2017   Link

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