Turd in the Punchbowl

by Great John Himself

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It's about 7 in the evening and I contemplate my leaving, as everybody's weaving in and out.
But I hear a slight complaining and the people are refraining from explaining to me what it's all about.

It's clear the night will turn to ruin with such an elephant in the room, it can't belong before it starts to get around.
And as eyes begin to roll, the crowd lose all self-control.
It's clear that everybody knows.

We've got a turd in the punchbowl.

The atmosphere's no longer and the smell is getting stronger, we're left awkward with our drinks no longer cold.
And in the wake of this dilemma it seems it's time now more than ever that the punchbowl issue ought to be resolved.

Now the crowd is getting restless, the punch has lost all of it's freshness, it won't be long before the fruit cubes start to mould.
But no one dares to be so bold as to step out on their own.
It's clear the culprit must be told.

We've got a turd in the punchbowl.

It's now verging on 10:30 and with our smell receptors hurting, eviction is now well and truly sold.
It's agreed that this must end and it's time that the condemned was to leave and go recede back up his hole.

And in discussion of said turd, my name, I overheard, and the sweat above my brow went quickly cold.
Shouldn't need to have been told it is I who fits the mould.
Like a dagger to my soul,

We've got a turd in the punchbowl.


released August 21, 2014

Edward Williams - Vocals, Saxophone
Francis Tait - Guitar, Vocals
Joel Cant - Clarinet, Vocals
Damon Perillo - Bass, Vocals
William Fleming - Keys, Vocals
Ben Borrelli - Drums

Music and Lyrics by Francis Tait

Recorded by Thomas Rouch at Avenue Records
Mixed by Thomas Rouch, Nicholas Di Lorenzo and Francis Tait
Mastered by Nicholas Di Lorenzo at Panorama Mixing and Mastering Studios

Artwork by James Borrelli

Special thanks to Moonee Valley FReeZA, The Push, Tom Rouch, Seamus Whelan, Nicholas Burgin, Alex Beck and James Welch



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Great John Himself Melbourne, Australia

It has never been established who 'John' is, or what it is that makes him so particularly great. All that is for certain is that an ensemble of five young males have emerged in his legacy to preach his message of good times and partying down.

Established in 2011, Great John Himself are a band from Melbourne, Australia specialising in unashamedly fun roots, blues and ska music with a modern twist.
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