My Sunday Song – “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man

My Sunday Song #66 is the first current release I have done in some time.  It is the song “Feel the Still” by the band Portugal. The Man.  The song is the second single off the band’s 2017 album “Woodstock” and their first #1 on any chart.  What surprised me about the band when I looked them up was that this is their 8th studio album.  8th??  I had never heard of these guys…how did that happen??

I first heard this song on an Apple commercial and then later I started hearing it on the radio.  It was so damn catchy and had a 60’s kind of vibe to it with the fun beat and John Gourley’s very high pitched vocals.  As it turns out, the song has borrowed heavily from the song “Please, Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes which was released way back before my time in 1961 (not really that far before my time but definitely before).

Lyrically the song seems all over the place.  It jumps from references to the civil rights movement in 1966 up to their introduction to the Beastie Boys, Licensed to Ill in 1986 and all the way to today and what is happening with the current administration.  I saw where the song was inspired by his daughter growing up while they were making this album.  To me he seems to be worried about the world she is going to inherit and that we need to fight for our rights like people have done in the past.  Now is the time.  Maybe I am reading too much into this short song at only 2:43.

What I also found interesting is the number of song writers credited for such a short song.  It will take longer to list everyone than the actual length of the song.  Here are the songwriters:

  • Robert Bateman (Please Mr. Postman writer)
  • Zachary Scott Carothers
  • Freddie Gorman (Please Mr. Postman writer)
  • John Baldwin Gourley
  • John Hill
  • Brian Holland (Please Mr. Postman writer)
  • Eric Andrew Howk
  • Kyle O’Quin
  • Jason Wade Sechrist
  • Asa Taccone

That is a lot of hands in the money jar.

If you haven’t heard the song, give it a listen as the video is below.  If you like it, go buy it at the link below.  Let me know what you think?  I hope you enjoyed this week’s song. Have a great Sunday.

“Feel It Still”

Can’t keep my hands to myself
Think I’ll dust ’em off, put ’em back up on the shelf
In case my little baby girl is in need
Am I coming out of left field?

Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now
I been feeling it since 1966, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still
Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now
Let me kick it like it’s 1986, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still

Got another mouth to feed
Leave it with a baby sitter, mama, call the grave digger
Gone with the fallen leaves
Am I coming out of left field?

Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now
I been feeling it since 1966, now
Might’ve had your fill, but you feel it still
Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now
Let me kick it like it’s 1986, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still

We could fight a war for peace
(Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now)
Give in to that easy living
Goodbye to my hopes and dreams
Start flipping for my enemies
We could wait until the walls come down
(Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now)
It’s time to give a little to the
Kids in the middle, but, oh until it falls
Won’t bother me

Is it coming?
Is it coming?
Is it coming?
Is it coming?
Is it coming?
Is it coming back?

Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, yeah
Your love is an abyss for my heart to eclipse, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still

Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now
I’ve been feeling it since 1966, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still
Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now
Let me kick it like it’s 1986, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still
Might’ve had your fill, but I feel it still

Written by the long list of people noted above…

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