Song of the Day, November 26: All That Way For This by Oysterband

OysterAllThatToday’s song is All That Way For This, the anthemic opening to Oysterband’s brilliant 1992 album Deserters. It sets the stage perfectly for the disc’s explorations of inequity and determination to improve the world. Singer John Jones belts out a series of reasonable wishes for a satisfying life, dashing them against the reality of harsh economics, uncaring leaders, and broken chances. The band swirl behind him with great power, a tight unit that makes just the right space for each player to shine.

All we wanted was something worth it
Worth the labor, worth the wait
Then they take you up to the mountain
You see too late

In the middle of a good time
Truth gave me her icy kiss
Look around, you must be joking
All that way, all that for this

The song remains a vibrant part of the band’s live shows. Enjoy this great live take from 2012 of a powerful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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