Song of the Day #2,053: ‘Upside Down’ – Jack Johnson

jack_johnsonI was shocked to see that I hadn’t already featured Jack Johnson’s ‘Upside Down’ as a Song of the Day.

Surely I’ve done a theme week on music from kids’ movies over the past five and a half years, right? How could this one have missed the cut?

I’m not a big fan of Jack Johnson. His laid-back Hawaiian beach bum vibe doesn’t really do it for me, and I find his music redundant. But this song is a blast.

In fact, the song is so good that it positively affects my memory of the movie. It’s similar to what Ben Folds did for Over the Hedge.

Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve featured any of those songs either. Maybe a theme week is in order.

Who’s to say
What’s impossible
Well they forgot
This world keeps spinning
And with each new day
I can feel a change in everything
And as the surface breaks reflections fade
But in some ways they remain the same
And as my mind begins to spread its wings
There’s no stopping curiosity

I want to turn the whole thing upside down
I’ll find the things they say just can’t be found
I’ll share this love I find with everyone
We’ll sing and dance to Mother Nature’s songs
I don’t want this feeling to go away

Who’s to say
I can’t do everything
Well I can try
And as I roll along I begin to find
Things aren’t always just what they seem

I want to turn the whole thing upside down
I’ll find things they say just can’t be found
I’ll share this love I find with everyone
We’ll sing and dance to Mother Nature’s songs
This world keeps spinning and there’s no time to waste
Well it all keeps spinning spinning round and round and

Upside down
Who’s to say what’s impossible and can’t be found
I don’t want this feeling to go away

Please don’t go away
Please don’t go away
Please don’t go away
Is this how it’s supposed to be
Is this how it’s supposed to be

9 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,053: ‘Upside Down’ – Jack Johnson

  1. Dana says:

    I thought you had featured this song as well.

    I remain perplexed why you find some artists like Johnson, Chapman, Indigo Girls and James Taylor boring and redundant, but place artists like Aimee Mann and John Mayer amongst your favorites despite the lack of diversity in their sound.

    I personally really like Johnson’s sound and vibe and, frankly, this song is not divergent from his style. I suspect if you gave Johnson more of a chance you might come to appreciate his other songs as much as you appreciate this one.

  2. Amy says:

    Jack Johnson does everything for me, so you’re off the hook. Some Monday morning, when you’ve had a hard time getting the engine started, play “Banana Pancakes” or “Bubble Toes” on the way to work. I defy you not to feel ready to face the day and the week. His music = pure happiness. I ADORE him. He was equally wonderful in concert. HE deserves a theme week!

  3. Maddie says:

    I agree with everything said above 🙂 Jack Johnson totally has a vibe I love, as well as music that is varied enough to match most of my moods. I love a lot of the songs off his new album and of course many off of the previous ones. Jack Johnson theme week is way in order! 😛

  4. Amy says:


    Only thing better than seeing Jack Johnson live would be to see him live in Hawaii!

  5. Amy says:

    How could the “Hawaiian vibe” not “really do it for” you?! You need to get yourself to Hawaii immediately to start working on that!

  6. Clay says:

    I like his kind of music in the background if I’m lounging pool or beachside. But not in my earbuds or car stereo while living my suburban South Florida life.

  7. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    I personally find Jack Johnson’s (I don’t like Johnson) music calming and peaceful. The music has meaningful lyrics and beautiful instruments to back it up. His new album is great. I thought his interview with Colbert was hilarious… I will attach it below.

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