Jack Johnson – Plastic Jesus

Many of my friends ask me how I find the song of the week.  Some weeks it takes hours to find a song, sometimes friends send me a song and other weeks a song just falls into my lap.  I will explain how this week’s song fell into me lap.  There is a vacation company that regularly sends me an email about their upcoming adventure getaways (fantastic company check out bikehike.com) and I was browsing the web site and clicked on a video created by a vacationer.  In the video I hear this Plastic Jesus song, and I then google it and sort through all the information to find the correct artist.

“Plastic Jesus” is an American folk song written by Ed Rush and George Cromarty in 1957. They recorded it as a humorous ad spoof in 1962 as The Goldcoast Singers.  You can hear the original song by clicking here but you need to fast forward through the song to 2:12 as there is a lot of chatter before they start singing.  Paul Newman later went on to sing it in the movie “Cool Hand Luke”.  Check it out here.

There have been numerous artists record different version of the song over the years adding their own new verses.  The version that is my favourite is by Jack Johnson release in 2001. Here is Jack Johnson’s version titled Plastic Jesus/Fall Line/Spring Wind and it is the song of the week.

Sorry for the late post.  I forgot all about it :)

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