Jack Johnson – Ones And Zeros

Jack Johnson has his laid back, flip flop-wearing image that doesn’t quite fit with his strident environmental activism. This 2013 song has delicate acoustic guitar finger-picked arpeggios, but warns of climate change impacts such as melting Arctic ice. It appears to be an introspective number, imagining we can look back and wish we behaved differently. Is the song fatalistic, accepting of the damage of environmental change? Johnson is singing about wine taking the edge off the coming global impacts.

Yet the performer lives with a small ecological footprint: even, according to the newspaper, The Telegraph, composting his own faecal waste. That’s dedicated for a surfer dude!

What do you think the “ones and zeros” in the title of this 2013 tune refer to?

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