John Coffey – No House for Thee

At Cultureshock, we’ve been tracking the Dutch band John Coffey for a while now. Soon their new EP will be released, and today we got a preview with the first single of the EP: ‘No House for Thee’.

In it, John Coffey does what good art can do: give society a relevant mirror. The lyrics show John Coffey as identifying with the nervous Europeans about the refugee influx. But they also call for a change of heart and show the humanity of the refugees. A human side that doesn’t allow for an inhumane response. The music video supports this by actual footage of two places refugees have been put.

What type of art responds appropriately to the challenges facing our country?

Here are the lyrics:

I dip my toes into the sea,
the tidings are high and the drinks are on me.
But on the Horizon I see the floating end of my party!

[Stay far away, for here’s no house for thee]

Me and my friends hung around and found it was you that was talk of the town. And your pale black face had shown hell in my heart. I needed deep shiny blue to keep me into my mood; But a nightmare started kicking in.

‘They drowned, they drowned, they drowned, they drowned..’
And you were found in the flood tonight. The minute you run to change, we will hunt you down! I’ve committed a crime to this brother of mine, although he came for afar. He dreaded the roar of water at the bottom of the gulf. And it comes around and around..

‘They drowned, they drowned, they drowned, they drowned..’
You were found in the flood tonight. The minute you run to change, we will hunt you down! Yeah you were bound by the flood. The minute you run to change, we will hunt you down!

‘They drowned, they drowned, they drowned, they drowned..’
Fed to the ocean! The minute you run to change, we will hunt you down! Yeah, you were bound by the flood. The minute you run to change, we will hunt you down!

[Stay Far Away, for here is no house for thee]