Who'll Stop the People (District 12 Mix)

Paul J Rogers

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Released 25 November 2022

A war cry for climate activists.

This song is dedicated to the global movement of citizens fighting for climate justice, and the attempt to silence dissent.

Here Paul is drawing inspiration from his Australian Pub-Rock roots, in particular, Midnight Oil.

Originally released in 2019, this 2022 version has been remixed from

Released 25 November 2022

A war cry for climate activists.

This song is dedicated to the global movement of citizens fighting for climate justice, and the attempt to silence dissent.

Here Paul is drawing inspiration from his Australian Pub-Rock roots, in particular, Midnight Oil.

Originally released in 2019, this 2022 version has been remixed from the ground up, adding even more urgency than before.

"The People Are Getting Loud" echos the chorus.

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EarthSEED (Wanderlust Mix)

Paul J Rogers

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EarthSEED (Wanderlust Mix)

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Released 27 May 2022 (Instrumental)

In these crazy times, plans to travel are often put on hold, rescheduled or cancelled altogether. Whilst we can’t always be where we want to be, we can always travel there through music.

This song picks up on where Paul’s 2016 song ‘Observer’ left you – at the door and ready for another journey.

EarthSEED

Released 27 May 2022 (Instrumental)

In these crazy times, plans to travel are often put on hold, rescheduled or cancelled altogether. Whilst we can’t always be where we want to be, we can always travel there through music.

This song picks up on where Paul’s 2016 song ‘Observer’ left you – at the door and ready for another journey.

EarthSEED (Wanderlust Mix) is dedicated to Paul’s close friend Tammy who has an insatiable drive to travel, explore and live life to the fullest.

Close your eyes and travel anywhere.

For Tammy B (Brisbane)

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Even My White Shirt Is Black

Paul J Rogers

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Even My White Shirt Is Black

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Released 14 January 2022

Long time environmentalist, Paul J Rogers releases his third song about climate change.

In 2019, he released ‘Who’ll Stop the People’ (a song dedicated to Greta Thunberg), as well as ‘Planet in Pain’ (a song dedicated to the anti-coal movement in Australia).

Paul’s new single is a scathing critique of insatiable greed and

Released 14 January 2022

Long time environmentalist, Paul J Rogers releases his third song about climate change.

In 2019, he released ‘Who’ll Stop the People’ (a song dedicated to Greta Thunberg), as well as ‘Planet in Pain’ (a song dedicated to the anti-coal movement in Australia).

Paul’s new single is a scathing critique of insatiable greed and wanton destruction of the Earth by the fossil fuel industry.

The song title is a reference to air the pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

Verse one speaks to being on the left of politics. Verse two is about the scarcity of resources like food and water. Verse three is about the greed of the energy barons.

Lastly, the chorus is about the challenge of sense-making in an era of misinformation and the draconian silencing of dissent.

We have had at least 35 years of scientific evidence warning us that the fossil fuel industry was cooking the planet. The window to save humanity and the 8 billion species we share the Earth with is rapidly closing.

Speak up. Act Now.

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I've Got This

Paul J Rogers

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I've Got This

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Released 13 August 2021

This song is about the paradox of how when life throws you a battle, it also throws you the tools to fight the battle.

For Sarah B. (United Kingdom)

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You Give Me Gold

Paul J Rogers

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You Give Me Gold

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Released 18 April 2021

This song is a musical 'thank you' letter to a special friend who helped Paul through a very difficult time.

For Jae S. (Brisbane)

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Planet in Pain (Instrumental Adano Mix)

Paul J Rogers

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Released 21 September 2020 (Instrumental)

This song personifies the pain felt by the Greek Goddess Gaia, at the hands of humanity, especially since the industrial revolution. In particular, the damage caused by the burning of coal (in Australia) is the focus of this song.

The song is also an apology to indigenous cultures who have always

Released 21 September 2020 (Instrumental)

This song personifies the pain felt by the Greek Goddess Gaia, at the hands of humanity, especially since the industrial revolution. In particular, the damage caused by the burning of coal (in Australia) is the focus of this song.

The song is also an apology to indigenous cultures who have always maintained a strong affinity with the natural world. Whilst the west continues to treat the Earth like a factory, we remain at risk of collapse.

This is a lot of meaning for an instrumental song, but not all messages have words.

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Planet in Pain

Paul J Rogers

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Released 11 September 2020

For thousands of years, indigenous cultures have revered the Earth, as a living breathing entity. This belief was personified in Greek Mythology with the Earth Goddess ‘Gaia’. The term Mother Earth is a popular term used in the west now.

In more recent times, James Lovelock's and Lynn Margulis's ‘Gaia theory’ in the 1970

Released 11 September 2020

For thousands of years, indigenous cultures have revered the Earth, as a living breathing entity. This belief was personified in Greek Mythology with the Earth Goddess ‘Gaia’. The term Mother Earth is a popular term used in the west now.

In more recent times, James Lovelock's and Lynn Margulis's ‘Gaia theory’ in the 1970’s, posited the Earth as a complex but self-regulating system, where all living and non-living systems were in a constant state of seeking balance and homeostasis.

Since the industrial revolution, this balance been off kilter. The Earth has been under severe stress, trying to restore balance, and as she was doing this, the goal posts kept moving as we pushed more and more carbon into the atmosphere. We see the effects of this now with the increase in both the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

Every living system that collectively makes up the biosphere is under severe stress.

‘Planet in Pain’ personifies the pain felt by Gaia, because of our insatiable appetite for resources and growth at any cost. We continue to consume with the false belief that this can continue without consequences, not just for humans – but 8 for million other species who rely on our behaviour and morality for their survival.

We need to stop treating the planet like an ATM and start treating it like a savings account.

For Todd B. (Sydney)

Song Review – Fred Bambridge – 9 November 2020

"The Brisbane based singer-songwriter has been actively writing music for a while, and this single acts as his second release of 2020.

If you haven't heard of Paul before he's a fantastic artist who crafts some cinematic tracks that captivate the listener from the off with some shimmering guitar tones and haunting effect.

His vocals in ‘Planet in Pain’ remind me of early Nick Cave in parts with the gruff underlying tones giving it plenty of atmosphere, mixed in with the chorus' soaring strings and you're given something to really sink your teeth into.

The release's whole tone is rather dark, and as we mentioned earlier fairly haunting in places. There's a fine balance of Coldplay's atmospheric tunes mixed in with some Radiohead and Phil Collins (especially towards the end).

If you listen closely to the track you hear you'll hear him singing "our planet is in pain", "let's clean up this mess" and "marching on the streets / to claim justice from the suits". Paul is a big activist in the environmental movement, and for the 25+ years he's been a part of the movement he's got himself a dedicated fan-base with him even getting play-listed on Spotify by Green Music Australia and being in rotation on Extinction Rebellion's very own Rebel Radio.

There's much to love here, and if you loved what you heard be sure to check out his previous work too, it's definitely worth your time!"

https://www.itsallindie.com/2020/11/paul-j-rogers-releases-haunting-track.html?fbclid=IwAR1dRmDTjag2z0QMXr5F8m0QBEGaF5zQ-i0Wnpq2RjpE1OZaULxn47LQ8DU

Song Review – Nicole Mendes – 5 October 2020 – The Other Side Reviews

"Compelling and captivating, ‘Planet in Pain’ is a painfully honest single touching on the effect of climate change in modern society. Written as a narrative from the Earth Goddess Gaia, ‘Planet in Pain’ illustrates the frustration, desperation, despair and concern to “clean up this mess.” Yet, it is not only the lyrics that capture your attention but more the melody underlying Rogers spoken word. Lying somewhere between Chris Isaak and U2, Paul J Rogers adopts a simple combination of guitar and engaging vocals. In fact, it might be this simplicity that enhances the poignancy of his Leonard Cohen-esque style.

What really touches my heart is the final verses spoken without any backing instrumentation. It is not only the words, but the relevancy of the lyrics – “send suffering to millions and the profits to few…and when the West Wing brings its reckoning, we’re left with wearing masks”. I am unsure whether this was intended to discuss 2020’s sociopolitical situation, but these few lines definitely sent shivers down my spine."

https://www.theothersidereviews.com/paul-j-rogers-planet-in-pain-2020/

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Who'll Stop the People

Paul J Rogers

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Released 27 May 2020

Six years, and 13 releases into his solo career, former ‘Real Life Exit’ guitarist, Paul J Rogers delivers an environmental war cry. “The people are getting loud” echoes the chorus.

On his new track, Paul, a long-time environmentalist delivers a scathing critique of the current state-of-play of corporate greed and unfettered

Released 27 May 2020

Six years, and 13 releases into his solo career, former ‘Real Life Exit’ guitarist, Paul J Rogers delivers an environmental war cry. “The people are getting loud” echoes the chorus.

On his new track, Paul, a long-time environmentalist delivers a scathing critique of the current state-of-play of corporate greed and unfettered capitalism. ‘Who’ll Stop the People’ is also a nod to the rise of global citizens fighting to protect not just humanity, but also to become caretakers for over eight million species.

The track shows a maturity in production and style as he sings a sharp and timely message about our struggle to move from a ‘me’ world to an ‘us’ world.

The fire rises!

For Greta Thunberg (Sweden)

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Don't Place Me in the Past (Extended Mix)

Paul J Rogers

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Released 26 January 2020

Guitarist from Sydney's 90’s alt-rock outfit ‘Real Life Exit’, returns to form with a rock-belter. This could be one of the top 5 rock songs you hear this year.

The music video alone for this single has had 156,000 streams now on Facebook.

Inspired by the ultimate 90’s ‘break-up’ song ‘You Oughta Know’ by from Alanis

Released 26 January 2020

Guitarist from Sydney's 90’s alt-rock outfit ‘Real Life Exit’, returns to form with a rock-belter. This could be one of the top 5 rock songs you hear this year.

The music video alone for this single has had 156,000 streams now on Facebook.

Inspired by the ultimate 90’s ‘break-up’ song ‘You Oughta Know’ by from Alanis Morisette – Paul has delivered a modern version with the same sentiment. He combines this effortlessly with a driving rhythm and rock- riff that you would expect from a Midnight Oil song.

Originally released in Aug 2019, this new 2020 extended mix, has been rebuilt from the ground up, and includes a drum solo which is guaranteed to please the lovers of Ringo Starr’s signature sound.

This special extended mix, was the result of a one-off jam on the first drum take of this recording. The producer Steve Robin goes into full flight on a breath-taking drum solo and lifts the song into another dimension.

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Coffin Groom

Paul J Rogers

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Released 28 October 2019

Coffin Groom was inspired by the signature imagery found in the Tim Burton film, the 'Corpse Bride'.

This song is a tale of two lovers to continually meet, marry and die together.

The cycle continues as they reincarnate and come together to face unresolved spiritual lessons.

The song is reminiscent of the quirky

Released 28 October 2019

Coffin Groom was inspired by the signature imagery found in the Tim Burton film, the 'Corpse Bride'.

This song is a tale of two lovers to continually meet, marry and die together.

The cycle continues as they reincarnate and come together to face unresolved spiritual lessons.

The song is reminiscent of the quirky originality of Talking Heads and the Cars, but also brings a brilliance all of its own.

Coming in it at just over 7 minutes and 30 seconds, this song is a journey that will transport you to the underworld of a soul’s cycle and back again.

It’s bold, brave & original.

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