Flake

Jack Johnson

About Flake

"Flake" is a song written and sung by Jack Johnson. It is Johnson's debut single and was released as the only single from his album Brushfire Fairytales. "Flake" features Ben Harper on Weissenborn slide guitar and Tommy Jordan on steel drums."Flake" was a minor success for Johnson in the United States, becoming his first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 73 and peaking at number one on the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart. It was a major success in New Zealand, reaching number six and becoming the sixth highest-selling song of 2003. It remains Johnson's sole top-ten hit and his most successful single there. "Flake" has become a popular song in Johnson's live performances and still garners radio airplay.  


Year:
2002
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I know she said, it's alright
You can make it up next time
I know she knows, it's not right
There ain't no use in lying
Maybe she thinks I know something
Maybe, maybe she thinks it's fine
Maybe she knows something I don't
I'm so, I'm so tired, I'm so tired of trying

It seems to me that maybe
It pretty much always means, no
So don't tell me, you might just let it go
And often times we're lazy
It seems to stand in my way
Cause no one, no not, no one
Likes to be let down

I know she loves the sunrise
No longer sees it with her sleeping eyes
And I know that when she said, she's gonna try
Well, it might not work because of other ties and
I know she usually has some other ties
And I wouldn't wanna break 'em, nah, I wouldn't wanna break 'em
Maybe she'll help me to untie this, but
Until then well, I'm gonna have to lie to her

It seems to me that maybe
It pretty much always means, no
So don't tell me, you might just let it go
And often times we're lazy
It seems to stand in my way
Cause no one, no not, no one
Likes to be let down
It seems to me that maybe
It pretty much always means, no
So don't tell me, you might just let it go

The harder that you try baby, the further you'll fall
Even with all the money in the whole wide world
Please, please, please don't pass me
Please, please, please don't pass me
Please, please, please don't pass me by

Everything you know about me now, baby you gonna have to change
You goin' to call it, by a brand new name
Please, please, please don't drag me
Please, please, please don't drag me
Please, please, please don't drag me down

Just like your tree, down by the water, baby I shall not move
Even after all the silly things you do
Please, please, please don't drag me
Please, please, please don't drag me
Please, please, please don't drag me down

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Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson is an American folk rock singer-songwriter, surfer and musician known for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. He has since released five more albums, a number of EPs and surfing movies/soundtracks. He is also known for organizing an annual event, the Kōkua Festival. Notable songs from Johnson's repertoire include "Upside Down"; "Flake"; "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"; "If I Had Eyes"; "You and Your Heart"; "Taylor"; and "Better Together". more »

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Written by: Jack Hody Johnson

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12 facts about this song

Creation
"Flake" by Jack Johnson was released in 2001 as part of his debut album, titled "Brushfire Fairytales".
Music Video
The music video for "Flake" is directed by Emmett Malloy, who is known for producing and directing several music-related films and documentaries. Jack Johnson and his band play live on a floating stage.
Chart Performance
This song helped Jack Johnson gain immense popularity, as it climbed to number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Genre
"Flake" belongs to the folk rock and acoustic rock genres.
Collaboration
Ben Harper, Grammy-winning blues, soul, and reggae artist played the slide guitar in the track "Flake".
Songwriting
"Flake" was one of the earliest songs written by Johnson. The lyrics are often interpreted as speaking about life's frustrations and how relationships can "flake" or fall apart.
Live Performances
Johnson frequently plays "Flake" during his live performances.
Sources of Inspiration
Johnson is known to draw inspiration from his love of nature and his professional surfing background when creating his relaxed, beach-accented sound - and "Flake" is no exception.
Commercial Usage
This song has been used in many commercials and television shows, such as Alias.
Accolades
Despite not getting nominated for any major music awards, "Flake" is considered one of Jack Johnson's signature songs and remains a favorite among fans.
Cover Versions
Many artists have covered "Flake", including popular YouTube musicians and aspiring singer-songwriters, reflecting the song's broad appeal.
Impact on Jack Johnson's Career
The success of "Flake" helped Jack Johnson become a commercial success and established him as one of the leading voices in the genre of mellow, beach-inspired music.

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