Perhaps one day I’ll get around to a popular theme, which plays a key part in his songs Reason to Believe and The Promised Land. This is all about the little things that give us hope – the occasionally irrational belief that tomorrow will be better than today.
His references to blue-collar workers are dotted throughout his songs, for example, this line from The River: “for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat”. You can see the need for hope of a better life!
During his concert in Cape Town in January 2014, which was a three- or four-hour immersion in a wide selection of his music, I heard Jack of All Trades for the first time.
The line that links everybody, I think, is this one: “So you use what you’ve got and you learn to make do.”
Powerful stuff, whether you carry a union card at the age of 19, or your kids attend private schools.
(I couldn’t find an ‘official’ concert video, but this one gives a pretty good introduction.)