Ellis Paul – The World Ain’t Slowin Down

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About Ellis Paul:

Ellis Paul (born Paul Plissey; January 14, 1965) is an American singer-songwriter and folk musician. Born in Aroostook County, Maine, Ellis Paul is a key figure in what has become known as the Boston school of songwriting, a literate, provocative and urbanely romantic folk-pop style that helped ignite the folk revival of the 1990s. His pop music songs have appeared in movies and on television, bridging the gap between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Boston radio included a classic hits station that played the music of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and James Taylor; artists who were mostly unfamiliar to Paul.

Having grown up in a small town in Maine, Ellis Paul attended Boston College on a track scholarship where he majored in English. An athletic injury sustained during his junior year changed the course of his professional career. Ellis Paul picked up a guitar to pass the time while sidelined, and discovered that playing guitar and writing songs was the creative outlet he had been looking for. After graduating from college he began playing at open mic nights in the Boston area while working with inner-city school children. Ellis Paul‘s growing popularity at Boston coffeehouses, coupled with winning a Boston Acoustic Underground songwriter competition and national exposure on a Windham Hill Records compilation combined to give him the confidence to resign his day-job and pursue a career as a professional musician.

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Paul’s tattoo of Woody Guthrie resulted in a chance meeting with Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s daughter, at a Folk Alliance Conference when Nora asked to see Paul’s tattoo. That chance meeting resulted in Paul being invited to perform at a Woody Guthrie tribute show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The 10-day celebration, held in September 1996, included other notable musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, The Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco. Highlights of the year 2000 included Paul singing the National Anthem at Fenway Park, and having his song “The World Ain’t Slowing Down” chosen for the theme song in the Farrelly brothers movie Me, Myself and Irene starring Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger.


I found you sitting on a suitcase crying
Beneath my feet I feel the rumble of a subway train
And I laugh out loud
Cause it’s the one thing I hadn’t been trying
The train came in breathless
The passenger’s restless
You say, “Baby, you’ll never change”

[chorus] You gotta get gone
You gotta get going
Hey, the world ain’t slowin’ down
For no one

It’s a carnival calling out to you
And it sounds like a song
It hits you like scripture
You paint the picture
With colors squeezed from your hand
Weren’t you the kid
Who just climbed on a merry-go-round
Hey, look, the world ain’t slowin’ down

Out on the sidewalk
The pigeons do the moonwalk
I’ll be dancing like Fred Astaire
The lampposts are rockin’
The whole town is talking
Like a fool in a barber’s chair
And I get the sensation
It’s joy and frustration
Like getting caught by a drop of cold rain
Freedom can numb you
When there’s no place to run to
It feels just like Novocain


You packed up all your handbags
You’re throwing off the sandbags
I let go when you stepped free
I didn’t want to lose you
You said, “You didn’t choose to —
It’s just how your karma came”
But thanks for the vision,
And the twenty-twenty wisdom
It hit me like a south-bound train


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