Following

by John Jordan

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1.
Instrumental
2.
Somebody got to pay 
For what got took away
 Lay it out
 Play it out
 Listen what I say 
Somebody got to spend
 Until the very end
 The bell is rung
 The song is sung
 I told you I don't lend Your freedom was bought off the skin of slaves
 And conquering the land of the brave 
Now it's time to pay for what you took
 Just pony up and don't give me that look No more saying well boys will be boys 
If you take advantage we'll make noise
 No more shaking heads and not all men 
No more me too just never again To all the have nots and all the needing 
This is for you, your righteous greeting
 Stand up, rise up, make demands
 We can pry it from their hands
 The wealth and power they've been hoarding
 Will be reclaimed in shortest order 
Stand together united strong
 Fight the system, right the wrongs
3.
My Medication You’re my medication You are my cure Healing vibrations With you I’m secure Being around you My heart is assured You’re my medication 100 percent pure You bring me down to earth When I soar too high You remind me of what I am worth When sadness belies You keep my heart beating Steady and strong With you there’s no cheating For you there’s this song Being around you My heart is assured You’re my medication 100 percent pure You’re my medication You are my cure Healing vibrations With you I’m secure You don’t need a stethoscope Or medical degree Powered by faith and hope You’re the right pill for me Don’t need no prescription From over the counter You fit the description Of my favourite encounter Oh please lay your hands on me And take away my misery Set my pour soul free Let you and I become we I’m the lock and you’re the key I hope that you agree It’s plain for anyone to see You are the one for me You’re my medication You are my cure Healing vibrations With you I’m secure Being around you My heart is assured You’re my medication 100 percent pure
4.
You left Without saying goodbye I know why I know why Got on the plane And flew far away Gone so far astray Now my skies are grey You never loved me Just loved the things I did for you You put everything else above me But forever I stayed tried and true Why did I give you my heart Right from the very start Make you my number one I guess that now our time is done You’re the one who’s lying But I’m the one apologizing Just so you’ll keep pretending Our friendship is neverending I give you all that I got And tie myself all up in knots Your heart is like a vault That I can’t open but it’s my fault For being lonely and needing My ego you were just feeding With little more than table scraps I want to say this in all caps NO MORE WASTED ENERGY YOU ARE NOT THE ONE FOR ME HOW CAN I SAY THIS CLEVERLY YOU AND I ARE PROOF OF ENTROPY
5.
Vote Skank 02:52
Instrumental
6.
Aquinas 02:49
Aquinas Get over your shynesses And call me Your Highness’ Don’t debate The Head of State I’m holy as Aquinas is Don’t you mind the drynesses Clogging up your sinuses In the forest Of the poorest I’m foxy with my slynesses I may be irritating But there’s no debating My great orchestrating Of the highest ratings Bilingual translating As I’m speed-dating Love interest rotating While my chakras are pulsating My message superliminal Businessman a criminal Make the mental physical While remaining quizzical Putting my own spin in all The rhymes I spew to win it all It doesn’t hurt my skin at all If you stick a pin in all Get over your shynesses And call me Your Highness’ Don’t debate The Head of State I’m holy as Aquinas is Don’t you mind the drynesses Clogging up your sinuses In the forest Of the poorest I’m foxy with my slynesses Pledge allegiance take the knee To the supreme deity The one who runs on THC The two-tone majesty that’s me I really want to set you free Be as high as you can be See the forest for the trees Reach out and your hand I’ll seize Master of the Universe In my black and white Converse Better for you than a nurse I’m the keys safe in your purse I prove my worth with every verse And keep the atmosphere diverse It’s a blessing not a curse Of course you know it could be worse Don’t you mind the drynesses Clogging up your sinuses In the forest Of the poorest I’m foxy with my slynesses Get over your shynesses And call me Your Highness’ Don’t debate The Head of State I’m holy as Aquinas is
7.
Head Full of Crime Your mind’s doing time Being on the front line Digging through the grime Head full of crime Big and small time Through the grease and the slime From summer to springtime Head full of crime Eye of the beholder The body’s getting colder Conspiracies in back rooms Shady deals in bathrooms City wide corruption Peace of mind destruction Bribery, intimidation Bargaining and litigation Preserving all the history Uncovering the mysteries Of vice of sin of avarice Of villains so cankerous Or just wrong men wrong place wrong time When circumstances they decline To hold it all inside your head The living cruel and victims dead Does it just corrupt your soul? Descending in the darkest hole Wherever do you find the power To spend time in the darkest hours? You shine a light on society And it will not be lost on me For all the places you have gone I write for you this humble song.
8.
Chorus F# G#m A#m G#m F# G#m A#m B B A#m G#m F Verse C# A#m G#m B C# A#m G#m F# Bridge C# D#m Fm D#m C# D#m A#m C# D#m Fm D#m C# D#m Fm C# D#m Fm D#m C# D#m A#m C# D#m A#m C He’s a hard working man Works hard every day Gets drunk every night And he likes it that way A hard working man Works his fingers to the bone Spends the day with his crew Then goes home alone Work hard, hard working Body scarred, never shirking No time for worry or overthinking sundown to midnight time for drinking No running past tragedies Alcohol the cure for hard history Bottle feed your feelings though it’s not gonna last Escape the present you can’t escape your past He’s a hard working man Works hard all the time Gotta make a nickel Gotta make a dime Hard working man Working hard for the boss Try not to think about the actual cost Work never stops neither do the cheques Finish one job then it’s on to the next Patching the holes and maintaining the connections Means no time for honest reflection Hiring and firing, managing and teaching All day long until home you are reaching Not before stopping at the corner store Get what you need and drink some more He’s a hard working man Doing all the overtime Always on call Oh they’ve got you on the line Hard working man What ever will you do When the day comes When the time to work is through Imagine a vacation To some warm destination Where frustration and vexation Are no longer your vocation Where the sky meets the ocean Where you’re at peace with your emotions Am I giving you a notion To put into motion Drop the hammer drop the bottle Ease up on the throttle I may not be Aristotle But I swear the truth I got’ll Steer you in the right direction And offer a selection I say this with affection Time for a resurrection
9.
My Kitty Cat 03:42
My kitty cat Knows where it’s at My catty kit Never gonna quit My buddy Humbert Has really got my number My Humbert buddy Can be very cuddly My freewheeling furry friend Out he goes and in again Puffy tail and whiskers long He really does deserve this song Around his neck he wears a star Humbert man that’s what you are Greeting all our visitors Isn’t taking prisoners The muse of Alley Cat Gallery They come from far and wide to see The feline majesty that is he How could I not let him roam free Hanging at the depanneur With his oh so cool manner Or in the window at Juhee’s Chasing squirrels up the trees All hail Humbert, King of Cats Only he knows where it’s at Ruling with benevolence His philosophy just makes sense Be kind be cool be curious Let nothing make you furious And if someone gives you a treat Be affectionate and sweet
10.
The Void 04:31
The Void Work hard, work hard, work harder You won’t get any farther Spend more, spend more, spend it all Pray your ticket wins you a windfall Sleep less, sleep less, stop sleeping Hold tight to all you’ve been keeping Give less, give less, give nothing Not even to those with no clothing Running forward Sliding back Give me your word Your feedback Just entropy I guess As the ship sinks so Is this progress I don’t think so Do better, do better, do best Always put to the test Try this, try that, try it all There’s always another fall Improve, improve, perfect it Someone always comes along just to wreck it Give up, give up, surrender Your true love is just a pretender We cannot flip The hourglass The sand it slips Oh so fast Soon the flow Of life will end Until tomorrow When we meet again Disintegration Stagnation The timeline of Every nation Golden Age In the rear view mirror Every mile Not getting clearer Speeding t’wards The deepest chasm Time for one more Last orgasm Before we sail Into the void We didn’t fail We just destroyed Running forward Sliding back Give me your word Your feedback Just entropy I guess As the ship sinks so Is this progress I don’t think so We cannot flip The hourglass The sand it slips Oh so fast Soon the flow Of life will end Until tomorrow When we meet again
11.
Stop War! 03:56
Stop war 
Stop war 
Don’t enlist 
Don’t be the tyrant’s fist 
Stop hate 
Stop hate 
Be top rate 
Just don’t participate Be all you can be 
Fuck the Army
 Forged by the sea 
Fuck the Navy 
Looking for a few good men 
Fuck the Air Force again 
The Few, the Proud, the Marines 
 Fuck you for being obscene Pick up a gun 
 To shoot another one 
And saying it’s freedom
 You’re just a hit man, son 
There’s something in their ground 
Or something in their seas 
That your leaders have found 
Is worth more than peace You have the power 
To stop the machine
 Without the manpower 
 There’s no military
 Turn your back on the worst gang 
Since kingdoms were started 
The wolf loses his fangs 
So be lionhearted Don’t lay down your life 
Your soul, your body 
Don’t widow your wife 
For even the Saudis 
For capitalist strife 
That death is shoddy
 Stay home and stay free 
And instead love somebody

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Recorded September - November 2018
Music and production by John Jordan

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released November 3, 2018

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Osmosis Unlimited Montreal, Québec

Saxophonist singer John Jordan and a collection of Montreal's finest musicians produce original music in ska, reggae, rock, soul, and a host of other genres.

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