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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 multi-instrumentalist singer Kali share songwriting duties for a mix of ska, reggae, rock, soul, and r&b.

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Track Name: Coffee at Midnight
Instrumental
Track Name: Somebody Got To Pay
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
Track Name: My Medication
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
Track Name: You Left (Entropy)
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
Track Name: Vote Skank
Instrumental
Track Name: Aquinas
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
Track Name: Head Full Of Crime
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.
Track Name: Hard Working Man
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
Track Name: My Kitty Cat
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
Track Name: The Void
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
Track Name: Stop War!
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