Mexican Standoffish

by John Jordan

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Produced and mixed by John Jordan at Osmosis HQ.

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released November 24, 2018

Photo by Martin SoulStealer - Flickr: Mexican Standoff, CC BY 2.0, commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27011723

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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: Lady
Lady

Let’s just call everybody Lady
No no don’t go calling me crazy
I think it should be done and done
It worked alright for Lester Young

Let’s just call everybody Lady
Save me baby and I don't mean maybe
It worked alright for Lester Young
I wish he could hear this song I sung

Hey Lady Hey Lady I say to you all
Whether you’re slim, fat, or short or tall
Whether you’re woman or whether you’re man
Ladies can do what no one else can
Ladies for straights, ladies for gays
All ladies to me on all of the days
Ladies with babies and ladies with pets
I ain’t met the Lady I don’t love yet

Let’s just call everybody Lady
Save me baby and I don't mean maybe
It worked alright for Lester Young
I wish he could hear this song I sung

You a Lady, you a Lady and you a Lady too
Do the best Lady you can possibly do
I’m Lady, he’s Lady, they’re Ladies all right
Ladies all day and ladies all night
Ladies make babies and give birth to life
Ladies know how to end all the strife
If need a Lady is good with a knife
Will you be my Lady, will you be my wife

Hey Lady, hey Lady, can I get your number
Feel free to call me if you need a plumber
Oh Lady, oh Lady, how your light shines
I can be yours and you can be mine
Lady, please Lady, please do your best
Gather your branches and build your nest
My Ladies, my Ladies, what shall we do
To make sure all of our wise words ring true
Track Name: Chinese Prostitute
I will wind up destitute
Because of the Chinese prostitute
I don't care, the point is moot
I love my Chinese prostitute
I love my Chinese prostitute
She just loves me for my loot
My Chinese prostitute's the bomb
Her ass has got it going on

Chinese prostitute is great
Always on time, never late
She's exciting, always fun
Takes my money when she's done
Time with her money well spent
So what if I can't pay the rent
Merry Christmas ho ho ho
Chinese prostitute let's go

This woman of whom I now sing
Comes to Montreal from Beijing
Left her family behind
But making coin so she doesn't mind
Her sly ways are oh so foxy
And how the many ways she rocks me
She's the tops, she's number one
My heart and wallet she has won

Chinese prostitute oh please
Won't you run away with me
You don't need to give it to me free
I will pay you a salary
To remind me that I am a man
In those special ways you can
I'm not trying to be clever
Chinese prostitute be mine forever
Track Name: House of Song
For so long I went looking
For the House of Song
Plans I was cooking
To find it it all along
I thought that it was elsewhere
But oh how I was wrong
When I found out how to share
It was right here all along

I was always waiting
For inspiration to strike
Ever anticipating
Before I would actually write
The first word is the hardest
The first note hard to find
That’s what I would tell myself
While wasting all my time

Slave to my emotions
Punishing my mind
All that is a notion
I now leave behind
Now I can observe
The feelings that I get
But them I do not serve
It’s them who serve me yet

No slave to sadness or to joy
These things do not own me
With my mind they do not toy
Or colour what I see
Mindfulness and meditation
Keep my self intact
A little help from medication
And I am ready to act

Creation is a process
You can take it step by step
A starting point, a finish line
And a little bit of prep
Break it down by numbers
And jump in with step one
By the end you will be much less dumber
And your own creation done

Make appointments to do your work
And keep them all the time
Face your fear of the blank page
And attack it with a rhyme
It doesn’t have to be the best
Just something to get started
So usher in all of the rest
Of the ideas uncharted
Don’t let sadness get you down
Don’t let joy delude you
Don’t run and run all over town
Searching for some new truth
Stop thinking “Oh if only I”
And start “Now I only do”
You’ll hit your high
You’ll soar, you’ll fly
And it will be true
Track Name: It's Their Turn
Now it’s their turn
Now it’s their time
This time they have earned
This rhyme is their rhyme
Now it’s their chance
Now it’s their shot
Now it’s their dance
Go back we cannot
It’s up to them now
All up to them
The world will be dancing
To their new rhythm
Will they save us
Or is it already too late
To fix the damages we made
With all of our mistakes


We had our opportunity
To make things better in the scene
We had the responsibility
In our time of fertility
We did the very best we could
But not all that we should
Now it’s time to pass the fire
To those we hope we have inspired

There will always be more work to do
As it was for me so it is for you
Put our shoulders to the wheel
Pushing forward our ideals
Fighting for what’s just and right
Lighting the darkness of the night
In the younger we must trust
It’s up to them now boom or bust

Teach your children well they say
It won’t be long until it’s their day
When in their hands will be our fates
We can only pray it’s not too late
To undo all the damage wrought
By past generations who only sought
To profit from the blood of Earth
Exploit the world for all it’s worth

In you we trust, in you we hope
In you we pray you see the scope
Of how much change you can affect
By reigning in the greed unchecked
By calling out the thieves and liars
And elevating us much higher
So much wrong to be undone
To make a world for everyone
Track Name: One Shot
When guns come in to play

And bullets they do spray

It's just another day

In the good old USA
When innocents are slain

And into the ground are lain

While mothers cry in pain

Making America Great Again

One shot at a time

Don't worry you'll be fine

Just give the NRA your dimes

To push the tools of crime
Cold heart assassination

Every day across the nation

No amount of indignation

Can stop this foul damnation
Of guns and ammunition

In the hands of those with no contrition

This is our perdition

Long past the point of abolition
Where is hope and salvation

For this bloody hell bent nation

Blood on every station

This violence inflation

Rare the day without a shooting

And so the armies keep recruiting

If only we were substituting

Love for random executing
Until you fix your troubled past

Today's murders won't be the last

Your fate is sealed, the die is cast

Your flag will forever fly half mast
Track Name: Missing Link
Instrumental
Track Name: Oh, So We're Using Gas Now?
Oh, So We’re Using Gas now?

Oh, so we’re using gas now
Oh so that’s a thing
Gotta protect the cash cow
Let freedom ring
Oh, so we’re using gas now
Oh it’s come to this
Bring your tired, your poor, your hungry
And taste freedom’s kiss

You want a better life
For your child and wife
Free from the strife
And you’ve come to our feif
Just turn back around
Or lay down on the ground
This is the sound
Of you being shot down

Many are criminals
Many diseased
Can’t take the chance
Is what we believe
How can we take you
How will you eat
When our own vets
Die alone in the street

Land of the free
Home of the brave
But to you we say
Go live in a cave
O beautiful
For spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
The statue of Liberty lies and lies
Track Name: The Doon From The 'DG
The Doon from the DG
Never one to take a plea
The king was really he, see
The Doon from the DG
The Doon work below the track
Ain’t make it to his heart attack
Where he went there’s no going slack
Never is he coming back

The Doon on the scene
Like a fiend, he so mean
The Doon by the way
Every day, every day
The Doon owns the street
Move your feet or you’re meat
The Doon runs the town
And never lets you down

The Doon work below the track
Ain’t make it to his heart attack
Where he went there’s no going slack
Never is he coming back
The Doon from the DG
Never one to take a plea
The king was really he, see
The Doon from the DG

The Doon on the town
Look around, get down
The Doon in the house
He’s a prince, he’s a louse
The Doon in the slammer
Can’t hold this mamma jamma
The Doon with a bat
Who’s the rat, who’s the rat

Holding court with angels and demons
Dreamin’ plottin’ and schemin’
An empire across the provinces
Professionals only, no novices
Party powder who do you thank
The rich man who won’t use a bank
So where does he keep all his money?
Well ain’t that the real question honey?
Track Name: Victoria Lee
Victoria Lee
Victoria Lee
It’s a shame
You don’t know me
Victoria Lee
Victoria Lee
You’re the girl
I want to see

I only know you from Facebook
All the time at your posts I look
All those kitties needing homes
Meanwhile I just post my poems
Each time I get a like from you
You make my day you really do
I love having you on my timeline
You’re so cool and you’re so fine

Victoria,
Victoria,
A universe
Is waiting for ya
Lady Lee
Oh Lady Lee
You just might be
The one for me

Apparently we met one time
One day when you were passing by
You said you stopped and talked to me
About my little Alley Cat Gallery
I don’t know if you met Humbert
I know I didn’t get your number
I wish I could remember the day
Next time I’ll ask if you can stay

Victoria, Victoria
Oh my how I do adore ya
Vicky Lee, oh Vicky Lee
Won’t you grab a cup with me
Misses Vicky, Misses Vic
What is this some kind of trick
How could I be so love smitten
It must be all your pics of kittens

Victoria Lee
Victoria Lee
It’s a shame
You don’t know me
Victoria Lee
Victoria Lee
You’re the girl
I want to see
Victoria,
Victoria,
A universe
Is waiting for ya
Lady Lee
Oh Lady Lee
You just might be
The one for me
Victoria Lee
Victoria Lee
Your name sounds like
Victory to me
Victoria Lee
Victoria Lee
What can I do
to make you see
Track Name: Always High
Always high
Always soaring
It ain’t no lie
I’m never boring
Always baked
Always fresh
I blow minds
Like David Koresh
Always on
Always tripping
To the man
The bird I’m flipping
Always dope
Always under
The boys all stare
And the girls all wonder

Just what is it
About that dude
How can he possibly
Be so rude?
It’s the method
to my madness
I get well rested
To maintain my gladness
Soon no longer
Will it be a crime
Ever stronger
Will get my rhyme
Have you tried it
Or are you square
Can you hide it
In your underwear

Green like Hulk
And like the Lantern
I buy in bulk
Cause fuck you cancer
Rizla silver
A little filter
Don’t get out of kilter
Don’t wanna guilt ya
To the hilt-a
We will never wilt-a
Look what I built-a
And nothing spilt-a
Light it up man
And take a drag
Your attention span
May start to lag

But all that news
You read on Facebook
That does confuse
Your outer space look
Will soon be muted
By happy visions
You won’t dispute it
And make bad decisions
You’ll just allow
Your life to happen
And I avow
You will be clappin’
Along with the song
That moves your heart
Don’t get me wrong
You lionheart

You could go straight
And toe the line
But I tell you classmate
For me it’s fine
I’d rather be
A laid back stoner
Than go through life
A slave to my boner
Because with spliffs
I’ve got the luck
Of just not really
Giving a fuck.
Now it’s time to wrap it up
Won’t you join me and lap it up
Track Name: Persona Non Grata
Persona non grata

In this place
I’m persona non grata
There’s no space
Where I am wanted
All over town
Persona non grata
It gets me down
It’s my stigmata

When you’re not welcome
Any place at all
Can’t save myself from
Taking the fall
From high society
To the bar on the corner
My impropriety
Makes me the foreigner
Shunned by the left
And denied by the right
The victim of theft
Of all of my might
Gotta by surrounded by men with guns
I’m telling you this life it ain’t no fun

All over town
Persona non grata
It gets me down
It’s my stigmata
In this place
I’m persona non grata
There’s no space
Where I am wanted

Can’t go to dinner
Or even a movie
I may be the winner
Yet nothing is groovy
They’re all laughing at me
Right to my face
No one will have me
Over to their place
Whenever I go out
It starts to rain
What’s that all about
Why all this pain
Cyr for me
I’m a sad little man
Pray for me
And do what you can

Isolate me
Hate and bait me
Please placate me
Didn’t you create me
Toss me, dump me,
Like Humpty Dumpty
The grumpy chump, me
I’m Donald Trump, see.