Ponque Rocque

by John Jordan

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Featuring tracks from the albums
Sweet.Just.Ice.
Following
Ho Ho No
Mexican Standoffish
Come Back Robbie Dillon
Music For Cool Cats
Kingdom of Kindness

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released September 16, 2019

Produced and arranged by John Jordan
All instruments and vocals by John Jordan
except Enema of the People (music by The Clash)
and Thoughts & Prayers by Osmosis Unlimited
Featuring special guest Mello G on Only Jah

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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: It's Happening
better be ready
cause it’s happening
better be steady
gonna be a reckoning

Time hard
Get out the yard
Hit the streets
Feel the beat feel the beat

Rise up
Wise yourself up
Join hands
And strike up the band

Stand up for what you believe in
Stand up for what is true
Rise up and and fight the powers
That make it their mission to exploit you
Stand up for those who have fallen
Stand up for those who have lost
No matter what the consequence
No matter what the cost
Track Name: Politician
Politician law magician
Your pen's a magic wand
Write your scroll
You're on a roll
But is your word your bond?

Politician on a mission
Power hungry whore
Buy your votes
By changing coats
And knocking door to door

Politician rage ignition
It's you who fans the fire
Indignation
Soul castration
Silver tongued liar

Politician our perdition
I didn't say it first
The only ones
Who want the job
Are the very worst.

Politician: new condition
If you want to lead
Take a vow
Of poverty
And do the job for free
Track Name: Sleep No More
No more sleeping
On the job
No more nodding off
Do you wanna get robbed?
No more crying
Out for mom
No more sleeping
On the job

Night time night time
Is the right time
For all kinds of trouble man
Stay up Stay up
From night til day up
I hate to burst your bubble man
Mission ignition
It’s all gone fission
Be on high alert
Direction correction
The selection
It’s time to save the earth

One time fate
Twice coincidence
Three times enemy action
It’s not too late
For your defence
Just better have some traction
Walls mean nothing
Nor do locks
The last defender is you
Mind your conscience
And your soul
Don’t let the enemy through

So many before us
Have fallen at their feet
History has lead us here
Will we see defeat
They always keep on coming
Trying to control
But we will always fight for
The right to be free souls
Track Name: Only Jah
ONLY JAH
by Mello G

Only Jah can make it happen
Got to depend on him
Only Jah can make it happen
Got to leave it up to him

Say you gotta be wise
The devil are coming in disguise
Comin’ to trick you
To use and abuse you, well
And I refuse you well
And try to confuse you but
Don’t let them catch hold you

Sometimes you think that
You can do it
All by yourself hey
You doesn’t need
Someone else but
Even though
Jah give you the strength and
Motivation

To carry on
Through the raging storm
Jah Jah keep me going on and on
I keep holding on
I will go on and on
Until the dust of dawn
I keep on holding on
I keep holding strong

Say you don’t know
We need Jah in our life
And without him
We just can’t survive
I need Jah Jah loving at the morning
Inna de dust
In the dawning
Him a me food any time me yawning
Wake me up at night and in the early morning
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: 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
Track Name: Enema of the People
This Shithead
This King of The Sheeple
Is so full of shit
Enema of the People
This big turd
This festering creep’ll
Crap all over you
Enema of the People

What great ass shat you
Out into the world
Come out of your cupboards
You boys and girls
Give praise to the stain
The dirties our flag
He don’t like the rain
It makes his hair sag
Wipe all you want it
We’ll never get clean
We’ll always be haunted
By this poop machine
Spews from his hole
Like there’s no tomorrow
This shit has no soul
Just Twitter followers

His ass he wipes
With the Stars and Stripes
This stinking bum
A shit conundrum
The Commander in Shit
Is overdue for a hit
If only maybe
We could count on the First Lady
This festering pile
Who’s been here a while
Is completely indecently
Destroying us recently
It’s his time to go
And this much I know
Puppet of the Russian
Won’t someone be flushin’?
Track Name: Area-Ola
438 or 514?
You want it great
You want some more
514 or 450
Off to war?
We ain’t gonna go
450 or 418?
Don’t know
We never late
418 or 506?
Let me state
We’re full of tricks
506 or 902?
Doggy sics
And so do you
902 or 709?
What we do
We do in real time
709 or 604?
You gotta line
Up at the door
604 or 403?
You got someplace
Better to be?
403 or 306?
Can’t you see
This rhyme it sticks?
306 or 204?
Oil slicks
In the north
204 or 416?
Are you sore
From making hits?
416 or 514?
Come on, there is no question.
Track Name: Community Service
You done the crime now you won the time
Thanks to going one step over the line
Thats all it takes so that it makes
You give your time on your own dime
Out of your life will come the hours
It really is out of your powers
You must grow up you must show up
And navigate the towering towers
Service to your fellow man
Give back any way you can
We will best you, we will test you
Rehabilitation is the plan
You must be clever
No matter the weather
You must represent, you must be present
Everybody come together
Everybody come together

Community service today
For my mistake I will pay
Community service I say
So many hours every day
Community service my friend
Until I make it to the end
Community service job
Dropping service like a bomb

All it took was one mistake
That one time your judgements break
Never undone, this fate you’ve won
Now so early you must wake
To do your designated assignment
You cannot put it on consignment
You must commit, stand or sit
This is mandatory confinement
Must help your brothers and sisters
Listen up I’m telling you misters
Break the law, be an outlaw
Pay until your hands got blisters
Time recorded by the court
It may be long it may be short
Depending on just what you’ve done
It may be your last resort

Community service here I go
I’ve got to pay my dues I know
Community service make it fun
What’s one cannot be fast undone
Community service yes yeah yes
This is my citizenship test
Community service what a scene
I’m a part of the machine

Let me help you
It’s what I owe
The righteous judge
Told me so
My time is yours
My minutes, my hours
I will do all
That’s in my power
To be repentant and contrite
All the day and all the night
Pay back karma for my sins
It’s justice so
everybody wins
I regret
the things I’ve done
This assignment
I have won
From all the things
that I do lack
Now I’m getting
back on track
Pay it forward
Pay it back
I give my time
And cut no slack
Put in the hours
Put to the test
I have the power
To be my best

Community service how does it feel
To be doing something real
To put the scales back into balance
Together we have great valence
Community service rah rah rah
Never forget the ones I saw
Working hard to right their wrongs
For us I sing this little song
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: 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: Come Back Robbie Dillon
Robbie Dillon, Robbie Dillon
Some call him a saint
Some call him a villain
Some know him as Robbie Dick
But when the chips are down he’s my top pick

The lonely streets of NDG
Oh how they miss you Robbie D
Walkley, Somerled, and Benny
Come back to us, Robbie D
We’re waiting at the corner store
Just to see you just once more
We hope you’re not off doing time
Come back to the 5 and dime

From your early days near Cavendish
On the farm you made your wish
To rise above your poverty
Nothing could keep you from being free
Soon you and your friends were running things
Stealing hearts and pulling strings
About your gang we all did marvel
I heard about you all the way to Harvard

We never went to Benny Pool
We were careful we were no fools
Throughout the land your legend rang
We all feared the Benny gang
Never met you til I was 30
In that famous bar so dirty
On the Main just below Pine
We both worked for Vice at the time

You were mad at the editor
And to me you were like a predator
Asking if it could be true
That he attributed his words to you
Your anger made it hard to think
But still we talked it out over drinks
I think eventually you quit
It was for the best, that little shit

After that we crossed paths some
Around you I always felt kinda dumb
Your wit, your mind, and your sarcasm
Bordering on iconoclasm
But always you supported me
Even when madness contorted me
So from those days until the end
I’m blessed to have you as a friend

Robbie’s gone from NDG
But still lives on in memory
Gentleman, philosopher, dream of girls
Smartest crook in the underworld
Let us not dwell on your past
And how you have what you’ve amassed
Instead we walk on your new path
Your higher education aftermath

The streets here they still call your name
But you are playing a different game
Now you have a new economy
Brandishing your new philosophy
But no matter how far away you roam
This neighbourhood will always be home
You can take the thug out of NDG
Come back and see us Robbie D

Robbie Dillon, Robbie Dillon
Some call him a saint
Some call him a villain
Some know him as Robbie Dick
But when the chips are down he’s my top pick
Track Name: Pyramid Scheme
They’re mugging us, slugging us,
Spying on and drugging us
It’s in the food, it’s in the water
It’s in your sons and in your daughters
It’s in our veins, it’s in our brains
Binding us with invisible chains
You call this freedom, I call it madness
The whole thing fills me up with sadness

Pyramid scheme it’s what I’m meaning
From the top to the bottom I know I’m not dreaming
Insidious long term plot to rule
Your being controlled before you even hit school
Pyramid scheme we’re so demeaned
Non stop brainwashing on every screen
What can we do oh what can we do
To free the many from the few

Bridges burnt no turning back
Every hour a new attack
In the war for your very soul
International mind control
Poor fight poor just over scraps
Never mind the affluence gap
How can oh so very few
Put the screws to me and you

Pyramid scheme we’re really screwed
You’re blind if you can’t see the truth
That military doesn’t protect you
It protects the mighty masters from you
Pyramid scheme it’s been so long
This is not the first nor the last song
Controls you with your anxieties
Hiding behind secret societies

All the gold at the top of the ladder
Down below we’re just getting sadder
While the masters are getting fatter
Time has come for our numbers to matter
If we could just band together
Flock just like birds of a feather
Stop looking around seeing only others
And realize we are sisters and brothers

United planet family
Human being amity
Stopping this calamity
Averting the catastrophe
Every human truly free
No hunger no poverty
Sharing the bounty equally
This is my dream one day to see
Track Name: What The Heck, Jodie Beck?
What the heck, Jodie Beck?
What the heck? What the heck?
Good and evil are neck and neck
Check one two, check check check
What the heck, Jodie Beck?
What the freakin’ freakin’ heck?
I got on my turtleneck
Let’s you and me hit the discotheque

You have travelled you have roamed
I’m glad you call my city your home
Our encounters may be spaced out
But you will never be phased out
You can translate Japanese
You like salad you like cheese
You will meet me anywhere
You I love and for you I care

Jodie Beck you are a wonder, you
If I were I pirate I would plunder you
If you were a flag I would salute you
If I were a pimp I’d never prostitute you
But you’re not any of those things
You’re the girl of whom I sing
You’re a girl who knows her stuff
And for me that’s good enough

We may never share a burger
But let’s talk about Blackie, Alberta
Our parents they did some time there
Maybe we are cousins dear
Cause you know in those small towns
People really got around
I think of you as my relation
I hope this gets on all the stations

Jodie Beck, oh Jodie Beck,
Tell me I am not a wreck
Tell me I’ve been good to you
I try so hard, I really do
You have been so good to me
Couldn’t ask for better company
I only hope I’ve done you right
All the day and all the night
Track Name: The Hell in Helen
She only calls me when she's drunk
I only call her when I'm horny
Who'd a thunk who'd a thunk
Our relationship would be so thorny
She only calls me when she's lit
I only call her when I'm feelin' it
We can't stand each other I'm telling you brother
That's why we never see each other

One drink, two drinks, three drinks, four
Can't even set one foot out the door
She's a stumbling drunk ass bitch
But sometimes I just get an itch
Nostalgia for days long gone
When we sang a sweeter song
When one hand washed the other
Single man and single mother

But since her child went away
She's been drinking every day
I feel for her I do feel sad
That she's always feeling bad
Tried to help but she's a bottomless pit
And I let her get away with it
Try to lift her up when she feels down
But can't stand having her around

Eating garbage staying out late
I would not want to have her fate
As youth's blossoms fall away
Both of us just wither away
Two lost souls wandering the plains
On separate tracks our separate trains
When she calls I see her number
My heart becomes a little number

I know that if I take the call
My mood will surely take a fall
But I can't seem to give up completely
Even though I don't want her to see me
So I just listen, lend an ear
Listen to her doom and drear
And offer soothing words of comfort
But by her I will no longer be hurt

Yes I know she has nothing to offer
But I am not going to write off her
There's always hope she'll find the light
And make it safe out of the night
So I grit my teeth and hear her
Trying so hard not to fear her
I'm not buying what she's sellin'
She really puts the Hell in Helen
Track Name: Thoughts and Prayers
Thoughts and Prayers

A G D A
If only thoughts and prayers
Were guns and ammunition
But why split hairs
When talking abolition
Life ain’t fair
When people have permission
To do what they dare
In this land of no contrition

F#m A
The bible stops the bullet
Once in a thousand years
Got a trigger gotta pull it
Blow away your fears
Drop and feel the full hit
It’s as bad as it appears
It think we better cool it
Look the prayers are here

A G D A
If only thoughts and prayers
Were guns and ammunition
But why split hairs
When talking abolition
Life ain’t fair
When people have permission
To do what they dare
In this land of no contrition

F#m A
But wait the constitution
Has a guarantee
No freedom dilution
On that we must agree
Pray for absolution
After every killing spree
Our very institutions
Keep us from being free

A G D A
If only thoughts and prayers
Were guns and ammunition
But why split hairs
When talking abolition
Life ain’t fair
When people have permission
To do what they dare
In this land of no contrition

C#m Bm Bm E
Lock and load your thoughts and prayers
And aim them well and true
You know you’ll have my thoughts and prayers
When they finally come for you
Keep your thoughts and prayers well oiled
You never know just when
This nation rotted, nation spoiled
Will come to kill again

F#m A
Bullet tension
Foundation shook
It’s a game of intention
Let’s take a look
A wicked invention
For slaying crooks
The divine pretension
Of an ancient book

A G D A
If only thoughts and prayers
Were guns and ammunition
But why split hairs
When talking abolition
Life ain’t fair
When people have permission
To do what they dare
In this land of no contrition
Track Name: Kingdom of Kindness
The trick is my dear
Get more than half of the people to hate and fear
And then you see
You will have corrupted democracy
That’s the catch and the caveat
They don’t tell you all about in civics class
Keep the voters numb and dumb
And tyrants will rule this kingdom come

The Kingdom of Kindness
Heaven on Earth
End Profit Blindness
See Love’s True Worth
Get Rid of All Money
Live Happy and Free
We Don’t Need the Dollars
To Get What We Need

On your knees, pathetic fools
We control the schools to control our rule
Keeping you busy with memorization
As we control the population
Get a job to pay for the things you make
To profit someone in whom you have no stake
Hey rich man, what’s your secret
Anything you lay your hands on you must keep it

Get Rid of All Money
Live Happy and Free
We Don’t Need the Dollars
To Get What We Need
The Kingdom of Kindness
Heaven on Earth
End Profit Blindness
See Love’s True Worth

Don’t spend a dime unless you make a buck
Keep your hands clean you’ll just stay stuck
Even religion is in the game
Collection plate pyramid scheme all the same
It ain’t the Vatican’t it’s the Vatican
What the Vatican does is exploit man
With promises of eternal salvation
Even though they can’t balance the equation

Remove your blindfold and open your eyes
Unplug your ears and listen
When the kind and giving are the minority
It’s time for a love cataclysm
How can the few overthrow the many
And save us from weakness
There is just one hope if any
A light in all the bleakness

The Kingdom of Kindness
Heaven on Earth
End Profit Blindness
See Love’s True Worth
Get Rid of All Money
Live Happy and Free
We Don’t Need the Dollars
To Get What We Need

No More Many Losing
So Few Can Win
A New Way We’re Choosing
That Knows Greed is a Sin
Everyone Giving
More Than They Take
A True Way of Living
For our Children’s Sake
Track Name: Walk Like A Refugee
Walk Like a Refugee
Walk for your life
Leave behind your enemy
Walk away from strife
Walk like a refugee
Like your life’s in the balance
Walk until you can see
The dream you have been challenged

Be they foreign bombs falling around
Making life unsafe and unsound
When there is not enough food to eat
When you risk your life walking the streets
When your children must grow up in fear
Of all the dangers present here
Perhaps now has come the day
When you must decide to walk away

Across the land, across the sea
Nothing is too far to be free
No road too long no ocean too wide
To stop your freedom-seeking tide
We wait for you here in the West
Where many know not how they’re blessed
With relative peace and opportunity
My arms are open, come live with me

I know the journey is so long
Listen to me, hear my song
In my land we are awaiting
We have the society you’re anticipating
We have the land and we have the will
We need your heart we need your skill
Come live with us and stay a while
Be safe, be welcome, we want your smile

O Canada! Your home and native land!
True human love in all our souls’ command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
Our friends from far off shores!
From far and wide, O Canada,
Immigration brings us more.
Love keeps our land, glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee;
O Refugees, we stand on guard for thee