The Time Is Now / Better See You [Digital Single]

by The Ruddocks

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Debut 2-song single from Detroit reggae band the Ruddocks, featuring members of Matt Wixson's Flying Circus and CbJ in a brand new combination. Between other projects, Tom Skill (guitar), Matt Wixson (bass), and Mike Land (drums) started writing and recording backing tracks, inspired by Jamaican dub and reggae. The goal was to start a varied and inclusive studio project with as many vocalists and instrumentalists contributing as possible. Matt Wixson wrote and performed the lyrics for the first two songs, to give the group something to call finished before expanding the sphere of contributors.

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released November 17, 2016

The Ruddocks are:
Mike Land: Drums
Tom Skill: Rhythm Guitar
Matt Wixson: Bass Guitar

Vocals, additional guitar, melodica, and keyboard by Matt Wixson

Additional percussion by Brooke Nealis and Evan Elston

Engineered by Tom Skill at Cow Haus Recording in Eastpointe, MI.

Mixed by Matt Wixson and Tom Skill at Cow Haus Recording.

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The Ruddocks Detroit, Michigan

The Ruddocks are a new collaborative reggae/dub group featuring members of CbJ and Matt Wixson's Flying Circus.

Thus far the Ruddocks have kept songwriting and performance among them, adding to songs as is required, but the goal is to widen the net of contributors to include many guest musicians and vocalists. Apply within.
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Track Name: The Time Is Now
I don’t wanna wait, I don’t wanna wait for the future
We gotta run away, we gotta run away from the past
I don’t wanna wait, I don’t wanna wait for the future
We gotta run away, we gotta run away from the past

Away from slavery times, and misery times
Also police brutality times
Brutality crimes never do no felony time
But they’ll come after you for a mentality crime
We want equality, in every opportunity
We need more unity in every community
We need no more immunity for governmental foolery
We can’t afford to wait for what the future brings

I don’t wanna wait, I don’t wanna wait for the future
We gotta run away, we gotta run away from the past
I don’t wanna wait, I don’t wanna wait for the future
We gotta run away, we gotta run away from the past

Away from hatred pasted in every single place
It’s the two-faced United Disgrace
It’s a wasted potential, demented and mental
Replace it with anything less fundamentalist
Don’t need religions or old superstitions
They’re fictions that lead to suspicions and schisms
A vision of peace if you learn how to listen
And ditch phobias and racism

I don’t wanna wait, I don’t wanna wait for the future
We gotta run away, we gotta run away from the past
I don’t wanna wait, I don’t wanna wait for the future
We gotta run away, we gotta run away from the past

From the economy, where the rich are getting richer, there’s still poverty
The beneficiaries of dichotomy are funneling the funds up to the top I see
It’s gotta stop or every tower will be toppling, you're gonna find us in the streets
No economic justice, there will never be no peace
The wealthiest among us, they will never get no sleep
Till the value of our labor will be ever ours to keep

I don’t wanna wait, I don’t wanna wait for the future
We gotta run away, we gotta run away from the past
I don’t wanna wait, I don’t wanna wait for the future
We gotta run away, we gotta run away from the past

THE TIME IS NOW.
Track Name: Better See You
I'd better see you
I'd better see you on the front line
I'd better see you
I'd better see you stand up and fight
Fight for the people
Who are more disadvantaged than you
Fight for the people
Who feel the weight of what you did choose

And so you made your choice
You think you're being punished
Cuz you raised your voice - oh, no!
You made yourself a bed
In which the rest of must lie
And you will say it's justified
But I'll never know why
You weighed your options
And you made your deal
You picked your priorities
Regardless how we feel
And I would like to believe you
When you say it wasn't hate
But since you bought the total package
Well, you must compensate

I'd better see you
I'd better see you on the front line
I'd better see you
I'd better see you stand up and fight
Fight for the people
Who are more disadvantaged than you
Fight for the people
Who feel the weight of what you did choose

So if you don't hate black people
And you don't hate brown
You can prove it by chanting
The police state down
He's saying "crime and punishment"
But punishment for who?
The drug war never targets anyone
Who looks like you
Immigration's not a problem
That's a lie that you believe
You can stop destroying families
When you stop making them leave
And you can stop the cataloging
You can stop the Muslim ban
You can stand up for the liberty
Of every human

I'd better see you
I'd better see you on the front line
I'd better see you
I'd better see you stand up and fight
Fight for the people
Who are more disadvantaged than you
Fight for the people
Who feel the weight of what you did choose

I know that queer lives
Were never on your mind
You maybe didn't hate them
But you didn't empathize
So you've got this friend, that friend
That's how you rationalize
Now your friends need your support
To defend their rights
When the supreme leader
Picks a supreme court judge
Save the rights of queers and women
We can never budge
So you had your way
And you got your say
Now you have to show up
For the rest along the way

I'd better see you
I'd better see you on the front line
I'd better see you
I'd better see you stand up and fight
Fight for the people
Who are more disadvantaged than you
Fight for the people
Who feel the weight of what you did choose