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America, like our experience of the universe itself, is perpetually caught in a moment after the past but before the future. That moment is “now”. “Now” is characterized by destruction, creation, and the conflict inherent therein. As prevailing attitudes are challenged, as power structures are eroded and replaced, the future is built in real time, at a speed of one second per second, and the past rages against its imminent nonexistence. America’s past is explicitly white supremacist and undeniably unequal, and its future must not be. As people fortunate enough to inhabit this time, we must be agents of destruction and creation. The time is now.

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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.

credits

from The Time Is Now / Better See You [Digital Single], released November 17, 2016
The Ruddocks are:
Mike Land: Drums
Tom Skill: Rhythm Guitar
Matt Wixson: Bass Guitar

Lyrics by Matt Wixson

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

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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