SOUL ROCK REGGAE

TRACK 1: SOUL ROCK REGGAE

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CREDITS

Drums: Jason Gerald Myers 

Bass: Ryan 'Gutty' Windross

Backing Vocals: Makeda Moore

Lead Vocals: Jesse James MacFarlane

Keys: Andre 'Solid' Hall

Guitar: Jesse James MacFarlane

Mixing: Laurent Dupuy

Mastering: Simon Capony

Written and Produced by: Jesse James MacFarlane

BACKGROUND

Roots Reggae is all about calling out oppression and injustice perpetuated within the system. True to Rastafarianism, the music is centrally about 'burnin' down Babylon'. I wanted to point out in this song that our Reggae is true to these origins unlike a lot of  modern reggae music.  However, the nature of oppressive regimes, our circumstances and the world has changed since roots reggae came to fruition in the 70s. The song is recognising a new state of affairs, new challenges, new enemies and new confrontations of this age. 

The song is expressing that this reggae music is here to comfort us even when things go against us and we are feeling down trodden or losing to powers that feel greater than us. It's saying hold on and be strong and keep close to you what you know to be true. 

The hook also turns to a major lift in the second half following the pre- chorus. That part serves as a mantra for rejecting greed despite wanting success and good in life. It's saying we can reach a higher ground without accepting the values of this capitalist system that oppresses most of us in more ways than one. 

 

Oooooo ooooh

 

No smile come without first a cry

There’s no such thing as a sweet good bye 

The righteous lose to Evil, we fail often when we try 

But the people of this music straight refuse to live the lie

 

So often dreams they go and they, Run away

Nasty bills come through the door and, eat ya pay 

Often clouds they come

Prevent us feel them sunny rays so 

When we fall get left behind, we sing for better days now 

 

Stand up defy, we pump that soul rock reggae 

Bump the ride, we live we strive 

with soul rock reggae 

Come together love the truth with Soul Rock Reggae 

I hit your heart from I’m the booth with soul rock reggae 

Pump the groove and ride the wave with soul rock reggae

Defeat the lies and live the truth with soul rock reggae

Breath the air the trees the leaves with soul rock reggae 

Feel the beat from deep within with soul rock reggae 

 

Cos I don’t wanna sell my soul 

And I don’t need a brand new ride 

I just wanna keep my wheels and

I gotta get by 

I just wanna live this life

And I just wanna see them grow 

 

I just wanna share this love and 

I wanna let go 

 

Let go,  let goo

Let goo, let gooo

 

Modern life present many avenues 

Right here, right now, we feel no choice do you 

Only one action, one destiny one voice 

For what has gone dry must now become moist

Disconnected worlds rejoined, and rejoiced 

You used to wish you cared but now you got no choice 

This wealth of things just figments and toys

Spiritual richness set woman and man from girl and boy. 

 

 

Stand up defy, we pump that soul rock reggae 

Bump the ride, we live we strive 

with soul rock reggae 

Come together love the truth with Soul Rock Reggae 

I hit your heart from I’m the booth with soul rock reggae 

Pump the groove and ride the wave with soul rock reggae

Defeat the lies and live the truth with soul rock reggae

Breath the air the trees the leaves with soul rock reggae 

Feel the beat from deep within with soul rock reggae 

 

Cos I don’t wanna sell my soul 

And I don’t need a brand new ride 

I just wanna keep my wheels and

I gotta get by 

I just wanna live this life

And I just wanna see them grow 

 

I just wanna share this love and 

I wanna let go 

 

Let go, let goo

Let goo,let gooo

 

 

And this system you know 

It’s been getting me down, down down 

Oh and this system you know, oh you know

They come quite you now, quiet you now

Well they can take me now 

 

Woooaa wooaaaah