From the recording If Not Now, When?

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If Not Now, When?

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Music & Lyrics: Joni NehRita

Guitar: Kevin Ramessar
Drum programming, Keys, Vocals, Synth Bass: Joni NehRita
Aux Percussion: Derek Thorne
Mixed & Mastered by Rick Hutt at Cedartree Recording Studio

Lyrics

IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

Uh huh, uh huh 3x Give it to US now!

Gimme/ freedom to love / in all the ways I want to
Access/ to green space and fresh food
Gimme me health care on which I can depend
Give it to ME now, if now now, when?

Gimme the right to speak/ without your tone-policing
Be accountable without the fragile weeping
Give us nuance/ and don’t forget, context
Give it to US now! If not now, when?

INSTRUMENTAL
Give it to us now!

Give us values beyond what serves corporations
Give ev’ry child/ the right to education
Stop making scapegoats of brown-skinned immigrants
Give it to US now! If not now, when?

Give us/ politicians /with real transparency
Clean water for all communities
Give back dignity to those who’ve been oppressed
Give it to THEM now! If not now, when?

We will fight. We will rise.
We all are enough, we all deserve love (repeat 2x)
(Give it to us now)

Give us your ear / without the victim blaming
Let us be heard without the constant shaming
Give us / space to tell /our stories instead
Give it to US now! If not now, when?

How ‘bout feminists marching for women of colour?
Acknowledge diff’rences without making us “other”
See where oppression and privilege intersect
Give it to US now! If not now, when?


We will fight. We will rise.
We all are enough, we all deserve love (repeat 2x)

Outro
It’s time for revolution
It’s time for real solutions, yeah…
It’s time for revolution
It’s time for real solutions, yeah…