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This album of songs, written from the heart, for the heart, represents the living energy that is Roots of a Rebellion – a band of brothers dedicated, no…livicated to a life of music. Thank you for checking it out and we hope it brings you peace and hope in these times.

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released August 8, 2014

Engineered by Jordan Reed at Castle Studios (Franklin, TN)
Mastered by Daniel Bacigalupi at Georgetown Masters (Nashville, TN)
Artwork by Lloyd Edwards

All songs written, performed, recorded and produced by Roots of a Rebellion:

Troy Wiggins- Drums
Austin Smith- Guitar/Lead Vocals
Adam Quellhorst- Bass/Vocals
Jeremyck Smith- Keys/Vocals
Marco Martinez- Lead Guitar/Harmonica/Vocals
Justin Smith- Trumpet/Vocals
Dan Twiford- Auxillary Percussion
Paul Violante – Saxophone on Checked Out, Give and Take, Charleston, Carry
Tony Hartman- Steelpan on Age of Distractions, Lieutenant Irie Eyes Convoy to Zion
Courtney Wyatt- Background vocals
Andrea Mansourian- Background vocals

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Track Name: Checked Out
So tired of the news stations,
Making me have the blues,
Taking away any chance of hope,
I got the proof, I got the truth,
From looking in and around right here at home,
Just open my eyes, can’t help but realize,
How many millions of lives need help,
So next time I’m down, let me look up from the ground,
And check into the life of someone else,

Checked Out!
From the wrong going on, I’m just sinning and keeping my soul on the run,
Checked Out!
From my brothers down the street, barely standing, begging anyone they see,
Checked Out!
From my long lost friends, rehabilitate and come home again,
Checked Out!
Ahhh just breathe in young, calling everyone to invest in our sons,

So tired of the news stations,
Making me have the blues,
Taking away any chance of hope,
I got the proof, I got the truth,
From looking in and around right here at home,
Just open my eyes, can’t help but realize,
How many people need help,
So next time I’m down, let me look up from the ground,
And check into the life of someone else,

Checked Out, Checked Out, Checked Out!
Where have I been?
Checked Out, Checked Out!
I don’t know, but I’m going to check myself back in.

So tired of the news stations,
Making me have the blues,
Taking away any chance of hope,
I got the proof, I got the truth,
From looking in and around right here at home,
Just open my eyes, can’t help but realize,
How many people need help,
So next time I’m down, let me look up from the ground,
And check into the life of someone else,
Track Name: Wise Words
He said, “Son, you need to get up, get out, and get something
You know why? Cause if you don’t, somebody’s gonna take it.
There are no shortcuts to be traveled on.
There are no fallbacks, so kid travel on.”

He said, “Fight, fight, fight till you can’t fight no more.
And work, work till there’s nothing left in store.
Show love, cause it’s the only thing that we’ll always have
In this life, Father Time tried to teach us right,

He said, “Time don’t stand still, life don’t wait,
Every single second’s just ticking away” (4x)

Ticking away (4x)

I would not trade my life for gold,
No, no money’s gonna buy my soul!

And when you’re gone, and I’m still here,
I pray your wise words never disappear,
When I’m old, and grey haired,
I pray your wise words never disappear,
When you’re gone, and I’m still here,
I pray they see your face in my face clear,

Cause time don’t stand still, life don’t wait,
Every single second’s just ticking away (4x)

Ticking away (4x)
Track Name: Home
There’s nothing that I can say,
To make this go away,
Oh life and love are heavy weights,
Today, today, today…
Bruised and bloodshot take the pain (2x)
A heart of strength (2x)
That’s trained by me,

Oh five liters I would give,
Five liters I would give,
Oh to heal and mend your loss of faith,
In love and people
Actions caused,
Loving people,
My actions harmed,
I pray for guidance, I pray for strength
And warmth for your heart,

Oh, Don’t you know,
I place that I wanna go,
Oh don’t you know,
A place that I wanna go,
I gotta go,
I need to,

Take me home (4x)

My blood however, will not be drawn,
For the I am sorry my life’s true love,
I’ll pray and pray, for time to come
More swiftly to a point of trust

Oh don’t you know,
I place that I wanna go,
I gotta go,
I need you to,

Take me home (4x)

Oh, Don’t you know,
I place that I wanna go,
Oh don’t you know,
A place that I wanna go,
I gotta go,
I need you to,

Take me home (4x)
Track Name: Carry
I (4x)
Carry, carry, me higher (4x)
Track Name: Age of Distractions
I wish I would do,
All the things I say I’ll do,
Stuck in my own ways,
This time I cannot waste,

Yes, I wish I would do,
All the things I say I’ll do,
Delirious ways,
Mysterious daze,

Living in the Age of Distractions,
Everyone complains, and won’t take action,
Living in the Age of Distractions

All this silent interaction,
It’s hard to find self-satisfactions,
Living in the Age of Distractions,

Living in the Age of Distractions,
Where I complain, and won’t take action,
The Age of Distractions
Track Name: Got to be Good
Got to be good to myself (Got to be good to our self)
Please God be good to us (Please God be good to us)
We mean no harm, and in You we trust,
Got to be good to myself (Got to be good to our self)
Please God be good to us,

We’re united for the purpose of serving something greater than our self,
And the truth is we all need some help,
And only a fool, believes in only himself,
Gotta bow my head down and deal with what I’m dealt,

Think I see the future in my dreams sometimes,
Wake up just to recall what was on my mind,
I think I had a little sneak peak,
I think I should go back go sleep,

So I lay back down and hope that I get one more clue,
So I can connect the dots and figure out what do,
Because I’m drowning in my memories,
And at that moment someone said to me,

“Got to be good to yourself” (Got to be good to our self)
Please God, Please God (Please God, Please God)
We mean no harm, and in You we trust,
Got to be good to myself, your self, our self (Got to be good to our self)
Please God be good to us,

Got to be good to our self,
Please God be good to us (Please God be good to us)
We mean no harm, and in You we trust,
Got to be good to myself, your self, our self (Got to be good to our self)
Please God be good to us,

(Oh---whoaaa—ohh-ohhh-ohh-ohhhhhhh)
Through His Grace alone,
(Oh---whoaaa—oahh-ohhh-oahh-ohhhhhhh)
Will we achieve our goal,
(Oh---whoaaa—oahh-ohhh-oahh-ohhhhhhh)
Through His Grace alone,
(Oh---whoaaa—oahh-ohhh-oahh-ohhhhhhh)
Grateful for this song,
(Oh---whoaaa—oahh-ohhh-oahh-ohhhhhhh)
Through His Grace alone,
(Oh---whoaaa—oahh-ohhh-oahh-ohhhhhhh)
If you feel it, sing along,
(Oh---whoaaa—oahh-ohhh-oahh-ohhhhhhh)
Oh His Grace Alone,
(Oh---whoaaa—oahh-ohhh-oahh-ohhhhhhh)
Will we find our home…
Track Name: Time
Time, Time, Time, Time, Time (2x)

My soul’s strong, from lifting heavy weight,
For so long, I need an escape,
My soul’s strong, from lifting heavy weight,
For so long, I just need a place,
A very special place, where I can get away,
Where I can spend the day,
Somewhere I could climb, to find my peace of mind,
Where I don’t need a stop watch, tic-toc, grandfather clock to tell me time,

Time, Time, Time, Time, Time (2x)

I and I got so much time,
Really I’m uncertain, see the world in its perversions,
I and I knows my Jah guides,
Rasta slit the throat of Babylon but it’s still alive,
But I’ll try, I’ll sling the rock at its eye, watch the walls fall down as the trumpets cry, you can find me in the pasture giving praises to my master Haile Selassie I, thank You for the time, time

Time, Time, Time, Time, Time (2x)

I was twenty-one, roaming under that Western Sun,
I was searching for, a home, a girl, a fix and more,
At that time, I saw where I was, and for my soul,
That was enough, but here and now in my room,
I need more time too

I’d like to take this time,
To express what’s on my mind,
Need to apologize, to those who I’ve,
Lost touch with in my life,
I get caught up in my own strife,
And this separation, it cuts me like a knife I need more

Time, Time, Time, Time, Time
Oh Lord, Time
I need more, Time
I thank you lord, Time, Time, Time

Time, Time, Time, Time, Time
Oh Lord, Time
I need more, Time
I thank you lord, Time, Time, Time

Time, Time, Time, Time, Time (2x)
Track Name: The Calling
Truth be told, I’ve always loved Jah,
Even though I haven’t always known ya,
But here right now in this cold dark room,
I’m praying for a new beginning,
To bring me right on home to you,

The lights went out, inside my mind,
Tried to fight, but it refused to shine,
Never knowing when it will fade to black,
But these marks on my hands help remind me of that,
Track Name: Charleston
I never knew, the fragility of time
Until the day He almost took mine,
It’s easy to ignore life’s simple signs,
When you’re standing on this firing line,
Everyone is afraid to die,

Tears came falling down my face,
Shock and fear stood and stared, as they took me away,
Hard to believe I had a chance at all,
A brother’s instincts, my debt to you I never could repay,

And I will not forget the risk you took for me that fateful day,
No oh oh, No oh oh, No no no nooooooooooo,
Now our lives prevail together moving closer to that sun,
Whoa oh oh, Whoa oh oh, Whoa oh ohhhhhh-oh-ohhhh,
I will not forget,

It was a bolt from the blue, mysterious
Two lessons learned, burned in my heart,
It was almost the end, but here I’m singing
Thanks to Him, I know where to start

And I will not forget the miracle that was brought upon that day,
No oh oh, No oh oh, No no no noooooooooooo
How Les Harvey must have felt that day when he died up on that stage,
Whoa oh oh, Whoa oh oh, Whoa oh ohhhhhh-oh-ohhhhhh
I will not forget,
Track Name: No Crime
Here we are, just all lost souls,
Traveling on our own,
And here we found ourselves,
Eye to eye, road ahead’s unknown,

Here we aren’t just all lost souls,
Traveling on our own, but not alone,
Here we found ourselves,
Eye to eye, road ahead is unknown,
Track Name: Give and Take
In this world,
Of love and hate,
There are times
When a trade must be made,
It’s a sacrifice of a want or need,
Replaced by a Higher Calling,
Dedication, Revelations,
Of this Give and Take,
Please forgive my foolish ways,
I pray each day to,

Give and take,
For the sake of making a better place,

In this world of
Love and Hate,
Give and Take,
Loss and Gain,
Every single moment an exchange is made,
I believe these New Age changes,
Mixed with the same old thing,
Could set the stage for the turning page,
In this human race’s history,
A community could help us see eye to eye,
Even if I might be blind at times a sinful friend needs kindness too,
So if you’re feeling untrue just know in your heart what to do,
Lord, here and now please help us choose to spread seeds of youth,
Keep on searching for truth in this music and use it to uplift us here and just,

Give and Take,
Forgive mistakes,
Give and Take,
Time and space will allow us to find our faith,
Track Name: Supposed to Do
What am I supposed to do?
What am I supposed to do, when you want more than I can give to you?
What am I supposed to do?
What am I supposed do when you want more than I am giving,
More than I am spending, more than I intend to do?

What am I supposed to do?
What am I supposed to do, when you want more than I can give to you?
What am I supposed to do?
What am I supposed do when you want more than I am giving,
More than I am spending, more than I intend to do?

If I could sing a sing for me,
And hope that it could carry on to you,
It’s the only thing I have in this world that could make a change in you,
I could sing my melodies,
And hope that it would make us more in tune,
The problem is there’s not a rewind, gotta make time, to find out what is true,

What am I supposed to do?
What am I supposed to do?
What am I supposed to do?
What am I supposed to do?

Love will show us what to do (Love will show us)