World Destruction

from Feminenergy by TAIRRIE B

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This unique cross-cultural, post punk hip hop classic was originally written & recorded by Afrika Bambaataa & John Lydon under the name of "Time Zone" in 1984. I have always wanted to cover it but the time was never right until now.

This 2020 remake features U.K. vocalist extraordinaire Paul Catten (Dead Sheeran, Barrabus, Murder One, Lazarus Blackstar, Medulla Nocte) on guest vocals. Over the last 20 years, Paul has previously toured with my rock band My Ruin in his various metal & experimental electronic incarnations and I couldn't have thought of anyone more perfect to pay homage to the vocal stylings of the ex Sex Pistol. We kept his parts true to form because the original lyrics were still fitting for this era.

Afrika Bambaataa is one of the architects of hip hop. I step into his vocal role of this track with great respect to what he has brought to the culture. I can still remember the first time I heard this song and how important it's message was at the time.

Today, we're facing a new crisis. Covid-19 has killed hundreds of thousands of people and infected millions as the numbers continue to rise worldwide but especially in the United States where we are sadly number #1 in deaths due to our lack of leadership. In America, Police brutality and the murdering of unarmed black men & women is at an all time high and racism is rampant. With this in mind, I decided to re-write some of Afrika's lyrics to invoke our current conditions in 2020 with a nod to the old school lyrical content while keeping the sentiment as timeless as the original track. Hopefully we did it the justice it deserves.

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WORLD DESTRUCTION
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This is not a test. This is a dangerous situation. Stay inside of your home and barricade windows and doors and do not leave your home for any reason. Individuals may act violently and cannot be reasoned with. Avoid individuals displaying signs of aggression at all costs. Repeating…a security alert is in effect.

Speak about destruction
Speak about destruction
Speak about destruction

This is a world destruction, your life ain't nothing
The human race is becoming a disgrace
Police brutality and Covid on the rise
Not giving a damn about the people they despise

Nostradamus predicts the coming of the Antichrist
Hey, look out…your voting rights are being denied
The Democratic - Republican relationships
Won’t stand in the way of fists or resistance
The GOP is using nasty tactics
The ERA needs to be ratified
Brainwashed mentalities don’t care who they support
Using TV, social media and religion of course

Yes, the world is headed for destruction
Is it a nuclear war?
What are you asking for?

It is absolute chaos.
We now return to regular programming.

This is a world destruction
Your life ain't nothing
The human race is becoming a disgrace
The rich get richer
The poor are getting poorer
Fascist, chauvinistic government fools

People in power refusing to wear masks
In a time zone wearing fucking “MAGA” hats
Who are you to think you're a superior race?
Everyday unparalleled political debates

They were Time Zone
They came to drop a bomb on you
From 1984 to 2020 kaboom, kaboom!

I'm going out of my mind
That makes two of us
I'm going out of my mind
Oi! That makes two of us

This is the world destruction, your life ain't nothing
The human race is becoming a disgrace
Nationalities are fighting with each other
Why is this? Because the system tells you

Putting people in cages and racist categories
Knowledge isn't what it used to be
Military tactics to control the protests
A president who wants to be a king! No!
Common sense is gonna work against you
Nothing in your power that you can do
Yes, the world is headed for destruction
You and I know it cause reality tells you
If we don't start to recognize the lies
The world will be destroyed in a time zone!

We’re in a time zone
We’re in a time zone
We’re in a time zone
Speak about destruction
We’re in a time zone
We’re in a time zone
We’re in a time zone
Speak about destruction
We’re in a time zone
We’re in a time zone
We’re in a time zone
Speak about destruction
We’re in a time zone
We’re in a time zone
We’re in a time zone
Speak about destruction

This is a global emergency.
The world is going to end.

credits

from Feminenergy, released October 20, 2020
Vocals by Tairrie B & Paul Catten
Live Drums, Guitar & Bass by Mick Murphy

Produced by Tairrie B. Murphy & Mick Murphy
Engineered & Mixed by Mick Murphy
Recorded @ The Magick Room Knoxville, TN.
Cover Design by TBM

Written by Time Zone in 1984 Afrika Bambaataa. John Lydon & Bill Laswell
Revamped lyrics by Tairrie B. Murphy

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TAIRRIE B Los Angeles, California

└A Woman currently living in Knoxville, TN.OG Scream Queen, Emcee, Multi-Hyphenate Artist, Wife, & Feminist. Pro-Choice, Anti-Trump, Radical Liberal. Fluent in politics, profanity & RESISTANCE.🎤💋

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