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The Rocket

by Phil Motion

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The Rocket 04:15
THE ROCKET (4:19) Phil Motion Well there ain’t nothing like a night in the city When you got lots of money and not a care It don’t happen often but when it does I make the most of my thrills When I can get them I don’t break I just bend the rules a little And walk with my shadow in my pocket You think you can pick up what I’m putting down Then, come on this rocket’s leavin’ CHORUS Yes, I really got to go And I can’t stay here long You can come if you… It’s ok if you don’t X2 Well, there ain’t nothing I like more than being on the move Every day is a new day that I’m living What I need I carry on my back And make music with my hands And I let my feet take me Where I got to go Yea, I can run fast and I can walk slow The good life is a mix of come and go So, come on this rocket’s leavin’ CHORUS BRIDGE Well I’d rather be up than be down I can fly this thing myself so I won’t be hangin’ ‘round And it’s an open invitation to the right sound Yeah it’s a straight and steady course for a life of rock-and-roll yea, this rocket’s on a straight and steady course for a life of rock-and-roll Come on this rocket’s leavin’ CHORUS
Supafunk 03:54
Down & Out 05:07
DOWN & OUT (5:20) Phil Motion There’s a hole in my pocket, man Where the money used to go And I swallow hard when I think of the money I owe Now I ain’t no drug abuser, And I ain’t no gambler either You know I’m working hard all the time It’s so hard to get ahead I said it’s just so hard to get ahead When you’re so far behind You know I have to nickel and dime with my sweet lady And it’s breaking her heart ‘Cause she keeps bailing me out And now we’re fighting all the time, Because I’ve fallen on hard times And I just can’t see a clear way out CHORUS Ain’t it just so bad how money can take a person right down You can be on top of it then it pull the rug from right underneath your feet When we got it we ain’t worried and we look at the people living in the street Like it’s their own fault for getting tripped up by the world and knocked down off of their feet But when you’re living in a world that makes a dollar off the backs of those who don’t make a dime You down so low that there ain’t no place to go but down some more It’s just a matter of time Being down and out soon becomes a crime And the next thing you know well you’re down and out and you’re doing time The bills are racking up And I feel my chest get tight Well I feel like I’m losing this fight Well wake up in the night Sometimes I just can’t breathe right And you know these worries are killing me Yeah you know every day I’m checking the mail you know I got some money coming to me But I ain’t got nothing yet And the collectors are calling You know I’m way past due And I just don’t know what to do Yea and my whole world coming down And my head just hurt so bad And you know I’m drowing in debt CHORUS Yeah it’s happening all over the world People down and out for so long People down so low Yea, they down and out Yeah it’s happening all over the world…


These are my earliest solo DIY recordings. I was eager to really try my hand at putting together tunes from the ground up and playing all the instruments, in particular my first time giving it a go on guitar and bass.

These recordings also marked another chapter in my working relationship with friend and mentor Jay Jaknunas (Souljazz Orchestra, KOYUZ). i remember just bringing him the shittiest prettiest recordings, all wrong but somehow with a vibe that was all right. He just embraced it with open arms and we began chipping away at mixes.

I was so broke at the time. I wasn't even using an audio interface; just two mics going through a 4 channel mixer out to the 8th inch audio jack of my macbook! These early recordings were all done on an early version of Garageband. I was living in an apartment where I converted the 4ft x 4ft closet into a drum booth... how I fit in there with a drum kit is still a mystery.

I was really inspired by all the early Daptone and Dunham stuff that was coming out at the time, from Daktaris, to Antibalas and onto Sharon Jones, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band, etc so much of that fueled these "studio" explorations. I didn't have the faintest idea of how to write for horns yet so I just stuck to what I knew at the time and tried to break new ground with this collection of tunes.


released October 23, 2011

All songs written, performed and recorded by Phil Motion (vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keys, percussion) and produced by Phil Motion for UP & UP MUSIC. Mixed and mastered by Jay Jaknunas at Metropolitan Studios. Cover photo by JC Batista. Copyright, Phil Motion, 2012. SOCAN.

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Nous tenons à remercier le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario, de son aide financière.


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Phil Motion Ottawa, Ontario

I am a producer wrkn with latin, afro, and electro influences, mainly via vocals, drum machines, guitars, synths, and and percussion.

I have a studio in downtown Ottawa, Canada where I work with a hybrid of studio equipment old and new: analog consoles, vintage keyboards, reel-to-reels but also modern day rec equip, synths, etc.

Open to all kinds of collabs.
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