Good Medicine

by 20 Riverside

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Debut album of Everett, WA-based funk/hip-hop band 20 Riverside.

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released 07 August 2010

All songs written and performed by 20 Riverside.
Aron Glidden: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, MC
Dustin Haggerty: lead guitar, lead MC, vocals
Dave Luxmore: bass guitar, trombone, MC, trumpet, vocals
Eli Davidson: drums, vocals, timbales, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion
Ian Plagmann: piano, keyboards, Wurlitzer, trumpet, euphonium
James D. Orr: alto and tenor saxophones, flute

Produced by 20 Riverside
Recorded by Don Gunn, assisted by Jackson Long
Recorded February 14 - 16, 2010 at Two Sticks Audio, Seattle, WA
Mixed by Don Gunn at The Office, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI/CD, Seattle, WA

"What You Got"
Produced by 20 Riverside
Recorded by Johnny Olson, Seth Brinkley, Owen Tillett and Cory Levin
Recorded February 11, 2010, Shoreline, WA

Original cover painting by Arrow Mestas

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20 Riverside is a six-piece funk/hip-hop group from Everett, WA in the greater Seattle area. Their music blends the driving rock and brassy horns of Chicago, the funky grooves of Tower of Power, and the hip-hop rhythms and socially conscious lyrics of the Roots. ... more

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Track Name: Better Days
Better days, I've seen a few
But that won't stop what I'm gonna do
No, I'm not changin' my mind
Money ain't what I need
I got the Earth to walk and the air to breathe
No, I'm not wastin' no time
20 Riverside and who are you
'cuz I don't know what I'm goin' do
Lord, I know rhythm is hard to find
(I know that rhythm is hard to find)

Remember they used to teach us to stand up for our beliefs?
Yeah, that period was brief
And now it's suddenly ceased
But for some of us, that time didn't exist at all
And it's appallin'
How low your expectations can fall when
They got you feelin' small and
Economy's crawlin'
And nobody can save you so who are you callin'?
The system's been corrupted so the engine is stallin'
I'm sick of playin' it safe so now I'm throwin' it all in

Money ain't what I need
I got the Earth to walk and the air to breathe
No, I'm not wastin' no time
(No I'm not wastin' no time)

Better days, I've seen a few
That won't stop what I'm gonna do
No, I'm not changin' my mind
Money ain't what I need
I got the Earth to walk and the air to breathe
No I'm not wastin' my time
(No I'm not wastin' my time)
Track Name: What's That Sound?
What's that sound?
I can't explain, I finally found a way that I can make it through the pain
Rain comes down
Hits on the ground of my slum town, I float but some drown
It's a hard way to be
When you're feelin' like a slave in the land of the free
Somebody just save my soul
Before I give up hope and just lose control
Let me hear you say - What's that sound?
I can't explain, I finally found a way that I can make it through the pain
Rain comes down
Hits on the ground of my slum town, I float but some drown
It's a hard way to be
When you're feelin' like a slave in the land of the free
Somebody just save my soul
Before I give up hope and just lose control

Yo I'm a strange enough man with rearrangeable plans
talent lands in generations interchangable hands
What happened to takin' a stand?
We demonstrate to the man
We doin' away with crooked politicians rapin' the land
Were not okay with grown children layin' face in the sand
So make some noise for girls and boys who really do understand
We went from bland to grand by way of contraband
And this band's intangible jams
Hip-hop upon the 20 money never was the plan
And it's funny how sunny days are not my biggest fan
But I'm a fan of them, Doritos and M&Ms
Smokin' cigarettes and such in the clutches of much phlegm
And fans, never gave a fuck if I rocked brands
Dedicated, celebrated related to this band of men
Who keep rockin hip-hoppin' until the end
because before the music happened we were all just friends


What's that sound?
I can't explain, I finally found a way that I can make it through the pain
Rain comes down
Hits on the ground of my slum town, I float but some drown
It's a hard way to be
When you're feelin' like a slave in the land of the free
Somebody just save my soul
Before I give up hope and just lose control
Let me hear you say - What's that sound?
I can't explain, I finally found a way that I can make it through the pain
Rain comes down
Hits on the ground of my slum town, I float but some drown
It's a hard way to be
When you're feelin' like a slave in the land of the free
Somebody just save my soul
Before I give up hope and just lose control
Let me hear you say - What's That Sound?
Track Name: Sound Sittin'
We in the Sound sittin', just sippin'
Lookin' at the moutains when the clouds start drippin'
We on the ground sittin' just trippin'
Lookin' at the scenes when the breeze starts whippin' by
Oh me oh my
This island's life is the way to live
I can see for miles
With different styles of ways to give
So if you lose the ground don't you know where I'll be found?
I'll be sittin' on the sea of sound trying hard not to drown

Well I was slimin' and grimin' gettin live with the timin'
Keepin' it prime and I'm strivin' to stay alive and survivin'
What's the crime in relyin' in gettin' high and then
Rhymin's what I'm supplyin' I'm tryin' so quit your whinin' and cryin'

while you was sittin' and kiddin', yo I was out on a mission
Yo this is Glidden so listen to my position I'm spittin'
My definition is a common affliction i'm on an expedition
Hopin' and wishin' to reach my dreams and ambitions

Well me and my crew be puffin' on doobies
Bumpin' some Marvin Gaye we're groovy
Lookin' for big-bootied beauties with bouncin boobies to do me
You got a problem with that? Then you can sue me
You're nothin' to me
And that's a message directed to you from Yours Truly
Track Name: There She Goes Again
There she goes again, into the blinding light
There she goes, but she doesn't know what she's getting into
There she goes again, into the blinding light
There she goes, but she doesn't know what she's getting into

Well, there she goes again, never knowin' if or when she's comin' home again
Old familiar thoughts come closin' in, the story's moral is as old as sin
She was an attractive nineteen-year-old
She was drawn to her man by the drugs he sold and the stories he told
So slick and so smooth, they would never get old
He was cold, rugged and bold, like the stories of her pops that her mom had told
She had never been a father's daughter to hold
Ain't that cold? Watch it unfold
She used to kick back and get sacks of dope for free
Had her thinkin' that's the way life's supposed to be
She wasn't close to me, but I knew her
I just want to talk to her
I just want to talk to her

All the while she was holdin' a child in her waist below
But she didn't know (she didn't know)
No, she didn't know
I loved her so
All the while I would sit and smile
As she passed me by walking down the road (walking down the road)

There she goes again, into the blinding light
There she goes, but she doesn't know what she's getting into
There she goes again, into the blinding light
There she goes, but she doesn't know what she's getting into

There she goes again, into the blinding light
There she goes, but she doesn't know what she's getting into
There she goes again, into the blinding light
There she goes, but she doesn't know what she's getting into
She doesn't know what she's getting into
Track Name: Sing Your Song
Sing your song
To the pages of history
You gotta prove them wrong
Let 'em know how sweet this life can be
All the things I thought I'd say
Lose my mind, drift away from this world
Leave your earthly burdens in the
See
Me now, I'm a man and all things tremble in my
Wake
Your soul to override your mind's control

I won't hesitate to debate the facts straight
If I can think it and write it you can sit and relate
And nine times out of ten you can bring it back again
But it'll never be as good as it was way back when
So don't test, look away and go back to your own quest
I must confess, I feel goddamn blessed
And yes, I do get stressed and depressed
But who in the fuck doesn't it's all part of the test
It's the best to be bustin' Dustin just in case you didn't know
Yo, I didn't do it for the dough
So now I'm set and I'm willin' to bet
We've all had bad times too good to regret
Sittin' Riverside sippin' gettin' technically wrecked
It all starts at a place in the base of the neck
And it ends with a riddle and a bit of guit-fiddle in the middle there's a little bit of microphone check
One, two!
So tell me what you really wanna do
Kung Fu!
Is how we sling it when we bring it to you
We run through!
To the back with some Jack to relax and you'll probably catch me sippin' on a bit of rum, too
And then it's microphone, checkrophone, step into the wreckin zone
Eli's on the kit and he's legit without a metronome
Yes, we do protect our own, your beats are better left alone
Talkin' shit to me and Aron G you better check your tone

Sing your song
To the pages of history
You've gotta prove them wrong
Let 'em know how sweet this life can be
All the things I thought I'd say
Lose my mind and Drift away from this world
Leave your earthly burdens in the sea

Who got ya?
The 20 Riverside got ya
Who got ya?
The 20 Riverside got ya
Who got ya?
The 20 Riverside got ya
Who got ya?
20 Riverside got ya
Track Name: Green Inspiration
Feels like I'm waiting for something big
To come my way
This sound is something that I have found
To do instead of fight or pray
So when I come around
You know I'ma do just what I say
You know we can throw it down
'Cuz you done seen us around since way back in the day

The media, they want to control you
They shape and they mold you
To do what you're told to
Assisting the government who wants to divide us
They try to surprise us by putting sheer terror inside us
The terrorists reside in the White House
Tryna help you open you're eyes
You're walkin around with your lights out
While, I'm out, trippin' on a typical time out
Puffin' on a cigarette to empty my mind out and
Find out ways to keep pullin' these rhymes out
You think I'm ever gonna stop?
I doubt, it's what I'm all about
Smokin' drinkin' with the homies, just another night out

Feels like I'm waiting for something big
To come my way
This sound is something that I have found
To do instead of fight or pray
So when I come around
You know I'ma do just what I say
You know we can throw it down
'Cuz you done seen us around since way back in the day

Feels like I'm waiting for something big
To come my way
This sound is something that I have found
To do instead of fight or pray
So when I come around
You know I'ma do just what I say
You know we can throw it down
'Cuz you done seen us around since way back in the day
Track Name: Talk About It
Yes, we're movin' along
(Yes we're movin' along)
What it is I find
(No one can say)
Cuz we're slippin' and slidin'
Sit beside the bay
And we're takin' a ride
The 20 Riverside way

If you really wanna talk about it
I'ma tell you somethin' real
About the way you live
And all the things you feel
But you just can't seem to let go
What it is you say, what it is you've made
Of yourself now at the end of the day
It's all said and done
I've got to be on my way

If you really wanna talk about it
I'ma tell you somethin' real
About the way you live
And all the things you feel
But you just can't seem to let go
What it is you say, what it is you've made
Of yourself now at the end of the day
It's all said and done
I've got to be on my way

Started out as a mild child
But as soon as the stressed piled I rarely smiled
Worries compiled until the point of denial
Cuz I was wreckless and wild
If you could step into my shoes you wouldn't last a mile
But yes, I persevered
And now the band is here
The past is passed us starin' at us in the rearview mirror
Changin' lanes and shiftin' gears
Conquered my fears and now I'm drinkin' beers
In the rain
No, I can't complain, though it seems insane
It's kind of hard to explain
Just how I feel tonight

I've got to be on my way
I've got to be on my way
I've got to be on my way
I've got to be on my way

If you really wanna talk about it
I'ma tell you somethin' real
About the way you live
And all the things you feel
But you just can't seem to let go
What it is you say, what it is you've made
Of yourself now at the end of the day
It's all said and done
I've got to be on my way

I'm sittin' back with my feet up
Rollin' some weed up
I call up the band and see what time we're gonna meet up
Greet up, heat up some pizza
And hit a beat up
And no surprise it's funky, when it comes to soul I like it chunky
And that's just somethin' that we all have in common
I remember when I was little, bumpin Jackson 5's Rockin Robin
From James Brown to George Clinton, funk ain't stoppin'
Bumpin' out your speakers, guaranteed to keep your sneakers hoppin'
And if you wanna talk about it, yeah, I'm down with that
We can discuss it over a six-pack and a 20 sack
So follow me to the back where we can rest and relax
And talk about everything, the good and bad perhaps
I know we all go through struggles
Sometimes it seems like they double
But try your best to stay humble
But keep yourself out of trouble
Don't let nobody burst your bubble
And if you live by these rules then everyone will love you

If you really wanna talk about it
I'ma tell you somethin' real
About the way you live
And all the things you feel
But you just can't seem to let go
What it is you say, what it is you've made
Of yourself now at the end of the day
It's all said and done
I've got to be on my way
Track Name: What You Got
I ain't makin' no bread but I still deliver medicine
Only twenty-three and already feelin' like a veteran
Better than most MC's I get together with
Pleasurin' every measure and I'm soothin' like excederin
I'm gettin' kicked out in a coupla weeks
Hope my brothers help me out so I can land on my feet
Never knew how close I was to the actual street
Feelin' like the only chance is channelin' factual speech
and Some may even say that it's a waste of my time
But I find that this could be the real reason for my mind
Unwind by speakin' and keepin' reason in my rhymes
I'm keepin' the time while I keep creepin' up your spine
And I like who I am man and so should you
So keep pushin' peace and love we're gettin closer to an understanding
And if another man brings similar things
Then that's a side where I'm standing
And banding together forever, never fallin' apart
Man It's appalin' how smart these fuckin' Police are not
Itchy trigger fingers just waiting buck shots
Closin' off the whole block for six kids smokin' pot
Thats me and my entourage throwin' a barage out of the homeboy's mom's garage
Fuck camouflage I'm the open
And wonderin' how everyone in this town's mother is dopin'
Sad what's been chosen and able bodies are frozen
I got hopes and dreams or so it seems but don't get close to
the fiend
Who's smokin' green cuz it's a broken scene, know what I mean?
I'm low and lean, try to keep my flowin clean
But I've been fuckin' obscene since the age of thirteen
dig it.

That's how I feel when I cruise down the street
What's the deal? I'm just shufflin' my feet
Tryina get by, get high, make my way
To the motherfuckin' West side
That's where I ride, where I reside
With a flow and a vibe
Just tryina get by to the ocean, floatin'
Hopin' I don't get broken stuck stuck up in a moment'

What you got is what I need
Once you give it up then I begin to feed
Come and see my one creation
If you didn't know this is the invitation
I'm not right, I'm just brand new designed
This is Aron, now back to you dudes
Somethin' to say, things ain't the same
I press restart and get a brand new day
Track Name: I Disagree
A change is comin' on
And I don't like what I see
Today upon the television
Started talkin' about World War Three
Ooh
Who are we fighting and what did they do to you?
Never declared no war, but that's all you do
I said shame on you
This talk of terrorism is pure hypocrisy
Let me just ask you this:
Who's in whose country?

I disagree with the actions
Of the government in my homeland
I get no satisfaction
From watchin' people lyin', dyin in the sand
Ooh
Said I disagree
With your actions, factions fightin' and scratchin' and nobody's relaxin'
I disagree
With the way of today, more people are cryin' and tryin' to pray
I disagree
With the government ties, time to realize the media's feedin' ya lies
I disagree, yeah, I disagree

I disagree with the actions
Of the government in my homeland
I get no satisfaction
From watchin' people lyin', dyin in the sand
Ooh
Said I disagree
With your actions, factions fightin' and scratchin' and nobody's relaxin'
I disagree
With the way of today, more people are cryin' and tryin' to pray
I disagree
With the way that it is, havin' a television raisin' your kids
I disagree, yeah, I disagree
Track Name: Throwin' It Down (Beside the Sea)
throwin' it down beside the sea
throwin' it down beside the sea
throwin' it down for you to see
just what we do beside the sea
whats your excuse to ride with me?
it's too profuse for eyes to see
throwin' it down beside the sea
throwin' it down beside the sea

comin' right in off the coast
and so we toast
to those who we love the most
with your glasses in the air
while the barbeque roasts
and stay close to one another
you got the bread i got the butter
with so many sisters and brothers
we got this chillin' shit covered
so it's time to take a minute
and put it into perspective
a quest through the west
to be the best is my objective
mindset - reflective
mood - introspective
all the while makin' you smile is my insentive


words don't fail me now
i lay on the ground
and i pray
that my way'll be found
'cuz every day is a chance to add
another memory that otherwise
you never would've had
it's a sad, sad state of affairs
when nobody knows cuz nobody cares
hopin' that there's another way
that i can make it
'cuz all the bullshit i been through
i can no longer take it

throwin' it down beside the sea
throwin' it down beside the sea
throwin' it down for you to see
just what we do beside the sea
whats your excuse to ride with me?
it's too profuse for eyes to see
throwin' it down beside the sea
throwin' it down beside the sea

a representative of calm and collected
hit you like a sedative not what you expected
this type of sound just needed to be injected cuz these days
the state of music is infected
a representative of calm and collected
hit you like a sedative not what you expected
this type of sound just needed to be injected cuz these days
the state of music is infected