Great Caesar EP

by Great Caesar

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Producer - Griffin Rodriguez
Seaside Lounge Studios, Brooklyn NY


released October 7, 2014

John-Michael Parker - vocals, guitar, piano, songwriting
Stephen Chen - saxophones
Adam Glaser - bass
Tom Sikes - trumpet
Mike Farrell - guitar

Sean Andrew - drums (Don't Ask Me Why)
Rob Walbourne - drums (Still Love, Bury Me, Holiday)
Rebecca Ryskalcyzk - vocals (Don't Ask Me Why)
Brooke X - vocals (Still Love, Bury Me)
Laura Weiner - french horn (Still Love, Holiday)
James Hall - trombone (Still Love, Holiday)
Micah Lewis - trombone (Don't Ask Me Why)
Perrin Cloutier - accordion (Don't Ask Me Why)


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Indie rock band from Brooklyn, NY

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Track Name: Still Love
Fold up your flag
Your tattered battle sheet
Lay down your arms
You don't have to fight with me

Show me your wounds
And I'll wrap your bandages
If you still bleed
I'll curb the damages

Let go of fear
Trust in me dear
I'll keep you safe
While you're still here

Through all the days
Of all my years
This I can promise you -
I'll still love you dear
Track Name: Don't Ask Me Why
One hundred years ago in a little town in Minnesota lived a boy who called himself McGill. He sat by the windowsill and dreamed until the day went still, and in the dark he'd dream a little more. Then, one day, there came along a girl who sang a pretty song with a freckled face; she called herself Marie. She said "Hey 'Gill you wouldn't believe what lies out there beyond those trees -- would you let me take you out to see?

"So pack up your bags and fly, you've got some living before you die. I've got this feeling, don't ask me why, don't ask me why, don't ask me why."

So Marie and 'Gill, they took to the hills and climbed a hundred miles until they found a spot where they could be at ease. It was the highest point that they could see, rose far above the tallest trees, so naturally they became king and queen. But before they'd laid their regal grounds, the sky had darkened all around, the heavens broke, and rain began to fall. The lightening cracked, the thunder clapped, and soon the king and queen were trapped on an island sinking in the rising flood. Well poor Marie, she said, "The end's begun! I've always had a place to run, I'm certain that this night will be our last." But 'Gill said, "Marie, you wouldn't believe what lies inside of you and me -- take my hand and we can be at peace.

"So lay down and close your eyes, you've got some dreaming before you die. I've got this feeling, don't ask me why, don't ask me why, don't ask me why.

- "I promise you this too shall pass, even if this night is our last."
- "I'm afraid that I've made a mistake choosing to stay."

For forty hours the storm raged on, and Gill, he said, "I had it wrong -- if we don't leave we're surely going to die." But sweet Marie, she said, "I see the light -- my dear McGill, you had it right, we just needed a little faith before we fly! Because I've dreamed of what this world could be, in all its possibility, and I'll be damned if I don't get to see. So take my hand and hold it tight, we're gonna make it out alright, jump with me and promise to believe."

Pack up your bags and fly, we've got some dreaming before we die. We've got this feeling, don't ask us why, don't ask us why, don't ask us why. No, don't ask me why.
Track Name: Holiday
Your hand in mine
Oh, how divine if we could greet the day
Under the Milky Way

Your rosy cheek
My lips would seek if we could steal away
Go on a holiday

You came at midnight deep inside a dream
So who am I to say what this should mean?
Now all I know is that my beating heart is yours to take
And I'm afraid that it will

Wake me up with birds
Your gentle words sound like a lullaby
Sweet sibilant simple sigh

If you should frown I fear the world would drown
Fall into deepest dark
Much greater than Central Park

You came at daybreak in a waking dream
So who am I to say what this should mean?
But all I know is that my beating heart is yours to keep

And I don't want to fall asleep.
Track Name: Bury Me
When I am laid to rest, I hope they bury me face down.

Bury me, bury me, bury me, bury me, bury me down.

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