Burma Road

by Mark Ceaser

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1.
Highway 16 02:44
Wait wait for me Wait all night until the sun comes up I don’t care where the homestead lies I’ll head on down to the west coast tide It don’t matter where the hell I go As long as you take me down the Yellowhead Road Stop don’t stand so close My bags are packed and I’m ready to go Stop but not so close My bags are packed and I’m rarin’ to go I don’t care where the homestead lies I’ll head on down to the west coast tide It don’t matter where the hell I go As long as you take me down the Yellowhead Road This old town is crumbling on top of me A million roads going out to sea I’ve been told there’s a hidden gold But nobody knows including me I don’t care where the homestead lies I’ll head on down to the west coast tide It don’t matter where the hell I go As long as you take me down the Yellowhead Road Wait for me…
2.
Willow Tree 04:43
Down Burma Road where the cat tails grow Past the barn and the summer fallow Stands a willow tree with weepy leaves Tall and strong bracing the breeze We’d drive out there to breathe the country air Rain or shine we didn’t care A ten minute drive but we’d take our time Just you and me and our willow tree On sunny days laying in its’ shade Talking ‘bout what we’d do If we lived together baring the weather By the river in Saskatoon We carved our names in the bark Circled it with a giant heart Symbolizing and solidifying that day in our memories Our willow tree I saw a photo display of your wedding day In the window of a downtown shop Your beautiful dress your husband’s caress In a quaint country spot I stood there longer so my mind could wander Down the depths of memory lane Then it struck me I could plainly see You were both beneath our willow tree Down Burma Road where the cat tails grow Past the barn and the summer fallow Stood a willow tree with weepy leaves Tall and strong bracing the breeze I drove out there to breathe the country air Rain or shine I didn’t care I brought my axe and a couple six packs And cut that tree down to its roots Our willow tree
3.
Fall Apart 03:22
Don’t fall apart Cause if you fall apart you’ll come to me If you fall apart Start back at the start without me I know I’m a let down But trust me you’re a let down to me I know that I’m drowning ‘Cause you caught me and threw me back to sea I know I’m a failure But trust me you’re a failure too I knew you were lying You’re never straight faced when you tell the truth Ever since I drove home Late at night down the highway in blowing snow When I think about you I get shivers down my spine my heart grows cold Ain’t no use in crying My love for you disappeared like tears in rain One sure thing about you When you grow old you’ll still be the same
4.
Laying awake at night by the phone Wondering if but knowing that you won’t call If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from you it’s I’m better off on my own When you stopped caring I stopped wearing my heart on the outside When you stopped caring I stopped wearing my heart on the outside This heart of mine Times have changed for the better People come and people go If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from you it’s I get stronger on my own This time alone this time to grow Will only make things better This time alone this time to grow can only make things better If there’s one thing that I’ve learned When you stopped caring I stopped wearing my heart on the outside When you stopped caring I stopped wearing my heart on the outside This heart of mine
5.
Old man sits alone In a tiny room veteran’s home Ambushed by age His wife long passed away Three kids still remain He’s wondering where they are Heaven’s a knife Heaven’s a key That cuts through the flesh to set you free He was a proud dad dedicated War hero celebrated A blue moon ago But in night’s rising tide These moments swept aside He’s wondering where they are Heaven’s a knife Heaven’s a key That cuts through the flesh to set you free Hi kids visit twice a week Faces he’s happy to meet… again He doesn’t know their names A mere trace of himself A father they can’t help They’re wondering where you are Heaven’s a knife Heaven’s a key That cuts through the flesh to set you free

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“That’s a really good record.”
Randy Bachman (about Burma Road on CBC Radio 2)

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released April 16, 2009

All words and music by Mark Ceaser
Produced, engineered and mixed by Ross Nykiforuk
Mastered by Charles Carvalho
Cover photo by Barbara Reimer

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