Burma Road

by Mark Ceaser

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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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Track Name: Highway 16
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…
Track Name: Willow Tree
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
Track Name: Fall Apart
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
Track Name: Heart of Mine
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
Track Name: Knife and Key
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