The Betrayal of Hasan 7"

by The May Day Orchestra

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Two new songs from a forthcoming work involving the history of Kenya as well as some 17th century pirates. The same line-up from the "Ota Benga" album returns with more rock.


released April 2, 2013

Tim Rakel - vocals, guitar
Dave Anderson - electric guitars
Melissa Anderson - electric bass
Mary DeLeonardis - drums
Josh Weinstein - acoustic bass

recorded and mixed by Kevin Buckley
mastered by Brad Sarno

Rankoutsider Records



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The May Day Orchestra St. Louis, Missouri

The May Day Orchestra was founded in 2008 by songwriter Tim Rakel and has had various line-ups throughout two albums and a single. The current line-up featuring drummer Mary DeLeonardis, bassist Jake DeLeonardis and guitarist Charlie Tabing is at work on a new record for a 2017 release. ... more

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Track Name: The Betrayal of Hasan
Out into the blue
never to return
Out into the blue
A man at sea is an insect
An insect on a splinter
And that’s where I met my end
On the foreigner’s boat
With rats on the lines
Out into the blue never to return

He will not cooperate with those in control
and goes to file his complaint across the sea
the ship's captain takes a king's bribe
Hasan slipped his cable before he returned
A sailor sewed him up in the canvas
and out of the fog death appeared
out at sea

crimes at sea will go down like a sunken treasure
secrets that no one will tell
a murdered ghost will warn the son
one day they'll conspire against you as well
go out into the blue, out into the blue
Track Name: The Miseducation of Yusuf bin Hasan
at seven years old the son was sent away
to be educated and taught to obey
baptized with a foreign name
an orphan with power alone just the same
the young sultan prays
he prays to some god out at sea
like the mariners of all ages
and the merchants before him

in the shadow of the sun
they tried to mold this son
as one of their own
trained to sit upon a throne
to ensure cooperation
inside a palace of gold
alienated from the people
and haunted by his father's ghost

trained to sit upon their throne
yusuf the son of hasan
then the trade winds collide
and there is a strange calm
and a voice said 'father...'
father was murdered and I was raised with lies
father was murdered and I was raised with lies