The Miseducation of Yusuf bin Hasan

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lyrics

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

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from The Betrayal of Hasan 7", released April 2, 2013

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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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