Things That Endure

by Cicero & the Orations

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credits

released August 26, 2016

Tim Bustle - vocals except track 11
B-3 organ on track 13

Ian McNally - guitar
vocals on tracks 2, 3, 6, 8, 9
violin on track 8

Shannon Moore - bass except tracks 3, 8, 11
vocals on tracks 6, 8

John Mason - drums on tracks 7, 8, 9, 12
keyboards on tracks 1, 6, 10
B-3 organ on tracks 6, 10
djembe on track 13
vocals on track 6

Daniel Bloch - drums except tracks 5, 7, 8, 9, 12
keyboards except tracks 2, 4, 5, 8, 9
percussion on tracks 2, 3, 8, 13
vocals on tracks 2, 6, 9, 12
piano on tracks 7, 9, 10
bass on tracks 3, 8

Sarah Dudley - violin on tracks 9, 13
Jennifer Pinieros - violin on tracks 9, 13
Anton Boutkov - viola on tracks 9, 13
Shaheen Malik - cello on tracks 9, 13

Shruti Sen - vocals on track 10
Katherine Sackman - vocals on track 10
Emilie Schattman - vocals on track 10
Gina Tenore - vocals on track 13
Misha Kuznetsov - trumpet on track 13
Simon Crosby-Arreaza - alto sax on track 13
Sammy Mellman - trombone on track 13

Vocal Arrg. on track 6, 9, 13 by Daniel Bloch
String Arrg. on track 9 by Daniel Bloch & Ian McNally
Vocal Arrg. on track 10 by Ian McNally
String & Horn Arrg. on track 13 by Daniel Bloch & Ian McNally

All Songs by Cicero and the Orations
Recorded and engineered by Mike Hurst at Let Em In Studios, NY & The Pancake Factory, NY.
Assisted by Nadim Issa and Jake Diamond at Let Em in Studios. Additional string recording by Cody Uhler.
Mixed by Mike Hurst at The Pancake Factory, NY
Produced by Cicero & the Orations and Mike Hurst
Mastered by Alex Saltz at APS Mastering, NY

Cover art by Abby Lessick. Cover font by Brendan Wenzel.

Thank You! to:

Chris & Lianne McNally
The Bustles, Blochs, Moores, & Masons
Conor, Elijah, Emma
Roman
Mike Hurst
Nadim & Jake
Alex Saltz

All our incredible musician friends who contributed!

Shruti, Emilie, Katherine, Gina, Sarah, Jennifer,
Anton, Shaheen, Sammy, SImon, Misha

Our music teachers!

Steve Morse, Amy Geiger, Jeff Richardson, Elena Gambulos, Gregory Sheppard, Del Brownlee Bashko, Jeff Petitt, Brian Alegant, Fredara Hadley, Jamey Haddad, Jan Miyake, Reuben Blundell, Suzanne Farrin, Philip Ewell, Daniel Johnston, Geoffrey Burleson, Ryan Keberle, D.D. Jackson, Cilla Owens, Patti Kilroy, Tim Lindeman, Kami Rowan, Jim Osborn, Jack Evans, Trey Files

& our fans :)

To the late Lisa Wenzel and Adriana Kulczycky and their love and support. This album is dedicated in their memory.

℗ & © 2016 Cicero & the Orations LLC

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Cicero & the Orations Goldens Bridge, New York

Cicero and the Orations was originally the brainchild of Tim Bustle and Ian McNally in the Summer of 2009. The current line- up formed in Summer of 2012, and has been playing gigs in and around the NYC area ever since. We attempt to create and experiment with a genre-defying "indie-folk-funk-rock" sound, and enjoy sharing it whenever we can. ... more

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Track Name: View From a Field
Countryside flows swiftly by my window
Morning light floods my blue eyes
Obstructing serenity and grace
With speed but not with haste

Hard against the grass we fall
Listen closely for the stars call
Oh how they glow above us
Carnivorous with their touch

Woe is he who knows no folly
Blinded by the darkness of the world
We excavate his mind and body
Unearth we will, the madness of the past

Hard against the grass we fall
Listen closely for the stars call
Oh how they glow above us
Carnivorous with their touch.

Steal away
Steal away
Steal away from this place
Steal away

Hard against the grass we fall
Listen closely for the stars call
Oh how they glow above us,
Carnivorous with their touch
Track Name: Young Pt. 1
In the back of the old pickup truck
Driving fast, it’s just our luck
To be young and free, oh possibly
No restraint, they can’t contain

Freedom reeks of love and cigarettes
Will we die young? Place your bets
Where will we go? We do not know
Far away so we can stay

Where will we go? Far away so we can stay
Where will we go? Far away so we can stay
Oh far away
Track Name: Truro
Sleep with me eternal dear but not like the dead
I know you’ve been cryin' all night but it’s time to slip into my bed
All I want is to be sure of it now

Come on home and feel the rain brush your ivory cheeks
The other boys won’t matter anymore when you rest your head against me sleep
You’re not tearing me apart inside
Don’t run away my girl I know where you hide, where you hide

You love that girl, you love that girl, you love that girl I know
You love that girl, you love that girl, you love that girl I know
You love that girl, you love that girl, you love that girl I know
You love that girl, you love that girl, you love that girl I know
Track Name: Kerouac
I don’t know why you went so far away
It’s too long and I can’t stay.
In my head his pages call for treason
What he said defies my reason
Oh Kerouac I, I call your name

Brown-eyed dear, your loving gaze keeps me near
Adventures watching your eyes as my hand slips between your thighs
You may not have pages but still I feel ageless
I don’t want to stray this is my inward dismay
Oh Kerouac I, I call your name

Lonely roads you walk from home
Your pages turn as if alone
Beating strides toward the deep
These mountain roads are much too steep
Deciding where and when to turn
You make my inner conscience burn
You can’t stop this gentle age
I’ll take your word to heart and engage

I don’t know why you went so far away
It’s too long and I can’t stay

Lonely roads you walk from home
Your pages turn as if alone
Beating strides toward the deep
These mountain roads are much too steep
Deciding where and when to turn
You make my inner conscience burn
You can’t stop this gentle age
I’ll take your word to heart and engage

I don’t know why you went so far away
Track Name: Young Pt. 2
Hall and Main I’ll drive today the kids are at the beach
Talia is smoking menths so I drive up and screech
“If you’re gonna kill yourself at least make it 27s,”
So she yelled back at me, “I choose how I go to heaven”

Sunlight blinds me from the surface of the shimmering lake
Swerve my car to the left I almost hit my mate
My passenger glances over with an angry eye
So I look back at her, “this ain't a bad day to die”

Night after night we go down to the darkened lake
We’ll drink and swim away from last night’s mistakes
The scattered bottles clank with the swirling wind
Ushering in the falls breezy hymn

Back from school I hit the gas and head for another state.
There’s that girl from down the road, where have I seen that pretty face?
Months ago swimming nude it struck me right then,
The memory left the morning after with our bottled friend

Stony walls already reek of Mary Jane his lover
Has it really only been an hour since we’ve seen his mother?
The TV blares Tim Burton’s icy Christmas songs
And Rocky’s horrors will make this night last so long

The hue of leaves mirrors our lighters fire,
The temperature is the only thing that’s not getting higher
The smell of burning wood wafts down the dirt roads
The nippy air drives me to my sweltering home

All and me (Hall and Main)
All and me
All and me
Track Name: Luce Rossa
I wake up to those hazel eyes
Greeting me with ferocity
The tender flare in that wanting gaze
Feeds the lust inside of me
Your alluring curves brush the morning light
Teasing my curiosity

Ambivalent you accept
To rend what is left
You may mock my fondness
But it’s you who I, I, I will caress

I beckon for a touch of that
Greeted with anonymity
“Oh please, oh please,” you plead to me
Fueling the coals my eyes can see
“Ascend to me and please be vigorous”
Your gentle hips heed my plea
The tender brush of wanting lips
Mixed with those adoring screams
I run my hand down your neck
Oh wrench the sheets from under me

You claw away my flesh,
Your screams pierce the rest,
My touch draws you in,
I can feel you flux beneath your skin.

And now you lie content and rosy
Your drained distain lies in retreat
Now I do not need to entreat
‘Cause now you’re ever here with me
Track Name: Summer
I saw the leaves were changing long ago
But now I’m left here, alone to face the snow
Oh summer, summer, summer, where did you go?

Oh when you left you brought the autumn wind
And now I’m sitting here, chilled to my bones again
Oh summer, summer, summer, where did you go?

And now the frost has come to freeze my tears
To stop the music streaming in my frostbit ears
Oh summer, summer, summer, where did you go?

Sidewalks stretch beneath my weary feet,
As my shoes stomp a lonesome beat.
The winter’s come and all is covered with snow
Why won’t, oh why won’t your sunlight let me go?

So now I sit and watch the roses bloom
And I know soon you’ll emerge from your earthly tomb.
Oh summer, summer, summer, where did you go?
Track Name: Autumn
Leaves flutter back home
Littering the ground with brown and pale gold
Gusts bellow but don’t warm the air
We don’t care, we don’t care, we don’t care, sing the sparrows

Days grow dimmer hour by hour
We wander through the twilight and embrace the darkness
There’s something so comforting in that frost coated wind
We grin, we grin as we walk down the path guided by the moonlight

Stars shine to guide our sight.
Clasped hands on a chilled fall night
The heat of passion combatting the cold
As the seasons change, as the seasons change.

Stars shine to guide our sight
Clasped hands on a chilled fall night
The heat of passion combatting the cold
As the seasons change, as the seasons change
Track Name: Lipstick
Beautiful woman won’t you come over and speak to me?
You may not be a lover but you’re a wonderful friend I can see
Your cherry red lips brush your fingertips as you walk toward our table for two
There’s no one else I’d rather see my girl, it’s just you

Dressed to kill for the thrills, you’re a fashionista of the night
Your red Chanel, I can tell, will treat your woman right
I would wish to my fingertips that maybe one day I’ll find a girl like you
But for now I’m content to not repent with those lips red hue
Track Name: Reel #2
I’m drivin around and all my friends are dead
Is this the truth or is it in my head?

Shall I document this tragic day
Is the cameras reel, real to me?
Should I run away or should I stay?

Shall I join in with this debauchery?
Oh how she screams just like a banshee

The breezy winds toss away their muffled sounds
As they roll around on the leafy ground
Their voices pound, pound, pound, pound

My humble face mask my malicious tastes
Oh mother, father what did you create?

Your love and kindness, only went so far
My frontal lobe, is my only scar
Now turning the wheel my pain squeals

Is he dead, is she dead, is he dead?
Is he dead, is she dead?
Is he dead, am I dead, am I dead?
Am I dead, am I dead?
Track Name: Lawrence
You’re running around in circles
A prisoner of your own mind
The murky waves before you
Makes your conscience hard to find

You’re willing to drop your anchor
Hindered by the choppy restless sea.
It may seem as though you are drowning
But when you breathe you will be free

Spinning sand and spinning waves
The two consistencies begin to cave
Flowing together like your tandem thoughts
The muddled notions sink to naught
Hanging below the dunes

Spinning sand and spinning waves
The two consistencies begin to cave
Flowing together like your tandem thoughts
The muddled notions sink to naught
Rest and peace are coming soon