Escaping Zion

by Nehedar

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Shouts - Music from the Rooftops! 'Escaping Zion' is a gem of a pop album. This is extremely catchy protest music. Check out our interview with Nehedar mastermind Emilia Cataldo and what she has to say about the NY music scene, her take on cults transforming into fascism and whether or not we'll all survive this existence. Favorite track: Safe.
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released November 13, 2018

Produced by Craig Levy at Little Pioneer Cider House 2018
All songs copyright Emilia Cataldo
All songs cello by Elisheva Maister
Elisheva Maister harp on The Tainted Grain, Miss Thing
Tim Rockmore Guitar on Two Steps Behind and Survival
Jordan Hirsch trumpet on Survival, Paralyzed, They Don't Teach, Blind Spot, Mod Civ and Safe
Roy Peak bass on Miss Thing
Cover photo by Chris Aldridge
Album cover layout by Jacob Fine


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Nehedar New York, New York

Nehedar has 9 albums and 1 brand new EP on Bandcamp. Some live stuff on Youtube and whatnot. All recordings, except a few on Pick Your Battles, and all of "Light at the End." were done with NYC producer, Craig Levy (Little Pioneer).
The band consists of songwriter/singer Emilia Cataldo, cellist/harpist Elisheva Maister and percussionist/drummer Brad Reiss.
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Track Name: Survival
Been messing up a lot lately, this world is making me crazy

I've got a hard on for this business of Survival, and I won't bother you, no I am not your rival

tell you what I'm thinking, won't you help me out, 'cause the ship I'm in is sinking and I really could use a hand out

I'm sleeping baby don't wake me, I'm dreaming sugar don't shake me
Track Name: Mod Civ
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I don't want to miss a minute of the fall of modern civilization
although we're not really sure if this is life or just a good simulation
the last to leave turn out the lights and let out the dog
the last to leave pour some water on those burning logs

do you have a minute to hear the good word about where we're going
for everything we gotta give up
don't you know that there's another life growing
just when it seems things can't get worse they always do
but I believe we gotta give it up and start anew

there's another one coming, there's another one coming

in the beginning we were spinning, trying to win and living in competition
we evolve enough to understand
that life aint just about acquisition
in my younger days I lived with bare feet on the ground
when I misbehaved I felt the lightning blow me down
Track Name: Blind Spot
we've been around for long enough
we think we're cool, we think we're tough
we've got some style, we've got some moves
we're not just anybody

the thunder rumbles lightning crash
my idols splinter turn to ash
how many checkpoints left to pass, but something's kind of funny

can you check my blind spot for me
all the traffic I cannot see
don't wanna get wrapped around that tree
I know enough to know that I don't know anything

I love it that you hang around
you match my vices pound for pound
your feet stay planted on the ground
while I do acrobatics

it's hard enough to just stay friends
keep dancing when the music ends
find all the tears and try to mend, repeat and start it over

Track Name: Paralyzed
Got so much to do
got so much to be
but I cannot move, I'm paralyzed

I'm waiting for you to get through to me
to let my mind go, infantilized

And I feel the earth quake underneath my feet
The bottom drops out nearly every week

Now I'm stuck in the screen
My impossible dream
Oh but it's 1:15, I'm hypnotized

Now I'm full of beans
Nothing's what it seems
Are the ends worth the means?

And I feel the power surging through my soul
And I don't know should I censure or extoll

And the harder I look, in the back of the book
In the innermost nook, I can't see, I can't see, I can't see

In the morning I find I've enslaved my own mind
The performative kind, look at me, look at me, look at me

Got the best of both worlds eating me alive
Honey let it go and just enjoy the ride
Track Name: You Were
spending half my time, thinking about what should be mine
spend the other half straight up missing you

no time to check the mail
this week will probably be another fail
I never knew how much I'd come to miss your face

and it's time to face, it's never gonna stop
no matter time or place, this is the pain I got
and the road ahead is gonna take me places I wish you were

an ordinary crime
and one we'll all commit before we're done
we'll leave the ones we love broken and alone

the cracks don't go away
but slap some glue on, be on your way
it's what we've always done, you don't have a say


and I'll miss you till it's my time


no matter who we are no matter what we've done
it's just a stepping stone to the setting sun
and the strangest thing is never knowing any more than that
Track Name: The Tainted Grain
The astrologer looked into the stars and ran hurriedly off to his king
"Next year's crop of grain will be tainted!"He cried
"And I fear we cannot do a thing!"
"For all who would eat it would fall into folly
Losing their grip on what's real"
"What can we do? We can't throw it away!"
Said the king, "we won't live without meal!"

"Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps"
The astrologer begged to suggest
"We save for ourselves the crop that's unspoiled
And that way we can save our own necks"
"But no" the king parried, "if we are the few
They won't recognize our appeal"
We'll be lost in a world of madness for having
A grip on the realm of the real"

"Perhaps perhaps, perhaps
The answer is we should eat
From the grain all the same as the people below
And join all the rumpus in the street
But I'll mark your forehead and you should mark mine
And though all our sense will depart
When we glance at each other,
we'll notice the sign, our knowledge will set us apart"
Track Name: Miss Thing
who's that out there in the world
it's the beautiful miss thing cover girl
she's a magical mystery tornado with a past

we were so close not long ago
until she left me for the first string rodeo
she said "i think it's time that I went on my own" and she left

but if you won't let me take care of you
you better do a good job, you better see it through
I don't want to hear you're up to your old tricks again

can't tell if we're better off this way
still a little early yet to say
but I got a feeling that I'll see you in the end

so take your shot there in the world
yeah give it all you got there in the world
you had a rough start but look at you now


and it's never gonna be easy
you're lucky if it's OK
but if things get a little too dreary
would you look my way
Track Name: Thoughts and Prayers
We're not allowed to talk about that yet 3x
so hold your breath

It happened again
somebody went and fell apart and they took the innocent
Nobody wins, 'cause no one's fighting just one person with themself
Too many kids, too many nightmares started for the ones he didn't get

It don't make no sense
They say he got to be prepared, got to be on the defense
The cops are afraid, they gonna shoot the people down,
they don't want to be outplayed

A gun doesn't make you happy, a gun doesn't make you safe
A gun won't save your marriage, a gun won't make you brave
I see you Miss America it don't have to be this way
Just get some new politicians that don't work for the NRA!

Thoughts and prayers, but they don't care 'cause they won't do anything
What can we do? He claims he's a hunter but he's hunting me and you
We're not allowed to talk about that yet so hold your breath

*I will be more than happy to donate this song for use by a/any gun-reform non-profit that wants to use it for fundraising efforts.*
Please message me if you would like to license the song.
Track Name: They Don't Teach
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I want to learn but they don't teach
not far away but out of reach
the lesson's hard but learning's sweet
I lay my future at your feet

gotta learn it for my own self, I gotta take the time
gotta do it my way, gotta pay the fine
I can tell I'm making progress, it still looks dark as night

I can work on this forever and never see the light

those fools that tell you how to think
they're made of hubris, made of stink
under the surface is the meat
lead from the inside, be complete


but I work so hard, it's not enough
I play my part, but the part's too tough
Track Name: Two Steps Behind
You're my oldest friend that I've had in the world
You remind me of me, as I was, as it were.
Sometimes you drift away but it's all for the best
Yeah I let you go but it all feels like a test

'Cause you were two steps behind me, you were just two steps behind
When I think you'll never find me, you're always two steps behind
And in the darkness I find you and I'm when I'm lonely there you are
Bursting with pride, you're always two steps behind

I don't know your name, I think that's by design
But I know your number, and when you're on the line
When you penetrate me, I just think of the past
And the others I know I believe you harassed

Can you tell me what it is that you want?
Can you help me with this thing moving on?
Track Name: Safe
Till all of us is safe then none of us is safe
I wish I could take away the pain
The damage that we do, the nightmares that are true
Can't hide, we are the ones must break the chain

there's no way out but through
The work we have to do
To build a better place

The evil I condone, the callous that I've grown
I've gotta find a way to let them go
The fish rots from the head
the sickness loves to spread
That's why we've gotta root it out of ourselves

Integrity or bust
Bridges made of trust
Will overcome the past