Zander The Great

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released February 4, 2015

ZANDER MICHIGAN IS ALEXANDER KOSTANTINOS MELIDIS.

THIS ALBUM HAS BEEN ON MY MIND LONGER THAN ANY WOMAN I’VE EVER MET.

ON THIS ALBUM ZANDER PLAYS THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR, THE ELECTRIC GUITAR, THE HARMONICA, HE SINGS, AND HE PLAYS THE FOOL.

YIANNIS PLAYS THE DRUMS, THE PERCUSSION, THE BASS, AND THE KEYBOARDS.

COURTNEY HURLEY PLAYS UKELELE, SINGS, AND WHISTLES ON “I KNOW HOW TO LOVE YOU”
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THIS ALBUM WAS RECORDED, MIXED, AND MASTERED AT DREAM STUDIOS FROM AUGUST 2014 TO JANUARY 2015 UNDER SUPERVISION OF HEAD ENGINEER YIANNIS SHAFKALIS.

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THIS ALBUM IS DEDICATED TO ROSEMARY, MAY YOU DIE ALONE.

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Track Name: Bathtub Gin
Rambling in the back room
Gambling in the smoke plume
Coppers in the alleyway
Coming up the back soon
She ask me what I wanna drink
I ask her if she ever think
Looked at me like she knew me
When she walked away, she gave a wink

I don’t know your name
But please just let me in
The liquor store’s been closed for years
I know you got bathtub gin

Drinking from a paint can
Chasing down the mail man
Swinging from a tree branch
Swinging from a ceiling fan
Learn me what I’ll never know
Take me where I’ll never go
You can lead a horse to water
But you can’t tell him where the water flow

I can’t see your face
But you look just like my kin
This potion’s got me all mixed up
Pour me one more bathtub gin

Walking on a sand dune
Looking like a dried prune
She says she loves my music
But I’m always singing out of tune
I’ll take it as a compliment
On every single continent
I can howl like an alley cat
But my silence is my dominant

I could never read
But baby I can sin
Come on over to my place
For a world class bathtub gin

Lick me like an old stamp
Take me down to boot camp
Whip me up back into shape
Shake me like a leg cramp
Slap me right upside the head
Tell me that you wish me dead
Chew me up and spit me out
There’s no one that I’d rather wed

Baby I can’t lose
Because I was born to win
So what if I’m an outlaw
Getting rich off bathtub gin?
Track Name: Green Socks
Oh, you keep me warm
You’re my shelter from the storm
You can have my heart it’s yours
But don’t break it please
You’re the apple of my eye
You’re my cloudless sky
Is it okay if I
Marry you, girl?

Green Socks
You know that I love you a lot
You make my heart stop
You get my stomach tied in knots

Girl, you make me weep
Our love it never sleeps
When I play, I play for keeps
Do you know what you mean to me?
When you walk I can hardly breathe
Darling you know I’ll never leave
I’ve got flowers up my sleeve
Oh, I’d die for you

Green Socks
You know that I love you a lot
You make my heart stop
You get my stomach tied in knots

Green Socks
You know that I love you a lot
You make my heart stop
You get my stomach tied in knots
Track Name: I Know How To Love You
I know how to love you, girl
I know how to love you, girl
I do
I won't ever leave your side
I won't ever leave your side
It's true

Don't make me wait for you no more
Soon I'll be walking out that door
Soon you'll be lying all alone
And you'll know that I won't be coming home

I know how to love you, boy
I know how to love you, boy
I do
I've waited my life for you
I've waited my life for you
It's true

Don't make me wait for you no more
Soon I'll be walking out that door
Soon you'll be lying all alone
And you'll know that I won't be coming home

I know how to love you, boy/girl
I know how to love you, boy/girl
I do
I've waited my life for you
I've waited my life for you
It's true

Don't make me wait for you no more
Soon I'll be walking out that door
Soon you'll be lying all alone
And you'll know that I won't be coming home

*Whistlin' Dixie*

Don't make me wait for you no more
Soon I'll be walking out that door
Soon you'll be lying all alone
And you'll know that I won't be coming home
Track Name: Jesus Was
Jesus was a mighty man amongst the men
Jesus was a mighty man amongst the men
They say you only live once
But he done come back up again

Jesus stood right up for the people lying on the ground
Jesus did pick people up when they were down
Jesus was a thin man
But his impact weighed a hundred million pounds

Jesus was a poor man, but he didn’t take nothing for free
Jesus was a poor man, but he didn’t take nothing for free
Most people don’t really love Jesus
They just love looking down on me

Jesus don’t care if you’re white or black or green
Jesus don’t care if you’re gay, straight, or in between
Jesus was not like other men
He don’t judge on you and me
Track Name: There Ain't No Difference Between You And Me
I am the poor man sitting on the ground
You are the rich man sitting on the town
I set up my cross and you burned it right down

You are the fat man lying through his teeth
I am the young man dying underneath
I tried to see the show but you sat in my seat
Now I know there ain’t no difference between you and me
I just sit a little straighter

I am the ugly man, the last one on the list
You are the handsome man, the first one to get kissed
I thought I found my lover, but you’re the only one she missed
Now I know there ain’t no difference between you and me
I just speak a little clearer

Now I know there ain’t no difference between you and me
I just dress a little better
Track Name: Winds Of Change
THE WINDS OF CHANGE

If no one had a dream then Martin Luther King
Would be another black man in Georgia
If no one spoke their mind then they won’t ever find
What they’re looking for

You ask what I wanna do and if I told you the truth
You’d wish you never asked
I don’t want your grief so please just make it brief
I ain’t got no time for your tears

The winds of change ain’t blowin’ your way
They are blowin’ mine

If I lived like you I’d be crying too
I have a sickness called common sense
If you looked to the sky, would you think to ask it why
You live just like them?

When you’re walking down the road will you look before you go?
Or will you just start walking down?
When you’re trying to sound smart, will you think before you depart?
Or will you just start talking out?

The winds of change ain’t blowin’ your way
They are blowin’ mine

If I had a car I would drive it very far
I’d put the pedal down
If I were a lover I wouldn’t hide beneath the covers
I would stand up and shout it out

I don’t mean to be green but your speech is obscene
Is it really in God you trust?
I believe in myself not the trophies on your shelf
Self-esteem doesn’t rust

The winds of change ain’t blowin’ your way
They are blowin’ mine
Track Name: You Remind Me Of A Girl That I Once Knew
YOU REMIND ME OF A GIRL THAT I ONCE KNEW

I once knew a girl in my hometown
She looked a lot like you
Are you quite sure that you’re not her?
I don’t believe that’s true

I left my home when I was young
The only time I could go
I told her that when I’m rich I’ll return
She said, “Darling, no you won’t”

You remind me of a girl that I once knew

I still remember that rainy day
Saddest I’ve ever seen
I still can’t forget that soft, sweet face
Even with all the places I’ve been

You’ve got a smile that I’ve seen somewhere
Honest and joyful and soft
It’s a smile I feel I’ve seen somewhere
Somewhere way far off

You remind me of a girl that I once knew

When your hand is inside my hand
I feel like I have grown
When your lips they touch my lips
I feel like I am home

I’ve fallen in love about a million times
But none of them were true
I fell in love with her way back then
But maybe, just maybe, I was falling in love with you

You remind me of a girl that I once knew
Track Name: Cologne & Cigarettes
COLOGNE AND CIGARETTES

When I’m winning I feel just like Bob Dylan
I got hand rolled cigarettes and some bathtub gin
Out on the highway’s where I roam
My fire engine’s red
You ask me if I showered, and I say “Cologne and Cigarettes”

My baby’s fully loaded, she don’t screw around
Just ask your mother, she got the best shot in town
I do everything she wants
Or she’ll fill me full of lead
If you ask me how she smells, I say “Perfume and Cigarettes”

My sight ain’t too good, I can’t see through the trees
I ain’t never been to the shore to feel the breeze
But I’m traveling all the time
I don’t got no regrets
You ask me what I smell like; I say “Cologne and Cigarettes”

She got the hips to make a grown man sweat
She got the lips to make a grown man forget
She winked at me as she walked by
And here’s what she said
You’re how I like my men… Cologne and Cigarettes
Track Name: Box Of Angels
You told me not to sleep at night
I only dreamed of it anyway
You told me what was wrong was right
I’m left handed anyway
There was a time when love was blind
But now it’s the first thing we see
Box of angels, carry me

It’s on the tip of everybody’s tongue
But who will be the first to speak?
In a room full of blind children
Who will be the first to see?
Now’s the time to shake your fist
But how many fingers are left?
My box of angels wept

I was scheduled nine to five
But I was out early everyday
I wrote a beautiful speech
But I didn’t know what to say
I used to be so eloquent
But now I’m indeterminate
Box of angels, please repent

It was impossible to say
Things that I knew were true
But it was easy to say
How I felt about you
You used to make me healthy
Now I feel so ill
Box of angels, fire at will

Oh Jesus, please sell my soul
I hope you got a good deal
In a world where people are fake
I hope the liquor is real
I used to drink too much
Now I drink just enough
Box of angels, drink me up

Box of angels, give me up
Track Name: The Great
I conquered the world
What are you gonna do?
I conquered the universe
And the galaxy too
I am the greatest
Soon you're gonna see
I float like a butterfly
And sting like a bee
Like Muhammad Ali

I am the greatest

You won't even see me
I'm already gone
Rising to the heavens
On the chariot I'm on
I ride around the world
Cloaked in my disguise
Conquering these cities
With blood in my eyes
You'll meet your demise

I am the greatest