Myles Kennedy will release The Ides of March, his second solo album, this spring and has just debuted the epic title track which has prog rock leanings.

The second single off the forthcoming record comes one day after the actual Ideas of March — March 15 — the venerated day in ancient Rome which held religious significance and was also the day where all unfulfilled debts were due. More infamously, it was also the day in 44 B.C. when Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated.

Kennedy embraces the darker elements that shade the date in history and goes full on prog, opening with a prickly, morose acoustic passage and a deep, hushed premonition. Pounding drums shatter the still, but the song doesn't explode from there and instead shifts to an ominous but swaying section that affords room for layered instrumentation and cinematic depth.

"From a lyrical standpoint, the first half serves as a warning. It paints a picture of a very dark dystopian future. The title is a reference to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and the cautionary phrase, ‘Beware the Ides of March.’ The second half breaks from the bleak outlook to remind us that we can do better if we remember who we are and what we were meant to be. Cool heads prevail in times of change."

Listen to "The Ides of March" below.

The new record will be released on May 14 through Napalm Records and pre-orders can be placed here. To listen to the first The Ides of March single, "In Stride," head to this location.

Myles Kennedy, "The Ides of March" Lyrics

Some say you never know
It’s easy come it’s easy go
Some say they knew it from the start

Some say the end is nigh
That no one will get out alive
Some say it’s written in the stars
Beware the ides of March

Well just beyond the blue horizon
We see the clouds begin to form
Don’t be afraid
We must keep fighting
And cling to courage in the storm

And if you listen very closely
And don’t throw caution to the wind
Take it easy take it slowly
You’ll save yourself before the end

So much is changing
Who we are
What we are

There’s no point in waiting
Beware the Ides of March

In streets of fire you hear the screaming
For what some think is left to lose
Life is precious it’s worth keeping
Too many’s end may come too soon

Please don’t forsake me
Don’t break my heart
Don’t break my heart

All I am saying
Beware the Ides of March

Like an early warning
As the storm is forming

It is time
Beware the Ides of March
The Ides of March
The Ides of March
The Ides of March

Please don’t forsake me
Don’t break my heart
Don’t break my heart

All I am saying
Beware the Ides of March

But I believe there is a way
I still believe it’s not too late
Don’t let this fall apart
Don’t let it fall apart

Break the divide just step away
Cool heads prevail in times of change
Remember who we are
Remember what we are
Remember what we’re meant to be

Some say you never know
It’s easy come it’s easy go
Some say they knew it from the start
Beware the ides of March

Myles Kennedy, "The Ides of March" Music Video

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