Big Celebrity

by Sweet Soubrette

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Sweet Soubrette's fourth full-length album, BIG CELEBRITY takes on existential questions, irrevocable decisions, fame, fortune, and staying up late.

Four tracks were inspired by books: "Ghost Ship" by Cheryl Strayed's TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS; "Big Celebrity" by filmmaker John Waters' CRACKPOT; "Devil's Moon" by Margaret Atwood's THE BLIND ASSASSIN; and "Oahu" by Sarah Vowell's UNFAMILIAR FISHES. "Robber's Daughter" is a reference to Astrid Lindgren's RONIA, THE ROBBER'S DAUGHTER.

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released November 22, 2016

Ellia Bisker: vocals/ukulele/piano*
Heather Cole: violin
Lyndol Descant: vocals/piano
Don Godwin: tenor horn/drums**
Erin Rogers: saxophone
Cecil Scheib: trombone
Bob Smith: bass
Darrell Smith: drums
John Waters: trumpet

*on "Robber's Daughter," "Oahu," "Devil's Moon"
**on "Oahu"

All songs written and composed by Ellia Bisker
Horn arrangements by Erin Rogers & Ellia Bisker

Engineered & mixed by Don Godwin at Airshow (Takoma Park, MD) and Phantom Center (Brooklyn, NY), with assistance from Mike Petillo ("Oahu")
"Wake Up When" and "Take It Easy" engineered & mixed by Casey Holford at Golden Rule Studio (Brooklyn, NY)
Produced by Ellia Bisker
"Oahu" produced by Ellia Bisker & Don Godwin
Mastered by Stefan Heger at FisheyeMusicMastering (Columbia, SC)
"Big Celebrity (Psy'Aviah remix)" was remixed by Yves Schelpe, mixed & mastered by Mitia Wexler.

Album cover photo by Naomi White: naomiwhitephoto.com
Graphic design by Jeff Morris
(c) Sweet Soubrette Songs (ASCAP) / (p) Ellia Bisker

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Sweet Soubrette features the songwriting, vocals and ukulele of Ellia Bisker, whose dark, edgy love songs have won fans' hearts and critical praise since the release of debut album Siren Song. She is joined by a talented backing band, often featuring as many as 8 musicians onstage. Sweet Soubrette's third album, Burning City, releases November 24, 2013. ... more

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Track Name: Ghost Ship
strange grief
loss of what you never had
great relief
why you feeling so so sad
catch release
pick it up and put it back
rest in peace
why's it gotta hurt like that

and the ghost ship of the life you didn't choose
is the one you know will never carry you
there are moments when you get a glimpse
from the corner of your eye
all you can do is watch it sail on by
sail on by
sail on by
sail on by
sail on by

bright and brief
everything that comes our way
time's a thief
how did it get so late
wail and weep
at all that you can't keep at bay
get some sleep
it's gonna be a long day

and the ghost ship of the life you didn't choose
is the one you know will never carry you
there are moments when you get a glimpse
from the corner of your eye
all you can do is watch it sail on by
sail on by
sail on by
sail on by
sail on by

strange grief
rest in peace
bright and brief
everything that comes our way
get some sleep
it's gonna be a long day
Track Name: Big Celebrity
cha-cha heels, straight skirt to the knee
cardigan sweater buttoned up the back
heavy black eyeliner, Clearasil lips
throw you on the ground and your hair would crack

the celebrity room at the top of the stairs
sits empty, a tacky star on the door
if Liz Taylor isn’t sitting in there
then what the hell did you break into it for

stop fooling around and go for broke
it’ll all happen to you eventually
look in the mirror and see yourself
you’re a big celebrity
big celebrity
big celebrity
big celebrity

take a walk down atrocity lane
perpetual tourist, the best way to travel
pay attention to your own back yard
scandal is everywhere waiting to unravel

it’s lonely at the bottom as well as the top
so do what they tell you and don’t make a fuss
you got two fish lines under the bridle
one makes you talk, the other shuts you up

stop fooling around and go for broke
it’ll all happen to you eventually
look in the mirror and see yourself
you’re a big celebrity
big celebrity
big celebrity
big celebrity

you’d rather die famous than live unknown
the National Enquirer calls you on the phone
and you don’t need a reason not to smoke again
if the golden age of trash is coming to an end

the prettiest girls in thirteen countries
with twenty-six bare shoulders covered in net
hated the picture but loved the gimmick
the world just might not be ready for it

Natalie Wood’s footprints fill up with water
as the janitor hoses down the cement
you were watching the movie like a crime scene witness
but you still don’t know what it meant

stop fooling around and go for broke
it’ll all happen to you eventually
look in the mirror and see yourself
you’re a big celebrity
big celebrity
big celebrity
big celebrity
Track Name: Night Owls
night owls and moonflowers let’s stay up late
the world goes to bed and we let it go quiet
cool air is sweeter
and midnight oil burns so much cleaner
blow out the candle we see in the dark

some of us call it the witching hour
shadows with sharp edges come into focus
the chattering mind grows so peaceful
we're nocturnal creatures
the sound of our heartbeat’s the tick of the clock

till the glittering blueprint of stars starts to fade
and morning is breaking the spell that we made
we pretend we don’t hear what the birdsong is saying
but along the horizon the sky’s going gray

is it now
the darkest hour
blowing wind
breaking bough

we fly aloft
our lunar thoughts
as luminous
as luna moths

no liquor shots
or knockout drops
will keep us from
keeping watch

till dawn of day
and our old age
wide awake

night owls and moonflowers let’s stay up late
we’ll sleep when we’re dead but till then we’re immortal
nothing is better
than feeling like we’ve got forever
the nights seem so long but they slip by so fast

till the glittering blueprint of stars starts to fade
and morning is breaking the spell that we made
we pretend we don’t hear what the birdsong is saying
but along the horizon the sky’s going gray
Track Name: Devil's Moon
light the candle, fill the cup, look out at the moon
time is running out and there is nothing left to lose
but just for now I know this much is true
a smoke-filled room, a devil's moon and you

love sneaks up before you know, there's nothing you can do
you're swept away regardless once it gets its hands on you
and once upon a time it was still new
but time stands still for no one even you

if I knew
I’d tell you where it hurts
every day
it’s the end of the world

thicker than clear water, can you feel its steady rise
you’ll drown in it once it reaches the level of your eyes
and if we knew the future we’d be doomed
but there’s no future left for me and you

if I knew
I’d tell you where it hurts
every day
it’s the end of the world

and when the world ends tell me where do we go
carnivorous angels above or the oven below
now that you’ve mastered the art of killing me slow
love me forever or go on and cut my throat

burn the candle, drain the cup, howl at the moon
time is running out and there is nothing left to lose
but just for now I know this much is true
a smoke-filled room, a devil's moon and you

a smoke-filled room, a devil's moon and you
a smoke-filled room, a devil's moon and you
a smoke-filled room, a devil's moon and you
Track Name: Oahu
in the dreamy little swindle where the strangler fig holds sway
they made the queen a prisoner and they took her crown away

oh oh
oh ah Oahu
oh oh oh
oh ah Oahu

she's locked inside her palace where she sits and sews all day
in a skirt of downy feathers and a yellow colored lei

oh oh
oh ah Oahu
oh oh oh
oh ah Oahu

now she plies her needle to embroider every bird
on a quilt of silk and satin that will cover up the world

oh oh
oh ah Oahu
oh oh oh
oh ah Oahu

you can gather up the idols you can put em in a fire
you can burn em into cinders but the ancient gods don't die

oh oh
oh ah Oahu
oh oh oh
oh ah Oahu

there will come a moment when a wave will wash away
all the saints and all the strangers it might even be today

oh oh
oh ah Oahu
oh oh oh
oh ah Oahu

when we meet we'll touch our noses and we'll breath each other in
with the breezes full of flowers and the sunshine on our skin

oh oh
oh ah Oahu
oh oh oh
oh ah Oahu

oh oh oh
oh ah Oahu
oh oh oh
oh ah Oahu

oh oh oh
oh ah Oahu
Track Name: Wake Up When
I’ve been a dancer
and I’ve been a waiter
still looking for answers
all these years later
I’ve given the orders
I’ve taken commands
been stuck on the border
of the promised land

and I hope my eyes will open
wake up when the spell is broken

I’ve walked home with blisters
I’ve ridden in taxis
lean over I’ll whisper
the names if you ask me
I’ve practiced in secret
I’ve taken the classes
I’ve gone out to seek it
in rose colored glasses

is there hope my eyes will open
wake up when the spell is broken

I’ve guessed the question
I’ve asked it so often
I’ve learned my lesson
and quickly forgotten

I, I, I
I, I, I

I’ve played with matches
and I’ve burned my bridges
I’ve sifted the ashes
in search of riches
I’ve lost what I knew
I’ve been reminded
what will I do
when I finally find it

it’s my hope my eyes will open
wake up when the spell is broken

I, I, I
I, I, I
Track Name: Settle for Less
I was the coolest girl in school and you were my acolyte
taught you to smoke your first cigarette to suppress your appetite
got you pulled out of class with a fake ass pass from the principal
sitting shotgun in my station wagon you were invincible

now you’ve had some fucked up bad luck, it was inevitable
we’ve both learned how to shut up and eat our vegetables

and I’ve gotta pay down my debts but I’d settle for less
yeah I’d settle for less have we settled for less

I don’t know anyone
the way I knew you then
I would give anything
to have you back again

kept you out past your curfew so we could swim in the reservoir
always did learn the hard way how to know when we’d swum out too far
all that training in bravery, what the hell was it for
these days I wade to my waist and I wave from the shore

told you all of the secrets that I wrote down in my diary
I forgot to remember better but something’s reminding me

that I’ve gotta pay down my debts but I’d settle for less
yeah I’d settle for less have we settled for less

I don’t know anyone
the way I knew you then
I would give anything
to have you back again

I don’t know anyone
the way I knew you then
I would give anything
to have you back again

how long since we were friends? don’t have to pretend what you meant to me
strange to be so estranged, now we haven’t spoken in centuries

and I’ve gotta pay down my debts but I’d settle for less
yeah I’d settle for less have we settled for less

I don’t know anyone
the way I knew you then
I would give anything
to have you back again

I don’t know anyone
the way I knew you then
I would give anything
to have you back again

I would give anything
Track Name: Talk to Me
what do you wish for and what do you dream
where do you go when you walk in your sleep

you don’t talk to me
you don’t talk to me
you don’t talk to me
you don’t talk to me

are you keeping a secret, I don’t really know
open your mouth just to wash it with soap

you don’t talk to me
you don’t talk to me
you don’t talk to me
you don’t talk to me

if you make your confession then I’ll play the priest
can’t you imagine that sense of relief

you don’t talk to me
you don’t talk to me
you don’t talk to me
you don’t talk to me

easier to conceal
wait for the big reveal
learn how to read the signs
it’s all just a pantomime

so ask me no questions I’ll tell you no lies
my own vow of silence my only reply
you can take off the muzzle but my lips are sealed
I wish I could tell you the way that I feel

but I don’t talk to you
I don’t talk to you
I don’t talk to you
I don’t talk to you

and you don’t talk to me
you don’t talk to me
you don’t talk to me
you don’t talk to me
Track Name: Take It Easy
blue sky poolside paradise, lover boy take my advice
I used to think that it was nice to struggle
but lying in the sun and shade and drinking rum and lemonade
I tell you babe we were not made for trouble

take it easy, you don't need to be so strong
make it leisurely, save your energy so you can sing this song
it’s all right to get it wrong
there’s no remedy but life is long

b-side seaside sleeper hit, patience is to wait for it
you teach yourself to sit a little stiller
idle hands or devil’s work, don't you forget what you have learned
there's time to kill and darling you're the killer

take it easy, you don't need to be so strong
make it leisurely, save your energy so you can sing this song
it’s all right to get it wrong
there’s no remedy but life is long

you can say it’s self defense, but even when you're on the fence
you like to feel you’re up against a challenge
ignorance is no excuse. so let it go cause what's the use
you'll walk the line until you lose your balance

take it easy, you don't need to be so strong
make it leisurely, save your energy so you can sing this song
it’s all right to get it wrong
there’s no remedy but life is long
Track Name: Robber's Daughter
little flower, bright coin, you’re a robber’s daughter
every road I walk down seems to lead me to the water

do I drink
or do I swim
do I slip
and tumble in

buttercup I wonder if I’ll get to meet you
will you be my weakness, will you be my sweet tooth

could I learn
to be so little
build a ship
inside a bottle

will you change me darling so completely
a lucky charm to make me someone new
what do I lose if you transform me
and what do I transform into

are you just a figment of my fancy
the vision of a shadow that I threw
or will you turn up unexpected
turn out to be true

will they say your mama couldn’t live without you
don’t know if you’re real but I do dream about you

if you make
yourself at home
we’ll make an empire
of our own

little flower, bright coin, you’re a robber’s daughter
every road I walk down seems to lead me to the same old troubled water
do I drink or do I swim
do I slip and tumble in

do I drink
or do I swim
do I slip
and tumble in