Permanent Record / You're Gonna Miss Me

by Sweet Soubrette

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In 2010 and 2011, Sweet Soubrette often performed as a trio, with Heather Cole on violin and drummer Mike Dobson on marimba. A couple of new songs came into being in this arrangement, “You’re Gonna Miss Me” and “Permanent Record,” but they never migrated into the full band format and didn't make it onto the following album, Days and Nights.

However, they were recorded—or partly. Stefan Heger, Sweet Soubrette’s longtime mastering engineer, invited the band to do a live recording in the Henry de Jur Playhouse in NYC, and we recorded the ukulele, vocals and marimba parts there. The plan was to record the violin separately and mix it together, but the tracks sat unfinished for five years. Until now.

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released July 1, 2016

Ellia Bisker: vocals & ukulele
Heather Cole: violin
Mike Dobson: marimba

Written & composed by Ellia Bisker.

Recorded & engineered by Stefan Heger (uke, vox, marimba) at the Abrons Art Center's Henry de Jur Playhouse, NYC, 2010 and Casey Holford (violin) at Golden Rule Studio, Brooklyn, NY, 2015. Mixed by Don Godwin at Airshow Inc, Takoma Park, MD.

Special thanks to Kierin Baldwin for modeling for the cover image, and to Jake Lipman for invaluable technical assistance.

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Sweet Soubrette Brooklyn, New York

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: Permanent Record
Tooling around on the back roads and highways
And fooling around with our friends
We would cut out of school after two on a Friday
So fast it would give us the bends
We were restless and bored but we couldn’t decide
If we wanted it ever to end

Yeah it was the school year
Or it was the summer
We’re still back there somewhere

The Hutchinson Parkway ran north and south
Like a vein down the length of an arm
Back when we were immortal a gun in the mouth
Wasn’t too much to keep us from harm
Divine intervention or accident
The world was our lucky charm

Yeah it was the school year
Or it was the summer
We’re still back there somewhere

Remember the time when we all got suspended
For skipping on school we were tripping on acid
They frog-marched us back to the building like prisoners
It didn't kick in till we got near the schoolyard
We kept it together like hardened professionals
Nothing was marked on our permanent record

Let’s make a permanent record
Of all our bad calls
Our downfalls
Were too small to really matter

They linger behind us
I think to remind us
Of how it happened

That we made mistakes
Without leaving a trace
Of a bitter lesson

When I heard about John I couldn’t believe it
It seemed so impossibly wrong
He sat in my chem class in an old Black Flag T-shirt
How could someone like that just be gone
He'd always seemed like he could take it or leave it
Way back when our days were so long

Yeah it was the school year
Or it was the summer
It was the school year
Or it was the summer
It was the school year
Or it was the summer
We’re still back there somewhere
Track Name: You're Gonna Miss Me
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
In the end
It’ll make
Such a beautiful song
But you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

Start out right love
End up wrong
Start out right love
End up wrong
In the end
It’ll break
Into beautiful song
And you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

At the end of the day
Gonna weep
Gonna pray
At the end of the year
Gonna wade
In your tears

Bed is empty
Night is long
Bed so empty
Night so long
In the end
Just the ache
Of that beautiful song

And you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone