Charlatan

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OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: youtu.be/Ufk2SoTw0F4

Inspired by the short story "Written" by Manuel Gonzales, which was inspired by Emily Raw's photograph for Sweet Soubrette's What's My Desire? EP, as documented on www.whatstheworth.com.

lyrics

Here is how it works
Her brother brings them in
She doesn’t know where it comes from
She doesn’t care if it is true
She doesn’t know where it comes from
She doesn’t care
If it is true

Pale was too pale when she put the powder on
The marks suspected
People think she traffics in banalities
She keeps collected
Is the kid who’s selling Coca-Cola
In her spiderweb
Or is she blowing smoke
Are her predictions just a joke

Before they even step inside
She starts to write
She doesn’t know what it all means
She reads it to them anyway
She doesn’t know what it all means
She reads it to
Them anyway

She knows who they want to hear from
What they long for her to tell
Is she getting secret signals
Are they suckers for the sell
All her tales of fame and fortune
Of tragedy and pain
How does she does she do it
It’s a fascinating game

They think it’s a scam
But she’s no charlatan
She writes until there’s nothing left
She cannot stop till she is done
She writes until there’s nothing left
She cannot stop
Till she is done
She cannot stop
Till she is done

credits

from Burning City, released January 21, 2014
Ellia Bisker: lead vocals & ukulele
Heather Cole: violin
Don Godwin: drums
Stacy Rock: backing vocals & piano
Erin Rogers: saxophone
Cecil Scheib: trombone
Bob Smith: bass
John Waters: trumpet

Horn arrangement by Erin Rogers.

Engineered, produced & mixed by Don Godwin (dongodwin.net) at Phantom Center, Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by Stefan Heger at Fisheye Studios, Cologne, Germany.

Written and composed by Ellia Bisker.
(c) 2013 Sweet Soubrette Songs (ASCAP)

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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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