February Songs

by Sweet Soubrette

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1.
03:03
Better out than in Better you than me Better or for worse I think you’d better take a seat There’s nothing better Than the taste of bittersweet Better to burn out Better to be feared Better to have loved and lost Better be a hero Yeah nothing’s better Than the bottom dear Better learn your lesson Better play it cool Better test the waters Better admit you’re a fool Better off without it But that doesn’t make an empty bottle full Better beg forgiveness Better make amends Better be the better person Better off as friends There’s nothing better than a battle when it ends
2.
02:54
Your heart is like a honeycomb And inside each compartment Is a honey bee I rest my head against your chest And I can hear them buzzing as They sing to me Snug inside their waxy chambers You don’t think about the danger Baby All the walls that separate them Are as thin as tissue paper Baby Drunk on nectar every single bee Believes that she’s The only queen Think of what will happen when The sticky sweet surrounding them Gives way between Best consider this a warning Smoke them out or they’ll start swarming Baby Filled with venom angry things They will destroy themselves to sting you Baby
3.
02:14
Tantamount to blackmail It’s a racket it’s a ratchet It’s so hard to click it backwards If I slacken my attention There I am again it’s sickening I can’t control my actions Did we go over how to best resist I can’t remember if we’ve ever passed that test Give me a moment to collect myself I don’t know better and I think it’s gonna wreck my health Call it a compulsion There is something that’s repulsive In the way it keeps me jumping What’s the matter honey Do you like to see me running Cause I’m running out of something Did we go over how to best resist I can’t remember if we’ve ever passed that test Give me a moment to collect myself I don’t know better and I think it’s gonna wreck my health
4.
02:10
Here are your instructions First think of a question If the pointer’s missing A wineglass can fill in Light as a feather Feel it slide across the board Is it just a game Or a mysterious force The spirits enter yes/no alphabetical Hungry for contact as half-starved stray cats Wary but they wanna twine round your ankles And press against the glass It’s only Parker Brothers magic But it seems to work Spill your little secrets Like letters in a book Spelling out the future They can’t give you proof But if you just let them work through you They will speak the truth Allow your hands to slacken Let go your motor function You’re an aperture an open door You are just the passenger If I miss the party Don’t wait for me to show You should start without me I’ll send a message home
5.
every morning I dismantle it every night it grows back up around me like a hedge of thorns a head of hair the fairy came when I was born it’s impossible to dance imprisoned in a suit of armor or an insect’s carapace a beetle shell unwork the curse until it sticks when I break the spell I’ll climb down from the tower where I wake and sleep I’ll make my way through the vast labyrinth that surrounds the keep permeable I will feel the cool air on my naked skin until then this protection keeps the beasts out and it keeps me in in a dream I dream I am a bird or I have wings to fly and I can fly over all this and somebody will wake me from it with a kiss drawn the latch and shot the bolt I know the only rescue comes from deep within safe rooms like mine the secret: this door unlocks only from inside when I break the spell I’ll climb down from the tower where I wake and sleep I’ll make my way through the vast labyrinth that surrounds the keep permeable I will feel the cool air on my naked skin until then this protection keeps the beasts out and it keeps me in
6.
02:27
Days end Time is swift cascading sand Join hands Makes me want to make plans Breaks mend Spread out to my wingspan Wasteland Blooming do you understand It’s a miracle We’re here at all Reeds bend Darling when the wind blows in Till then Will you be my best friend It’s a miracle We’re here at all Days end Till then Join hands Will you be my best friend
7.
I’m gonna put all my eggs in one basket I’m gonna put all my eggs in one basket Give me an oracle so I can ask it Ask it to tell me if I should Tell me what am I so afraid of Tell me my darling what I’m so afraid of Someday I’ll show you just what I am made of Paper and tinsel and glitter and wood If you still love me I’ll be yours forever If you still love me I’ll be yours forever I’d take the leap cause it’s now or it’s never Never before have I felt that I could Before I met you I must have been lonesome Before I met you I must have been lonesome Don’t you dare let me go back where I came from I’d stay right here in your arms if I could

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In February 2013 I wrote or recorded a song every day. These are some of the bedroom recordings from that project.

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released June 18, 2013

All songs written, performed, and recorded by Ellia Bisker (with some help on a few tracks, as indicated).

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Sweet Soubrette Brooklyn, New York

Sweet Soubrette features the songwriting, vocals and ukulele of Ellia Bisker, whose dark, edgy "existential indie rock" has 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 fourth album, Big Celebrity, was released in 2016. ... more

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