Making Do

by Sweet Soubrette

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1.
Making Do 02:12
Cut up the bedsheets And haul out the Singer Time for muscle memory to take you back To middle school Home Economics Like great grandma Clara Sewing piecework in the tenement Or else Scarlett O’Hara Ripping ball gowns into bandages We’re making do Covering our faces Learning how To work within the limitations We are an army made of amateurs We volunteer to gather up What rags and scraps of Fabric we can stitch together Following a pattern that we Already suspect will be Inadequate to keep it out Despite the coffee filters but We’re making do Covering our faces Learning how To work within the limitations And though it’s nice to see how we can rise to the occasion Can you believe that we have come to this sad situation The masks we make are brave but we know they are only makeshift So take a breath and work within the limitations We are assembled in our Separate assembly line home Factories of fashionista Garment district workers we’re A victory garden blossoming with Handkerchiefs we feed into the Presser foot turn out some more of This homemade equipment We are making do Covering our faces Learning how To work within the limitations To work within the limitations To work within the limitations
2.
My mother told me to write something uplifting To cheer us as we wait for news to improve That’s not my forte but she keeps on insisting So I am attempting to lighten the mood Stay in the house And pick up the phone We’re here with each other Though we are alone Six feet apart To keep everyone safe But I hope that we’ll sing this Together someday My father told me he’d been doing some reading About when all Europe had caught the Black Death The Bubonic Plague old Yersinia Pestis Oh all things considered we’re lucky I guess They opened a tomb where a mummy was buried Some thousands of years ago sealed with a curse What did they expect had they seen no old movies The Ancient Egyptians knew it could be worse My brother says hey well at least it’s not raining As torrents of water pour down from the sky Cause all you can do now apart from complaining Is try to crack jokes so you don’t start to cry Has this been uplifting? I did the assignment But it’s not so easy to ace this exam The silvery lining, we’re trying to find it You’ll show me I hope when we’re out of this jam
3.
Typhoid Mary 02:04
Party's over It's a shame Cover your mouth Don't touch your face Wash your hands Stay in place Typhoid Mary's Come to stay Typhoid Mary's in the kitchen Cooking us a fancy dinner Typhoid Mary's so familiar You can see her in the mirror Ring around the rosy, pocket full of posies Stock your pantry For a siege Everything's cancelled You'd best believe Epidemic Big black plague Typhoid Mary's Come to stay Typhoid Mary's in the kitchen Cooking us a fancy dinner Typhoid Mary's so familiar You can see her in the mirror Ring around the rosy, pocket full of posies Ashes, ashes, we all fall down Ring around the rosy, pocket full of posies Ashes, ashes, we all fall down Time for lockdown Quarantine See you later On my screen We'll just play this Waiting game Typhoid Mary's Come to stay Typhoid Mary's in the kitchen Cooking us a fancy dinner Typhoid Mary's so familiar You can see her in the mirror Typhoid Mary's in the kitchen Cooking us a fancy dinner Typhoid Mary's so familiar You can see her in the mirror
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Now it’s set in And we move slow Drawing out the days Like the almond milk and eggs We don’t think About tomorrow We listen to The radio Playing old tunes Just to cover up the news We don’t think About tomorrow It might get bad But we don’t know Been sleeping late Cause we spend our nights awake We don’t think About tomorrow Now it’s set in And we move slow Drawing out the days Like the almond milk and eggs We don’t think About tomorrow

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Hope, fear, and working with what we've got: Sweet Soubrette presents four songs inspired by the pandemic.

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released December 3, 2021

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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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