Making Do

by Sweet Soubrette

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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

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A song about sewing masks during the pandemic.

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released July 3, 2020

Ellia Bisker: vocals, ukulele, scissors, percussion, sewing machine
Phil Andrews: trumpet
Jeff Morris: piano
Patricia Santos: cello
Written and composed by Ellia Bisker
Cello arrangement by Ellia Bisker and Patricia Santos
Produced by Ellia Bisker
Cover art by Carolyn Raship: instagram.com/caviglia_jr

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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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