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Inspired by Despair by Vladimir Nabakov, performed live in the Bushwick Book Club at Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, NY, on November 17, 2011.



I married a cold fish
My cousin’s my lover
Now I am rich
We still see each other
The price that I pay
Is my husband’s derision
But everyone knows
That you can’t trust his vision

My first is a fiery feeling
My second’s a beast
My whole is a beast
My heart isn’t lying
My ardor my lion

My lover’s an artist
He’s kind of a drinker
But all of his flaws
I could count on one finger
His paintings are good
Though he mostly draws still lifes
To pay for his rent
How could he afford a wife


My husband is blind to what’s
Under his own nose
I do what I like
And I like anything goes
I can’t stand his touch
But he doesn’t much either
He leaves me alone
That’s what makes him a keeper


He sees me on my lover’s bed
In a rumpled slip half dressed
Or swimming with him in plain sight
Our underwater limbs entwined
Denying or oblivious
He doesn’t notice what’s amiss

This state of affairs
Is a delicate balance
Maintaining it takes
A particular talent
I know that exposure
would be something awful
But somehow I find
I am less and less careful



from Songs About Books (selections from the Bushwick Book Club), released August 10, 2013
Ellia Bisker - vocals + ukulele


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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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