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I Am The Mockingjay (Hunger Games: Catching Fire)

from Songs About Books (selections from the Bushwick Book Club) by Sweet Soubrette

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This song was inspired by the book Catching Fire (part 2 of the Hunger Games trilogy).

“The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol's plans. The symbol of the rebellion.”
-Suzanne Collins


They never intended for us to exist
They didn’t anticipate our will to live
But even a songbird can learn to survive
The rebels they sent us home loaded with lies

The blood of the capitol it should run cold
At the emblem I wear in a circle of gold
It’s not just a brooch and I’m not just a girl

It’s a badge of defiance I show to the world

The bird, the pin, the song, the berries
The watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames
I am the mockingjay

The capitol it is a poisonous fruit
A people who hunger will fight to uproot
Its power is strong but the secret we’ve found
Is a handful of berries can bring it all down

An image is stamped on a wafer of bread
It means we are ready or better off dead
The bird that’s baked into the loaves that we eat
Will never surrender to cage or defeat

They clothed me in feathers and told me to sing
They didn’t expect me to spread out my wings
Now every canary is ready to fly
We’ll harness the power that comes from the sky


from Songs About Books (selections from the Bushwick Book Club), track released December 8, 2014
Written & composed by Ellia Bisker
Ellia Bisker: vocals/ukulele/piano


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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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