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Inspired by pages 198-199 of The Zinester's Guide to NYC, edited by East Village Inky author Ayun Halliday, published by Microcosm Publishing. This song debuted at the Bushwick Book Club's performance at the official ZG2NYC book release party on November 11, 2010.

The Zinester's Guide to NYC is available here: microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/3038

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I’ve been to Spa Castle and the Russian/Turkish baths
Ponied up my money I’ll let you do the math
If a picture is worth a thousand words
Then this is my photograph
When life gets hard and starts to hurt I like to take a bath

In K-town you’ll find me at the Yi-Pak spa
Where ladies in supportive underwear manhandle ya
They'll throw you on the table
In a girdle and a bra
And when they’re done they put on you a mask of cucumbah

Massage me and scrub me oh there’s the rub
It just isn’t the same in your porcelain tub
So give me some oak leaves or a nice scrubby glove
You can call it indulgence but I call it love

The banya the sauna
The platza I’m gone yeah
I’ve never before felt so clean
From head to my feet
I just rinse and repeat
From 10th Street to Wall Street to Queens

I’m gonna tell you something that’ll make you laugh
My favorite thing to do in New York City is take a bath
You can call it a religion
Or religion and a half
I worship the steam room like a golden calf

Massage me and scrub me oh there’s the rub
It just isn’t the same in your porcelain tub
So give me some oak leaves or a nice scrubby glove
You can call it indulgence but I call it love
You can call it indulgence but I call it love

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from Songs About Books (selections from the Bushwick Book Club), track released November 14, 2010
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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