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Live Wire

from Burning City by Sweet Soubrette

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"A Pat Benetar-ish powerpop song disguised as eerily atmospheric chamber pop." -New York Music Daily


Live wire
Gonna set the house on fire
Like a downed power line
Little miss third rail
You’re an electric chair
Closing the circuit
But is it all worth it
Is it all worth it

You’re crackling in the dark
Spitting little sparks
Building up a charge
Who’s it gonna shock
Make your motor run
Generator hum
Light up like the sun
Is this your idea of fun?

Live wire
Buzzing with a wild desire
Gonna spike the EKG
Girl you’re a stun gun
You know you make the needle jump
Strike em like lightning
You’re a little bit frightening
Little bit frightening

You’ve got a kite string with a key
And that’s the only thing you need
And when the current comes you get
Your skeleton in silhouette

Maybe the right shock to your heart
Will make it stop or make it start
You’re gonna find out anyway
Just how much voltage you can take


from Burning City, released January 21, 2014
Ellia Bisker: lead vocals
Heather Cole: violin
Don Godwin: drums
Stacy Rock: backing vocals & piano
Erin Rogers: saxophone
Cecil Scheib: trombone
Bob Smith: bass
John Waters: trumpet

Horn arrangement by Erin Rogers.

Engineered, produced & mixed by Don Godwin (dongodwin.net) at Phantom Center, Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by Stefan Heger at Fisheye Studios, Cologne, Germany.

Written and composed by Ellia Bisker.
(c) 2013 Sweet Soubrette Songs (ASCAP)


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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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