Making Do

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A song about sewing masks during the pandemic.

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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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from Making Do, track 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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