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"Oahu" was inspired by Sarah Vowell's book about the United States' colonization of Hawaii, UNFAMILIAR FISHES.


in the dreamy little swindle where the strangler fig holds sway
they made the queen a prisoner and they took her crown away

oh oh
oh ah Oahu
oh oh oh
oh ah Oahu

she's locked inside her palace where she sits and sews all day
in a skirt of downy feathers and a yellow colored lei

now she plies her needle to embroider every bird
on a quilt of silk and satin that will cover up the world

you can gather up the idols you can put em in a fire
you can burn em into cinders but the ancient gods don't die

there will come a moment when a wave will wash away
all the saints and all the strangers it might even be today

when we meet we'll touch our noses and we'll breath each other in
with the breezes full of flowers and the sunshine on our skin


from Big Celebrity, released November 22, 2016
Ellia Bisker: vocals/ukulele/piano
Don Godwin: tenor horn/drums

Written and composed by Ellia Bisker
Horn arrangement by Don Godwin & Ellia Bisker

Engineered & mixed by Don Godwin at Airshow (Takoma Park, MD) and Phantom Center (Brooklyn, NY), with assistance from Mike Petillo
Produced by Ellia Bisker & Don Godwin
Mastered by Stefan Heger at FisheyeMusicMastering (Columbia, SC)

(c) Sweet Soubrette Songs (ASCAP) / (p) Ellia Bisker


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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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