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Wake Up When

by Sweet Soubrette

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A song about seeking wisdom, learning lessons, forgetting everything, and starting over.

Recorded during the same session as Take It Easy: sweetsoubrette.bandcamp.com/track/take-it-easy


I’ve been a dancer
And I’ve been a waiter
Still looking for answers
All these years later
I’ve given the orders
I’ve taken commands
Been stuck on the border
Of the promised land

And I hope my eyes will open
Wake up when the spell is broken

I’ve walked home with blisters
I’ve ridden in taxis
Lean over I’ll whisper
The names if you ask me
I’ve practiced in secret
I’ve taken the classes
I’ve gone out to seek it
In rose colored glasses

Is there hope my eyes will open
Wake up when the spell is broken

I’ve guessed the question
I’ve asked it so often
I’ve learned my lesson
And quickly forgotten

I’ve played with matches
And I’ve burned my bridges
I’ve sifted the ashes
In search of riches
I’ve lost what I knew
I’ve been reminded
What will I do
When I finally find it

It’s my hope my eyes will open
Wake up when the spell is broken


released May 24, 2015
Ellia Bisker: vox + ukulele
Heather Cole: violin
Lyndol Descant: backing vox + piano
Bob Smith: bass
written + composed by Ellia Bisker
recorded, mixed, and mastered by Casey Holford at Golden Rule Studio
artwork by Alan Aine


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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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