Marian Call Sings the Classics, vol. II

by Marian Call

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I'm very sensitive to birds I'm very sensitive to trees I'm very sensitive to all these things But I'm especially sensitive to bees Yeah I really really really like bees Have you ever gone outside And noticed that they're really cute And they like to buzz around and eat your fruit But that's okay cuz they're cute Yeah that's ok cuz they're cute! Buzz -- ouch, buzz -- ouch, buzz buzz ouch! Oh I've heard some people say that you can't count on a bee to pay and you can't look 'em in the eye And all the wanna do is fly real high but you gotta love 'em anyway I don't care what they say anymore because I really really really like bees Yeah I really really really like bees, ahhh!
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Why so many songs for rainbows? What's on the other side? Rainbows are visions only illusions rainbows have nothing to hide So we've been told and some believe I think they're wrong, wait and see Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection The lovers, the dreamers, and me Who said each wish could be answered if wished on the morning star? Somebody thought of that someone else believed it and look what it's done so far What's so amazing it keeps us stargazing? What do we think we might see? Keep on, keep on... Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection The lovers, the dreamers, the lovers, the dreamers and... Have you been half asleep and heard voices? I've heard them calling my name Maybe the sweet sound calls the sailors? The voice may be one and the same I've heard it too many times to ignore it There's something I'm supposed to be Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection The lovers, the dreamers, the lovers, the dreamers, and me
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All I Want 03:42
I am on a lonely road and I am traveling Looking for something, what can it be Oh I hate you some, I hate you some, I love you some Oh I love you when I forget about me I want to be strong, I want to laugh along I want to belong to the living Alive, alive, I want to get up and jive I want to wreck my stockings in some jukebox dive Do you want to dance with me baby? Do you want to take a chance On maybe finding some sweet romance with me baby? Well, come on All I really really want our love to do Is to bring out the best in me and in you too All I really really want our love to do Is to bring out the best in me and in you I want to talk to you, I want to shampoo you I want to renew you again and again Applause, applause - Life is our cause When I think of your kisses my mind see-saws Do you see how you hurt me baby? So I hurt you too Then we both get so blue I am on a lonely road and I am traveling Looking for the key to set me free Oh the jealousy, the greed is the unraveling It's the unraveling And it undoes all the joy that could be I want to have fun, I want to shine like the sun I want to be the one that you want to see I want to knit you a sweater Want to write you a love letter I want to make you feel better I want to make you feel free
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Conjunction Junction, what's your function? Hookin' up words and phrases and clauses Conjunction Junction, how's that function? I got three favorite cars that get most of my job done Conjunction Junction, what's their function? I got "and", "but", and "or", They'll get you pretty far. "And:" That's an additive, like "this and that" "But:" That's sort of the opposite, "Not this *but* that" And then there's "or," O-R, when you have a choice like "This or that." "And," "but," and "or" get you pretty far! Conjunction Junction, what's your function? Hooking up two boxcars and making 'em run right Milk and honey, bread and butter, peas and rice Hey that's nice! Dirty but happy, digging and scratching, Losing your shoe and a button or two He's poor but honest, sad but true Boo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo! Conjunction Junction, what's your function? Hooking up phrases and clauses that balance, like: Out of the frying pan and into the fire. He cut loose the sandbags, But the balloon wouldn't go any higher. Let's go up to the mountains Or down to the sea. You should always say "thank you," Or at least say "please." Conjunction Junction, watch that function Gonna get you there if you're very careful Conjunction Junction, what's your function Gonna get you there if you're very careful
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I'm your only friend, I'm not your only friend But I'm a little glowing friend But really I'm not actually your friend But I am I have a secret to tell From my electrical well It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells So the room must listen to me Filibuster vigilantly My name is blue canary One note, spelled L-I-T-E My story's infinite Like the Longines Symphonette, "It doesn't rest." Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch Who watches over you Make a little birdhouse in your soul Not to put too fine a point on it Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet Make a little birdhouse in your soul While you're at it Keep the nightlight on inside the birdhouse in your soul Not to put too fine a point on it Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet Make a little birdhouse in your soul There's a picture opposite me Of my primitive ancestry Which stood on rocky shores And kept the beaches shipwreck-free Though I respect that a lot I'd be fired if that were my job After killing Jason off And countless screaming Argonauts Bluebird of friendliness Like guardian angels it's always near (chorus)
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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious If you say it loud enough you'll always sound precocious Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Um diddle diddle diddle um diddle ay Um diddle diddle diddle um diddle ay... Because I was afraid to speak when I was just a lad My father gave me nose a tweak and told me I was bad But then one day I learned a word that saved me achin' nose The biggest word I ever heard and this is how it goes, oh! (chorus) (spoken aside) Mary Poppins: You know, you can say it backwards, which is Dociousaliexpilisticfragicalirupes But that's going a bit too far, don't you think? Bert: Indubitably. So! when the cat has got your tongue there's no need to dismay Just summon up this word and then you've got a lot to say But better use it carefully or it could change your life... Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
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This looks familiar, vaguely familiar Almost unreal, yet -- it's too soon to feel yet Close to my soul and yet so far away I'm going to go back there someday Sun rises, night falls, sometimes the sky calls Is that a song there, and do I belong there? I've never been there, but I know the way I'm going to go back there someday Come and go with me, it's more fun to share We'll both be completely at home in midair We're flyin', not walkin', on featherless wings We can hold onto love by invisible strings There's not a word yet for old friends you've just met Part heaven, part space, or have I found my place? You can just visit, but I plan to stay I'm going to go back there somday
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Hey hovering sombrero Gently waving in the air above the meadow Softly floating in the sky outside the window Hovering sombrero don't be shy Don't... don't be shy - Don't be... terrified When you take yourself for granted Feel rejected and unwanted Know you're never just a hat You're never only just a hat, you know Hovering sombrero Hovering sombrero Time is flying like an arrow And the clock hands go so fast they make the wind blow And it makes the pages of the calender go Flying out the window one by one Til a hundred years are on the front lawn And the old familiar things are mostly all gone But the old sombrero just keep hovering on Hovering sombrero hover on Don't be burdened by regrets Or make your failures an obsession Or become embittered or possessed By ruined hopes, remember... If you take yourself for granted Feel rejected and unwanted Know you're never just a hat You're never only just a hat, you know Hovering sombrero Hovering sombrero
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There is a young cowboy, he lives on the range His horse and his cattle are his only companions He works in the saddle and he sleeps in the canyons Waiting for summer, his pastures to change And as the moon rises he sits by his fire Thinking about women and glasses of beer And closing his eyes as the doggies retire He sings out a song which is soft but it's clear As if maybe someone could hear: Goodnight you moonlight ladies Rockabye sweet baby James Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose Won't you let me go down in my dreams And rockabye sweet baby James The first of December was covered with snow So was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston The Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go There's a song that they sing when they take to the highway A song that they sing when they take to the sea A song that they sing of their home in the sky Maybe you can believe it if it helps you to sleep But singing works just fine for me Goodnight you moonlight ladies Rockabye sweet baby James Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose Won't you let me go down in my dreams And rockabye sweet baby James
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Some things in life are bad They can really make you mad Other things just make you swear and curse When you're chewing on life's gristle Don't grumble, give a whistle And this'll help things turn out for the best And always look on the bright side of life Always look on the light side of life If life seems jolly rotten There's something you've forgotten And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing When you're feeling in the dumps Don't be silly chumps Just purse your lips and whistle, that's the thing And always look on the bright side of life Always look on the right side of life For life is quite absurd And death's the final word You must always face the curtain with a bow Forget about your sin Give the audience a grin Enjoy it, it's your last chance anyhow So, always look on the bright side of death Just before you draw your terminal breath Life's a piece of shit When you look at it Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true You'll see it's all a show Keep 'em laughing as you go Just remember that the last laugh is on you And always look on the bright side of life Always look on the right side of life

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In which Marian Call covers some of her very favorite songs, at the request of her Kickstarter backers (www.kickstarter.com/projects/mariancall/marian-call-european-adventure-quest). Huge thanks to the Adventure Quest crew for making this happen!

New Kickstarter on right now at www.kickstarter.com/projects/mariancall/marian-call-makes-a-new-album-standing-stones until Sept 2nd!

***DJ NOTE: TRACK 11 NOT SUITABLE FOR RADIO PLAY due to language.***

This is the second of two installments of cover songs. The first is at mariancall.bandcamp.com/album/marian-call-sings-the-classics-vol-i. In a few weeks, these two collections will merge into one album (same total price and same playlist).

If you are a Kickstarter backer or Marian Call Donors' Circle member, check your messages for access to your complimentary copy!

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released August 12, 2015

Details, songwriter/publisher credits, stories, and explanations are on each individual track! Here are album credits summarized.

Marian Call made these songs with lots of help from:

- Scott Barkan, scottbarkan.bandcamp.com, guitar ("All I Want, Birdhouse in Your Soul," "Hovering Sombrero")
- Seth Boyer, sethboyer.bandcamp.com, guitar ("Always Look on the Bright Side of Life")
- The Doubleclicks - Aubrey & Angela Webber, www.thedoubleclicks.com, vocals, uke, and cello ("Conjunction Junction," "Butts!")
- Paul Pew, piano ("I'm Going to Go Back There Someday," "Hovering Sombrero"), guitar and vocals ("Sweet Baby James")
- David Pew, accordion, banjo, and percussion ("Hovering Sombrero")
- Nick Petumenos, guitar / Eric Rodgers, fiddle / Dan Harter, banjo / Alex Lindgren, bass / Lucy Peckham, recording engineer ("Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious")
- Colter Lemons, Cameron Cartland, Brian Adams, Stephen Bidwell, Zippy the Cat, percussion sample library ("Rainbow Connection")
- The Marian Call Donors' Circle and my family members, shouting and singing and clapping and whistling!!!! ("Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," "Rainbow Connection")
- Video by Patrick Race, alaskarobotics.com
- Vocals and percussion throughout by Marian Call

Many thanks to Betsy Sims, recording engineer/generous lender of studio space to finish cutting vocals and percussion.

All songs arranged, recorded, and edited by Marian Call, and badly mixed and mastered by her too.

Gorgeous album art photo by Grace Virginia Kari, gracevirginia.com, used by permission.

Thanks to my Kickstarter Backers who demanded that these songs be sung!

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Marian Call has things to say. She sounds a little like Ingrid Michaelson meets They Might Be Giants & Regina Spektor for bourbon & laughs, which sounds improbable, but give it a try. She hails from Alaska and tours North America and Europe, and she lives on Twitter. Her songs are quirky, sharp, surprising confections in every genre full of rich dark carmelized sugar, savor, & spice. ... more

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