Marian Call Sings the Classics, vol. II

by Marian Call

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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 loves making music for you. She sounds a little like Joni Mitchell meets They Might Be Giants & Regina Spektor for bourbon & laughs. She hails from Alaska but can often be found touring North America and Europe, and she lives on Twitter. Her songs are quirky, geeky, eclectic acoustic confections that taste like vanilla-cinnamon-chipotle something. ... more

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Track Name: Sensitive to Bees
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!
Track Name: Rainbow Connection
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
Track Name: All I Want
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
Track Name: Conjunction Junction
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
Track Name: Birdhouse in Your Soul
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)
Track Name: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
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!
Track Name: I'm Going to Go Back There Someday
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
Track Name: Hovering Sombrero
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
Track Name: Sweet Baby James
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
Track Name: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
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