The Volvo Song

from by Marian Call

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    This CD has nineteen tracks -- including three bonus songs only available on the CD or here on Bandcamp -- recorded live in London and Osnabrück. The CD is packaged in an Oasis carbon-neutral recycled digipak, including a recycled bottle plastic tray, with six panels of artwork printed with vegetable-based inks. Album art features photos by Valette Keller, Craig Richmond, Adam Levermore, and Patrick Race, plus doodles by Marian Call. Perfect for signing when you next catch Marian at a show!

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The original studio version of this song appears on the album 'Vanilla.'


Oh, my darling, there is something we must discuss
How with cell phone in hand you ran my Volvo through the special bus
(And I am more a Volvo than any other kind of car
Reliable and safe and Scandinavian and square)
You bent in all the corners and you put out all the lights
So I wanna know, baby, how you propose to make things right

Oooh my darling, when you bounced that check
Why didn’t you think the gorram fees would set you so far back
Oh my darling sugar pie, why did you stay up all that night
And put off your packing and eat too much and miss your flight
You knew you’d be miserable after that white lie
So why did you why did you why did you why did you why?

(Shame on you babe, shame on you babe
Always do know what you’ll do, babe
You know what you should and shouldn’t'a….)

Maybe when you’re older, baby, maybe when you’re sober
Then you’ll stop picking zits and picking nits and picking fights!

I know I’m far from perfect and I know I’m hardly good
But we’d get so much further if you would do what you what you should do –
If seeing were caring what a different line we’d take
If knowing were doing what a different world we’d make
What we want and what we need we very very seldom do
I want a smaller waist. I want donuts too.

And we visit on each other, oh, the slings of self-defeat
And we cannot dodge the arrows of undisciplined retreat
I’d be better if my love were not so timid and controlled
I’d sleep closer if I were not both so bony and so cold…


from Marian Call: Live in Europe, released February 4, 2013
Written by Marian Call
Scott Barkan on guitar



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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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