Marissa Nadler

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All Songs written by Marissa Nadler*

Produced by Brian McTear
Engineered and Mixed by Brian McTear and Jonathan Low
Recorded at Miner Street Recordings, Philadelphia, PA
Mastered by Paul Hammond and Paul Sinclair at Fat City, Blue Bell, PA
Collages, front photo and layout by Ryan Walsh.
*Puppet master by Marissa Nadler/Carter Tanton

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released June 14, 2011

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Track Name: In Your Lair, Bear
Where did you go
When the snow fell that year
you were inside these wooden walls
like a bear
eager child for the end in your lair
for the end of the year

And that old familiar fear
creeps up your little arms
and runs through your veins
like blood through your songs
like blood through your songs
like blood through your songs

And then summer came
and he wore you like a charm
and you knew yourself
that what had come
would soon be gone
well sometimes in your burrowed hole
you love to be the pawn
always moving on

Oh where did I go
when the rains fell that year
we were inside that wooden house
like a bear
eager child for the end to be near
for the end of the year

And then winter came
and I wore him
like a charm
and we knew that what had come
would soon be gone
well sometimes in my burrowed hole
I feel it coming on
Always moving on

An island is always alone
and you were breaking yours with a stone
so I took you home to a bastion
a hurricane by any other name
so I took you home and I crashed you
a hurricane in your veins
Track Name: Alabaster Queen
When you came to town I fell for you it seems
to a house with twisted branches
and a candle dream
I'll be your Alabaster Queen
Your Alabaster Queen

When I hear you play
I think of water and sunshine
and i never really mind
all your women wistful wanting
you all the time
I'll be your Alabaster Queen
Your Alabaster Queen

Your Alabaster Queen
And Sunshine King
Track Name: The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You
It's a beautiful day
and I went for a walk
but I saw that old dirt path
where we used to talk
where is the rain
cause some spring lovers
are bringing me down again

the years have come
and your hands have gone
but your land is something
lost in a song

why does the sun always remind me of you
yes it does
i hope a new day will come
and cover up what i done

Why does the sun always remind me of you
I would know
that there ain't nothing but love songs
on the radio

turn on the colored days
to peel away the skin
the sun will turn my hands to gold
more than any alchemist

sea water it rounds the edge of shard and turns to sand
I heard you bought a house
and light it up with glass and second hand

why does the sun always remind me of you
yes it does
i hope a new day will come
and cover up what i have done
Why does the sun always remind me of you
i would know
that there aint nothing but love songs
on the radio

always reminds me of you
yes it does
it always reminds me of you
yes it does,
yes it does,
yes it does

why does the sun always remind me of you
i hope a new day will come
and cover up what i have done
why does the sun always remind me of you
i hope a new day will come
and cover up what i have done
why does the sun always remind of you
i would know
that there ain't nothing but love songs
on the radio
Track Name: Mr. John Lee Revisited
Mr. John Lee what is happening to me
last time I saw you
bringing fire wood into your house
from a tree
but I didn't love you
quite as much
as sweet Marie
the sherriff he never
had to come
to wade through the water
swamps
and some strange mystery
to find Marie

Me clad in Velveteen
red lips and high heeled shoes
i carried you
your weight for a long time
through years and towns and took refuge
and I carried your weight upon mine

Marie got married
to a man
and I found your footsteps
in summer lands
to your lady

Marie has a daughter
and a new city now
and your skin is soft and tired
from the years
but your happy now

Me clad in Velveteen
red lips and high heeled shoes
I carried you
your weight for a long time
through years and towns and took refuge
and I carried your weight upon mine

Mr. John Lee
what is happening to me
last time I saw you
bringing firewood into your house
from a tree
Track Name: Baby I Will Leave You In The Morning
Baby I will leave you in the morning
sunny day i won't know what to say
ray of sun and days of running stage lights
I don't really know another way

Baby you will need to set me free
Baby you will need to set me free

California drank till i could sleep right
some were strange and that I cannot lie
evil was the man that i did live by
no drink no one could make me come alive

Honey i don't want to go away
Honey i don't want to go away

Baby will you love me when I return
promise i will hold you in my palm
every night i dream you sleeping next to me
sing a song and keep you like a balm

Baby you will need to forgive me
Been a sinner all my life you see

New york city drank till i could sleep right
next to one I truly though i loved
funny how the time can turn your head lights
shining like a fire from above

Baby you will need to forgive me
Been a sinner all my life you see

I am getting higher by the moment
days too long and nights too cold in song
I am getting higher by the moment
I was wrong to leave you I was wrong
Track Name: Puppet Master
Once your eyes were the master
muse to all my songs
cobalt and sea come back to me
I'll never do wrong

Winter would come
and nothing would move
summer's undone with all did I choose
cobalt and sea come back to me
i'll never do you wrong

I was your pearl and I knew that you lied
I was your pearl and I knew that you lied

Lately all I want is you
sometimes I believe I do
fifty strings of yarn and glue
puppet master see me through
lately all I want is you
puppet master see me through

Scissors in hand a knife at my strings
an odd way to go but I seen stranger things
oh I grew the finest wings
over the water

And on my old menagerie
a bottle that you made stood me
cobalt and sea
come back to me
I'll never do you wrong

I was your pearl
and I knew that you lied
I was your pearl
and I knew that you lied

Lately all I want is you
sometimes I believe I do
fifty strings of yarn and glue
puppet master see me through
lately all I want is you
puppet master see me through
Track Name: Wind Up Doll
Wind her up, wind her up
it's been years since she came
over on the green plains to you

She calls his name
Shannaddee a dee a dee a dee
over rock and sea
to her baby

When the box went in the ground
cedar trees were all around
a war did take him from her town
and she aint nothing but a ghost now

wind up doll
in the back
wind up doll
click and clack
click and clack

She will never be what you want her to be

She has dreams
every night
that the box of cedar where
where you went to lay
will come to life
hold her on the greens
hold her on the green plains
like you used to do
but she ain't nothing but a ghost you

you wind her up
in the back
wind up doll
click and clack
click and clack

she will never be what you want her to be
wind her up to walk and wind her up to speak

Hold her on the greens
Hold her on the green plains
like you used to do
but she aint nothing but a ghost
Track Name: Wedding
When you land I'll be around
I'll wait for you to come around
When you land I'll be around
I'll wait for you to come around

Give me a chance I'll make you a ring
and we'll fly to our wedding
give me a chance I'll make you see
and fly to our wedding

When you rise
I'll be around
I'll wait for you
to come around
and when you land
I'll be around
I'll wait for you
to come around

Give me a chance I'll make you a ring
and we'll fly to our wedding
give me a chance I'll make you a ring
and we'll fly to our wedding
Track Name: Little King
Little King
you grew up a mile from my town
and I never thought to write it down
raking the autumn leaves
and hoping for some pretty company

I was always packing a suitcase in the dark
In my mind a highway to the western spark
only an overpass
over the hills of dusty grass

And I would have taken all your rifles
And I would have taken all your bibles
And I would have taken all your rifles
for a ride

Little King I swear
that this is not a dream
I read that this is what it should be
in a magazine
sun of the broken down
daughter of a love and prison town
and I would have taken all your rifles
and I would have taken all your bibles
and I would have taken all your rifles
for a ride
for a ride
for a ride

We can drink whiskey or sit inside the car
and listen to the silence of the stars
only an overpass
sprung from hills of broken glass
many lands of sorrow
and wishing for tomorrow
make me your sweethearted lady
Track Name: In A Magazine
In a magazine
I saw you breaking down
I saw you breaking down
and I recognized your face
you looked like someone I used to know

my hands are tied
and the rain falls
my hands are tied
and the rain falls

you look like someone that I used to know
you looked like someone that i used know

underneath the stairs
remember all those worlds
we waves the sky to white
as the light rays flickered in
but the time it drained the color from your skin

my hands are tied and the rain falls
my hands are tied and the rain falls
you look like someone that I used to know
you look like someone that I used to know

in a magazine
i saw you breaking down
and i recognized your face
you looked like someone that i used know
you looked like someone that i used know
you looked like someone that i used know
you looked like someone that i used know
Track Name: Daisy, Where Did You Go?
There are days that I feel
something is really
next to me on my arms
and inside the room
a cold wind does blow
there are two of us here that i know

daisy where did you go?
you left first and I didn't know
how to unfold the gatekeepers light
i am stuck here in this plight of woe

I had a sister
and I had a home
with many chairs
and we earned our keep
in the circus deep and deflected all the stares
daisy nothing could scare you
as you'd enter into the room
so why did they take you first
and leave me too soon?

Daisy where did you go
Daisy where did you go
with my phantom limbs and eerie hymns
there are two of us here that I know
Daisy where did you go
Daisy where did you go
with my phantom limbs and eerier hymns
there are two of us here that I know

Daisy where did you go
daisy where did you go
with my phantom limbs and eerie hymns
there are two of us here that I know
Daisy where did you go
daisy where did you go
with my phantom limbs and eerie hymns
there are two of us here that I know