Skookum Sound

by Marty Marquis

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Solo debut by Blitzen Trapper stalwart
Viva la Cascadia!

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released December 14, 2016

Written & Performed by Marty Marquis
Recorded in perilous phases by Marty Marquis & Martin Gonzalez
Additional recording by Eric D Johnson & Nathan Vanderpool
Mixed at Type Foundry by Martin Gonzalez
Mastered at Telegraph by Adam Gonsalves
© 2017 Ahtanum Rex (BMI)

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Marty Marquis Portland, Oregon

Scion & champion of Cascadia, redheaded Blitzen Trapper dude, maker and teacher

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Track Name: Cascadian
Falling dusk and the falling rain
The waterfalls all sing again
"This is where your heart was made
This is where you made your dearest friends
And you're all Cascadian
So viva la Cascadia!"

Coastal range rise up from the foam
Desert sage and firs in snow
A river through the heart of her
Volcanoes for her bones
It's where the sasquatch roam
And seahawks soar o'er the archipelago

Skookum sound of the rising wind
As the sweet Chinook ride out again
Blowing down the alleyways
In the valley of the shadow of the rain
That's where we used to hang
And all our hearts were shaped that way
Carved like dunes by the zephyr and wave
We're all Cascadian
So viva la Cascadia!
Track Name: Joustface
Obliterate you can't quite quit
You feel flow like a Beach Boy slowly losing it
You search the skies, you watch the tide
Hoping to catch some glimpse of your mind

If you think it's time to get away
There's something you should know
There's a song that you can play
And it ain't called Kokomo
You can turn to me and come back home

You make your face up staring at your phone
And if you think that it's an awful lot to ask
Then take a tip from me
You wear a kind of mask and go up on TV
And make your money in the world of make believe

Today she may rain but she will never come again
You face the day, the skies undone
May you ever know the presence of the Sun
May you ever know the Sun
Track Name: Bones & Flame
Hey let me come back home
I've been all alone
Out here chasing black holes

Rain! How I prayed for rain
It's a desert though
Out in space
And cold, so cold

Babe how could I have known
How this is so much more
Than any man could take?

Hey you've been growing old
And I've been all alone
Out here chasing black holes

Just flames and a dead star's skull
Amongst the bones
Scattered out near Scorpio

It was only bones and flame
Babe I miss you so
Can't get you on my phone
For all the cosmic rays
Track Name: Mtn Loves You
I know why you went out east
I know the Brooklyn streets run pretty deep
And city lights beat counting sheep
As night falls in the belly of the Beast
So too much dreaming will wreck your sleep
You're like a wooden ship on high seas
Alone and in for heavy weather
Thinking we might be together still
You know I love you better
The mountain loves you better

The street's a grove of steel trees
The signals shift like leaves upon the breeze
And all the crowds are winding streams
Waters even blacker than it seems
So shiver in your ugly sweater
You know that we could be together still
The forest loves you better
The river loves you better

Make believe that it's all sweet
The air you breathe, the concrete at your feet
And your career path's pretty steep
What view at the summit will you reap?
Skyscrapers won't last forever
You know that we should be together still
The mountain loves you better

So burn your midnight lamp and reach
For gold rings in that distant empire
One day the Beast will spit you on this beach
From the secrets that you keep we'll build a fire
And it won't matter about the weather
You and me will be together till
You know I love you better
The river loves you better
The mountain loves you better
Track Name: Yakima 1993
In video the Beatles backwards
Presentiment of a strange disaster
I knew back when I was just a kid
And didn't understand how the things I did
Would live on for a long time in my head

The Song Remains The Same all summer
The sunshine like an undead drummer
Beating like a zombie on my mind
Hanging in the park we were having a good time
But babe you know there's more than meets the eye

Now I know that it was just a phase
Half of my frequencies were canceled out those days
Watching Holy Grail and getting blazed
And I won't forget The Song Remains The Same
Track Name: Words We Can Say
I find myself out on the road again
American dreamer afoot on a path with no end
When I pick up my head I think I'll call a good friend
And then I'll be lying talking on the telephone
My words are just wind

Baby I know it's hard when I'm far away
I get into a kind of trance and there's not much to say
When you're lying talking on the telephone
Telling me you're okay
Whatever the truth is
These are words we can say

On the wind there's a feeling I knew in my youth
Digging the salt breeze, digging in dirt for the truth
On a day like a day like today
Who cares what the truth is
When there's words we can say
Lying talking on telephone
Track Name: Equinox
The city's in pink—
The cherries and plum trees are thundering
As we face the storm with laughter
All the better for the rainbows after
And in good time
The grey skies will break and the sun will shine
And today's gonna be a good one
Take it easy, gonna have some fun

Today I know for sure
I'm back on my way
And today I know for sure
Everything is gonna be okay

And after the rain
The kids in the gardens all thrive again
As the ferns unfurl to heaven
Everything is gonna be just like we hoped

And I know for sure
Tonight is the night
I know for sure
You're the love of my life

If I'm wasting my time
I'm happy to waste it with you my dear
And tonight's gonna be a good night
Wipe away your tears it's gonna be alright
And in good time
The birds will all sing and the sun will shine
And tonight's gonna be a good one
Take it easy gonna have ourselves some fun

I know for sure
Tonight is the the night
I know for sure you're the love of my life
Track Name: Suit Yourself
You can suit yourself
If you'd rather you should go
If you'd rather be alone
But when you're on the telephone
I think you're making plans
With some guy you know
Tell your little lies and lay me low

If you see me crying
That's just the trappings and the suits of woe
There's that within that passes show
You say we could be friends
But that's not the same as family
Girl you suit yourself

What about your heart?
Has it never told a lie?
Will it guide you by and by
When the twilight hits the sky?
If you listen hard you might hear me there
Whispering to you how much I care

Do you see these tears?
Just the trappings and the suits of woe
There's that within that passes show
You say we could be friends
It's not the same as family
But girl you suit yourself
Track Name: Cold Comfort
It's a cold comfort knowing that I was right
That won't build a time machine
To go back before our fight
If seeing is believing I believe I'm going blind
It's impossible how fast we broke apart
It broke my mind

When the only thing that mattered
In the whole damn world was shattered
I miss you so

There's a pool of silver divided by a line
For telephones we've forgotten how to call
If seeing is believing then how's the moon so full?
There's no way she'd shine down like that
On the dark night of my soul

Wandering o'er the wilderness
Raining down her cold kiss
Moonlight marred with shadow
The shards of what was shattered
I miss you so

Creeping through the wilderness
Shivering for my craziness
The only thing that mattered
In the whole damn world was shattered
I miss you so