Skookum Sound

by Marty Marquis

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1.
02:38
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!
2.
02:05
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
3.
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
4.
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
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01:57
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
7.
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
8.
02:40
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
9.
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
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03:10
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

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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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