Days and Nights

by Sweet Soubrette

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1.
I found out by accident A pretty face can pay the rent But now I’ve learned a little more I love the things I can’t afford Standing on my own two feet I want the lap of luxury Oh can’t let beauty go to waste The girl has got expensive taste All that glitters Is what makes me yours Couldn’t settle For the dazzle of the dance floor Sugar daddy Never been so true I’m a gold digger and I dig you Spoil me and make me smile Flowers drivers and the Paris styles I just want your hand to hold Falling for you and your heart of gold All that glitters Is what makes me yours Couldn’t settle For the dazzle of the dance floor Sugar daddy Never been so true I’m a gold digger and I dig you Hush little baby don’t say a word Daddy’s gonna buy you a mockingbird And if that mockingbird don’t sing Daddy’s gonna buy you a diamond ring All that glitters Is what makes me yours Couldn’t settle For the dazzle of the dance floor Sugar daddy I’m a fool for you I’m a gold digger and I dig you
2.
City People 03:32
You’re city people You like to live alone You’re older than your parents were When you were born You know how time flies But it’s hard for you to see You wait for it to feel Like an emergency And you want to have his babies But you know you won’t You could call him up right now But you know better so you don’t There’s nothing wasted Or at least that’s what they say But you’re not getting any younger babe We’ve all got secrets And some are very small You’re not too cool For ordinary life at all Sometimes you wonder What you’re running from or to And when you can’t keep running What you’re gonna do There’s a reason why you drink so much these days Whisky blurs the lines of age You’ve started seeing in your face There’s no escaping The kind of trouble that you’re in The game you’re playing baby no one wins And the boy you didn’t marry Wouldn’t know you now You could never quite explain it You just had to leave somehow There’s no returning To any place where you were young You’re not still waiting are you For your charming prince to come You’re not still waiting are you For your prince to come
3.
There’s a black cat in the garden and I’m far from home In other people’s houses like I’m studying their lives Could I take you with me darling if I came back here again Or do I have to learn these lessons while I’m traveling alone If I want to make my way to you again The women here are stern and kind And the men just want to play If you had to pick a single place Where would you choose to stay A woman told my fortune in the south of France She said you could be a mother yet and you could be a star You could keep on working at this writing songs to break your heart You could spend your whole life driving town to town inside your car You could run and find you’re right back at the start But here’s what I would like to know Though I try to travel light Do the people come and people go Or is it just the days and nights Someday I’ll find a place where I can rest my head In the middle of the city or some country town In the stillness of the evening let my long hair down Will you be in bed beside me as I lay me down to sleep When I wake I wonder what I’ll get to keep I’d like to save this song for you Through all the nights and days When it’s time to pick a single place You’re where I’d choose to stay But here’s what I would like to know Though I try to travel light Do the people come and people go Or is it just the days and nights
4.
Avalanche 04:42
It’s like a sickness Where the cure just might be worse Stuck in a stalemate It’s a wicked kind of curse Devil you don’t know Or the devil that you do Best pick your poison Or your poison will find you Rock and a hard place Baby something’s got to give I fear the avalanche But waiting for the cave-in Is no way to live There is a highway That passes through the zone Around Chernobyl And I ride it all alone Along the narrow center line Where the Geiger counter’s slow But on my left and on my right I see the radiation glow Rock and a hard place… So help me doctor Heal my troubles if you would Give me some medicine Prescribe me something good I need a remedy For my condition to improve Is there a cure for this paralysis For I can hardly move Rock and a hard place…
5.
Nothing ever disappears completely Bruises fade but X-rays find The places where the fractures were And somewhere in your captain’s log You keep a faithful catalogue Of every single hurt And what on earth to do with all the faces And moments that accumulate Like dust or snow or anything that falls So very quietly and slowly If the people in your memory Could keep each other company Would that make you less lonely The laws of conservation say The more things change The more they stay the same The more they change It makes no difference come what may You know that what you throw away Is what you can’t escape Nothing ever disappears completely Take a hatchet bury it And something will come up again But whether it’s a weapon Or a ploughshare Or an instrument of beauty Or a tree that fells itself There is no telling The laws of conservation say The more things change The more they stay the same The more they change The more they stay the same The more they change The more they stay the same
6.
No one is coming to rescue you And no one is watching you sleep No lover redeemer To make you believe her When she says your heart isn’t buried so deep And you’re lying awake in your bed Just you and the animals inside your head How they pace in their cages They gnaw at their bones Feels a lot like being alone It’s four in the morning Your heart beats a warning That you can’t quite figure out Is it Hold on be strong or Don’t wait too much longer now It’s so hard to endure When you’re not sure if you’re on A fast or a hunger strike You just pray that you’re right And you’ll get through tonight Because babe you know what it feels like It’s too early or too late to call And here in this house behind fortified walls You know nothing gets through But a voice on the phone Feels a lot like being alone
7.
Jetty 02:17
When the weather’s right And my planets align All my pretty ducklings in a row I’ll get what’s mine Waiting for my ship to come in Standing on the stone jetty It will only ever happen someday But I am ready already already Pray to my lucky stars They will clear the way It is so hard to be patient But I will come home to stay
8.
Tenderness (free) 02:09
You drink your whisky sour I take lemon in my tea Sometimes it takes something hon To balance out the sweet That's why I'm tender But my tenderness has teeth Sometimes it takes a little pain To show you how you feel Just like the taste is what The spiciness is there to reveal I know that fire's not a flavor But the fire is what makes the flavor real Can you sense the claws in my caress The bite beneath my kiss Believe me when I tell you babe We're better off like this Because we're both the kind of people Who need to feel teeth in our tenderness We're the kind of people who Need to feel some teeth in our tenderness
9.
Sois tranquille petite souris Tu peux dormir je reste ici Aucun chaton ne va venir Petite souris Fais de beaux rêves petite souris Au pain sucré et aux biscuits Laisse pas de miettes dans ton lit Petite souris La lune elle brille Comme la glace à la vanille Les étoiles étincellent Comme du sucre dans le ciel Ferme les yeux petite souris Regarde le noir comme c’est joli Et toi aussi ma douce cherie Petite souris Settle down my little mouse And go to sleep I’ll stay right here And I’ll make sure no cat comes near My little mouse Dream sweet dreams my little mouse Of cakes and treats cookies and cream Don’t leave the crumbs between the sheets My little mouse The moon it gleams Like vanilla ice cream The stars they shine Like sugar in the sky Close your eyes my little mouse And see the dark how beautiful And so are you my darling sweet My little mouse
10.
Stick Around 02:54
Staple yourself to me baby Don’t go fluttering off in the wind Let me puncture you with my teeth Fix you with a steel pin I don’t know why I can’t just let you pass me by But I don’t know who I’d want to stick around baby but you Make me a bracelet of paper Chain me lightly and don’t let me go Let me just feel the kiss Of your hand round my wrist And I’ll run but I’ll run nice and slow I don’t know why I can’t just let you pass me by And I don’t know how I’m supposed to get through right now Cause I don’t know when I’ll get to see you again But when I do I’ll want to stick around I’ll want to stick around Baby I’d stick around you
11.
There’s no raising girls like us We have to raise ourselves We’ve been growing dangerous Since we were only twelve We walk up to the water And we push each other in It’s the best way It’s the only way That we could learn to swim Because it’s sink or swim Sink or swim Sink or swim Snow White and her sister Rose Red Lived all by themselves In a little cottage yes With books upon the shelves One day a great big grizzly bear Came knocking at their door They welcomed him Oh they let him in Till he cried out for more But they know less is more Less is more Less is more And we knew the end of the story Before we were even half-grown No godmother’s granting our wishes So we’ll just work it out on our own At least we can count on each other We’re not here in the forest alone When we’re good, we’re oh so good But when we’re bad we’re best We’ve been doing all we could To put this to the test We reach into the fire And we feel our fingers burn It’s a lesson Bitter blessing That’s the way we live and learn Oh yes it’s live and learn Live and learn Live and learn

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"Take Amanda Palmer covering Radiohead and then take Phoebe Legere and drain out the jazz and replace it with Jenny Lewis circa The Execution Of All Things and then throw on some fishnet stockings and you have Sweet Soubrette..." –Rock NYC

"What makes a Sweet Soubrette? Speculatively, one part circus performer, one part poet, and third part rockstar...a Sweet Soubrette show is much like badass adult story time." –CultureMob

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released January 1, 2011

Ellia Bisker: vocals, ukulele
Heather Cole: violin
Mike Dobson: drums, glockenspiel
Bob Smith: bass, keyboard on “Avalanche”
Accordion on "Petite Souris" by Peter Bufano
Additional instrumentation by Tim Cohan


All songs written and composed by Ellia Bisker
© Sweet Soubrette Songs (ASCAP)
(p) MH Records/Ellia Bisker

Produced by Tim Cohan, MH Records
“All That Glitters,” “Jetty,” and “Tenderness” recorded at MH Studios, NYC
All other tracks recorded at Mother West Studios, NYC
Engineered and mixed by Tim Cohan at MH Studios and Flux Studios, NYC
Mastered by Stefan Heger at Fisheye Studios, Cologne, Germany

Cover photo by Neil Beckerman
Graphic design by Randall Leddy

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Sweet Soubrette Brooklyn, New York

Sweet Soubrette features the songwriting, vocals and ukulele of Ellia Bisker, whose dark, edgy "existential indie rock" has won fans' hearts and critical praise since the release of debut album Siren Song. She is joined by a talented backing band, often featuring as many as 8 musicians onstage. Sweet Soubrette's fourth album, Big Celebrity, was released in 2016. ... more

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