Marcella & Her Lovers

Swamp Soul Memphis

THE BRONZE AGE lyrics: 

Put That Bronze

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Red delicious for my baby, 
Bed delicious for my body. 
If you keep givin me that eye boy, 
It's been a long, long time. 
Open mouth and climb inside, 
The life in his eyes is the life in mine
(You don't mind me saying that huh?) 
The life in his eyes is the life in mine. 

I was just slinkin’ down the street
in the jungle summertime. 
Just thinkin about my life, 
can't believe that I'm still alive. 
After all those nights of
bloodied hands and banished eyes; 
Those five o'clock shadows
against them three o'clock thighs. 

Blackfoot sky will open wide
'till you feel the fear in thunder; 
Sweet little candy have pity on faith, 
How hard it must be to know only one way. 
Pure jellybean prayer for the apple core of my eye, 
Got a red delicious for my baby, 
Bed delicious for my body. 

I was just slinkin on down the street
in the jungle summertime
Jus' a thinkin about my life
can't believe that I'm still alive. 
After all those nights of bloodied hands
and banished eyes--mannish cries, manic highs, and Spanish sighs; 
Those five o'clock shadows against them three o'clock thighs

Go 'hed and put that.... (in) bronze

 

Branch Strewn Sky 

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Do I love you just to normalize all that swims depthless and dark inside? 
Do I love you just to neutralize the fear between the surface and the sky? 
Sometimes it's so simple I look in the mirror and say, "Don't be stupid." 

Animal eyes crying, the speed of your life is so needlessly blinding

Expectations caramelize
Leavin’ you a husk with a black eye; 
Life is simple, dew drop bright, 
Beggin’ us to say we will, not we might. 
Sensible as a kite in branch strewn sky, 
Don't be stupid. 

Animal eyes crying, the speed of your life is so needlessly blinding
Animal eyes crying, the speed of your life is so needlessly blinding

We Rewind 

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Send back the letter babe, 
I promise I won't tell. 
Send back the letter babe, 
the words were wrong I could never spell
The shards in your eyes, 
As your hand cuts the sky when you're wavin’ 
Wavin’ goodbye. 
Leavin me, why… 

Set back your clock babe, 
won't you sleep a little late? 
Send back the letter babe, 
I know you ain't got a thing to say
Bout the lost secrets of years past, 
runnin’, fleein’ on horseback; 
It don't take a long long time for history to rewind

And I won't go runnin to somebody who don't wanna love the way I do
For there's no refuge in somebody who don't wanna love the way I do
wanna love the way I do
wanna love the way I do

Ethel 

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For every pistol and every angry man, 
Means one less way we could understand
The lessons she taught, 
The fears she stole away
Those fangs which turned to sugar cane
at the mere mention of her name. 

Pebbles in the riverbed never seem to mind
the river as it passes by; 
But that we could learn this way of sayin’ 
Goodbye. 

She'll flutter by when the sunlight hits my eye; 
When decency is on my mind, 
Whenever there is graciousness, anytime
She'll be alive, 
Breathin’ through me. 

Little butterfly passin’ by, 
take my love up in the sky
Make of it a star, a beacon light
so she knows we're alright. 
I don't know why
and that's just fine; 
Cause those fangs still turn to sugar cane
at the mere mention of her name. 

 

 

 

 

New songs (2017):

Written by Marcella Simien ©BMI Swamp Soul Music

EN CHALEUR  

Written & arranged by Marcella Simien ©BMI Swamp Soul Music

 

Baby I got to tell you what I need

(it's been) So long since I looked at you

Low light of bar-fly silhouettes, What's this that never, never forgets? 

Slips so often into such deep regret

 

Tell me when we gon' be  (2x) 

Tell me when we gon' be back

Tell me when we gon' be

en chaleur

 

My heart in your eyes,

My heart still surprised

(Now) Look at where you're armor lies,

not against your chest but at your side  

 

Tell me when we gon' be  (2x) 

Tell me when we gon' be back

Tell me when we gon' be

en chaleur

 

Baby I got to tell you what I want

Baby I got to tell you what I need

and it don't never, never, never, never, never bother me

Naw you don't never, never, never, never bother me

Well maybe sometimes

 

Tell me when we gon' be  (2x) 

Tell me when we gon' be back

Tell me when we gon' be

en chaleur

I Got You Found 

Written & Arranged by Marcella Simien ©BMI Swamp Soul Music

 

You were so gone, but i got you found (2x) 

He makes me feel, like there's no ground around (2x) 

Never would've known the skies, if you would'nt have opened your eyes

Never coulda wrapped you in my wings, if you wouldn't have showed me those things  

 

Why do I like it when you look at me the wrong way?

Why do you provoke me?  (2x)

 

I could take a hurricane and acid rain

All the joy, all the pain

(I'll be) like a brick house baby, your pillar of strength

Your shelter from the game  

 

Why do I like it when you look at me the wrong way?

Why do you provoke me? (2x) 

Opening Night

Written & Arranged by Marcella Simien ©BMI Swamp Soul Music

 

Post death i had to check my breath to see if it could still happen

Post death I had to check your breath to see if you could breathe life back into mine

The heat brought back memories, reminded me of what I need

 

Memorize these lines under eyes, it's opening night

 

I'll celebrate with myself unfulfilled until now

Exalt my feels in this secret city you visit sometimes

the heat brought back sweet memories, reminded me of what I need

Lyrics was delivered in a conversation kind of way, sneaky, sneaky

You already know the things I cannot say

But watch my words as they settle to the floor and lose their meaning

 

Memorize these lines under eyes, it's opening night

Memorize these lines under eyes, it's opening night

Feel A thing  

Written & Arranged by Marcella Simien ©BMI Swamp Soul Music

 

When I looked in your face I could see the pain

There was a strain and I felt you refrain

When I think about it now I don't feel a thing, nothing

Ten degrees colder where you are

And If i didn't wonder why it never worked

Then i wouldn't be aware of what makes me hurt  

He was born with a broke heart

Such a sad, sad way to start

Ten degrees colder where you are

The slit of your mouth brought fresh pain, I felt you refrain

Wish your grin would leap into my eyes, there's no need to apologize

When I think about now I don't feel a thing, nothing

Ten degrees colder where you are  

Leave my fire 

Words by  Marcella Simien (3rd verse by Kim Vodicka)  Music by Marcella Simien ©BMI Swamp Soul Music

 

You wanna leave, like you ain't been before

You wanna leave, ain't coming back no more

You leave my fire burnin at home

 

Many tender departures, doing more than getting by

I got a different kind of luck, now I learned how to duck

You leave my fire burnin  at home

 

I know you well by now, gonna do just what you want

But please don't kiss me goodbye as I wake from the haunt

You leave my fire burnin at home  

Eleven  augusts

Written & Arranged by: Marcella Simien ©BMI Swamp Soul Music

I just can't seem to fight it when you're gone,  

I just can't seem to fight it when you're gone,

I just can't seem to fight it when you're gone,

Where did we go wrong 

 

I feel like you've already gone away 

and I just saw you today 

But I love the wait, gotta stop this and not anticipate 

If I don't stop to think this through, I could end up just like you...

 

And I'm afraid I'd like it  

 

A slap in the face would help my heart 

You aid my wounds with your soulful fingers, suggestive senders, loving lenders 

Leave me with yearning 

If I don't stop to think this through I could end up just like you 

 

I just can't seem to fight it when you're gone x3 

What's this we've done wrong? 

 

While he make me take myself too seriously 

You make me blush make me wanna rush 

and relearn everything 

So we'll combine our time 

Dedicated and overseas 

We'll spend our fortunes and ditch this two way ticket

  

You'll never know how much you mean 

I can't seem to make it clear 

You'll watch me create and scream 

then gladly watch me disappear 

 

 

I just can't seem to fight it when you're gone (x3 )

Where did we go wrong?

 

I just can't seem to fight it when you're gone

I just can't seem to fight it when you're gone

I just can't seem to fight it when you're gone 

 

 

Muse on repeat 

Words by Kim Vodicka, Music by Marcella Simien ©BMI Swamp Soul Music

 

The moon is a rogue

And the muse is on repeat

Always a bridesmaid, never the one

What I want, I can't have

And what I can have I don't want

It's hard being in love with anything

It's being in love with everything

I don't play to lose, but I played and I lost

I just wanna know your heart

Everybody's got something somebody else ain't got

And I ain't got you babe

But for twenty-four hours you were mine

For twenty-four hours we lived a whole lifetime

I was your queen, you were my guy

You were mine

It's hard being in love with anything

It's hard being in love with everything

I don't play to lose, but I played and I lost

I just wanna know your heart

Everybody's got something somebody else ain't got

And I ain't got you babe

Everywhere I go I'm Cleopatra in the room

I kill 'em with kindness, I kill 'em with one look

Maybe I'm doomed to walk the planet alone

Cuz it ain't all sunshine and I wish it could be

It's hard being in love with anything

It's hard being in love with everything

I've never really healed so much as I've serially distracted myself from pain  

I don't play to lose, but I played and I lost

I just wanna know your heart

Everybody's got something somebody else ain't got

And I ain't got you babe

I don't play to lose, but I played and I lost

Comment il se sent (How it Feels)

Written & Arranged by Marcella Simien ©BMI Swamp Soul Music

 

The presence of your two ears 

The warmth of your two eyes looking my way 

The warmth of your two arms wrapped around me 

Comment il se sent 

 

The knowledge of your two hands 

The secrets we keep 

The intentions of your two feet, running to me

Comment il se sent 

Everywhere Within (I could never Lie To You)  

Written & Arranged by Marcella Simien ©BMI Swamp Soul Music

 

Coming up for air from under water

Expectations from no one but the sky to do it's thing 

Why can't I find another way to be? 

This quiet silence, heart in my throat coated with soul 

But I just love the way you roll and I wanna roam with you 

 

Glad to be lost with you on some other plane out there 

I know I'm not this body, but I can still feel your smile all over me 

Within and never without love

 

Gonna  take the train home in October, show him where I'm from 

Want him to see where I learned my one, two, threes 

We'll have our tickets torn, I'll wear a hat 

We'll sip out a flask and talk about the land 

 

Glad to be lost with you on some other plane out there 

I know I'm not this body, but I can still feel your smile all over me 

Within and never without love

 

Glad to be lost with you on some other plane out there 

I know I'm not this body but I can still feel your kisses all over me 

Within and never without love 

Like this we're always home 

Never without love

Within and never without love

 

(He) Got me woke like I was just born 

And I don't wanna go back to sleep

No, I don't wanna find another way to be 

 

I could never lie to you. 

 

So many soul mates (or Where the light comes in) 

Written & Arranged by Marcella Simien ©BMI Swamp Soul Music

 

Expectations from nothin but the sky to do it's thing 

Why can't I find another way to be? 

Instead of always crave for his mind to be on me 

I think about him so much more than never 

 

These daydream beats and time textures we share 

Glad to be on some other plane out there with you 

I know I'm not this body but I can still feel your smile all over me 

 

I love the way you roll, and I wanna roam with you 

Gon' take the train home in October, show him where I'm from 

Want him to see where I learned my one, two, threes 

Have our tickets torn, I'll wear a hat, sip out a flask and 

We'll talk about the land 

 

These daydream beats and time textures we share 

Glad to be on another plane with you out there 

(Together) Like this we always home, we always home 

 

So many soul mates so little time 

He got me woke like I was just born 

No matter where I go, im'a live where the light comes in and never without love 

Within and never without love 

 

These daydream beats and time textures we share

Glad to be lost with you on this other plane out there 

I'm not this body but I can still feel your smile all over me 

You Ain't Gotta Run

Written & Arranged by Marcella Simien ©BMI Swamp Soul Music

 

Making our exits is like making our starts, isn't it grand? 

There ain't no creature quite like you, no crashing wave much like me

But you so quick to give up on me

But please not at this rate of speed

 

You ain't gotta run, though it feels so good 

You ain't gotta run, though it feels so good

 

Like remains lost at sea, all my past selves brought you to me

You're not too far away 

But you so quick to give up on me

But please not at this rate of speed

 

You ain't gotta run, though it feels so good 

You ain't gotta run, though it feels so good 

You ain't gotta run, though it feels so good

 

 

CREOLE COWBOYS

Written & Arranged by Marcella Simien. 

When I die, I'll probably be a child

Taken from the jungle, the wild 

Out with the Mallet Free Scouts 

Allons a Louisiane, Allons a bois mallet 

Oh to be out there, when the stars hit the ground 

Looking deeper beyond what's beyond what's found 

 

Too young to lose, too old to win the way I want to 

Too young to lose, too old to win the way I want to

 

Speeding down Interstate 10 is such a tender oblivion,

With this fighting force within, this is where I'll begin 

In a city full of young souls we were smart enough to forebode 

Looking deeper, deeper beyond what's found

 

Too young to lose, too old to win the way I want to 

Too young to lose, too old to win the way I want to 

 

When I die crying like a child, taken from the jungle, the wild 

When I die smiling like a child, taken from the jungle, the wild

 

Too young to lose, too old to win the way I want to 

Too young to lose, too old to win the way I want to 

pUSH 

Written & Arranged by Marcella Simien 

In a city full of young souls we were smart enough to forebode

Show me how loud you can get 

The fire builds up my boldness, the strength to sway my suitors who don't even exist 

But you seem well suited for me (on me) 

 

Why don't you leave me on the ledge dear 

Push me off the edge, I got no fear of falling 

Leave me on the ledge dear 

You said "I'll watch you" 

 

I was born to enthuse, not for you to use 

Gotchur name on the back of my hand and I don't know where we stand 

Your ground is so uncertain, a sister to my thoughts 

Already got me crying and I don't know why 

Already got me crying (lyin) and I don't know why 

 

Why don't you leave me on the ledge dear 

Push me off the edge, I got no fear of falling 

Leave me on the ledge dear 

You said "I'll watch you" 

 

We dizzy from our drinks and your bright eyes now sink into the depths of mine 

We're a sight for no eyes at all 

So I'll go home alone

Pet fruit and think of you 

You said "I'll watch you" 

 

Leave me on the ledge dear 

Push me off the edge, I got no fear of falling 

Leave me on the ledge dear 

You said "I'll watch you" 

 

Swamp Trash Love 

Written & Arranged by: Marcella R. Simien 

 

Well your mama's still in grade school 

And your daddy still don't love you 

Ya take ya girl out on the pirogue, down the swamp to the corner store 

She said "cher where ya wanna go" 

And you said "I don't know, I was thinking we could hang out at the mall or somethin" 

(Cause that's all there is to do in Port Barre) 

 

Tell 'em I'm from the swamps 

Where you from? 

 

Fourteen years old, with a baby born with bad luck 

From where the cousins kiss and sometimes F*** 

Wasn't born to be no kinda winner, no kinda winner 

Whatever's in the backyard is what's for dinner

 

Tell 'em I'm from the swamps 

Where you from? 

 

Amour dès marais par le haute et la bas 

Née aux pied nus

Il y'a de la bière dans la bébé

Tout les jours, tout les soir

 

I'm from the swamps 

Where you from?