east to the sea

by mary bue



released May 2, 2003

All songs written by Mary Bue
Piano & vocals performed by Mary Bue
Copyright 2003

Songs 1, 4, 5, 8, 10 & 12 produced, mixed & recorded by Hans Johnson at New Finish Studios, Duluth MN
Bass on 1 & 8 by Matt Mobley
Guitar on 1 by Josh Gamble
All other sounds produced by Hans Johnson

Songs 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 11 & 14 recorded by Alan Sparhawk at Sacred Heart Studio, Duluth, MN

Song 13 and harmonies on 3, 6 & 9 recorded by Eric Swanson at Sacred Heart Studio

Mastered by Eric Swanson at Sacred Heart Studio

Graphic design help by Christian McShane


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mary bue Minneapolis, Minnesota

“If intimacy intrigues you and makes you into a skittish peeping tom, then be sure to catch Bue at her next performance.” – Alan Sparhawk, Low

Full intensity living without a second to waste or take for granted — that is Mary Bue’s M.O. An indie rock singer songwriter based in Minneapolis, her songs touch on the environment, dreams, love, and rising up out of trauma and sorrow.
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Track Name: Dimples
will he disregard
it's too simple to say goodbye

the endless
the orange of our nights

the city moon
almost too active
to beam down hope

but hope is already there
he said
just look for inspiration

please inspire me again

because the fire
didn't last long enough
perhaps only lustful for the touch

a sexual healing
blasted brain slice
thoughts slippery

i'm riding into
chemical sunsets
and dawns of time
what is time to god?

my sheets folded
my mother cleaning again

my shins ache
from the pavement
from another gloom

piled on the floor
the abyss
running from it
i need wings
around my ankles
i need eternal ink
around my thighs

slate and gravel
pitted dream
goodbye, surprise, goodbye

again left behind
Track Name: Mr. Animus
came here the last time i cried over you
mr. animus
mr. supertruce

looking down upon the city
cars parked and mittens on
i don't want you to worry
this time i won't drive off
i've died enough already and death is getting on
with his suitcase and shoes
mr. animus
Track Name: East to the Sea
peppers stain my hands
i look at them
awash in red

my eyes tear
and the seeds
scatter to the floor

must i waste in tragedy?
stare out the window
and envy young leaves?
i tire of tiring
inside i'm smiling and crying

belonging to an ocean's womb
belonging to an ocean's womb

sometimes i drown
no use in splashing
tassels scatter to the floor
and hope
and fringe
and your hands like leather
don't touch me anymore

"don't worry if you spill" she said
and my reply was
"what came before the swan? the butterfly?"

she looks so sad
staring out the window
envying, envying young leaves

i tire of tiring
inside i'm smiling and crying

belonging to an ocean's womb
Track Name: Song for Holly
i pretend my body is venus
and i look myself up and down
oh holly, wouldn't you be proud?

did a man arouse this?
no, he only shook the trunk
of the tree that was already wavering in the breeze

oh holly, wouldn't you be pleased?

this is a song for holly
holly where are you girl?
you're taking the world for a ride
thought you'd try it all on for size

soft, i know i am
the softest sateen
but these teeth
could draw blood
and this jewelry could scar if rubbed too hard
holly, wouldn't you be proud?

diana of the hunt and kill
delphi of the womb
i won't hurt you we say
we women of the seafoam and solace

ride like a horse's mane
from galaxy to dishrag
staring out of the window
towards the dream realized

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