Holy Bones on Piano

by mary bue

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Songs are songs and they stand on their own. Whether grunge-flaired with echo-y guitars and drums or naked with just piano or vocals, a song is an ethereal, lilting melody that can, usually, be played either way --music to your ears with one version or "unholy" when embellished differently. My 2015 album "Holy Bones" was a drastic change of genres from my quieter, solo piano career. Since I have 3 months of un-encumbered time to create in Taos during my artist residency and a well-loved Wurlitzer baby grand piano to roll out of bed and play, I thought I'd do some stripped down versions of these songs. Hopefully any perturbed fans who were taken aback by my grunge-y turn will be appeased. :) Thank you for supporting this work.

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released March 28, 2017

Mary Bue - vocals, piano, guitar
Recorded in March 2017 by Mary Bue at her casita as Artist in Residence, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM

Music & Lyrics © Mary Bue Music LLC 2017

Album art by Amy Abts
Design by Adam Guggemos

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mary bue Minneapolis, Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE’S BEST LOCAL ALBUMS OF 2015 (SO FAR): “Heretofore more of a tender coffeehouse balladeer, the Duluth music scene mainstay plugged in and blew off a harbor’s worth of steam while recording her breakthrough collection...Fans of ’90s alt-rock darlings like Belly & Jen Trynin will immediately take to the rocky hooks of songs like “Candy” and “Heart’s Desire.” - Riemenschneider ... more

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Track Name: Candy
don’t make me cry
don’t tell me why
‘cause i want what i want when i want it
i want what i want when i want it
i want candy
i want money
i want my mommy
i want my daddy
i wanna be lazy
want things to be easy
i want my mommy
i want my daddy
don’t tell me what to do
how can you be so cruel?
‘cause i want what i want when i want it
i want what i want when i want it
Track Name: Cheribum
Cheribum's got all my love letters
she rescued the ones i took to the dump
all the little bits of sweet nothings
all the piranhas nibbling my heart
all the piranhas nibbling my heart

it's a start
oceans may part
the big book of love
that's writ on our hearts
words smear on the page
the passion the rage
the court and the spark
Track Name: Holy Bones
take your rings off
take your skin off
stand in your holy bones
up to your sacrum in snow

who'll believe you
who'll forgive you
when your closet breaks open with ghosts
raucously holding a toast
when your heart breaks loose of its shackles

and all your brothers and sisters
sort through your worldly possessions
luggage tags on all of the chair legs
legacy written in ink
nailing down your life

take your rings off
take your skin off
stand in your holy bones
up to your sacrum in snow
Track Name: Heart's Desire
sun shines in from the window
waiting for take off
announcing your schemes

what if there was no weight
gravity's lifted
we're drifting into space

and he says "you should be a doctor, i can see it in your eyes"
oh, to be my father's daughter
have i been living a lie?

all these years spent trying
all these years spent trying
all these years spent trying
winter's coming
better curl up in a blanket and cry

medicine for your sorrow
i've got medicine for your pain
an aching back
a nagging ache
a ragged, jagged vein

and he says "you should be a lawyer, i can hear it in your style"
oh, to be my heart's desire
have i been living a lie?
Track Name: Put Up
you say you’re crazy
you say you’re sorry
well i don’t blame you
it’s pretty hazy
it was a long night
until the crack of dawn
there were bright lights
there were sirens
all those nights
of simple touch
convene to be a little much
you only hurt the ones you love
‘cause they’re the only ones who put up
put up with your shit
blood is thick
thicker than water
not as nice to sip
not as clean to swim in
and all those nights of simple touch
convene to be a little much
you only hurt the ones you love
‘cause they’re the only ones who put up
put with your shit
Track Name: Archaeology
oh the archeaology
of our recycling
the glass bottles pile for weeks
the glass bottles pile for weeks
do you remember the dead guy ale night?
do you remember the stump jump cabernet night?
yet you say you get only the remaining pile of me
after i’ve spent all my other energy
but the archeology of our recycling
speaks a different truth to me
the glass bottles pile for weeks
the glass bottles pile for weeks
do you remember that bunny riesling
and the guacamole with those dos equis?
Track Name: Veal
i will never see the sun
i will never see the sky
i’ll stay in my cage forever
i’ll never see the rain
i’ll never see the grass
like a goose nailed to a board
becoming fois gras
fois gras fois gras
what karma
what did i do
to deserve this
look what i’m going through
i’ll never see rain
or the rivers true
i will certainly never jump over the moon
i’ll never see sun
or the oceans blue
and i will certainly never jump over the moon
Track Name: A Million Moths
don't hurt yourself
it's going bad
all the pain
you've ever had
wad it up
into a paper ball
there's a barrel with a fire
where you can burn it all

burn it all

burn it off
you can sweat it out
a million moths
gather round your heart
burn it off
you can sweat it out
a million moths
gather round your heart

burn it off