warships

by MARTA

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1.
Seasick 01:45
a seaman on cocaine’s got names and trains and fairy tales to tell the fin of a blue whale is no less fragile than candy cane
 (it is my warship --- ) ~ babe I’m seasick
 don’t you come on home with me sweetheart I’m seasick
 come on home with me ~ baby swing me like a dinghy 
 on the open sea do you like swimming or do you like going down the drain (you sure are a cherry pick --- ) your dead weight is what keeps our boat afloat we are shipwrecked stranded and we’ll go under (long before we sink --- )
2.
I know a magic trick, do you know one too? I was seventeen, how old were you? I give in a lot, do you think this will do? could we please all fall in love? kept losing my face as my beard started growing you’d make a mean wife and god bless you don’t love me how many more cherries and how fucking old are we? could we please all fall in love? tell me stories of losers no glory no ink it’s true you don’t know me but you can talk my eyes pink a real punk’s only scared of whiners and wimps you ripped out my lashes, hi-jacked our luck I keep getting lost as I keep my head up could we please all fall in love?
3.
rig it bell boy! (as long as the ship is cracking) dig it bell boy! (as long as it’s cracking it holds) ring it loud bell boy! (her ivory legs weigh heavy) bang it bell boy! (as long as it’s heavy it’s real) ~ but she ain’t nothing but a sailor’s mouth a merry miss captain and her heart washed out ~ as soon as I hit land (my old mind shakes to think) as soon as I hit land (who again was moby dick?) as soon as I hit land (I’ll suck scars until they’re wound) as soon as I hit land (am I scared, or am I proud?)
4.
One Song 02:42
hey little girl what's the pretty tune can you teach me how to whistle songs like you reverend john teach me a gospel song something even I can sing along I bet he's on your side cause I ain't seen him in a while the lord and I we don't get along sometime ~ don't you be laughing at me cause I can only sing one song that I sing off key ~ is it true I cursed santa when I swore in church nana hears me holler, she says don't cry before you're hurt it's bachelor weather and you can't lose what you ain't got can't get away with a bruise from a hazy day's gun shot old saint what makes you clap your hands? why don't you give applause to my one man blues band?
5.
DC Souvenirs 03:23
never mind your manners batman as long as you can pay with your good looks have you grown out of your bruises wayne and dealt vicki vale for a babe in the woods? robin’s got to climb a tree to see the scale of your imaginary vow a joker paints the meadows green for you to see where you can’t go ~ you must be hot like an oven to make the girls’ hearts melt how long can it take you to count three old notches on your belt? and when you start living once and forever please send me souvenirs the more the better I never thought you could --- I’ve always hoped you would --- I never ever should --- have skipped to the last page ~ below the floorboards the ladies lie waiting watching the bottom of your paper boots you rip off a kiss for a penny worth a pound way too vain for a guy in a pencil suit spotlight against your fear of the dark dear you're caught in a head fight your cardboard muscles suit you like they’d fit a cut-out knight
6.
the one time we kissed was a kiss of farewell she said, let me take care of this revolver dying ain’t much of a living, boy why fall in love on the first day of war (and not on the first day of spring --- ) when the others are fighting their battles I’m barely done fighting my fear I’m with bonnie, jesus, and billy the kid our kites sinking ever so near (on the first day of spring --- ) I am far from being the unluckiest man I am far from being a man say, how should I make war with a country I’ve never made love to a girl (on the first day of spring --- )
7.
Frank 01:15
frank says ~ there ain’t no good woman worth the love of my man so there ain’t no good woman --- but does frank wish me well? ~ teddy, when did you stop loving what you knew the best a man found his hiding behind my boy chest didn’t you hear a word that I said I can’t talk of love if you call me mad
8.
on the outskirts of the city cherry lane’s turned tonight into a black oil river that sweeps away veterans and teens like the tide like a wave that carries and buries them in bars named after saints where only men with bellies and pain like in labour stay lone and awake ~ spiders’ legs are soaked in brandy three things you won’t do but you might kittens sing like it was monday the saints stay up all night ~ and rain hangs silver curtains into that window of suzanne’s a half moon shaped counter waits for town’s most sensitive men one mourns for his lover who fell prey to a thug another drinks to his old man behind bars since he shot we sure weren’t strangers but we never had been friends a moment of kindness for the saints at suzanne’s
9.
Miles 02:45
you make me the most wanted man (cause there’s no other man for miles) you kiss the forehead of a fool (but there’s no other goddamn fool within miles) I keep standing in your way (cause there’s just one way to walk for miles) you say god’s gonna bring me low (but there’s no god if there’s not a single soul in miles) ~ I wanna sing for you but I just shout you down now I scream for you and I just shout you down I wanna shelter you but I only crush your spine ~ mom says, I'm tougher than goddamn john wayne (there's no one to deny it for miles) aunt cathy says, don't take his name in vain (no one to dare so for miles) love's resigned to the worst cologne (there’s no other smell for miles) when you left I cried like a young wolf (no one to hear me for miles)
10.
Hurricane 03:01
my name is MARTHA my name is ISABEL my name is WILMA I keep the love and give the pain hi I’m CARLA we are RITA and ELAINE I am KATRINA living the fast lovers’ lane ~ I am a hurricane I’m on you as fast as I am off again ~ my name is EDITH we’re TRUDY and IRENE my name is SANDY they name storms after me hi, I am ZELDA we are DONNA and MARIE my name is JUDY I’m footloose and fancy free
11.
if you set a bridge on fire
 don't blame it on the flames
 (not this time) I’m trying to stay clean
 from wet cheeks for a while (just for a while) we fly our paper kites
 that blow up as they crash (like that one time) martyrs dagger dragons but they leave their ghosts to me we are shaking hands demurely 
 that have shaken other things before
 (how many times) and we gave each other head starts
 always on the rebound real heroes stab all kinds of monsters is it so hard to dagger me? and when the monster stops growing
 is it doomed to die?
12.
Astronaut 03:07
can you teach me to be weightless and fancy how to make love naively on the planets you have seen I'm done waiting and light years are covering my face in star dust from gazing at the sky ~ dear madame, please --- shoot me to the moon like a canon ball and hear me fall two hundred thousand miles from home and you, you will catch me out in space daddy loves an astronaut daddy's gone for good ~ I fiercely await you my kisses, they could pierce you like comets leave craters on the surface of your skin and in our bed room the big bang still echoes the windows are shaking from many moons ago
13.
you said, there’s a mermaid in my attic she came with sailors that were stranded first afloat and then ashore do you dare to shut the door? and she smiles at dusty postcards sent from places we don’t know sent from islands gone under water some thirty years ago ~ and we traded all our secrets (you told me all, I told you none) about the ghosts in the machines --- about the ducklings that can sing --- before the banks became cathedrals --- about the penguins in the northern sky --- ~ and I said, every morning after sunrise there comes a moon faced vagabond riding a sickle in bright yellow into my mind and well beyond he hides in my sister’s closet is it the man from the moon? come on stay for a story and see our tales bloom

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released September 18, 2013

on ZITA Records

Video -seasick- youtu.be/eto-Aqj0j98
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Produced by Paul Plut
Music by Günther Paulitsch and Paul Plut
Lyrics by Julia Hager
Co-produced, mixed, and engineered by Christofer Frank
Mastered by Werner Weitschacher
Design and artwork by Maximilian Huber

Recorded in two days in april 2013
Guitar and vocals by Paul Plut
Drums and backing vocals by Günther Paulitsch
Additional bass and guitar by Paul Plut and Christofer Frank

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MARTA Vienna, Austria

MARTA is a bluespunk band with a knack for flexing the pop muscle. MARTA sings lovesongs for Klingons and fuzz-odes for 50 feet women.
MARTA is made up of brothers (Günther Paulitsch, drums and Stephan Paulitsch, bass) and lovers (Julia Hager, lyrics and Paul Plut, vocals/guitar) and is based in Vienna/Graz, Austria.
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