Truman's Hat EP

by The Marble Tea

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    Ah, dear Truman Capote.

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    This limited edition of 100 CDs is burned to order, put together and stamped & numbered by hand, and shipped to you from a secret location on the Jersey Shore. The CD contains one song ("Such A Beautiful Bird") not available as a download.

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about

The “Truman’s Hat” EP is an acoustic-based set of songs recorded in Garageband on an Apple computer. It was originally intended as a project to demonstrate from start to finish - from recording to distribution - the ease with which anyone could create their own simple musical album and deliver it to the public. However, that task proved too arduous for the ambiguously ambitious Marble Tea, and the project was scrapped for a period of years after only a few blog postings and instructional videos ( now cataloged online at trumanshat.wordpress.com ).

Since the songs had been mostly recorded and were sitting dormant in the computer, it was decided in April 2012 to finish them, mix them, and let them see the world. The CD version of the EP contains six songs and is released in a homemade, limited edition of 100. Downloadable versions of the EP consist of five songs, leaving the track “Such A Beautiful Bird” as a physical exclusive.

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released May 1, 2012

Songs & Noises by KBJr
Artwork & Design by Mauricio Carey (maunet.com)

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The Marble Tea Point Pleasant

Drawing mandalas and watching Captain Kangaroo...that's pretty much what it's like in here. I enjoy writing songs about my cats and cartoon insects, but I'm also fond of feeling up the tentacles that lead to the oneness of existence. That's the Marble Tea experience.

Recommended for fans of Jonathan Richman, Robyn Hitchcock, Jazz Butcher, Magnetic Fields, etc.
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Track Name: Truman's Hat
he was a little man
you know it's true
and he had a little voice
that was funny too
but he had a way with words

a pretty boy
in his youth
he posed for a picture
that revealed the truth
i wish that i could have called him friend

pills and booze
and all night talks
parties movies and novels
what charm what grace
what shoes what style

but he had another side
i didn't really no it
till he had died
when i read about it
in a book

they say he had a nasty way
about him when he drank
they say he had a nasty way
about him when he drank

they say he puked a lot
and imposed on his friends
i don't know the reason
and i guess it died with him

so i wonder
what went on
under
truman's hat
[repeat until bored]
Track Name: I've Got A Feeling About You, Dear
i've got a feeling
about you dear
a feeling
i want you near
i want to feel your breath
on my ear
i want to feel your hand
on my thigh

you're so pretty baby
you're so fine
this is one time
when love is not blind

if you're a dancer
i'm right behind
if you're a railroad
i'm the end of the track

you're so pretty baby
you're too much
i will ask you
for one little thing

if you're drinking honey
i'm your cup
if you're lowdown
then i'll pick you up
Track Name: Let's Go Somewhere
When she takes her lipstick off
Mine are the lips she puts it on
We never thought it would look like this
It starts with a wink
And ends with the big kiss

Where do we go
When we walk around
You can’t catch a bus
In this little town
I just want to eat
And to wash my face
But people stare at us
Like we’re from outer space

Any way you want me to
I’ll be the one for you

We could go back to bed
Or we could go to a movie
Or we could choose a city
On your gas station map

Let’s go somewhere my darling
Let’s go somewhere my friend

I was asleep when the time zones changed
Her in the bathroom mirror so deranged
You may gain an hour but you lose a friend
At least there’re more to make in new orleans

If you touch me there again
They might throw us in jail

Let’s go somewhere my darling
Let’s go somewhere my friend

Let’s go somewhere where people are crazy
We’ll all dance like mad fools
Let’s go somewhere where we can be strangers
And we’ll fall in love again
Yes we’ll fall in love again
Track Name: Baggage
She flies away like a bird just untethered
While I’m standing here with my suitcase so weathered
Every appointment is written while smiling
But once turned away, the engagement’s forgotten

Many are heroes and some of them wounded
They sit in a row and you can’t see the bruises
So I take my place in a seat by the window
I think of her now as I think of her always

She came to me timidly like the first snowfall
I caught on my tongue in the pale blush of winter
I needed a blanket, I needed an elbow
She laughed at my joke and then wiped up the horror

Angels are sailboats, we take them for joyrides
Squandering the wind that was ours to begin with
The devil made airplanes I’d swear at this moment
For festering away the ill and unwanted
Just like me….
Track Name: Her Name Is Pretty
Her name is pretty
and we know each other well
In fact we know each other weller
than anyone else thinks that we know
each other well that is

Her hair is very red
and her skin is very pale
Her eyes are like the secrets
that you tell when you’re in jail
I’ve got two litre dreams
and a case of missing wood
but it doesn’t mean that I don’t think
the things she does are good
just ask her

She’s loved a lot of men
but none of them were me
At least none of them were me
until one of them just happened to be me
you know, not one of them

Her humor’s very strange
her obsessions very strong
Her tape collection’s bigger
than the eggrolls in hong kong
I’ve got 200 bucks
and a bed that’s on the way
but it doesn’t look like I’ll be sleeping
as a team today
maybe tonight

Her name is pretty
and we know each other well
In fact we know each other weller
than anyone else thinks that we know
each other well