The Sea Urchin

by Manett

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about

THE SEA URCHIN are five songs I wrote and recorded between 2009-2012. They are my first forays as a solo artist. For other songs I appear in please check out the band cholo. Thank you to Mark Ospovat for your encouragement, sound judgement (pun intended), and hand-rolled cigarettes. I am also very grateful to Felipe Flores, David Kibbel, and Gary Gartlan for trusting my musical instincts when I did not. And finally much warmth to Alethea and Arlene Bordallo, Carlo Munoz, Aries Casta, Eoin McGrath, and Peter Prudente, without whose support and friendship I would've never finished the damn thing!

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released 31 March 2013
All music by Manett. Engineered and co-produced by Mark Ospovat at Emandee Studio, Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering. Cover artwork by Alexandra Levasseur.

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Track Name: Loose Unscrewed
He's high, she's fine
He's got her all the time
He's right, she sighs
He has a lovely dime

I write, I'm fine
Don't want to waste your time
But unsaid, denied
I washed out with the tide

So I lie
A very shiny lie
To be loose, unscrewed
Don't know where I end or where I begin!

He tries to be kind
Nothing left to define
But unsaid, the dread
He knows I've lost my mind

So I lie
A very shiny lie
To be loose, unscrewed
Don't know where I end or where I begin!
Track Name: Spider
I saw a spider
He was looking for a sparrow
He wanted to
be eaten by the sparrow

He had no hope
At the end of his rope

I said to spider
“Do you have any young children?”
He said he did
and they were waiting for their dinner

“I’d rather go off myself
than see them starve,
than see them starve!”

I saw the shadow
of a sparrow coming near
I turned to shoo it
so it wouldn’t get the spider

He said, “What you trying to do-o-o?”
I said, “If you got nothing to lo-o-ose,
why don’t you wait a day or two,
and if you wanna die come find me –

I’ll kill you myself!
Track Name: A Song I Forgot the Words To
Everyday is a song I forgot the words to
but still I sing along
Faith to heed the day in harmony
I hear a wondrous, and yet the faintest,
I hear a love song from the beyond!

Come with me as we lumber
toward the moonlight and listen in the dark
Great to harmonize and sing with you
In the darkness when I am blindest
I hear a love tune from the sun!
Track Name: Sunday
Ah, so sad we lost him on Sunday

He was a great big man
With two knots in his heart
He loved a young woman
She ripped him apart
And we tried and we tried and we tried and we tried
To put him back
And we cried and we cried and we cried and we cried
To lose the biggest man

Ah, so sad we lost him on Sunday

In the morning
In the evening
When I'm praying
When I'm singing
Wish you could be
Right next to me

When I'm wrong
When I'm right
All my life
The day I die
Wish you could be
Right beside me