Half​-​Life

by Marla Mase

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released 25 February 2014

All songs written by Marla Mase/Tomás Doncker except 'Hold Fast Your Dreams" written by Louise Driscoll, Roberta Mase and Marla Mase (inspired by Louise Driscoll's poem, 'Hold Fast Your Dreams)

produced by Tomás Doncker/James Dellatacoma for True Groove
recorded/mixed by James Dellatacoma at Orange Music Sound Studio
mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtletoneStudio

Lead/Background Vocals: Marla Mase
Guitars: Tomás Doncker/James Dellatacoma
Bass: Josh David/Kevin Jenkins
Bass on "The Heart Beats" Bill Laswell
Drums: Mike Faulkner
Harmonica: David Barnes
Sax: Mark Henry
Keyboard: Manu Koch/James Dellatacoma
Background vocals: Charlie Funk featured on 'Bitch in Heat'
Backgound vocals: Tomás Doncker, Mike Faulkner, Josh David, Heather Powell
Auraluminence: Sam Claiborne

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Marla Mase New York, New York

Marla Mase is a writer/performer from New York City. She writes songs, plays, erotica, blogs, & poems. She is known for her provocative performance style, intelligent lyrics & is regarded as a musical pioneer by her peers. Her songs are a fusion of rock-n-roll, spoken word, funk, punk, and Global Soul. Marla is backed by the Tomás Doncker Band and is signed to True Groove Records. ... more

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Track Name: Drown in Blue
I’m on the move
I’m on the move
I can’t stop
cause if I do
It’s gonna get me
It’s gonna get me

gotta keep moving
all the time
gotta keep busy
or I’ll lose my mind
walk fast talk fast work fast think fast
see --- nothin’ slow ‘bout me

I’m a speed demon
I gotta be
cause if I ain’t
the party’s over
the party’s over

it’s not that my life is so bad, it’s pretty good actually
it’s just that the world can be rotten
and I don’t wanna Drown in Blue
don't wanna Drown in Blue

I’m on the move
I’m on the move
I can’t stop
cause if I do
It’s gonna get me
It’s gonna get me
It’s gonna get me
It’s gonna get me

one time I did it
I slowed down
and sure enough
it got me
just when I was feeling really good
and clean and comfy
like when your mama take you out of your bath
and wrap you up in one of them towels with the hoods
and pours baby powder all over you
mmmmmmmmmm
I was feeling fine

and just then it grabbed me by the throat
so hard I couldn’t breathe
so hard I could feel my chest burst
and the next thing I knew
my heart was racing
and I couldn’t stop it
and my usual optimistic self
was seeing the whole world in blue

Afraid it’s coming down on me
And my turn is comin’ next
keep me a prisoner forever
And forever seems so long in blue
don’t wanna drown in blue
Drown in Blue
Don’t wanna Drown in blue
Track Name: Half-Life
I want to say something true
Got nothing to say
I want to feel something new – something different today
That’s why I called you over
That’s why I called you over

no pressure from me
Just let it be
Just let it be

nothing lasts forever – no never
tonight I need your lovin’ -
nothing lasts forever – no never
tonight I need your lovin’ - your lovin’


Don’t get me wrong
The moment I met you I missed you
one of those things
can’t explain
It’s Ending as soon as it begins
It’s a Half Life
Ending as soon as it begins
Half life

CHORUS
Nothing Lasts Forever No Never
tonight I need your lovin’
Nothing Lasts Forever No Never
tonight I need your lovin
cause Nothing Lasts Forever No Never
Nothing lasts Forever No Never
I said Nothing Lasts Forever No Never
tonight I need your Lovin’ - your lovin’

SPOKEN WORD
The magic of what we have lies in that space between the having and the not having – it sits in that place, between, that’s undefined.

People like to say to me ‘why do you like people who aren’t available’ and I tell them well perhaps I am the one who is not available or perhaps I’m as available as I’ll ever be.

(‘that’s why I called you over.’)

Hey I am a practical woman and I get what I want.
I am a practical woman who believes in magic, who insists on it, not just in the nighttime, but all the time and not just with you, but in everything I do……
Track Name: Things That Scare Me (2014 Club Version))
There are so many things that scare me
I can’t even begin to count
There are so many things that scare me
I never thought I’d amount
To being
A mother, a sister, a writer, a daughter, a debtor, an actor, a lover

To tell you the truth people, I’m in a state of shock
It’s a miracle given my predilections that I ever left this dock
Cause let me tell you all
when I say, I fall, I mean it, I fall

I’m a schizoid diuretic
Germaphobic diabetic
Borderline depressive
Bipolar repressive
Introverted neurotic
Extroverted psychotic and
Hyperactive narcissist

Don’t you dare
try and diagnose me
Don’t you dare
ry and diagnose me
Don’t you dare try and diagnose me
Cause you’ll never ever catch me

Chorus:
Cause I’m slippery when wet
I got dangerous curves
You better yield when you merge
Next to me
I’m under construction
Men at work all around me
I suggest you take that detour
Cause my pavement is icy
Caution – Speed Bump ahead

There are so many things that scare me
Ever since I was a kid
There are so many things that scare me
And still I haven’t rid
Like electric-shock therapy
Being tortured in a war
The Incredible Mr. Limpet
or having a panic attack on tour
Meetings with lawyers really get my goat, as do journalists with terrorist slits in their throats,
dophins being slaughtered, jelly fish on my hind quarters and suicidal daughters.

Still I have made it here today
to being

A mother, a sister, a writer, a daughter, a debtor, an actor, a lover

To tell you the truth people, I’m in a state of shock
It must have been a slip of my mind

cause
I’m an Impulsive Catatonic, hebreonic, Byronic, hedonistic platonic sardonic histrionic, Teutonic despotic, bubonic Maseonic, Supersonic Bionic 21st Century Fox.


Don’t you dare
try and diagnose me
Don’t you dare
try and diagnose me
Don’t you dare try
and diagnose me

Cause You’ll never ever catch me

Chorus
Cause I’m slippery when wet
I’ve Got dangerous curves
You better yield when you merge
Next to me
I’m under construction
Men at work all around me
I suggest you take that detour
Cause my pavement is icy
Caution – Speed Bump ahead

I ain’t what I seem
So If I appear in your dream
It just might mean
I flew in through your window screen
I’ll invade all your thoughts
Can’t take me to court
Cause I’ll manage to thwart
All the rules that you’re taught
Cause I can’t be caught
But don’t be fraught
With worries about me
Cause I’m just a Party Planner……

I make fun parties (Party People)
Funnnnnn
Fun fun fun funf fun fun
Fun parties people (party people)
Oh yeah
I make so fun parties
Wooo yeah woo
Hey listen it’s about fun people
It really is, it’s all about funnnnnn
so don't worry about the placement of your napkin or if all the colors match
or whether or not you have a sub-zero refrigerator
because it's all about fun
fun fun fun fun fun Fun fun fun fun fun fun funn
Fun Fun
and fun spelled backwards is NUF
I hope I didn't leave my cat in the dryer
Track Name: The Heart Beats (feat. Bill Laswell on Bass)
The heart beats 100,000x a day
Each person 100,000x a day
35 million times in a year
2.5 billion times in a lifetime

there are 6 billion people in the world
2 billion of them children or something like that
we're not really sure
each beating 100,000x a day
electrical circuits cohabitating cojoining coexisting

and the beats they merge they mingle
they seek out other beats
yes the beat is always looking for itself
to be in rhythm to be in sync to be one
it’s our global soul calling

what happens to them happens to us
their memories are our memories
beating beating beating beating

It has been said that love always find its object
and never stops until it does so
It's also been said that love is an act of freedom – emancipating not ourselves but the other)

yes the beat is always looking for itself
100, 000x times a day
35 million times a year
2.5 billion times in a lifetime
beating beating

we are all in this dance together
Track Name: Gaping Hole
Can you fill it?
Can you fill it?
The gaping hole.

Can you fix it?
Can you fix it?
The gaping hole.

I tried for so very long
but still somehow I get it wrong
the gaping hole.

It stares at me so viciously
It torments me so deliciously
my gaping hole.

Can you fill it?
Can you fill it?
The gaping hole.
(gaping hole)

Can you fix it?
Can you fix it?
The gaping hole.
(gaping hole)

I’m acting out all over the place
I’m acting out, it’s such a disgrace
Don’t think I have what it takes
to escape from
this gaping hole, this gaping hole.

And
It don’t matter
It don’t matter
Whether you’re in
or out
Of my life
Either way I’m pouring out,
I’m pouring out
I’m pouring out
Of this gaping hole.

Can you fill it?
Can you fill it?
The gaping hole.
(gaping hole)

Can you fix it?
Can you fix it?
The gaping hole.
(gaping hole)

our wholeness has been ripped from us
our faith, our trust our G-dly lust
piece by piece it has eroded
and all that’s left is a gaping hole, a gaping hole

And
It don’t matter
It don’t matter
Whether you’re in
or out
Of my life
Either way I’m pouring out, I’m pouring out, I’m pouring out
of this gaping hole.
And
It don’t matter
It don’t matter
Whether you’re in
or out
Of my life
Either way I’m pouring out
(it’s not you) (I thought it was you) (it never was you.)
(it don’t matter)
either way I’m pouring out, I’m pouring out, I’m pouring out
Of this gaping hole. (gaping hole)

And
It don’t matter
It don’t matter
Whether you’re in
or out
Of my life
Track Name: Drown in Blue (reprise)
I'm on the move
I'm on the move
I can't stop
because if I do
it's gonna get me
it's gonna get me
it's gonna get me
it's gonna get me

it's not that my life is so bad
it's pretty good actually
it's just that the world can be rotten
and I don't want to drown in blue
don't want to drown in blue
blue
don't want to drown in blue
Track Name: Bitch in Heat (feat. Charlie Funk)
It’s been said that she’s in heat
surrounded by men
All of them smell her scent
And they come out of the woodwork to get some

out of alleyways
Bars, countries, Mercedes benz’, happy homes
they’ll scale walls of stone

while she……the witch
the bitch in heat
wails in the distance wails in the distance
her lonely song All night

Charlie FunK; Hey Come on Girl Hey Hey Come On Come On Girl

they, the men, cover their ears
blockade the doors
engage in chores

stoke the fire stacking wood
and dream all day
of how they could
no matter what they do can’t resist the thought of her
a midnight tryst unending bliss
never ending bliss
while she……the witch
the bitch in heat
wails in the distance wails in the distance
her lonely song : ALL NIGHT LONG
she……the witch
the bitch in heat
wails in the distance wails in the distance
her lonely song : her lonely song

2x
old, young, rich and poor
proud, beaten, insecure
she’s seen them all she’s seen them all
fast, slow, black and white
short, tall, some just right
she knows them all, she’s knows them all

Spoken: And they tell her all sots of things like Girl I love your brains and you know what else you make me wanna, you make me wanna, you make me wanna get up early for you girl and I don't wake up early for no one in my life -- no, not my mama, my boss, my kid, no, not even my wife - no honey.....ahhhhhhhhhhh


Charlie Funk:
Hey Come on Girl
Hey Hey Come On Come On Girl
Hey Come on Girl
Hey Hey Come On Come On Girl

(wails in the distance)
Track Name: Hold Fast Your Dreams
Hold Fast Your Dreams
Within your heart
Hold Fast your dreams
In one sacred spot

Where sheltered so
Will thrive and grow
Where doubt and fear
Are not

Hold Fast Your Dreams
Within your heart
And keep them safe
In your world a part
With wishes that
Have not come true
Let hope and magic work for you

Hold Fast Your Dreams
Hold Fast Your Dreams

(spoken word)
Maybe she did see things differently with that birthmarked eye. They had no idea what she saw, what they were blind to, and would always be kept from, of her world. It was a door locked to them forever.

You see, with one eye life was exactly as it was explained to her. But With the other, she saw into, through, above their world.

So Keep a place within your heart
A place for dreams to start

Hold Fast Your Dreams
Hold Fast Your Dreams