SPEAK DELUXE

by Marla Mase

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...a True Groove Production


'[Marla's] fiesty message of peace [on SPEAK DELUXE] will perhaps wake up the beast in all of us. "Piece of Peace" is a fearless rock anthem performed for the U.N. Global Peace Day event in Linzhou, China last September. Marla Mase and global soul veteran Tomás Doncker were invited to the event to look into the heart and soul of all and awaken the desire for peace. As a citizen of the planet, Marla aggressively sang her "Piece of Peace" song with the same fervor that John Lennon sang "Give Peace a Chance" and with the same commitment John and Yoko participated in their two week long Bed-Ins for peace in Amsterdam and Montreal.' Huffington Post

“Marla Mase is sitting on quite the powder keg with her new album “SPEAK Deluxe”, an offering brimming with passion, anger, pain, wisdom, and compassion. What was the last album you heard that you could honestly say that about? Embracing everything from rock and roll, punk and reggae to spoken word, electronic, and downtempo music, Marla Mase will appeal to fans of Patti Smith, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, PJ Harvey and Ian Dury…….Marla Mase’s music and message is poised to spread in an industry starved for meaning.” — MusicPerk.com (March 6, 2013)

‘No matter the song, or message behind said song [on SPEAK DELUXE], Mase contains such a convincing believability within each moment of her vocals, it’s impossible to not be impressed.”Cody Conard, bigtakeover.com (Jun 04, 2013)

“Mase, a rising star and buzzed-about new figure within New York’s underground rock ‘n’ roll scene, isn’t the kind of female artist we’ve gotten used to hearing in the post-millennial music circuit. In an age where two of the biggest stars on the planet are female artists who take inspiration from classic singer/songwriter traditions (Taylor Swift, who borrows from ‘70s folk and pop, and Adele, who adds her soul and R&B records into the equation), Mase goes unapologetically in the other direction….her songs are dark, atmospheric, and gritty, and almost primal or elemental in execution. The songs on Speak are led by a voice that is harsh and rough around the edges, ornamented with loud guitars, and littered with shades of punk rock history. ” Craig Manning, absolutepunk.net (Jun 10, 2013)

“…the genre experimentation on this record is positively mind-bending – Mase transitions from airy spoken-word monologues to a dirty Patti Smith-style rocker like “Piece of Peace” to a kind of cheeky yet still meaningful reggae tune like “AnnaRexia” with no difficulty. The difference here is that Mase truly feels like she belongs in each of these genres. She embraces each style she attacks with aplomb, and the result is truly rewarding.” — read more Eric Garneau, nerdynothings.com (Feb. 25, 2013)

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released 28 February 2013
produced by Tomás Doncker and James Dellatacoma
label: True Groove
written by Marla Mase and Tomás Doncker
Lead: Marla Mase
guitars: Tomás Doncker
percussion: Daniel Sadownick
bass: Booker King and Josh David
drums: Tobias Ralph, Damon DueWhite and Mo Roberts
keyboards: Nick Rolfe and Manu Koch
Violin: Alan Grubner
Back-up vocals: Heather Powell, Tomás Doncker, Josh David
AnnaRexia and AnnaRexia Dubmix featuring Garrison Hawk on Vocals
AnnaRexia Dubmix by Bill Laswell
Engineer: James DellaTacoma at Orange Studios

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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: Scream (reprise)
I saw her. She came to me.
I saw her. She came to me.
And she said
WHY??

I saw her. She came to me.
I saw her, she came to me
And she said
WHYYYYYYY???

She’s all chained up, her arms bloody,
Her face is scratched, her eyes insane
WHY?

She’s torn and bleeding,
She’s In the dirt
She’s in a cellar
She’s all locked up
WHY?

Why didn’t you do anything?
WHY didn’t you say anything?
Why didn’t you tell anyone?
Why?
didn’t you scream?

She’s waiting
She’s waiting

She prays
To be saved

She’s waiting
She’s waiting

but The world never comes


Why? Why? Why?

FREE ME
FREE ME
FREE ME
FREE ME
Track Name: Piece of Peace
I dreamt of bright flowers
Huge blinding flowers
They went from the earth to the sky
Infinite they went in all directions

Blossoming and growing
They kept on going
Nothing could stop them
Nothing could stop them

So what’s stopping us?
So what’s stopping us?

PEACE – give me a piece of peace
We all need peace PLEASE
Give me a piece
Give me a piece
Give me a piece of peace

We say we all want the same things
We say we all need the same things
Babies sleeping
Food for eating
House to live in
Education

so what’s stopping us?
so what’s stopping us?
So what’s stopping us?

PEACE – give me a piece of peace
We all need peace PLEASE
Give me a piece
Give me a piece
Give me a piece of peace

PEACE – give me a piece of peace
(give me a piece of peace)
We all need peace PLEASE
Give me a piece
Give me a piece
Give me a piece of peace

I dreamt of bright flowers
Huge blinding flowers
They went from the earth to the sky
Infinite they went in all directions

Blossoming and growing
They kept on going
Nothing could stop them
Nothing could stop them

So what’s stopping us?
(what's stopping us?)
So what’s stopping us?

PEACE – give me a piece of peace
We all need peace PLEASE
Give me a piece
Give me a piece
Give me a piece of peace

PEACE – give me a piece of peace
We all need peace PLEASE
Give me a piece
Give me a piece
Give me a piece of peace

We say we all want the same things
We say we all need the same things
Babies sleeping
Food for eating
House to live in
Education
So what’s stopping us?
So what’s stopping us
So what’s stopping us?
Track Name: Open Up My Heart
Open up my heart (open open)
Open up my heart (open open)
Come on deep inside (deeper deeper)
Come on deep inside (deeper deeper)
Got nothing left to hide (open open)
Got nothing left to hide (open open)

Free Me
Free Me
Free Me
Please

Once upon a time there was a princess. She was the apple of her father’s eye, and to him she could do no wrong. But alas, our Princess was fragile. She was born with a hole in her heart. And so she always knew that her day here was numbered.

She was forbidden to play, forbidden to laugh, forbidden to do anything that might cause her excitement or agitation in fear that it might do her grave harm and so she was forced to remain at home where she would always remain safe.

It wasn’t that she wasn’t loved. It was that she was loved too much.

PRINCESS:
‘I am tired
Can’t go on like this.
I want to feel
love’s first kiss upon my lips.”

‘I am tired.
Can’t go on like this.
I want to feel
love’s first kiss upon my lips.”


Marla
Open Up My Heart
(open open)
Open Up My Heart
(open open)

Come on deep inside
Come on deep inside

I’ve got nothing left to hide
(open open)
I’ve got nothing left to hide
(open open)

Free Me
Free Me
Free Me
Please
Track Name: Lioness
I am a big hungry lioness
Lying lazily in a heap
on the hot hot concrete
I don’t move much
I don’t see much
And I don’t feel much
Other than the sun, which beats down upon me with a memory of other suns
I dare not think of it

Each day
they throw
a piece of meat my way
I get up
I eat it
And I lie back down

Once upon a time there was a feeder
he was not afraid of me
or indifferent….to me

he looked directly into my eyes
He even dared to venture close to my body, to observe, to speak
This man spoke to me

I cannot speak his language so I do not answer him
But I cannot tear my eyes from him
I can no longer sit still
I can no longer sit still
I can no longer sit still
I can no longer sit still
So I get up

I pace around my cage
Mumbling lowly growls
I want more of this man
More of his food

I am no longer lazy, or indifferent to time
Each day is intolerable in its length
And, intolerably delicious

My hunger mounts and mounts and mounts
And my grumblings grow louder and louder and louder and louder until I can take it no longer and I do what I have never done before - - ROAR ROAR ROAR ROAR


The next day my feeder is gone.
They replace him with one who does not, “agitate the beast.”
Track Name: New Cell Phone
New beginnings – a new cell phone number
It's a big deal
To change one’s cell phone number
Hundreds, perhaps thousands of people have had this number,
Family, friends, business associates, clients, ex-lovers, new lovers, robots, husbands, credit card collectors, ex-husbands, acquaintances, all had this number

I wanted this change, and I am relieved for this change,

My ex-husband has asthma, he's allergic to the cats
so there's no more long family dinners here at our flat
Yes, it’s time for a change
Blank Slate

I am grateful for everything I have
And I am
Undoubtedly blessed
all true
And yet, I still have one small problem

The feelings keep coming
The feelings keep coming
Like the rain keeps coming
trains keep coming
Like the snow keeps coming
seasons keep coming
And I am so stubborn
I just want to turn away
I don’t want to look their way
I just want to turn away
I don’t want to look their way

But the
feelings keep coming
The feelings keep coming
Like time keeps coming
Like the sun keeps coming
the moon keeps coming
the earth keeps spinning
grass keeps growing
And the bills keep coming
the years keep coming
love keeps coming
laughter keeps coming
And the tears keep coming
Like I keep coming
I just want to turn away
I don’t want to look their way
I just want to turn away
I don’t want to look their way

Yes, I changed my cell phone number today
The one that I got 8 and 1/2 years ago
During that summer

When on a hot solstice eve
Destiny barged in and changed the course
Like a professor fed up, bored,
Might change his course
After years of teaching the same course
He decides, of course,
That a new curriculum is what is needed!

so too did Destiny call for a change in the curriculum of my life

after all, new facts have come in.
The old ones no longer relevant
Just like in those times of yore
When what was flat was round and what was round was found
To be the cause to sound -- heretic, sinner, witch,
Subsequently causing them to pound the ground
With what is known as a martyr

And the martyr in this case, my case,
was sadly
someone in my family
Or perhaps it was the entire family.
Not really sure
But I know that
Change had descended upon us
Like a little bomb
A smart bomb targeted specifically for our home

The feelings keep coming
The feelings keep coming
Like the rain keeps coming
trains keep coming
Like the snow keeps coming
seasons keep coming
And I am so stubborn
I just want to turn away
I don’t want to look their way
I just want to turn away
I don’t want to look their way

But The feelings keep coming
the feeling keeps coming
Like the sun keeps coming
the moon keeps coming
the earth keeps spinning
grass keeps growing
And the bills keep coming
the years keep coming
love keeps coming
laughter keeps coming
And the tears keep coming
Like I keep coming
I just want to turn away
I don’t want to look their way
I just want to turn away
I don’t want to look their way

But the feelings keep coming
The feelings keep coming
Like time keeps coming
Like love keeps coming
Like change keeps coming
Like I keep coming
I just want to turn away
I don’t want to look their way
I just want to turn away
I don’t want to feel
Track Name: Queen of Imperfection
ain’t no cover girl
ain’t no pornographic super model movie star

I’m cracked, flawed, defective
Just like you are

I’m the Queen of Imperfection
Queen of Imperfection
I’m the Queen of Imperfection
I’m not messing around messing around

I got green eyes
Yeah, they’re different sized
They’ll see right through your soul

my body has some wear and tear
Cause it ain’t been airbrushed
And I don’t care

I’m the Queen of Imperfection
Queen of Imperfection
I’m the Queen of Imperfection
I’m not messing around messing around messing around messing around
I’m not messing around messing around messing around messing around

Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa
Yo soy la reina
Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Yo no soy perfecta
pa pa pap pap pa pa pa
Yo soy la reina
blah blah blah blah blah


ain’t no cover girl
Ain’t no pornographic supermodel movie star
My hair ain’t combed
My house is a wreck
And I spend too much time on the internet

I’m the Queen of Imperfection
Queen of Imperfection
I’m the Queen of Imperfection
I’m not messing around messing around messing around messing around
I’m not messing around messing around messing around messing around

ain’t no cover girl ain’t no pornographic super model movie star

I’m cracked, flawed, defective
Just like you are just like you are just like you are just like you are

(repeat chorus)

blah blah blah
Track Name: She Hooked Him Up
She hooked him up
Hooked him up
With her sweet sweet body
She hooked him up

She hooked him up
Hooked him up
With her sweet sweet body
She hooked him up

He hooked her up
Hooked her up
With his honey sweetness
He hooked her up

His skin like chocolate butter
She’s smearing it all over

Ah ah oo oo

She hooked him up
Hooked him up
With her yummy goodness
She hooked him up

She is a sweet oasis
He’s really going places

He going down down down
like he promised in his dirty sex text


she going down
she going down down
she going down down down

like she promised in her dirty sex text

Ah ah

He could smell her, he swore he could, even though she was fully clothed and at least 6’ away from him
She radiated a stream of steamy promises and she had an animal prowess—
how could no one else notice this about her?
Was he losing his mind? Was he losing his mind?

She could smell him, she swore she could
Even though he was fully clothed and at least 6’ away from her
He radiated a stream of steamy promises – and he was such an animal – oh yeah, she could tell—
how could no one else notice this about him?
Was she losing her mind? Was she losing her mind?

Ah ah oo oo

She hooked him up
Hooked him up
With her sweet sweet body
She hooked him up

He hooked her up
Hooked her up
With his honey sweetness
That sexy chocolate genius

She hooked him up
Track Name: Divine Restlessness
I often get the feeling that I have something to do
Even when I don’t
My work is all done, the kids are fine, still I don’t feel free
Like there’s some thing I forgot
Some thing I need to share
Some key I need to find
That will quiet down my mind

Divine Restlessness
Calling me away
Pulling me away
Divine Restlessness

I should be fulfilled
Life is good
All around stability
Yet I can’t relax
Sit on the couch
Sip tea or watch TV
It grabs a hold of me

Divine Restlessness
Calling me away
Pulling me away
Divine Restlessness

It tells me I have to speak
It tells me I have to speak
And it won’t let me go
won’t let me go
It tells me I have to speak
It tells me I have to speak
And it won’t let me go
it won’t let me go

It tells me I have to speak
And it won’t let me go
it won’t let me go

It tells me I have to speak
And it won’t let me go
it won’t let me go

like there’s some thing I forgot
some thing I need to share
some key I need to find
that will quiet down my mind

Divine Restlessness
Calling me away
Pulling me away
Divine Restlessness
Calling me away
Pulling me away

It tells me I have to speak
It tells me I have to speak
And it won’t let me go
it won’t let me go
(REPEAT and OUT)
Track Name: AnnaRexia
People like to make light of it
They see it on the cover of a magazine
People like to make fun of it
They think it’s only part of celebrity scene
Reality is people dying
Reality is people starving
It’s a hex, it’s a vex on our nation (nation, nation)
It’s no exaggeration

AnnaRexia AnnaRexia
Anna anna anna anna rexia
Anna anna anna anna rexia
AnnaRexia
AnnaRexia

so what's the message we are sending
why self-hatred we promote
with them TV, newspaper, magazine
how about time we make some money w/ a different plan
get real see people suffer the consequence
save yourself from suicidal trench
internet promoting them zero size jeans
give them such terrible delusional dreams

The world is topsy turvy
When our girls don’t like their curvy

AnnaRexia AnnaRexia
Anna Anna Anna Anna Rexia
Anna anna anna anna rexia
AnnaRexia
AnnaRexia

Lose 10 more lbs
lose 10 more lbs
lose 10 more lbs
just another 10 lbs

Why do our girls feel too big for their bodies?
Why do our girls feel too small in this world?

Lose 10 more lbs
(for the way she used to look so nice)
Lose 10 more lbs
(anything to make her body right)

She can’t get away from the demons in her head
She wanna walk around like the living dead

Lose 10 more lbs
(it's like the shadow give her body a fight)
Lose 10 more lbs
(procrastinating to the body type)

She-body gonna eat itself alive
Heart and brain they cannot survive
AnnaRexia
(they walk around and look so feeble so)
AnnaRexia
(don't be take over by the evil so)

Reality is people dying
Reality is people starving
It’s a hex, it’s a vex on our nation
(day to day we have to pray)
It’s no exaggeration

Anna Rexia Anna Rexia
Anna anna anna anna rexia
Anna anna anna anna rexia
Anna Rexia Anna Rexia
Anna Anna Anna Anna Rexia
Anna Rexia Anna Rexia
Anna Anna Anna Anna Rexia
Anna Anna Anna Anna Rexia
Anna Rexia Anna Rexia
(somebody need to fix this)

She’s on a hunger strike till her world is right
on a hunger strike till her life is right
It’s not a war but it is a war
It’s an internal war
It’s a cultural war
a spiritual war
Believe in life
Track Name: Kill Love
What’s the point babe
Tell me the point babe
My loving you
Your lovin’ me
if its got no space to grow

Tell me the point babe
Convince me of the point babe
And maybe maybe I’ll stay

I’m going to kill love
I’m going to kill love
I’m going to stab it
Let the blood Drip out of it
Until it’s dead, until it’s dead


I’m going to kill love
I’m going to kill love
I’m going to kick it
Smash it
And murder it
Until it’s dead, until it’s dead

What’s the point babe
Tell me the point babe
My loving you
Your lovin’ me
If its got no space to grow

Tell me the point babe
Convince me of the point babe
And maybe maybe I’ll stay

I wanna rip my heart out
Expose it to you
So maybe then you’ll see
How much
I love you

I’m going to kill love
I’m going to kill love
I’m going to rip it out
From inside of me
And smother it
Until it’s dead, until it’s dead

What’s the point babe
Tell me the point babe
My loving you
Track Name: Blog
I am disappearing
I am disappearing
Where is my body?
Where is my body?

I am one big BLOG
Floating around the universe
Full of words thoughts and ideas
I just sit here and stare into space

What happened to my arms
I can’t find my legs
Where is my face

I just sit here and stare into space

I am lost in a crowded painting
Surrounded by colors, dots, lines
A speck
Screaming (to be noticed)
In a world where sound is an impossibility

I haven’t left my home in 3 years
I just sit here and stare into space

where are my arms
my legs
I can’t find my face

I am disappearing
I am disappearing
Where is my body?
Where is my body?
My PHANTOM BODY ACHES
it wants to be touched
in invisible places
I can feel it but I can’t see it

It yearns to return
Track Name: Dance the Tango
I read about your death
in the local paper
Said your age, 54,
Left a note
couldn’t take it anymore anymore anymore
Anymore anymore anymore

I read about your death
in the local paper
not married, no family
Devoted to your job

But they forgot to mention how you liked to laugh
And how you loved to dance the tango
But they forgot to mention how you liked to laugh
And how you loved to dance the tango

Oh oh oh

you were a woman with no outside life
that is the story they’ll tell us today
How to flesh out a life in so few words?
Explain such a tragedy, it is so absurd
they like to keep it simple
for the reader to understand
so they tell us her life was empty sad and bland
How to flesh out a life in so few words?
Explain such a tragedy, it is so absurd

I read about your death
in the local paper
Said your age, 54,
Left a note, couldn’t take it anymore anymore anymore
Anymore anymore anymore
Anymore anymore anymore
Anymore anymore anymore
Anymore anymore anymore


But they forgot to mention how you liked to laugh
And how you loved to dance the tango
But they forgot to mention how you liked to laugh
And how you loved to dance the tango

Dance the Tango
Dance the tango
Dance the tango
Dango the tango
Dance dance dance dance dance
Dance the tango
Ooh oooh ooooh

Dance the tango
oh oh ohhh
Track Name: Smithereens
I don’t need you anymore for day to day,
for normal things
I just need you
To stoke the wild fire that burns within

Take you apart
Explore you
I think I know you
cause we are both the same

You are my anger my love my passion
You are my fear my hate my darkness
Yes, you are
explode me please
into smithereens

I just want to love you far away,
from this world
forget the trivialities
shed my shell,

remove the raving lunacy
wrap myself around you and within you
cause we are both the same

You are my anger my love my passion
You are my fear my hate my darkness
Yes, you are
explode me please
into smithereens


na na na na
na na na
na na na na
na na na
na na na na
na na na

I don’t need you anymore for day to day,
for normal things
I just need you
To stoke the wild fire that burns within

Flood you
Still you,
with my waters
cause we are both the same

we are both the same
we are both the same
na na na na
na na na
Track Name: Scream
I saw her. She came to me.
I saw her. She came to me.
And she said
WHY??

I saw her. She came to me.
I saw her, she came to me
And she said
WHYYYYYYY???


Why didn’t you do anything?
WHY didn’t you say anything?
Why didn’t you tell anyone?
Why?
didn’t you scream?


She’s waiting for the world to save her
She’s waiting for the world to save her
But the world never comes
The world never comes


I saw her. She came to me.
I saw her, she came to me
And she said
WHY??

I saw her. She came to me.
I saw her, she came to me
And she said
WHYYYYYYY???

She’s all chained up, her arms bloody,
Her face is scratched, her eyes insane
WHY?

She’s torn and bleeding,
She’s In the dirt
She’s in a cellar
She’s all locked up
WHY?

Why didn’t you do anything?
WHY didn’t you say anything?
Why didn’t you tell anyone?
Why? didn’t you scream?


She’s waiting for the world to save her
She’s waiting for the world to save her
but the world never comes
but the world never come

She’s waiting for the world to save her
She’s waiting for the world to save her
She’s waiting for the world to save her

But the world never comes
The world never comes

Why? didn’t you scream?
Why? didn’t you scream?
Why? didn’t you scream?
Track Name: Squirm
I want to shut the shit down
Burn my affirmations
I want to shut the shit down
That’s my proclamation

I want to be mean
Not friendly or nice
Get out of this scene
Put my feelings on ice

I want to shut the shit down
I want to shut the shit down
I want to shut the shit down
And squirm like a worm

I want to shut the shit down
Go away somewhere
I want to shut the shit down
Get outta here

I want to shut the shit down
I want to shut the shit down
I want to shut the shit down
And squirm like a worm

I want to
Squirm squirm
Like a worm
I want to squirm squirm
Like a worm
I want to squirmmmmmmmmmmm
Like a wormmmmmmmm



I’m tired of being up up up up
I want to hide down below
I’m hungry for that dark dark dark dark
Cause that’s where I need to go

I want to get out of the light
Lay down in the dirt
Feel the damp dank earth on my skin
And let it all begin

I’m tired of being up up up up
I want to hide down below
I’m hungry for that dark dark dark dark
Cause that’s where I need to go

I want to shut the shit down
I want to shut the shit down
I want to shut the shit down
And squirm like a worm
I want to squirm squirm
Like a worm
I want to squirm squirm squirm squirm
Like a worm
I want to squirmmmmmmmm
Like a wormmmmmmmm

I want to squirm squirm
Like a worm
I want to squirm squirm squirm squirm
like a worm
I want to squirmmmmmm
Like a wormmmmmmm

I want to squirm squirm squirm squirm
like a wormmmmmmmm

like a wormmmmmmmmmm
like a wormmmmmmmmmm

like a worm