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Marbles II

from Marbles II by SPOUSE

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The song "Marbles" was originally released in 1999 as a b-side to SPOUSE's second 7" single "Focus". This is a new recording of the song featuring José Ayerve and Alisha Goldblatt on vocals, with J.J. O'Connell on drums and percussion/noises.

[for Anneliese D.]


(Lyrics by Alisha Goldblatt, José Ayerve, and Thom Monahan)

Flight was hours late
I’m waiting by the baggage claim
I’ve been here twice before
But this time it’s just not familiar

Dean got down to business
He said, “Were you in Seattle with my wife?”

Can’t take a suitcase
And I can’t tell where I’ve been
So you’re taken off my calendar
Wait until your husband’s gone

Stammered out a reply
Something like, “My mother’s sick.”
Flowers wilted
And “I’ve never met your wife.”
Check beneath my rental car
Landmine, 7 under par
Blown-out pilot light (on the dancefloor)
This time you can’t make it seem like
Fortify my weakness on the 7:29 from Chicago

Can’t take a suitcase
And I can’t tell where I've been
I can’t feel the letdown
‘Cause I don’t know how it’s been
I can’t hear the quiet
And I can’t turn off the sound
Of the pages from my calendar
Wait until your husband's gone

Smoke another cigarette
Make it to the last drag...


from Marbles II, released December 2, 2022
José Ayerve - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keys
Alisha Goldblatt - Vocals
J.J. O'Connell - Drums, Percussion, Atmospheric Noise

Recorded and mixed by SPOUSE



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Hailing from New England, SPOUSE formed in 1995. The band, led by José Ayerve and J.J. O’Connell is a collaborative of several musicians that come together to create, record, and perform frenetic, melodic, anthemic indie rock and pop, drawing from a multitude of influences. To date, their catalog features seven full-length albums, several EPs, singles, compilation tracks, and live recordings. ... more

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