Iris Nova

by Mudville

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1.
Eternity 04:59
They say its all for nothing Creation no more than a place of mocking woe A waking wait in slumberland (yeah, time is a lion - no one can rely on it) They're asking, "Where's my promised glory, where's my fate?" They don't know they're closer to the truth than God (so sentimental) They're the seekers sick and pleading for the vision to see Eternity A cloud to make a home, some alchemy of life's debris They are seekers who will live to die of wishing to see Eternity Trade imitations for the wonderful law We stand in heaven's doorway, in hell's parade at every moment So instead of mourning why not let's celebrate Every day out of life In place of real emotion Kill off that little love your heart can find For those not of your kind Be that your foolish maker’s disaster plan? Oh yeah, you got it in writing They're the wonders not perceiving they're a wake on the sea Eternity Clean as the stars are old Ever the burning brightly free We are wonders ever feeding what the minute could be Eternity Leave all your bets, it’s such a wonderful law Rare as the dust of worlds on one finger is your bone and memory And love is only love, a cold wind can turn it to pain We could be all we ever wanted Or head for a crash landing
2.
Wonder Boy 05:11
This one's a little like you, soul-dark and rainy-eyed You run in your sleep, I'm still in motion You take it hard and you hold it deep But ah, I call it sweet and wonder, boy Has anyone loved the blood inside you? You know me, I'm the girl with the gun but I can't shoot anyone Under your bed you want us to live in silver, blue and yellow In the stars a war, in the stars a war... Some say there ain't no way, but I say, "where shall we go today?" and wonder, boy has anyone loved the blood inside you?
3.
Wicked 04:27
Here we go again no plots or wishing can stop it now that ragged march This spurious sin You smile the light of me, ply the fight in me we fly at the sun, ghosts at our back What we call upon is wicked a carryover from some time long gone Every time we almost rated you bit the hand and it bit you back you bit the hand and it bit you back What you want I got I pour it out till you drown For you I’m ground and like an anchor you drag me around And what’s it gotten us – a draw at naughts and crosses and bloody fingers For all I could have, it wounds more to doubt What we call it now is wicked just fence to mend and cross to bear To bury us in want is wicked you bit the hand and it bit you back you bit the hand and it bit you back over and over bowling me over sleeping alone I shouldn’t want you but damn my eyes I do
4.
Brooklyn 04:26
The billboard boys got so much nothing to flash 
just some bandit rich man’s name
 The Kings losers got two-cent words, itchin’ to burn, they fly so low just puffing and muscle And when the rages say it’s such a hated display 
I’ve got to look ‘round and wonder
 I’ve never found me a rose so red, a face so black, a heat so hard - It made me a soldier Falling in and out of love, in and out of love From every corner they’re coming like trains, bangin’ their weight Lord, how’s it only a dust-up?
 And white knowers raid immigrant ships, licking their lips 
and baking the remains The Red Middle Mighty hate seeing such flesh sucking and shaking, mixing up browns It gives those prigs a heart attack!
 But that D.R. baby-mama, spilling out over the sides –
 I wonder, “There but for what go I?” Falling in and out of love, in and out of love Call it world island, am I world island 
love me worlds apart - make me your star then break my heart You got no time to cry me oh my for all that shit that’s going on
 Oh, ain’t you the hard one!
 You got a notion that home is a myth, love is a trick - we are the same leather I’ll take your venal straight money-cheap bait brotherly hate dare-of-fate
 war on the avenue Oh, but can you take me as I am?
 Can you take me as I am, falling in and out of love?
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7.
Joy 05:01
There are no worries where I dwell There are no worries where I dwell, in Joy From the earth I came Promised to speak what I have learned of Joy Until the people awaken The candle that lights the hole Dark for a thousand years While we live and die is Joy The mud your daddy gave Turned into bricks to make a home is Joy Bow to your mirror Bow to your mirror There will the blossoms rain And golden ropes they mark the road to Joy A sea full of rivers -- feed in
8.
Duke 05:35
A single merry soul, wise to the dust and diamond At home with all the world, no man would be his jailer Face buried in my hands, he bring me back around Safe, taken in his hands into his carved-wood land oh, I want to be there Gray skies are just clouds passing over Gray skies are just clouds passing over A daily prayer for all the living was his dream I never knew my heart could be so blue and smiling A phrase opening a can of stars Now many could be born into his carved-wood land oh, I want to be there Gray skies are just clouds passing over Gray skies are just clouds passing over A winter-dark lie he traded for a fable of feast Behind his eye, a distant shore A heaven up in Harlem oh, I want to be there
9.
Sado 06:49
There was a war, sugar man, I won it Long the fever ran, it burned me But in my wicked rooms the sun played I've been waiting for you in the low horizon that I rise on I've been waiting for you Once I thought I knew I owed the world I sold myself for family, a friend The moon's weight on all the ways out and bearing the wound of digging for you I've been waiting for you in the waters of carried oceans I've been waiting for you Where had you fought, sugar man your own war? In peace with you alone disturbing me Played all the rules, we saved the day and all we've found When we take to the air, burn up the ground
10.
Who said gravity's a joke? it plays well in this chair that get-along-and-stare, tow-headed oyster thinks that he's free How to get a lock and over, my my, when I'd rather be wandering the aisles? Oh, I like this Hollywood life Call to the vipers, weaned on TV in line ahead of me oh, I see what they see this time I recognize my enemy's might beautiful in the Safeway light Oh, I like this Hollywood life Oh, I'm doing what I like in packages of vain dreams I head away, over Oh, it's the bane of me to watch dirty urban birds baptize the whole corral of shopping carts so full of soul Oh, I like this Hollywood life Sixteen days running we made the old scene if only I could leave for the coast some nu-lite companions all Roxy-ed and lean I suspected them faked out and sore but I could keep going for seventeen more
11.
Sparkle 05:05
Pack it up Madonna, your ruse is on fire they're quaking on your hustle in Camelot and Sing Sing tonight siren of wondermen, our sweetheart turned you on six days and counting, and counting on relief Savior-lover, here and a long ways away you want to breathe, well well, come back down, air is free When all I can muster is my own poisonous singing blow me a kiss from the land of the living Who's the copilot, I'm the copilot you be the brave Mr. Almighty ok And will you sparkle, Sparkle factory-trashed ruins they run in the road for you Sparkle, Sparkle, why did you where did you go? And oh, how we worry see what you've done to your friend after you traded your peyote for tea Martyrs are swinging, but they don't adore you grounded on deep purple knees, in envy and awe of the cool world before you, but not I I came up on the knife, there's a fire in my life the broken, the slave, the old going your way And will you sparkle, Sparkle I'm punk on this house but I'm too bent to follow you Sparkle, Sparkle why did you where did you go Faith in a can isn't anything, man but it fights with your life like cologne on the subway And will you sparkle, Sparkle A matador even in pieces beside me you sparkle, Sparkle feed my mind one more time
12.
Lotus 04:28
13.
Here we go again no plots or wishing can stop it now that ragged march This spurious sin You smile the light of me, ply the fight in me we fly at the sun, ghosts at our back What we call upon is wicked a carryover from some time long gone Every time we almost rated you bit the hand and it bit you back you bit the hand and it bit you back What you want I got I pour it out till you drown For you I’m ground and like an anchor you drag me around And what’s it gotten us – a draw at naughts and crosses and bloody fingers For all I could have, it wounds more to doubt What we call it now is wicked just fence to mend and cross to bear To bury us in want is wicked you bit the hand and it bit you back you bit the hand and it bit you back over and over bowling me over sleeping alone I shouldn’t want you but damn my eyes I do

about

“The roll call of guest musicians (on Iris Nova) is testament to the immense respect that bassist Benny ‘Cha Cha’‚ Rubin and singer Marilyn Carino carry in the underground musician-scene in New York City. ‘Wonder Boy’‚ allows Marilyn Carino to deliver the vocal performance of a lifetime, powerful to the point of bringing you to tears. It’s a song that can rank alongside major-league acts like Radiohead, U2 or even REM for that matter. For those who are getting increasingly impatient waiting on the long awaited third album from Portishead, you need to download this now.” — Straight No Chaser

“In the hands of the smoldering vocalist Marilyn Carino and the producer, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist Ben Rubin, down-tempo beats, haunted-matinée-style organ playing, and electronic flourishes coalesce into something familiar yet wholly unique.” (John Donohue) — The New Yorker

“Smoldering like the remnants of a fire, or maybe the beginnings of what will become a blistering blaze, (the twelve tracks on Iris Nova) are a musical force… a slow burn coaxed into well-fueled flames that produce considerable amounts of heat. Adding interest to Carino and Cha Cha’s chemistry are lyrics that are ethereal, quirky, and questioning, complementing the evocative production with ease. ‘Brooklyn’ is a funk-rock romp that comes close to matching the grit and eclecticism of the borough of its title. The genre-blending that some musicians work so hard to achieve here seems effortless, genuine, and unique.” — Okayplayer.com

**** (FOUR STARS) “Wecome back to Mudville – an ever-expanding pasture of thoughtful lyrics, whirling rhythms and unpredictable soundscapes… a pageantry of maturing sounds and measures, confident attitudes and different genres. Iris Nova challenges the listener as well, offering up 12 tracks of musical brain food that are for the realist and idealist alike.” — American Songwriter

credits

released March 13, 2007

Produced by Benny Cha Cha

MUDVILLE is:
Marilyn Carino – vocals
Benny Cha Cha – sounds*
Lyrics* by Marilyn Carino. Music* by Marilyn Carino and Benny Cha Cha
* except where noted

Recorded at:
The Mood Mill, Almonte, ON, Canada by Ken Friesen ken@kenfriesen.com
House of Cha Cha, Brooklyn, NY by Benny Cha Cha www.houseofchacha.com
Kaleidoscope Sound, Union City, NJ by Randy Crafton, assisted by Dan Fleisher www.kaleidoscopesound.com
Additional recording at:
John Kilgore Sound & Recording, New York, NY; www.johnkilgore.com
Freedman's Home Cooking, Brooklyn, NY
Studio 4D, Brooklyn, NY

Mixed by Benny, Ken and Marilyn at The Mood Mill, Almonte, ON, Canada
Mastered by Gene Paul at DB Plus, New York, NY, assisted by Jamie Polaski www.gandjaudio.com

CD design and layout by Jason A.G.
Iris Nova logo by Jason Ratner www.jratnerdesign.com
Photography by Anna Keenan www.annakeenanphotography.com
Styling by Pepper Pastor www.pepperstar.com
Marilyn’s clothing by Miranda Fidler/Mudville Collective
www.myspace.com/mirandino

Thanks to the following for their encouragement, generosity and hard work in helping make this record possible:
Fiona Bloom www.thebloomeffect.com, Jim Campilongo, Jessica DuLong www.jessicadulong.com, John Walter Bollinger, Brian Charette, ALL the superb musicians who played on Iris Nova, Ken Friesen, Gene Paul + everyone at DB Plus, Randy Crafton + everyone at Kaleidoscope Sound, John Kilgore, Charity MacDonald www.dddeyes.com, Mike Mills, Ralph Farris, Nate Shaw www.nateshaw.com, Dred Scott www.dredscott.com, Jason Ratner, Anna Keenan, Miranda Fidler, Barry Heyman www.heylaw.com, Nelson Kim nelsonkim123@gmail.com, Trevor Gale + everyone at SESAC www.sesac.com, Mike Jones + CDForge www.cdforge.com, Lucy Beer at Elemental Consulting www.elemental-consulting.com, www.myspace.com, Teddy Kumpel www.teddybut.com, Tim Luntzel www.luntzel.com, David Phelps www.davidphelpsguitar.com, Richard Weinstein, everyone at the Rockwood www.rockwoodmusichall.com, Moms and Dads, Nichiren Daishonin, Daisaku Ikeda, Linda Johnson and the SGI family www.sgi-usa.org.

Marilyn Thanks Ben with much love and appreciation.

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