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Check Reanimator's remix of "50 Ways to Bleed a Customer" at www.FallenHouse.com (free download)


B. Dolan performs "Marvin" from the upcoming album "Fallen House, Sunken City" (SHIPPING NOW!)
Pre-order packages avaliable, Tour dates posted, and more info avaliable at: www.FallenHouse.com

This performance was filmed at Harper's Ferry in Boston, MA on 11/12/09



Lyrics:

MARVIN

Because his father was a man of the cross,
Who said his son was a slave to the flesh
When the spectacle ended, The charges were dropped.
Marvin was left with a hole in his chest.

He could've brought down a mountain
when he pounded on a table
or made the world collapse
for a lapse in behavior.
The pastor never spared the rod
but taught the wrath and fear of God
to stop this, godless
passion from burning
Barking from the throne while the castle falls...
He had a hand to smash the balance,
A voice like a vortex,
A temper like a terror threat,
A head like a hornet's nest
Every day the levee breaks
The flood gates, the bloody face
The black eye, baptized in shame
He brought home the battlefield
Sealed off the exits
Crawling up the walls
Absorbing the aggression
The source of his depression
The hurricane raging,
The awful tension sent his hands to the piano
forged a heaven in his heart,
but dragged him back to hell
when the arguments would start.

Because his father was a man of the cross,
Who said his son was a slave to the flesh
When the spectacle ended, The charges were dropped.
Marvin was left with a hole in his chest.

He mapped the length of his son's back
with a leather belt
Sapped his strength with tongue lashings
and heavy guilt
Attacked his legs with such savage
and deadly skill
The cracks left in the punched plaster
were never filled
Patched together from fragments
a sense of himself
Advocate for compassion
and the sensual
As parents sent the young packing
to the depths of hell
The tattoo of guns clapping;
the end of the world
A marriage bed unraveling
& a wedding bell
cracked. He fell into drug habits
the empty shell
The tragic end of love's passion
a temple that fell
The collapse of such a fragile
and sensitive will
Relapsed to ugly patterns
of kill or be killed.
To combat the drunken shadow
and wrestle the swell.
Came back to the blood he battled
Where the devil dwelled
To smash the glass;
and shatter himself.
After the sudden blast
A heavy quiet fell
He asked his father "Why?"
The silence wouldn't tell.
After the gun blast
A heavy quiet fell
He asked his father "Why?"

Because his father was a man of the cross,
Who said his son was a slave to the flesh
When the spectacle ended, The charges were dropped.
Marvin was left with a hole in his chest
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:02 am
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Disharmony



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Fucking great. Good going B.
I dig this one.
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:35 am
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SFR announcement wrote:

He mapped the length of his son's back
with a leather belt
Sapped his strength with tongue lashings
and heavy guilt
Attacked his legs with such savage
and deadly skill
The cracks left in the punched plaster
were never filled
Patched together from fragments
a sense of himself
Advocate for compassion
and the sensual
As parents sent the young packing
to the depths of hell
The tattoo of guns clapping;
the end of the world
A marriage bed unraveling
& a wedding bell
cracked. He fell into drug habits
the empty shell
The tragic end of love's passion
a temple that fell
The collapse of such a fragile
and sensitive will
Relapsed to ugly patterns
of kill or be killed.
To combat the drunken shadow
and wrestle the swell.
Came back to the blood he battled
Where the devil dwelled
To smash the glass;
and shatter himself.
After the sudden blast
A heavy quiet fell
He asked his father "Why?"
The silence wouldn't tell.
After the gun blast
A heavy quiet fell
He asked his father "Why?"


Woah.
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:21 am
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Stumbleweed



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Yeah that shit is heavy... great lyrics.
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:28 am
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icarus502
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Intense, B. Well done. This was a semi-traumatizing event to me when I was a kid. I think I was four. I remember my father telling me about it and I just couldn't understand how someone like Marvin Gaye (who was, at that time, probably up there with Milt Wagner and MJ to me) could get killed, much less by his own father. What's worse is that my parents explained to me that it was because Marvin had beat up his own mother. That whole thing just fucked up a little bit my idea of what superstar is and how parents and children exist in the world. I never read anything more about it, at least until your poem, so I'm not sure if my parents' explanation holds water or if they thought they were sparing me of injury that greater context would have given. (It's also possible that they explained it much better and I've forgotten)
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:42 am
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that was intense. beautiful songwriting. got damn.
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:38 am
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remind



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And beatmaking.
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:42 am
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b. dolan
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Glad people dig. I'm proud of this song for a lot of reasons, and can't wait til people hear the album version.

Someday the demo of this song will see the light of day too, as a clip of the week or something... and people will be able to see how this song grew up. This beat came about in a cool, rewarding way, and the subject matter couldn't be much more personal, even if on it's face the song doesn't seem to be so...

Shout out to Alias, Shane and his keyboard player Justin Bowse for turning something I sampled off a TV show into the monster it is now. This song's close to ma heart.
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:59 am
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AdamBomb



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This is powerful stuff...I love it. Perhaps you have a strength in being a poet first and a rapper second, instead of the other way around. There aren't many hip hop songs I've heard that have this level of depth without sounding contrived.
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:34 pm
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Sage Francis
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I updated this thread to say that we've got a remix from Reanimator available as a free download at www.FallenHouse.com right now. Enjoy.
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:18 pm
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Holly fucking shit that reanitor remix DESTROYS ALL .... god daaaam that is hot
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:48 pm
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futuristxen



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Listened to this a few times over the past few days(or however long it's been up), it's redamndiculous. I didn't know much about Marvin Gaye's death beyond that his dad shot him, the religious stuff in the song is very reasonant.
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:08 pm
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Buddy Peace



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This one floors me every time. Beautiful video too - love it.
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:59 pm
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Has the link been taken down? All i can see is the 50 ways remix.
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:06 pm
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ah i get it now.nevermind.
Post Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:20 pm
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