The Supremes

by Josh Fuson

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The Supremes: a collection of songs inspired by the 9 justices on the Supreme Court of the United States. Songs range from To Cecelia, a thank you from Ruth Bader Ginsberg to her deceased mother, to Slurry Lake, a picture of mining pollution in Alaska perpetuated by an unfortunate majority opinion written by justice Anthony Kennedy.

Click on the individual tracks above for lyrics and a bit of a background story about each of the songs.

01 __ Don’t Let the Sun Catch You in Bed ------ Clarence Thomas
02 __ The Hapless Toad ------ John Roberts
03 __ To Cecelia ------ Ruth Bader Ginsburg
04 __ Blister King ------ Stephen Breyer
05 __ Margaret and Elena ------ Elena Kagan
06 __ Slurry Lake ------ Anthony Kennedy
07 __ Thank Harriet ------ Samuel Alito
08 __ No No I’m Sorry You Can’t ------ Antonin Scalia
09 __ Sonia ------ Sonia Sotomayor
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This record has been mastered to keep the dynamics in tact so you may need to adjust the volume.

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released December 6, 2011

All songs written, performed, recorded, mixed, and produced by Josh Fuson at Eff is for Studio, Nashville, TN

Mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering, Boston, MA

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Josh Fuson Denver, Colorado

While rooted in folk, the soundscapes in which Denver artist/producer Josh Fuson tells his stories vary from intimate vocals over an acoustic guitar to lush arrangements of soaring keys, weaving electric guitars, and anchoring drums and bass.

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Track Name: Don't Let The Sun Catch You in Bed
in the field for pennies a day
crop by crop, dawn to dusk
10 years old, savannah, GA
crop by crop, dawn to dusk

that was when your grandpa said
don't let the sun catch you in bed.

pretty girls' arms and legs
page to page, frame to frame
brag about your next escape
page to page, frame to frame

remember what your grandpa said
don't let the sun catch you in bed.

when you gave the bottle up
rave and rage, swing and sway
you show your son how tough you are
rave and rage, swing and sway

that's how you taught him what grandpa said
don't let the sun catch you in bed.
you sure taught him what grandpa said
don't let the sun catch him in bed.
Track Name: The Hapless Toad
there's a man back east in a big black robe
who's calling you a hapless toad
he's just a bigger sack of bones
and he sees fit to wreck your home

he's got three sisters and visits sometimes
across the mason-dixon line
maybe they could help you change his mind
if you can manage the trip in time

Kathy, Peggy, Barbara
if they're nice they'll talk to you
be a gentleman don't ask for too much
but see if their brother can show some love

wish i could be more help than this
it's not the news i want to give
california's a great place to live
and i'd hate to see you pick up and get

if it makes it easier for you to move on
we'll call this man a hapless john
Track Name: To Cecelia
wish you had seen me through james madison high
i've done well and i've done it for you each time
you fought hard but the cancer was strong
and it took your life

each day i spend on the bench
feels like i sit with you

no way your brother was smarter than you
but you took a factory job to put him through school
i often wonder what you could have done
had you lived when daughters were loved as (much as) sons

each day i spend on the bench
one of the chosen few
second woman in history
and i'm here with you

wish you had seen me through james madison high
Track Name: Blister King
blister king
who wants to hear about your tender feet
you'd always rather go home and read
but your mother had to push you on to the field

blister king
sticking up for the corporate hacks
getting the government off their backs
how would your mother feel about that

blister king
while the country works to make a home
their future rises and falls with your every vote
don't tell them their struggle is a joke

blister king
get out on the field
Track Name: Margaret and Elena
two girls from the upper west side
hanging out on a saturday night
holding hands and smoking cigarettes
sitting on the metropolitan steps

elena and margaret hit it off from the very start
at an all-girls school where it was cool to be smart
even during the first year, she would hear elena say
i'm gonna be a judge some day

now as they sat outside the museum margaret said
you know we can both get into the same ivy league college
to which elena replied i cannot be with you
because of how high i want to go and what i want to do

just two girls from the upper west side
falling apart on a saturday night
feeling cold and alone smoking cigarettes
sitting on the metropolitan steps
Track Name: Slurry Lake
thanks for bringing your mess to my town
i see you bringing your mess to my town
you come from away where your kids are all safe
thanks for bringing your mess to my town

smart men hide it in the bottom of the lake
they send it to the bottom of the lake
out of sight out of mind it's under water we'll be fine
so go put it in the bottom of that lake

the moose and calf had to be shot
stuck ears deep and had to be shot
like struggling in quicksand they tried but they couldn't
they were drowning and had to be shot

i hope it's worth the gold that you found
i hope it's worth whatever you found
then again you come from away where your kids are all safe
i just hope it's worth whatever you found
Track Name: Thank Harriet
you really owe it to harriet
you know you owe it to harriet
you know

she made you look good at your big show
she took the heat and set the expectations low

you really owe it to harriet
you know you owe it to harriet
you know
Track Name: No, No, I'm Sorry You Can't
what's yours is not yours
it's come down from high court
you don't own yourself
it's your personal hell

no no i'm sorry you can't
yeah it's your body but his consent
no no i'm sorry you can't
because you're a woman it's up to a man

what's yours is not yours
it's come down from high court
you don't own yourself
it's your personal hell

no no i'm sorry you can't
it's your life but it's up to him
no no i'm sorry you can't
until you rise up and make a stand
Track Name: Sonia
sonia
get back to bronxdale
you're way too young to be working retail
you should go home.

sonia
it's getting dark out
and perry mason is just about on now
you should go home