The Supremes

by Josh Fuson

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1.
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.
2.
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
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03:20
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
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02:58
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
5.
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
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02:59
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
7.
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
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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
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03:20
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
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02:01

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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
10 __

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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