MArion's Philly Songs
Marion has written on a range of historical and social topics inspired by her new hometown of Philly, including the tale of an escaped convict from Eastern State Pen (take the prison tour and learn about Leo Callahan!), the founding of Laurel Hill Cemetery after the death of a child, and the Statue to the Lenape at Wissahickon Park. In late 2018, Marion anticipates releasing more studio recordings, much of which will feature these Philly-inspired originals - keep checking back for more information! Below are rough audio cuts of some of these Philly inspired songs (three of the below were issued in Trickster Sister's 2017 EP Walking in Tall Grass).
Still Burning - Marion's latest creation (March 2018) is inspired by the 1962 Centralia PA Coal Mine fire (Centralia is located about 2 hours from Philly -the fire still burns today and has made the town unlivable). However, the song ultimately reflects on the societal calamity that is addiction and homelessness. This is a first draft of the song - hoping to take it to studio for formal recording shortly.
If Statues Could Speak -inspired by the statue to a lone Lenape Warrior in Wissahickon Park; wondering if he could speak, what he would say? This is a rough un-mastered 'first draft' of the song; studio recording underway.
Lost Things- inspired by the eternal flame memorial to 3,000 revolutionary war soldiers buried anonymously in Philadelphia's Washington Square Park. Performed at a 2017 Hurricane Benefit, Louisville, KY.
Resting on Laurel Hill - inspired by Philadelphia's Laurel Hill Cemetery and the death of a child that led to the cemetery's founding. From a 2016 performance at Lettersong Gallery in Louisville, KY
Callahan's Song (Ballad of Eastern State Pen)-Inspired by a historic Philadelphia prison and an escapee named Leo Callahan. The Irish phrase in the chorus means 'Gods blessings on your journey'.
Boy On Lemon Hill - Another song inspired by a Philadelphia location, a popular hill for runners up in Fairmount Park. The lyrics harp on universal themes of bad boy leading girl astray.
Pretzels and Perrogies - Marion's homage to her Philadelphia home -as a new immigrant to this strange northeast town, which she has come to love. A live in studio performance with the Sisters.