MARION'S PHILLY SONGS PROJECT
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 tour of this historic 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 a full-length CD which will feature all her Philly-inspired originals. Here are some of these Philly-inspired songs.
IF STATUES COULD SPEAK - inspired by the statue to a lone Lenape Warrior in Wissahickon Park. Special thanks to the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribe for assistance in the correct pronunciation and usage of the phrases that end this song. They ask that you remember 'they are still here.' For more information about their history and culture, go to their website at http://www.nanticoke-lenape.info.
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.
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.
STILL BURNING- This song's starting point is the 1962 Centralia PA Coal Mine fire ,which still burns today and has made the town unlivable. However, the song ultimately reflects on the societal calamity that is addiction and homelessness.
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. These playful lyrics harp on the universal theme of bad boy leading girl astray.
PRETZELS AND PERROGIES - Marion's homage to her new Philadelphia home, which despite its unique culture and quirks, she has come to love. This is a live, in-studio performance with her Trickster Sisters.