Marianne Pillsbury

Marianne Pillsbury

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Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Marianne Pillsbury writes punky pop-rock songs with a raw-yet-sweet vibe, hook-laden melodies and witty, sometimes bratty, lyrics. Think: Liz Phair meets The Rolling Stones or Juliana Hatfield fronting The Pixies.

Biography

In 2004, Marianne released her debut album, The Wrong Marianne, on her own indie label, Average White Girl Records. Produced by award-winning singer-songwriter Bonnie Hayes (“Have A Heart” for Bonnie Raitt, “Shelly’s Boyfriend” from the Valley Girl soundtrack), the album received enthusiastic reviews from The New York Times, Time Out New York, The San Francisco Examiner and The Boston Herald.

Performing Songwriter magazine named The Wrong Marianne a Top 12 DIY Pick. The song “Boo Hoo” from the album won Best Alt/Rock Song in The Great American Song Contest 2004 and was also selected for inclusion on ROCKRGRL Magazine's Discoveries 2005 compilation CD. "Supersize" received Honorable Mention in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Marianne’s Brooklyn-based band, The Marianne Pillsburys, bring her songs to life with an edgy punk-pop vibe a la Blondie, The Blake Babies and Elastica.

Marianne and her band have played NYC venues like Mercury Lounge, Luna Lounge, Pianos, Arlene's Grocery, Sin-e and Southpaw, other major metropolises including Boston, DC, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, OR, and London, and festivals such as M.E.A.N.Y. Fest (Musicians & Emerging Artists in New York), International Pop Overthrow, the Millenium Music Conference, and the ROCKRGRL Music Conference.

In April 2005, the band released a 3-song promo CD called The Hot EP produced by Roger Greenawalt (Ben Kweller, Ben Lee). The EP captures even more of the raw-yet-sweet brattiness that seems to be Marianne Pillsbury's formula for success. It also pays tribute to her all-time-favorite artist with a cover of the Prince classic "When U Were Mine". The song "Fixer-Upper Lover" from The Hot EP received Honorable Mention in the Billboard Song Contest.

In 2006, Marianne started focusing more on the songwriter part of singer-songwriter, writing & recording songs for film & TV placement as well as for other artists. Over the summer, she was selected to participate in the BMI Professional Songwriters Workshop led by Billy Sideman.

In the summer of 2007, Marianne had the privilege of teaching a Songwriting Workshop at the Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls in Brooklyn for girls ages 8 to 18.

Currently, Marianne is working on new material that she plans to unleash on the world in late 2007 or early 2008.

Lyrics

Fixer-Upper Lover

Written By: Marianne Pillsbury

if only
you didn't wear your socks to bed
if only
you would stop messing with my head
if only
you didn't try to run my life
if only
you didn't have that pesky wife

i can change you
i know i can
rearrange you
into the perfect man

but i don't need another
fixer-upper lover
i don't need another
fixer-upper lover

if only
you had a bit more self-esteem
then maybe
you'd have a hobby besides me
if only
you weren't a ticking space-time bomb
then maybe
my friends wouldn't think you're Mr. Wrong

i can change you
i know i can
rearrange you
into the perfect man

but i don't need another
fixer-upper lover
i don't need another
fixer-upper lover

there's a little voice inside me screaming no no no
but i can't seem to let you go go go

if only
you didn't smoke and drink so much
but maybe
all you need's a woman's touch
if only
you'd had some psychotherapy
but maybe
all you really need is me

i can change you
i know i can
rearrange you
into the perfect man

but i don't need another
fixer-upper lover
i don't need another
fixer-upper lover

i don't need another
fixer-upper lover
i don't need another
fixer-upper lover

©Marianne Pillsbury/Average White Girl Publishing

Girls Night Out

Written By: Marianne Pillsbury

Me and the girls hangin' out
Having drinks at Luna Lounge
To everyone else it's plain to see
We're happy-go-lucky carefree

So, why is it in this company
I'm feeling like I don't fit in?

Me and the girls hangin' out
Pretending we amuse ourselves
We're on our second round of drinks
And the boys are slowly closing in

So, why is it that the alcohol
Doesn't make me feel special at all?
Why is it at the end of the night
I'm still feeling empty?

When it's girls night out
Girls night out
Girls night out

Do do do do do do
Do do do do do do
Do do do do do do
Do do do do do do

If this is girls night out then
why are you in the corner making out with him?
If this is girls night out then
why are you throwing up in the bathroom stall?
If this is girls night out then
why are you on the phone with your ex-boyfriend?
If this is girls night out then
why are you throwing up again?!

Me and the girls hangin' out
Me and the girls hangin' out

So, why is it I feel so alone and wishing that I'd just stayed home?
Why is it at the end of the night
I'm still feeling empty inside?

When it's girls night out
Girls night out
Girls night out
Girls night out
Girls night out
Girls night out
Girls night out

©Marianne Pillsbury/Average White Girl Publishing

Objects In The Mirror

Written By: Marianne Pillsbury

OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR

i packed away my memories
my Kodak moments and souvenirs
in a cardboard box in the back of a closet in my parents’ basement
and i got in my car and i drove away looking to replace them

but objects in the mirror are closer than they appear
and i’m caught like a deer in your headlights

i moved away to the other coast
another state and time zone
and i cut my hair and i grew it back and i practiced meditation
and i lost ten pounds and gained it back and i practiced masturbation

but objects in the mirror are closer than they appear
and i’m caught like a deer in your headlights
in your headlights

and the grand canyon’s not so grand
without you there to hold my hand
this gaping hole they call my heart
is bigger than a national park

and i try to be whole without a better half
and i try to accept that the past is past
i move around from state to state
but my state of mind doesn’t ever change
i wait for a bus that never comes
i wait for a sign that it’s time to run
i feel like a tourist in my own life
and i feel like you’re along for the ride

but objects in the mirror are closer than they appear
and i’m caught like a deer in your headlights
objects in the mirror are closer than they appear
and i’m caught like a deer in your headlights
in your headlights
in your headlights

and the grand canyon’s not so grand
without you there to hold my hand
this gaping hole they call my heart
is bigger than a national park
and i don’t even give a damn
about the f**king Hoover Dam
the alamo is meaningless
without you there to share it with
the statue of liberty
is lame if you’re not here with me
(and i try to be whole without a better half and i try to accept that the past is past)
it sucks if you’re not here with me (the past is past)

©Marianne Pillsbury/Average White Girl Publishing

Swallow A Fly

Written By: Marianne Pillsbury

standing in line on a saturday night
buying dandruff shampoo
you could be standing right next to me and i wouldn't have a clue

i don't have a lot of faith
but i'm putting it all in you
i hope you'll at least have
the decency to come through

i don’t know why
i don't know why
i don't know why i like you
i just do ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
and i would do anything
anything to make you like me too
i would swallow a fly
perhaps i’ll die
perhaps i'll die

sitting at home on a saturday night
leaving 10 messages for you
you could be screening your calls
right now and i wouldn’t have a clue

there’s a lot going on in my head
and i’m giving it all to you
i hope you’ll know what to throw away and what to hold on to

i don’t know why
i don't know why
i don't know why i like you
i just do ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
and i would do anything
anything to make you like me too
i would swallow a fly
perhaps i’ll die
perhaps i'll die

doing my laundry on a saturday night, folding my underwear
you could be standing right next to me and i wouldn’t even care

cause now you’re numb to me
you’ve built up an immunity
you won’t even acknowledge
the seductive powers of my nail polish

i don’t know why
i don't know why
i don't know why i like you
i just do ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
and i would do anything
anything to make you like me too
i would swallow a fly
perhaps i’ll die
perhaps i'll die

©Marianne Pillsbury/Average White Girl Publishing

Supersize

Written By: Marianne Pillsbury

when you say something
it’s more important than
anything that anyone has ever said
anything that anyone will ever say

no mere mortal has ever made me feel this way

i want to supersize you
i want to supersize you
i wanna shrink the rest of the world down to
a size that matters less than you
and i want you to be
the biggest thing i see
i want your face
to be my whole landscape

when you chew your food
it’s more beautiful than
any piece of artwork that is in the louvre
any picture postcard or scenic view

no mere mortal has ever made me feel this way

i want to supersize you
i want to supersize you
i wanna shrink the rest of the world down to
a size that matters less than you
and i want you to be
the biggest thing i see
i want your face
to be my whole landscape

when you breathe in
you’re breathing more than
oxygen and hyrdrogen and nitrogen

you’re breathing my whole being in

i want to supersize you
i want to supersize you
i wanna shrink the rest of the world down to
a size that matters less than you
and i want to be
the biggest thing you see
but now you’re so big
i’m lost in your midst
now you’re so tall
i don’t exist at all
now when you are near
i just disappear
i just disappear
i just disappear
i just disappear

©Marianne Pillsbury/Average White Girl Publishing

Boo Hoo

Written By: Marianne Pillsbury

when i stay in bed all day, they call it depression
when two people stay in bed all day, it’s called passion
so when my girlfriend sheds a tear
cause she doesn’t think her boyfriend’s intentions are sincere

well, i say...
boo hoo! somebody loves me
boo hoo! somebody needs me
boo hoo! i’m having sex on a regular basis
woe is me!
woe is me!

when i drink a bottle of wine for dinner, it’s pathetic
when two people drink a bottle of wine, it’s romantic
so when my girlfriend’ll bitch and moan
cause she thinks her boyfriend only likes her for her dog

well, i say...
boo hoo! somebody loves me
boo hoo! somebody needs me
boo hoo! i’m having sex on a regular basis
woe is me!
woe is me!
woe is me!
woe is me!

when i talk out loud to myself, i’m a crazy bag lady
when two people talk out loud to each other, it’s called dating
so when my girlfriend starts to whine
cause today her boyfriend only called her eleven times

well, i say...
boo hoo! somebody loves me
boo hoo! somebody needs me
boo hoo! i’m having sex on a regular basis…

but if i ever fall in love again
and there’s nothing wrong
will i lose my sense of humor
and write sappy love songs

boo hoo!
boo hoo!
boo hoo! i’m having sex on a regular basis...
having sex on a regular basis...
having sex on a regular basis...
woe is me!
woe is me! (I’ve got a boyfriend)
woe is me! (i’m having sex)
woe is me! (he sends me flowers)
woe is me! (he’s good in bed)
woe is me! (i’ve got a boyfriend)
woe is me! (i’ve got a boyfriend)
woe is me! (i’ve got a boyfriend)
woe is me! (i’ve got a boyfriend)

©Marianne Pillsbury/Average White Girl Publishing

Unintentional

Written By: Marianne Pillsbury

doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

i know i fall in love too easily
but did you really have to break my heart so quickly
and now you want to be my very best friend
please tell me will this nightmare never end

i know i know you didn’t mean to take me home
i should have known that it was unintentional
i know i know you didn’t mean to leave me alone
i should have known that it was
unintentional
unintentional
cause you’re an unintentional a**hole

i guess it’s my own fault for opening my heart to you
i don’t blame you for tearing it apart i’d do the same to you
my road to hell is paved with your intentions
stop being so good to me cause i can’t take any more rejection

i know i know you didn’t mean to take me home
i should have known that it was unintentional
i know i know you didn’t mean to leave me alone
i should have known that it was
unintentional
unintentional
cause you’re an unintentional a**hole

this is not a love song how could it be
i only fell in love cause you were such an a**hole to me
i’m sorry it was accidental
you should have known that it was unintentional

i know i know you didn’t mean to take me home
i should have known that it was unintentional
i know i know you didn’t mean to leave me alone
i should have known that it was
unintentional
unintentional
cause you’re an unintentional a**hole

©Marianne Pillsbury/Average White Girl Publishing

Sweater

Written By: Marianne Pillsbury

i met you in a hurricane
i took you home to see what you’d say
when i woke up the next day
all i found was a sweater

and i thought if i could just understand
why you left this sweater i could understand you
better

i ask your sweater what do you want me to do
do you want me to fall in love with you
did you think that if you stayed behind
i wouldn’t forget because your scent would remind

did you think that if you left your sweater
it would somehow make me like you better?

do not desire what you do not need
do not expect too much from a double knit weave

you’re just a sweater
i don’t know you
any better
i don’t love you

i don’t love you
i don’t love you
i don’t love you
i don’t love you

well, i haven’t heard from you since that night
and the scent has faded from your argyle
one night stands are kind of out of style
so i guess i’ll just add you to the Good Will pile

do not desire what you do not need
do not expect too much from a double knit weave

you’re just a sweater
i don’t know you
any better
i don’t love you

i don’t love you
i don’t love you
i don’t love you
i don’t love you

©Marianne Pillsbury/Average White Girl Publishing

The Wrong Marianne

Written By: Marianne Pillsbury

my brain is like mashed potatoes
you can scoop some out to put on your happy birthday cake

and i’m sorry if i poison your well
but i’m stuck like stucco as far as i can tell

but he doesn’t understand
he’s talking to the wrong marianne
he doesn’t understand
he’s in love with the wrong marianne

my heart is like a hard-boiled egg
that’s alright you can mix it up and spice it up and maybe you’ll like the taste

and i told you it was bad for you
high in cholesterol, too

but he doesn’t understand
he’s talking to the wrong marianne
he doesn’t understand
he’s in love with the wrong marianne

and he looks like he’s got something to say
and he looks like he’s just a little afraid

he says relax relieve revitalize
relax relieve revitalize

but he doesn’t understand
he’s talking to the wrong marianne
he doesn’t understand
he’s in love with the wrong marianne
he doesn’t understand
he’s in love with the wrong marianne

©Marianne Pillsbury/Average White Girl Publishing

Domesticated

Written By: Marianne Pillsbury

We started off as friends but that was the beginning of the end
Of the relationships we were already in

You asked me to move in and I said sure as long as you know one thing

I don’t wanna be domesticated
Monogamy is so outdated
But to tell you the truth there’s something about you that makes me want to say “I do”
When I don’t wanna be domesticated

We started playing house but now we just sit on the couch
You play your X-box and I pull my Rabbit out

I wanted to live in sin instead there are bed bugs in our bed

I don’t wanna be domesticated
Stability is overrated
But to tell you the truth there’s something about you that makes me want to say “I do”
When I don’t wanna be domesticated

You don’t bring me flowers anymore
You want to procreate but I’m just not sure
Can’t we just make beautiful music together?
Do we really have to say this gig will last forever?

I don’t wanna be domesticated
Monogamy is so outdated
I don’t wanna be domesticated
Stability is overrated
But to tell you the truth there’s something about you that makes me want to say “I do”
When I don’t wanna be domesticated (I do I do)
I don’t wanna be domesticated (I do I do)
I don’t wanna be domesticated (I do I do)
I don’t wanna be domesticated (I do I do)
I do…

©2007 Average White Girl Publishing

Discography

The Hot EP 2005
The Wrong Marianne LP 2004
The Wrong Marianne EP 2001

Set List

New material...
Bordering On Beautiful
Unexpected Error
The Girl Next Door
Domesticated
What Have U Done 4 Me Lately? (Janet Jackson cover)

Plus old favorites...
Boys!
Girls Night Out
Fixer-Upper Lover
Swallow A Fly
Boo Hoo
Supersize
When U Were Mine (Prince cover)