marianne turner

marianne turner

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Based on a myriad of struggle, Turner�s music, paired with confessional lyrics and breezy vocals, illuminates a simply phenomenal independent artist. Nominated in Toronto�s Independent Music Awards for Best Live Artist, it is clear that Turner is a pristine and captivating talent to watch for.

Biography

Marianne Turner�s debut album Let Her Let Go is beautifully wrapped with captivating lyrics and a voice that embodies both strength and vulnerability. Grown from a myriad of personal rifts, Turner�s music is fundamentally based on personal and intense conflicts, including her insatiable search for self-identity stemming from being an adopted child, and her acute and aggressive struggle and recovery from anorexia and bulimia. The strength with which she approaches these conflicts has enabled her to produce compelling and passionate tunes that satisfy today�s ever-changing pop market. Raw and unique, her glamorous and alternative pop folk sound is driven by her soulful and confessional lyrics, all of which are powerfully intimate yet immediately accessible.

Marianne Turner was born in Ottawa, Canada, as were her two sisters and younger brother. Her biological history is a mix of African (Kenya) and French Canadian roots, and she was raised in Muskoka and North Bay, Ontario. Today she is rooted in Toronto, where her exciting, self-penned and relatable tunes have culminated in an emotionally charged performance. Since the release of Let Her Let Go, produced by Juno-Nominated Douglas Romanow, Turner continues to see praise steered in her direction. Nominated in the 2008 Toronto Independent Music Awards for Best Live Artist, she has also had a consistent national presence on Canada�s own CBC Radio. Turner has recently climbed to #23 on Toronto�s Canadian CIUT Music Charts, while she continues to be embraced both by her live audience and the media in markets toured.

Recently showcased at the 2008 COCA Regional Central Conference, Turner has also been supported by her Canadian music funding industry and has been awarded by FACTOR in each of her Demo and Showcase endeavors. Her influences range from artist to author, including Imogen Heap, Alanis Morissette, Herman Hesse and Ayn Rand, and are immediately recognizable in her intelligent lyrics and stirring emotional performances. With several years of preparation and a strong debut release, it is clear that Marianne Turner is an artist to watch for.

Lyrics

Butterflies

Written By: Marianne Turner

Looking back that Sunday morning, how the cloudlesss sky had had me fooled. Waking up with sunny dreams and butterflies on breeze next to you. But you got up and left, you quietly dressed, I havn't heard from you.

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Catch me lover, I'm not ashamed of loving you. Catch me lover, I'm not afraid of loving you.

Then I passed you on the street one day, and you looked the other way, I say "why do you pretend to see right through?". It's hot outside and I'm wearing leather, you tell me we'll never be forever - ripped, open and severed. My heart breaks, my smile fakes that I'll be just fine how 'bout you?

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bridge
But I'll never look at buterflies the same.

I trusted everything you told me, darlin' how could you hurt me like this? Cause the air that carried words from your lips was accomplice to your kiss. No, I don't regret my jump with no net, I opened my heart when we met.

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One Hundred and Eighty

Written By: Marianne Turner

ONE HUNDRED & EIGHTY

When things fall apart it can be a one eighty degree turn / The head takes over and leaves the heart behind /
Suddenly there are rules restrictions apply / Emotions undone as if they never were

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We’ve come so close but now I feel so far / I think of you where ever you are
If you’re missing me like I’m missing you / Then hold me again like you use to do

When things fall apart it can be a one eighty degree burn / Blame is appointed details are important /
Strained and uncomfortable as if we never were

Chorus

Bridge
Wipe the tears from my face /
I wait for your embrace

Chorus

Outro
One hundred and eighty degrees away
One hundred and eighty games we play….

Make up Your Mind

Written By: Marianne Turner

MAKE UP YOUR MIND

The attention you pay me is not enough / but I suppose you’ve been preoccupied / I don’t want you to be fond / that’s what they tell you when things fall apart / I’ve got a pretty face and she’s got a pretty face / no wonder you can’t decide

Lying when you said that she bugged you / do you think I’ll believe everything that you say? / I could rip off your head for changing your mind / that’s what you get for changing your mind / Or is that my ego in the way?

Pre-Chorus
Where once I trusted you, I no longer do / You won’t find me on your back while you make up your mind

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Make up your mind / Make up your mind / Will you make up your mind?

It makes me sick inside with desperation / I press my ear against the wall / I can’t sway you to want me again, please want me again / Why is it you don’t call?

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Freckles Fly

Written By: Marianne Turner

FRECKLES FLY 2005/6

I feel angry most of the time, angry, frustrated, sad and boxed in / I don’t know if I have the capacity to be honest with myself / I don’t know what the payoff is but I hold on to my attachments for dear life / Who am I? How do I feel? I don’t know.

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I know it’s easier to hide but time doesn’t come back with the tide / To choose to wait is to lose and waste, life unused is a sorry state /

I feel average, but I have potential / I’m so much more than my choices and circumstance / Do I sound sorry for myself? Am I complaining again? I don’t mean to /

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The choices are ours to be made / To forgive, move on and raise the stakes / To aim high and miss / to fly to risk / to fail and to try, to do more than get by / just fly, freckles fly.

Bridge
I forgot that I had freckles / What else did I forget about? /That I’m perfect, that I’m innocent, that I’m beautiful, that I’m good enough /

I lost my voice when I was a child / I lost it again when I was 14 / and now for the third time I clearly see how it affects me / So now I’m aware, but I am terrified / Will I be loved still, if I let them go? / I don’t mean to disappoint you but I do this for myself / for my health.

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Repeatx2.
Time doesn’t come back with the tide / no time isn’t mine to bide

FRECKLES FLY PATTER

Sometimes I feel so small, like I don’t even matter. But I know that I’m so much more than I give myself credit for. Sometimes I feel amazing and I just want to bust out. But I don’t know how to tap into that. So I sit and wish and sit and wish, and I complain. It’s just ridiculous.

It’s all about rejection and about how much we can take. Sometimes we break. We paralyze and do everything we can to stop it from happening again. We restrain from ever wanting or needing anything ever again. But in the process we become nothing and we lose ourselves. We numb out don’t know much more than our names. I’ve tried a lot of ways to find my identity, mostly through people. To attach myself to someone whom I thought had some form of status. But I’m tired of being scared. I just want to give up the charade and be me. Sometimes you have to let go of everything you think you know in order to save yourself.

Easier Comes The Loving

Written By: Marianne Turner

EASIER COMES THE LOVING

I wish I could turn myself off
You win some you lose some,
Easy come easy go.
We fight and we fail and I fall apart,
Living with you feels like I’m dying

Maybe things will change, maybe you’ll understand
Maybe we’ll get it right, maybe you’ll hold my hand
But you won’t change and you don’t understand
You think you’re always right, are you an ego or a man?

I’m taken for granted, and I’ve taken it ‘til now
Bite the bullet throw in the towel,
Get out while you can.
I lose myself when I choose you
And time spent with you is time gone for good.

Easier comes the loving, than the leaving you
Easier comes the loving, than the leaving you
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I wish I didn’t love you so,
I drown underneath your demands
I wish I didn’t love you so,
You win some you lose some
Easy come easy go….

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I'd Rather Lie

Written By: Marianne Turner

So uninspired am I to commit to this hard work and evolution that I supposedly claim to love. So unproductive am I that I continue to invite resistance with shame for my lazy.

I’d rather lie on my back and watch the ceiling fan fly
I’d rather lie on my side and count the nicks on the wall and stare down the hall. I’d rather lie on my stomach and cry, I’d rather lay down and die. It seem I’d rather lie to myself than be a fool to believe in herself.

So inclined am I to presume that a map and a platter of silver spoons will be handed my way any day. So partial am I that nothing is good enough or looks quite right to be an opportunity for me

I’d rather lie on my back and watch the ceiling fan fly
I’d rather lie on my side and count the nicks on the wall and stare down the hall. I’d rather lie on my stomach and cry, I’d rather lay down and die. It seem I’d rather lie to myself than be a fool to believe in herself.

Bridge
I’ve got instinct stuffed in a drawer, I’ve got faith under my bed. Motivation is shelved in the closet, excuses are filed from A to Zed.

So distressed am I that I can talk my way out of being responsible faster than you can say fear. So afraid am I to not behold the path that I was born to walk, or fail in the process of trying. Just try!

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Off The Hook

Written By: Marianne Turner

It makes me mad that you can’t decide, and it feels like you’re stringing me on.
It makes me mad that you wear the pants and knock me down when I pull them on.
It makes me mad that you choose to resist and purposely turn down my requests.
It makes me mad that you doubt my intent and I am constantly put through your tests.

(pre)But I am afraid of the confrontation and your criticism. I am afraid of your reducing me, and your using me and your angry finger pointing at me.

It makes me mad that you reprimand as if I were a child of five.
You’re a boss and bully, you snap in a hurry. Your control is burying me alive.
It makes me so damn mad that you’re so insecure and yet you treat me as though I were less.
And when you’re hard and you want to get off, you expect me to get undressed.

(pre)But I am afraid of your disapproval and you disinterest. I am afraid of your rejection, your detection, of your withholding of affection.

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I get a sickness in my stomach when I try to talk to you.
So I keep quiet and I let you off the hook.

Bridge
I can’t take this much longer, this erosion of my self esteem. I’m all out of faith, I can’t stand the friction, this is now my responsibility.

(pre)But I am afraid of the argument and of the judgment, I am afraid of your impatience of your silence, your condescendence without conscience.

It makes me mad that you’re so unaware or are you just unwilling to try?
I just want to know what the hell we’re doing, if I should stay, please tell me why.
It makes me mad that I try so hard cause it feels like I’m wasting my time.
I lose myself, I dishonor myself when I respond to your whims and not mine.

(pre)But I am afraid of your dishonesty and dismissiveness. I am afraid of your invalidating your intimidating, dominating contaminating.

Chorus
I get a sickness in my stomach when I try to talk to you.
So I keep quiet and I let you off the hook.
I get a sickness in my stomach when I try to talk, when I try to talk,
when I try to talk to you.
So I keep quiet and I let you off the hook.
So I keep quiet and I let you off, I keep quiet and I get you off,
I keep quiet and I let you off the hook.

Discography

Let Her Let Go
All Streamed and receiving radio airplay
CIUT Top 30 Chart #23

CBC Radio > Various National Programming including:
The Afternoon Edition, Saskatchewan, SK; Fresh Air, Toronto, ON Points North, Sudbury, ON.

The Moose CFXN 106.3 fm, North Bay, ON
Blue Sky Radio CKTR 104.9 fm, North Bay, ON
Ryerson University CKLN 88.1 fm, Toronto, ON > Corby’s Orbit
University of Toronto, CIUT 89.5 fm,
Brock University, CFBU 103.7 fm, St. Catherines, ON
Trent University, CFFF 92.7 fm, Peterborough, ON >
University of Western Ontario, CHRW 94.9 fm, London, ON
Mohawk College, CIOI 101.5 fm, Hamilton, ON >

Set List

One set approximately 40 minutes.
Typical repertoire of original material + 3 covers

One Hundred and Eighty
Butterflies
Off the Hook
Carmen - cover
Make up Your Mind
Easier Comes the Loving
The Fear - cover
Big in Japan - cover
I'd Rather Lie