Marissa Levy

Marissa Levy

 New York City, New York, USA
BandPopAcoustic

Is it folk? Is it Rock? Is it, G-d forbid, Pop???? It's Marissa Levy and she's here to take the chick rock world by storm.

Biography

Marissa Levy started writing songs because she needed an outlet for her emotions and therapy was just too expensive. She was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, then transplanted to the big bad streets of New York City. Armed with a mind for music and a 1963 Favia classical guitar Marissa began to express herself through song in a thoughtful if slightly scattered manner.

Eventually, the Favia (may it rest in peace) broke and Marissa moved on to a new guitar and a more serious attitude about songwriting. She sought spiritual guidance from the folk and pop troubadours (Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Christine Lavin, and Billy Joel) that Marissa truly believed were kids singers as a tot, as well as modern chick rockers including Lisa Loeb, Dar Williams and Jill Sobule. Through this combination of influences she emerged with a sound that falls somewhere not so neatly in between.

Her songs range from a hilarious obsessive song about down and out actor Robert Downey Jr. to one about losing the innocence of high school love. Marissa’s performance displays her confidence with just a hint of sass, while her big voice and catchy melodies captivate and engage her audiences.

Marissa has just finished her very first full-length album adorned, lookmanohands, produced and engineered by David Perlick Molinari and mastered by Drew Lavyne (Elvis/JXL, Sting-Brand New Day, Santana-Supernatural, Dave Matthews Band-Before These Crowded Streets) of All Digital. She is currently touring and promoting that album and trying to keep her head together.

Lyrics

Alone

Written By: Marissa Levy

I got a leg up on the sink and my arms around a stranger
I got one hand on the doorknob and my heart is set on danger
And thereÕs chemicals and alcohol floating in his eyes
And I bat my lids I dive right in and shed this disguise

And itÕs a dangerous world, I choose to be in it
A dangerous life, and I choose to live it
I donÕt need your advice or you holding my hand
IÕm a big girl know, think I can stand on my own, alone

Gotta get my act together, got to make it up the stairs
Gotta straighten up my clothing, run my fingers through my hair
Gotta wipe that stupid grin away, it shows where you have been
And I take a breath and grab a drink and start all over again

And itÕs a dangerous world, I choose to be in it
A dangerous life, and I choose to live it
I donÕt need your advice or you holding my hand
IÕm a big girl know, think I can stand on my own, alone

And itÕs a sticky situation with no where or why {break} or how
IÕm an angel and a devil just some girl to him {break} now
But I know his hands, I know his stance, I know him all too well
So itÕs back to my own base, so that I can kiss and tell

And itÕs a dangerous world, I choose to be in it
A dangerous life, and I choose to live it
I donÕt need your advice or you holding my hand
IÕm a big girl know, think I can stand
I donÕt need your advice or you holding my hand
IÕm a big girl know, guess I gotta stand on my own, alone, alone

Coming Home

Written By: Marissa Levy

IÕm pushing through people on the way to the plane
If I could fly I would just as fast as my arms could go
Oh ohÉ

So itÕs 12 days IÕm gone, thatÕs like 2 weeks too long
IÕm giving all IÕve got so I can give all IÕve got to you
Ooo, oooÉ

And IÕm coming home before you know it
Clicking heels of my bright red shoes
Singing no place like home, there is no place like home
ThereÕs no place like you
And itÕs not that I need you itÕs just that I need you
And I love you more than my words can say
Eh eh eh ehÉ

When She Looks Up

Written By: Marissa Levy

Last night I dreamed you were still a survivor
Took my hand down the dirt road kissed me sweet and held me tighter
And our eyes gazing at the sunlight through the canopy of branches
We saw clouds were up there too, never thought that theyÕd break through

thereÕs a girl in the world whoÕs calling out your name
yes itÕs true that she blames you for it all
but you aught to know the truth sheÕs still dreaming about you
when she looks up sheÕs still dreaming about you

Somebody said your name they mentioned it in passing
Wondering what ever happened to that boy
And I sighed a little harder and I cried a little for them
They donÕt need to hear the truth about what you just went through

thereÕs a girl in the world whoÕs calling out your name
yes itÕs true that she blames you for it all
but you aught to know the truth sheÕs still dreaming about you
when she looks up sheÕs still dreaming about you

Maybe IÕm unworthy of your love and this hurting
I didnÕt know this full-grown man I didnÕt know what you had planned
But I had all these fantasies that you had a roll in
when the curtain falls you took a bow you leave the stage and leave me now

thereÕs a girl in the world whoÕs calling out your name
yes itÕs true that she blames you for it all
but you aught to know the truth sheÕs still dreaming about you
when she looks up sheÕs still dreaming about you

and IÕm this girl in the world IÕm calling out your name
yes itÕs true that I blame you for it all
and you aught to know the truth that IÕve been dreaming about you
when I look up I am dreaming about you
when I look up I am dreaming
when I look up I am dreaming
when I look up I am dreaming about you

New Jersey

Written By: Marissa Levy

Chivalry’s not dead it’s just hiding in New Jersey
In your little cheap apartment with a view of the city
Amazing you found me, I find you amazing
Seems like you’ve saving yourself for me

Falling, falling off the edge of the world
When did I turn into such a girl?
And I’m weak in the knees now, and I’m yours if you please now

Wonder what is happening inside your dreams tonight
Any chance that I might have a little cameo
I know I don’t want to leave and I’m choosing
Cause I’d be loosing if I messed up with you

Falling, falling off the edge of the world
When did I turn into such a girl?
And I’m weak in the knees now, and I’m yours if you please now

I’m not supposed to be here I’m not that lucky
I’m not so stupid to think this is happening
Somewhere with the butterflies my heart is beating lies
Like yours is beating in time

Falling, falling off the edge of the world
When did I turn into such a girl?
And I’m weak in the knees now, and I’m yours…
Falling, falling off the edge of the world
When did I turn into such a girl?
And I’m weak in the knees now
And I’m yours if you please now
And I’m weak in the knees now
And I’m yours if you please
If you please
If you please
Would you please
please

The Things You Keep

Written By: Marissa Levy

I don’t mean to always call you
It’s just that I got so excited and you always invited me in
And I don’t care about the girls you do without
The ones who steal your skin you let me down when you let them in

Now I know how I can love you
I can be sweet, hold you tight while I’m kissing you goodnight
And I don’t have to learn, the things that make you burn
You see I know already how to hold and keep you steady

The things that you keep, the people you love
The things that you push away, when push comes to shove
The choices we make when our world starts to shake
It’s the things that you keep, the things that you keep

I don’t want to say I love you
The words have a way of coming out to fill the void and kill the doubt
I know you mean it when you say we’d still be friends
If I should ever leave you but somehow I don’t believe you

The things that you keep, the people you love
The things that you push away, when push comes to shove
The choices we make when our world starts to shake
Bridge: Crushes mean I end up getting crushed in the meantime
Blushing faces angry hot and flushed, you say I’m green I’m
Waiting to grow up so I’m allowed to love you
Waiting is the worst part when you already know…

Who you’ll keep, who you love
And who you’ll push away when push comes to shove
And the choices we make when our world starts to shake
It’s the things that you keep the things that you keep

Discography

Charmed & Dangerous (2006)
LookMaNoHands (2003)
I + NY a tribute to the heros of 9/11 (2001)
MJM Experience (2001)

Set List

1. New Jersey
2. When She Looks Up
3. The Lorax
4. Kick You Out
5. The Things You Keep
6. Charmed & Dangerous
7. I Know You Only Love Me
8. The Morning After
9. Alone