Broken

BROKEN

 

I’ve taken my chances

I can’t fake romances

I’ve loved and loved and loved again

But now the passion must end

 

Yeah, ‘cuz I gave all that I had

My grave calls me ahead

Dirty deed has been done

The last thing left is my last black sun

Train’s-a-rolling off the track

No one left in the lonely shack

Spirits beckon the broken one

Spirits beckon the broken one

 

Death could be a good thing

Some kind of craving

I must hurt them back

But will they remember how hurt

I was left in the lonely shack?

 

Yeah, ‘cuz I gave all that I had

My grave calls me ahead

Dirty deed as been done

The last thing left is my last black sun

Train’s-a-rolling off the track

No one left in the lonely shack

Spirits beckon the broken one

Spirits beckon the broken one

Spirits beckon the broken one

Spirits beckon the broken one

 

Yeah, I know you want me, boy

But you can’t have me, no

You know why?
‘Cuz I think that you’re too fucking scared of me

I don’t even think you’d know what to do with a girl like me

So what do you think about that?
C’mon!

 

Yeah, ‘cuz I gave all that I had

My grave calls me ahead

Dirty deed as been done

The last thing left is my last black sun

Train’s-a-rolling off the track

No one left in the lonely shack

Spirits beckon the broken one

Spirits beckon the broken one

Spirits beckon the broken one

Spirits beckon the broken one

 

 

 

The original version of this song is by Jaded, on the “Sweet Virginity” CD, featuring a trumpet solo (played by Dave Johnson) during the bridge section. When Annie moved down to Los Angeles in 1999, equipped with the band-new & unreleased Sweet Virginity CD, she quickly formed her first L.A. band, named it “Breather”, and Breather started learning the Sweet Virginity songs.  Breather had their first show at the Coconut Teaser on the Sunset Strip, only 6 months after Annie moved there.

 

“Broken” is the only Sweet Virginity song to survive the many different incarnations of Breather/Shut Up Marie, and it was re-recorded with a new bridge section (music written by Josh Walden), for the “Gimmie” CD (2005).  Two different trials of lyrics for the bridge were attempted, along with 2 different mixing engineers for the song: Former Breather guitarist Jon Coco, and Colin Miller.  Miller’s final mix was chosen, as were the edgier bridge lyrics he inspired.  He also tracked, mixed, and produced “Short Bus”, “Everything”, and “Where Do We Go” on “Gimmie”.  All 4 songs were recorded at Atlantis Studios in Hollywood, a then-famous recording studio (which was later rented out for an entire year by Janet Jackson,) where Shut Up Marie was able to get the “midnight to 7am” studio rate.  That rate didn’t last for the entire recording, and the remaining tunes on “Gimmie” were recorded at The Sound Salon in Hollywood.

 

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