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Grief in Exile

by Mariee Sioux

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Grief in Exile is Mariee Sioux's 3rd full length record, recorded in the Spring of 2018 in Bolinas, Nevada City, and Los Angeles California. It is set to be released in June of 2019.

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released June 7, 2019

All songs written by Mariee Sioux
Engineered by Tim Ramsey (Mandolin by Tom Menig)
Produced by Mariee Sioux, Kacey Johansing and Tim Ramsey
Mixed and Mastered by Oz Fritz @ Ancient Wave Studios, Nevada City, CA
Album art and design by Jaclyn Tobia
Fonts by Jeremiah Conte (@fleasmokey Instagram)
Polaroid photos by Fin
Insert poster art by Bubzee (@Bubzeeart Instagram)
Poster lyrics layout and Datura Stramonium sketches by Jaclyn Tobia

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Mariee Sioux Nevada City, California

Mariee Sioux was raised in Northern California and is of Indigenous and Polish Hungarian ancestry. She prefers to be known as an abstract storyteller and a voice for the natural world and trials of humanity through song. Shes been given gifts of songs for over 10 years. Her songs have been described as medicinal, hallucinatory, and haunting, with a trance like performance. ... more

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Track Name: Black Snakes
Our skin tied over the drum
An elder’s eyes into the woods did run
Children tied into the drum
A newborn’s tears with the river did run
Eagle cries over the drum
An ancient seed smiles into the light of the sun

While Medusa’s head of black snakes
Tears through the loss and what remains
Praying while dogs snap between labor pains
Empty words spoken again and again
The Sacred Hoop broken that we’re trying to mend

So we’ll split the light in two we’ll split the light in two
So we’ll split the light in two we’ll split the light in two
We’ll split the light in two we’ll spit the light in you

ya-na-we-na-he-ya-wa-na-he-ne
ya-na-we-na-he-ya-wa-na-he-ne-o-a

Our men within the drum
Spirit ladder starlight the rungs
Women feeding the drum
Planting kernels of corn awakening has begun
Wolf crying over the drum
Ancient seeds smile into the light of the sun

While Medusa’s head of black snakes
Tears through the loss and what remains
Praying while dogs snap between labor pains
Empty words spoken again and again
The Sacred Hoop broken that we’re trying to mend

So we’ll split the light in two we’ll split the light in two
So we’ll split the light in two we’ll split the light in two
We’ll split the light in two we’ll spit the light in you.

ya-na-we-na-he-ya-wa-na-he-ne
ya-na-we-na-he-ya-wa-na-he-ne-o-a
Track Name: Baby Wave
Tried to carry a baby wave
To her cradle but she slipped away
Even boat arms could not save her
From a red coral grave

Silence silence an alien silence
Crept over the wildlife
When you took yours
Balance balance earthy balance
Fled from our lives
When you took yours
Violence violence ungodly violence
Tore through my mind
When you lost yours

Held on to all my eels
But I lost my feelings
To the fated scarabs wings
Where iridescent honor rings

Silence silence an alien silence
Crept over the wildlife
When you took yours
Balance balance earthly balance
Fled from our lives
When you took yours
Violence violence ungodly violence
Tore through my mind
When you lost yours
Track Name: Goose Song
Where has my goose gone?
Down as soft as light of dawn
Where did my goose go?
Was he lost to blinding snow?
Where has my goose flown?
Finest gander I have known

In this mess again
I guess it’s supposed to be
A lesson in get lonely
And lay by your own side
Could you see me call tonight
I was pulsing and alive
Like beckoning starlight
I thought geese mate for life

But where has my goose gone?
Where did my goose go?
Where has my goose flown?
Track Name: Never Known
Never known this kind of love
Like my heart found her den of cubs
Never known this kind of fear
The pheasant feels the hunter near
Never felt so awake
Painfully clear what is a stake

Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Ya
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Ya

Phoenix in the temple of flames
Forgotten from where we came
Feathered ash where once were names
Become from where we became

So remember your honor to cry
Spirits can’t drink from dry eyes
Remember your honor to grieve
The well’s dryer than you’d believe

Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Ya
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Ya
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Ya
Track Name: Grief in Exile
On a hallowed wind
The song of a missing twin
I could have sworn that he’d be dead (laid to rest)
In a sweet grass and cedar bed (dressed in his best)
A child of God an ancient seed smile (all the while)
A Grief in exile
A Grief in exile

Grief in exile
Hold on tight and like a child
You won’t miss a beat you’ll just skip stones
A lioness and a coward
My power prowess and prayer
My truth feeding in the lair
Bloody paws mane of flowers
Our powers out magic theirs
Our truth feeding in the lair

So gather the necessities
For a ceremony, Oh life!
Only take what you need
And learn to give thanks for your time
Abalone shells sage and cedar
Tend to the coals that feed
Imaginations of ether
Beat with the arteries
That burn with a humble fever
Tend to the ones in need
Of an honorable griever
Bend with the corn and weed out
The creeping deceiver


All the while
Grief in exile
Hold on tight and like a child
You won’t miss a beat you’ll just skip stones
A lioness and a coward
My power prowess and prayer
My truth feeding in the lair
Bloody paws mane of flowers
Our powers out magic theirs
Our truth feeding in the lair

So gather the necessities
For a ceremony, Oh life!
Only take what you need
And learn to give thanks for your time
Abalone shells sage and cedar
Tend to the coals that feed
Imaginations of ether
Beat with the arteries
That burn with a humble fever
Tend to the ones in need
Of an honorable griever
Bend with the corn and weed out
The creeping deceiver
Track Name: Behind the Veil
How to forgive
Being pushed from the edge of the cliff?
How to forget
When giving was all I had left?
All time is deaf
Loss we’ve all heard to expect
Blanketed in fig leaf and death
Oh, the fleeting caress
The end merely a guess

Don’t know how to love my way through the fall
Don’t know how to rise with the weight of the gall
Don’t want to spit out your own tail
The vine flowers around endless scales
And children were peaking from behind the veil

How to forgive
Being pushed from the edge of the cliff?
How to forget
When giving was all I had left?
All time is deaf
Loss we’ve all heard to expect
Track Name: Snow Knows White
And when the spell breaks
It might break your fall
But when the fall stands
The heart’s still at fault

Fumble through the day
Can’t seep I just lie
Starving bleary eyed
Electric eels my spine

The sweetest birds
Just drop in mid flight
And I have known you
Like snow knows white
I have known you
Like the bull knows the fight
Like snow knows white

And all of the webs
We swallowed with pride
All of my spiders inside
Oh I will spin the sun and return with Saturn
And I have known you
Like fire knows the burn
And I will burn true
‘Till seasons lose their turn
'Till seasons lose their turn
I will burn through and through

So won’t you come along
Bring the countless wrongs
Promise won’t stay long

But stars caught in the web shine
Constellation of this life
I took myself as my own wife
Could no longer leave her behind
All my branches they're raven lined
All my smartest birds gone blind
Oh but the wing of love’s feathers light
Up my unborn song inside
All my planets they sing inside
With my unborn's song inside

da da da da da da da da da da da
da da da da da da da da da da da
da da dum

And when the spell breaks
It might break your fall
But when the fall stands
The heart’s still at fault

Fumble through the day
Can’t seep I just lie
Starving bleary eyed
Electric eels my spine

And the sweetest birds
Just drop in mid flight
And I have known you
Like snow knows white
I have known you
Like the bull knows the fight
Like snow knows white
Track Name: Coyote With the Flowering Heart
I’ve bathed in the yarrow and the rose
Remember it’s not just babies that grow
Though they might hold the miricale first breath
Air’s not the only beginning you’ll know

Trickster we slip into the old ways
And with your crooked ears we play
Coyote with the Flowering Heart
Can’t even tell my own selves apart

And the catalyst shows
As a belly with your own
Honest as an oak
As sudden as flash flooding
Obsessive as smoke
Remote as the Dead Sea
So embarassing
I’ll still be your coat
In colder than below zero
I’ll try and act normal
Waiting for her

Running off would be the cruelest herb
Forgot I knew just how to be heard
Coyote with the Flowering Heart
Bouquet your veins till death do you part

Happiness an Invisible horse
Someone please feed that strong beast before
All we have left are motherless foals
In soft bales of hay
Miracles unfold

And the catalyst shows
As a belly with your own
Honest as an oak
As sudden as flash flooding
Obsessive as smoke
Remote as the Dead Sea
So embarrassing
I’ll still be your coat
In colder than below zero
I’ll try and act normal
Waiting for her
Track Name: Love Like Water
This love
Like water of life
Fell for the summer
Home in each other
We’ll finally be safe for winter

We nursed an infant stream
Headwaters crystalline
I knew you survived this time
Sucked stones dry for the divine
Might have rose a thousand lives
To meet this ocean wide

With this love
Like water
That might frost over anger
Like this childless night
Be born to remember

We nursed an infant stream
Headwaters crystalline
I knew you survived this time
Sucked stones dry for the divine
Might have rose a thousand lives
To meet this ocean wide

And in the vision
Black snakes
Headless and hollow
Hang from the soul’s gate
Twins shriek in unison
The language of the land does follow
And bison like mountains
Blooming with Foxglove
Circle around the calves of love
Hallowed dove
I found you
Not a moment too soon

This love
Like water of life
Fell for the summer
Home in each other
We’ll finally be safe for winter
Track Name: My Birds
Empty
Where she once filled a void in my home
But It’s ok I’ll live while alone circles the womb
Afraid of the "we"

But I’m still standing while the rock in my hand turns to dust
I’m still breathing while the air in my lungs falls like sand
And I’m still needing the generous love of my man
And I’m still weaving this life with iridescent strands
And we’re all fucking nuts but the future still depends on us

Mourning birds they bring in the dawn, the dawn’s unfolding wings
My birds they bring in the dawn, the dawn's unfolding wings
My birds they sing for the dawn, the dawn's unfolding wings

But I’m still standing while the rock in my hand turns to dust
I’m still breathing while the air in my lungs falls like sand
And I’m still needing the generous love of my man
And I’m still weaving this life with iridescent strands
And we’re all fucking nuts but the future still depends on us

Mourning birds they bring in the dawn, the dawn’s unfolding wings
My birds they bring in the dawn, the dawn's unfolding wings
My birds they sing for the dawn, the dawn's unfolding wings

Alive, Alone, still got my bones
Alive, Alone, can still cast shadows
Alive, Alone, won’t my love come home?

Alive, Alone, still got my songs
Alive, Alone, I can still turn stones
Alive, Alone, a void in my home
Alive, Alone, avoiding my home

While my birds they bring in the dawn
My birds they bring in the dawn
My birds they sing for the dawn
my birds they sing for the dawn
The dawn’s unfolding wings

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