Bruise Me

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Bruise Me
(Lyrics by Amber Bird, Music by Varnish)

You should have been a final kiss
I should have wallowed in your bliss
Anticipated fireworks
Left out instead to scratch the dirt

I dig for promise, dig for hope
Press through the earth, kaleidoscope
You never move, I can’t stand still
And pieces fall beyond my will

This is where I meant to stay
This is where I’ll die someday

I have no choice but cling to you
And lose my dreams, my skin is blue
You suffocate and suffer me
This bruise the band that sets me free

This is where I meant to stay
This is where I’ll die someday
This is where I meant to stay
This is where I’ll suffocate
Suffocate and suffer me
Bruise me
Bruise me
Set me free
Bruise me
Bruise me
Bruise me


from Each to Each, released December 16, 2014
Amber Bird - Vocals
Jason Cope - Guitar
Johnny Straube - Bass
Ben Crosby - Drums

Produced by Mark Clem
Recorded at London Bridge Studios and Soul Kitchen Studios
Mixed at Soul Kitchen Studios by Mark Clem
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering, Seattle WA



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Varnish Seattle, Washington

Varnish is steeped in the influence of dark, jangled pop via post-punk UK music that was dressed to kill and to do it fabulously, as well as "pre-punk" NYC bands that set the stage for the modern and alternative rock scenes that came next. Music where confusion becomes clarity and the extremes of human emotion are separated by a precariously thin tightrope, all backlit by a beautiful dissonance. ... more

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