The Man Forgotten

by Ian Marquis

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After recording The Shivers, I fell into a rut. Ever since I wrapped up my first album, The Solomon Project, I've had unfinished demo tracks dragging along behind me. The pile only got bigger with each passing year. It was beginning to limit me; I'd always return to these older songs and try to work on them, unable to record much of anything new. But then, something happened. I guess I took a leap as a singer and abandoned a lot of the low, gravely, disaffected style I'd grown comfortable with. I started writing more adventurous arrangements, and working with harmony. I recorded a ton of new songs, and reworked a couple of tracks from The Shivers that I was never really happy with. The result is what I consider my true debut album - The Man Forgotten.

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released August 7, 2011

All by Ian Marquis

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Ian Marquis Portland, Maine

My songs are tiny ecosystems: self-sustaining, self-contained, intricate, and densely layered. I'm captivated by found sound and immaculate production. I sample my own work. I chop up my guitars and create arrangements I could never have played. I treat my voice like an instrument, pushing and pulling it in otherworldly directions. I polish each track until, sonically, it feels like it sparkles. ... more

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Track Name: Thick as Thieves
I'm
Oh so shy
You won't find me, but
For
Me you'll die
Yes, you will, and well

I'll
Burn for you
If you ask me, but
You
Can't let go
I won't let you


I am the one
Who makes you fear
Just open your pockets
And pay with your tears

Who needs the birds?
To hell with the bees
Blood and oil
Thick as thieves


I
Help you grow
Feed your cities, and
You
Trust me so
With your babies, oh

For
You I'll fight
If you let me
I
Am your right
Come and get me


I am the one
Who makes you fear
Just open your pockets
And pay with your tears

Who needs the birds?
To hell with the bees
Blood and oil
Thick as thieves

I am the hand
That built all you see
Shattered by
Artillery

You push and you pull
But all around me
Are broken dreams
And apathy
Track Name: Only in Your Dreams
I'm okay
Silver sparks and disarray
This twisted metamorphic clay
Thirty miles and still no way
Oh, but I'm okay
Track Name: Girl's Got Altitude (Little Bit Higher)
Twenty odd years I was stuck in a daze
Pulling on fixtures to get through this maze
Changed all my numbers and grew out my hair
I couldn't escape, I was already there

Well I lost my way; she said "that's okay"
The future don't matter outside of today
She said "don't look down, don't you make a sound"
Don't look down 'til we're back on the ground

Don't look down, don't you make a sound
Don't look down, baby, don't look down

This morning I woke and I couldn't see my face
I tore up my memories, did not leave a trace
I'm stuck with these numbers and losing my hair
There's just no escape when you're already there

She says "it's okay, don't we all lose our way?"
The future don't matter outside of today
She said "don't look down, don't you make a sound"
Don't look down 'til we're back on the ground

Don't look down, don't you make a sound
Don't look down, baby, don't look down
Track Name: Going Down (Little Bit Deeper)
Every day it stings
Left me with these broken wings
We don't sing
We're just livid

Circumstance it thrums
Cholera inside me runs
It ain't fun
But we're livin'

Forgive me
But I'm not the one
That you said I'd be
This ain't what I bargained for

Forgive me
But you're not the one
That I thought you'd be
What's behind that door?

Lover, don't you know?
You turn your back, these things still grow
In the house
Where we're livin'

Circumstance it thrums
Mumbled up inside these lungs
Ain't that how
We're all livin'?

Forgive me
But I'm not the one
That you said I'd be
This ain't what I bargained for

Forgive me
But you're not the one
That I thought you'd be
What's behind that door?
Track Name: Crystal Clear
Plug me in
The world, my friend
You can't escape it
Can't burn the papers

It's crystal clear
What's happening here
And they'll all know
We stole the show

But every day
We've had to pay
The lines are growing
Disquiet showing

Don't wanna play
This game no more
We've found something
Worth fighting for

A normal man may live in fear
Of the words that make us disappear
Another day, we'll still be here
You can't erase our world with fear

Fooled again
They've locked us in
You can't escape it
I've read the papers

It's crystal clear
What happened here
The world will know
Support will grow

But every day
We've had to pay
The lines are growing
Disquiet showing

Don't wanna play
This game no more
We've found something
Worth fighting for

A normal man may live in fear
Of the words that make us disappear
Another day, we'll be right here
You can't erase our world with fear

A normal man may live in fear
Of the ones who wish we'd disappear
Another day, we're all still here
You can't make our world disappear
Track Name: Daedalus Heard
Woke up to find the sun was gone
Not a glimmer in the steel-gray sky
I went out searching for a song
I woke up wishing I could fly

Oh, can you hear me now?
I'm getting warmer as I go

I pulled myself upon the clouds
My body wasting all the while
I don't remember where I'm from
I woke up thinking of your smile

Oh, can you hear me now?
I'm getting warmer as I go
Oh, can you see me now?
I'll make it someday, oh, I know
Track Name: Melody
All of my life
I've been thinkin' bout how
Wrong it is to be
Infatuated
With acquisition
And base autonomy

We're half underground
Our tapes all rewound
I wish I weren't so small
A hole in the box
Where I'd hope I would find
The meaning of it all

We could have a melody
To shake the world
onto it's knees

But all we've gotten
In this life
Are paper plastic trees

Every night I
Lie awake just
Grounded on the sand
Encapsulated
In these words
I've written with my hand

Doors open, I'm out
Not even a shout
To recognize my fall
Monopoly consumes my mind
And I don't care at all

We could have a melody
To shake the world
onto it's knees

But all we've gotten
In this life
Are paper plastic trees
Track Name: Pretend
The windows and shades are all drawn down
Your garden is growing cold
My mind is all fury, so paper thin
I try to pretend, oh can't we pretend?

Lock the doors
Don't you let them inside
Curtains shut out the day

Lock the doors
This is our place to hide
We're just wasting away

I buried my plans out behind the well
Remember your promise to me
We can't let them catch us, you know I won't tell
Once more, let's pretend, oh can't we pretend?

Lock the doors
Don't you let them inside
Curtains shut out the day

Lock the doors
This is our place to hide
We're just wasting away

Oh can't we pretend?
Track Name: Spark
I give
And I live
My life
Laying on my back

She says
Oh, she says
My love
These words begin to crack

But I've got my arms around her
This peace is so elusive
We move, we breathe, and we fall

I say
And I pray
That I
Am bigger than a space

But I know
Lord, I know
That we
Will never leave this place

But I've got so much inside me
Nothing will satisfy me
I move, I breathe, and I fall

I live to breathe
I live to play
And I live I see
Another day
Track Name: Recursive
All in my imagination
No ground beneath my feet
Illusory people greet me
I pass them on the street

Effervescent ozone
Hangs like perfume in the air
A hand stretched out in greeting
But I know it isn't really there

Voices in the ether
All skin and bones
And I just don't care

I ain't my brother's keeper
The price we pay
It just ain't fair

Await this retribution
Cause What I've got is scarce and lean
Our lips around pollution
You fear a price you just ain't seen

My hands upon the altar
Oh, can you hear? Or should I scream?
Afraid your step will falter
Is it the end or is this just a dream?

Voices in the ether
All skin and bones
And I just don't care

I ain't my brother's keeper
The price we pay
It just ain't fair
Track Name: Poster Child
Salutations are in order
That much is so clear
Your heart is bigger than the rest
So won't you tell me, dear

What's your name, your number?
We know how much you care
A thousands mouths, as many fingers
Tugging at your hair

Spit out
Chew in
Molar bites
Through thick and thin, yeah

You give, and you gave
Sold yourself
Somebody's slave, oh

Spit out
Suck in
Everybody loves a grin, yeah

You give
You gave
The very thing you meant to save

I know your hands are weary
There's so much more to do
There are so many people
Who are far worse off than you

Please stay another hour
Or just another dime
A thousands mouths, as many fingers
Don't you have the time?

Spit out
Chew in
Molar bites
Through thick and thin, yeah

You give, and you gave
Sold yourself
Somebody's slave, oh

Spit out
Suck in
Everybody loves a grin, yeah

You give
You gave
The very thing you meant to save

Just another dime
Track Name: I'm What I Want You to Hear
There's blood in the stones
Everyone's gotta squeeze
Thirty years in the salt mines
And scabs on your knees

Don't you know it's a game?
Everything tastes the same
And the moths in your wallet
Are always to blame

So you packed up your suitcase
And wasted away
Drank your six dollar coffee
And called it a day

All these boxes and speakers
Are buzzing like flies
And you just want to sleep
But you can't close your eyes


I
Don't want to be famous
Just want you to play this
Oh lemme whisper in your ear

I
Just want you to play me
But this ain't a game, see
I'm what I want you to hear


I've got magic to sell
(Magic sends you to hell)
Don't you want to escape
(There's a pill you can take)

I've got magic to sell
(Magic sends you to hell)
Don't you want to escape
(There's a pill you can take)

Don't you know it's a game?
Everything tastes the same
And the moths in your wallet
Are always to blame

All these boxes and speakers
Are buzzing like flies
And you just want to sleep
But you can't close your eyes
Track Name: Indecent
I'm so weary
Wasting promise
In my bed

Knuckled eyes
Rather curl up
Here instead

I can't speak
But I'll whisper
Through the crack

Memories
Maybe someday
I'll come back

Don't you know
These silhouettes
Are in my head?

Can't you see
Baby, oh
I'm already dead?

These things
I don't laugh
When I talk to you

I'm so weary
Wasting promise
In my head

Knuckled eyes
Baby, oh
I'm already dead

I can't speak
But I'll whisper
Through the crack

Memories
Maybe someday
I'll come back

Don't you know
Maybe someday
I'll come back

Can't you see
Baby someday
I'll come back
Track Name: Anarchy or Something
Hey
Give me a place to live
Give me a place to breathe
Give me a place to breathe

I
I am a skinny man
I have a weightless hand
I try to understand

Give me anarchy
Just give me something

Won't
You give me substance now
Oh give me substance now
I won't be ignored

Won't
You give me substance now
Oh give me substance now
I won't be ignored

Give me anarchy
Just give me
Something to live
Something to breathe
Something that I can be assured of
Something to feel
Something to see
Something that I can be proud of
Track Name: Tomorrow
I thought that if I told you
How hard I tried,
you'd think I was sincere

Solitude is hard to handle
When you never whisper in my ear

Is there something that's wrong with me?
Is there a hand that holds me to the stone?

I've found that I can't hear you
And I'm afraid to find myself alone

Will I remember
Will I remember you
Tomorrow?

Will I remember
Will I remember you
Tomorrow?

I tried to understand you
But I guess I never felt that way

And all the things I told you
They never really mattered anyway

But is there something wrong with me?
Am I the one who's fallen off the road?

This isn't any easier
Oh, don't you know
We all support that load?

Will I remember
Will I remember you
Tomorrow?

Will I remember
Will I remember you
Tomorrow?

Will I remember
Will I remember you
Tomorrow?

Will I remember
Will I remember you
Tomorrow?
Track Name: More Than This
I woke up and you stole my story
All the guns but I've got no glory
Fever dream and my bones start shakin'
Memories are the pills I'm takin'

I white-knight but my heart is so black
Breadcrumbs but I know I can't go back
I've got my sights in the rearview mirror
Now I see clearer

And I want something more than this
Oh, but baby I'm a sinner
You tell me I'm a sinner
I don't even know what time it is

It was a dream, but my body's wakin'
I had the spins from the chems you're makin'
This ain't a war - it's a revolution
Pheromones, nothing but pollution

I white-knight but my heart is so black
Breadcrumbs but I know I can't go back
Eighty-eight and I'm drawing nearer

And I want something more than this
Oh, but baby I'm a sinner
You tell me I'm a sinner
I don't even know what time it is

And I want to believe