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Blouse

by jocelyn mackenzie

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"Blouse" is an anthem of comfort in self pleasure. Its verses find us escaping into fantasy, while its choruses quickly realize that sometimes the idea of someone else will never be as good as the reality of being right here, right now, indulging in the pleasure of our own body.

Earlier last year, I recorded a cover of Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop" – the classic self-pleasure ballad – with my friend Miwa Gemini. Miwa and I were struck by Cyndi's lyric "I hope He will understand." She boldly chooses to please herself regardless of what God Himself thinks – she does not ask for forgiveness or permission. That feeling empowered me deeply, and this song was my solo pandemic evening answer to that primal call. After all, "It's alright."

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In the sedentary night, I unbutton my own blouse
And allow my breast to peek out
from the gap in my lapel
Cause I know you'll hear this someday
so I'm traveling through time
to plant this salty secret
in your mind

I'm on my way down
I'm almost there now
When I can't get it I will give it to myself
I'm on my way down

I'm an unbridled force of nature with a bitter pill with time
and a snaggletooth that
complicates my smile
but the sleepy grin you give me
when you whisper "it's alright"
makes it worth the wisdom teeth
i sacrifice

I'm on my way down
I'm almost there now
When I can't get it I will give it to myself
I'm almost there now

It's alright, it's alright, I'd forgotten it's alright

There is a ghost of indecision and I'm grateful when it hides
wouldn't be here in my own skin
had it materialized
I can conjure pain from nothing
summon pleasure on a dime
so excuse me
while I juice it while it's ripe

I'm on my way down
I'm almost there now
When I can't get it I will give it to myself
I'm on my way down

It's alright, it's alright, I'd forgotten it's alright

credits

released November 1, 2022
Recorded at Figure 8 Studio in Brooklyn, NY with Michael Coleman, Harry Bolles, and Alison Shearer on sax.

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jocelyn mackenzie Brooklyn, New York

Jocelyn Mackenzie is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, artist, and psychic medium. Her debut solo album PUSH is a chamber pop homage to healing through radical self love. The fearlessness in her songwriting combined with the orchestral arrangements of each song alchemizes her pain into a poultice, making the album itself a testimony to hope, heartbreak, and what it means to be human. ... more

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