Something Wicked

by North by North

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released January 23, 2014

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Nate Girard - Vocals/Guitar
Kendra Blank - Bass/Keys
Dylan Andrews - Drums
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All songs written & performed by North by North (ASCAP)
Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved

Engineered and Mixed by Don Bates - www.donbatesaudio.com
Produced by Don Bates & North by North

Tracking at Minbal Studios, Chicago IL - www.minbal.com
Mastered at Boiler Room, Chicago - www.brmastering.com
Art design by Nate Girard - www.thereptilegarden.tumblr.com

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Track Name: Run
Run, through the valley
Run, to the river
Run, from your brother

Run, from the cities
Run, from the temples
Run, from your brother

Run, to your lover
Run, to your baby
Run, from your brother

Run, from your brother
Run, from your brother
Run, from your brother

Run
Run
Run
Track Name: Burn it Down
The telescreen's coming alive, and it's permeating the room
Leader's voice presides, clandestined to meet my doom

And what you think that you know
Wrap it up and call it status quo
For years I thought I was safe in the streets,
Now child you know, I can feel the heat

Mighty as the pen it is a little less adept to keep itself alive
When the captain says, smoke 'em if you got 'em boys
Those words won't last the night
And listen son, hear it from a wiser man
You better learn to burn it 'cause
When they say that kind of secret it can kill a man dead... Believe me it does.

Nothing left to fear in this world girl, except the fear of being alive
And if the firebugs under your bed burn your home, don't lose your head
'cause it's time, it's time, it's time

And what you think that you know
Wrap it up and call it status quot
For years I thought I was safe in the streets,
Now child you know, I can feel the heat

Mighty as the pen it is a little less adept to keep itself alive
When the captain says, smoke 'em if you got 'em boys
Those words won't last the night
And listen son, hear it from a wiser man
You better learn to burn it 'cause
When they say that kind of secret it can kill a man dead... Believe me it does.
Track Name: Catacombs
Lights flashing as the grit was flown
Behind a Packard, the desert sun had grown
Marie shot-gun, bombshell in a boa
Reading up on Vogue, sipping on sangria
A weekend stop in a Spanish villa

The lights burned, the lamp was crimson
A lonely ghost in an Earthly prison
The pistol at his hip, long rusted
His bootstraps long turned to sand, and dust
And he lies and waits for the girl he's lusted

He's lonely in the catacombs
She says those nightmares, soaked with sweat and alone, don't mean a thing.
Why's she soaked to the bone?
Come on Maria, until the hounds of hell are at your door, he'll wait for you because he's lonely
In the catacombs
In the catacombs

Magazines strewn across the table,
The world outside, a field of sable
Her mind, a mess, and thoughts did clamor for safety in the latest Glamour
But now's the time, and not for manners

The grayed hand of the last bandito,
Belonged once, a man named Carlito
He paid the wind with spurs of silver to find his love and to kindly rid her
Of what her love could only giver her

He's lonely in the catacombs
She says those nightmares, soaked with sweat and alone, don't mean a thing.
Why's she soaked to the bone?
Come on Maria, until the hounds of hell are at your door, he'll wait for you because he's lonely
In the catacombs
In the catacombs

But if her love was to be won, what way is this?
A man who knows her heart as I, I'm sure she'd miss
The places she made her way from, the cities I could never know
A man he learns of love and still, he let's her go

He's lonely in the catacombs
She says those nightmares, soaked with sweat and alone, don't mean a thing.
Why's she soaked to the bone?
Come on Maria, until the hounds of hell are at your door, he'll wait for you because he's lonely
In the catacombs
In the catacombs
Track Name: Blood & Glitter
Quick he said, You'll never find your lover 'cept for dead
I've come a-riding through the black of night, exact my price
It's too late to refuse this creature's charms my dear
You summon me and now you shed a tear,
Forever waxing is the silver shine of love divine, now burden you must bear

Chase the shadows running through the pale moonlight
She knew the pendulum swung, over both of their lives
She called his cruel name a passion of rage
The king's blood and glitter will let on the very last page

Twist and turn, the labyrinth kept winding on and on
To find her man, the heart was burning deep, promise to keep
Her mind was sharpened as the edge
Of her blade, for to deliver on her wedding day,
Somewhere upon the vile king of night, and bring some light
upon this shattered home

Chase the shadows running through the pale moonlight
She knew the pendulum swung, over both of their lives
She called his cruel name a passion of rage
The king's blood and glitter will let on the very last page
Track Name: Venomous Kid
20 miles from the city of haze
this gila monster is now feeling his age
it's getting hotter in the trailer she said
they used to call me the venomous kid

and the moon will set and the desert will die
creatures will run to their burrows and cry

We had a power that we hid from the world
deep in the labrynthian family hole
In my final monologue let it ring
Immortal family I don't regret a thing

and the moon will set and the desert will die
creatures will run to their burrows and cry
they cry
they cry
Track Name: Creature Comforts
23 years under a bad sign,
It's getting harder and harder to believe my own eyes,
But I feel it rumbling from the streets to the peaks,
You tell me what you know, I'll show you what I've seen,
It's a haunting yet noble melody we play, and it goes on and on year after year this way.
So we ran off, had herself a little black Grand Am now,
We took it to the edge of town and,
The way she flicked her cigarette
Said oh yeah...

It's been so long since I joined them
Olden house, though immortal, long forgotten
It envelopes me with a sense of sick appeal,
The fact I'll die off with the power that nobody can steal
But my blood-line still lives upon that forelorn peak
My uncle Einar is probably flying back from the east
Mama still knows every little thought I'm thinking,
Chelsea in the fields of Dogwood
Hunting with her laser eyes.

Oh you got your kin, it's no place of mine
Take you from the family manor, this is true,
I will let you see, all us human beasts,
For yourself the creature comfort's nothing new.

Oh you got your kin, it's a state of mind
Take you from the family you thought you knew
I will let you see, all us human beasts,
For yourself the creature comfort's nothing new.

Oh I got my kin, it's a state of mind
Take me from the family I thought I knew
I will spend my days with the mortal blood
running through my veins the veil has been removed
Track Name: Hex. X. O.
Made their way to the promised land, golden shores,
just escaped the voodoo queen, and their lore,
I said I'd never forgive you but you keep hammering each long nail
I tell my mama a grown man is better than child's tales

And I say, I don't believe that it's true
That my bridges have been burned, woah
A modern man won't be free long as old ones keep their word, woah
And now my life is for naught, but the world still is turning
The curse want's blood

Whisper in my ear, "Honey please, I could break you break you," oh,
This vengeful soul is never to be sated or forgotten.
So now I'll take you. I'll lock you in my chest, lose the key
I would beg you, beg you, oh
It knows the pain, it's been tormenting me far too long, so go

Old devil you know
hex hex oh

Old devil you know
Hex hex oh

Warlock queen, she placed a curse, pledged to die
They came to a land where the magic closed one red eye
But my son now she found you and boy it is too late, what I'm told
She will follow you until you're body's gone, and wed your soul

And I say, I don't believe that it's true
That my bridges have been burned, woah
A modern man won't be free long as old ones keep their word, woah
And now my life is for naught, but the world still is turning
The curse want's blood

Whisper in my ear, "Honey please, I could break you break you," oh,
This vengeful soul is never to be sated or forgotten.
So now I'll take you. I'll lock you in my chest, lose the key
I would beg you, beg you, oh
It knows the pain, it's been tormenting me far too long, so go

Old devil you know
hex hex oh

Old devil you know
Hex hex oh

This old soul, she says boy, I've been round and I can say that,
You don't need to be paying for their deeds, but know I'm staying
Life was cruel, now in death, all is clear to this old phantasm
Who says haunting has to be so bad?
This old soul, she says boy, I've been round and I can say that,
You don't need to be paying for their deeds
Track Name: Animals On The Run
Drove over rocks and over the sand
Indian blood claims this land
Took me along, to bear where he trod
The land of the jaguar god

Oh yeah

Took me with his daddy's gun, and nothing but lead
Found me in my ancient slum, the gutter made me a bed.
We was both one step above dead

spoke to me slow and listless of pace
asked if my tongue knew Ingles
Before I could think I spoke yes I do
A gun, then his sleeve did produce

Told me he once ran a gang, killed many a man
Professor I once used to be, til lost all that I had
You see, the mescal drove my mind mad.

We drove so long, the hours seeming like days
Deep down I knew I'm better off this way
We spun out the threads and looked back
Found that the threads were the same
Well there's no going back
We're two animals on the run, we can't be tamed

And I saw what I saw
Found that the threads were the same
Well there's no going back
We're two animals on the run, and we can't be tamed

We drove so long, the hours seeming like days
Deep down I knew I'm better off this way
We spun out the threads and looked back
Found that the threads were the same
Well there's no going back
We're two animals on the run, and we can't be tamed

And I saw what I saw
Found that the threads were the same
Well there's no going back
We're two animals on the run, and we can't be tamed
Track Name: Is This A Dream?
Take what you want, I don't know if it's a dream
Lonesome for the harm bringer, for twisted memories
Elegance and opulence were things that she held dear
I gave up bone and blood for the love of someone near
Track Name: The Matisse Eye
Met her at the gallery, I tried to buy a glass of wine
She said ya' haven't got a yarn to spin worthy of my time
I'm hunting for a man, who's touch is forever cold
I'll see you with fingers of gold

Next day, I carried out my aesthetic chore
Avian claws gilded with the finest ore
Hacked off all the fingers that my mother gave to me
And quickly ascended the scene.

Darlin', I cry, amputation for art's sake left aside
oooooh, see you walking away through my crystalline matisse eye
oooooh, A modernist puzzle of man and design

Ricochet around the hearts of modern boys
Deftly making my way through the jangled noise
One look at my digits and her eyes grew very wide
She managed to whisper, "sublime"

She's a girl, you know, who's gonna keep her word
She'll be your wife, and you will be her world
But lustrous oh, and precious as your fingers have become,
Your gaze needs a piercing blue stone.

Darlin', I cry, amputation for art's sake left aside
oooooh, see you walking away through my crystalline matisse eye
oooooh, A modernist puzzle of man and design
Track Name: Marshall Hawthorne
Sat up late last night, you had the twilight all in your eyes
We watched the fires die ever so slowly on the mountain side
But now the trail is cold, until we grow up and grow old, we'll live by the pistol.

I know, lord I know, blood brothers we have come to be.
We take no quarter from the outside, no band of miscreants are we.
But now you speak the sin of bandits, there is but one: Do you feel like dancing?

Speak one word, it's your immortal soul, but you know it's alright, it's alright.
Caught my eye through the lead and fire, she had me.
Snuck upon me, she was brandishing a little flame that night.
She showed me everything and as she says goodnight I know,
Ain't nothing I can say to the boys in the Marshall Hawthorne gang.

Daddy was a preacher man, way down in Houston town.
His mama made a tidy living, 'least once the jewels were handed down.
But then he ran away, told us all because love was too easy.
Marshall Hawthorne, he made his way into them smoky hills.
And with his daddy's Smith and Wesson, he found a way to pay them bills.
Upon discovering an abandoned old chapel, the hideout became, the almighty evicted.


Speak one word, it's your immortal soul, but you know it's alright, it's alright.
Caught my eye 'tween the lead and fire, she had me.
Snuck upon me, she was brandishing a little flame that night.
She showed me everything and as she says goodnight I know, ain't nothing I can say to the boys in the Marshall Hawthorne gang.
Track Name: Soft Soul
Woke up amongst the pines, I said something is wrong la da da
Let's take a late night stride, she said singing a song la da da
My thinking aint quite right, where's my bed? la da da
Making up my mind, yes I'm dead

Been there done that, My soft soul pierced upon her tack
and the stray cats, they wanna be climbing all over my back and
Some breach of fate has brought me back you, Oh yeah,
Though my brain is fast decaying I can see to the truth and the venom of all of the nefarious lies
You put upon this rouse just to snuff me out.

Staggered along the drive, now, a car parked on the side la da da
Straining bloodshot eyes, oh, the crows circle the sky la da da
Stumble along the hall, now, a faint Tiffany light la da da
Wrapped up around his thighs oh, she cried

Been there done that, My soft soul pierced upon her tack
and the stray cats, they wanna be climbing all over my back and
Some breach of fate has brought me back you, Oh yeah,
Though my brain is fast decaying I can see to the truth and the venom of all of the nefarious lies
You put upon this rouse just to snuff me out.

I tried to speak single a word but then I, realized my jaw was wide
The lamp splayed an eerie phosphorescence, The man jumped my woman cried
Swung a chair up from behind me then he got up ran for his life
Came up close, and strained my cataracts to get a good look and then she died

Feel it, feel it, feel it
Track Name: Pitter Patter
Sitting there, on the kitchenette floor
I was, chatting up with the good ol' doctor, oh I said
Kid was born with a crooked soul, innocence was a virtue he did not know
I said I know what I'm naming my boy, and you know
Lucifer was the moniker on my lips, as they sang.

Hot electric pain, twist and burn in my brain and
My baby's gone, and this boy is my bane and
Maybe I'm paranoid, but I got mind left to lose
Feel the pitter patter, shook me like a rattle
Wee little beastie, gonna hunt me til I gather
All my grit, it's him or me

I want my love, back in my arms. Before my boy Lucy did me so wrong
I hope somehow, I can find a way.
Believe me the sun is gonna shine upon my blood soaked blade

The cigarette held loose in his lips, Danny boy got your mind playing parlour tricks, just a trick
He got up, and then he walked for the door, but then I,
I heard a sound, I heard it one thousand times before
He's coming back for more.
I got up with the vigor of a hundred men,
and then I found salvation in the cutlery bin.
In the cutlery bin, I found my best friend...

Hot electric pain, twist and burn in my brain and
My baby's gone, and this boy is my bane and
Maybe I'm paranoid, but I got mind left to lose
Feel the pitter patter, shook me like a rattle
Wee little beastie, gonna hunt me til I gather
All my grit, it's him or me

I want my love, back in my arms. Before my boy Lucy did me so wrong
I hope somehow, I can find a way.
Believe me the sun is gonna shine upon my blood soaked blade
Track Name: Something Wicked
Where do we go? Wasn't there a someplace near the road.
The sky starts to crack, the heavens unfold.
We tremble unsure, but now soaked to the bone.

Drink from this wine, drop your guard, now you'll be fine.
Dry off your clothes, ignore all the signs.
We've waited so long in the back of your minds...

Flickered into life
an insidious glow in the veil of the night
With open arms, drew them like a moth unto a fire

Thunder shakes the room, rain pounding down a torrential monsoon
Enter my dear, find your solace in the spider's lair.

And now, within the false sense of safety inclined,
they take the chance to consummate dispite their own chagrin
Take it from me baby, we're just startin

Two pairs of bright eyes staring out between flickered lights
Took a look down stairs it might be better baby if we stay the night
The switchblade is glinting red, it says it's over now... and it's right
Been waiting for so long in your mind...

Now the final blow, forever destroying the saccharine beau,
He'll survive, nothing like the man that she proposed

The girl she cries alone
The branding of fire reborn and reposed, no holding back
nothing like the lady she had known

And so, now bid farewell to the honey-eyed babes
born again by fire and the leather gods alone,
Glowing like the cigarette they share home.
Track Name: Parts & Labor
She was looking like a real girl, she didn't know, but I was watching.
The surf was foaming up around her waist.
The fluttering of the bellows, oh yeah one look could test the welding
A nuclear brain can't hope to understand

Cold fusion hearts were never meant to know a young embrace
The recall on my soul is near
But now darlin, the waves are crashing all across your frightened face
I'll prove I'm real right here.

I took the plunge, I felt it all through my gears
But I pushed on through the undertow, knew nothing of fear
Let the circuits burn up, as I lay you on the sand
I said to you baby, don't you quit on your man

Her eyes were open in the sunlight, and just a second and they took her
I thought I heard her ask, what was his name?
All the papers did a feature, metal men: ally or menace?
I thought I'd never see her face again.

People came and went, I hoped that I would see you on the shore
The nights I'd remember to charge...
Baby, I thought I'd find you waiting at the warehouse door
Then one night you came back to me

I took the plunge, I felt it all through my gears,
I knew that I was feeling, for the first time in years
Let the circuits burn up, as I lay you on the sand
I said to you baby, I'm forever your man
Track Name: Eye Of The Storm
Baby says I've gone to the country. The last train's leaving town
The cold black steel of the trestle, babe, was severed about a county down
It's alright said a voice through the pay telephone, boys gon' work 'til dawn
She'd put faith in the devil's pocketbook, just to prove her own mama wrong

And you say what you want, you take the part before you know the lines
If you can't make us the fool, then baby at least you'll burn out bright

The storm is calling you home
But you're dancing on the edge of a blade
Set on a course, looking for that hurricane
Hope you know, the high road keeps a girl safe and warm
But it feels right looking in the eye of the storm.

Drove a slight thread of road through the country,
Had to let her skin taste air
With a howl crawling up to her ebon lochs, a path no beast would ever dare
It wasn't 'fore long, headlights had sunken behind the red oak and mist
You were marked with an elegant deathwish
Tattooed right above your silken breast

And you say what you want, you take the part 'for you know the lines
If you can't make us the fool, then baby at least you'll burn out bright

The storm is calling you home
But you're dancing on the edge of a blade
Set on a course, looking for that hurricane
Hope you know, the high road keeps you safe and warm
But it feels right looking in the eye of the storm.

I call you
Thought I saw you
'tween the shadows there beneith these ancient trees
The devil had me too girl
Like my father before
And now the storm has spilled its rain, the lightning piercing deep now
and it won't stop now
'til the girl can say we've all been washed clean
I'm clean of all my fear now, baby please
Track Name: The Terror
Sign my name, and a drop of perspiration drips upon
The letter to her, my lover's eyes, a requiem for what is gone.
The menfolk marching on their path a malific assault
But once upon the den, will the mortal men
Escape the terror's claws?

Fleeing like the desert sun, to a place where lovers lie
If you forgive me, then take the ancient canyon pass,
Little darling, we'll roam the wilderness at last.

Found my letter and knew I had gone to deliver on,
I laid them four boys down to rest, their eyes would never see the sun
Maria rode on through the pass, his spirit drover her near
Upon the spire stone, stood her brother's bones, the men who she once feared

Fleeing like the desert sun to a place where lovers lie
Old Maria, now called la Bruja of the sands
With the Jackal she roams the wilds of this land