Something Wicked

by North by North

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1.
Run 00:35
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
2.
Burn it Down 03:15
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.
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4.
Catacombs 04:36
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
5.
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
6.
Venomous Kid 01:35
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
7.
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
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Hex. X. O. 04:45
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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.
13.
Soft Soul 03:43
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
14.
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
15.
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.
16.
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
17.
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
18.
The Terror 03:38
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

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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)
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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 - thereptilegarden.tumblr.com

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