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Birth of Violence

by CHELSEA WOLFE

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released September 13, 2019

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Track Name: The Mother Road
took the mother road
down to goddess flesh
i swallowed the key
i want to learn to swallow my pain
hallowed the fruit, hallowed thy name

guess i needed something to break me
guess i needed something to shake me up
guess i needed someone to break me
guess i needed someone to shake me out

afraid to live, afraid to die
building a broken but precious web
like a spider in Chernobyl
and when the cattle low, something is on the horizon
i do not have a child
but i’m old enough to know some pain
and i’m hell bent on loving you
women know what it is to endure

guess i needed something to break me
guess i needed something to shake me up
guess i needed someone to break me
guess i needed someone to shake me out
it was you
it was you

bloom and eclipse them, wake up and transform
bloom and eclipse them, wake up and transform
bloom and eclipse them, wake up and transform
bloom and eclipse them, wake up and transform
Track Name: American Darkness
when you come dead last
in battles long past
intended to rip my heart out
oracle of your secrets

your eye was trained on me
as i stood before you, unbuttoning
kiss me as the bell tolls
swiftly, as the horses ride

won’t you dance
won’t you dance
won’t you dance
won’t you dance

damn my dreams, the tormentors
last night your mouth was on my skin
and the poppies were like fire on the mountain
i took your hand and led you home

all my old ways have started kickin in
and my bad days are comin round again
left here in American darkness
river on fire and sun eclipsed

won’t you dance
won’t you dance
won’t you dance
won’t you dance
(cause i’m comin)

when you come
when you come
when you come
when you come back to me
Track Name: Birth of Violence
i see you harvesting
i see you wrapped in my way
but you won’t get away with it honey
no, you’ll never come close to me

you will forgive me if i’m lean
or comatose on codeine
we were baptized: grey stones and azure river
to wake me from this twilight sleep

as we draw near the waiting room
with the nod of two white owls
one to sedate her, one shot to stop her heart
dear Ethel, all the lights in the city went out

birth of violence
sister of the road
i see your defenses
i take ten paces

i’ve come to know what i need
i visualize while i bleed
Townes sent a mudslide -
an early morning shiver
won’t let them take you from me

birth of violence
sister of the road
i see your defenses
i take ten paces

baby you are
the only one
Track Name: Deranged for Rock & Roll
i’m deranged for rock n roll

starlit
big mood
don’t get me started
this ain’t the life i chose
it was waiting there
for me to call
now i’m on this train
i hear it rollin’ on

i’m deranged for rock n roll
all these years
have made me strong
3 baptisms for this soiled dove
out of my head
the final high
i am yours and you are mine

i’m deranged for rock n roll
Track Name: Be All Things
walking the old path turned me towards death
the ravens woke at dawn
and daylight plumed my skin
then the air was full, simply composed of prey

i cannot stop
i want to be all things
i’ve got to let go
i want to be all things

warriors, newborns, and queens
the lion and the wolf
gnarling at eternal sleep

let it burn
hear it groan
restrained desire
cast it down

i cannot stop
i want to be all things
i’ve got to let go
i want to be all things

i cannot stop
i want to be all things
i’ve got to let go
i want to be all things
Track Name: Erde
a hundred million hours spent on the wire
Erde
like the crooked river would catch fire
all-dirt
waves of devastation
Erde
got a baby on death row
all-dirt

I dreamt of buildings long left-behind

young children running blind
Erde
broken frame of mind
intertwined
from the vales of Eden
to the swelling tide
we cried together
Erde
woman is the origin
all-dirt

Erde, rip my heart out
Erde, rip my heart out
Erde, rip my heart out
Track Name: When Anger Turns to Honey
i don’t care what they say
what we’ve done
not this time
cause people sure got a lot to say
until they’re standing right in front of you

they’ll hunt you
then they’ll haunt you
their anger has them under a spell
their hatred is like a poison
that makes them feel again

hear you - i wanna hear you say
i wanna see you beg
need you
no i don’t need you, oh
not this time

when anger turns to honey
in moments like this i can understand you
for pain is the great connector

they treat you like prey
but you’re the hunter
you’re the hunter
Track Name: Dirt Universe
living in dirt universe
i didn’t know what was worse
the indifference or longing
the staying or the going

they say glory comes from the dirt
water cuts through the rock and the hurt
begging for healing, surging and thrumming

i sedated myself
just to be close to you
i am the daughter of sorrow
keep looking - you’re gonna find me
teeth ready, sharp, snarling
oh, i’m waiting

the tongue of silence
it congeals and it’s voided
it congeals and it’s voided

living in dirt universe
some gift and i’m blessed with a curse
a head full of howling
self-exile and recoiling

i sedated myself, just to be close to you
i am the daughter of sorrow
keep looking - you’re gonna find me
teeth ready, sharp, snarling
oh, i’m waiting

with a tongue of silence
with a tongue of silence
with a tongue of silence
with a tongue of silence
it congeals and it’s voided
it congeals and it's voided
Track Name: Little Grave
when i was a little one
i’d follow you into the sun
i held your hand
you held me then
i went outside
you never saw me again

sunrise
sunset
sunrise
sunset

touch not ye my little grave
for mama is now far away
they lay me there
and there i lay
you can’t fight guns with guns - we’ll all perish that way

sunrise
sunrise
sunrise
sunset

and the blue dreams keep on calling me

sunrise
sunrise
sunrise
sunset
Track Name: Preface to a Dream Play
preface to a dream play
time and space do not exist here
and everything is possible
throw a spear into the unknown
the clock hands begin to melt away
replaced by the marching of your army

you were right
you were right

those were the days
when your hair was wild and long
those were the days
when we could do no harm
you gave it away and all you can say is
you gave it away and all you can say is

you were right
you were right
you were right
ingmar

hell is on earth
hell is on earth
hell is on earth
hell is on earth
Track Name: Highway
another city, another day
left all of me on the stage
hear that train
hear that lonely highway
highway

so adrift so alight
lost myself in the lights
spinning wheels kill the time
with you on my mind

hours of the holy
we were so alone there
just can’t seem to get away
shade our eyes to veil the pain

houses of the holy
whispers of the lonely
just can’t seem to keep me
off this lost highway

highway
highway
highway
highway

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