Something Wicked

by Skye Wallace

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Special thanks to FACTOR Canada for the support on this album.

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released October 29, 2016

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Skye Wallace Vancouver, British Columbia

Skye Wallace's sound is exciting, dynamic, gritty, and beautiful. A truly powerful performer, this girl is known for a charged live show that is bound to stick with you.

Listed as one of Blog TO’s Top 20 Folk & Roots Shows in Toronto last summer and hailed as Vancouver’s queen of dark folk, Skye Wallace truly is a “national treasure” (Sad Mag). This is a show you won’t want to miss.
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Track Name: Not Ready For This To Start
Girl,
You are a woman now.
Your head and your lungs have yet to give out.
You've got some hearts left to break,
And break em you shall.
One kiss,
Maybe more,
On the floor,
Til you get your strength.
Straight shooter,
Take a break from your post,
The night is still young.
Mama,
You work hard,
You fall hard,
Give yourself a break.

I'm not ready for this to start.

You're witchy.
You are a tramp.
Kids call you names,
And you take it like a champ.
You fire girl,
Again, you are a woman now.
But you're too young for this,
You won't miss what is holding you down.
Shooter,
Take a break from your post,
The night is still young.
Mama,
You work hard,
You fall hard,
Give yourself a break.

I'm not ready for this to start.

Oh,
I'm not ready, not ready, oh.
Oh,
I'm not ready, not ready, oh.
Oh,
I'm not ready for this to start.
Track Name: War Years
War years.
Half asleep and I am steeped in my age-old fears.
Aide de campe.
My body sweet and indiscreet,
But my ears aren't gone.

I will wait
To keep my family safe
In this not-so-civil civil war,
And I will let you in on the edge of my breath,
Though I've never used it like that before.
I will make you stare,
Let you touch me there,
I will make so you really mean it.
I will tell you lies.
I'll tell you why,
This is war.

And I'm ready to do war.

Soldier,
I will cheat and I'll unseat til I get what I'm after.
War years,
My eyes are swollen and my heart is open like a mutineer.

I will stay,
I'll be in your way,
Though it seems that I'll be anything but.
I will garner what is valuable to the Union, and what the Union is not.
I will make you stare,
Let you touch me there,
I will make it so you really mean it.
I'll tell you lies.
I'll tell you why,
This is war.

And I'm ready to do war.

I'll be spent,
I'll know where you went,
"Bloody Murder" to your ruin.
I know your last name,
I know your end game,
I know your next move, don't you know it.
I made you scared,
I made you think I cared,
I made it so you really meant it.
I will tell you lies.
I'll tell you why,
This is war.
Track Name: Blood Moon
Blood moon tonight,
I am ready for love and the fire is burning my eyes.
You are the water’s edge,
I am scared to get close, but I am not afraid of death.

I’m coming close to sorting out what I am sworn to hide.
I’m getting near to figuring out and itching what is itching my mind.
There’s a golden rule and god - good god - it’s a beacon in the deep, dark night. You’re a bad thing, oh, you’re a bad thing.
Get back, get back, get. I’m not afraid to use it.
Get back, get back, get. It’ll burn you to the ground!
You smell like danger, I’ll rearrange you some.
And I might be strange, but I don’t talk to strangers, son.
I’m all tattoos and bloody knees, but I’ll not be so naive.
I’ll cast a spell now,
It’ll burn you to the ground!

Baby, I was born to hex.
I’m a little bit hungry, a little bit pained for what is coming up next. I’m sitting on my witch window.
You’re down below, but you don’t know that you’re in a bit of a mess.
I’m the one from whom your mother told you to run and hide.
I could make believe to you all night I’m not dark on the inside.
It’s a dangerous thing to find me here and not leave me alone.
I’m more than bone.

Get back, get back, get.
Don’t you make me use it.
Get back, get back, get.
I’ll burn you to the ground!

You smell like danger, I’ll rearrange you some.
And I might be strange, but I don’t talk to strangers, son.
I’m all tattoos and bloody knees, but I’ll not be so naive.
I’ll cast a spell now,
It’ll burn you to the ground!
Track Name: Guiltiest Hymn
My name is Jacob and I am about
Reformation and the Old Order.
I make my living on the homestead
300 miles from the border.
My congregation is obedient,
Our discipleship makes us whole.
It is immoral for me to question
Everything I have been told.
Wash the doubt from my every limb,
But my body is shaking with the guiltiest, guiltiest hymn.

My name is Jacob and I am about
The quiet in the land,
Made staid by those who have striven,
By the Children and the Bread of Heaven.
Despite fire and smoke,
We are the stolid folk,
We have always and will always be here.
But goddamn that girl looks good,
The sin sparkling in her hair.
I'm on my knees with my gaslight dimmed,
And my body is shaking with the guiltiest, guiltiest hymn.

Hold on,
Hold on,
Hold on,
Hold on.

My name is Jacob and I am about
Keeping all my shit straight.
I never stray from the cart,
I keep the psalms book close to my heart.
I am a good boy,
I know I did good.
I do not deserve this punishment.
When the doubt of my saviour
Leaves me broken and bent.
I'm at the point where I cannot see Him,
I'm at the point where I cannot see Him.
My body is shaking with the guiltiest, guiltiest hymn.
My body is shaking with the guiltiest, guiltiest hymn."
My body is shaking with the guiltiest, guiltiest...
Track Name: Mean Song 2
Baby, baby, I'm ruthless,
But it is alright.
I'm going mile a minute,
But it is alright.
Baby, baby, we've got a thing going here.
But that something is followed by a Bronx cheer.

Mean what you say,
It's alright, it's not the get-up-and-dance kind.
And as Bocephus says "it's not love,
It's just a love-like situation."

Baby, baby, you are the real McCoy.
The genuine article, my dapper boy.
Baby, you are a thing that I could live without,
But sleeping alone is not what I am about.

Mean what you say,
It's alright, it's not the get-up-and-dance kind.
I don't know from nothing,
But I know what I do to ya.
And as Bocephus says "it's not love,
It's just a love-like situation."

Baby, don't rattle your cage for me.
This backseat business isn't happening.
This is not a thrill, this is not a dream.

Mean what you say,
It's alright, it's not the get-up-and-dance kind.
Your jitters are come undone
When I'm the doll that's on your mind.
I don't know from nothing,
But I know what I do to ya.
And as Bocephus says "it's not love,
It's just a love-like situation."
Track Name: Long Way Down
I think I started a war.
All that I wanted was more.
You looked me dead in the eye
And when you asked me why, I said "I'm sorry, but
This ain't your turf anymore.
I know your worth and you're not allowed in it.
Baby, I'm done to the core.
And you're gone.
It's on."

I'm on the long way down.
I'll be the last one left around.
When you look at me,
I will look you in the eye.
When you turn to leave,
I will stay put and say "I...
I am the cause of a goddamn calamity.
This city's mine and this city is where I'll stay."

Gave you a reason to go.
Made it so that I let go.
Could've given me a reason to fight.
I loved you with all of my might,
And now I'm sorry, but
This ain't your turf anymore.
I know my worth and I've worked to get it.
Baby, I'm done to the core.
You're gone.
It's on.

I'm on the long way down.
I'll be the last one left around.
When you look at me,
I will look you in the eye.
When you turn to leave,
I will stay put and say "I...
I am the cause of a goddamn calamity.
This city's mine and this city is where I'll stay."
I am the cause of a goddamn calamity.
This city's mine and this city is where I'll stay.
Track Name: Rumbling Soul
Oh, sweet one,
Consider this a coup.
Sweet one,
Riddle me untrue.
I'm so hot,
I can't get out of this room.
I'm so shot,
And at the fault of whom?

You say it ain't so.
Beware the rumbling soul.
You're scared of what you stole.
Beware the rumbling soul.

Baby,
I am only human.
Baby,
My heart's ripped open too.
I'm so done
With all the not-to-seek.
I'm so done
With all the cheek-to-cheek.
Oh, I'm breaking
And in it I find truth.
I'm shaking
And this will destroy you.

You say it ain't so.
Beware the rumbling soul.
You're scared of what you stole.
Beware the rumbling soul.

Baby,
You know I'm only human.
Baby,
My heart's ripped open too.

You say it ain't so.
Beware the rumbling soul.
You're scared of what you stole.
Beware the rumbling soul.
You say it ain't so.
Beware the rumbling soul.
You're scared of what you stole.
Beware the rumbling soul.
The rumbling soul, the rumbling soul, the rumbling soul...
Track Name: Stronghold
I've got a stronghold here.
I've got a citadel against the coming storm.
I've got a stronghold here.
I've got a mind to find me the blood and the gore.
I've got a stronghold here.
I've got a sanctuary between the sea and the sky.
I've got a stronghold here.
And I will break you to pieces when you look in my eyes.

I have seen a glimpse of what's to come,
They'll tell you to run and hide when there's no hideaway.
I taste it like the salt upon my tongue,
We are the heart and pride.
This island's part of the tide,
And it is mine.

I've got a stronghold here.
Walk to get water and I work with my hands
To make a stronghold here.
Bones of my family are deep in the land.
I've got a stronghold here.
They've tried to break us for the last long while,
But we are steadfast here.
I'd like to see them try anything out here in the wild.

Maybe it's the wind that's made me tough,
But I will not run and hide, no I won't hide away.
If they'd like a little of my tongue, well,
It isn't out of reach I will give them a piece
Of my mind.
Track Name: Works of Status
I lost it,
All that I have ever known is getting to me.
I've got land on an island in the Atlantic,
I've just got to go.
Got to leave home.
Got to leave home.
Gotta get out of here.

Mom'll cry,
All my works of status will be falling apart.
When I go,
All the things reminding me of you will be gone,
And I'll have won.
I'll have won.
It's me vs. your memory.

Sorry that I said that we'd hang out.
I have been a lot of things,
But strong is not what I'm about.
I'll pretend we've never met when I am far away,
When I won't have you there to remind me.

I was young,
You were a beacon of all that I could ever become.
So I played
And lost the game of love,
And I was so dumb.
But oh, I tried.
Oh god, I tried.
And you still won.

Sorry that I said that we'd hang out.
I have been a lot of things,
But strong is not what I'm about.
I'll pretend we've never met when I am far away,
When I won't have you there to remind me.