Warm Bodies EP

by MADAM WEST

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    Side A - Strongest Son, Warm Bodies, Erstwhile Manatee
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released March 23, 2018

Vocals & Lyrics: Sophie Chernin
Keys: Todd Martino
Guitar & Lyrics: Will Clark
Bass: Jory Dawidowicz
Drums: Mike McDearmon

Recorded and mixed at Holy Fang by Oliver Ignatius
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering
Album art: Ashley Seil Smith

With thanks to our friends at Floordoor Records (NYC) & good how are you (PHL) — and to all of you for listening.

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Joni Mitchell fronts Yo La Tengo after they’ve taken too much adderall. Indoor Music Festival Chic. Fake Book Realness.

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Track Name: Strongest Son
How to write words to get us through these times? (No pressure)
But what is time, babe but all these ties to all of these ancient timelines?
Blisteringly bold
Out in the sun
The strongest sun
The strongest son

For real though this time the sirens couldn’t even cut through
So bright a glare, so colorfully felt
The pangs of each swath of
A foregone conclusion
Bound to foreclose for sure
Doomed to foreclose for sure

And all the children of the world
Seem armed against each other, armed to the teeth
And O, what to do now?
In this “mother of all” shows of strength
Track Name: Warm Bodies
And everyone who writes you letters
Wants your money
They sealed the envelope under flourescent, sickly honey lights
And sighed, longing for bed

Warm body next to me
Reminds me there’s no tunnel caving in
Just the routine but strange motion of my time

And every note you send feels like
A letter
Cold and crisp just like a Xerox copy but I close my eyes
And picture your body next to mine

Warm body next to me
Reminds me there’s no tunnel caving in
Just the routine but strange motion of my time
And it’s just the grind, baby
Cold weather in your bones
Power through and you will realize
How far you’ve come along (warm bodies...)
Track Name: Erstwhile, Manatee
Collect, collect your joys, I’m excited
That you’re excited, but I don’t really know why
Speaking of excitement, why can’t I dream big anymore?
Is this what happens when we grow older,
When we grow apart, grow cold shoulder to cold shoulder?

Still those sounds you make, while I won’t
Ever take the time to learn the science, they are beautiful and crystalline
Bells and chimes from the future

Still I wish I could share your joy
That I didn’t always feel like I was faking it
I suppose this is normally the time I
Would move my introspection outside
Have a child to worry about
and not my own millennial mediocrity

Still those sounds you make, while I won’t
Ever take the time to learn the science, they are beautiful and crystalline
Bells and chimes from the future

Would she know how to dream?
Or would I warn her that the way of the performer
Is not a likely one, drive her away from art and into science
And yet, if I had just applied myself
I might have once shone bright and not clung to a dimming satisfaction
Track Name: Seams
The last time I saw you
I was so angry
I kicked and yelled and made the men on the sidewalk laugh

Still I wish I’d said goodbye
Still I wish I’d said goodbye

The few true moments I spent alone in this city
With my thoughts, with you
My silent partner
You took me everywhere and let my rage pour out its repressed seams
And when we were in danger there was never anyone like you

Forest, alien, evergreen shine
Tarnished in all the right places
Quick and nimble and fast to turn around
When things were getting tough you were my loyal steed and I
Put my trust in you

The few true moments I spent alone in this city
With my thoughts, with you
My silent partner
You took me everywhere and let my rage pour out its repressed seams
And when we were in danger there was never anyone like you

You were my dear one and we saw a lot together
You carried me up the coastline as the tears rolled down my cheeks
I see on every corner a shadow and it might be you
Down there underneath the dark paint

You took me everywhere and let my rage pour out its repressed seams
And when we were in danger there was never anyone like you
Track Name: L
My L is fine
Do you L my L
Sometimes it sits and wags its tail

Against the nature of your sea, my ship stays at rest
Against the nature of your sea, my ship stays at rest
While you digest the sound of L

Shored up entente
With spit and rain
The L runs with or without a name

Against the rhythm of your sea,
My ship stays at rest
Against the nature of your sea
My ship stays at rest
While you digest the sound of L

Annabelle got married to a figure skater
Bought her a dishwasher and a milk separator
Can't help but drink, she said, the leftovers
Desire has nothing to do with L!
Even stones can be thrown across town
Flattened into earth but stretched wider than the mountains
Grow into it, if you can't do it now
(Grow into it, if you can't do it now) Hell, even the wind on embarcadero skies
(Grow into it, if you can't do it now) Isolated from its other properties
(Grow into it, if you can't do it now) Just won't do
(Grow into it, if you can't do it now) Calico
My L

Against the nature of your sea, my ship stays at rest
Track Name: Wise Blood
I got wise blood like my daddy
Every morning grabs me by my belly, drags me outta bed
Heart of gold, feet of stone, heart-sleeve-gone gold
Heart of gold, feet of stone, heart-sleeve-gone gold

Cold wretched fight inside
Thoughts tangled and overgrown
Wise blood like my ma
But thoughts tell me to jabber
Before my mind has grown

Picture me all grown and whole
Burn away the darkest hours
I’m alright, I’m alright, I’m alright
Make me a brand new
A simpler soul

He’s either dumb or hurt for hurt’s sake
God rolled into one person and killed and shrunk and died
Birthed this clinging baby
Wakes with the sun and says that prayer and lies
But the day carries a message
Like the ape carries the man
Wise blood like his father
But it’s still blood he’s drinking from the corner of my mouth

Picture him, all grown….

Tangled and overgrown…
Wise blood like my ma
Wise blood like his father

Picture him all grown and whole
Bastard of a wiser time
I’m alright, I’m alright
I’m not about to die
In a cage of enemies

Tangled and overgrown...

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