At the Devil's Throat

by Hollow Strangers

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released May 25, 2012

Music by Hollow Strangers
Lyrics by Claire Baker

Hollow Strangers are
Claire Baker - Vocals
Diego Lopez Arias - Guitar
Craig Wardle - Drums
Don Brent - Bass / Vocals

Recorded at Aurora Studios in Vancouver, BC
Produced by Jeremiah Johnson, Darren Lee and Hollow Strangers
Mastering by Johnny "Wildkat" Savella
Additional Vocals by Shauna Meloche
Graphic Design and Cover Art by Marcus Wild
Logo Design by Frank Belardo
Photography by Craig Wardle and Vanessa Fukuyama

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Hollow Strangers Vancouver, British Columbia

HOLLOW STRANGERS are a female-fronted post punk indie band formed in Vancouver with musicians from England, Spain and Canada. They have developed an experimental edgy sound with influences ranging from PJ Harvey, Blondie, Muse, The National, Nick Cave and Tom Waits. ... more

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Track Name: Fake Borders
Escaping symbols march
Drag poor feet
Cast memories in line
I am not a crime

Tall grasses shiver and cry
Rain bullets
Take out my heart insane
Sacrifice my name

Chorus:
Good gods sit closer to the sun
Live with the devil and his gun
Fake borders telling me more lies
Over and over, over and over

Flames burn high
Love on fire
Lost and forgotten into the night
This is not my fight

Child of hope
Learn to pray
Oil in my skin they caress our ground
Drill rich til we drown

Repeat chorus 2 x
Track Name: Undress the Night
Her heart enraptured crown of pride
They clap you can be free
You’ll love forever in a breath
So careless in the breeze

Your mother’s calling
Why did you abandon all your dreams
His addiction her addiction
Perished in the wind

Chorus:
Ohhhh undress the night, I go wild
The broken light fix it up right
Ohhhh undress the night, I go wild
The light fix it up right....oh I go wild....

Your daddy says
Such a pretty girl, her flame burnt out in his decay
Glittered coach and silver shoes
Vanished in her fairytale

Her heart enraptured crown of pride
They clap you can be free
You’ll love forever in a breath
So careless in the breeze

Chorus

End: oh I go wild (x3)
Track Name: Rebel and Monk
Woke up in a monastery
Sure won’t find my vices here
There’s a halo fighting me
A sea of robes, the eyes that show
Walks a truth I’ll never know
Set alight my path of shame

The pagan war was lost it seemed
Chemical highs strengthened my belief
That there ain’t no god but me
Sanctified a little petrified
My past has come to rob my grief
Not sure who’s gonna lose

Chorus: Woohoh take me down
To the hollow in the ground
I lie crooked please hear my prayers
I think this rebel’s gonna bow

My karma it ain’t looking good
Prostrations of a 1000 miles might save this wretched mind
A blessed scarf around my neck
Feels like a noose don’t take me yet
Let me suffer a few more lives

I wanna be pure, I wanna be whole
I wanna wear your holy robe
I want your wisdom and I want it now
Take me to the golden place
A promise of divine disgrace
There’s no wise in my shameful rise

Chorus
Track Name: Red Lipstick
Trek the long dark road
Their pounding fazes out the love she bared
Washed away like a ball at sea
Where Allah takes her she might be free

In the crimson light
Her legs they shiver, the ritual wisdom blade
Now I’m a woman in mans eyes
Wound her pleasure
Destined soul

Chorus:
Take me as I am
Lips are red on fire
Perfumed roses grace me
In my tainted sanctuary
Take me as I am
Lips are red on fire
Oh let the gasping waters
Cry for love that burns, that burns ohhh

Dust the clock of time look in the mirror
Loosen maiden’s chains
Her cat like walk
A nomads prize
Her land of punt may one day shine

Chorus
Track Name: Mystified
Born into the world of glory
Sit on mother’s knee for a while til I grow up
Knock Knock on the door that opens
Takes me deep into the forest
I must try to find my way
Back into mother’s arms

I’m mystified, mystified, mystified..ahhh oh (r)

Tempting is the cradle rocks
My time has come to taste
Another life besides mine
The forest comes a crawling at my feet
But I ain’t gonna run no more
Coz i got to raise what’s now a part of me

It’s justified, justified, justified..ahhh oh (r)

Thank you for your time (r)
Thank you for this life (r)

Born into the world of glory
Sit on mother’s knee for a while
Til I grow up
Knock Knock on the door that opens
Takes me deep into the forest
I must try to find my way
Back into mother’s arms

I’m mystified, mystified, mystified..ahhh oh (rx4)
Track Name: Leopold
All powerful warrior leaves fire in his wake
Neither left nor right
Hang up all the threats
Sent down from the heavens adorns wall after wall
Kleptocratic legacy
Stealing in a nice way

Chorus
Statue crumble statue burn
Eagle flies high in a leopard skin hat
Carry her home to the palace of Gods
Oh Leopold Leopold

Ego armies of metal
Play the heat of the coltan mines
Muzungu blinded by the aliens on TV screens
Genocidaire brothers
Lets bathe together in a mineral bath
World vibrations hammered senseless
By enslaved hands

Shadowed blankets of eyes
Hide tainted bodies in sanctuary
Shoot their sacred flowers
Watch the garden of Eden die
Lay her down on forest floor
Take a turn with your weapon of war
Oh father oh husband
Take me back
You know I’m not to blame
Track Name: Flaming Violins
Rearrange our faces let the violins play
Are we past concern don’t claim that I’m insane
Let us bathe entwined under the moon
Rhyming eyes captured too soon

Judgement day is calling me from lover’s bed
Oh I like the playful mermaids floating through my head
Won’t you dance with me to forget
Til I’m home, help me find my feet

Chorus:
Stroke my conscious
Whirl wind kisses burn
Flaming violins they seize to yearn
For tonight bring out the firelight
Oh bring out the firelight
Track Name: Paint Among the Ghosts
Paint a pretty picture, lie inside my frame
Can’t tread all over me
Sail into the sunset on a lovers boat
I paint it to believe
Walk bereft on dazzled plains
Contemplate those giddy days

Set it up in wonderland
Love’s holiday won’t slam you in the face
Trapped inside a mind
Consoling patterns shapes
Cocooned in muffled fate
Can you whisper in my ear
Whisper in my ear a dream

Chorus:
Loves theatre closes down
Receding heart beats silent in me
Hush tones of ecstasy aches
Don’t turn around, don’t turn around
A reverie of love ablaze
Can’t find me now, can’t find me now
I paint among the ghosts

Paint a pretty picture, lie inside my frame
Can’t tread all over me
Sail into the sunset on a lovers boat
I paint it to believe
Can you whisper in my ear
Whisper in my ear a dream
Repeat Chorus
Can you whisper in my ear, whisper in my ear a dream (Rx3)
Track Name: Drunk Love
You were sent away on the last train to cleanse your soul
Those bible boys they gonna break you to make you whole
Torn up pictures bin your past half the man you used to be
All you own strapped to your back
Live dangerous for the crack

Chorus: I don’t understand it (r)
Fly fly fly highhhhh

You can’t love me with a million flowers in one hand
And in the other the finest ruby a girl could dream to have
Empty handed eyes that hide
Streets beckon for another night ride
Eyes mad hungry on drunk love
Can’t be tamed behind the bars

Repeat Chorus

Wonder aimless where is home, remain so blameless as you roam
Because you think that only love can save you
Where you roam now let me go, can’t take all that I own
Don’t wanna dream about it (r)
I want to look up at the diamonds in the sky
Not know there’s people so outta their minds
Outta their minds (rx4 or more)
Track Name: Do You Really Want Me?
Do you really want me?
Oh Oh
stagger on a heartbeat
Oh Oh
I think it’s gonna take some time ( r)

Rapture when we tumble
Oh Oh
Shrewd in curiosity
Oh Oh
Your gonna turn me inside out ( r)

Chorus:
There are times you have to stay
I ain’t gonna look the other way
Turn your back on careless days
I ain’t gonna look the other way

Do you really love me?
Oh Oh
Imposters in a fantasy
Oh Oh
I think we’re for another life ( r)

Mercy at our doorstep
Oh Oh
Run from troubled skeptics
Oh Oh
I think we’ll hold on tight tonight ( r)