The Horror and the Wild

by The Amazing Devil

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livinginfictions It's impossible to focus on anything but the music when listening to these songs. Every single time I can't help zoning out to listen or singing along. The energy of it is absolutely infectious, whether it makes you feel feral or happy or teary-eyed. Favorite track: The Horror and the Wild.
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erinnii Love it! I stumbled across Farewell Wanderlust from a random YouTube rec last night, and ended up listening to everything they have! I haven't enjoyed an album so much in a long time - literally every song is amazing and that's really rare. There's usually a song or two I'm not a fan of, but that's not the case with this album! You can tell the songs are really heartfelt. I'm definitely gonna be following for more! Favorite track: The Rockrose and the Thistle.
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alexisperno This album moves something in me that I didn't know could be moved! It's exactly what I needed to start a few creative writing projects, and this was the missing piece I had been looking for the cement my tone. There aren't enough gods in the woods to praise for the rawness of this album! Music should always feel this whole. Favorite track: Farewell Wanderlust.
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1.
When you call to me asleep Up the ragged cliffs I scramble A single thread hangs limply down And I breathe not now, not now And I find you all unwoven Trying desperately to sew I know the kindest thing Is to leave you alone When your seams have come unknitted And you cry out to the sky I've run out of my words, my song Just let me die, me die The rockrose and the thistle Will whistle as you moan I could try to calm you down But I know you won't All the pins inside your fretted head And your muttered whens and hows All your mother's weaves and your father's threads Let me rob them of you now Cos I'll darn you back together When you think that you're bereft And you'll wail, you'll scream, but I'll never stop Cos it's all that I have left I wake and hear you calling And up those cliffs I climb And I find you with a thimble weeping May I, I ask, may I? And you gently gift it to me Cos you've no clue how to sew And I know the kindest thing I pray to god it's the kindest thing I know the kindest thing Is to never leave you alone
2.
You were raised by wolves and voices, Every night I hear them howling deep beneath your bed They said it all comes down to you You’re the daughter of sightless watching stones You watch the stars hurl all their fundaments In wonderment, at you and yours, forever asking more You are that space that’s in between every page, every chord and every screen, You are the driftwood and the rift, you’re the words I promise I don’t mean We’re drunk but drinking, sunk but sinking They thought us blind, we were just blinking All the stones and kings of old will hear us screaming at the cold Remember me I ask. Remember me I sing Give me back my heart you wingless thing Think of all the horrors that I Promised you I’d bring I promise you, they’ll sing of every Time you passed your fingers through my hair and called me child Witness me old man, I am The Wild You are the son of every dressing up box, And I am Time itself, I slow to let you play I steal the hours and turn the night into day Day by day oh lord three things I pray That I might understand as best I can, How bold I was, could be - will be - still am, by god still am Fret not dear heart, let not them hear The mutterings of all your fears, the fluttering of all your wings Welcome to the storm, I am thunder, Welcome to my table bring your hunger Think of all the horrors that I Promised you I’d bring I promise you, they’ll sing of every Time you passed your fingers through my hair and called me child Witness me old man, I am The Wild Remember me, Remember me, Remember me, Remember me Remember me I ask. Remember me I sing Think of all the horrors that I Promised you I’d bring I promise you, they’ll sing of every Time you passed your fingers through my hair and called me child Witness me old man, I am the Think of all the horrors that I Promised you I’d bring I promise you, they’ll sing of every Time you passed your fingers through my hair and called me child Witness me old man, I am the
3.
Without you, I’m stronger, I’m no longer Filled with wonder How wrong you were You. You told me I was younger That I was filled with wonder How wrong you were For you, my lungs were pulled asunder Saw that wild blue yonder and said: ‘such endless blue’ For you. I would have gone so much blonder. Seen that wild blue yonder and said Let’s end this too So one last time, love, come and rip my clothes off Grip the bathroom rug my skin’s grown so soft So one last time, love, come and rip my clothes Get a grip, we're grownups Let’s wander, till the fuckers demand an encore Flirting / Wasn’t flirting / In the back of a bookshop Come and rip off my socks like you’re blasting the locks off of a bank vault Halt! This time we’re done for Let’s hide under the covers We don’t know what’s out there Could be wolves So hold me, lover, like you used to So tight I’d bruise you I’d bruise you, I’d bruise you too Every stone you threw, I stood on to better see the view I’ve got something in my eye I surrender what was, what could have been, All those wonders sit in wait for us, we tried Try please try for me I. Don't you ever wonder. What could have been? All those wonders sit in wait for us, we tried Come rest for the winter, wear my jumper all night long Tried my best to get thinner Those songs we sung, Those words we flung For fear of sound All those books that we both drowned And the candle we lit, well we’ll use it to burn this whole place to the ground I’m lost I’m found In you Let’s hide under the covers We don’t know what’s out there Can’t you hear that scratching? Hold me, lover like you used to So tight I’d bruise you I’d bruise you, I’d bruise you too Every brick you hurled, I’ll use to build this world This world This world This world Let’s hide under the covers We don’t know what’s out there Could be all our demons darling Hold me, lover like you used to So tight I’d bruise you I’d bruise you, I’d bruise you too Let’s hide under the covers We don’t know what’s out there Could be ghosts or monsters or a robot vampire I dunno Hold me, lover like you used to So tight I’d bruise you I’d bruise you, I’d bruise you, I’d bruise you, I’d bruise you
4.
Welly Boots 05:23
Awake awake you children bold Take hold of all your books and fold The corners, they warned us A storm is coming on What do you mean you’ve lost Your scarlet welly boots, do y’know what they cost? Wear a raincoat or it’ll soak you to the bone What's it like, the children ask? It’s just like falling snow, I am above you, And I love you, don’t you know That I’ll be with you all along, as long as you are kind To those who are not strong and cannot find their scarlet welly boots Cos when it’s cold I’ll wrap my scarf around you And when it’s hard I’ll place your head into my hands And when you scream that it’s not fair, It’s like I’ve gone off to the coast Left you behind just standing there Pretending not to see your ghost If only you could hear my voice But you are screaming far to loud to hear me swear Just because I left doesn’t mean that I’m not still there I get to watch you grow up now And make me proud, make all of the mistakes that make me laugh, oh darling lord how you make me laugh Get drunk for me, sing louder than you’ve sung for me, Grow young each time that thunder in your lungs begins to rumble at the world Cos you were always strong, When you were young, you’d kick things just to see if they would fall They said ‘that girl she’s wrong’ But I’ll stick up for you, even though you haven’t got a clue, you haven't got a fucking clue And I’m so proud of you And when they laugh at us You’ll feel my fingers down your back And when you scream I’m not alright And throw my picture at the wall ‘You were supposed to be my light And keep me safe against them all How could you leave me here' you’ll scream And louder, I’ll scream back to you from that unknown And say I know you’re strong enough to do this on your own I know you’re strong enough to do this on your Strong enough to do this on your Strong enough to do this on your own And years from now at night that storm Will break, you’ll step outside to feel it shake And barefoot walk across the lawn You’ll miss me oh Jesus Christ you’ll miss me Just much as all those years ago, and you’ll look up at the storm You’ll say ‘I’ve been so scared, you left me here behind, do you not care? How the fuck am I supposed to carry on without you here? Just when you’re about to give up every hope you have you turn around Perched by the stairs, someone’s gone and left behind A brand new pair of scarlet welly boots
5.
You look like I need a drink he winked as he slipped from my grasp to the bar And you are? He said ‘me? Me. Little me? Little me He called /he called from the brink of the day He said hey darling hey /hey darling hey I’m the hardest goodbye that you’ll ever have to say You don’t know it yet, but I’m the cupid of things That you just didn’t get, that you struggled to say I’m the saint of the paint that was left in the pot I’m your angel ellipsis, your devil of dots Every time that you fumble, I’m the laugh from the back When you think about him, my wings start to flap When you make a mistake, my feet lift from the floor And when you lie there awake every night love, I soar I promise you I’ll be better I promise you I’ll try But like rubbing wine stains into rugs it’s my curse To try and make it right, but by trying make it worse I’m the heartbreak that aches far too much to be shown All those letters unsent and that garden ungrown I’m the captain of courage you’ve eternally lacked I’m the Jesus of wishing to Christ he’ll come back Farewell Wanderlust, you’ve been oh oh so kind You brought me to this party but you left me here behind And so long to the person you begged me to be She’s down. She’s dead Instead what is left but this old satin dress and the mess that you left when you told me I wasn’t right in the head You alright? ask the boys from beyond You gave us such a fright We’d hate to see your mascara drip into your pint Might you allow me to slip into something more comfortable then? Be our guest. With hoik of her bra, she waved to the bar and she slipped into the night Come devil come, she sang, call out my name Let’s take this outside cos we’re one and the same Our god has abandoned us, left us, instead Take up arms, take my hand, let us waltz for the dead I’m the face that stares back when the screen goes to black When your mum says ‘you look healthy’ but you know she means you got fat I’m the tales that the guests will applaud and believe I’m the child that you just didn’t have time to conceive I promise you I’m not broken I promise you there’s more More to come, more to reach for, more to hurl at the door Goodbye to all my darkness, there’s nothing here but light Adieu to all the faceless things that sleep with me at night This here isn’t make up, it’s a porcelain tomb This here is not singing, I’m just screaming in tune because Farewell Wanderlust, you’ve been oh oh so kind You brought me through this darkness but you left me here behind And so long to the person you begged me to be He’s down. He’s dead. Now take a long look at what you’ve done to me? S/He’s down, S/He’s dead S/He’s gone, S/He’s lost S/He’s flown, S/he’s fled Now take a good long look at what you've done to me
6.
Fair 06:17
It’s what my heart just yearns to say In ways that can’t be said It’s what my rotting bones will sing When the rest of me is dead It’s what’s engraved upon my heart In letters deeply worn Today I somehow understand the reason I was born Cos outwardly he says I try so hard to make you laugh at me And she, she does, she laughs as though she not heard the joke ten thousand times before And he adores her, he watches her get dressed as though she’s hurtling through time Oh darling please be mine She promises to fight them all when it all becomes too much And he, he curses at the world for leaving him behind and he’s falling out of touch And she is stronger than he’s ever been he knows And she brushes her hand through his hair, he’s got so much fucking hair And he holds her close just to keep the world at bay And when they’re sure no-one can hear them She’ll turn to him to say, she’ll turn to him and say It’s not fair, It’s not fair how much I love you It’s not fair, cos you make me laugh when I’m actually really fucking cross at you for something And he’ll say Oh how oh how unreasonable How unreasonably in love I am with everything you do I’ll spend my days so close to you cos if I’m standing here maybe everyone will think I’m alright I’ve seen enough he says I know exactly what I want And it’s this life that we’ve created, inundated with the fated thought of you And if you asked me to, if you asked me I would lose it all Like petals in a storm, cos darling I was born To press my head between your shoulder blades at night when light is fading Just to let you know I’m old, waylaid and feels like I am wading into carpet burns and carousels oh Christ you’ll be the death of me And calm throughout his melodrama she will turn and say ‘dear heart It’s me, its me You don’t need to pretend to be someone you’re not Cos it’s not like I’ve never heard you fart and snore And for some god forsaken reason I’m still here love like I’ve always been before And he’ll say It’s not fair, It's not fair how much I love you It’s not fair cos you make me weep when I’m just trying to watch The Office with my yoghurt And she’ll say Oh how, oh how unreasonable How unreasonably in love I am with everything you do I’ll spend my days so close to you cos if I’m standing next to you then maybe everyone will think I’m cool How unfair, how unfair they’ll sing as they dance across the darling rooftop wreck He’ll trip and she’ll pretend not to have seen, Burying her head into his chest and clinging to the moment, ‘where have you been?’ She’ll whisper ‘I’ve waited oh so long for you to come’ And as the stars above them hum and hear them he’ll turn to her and say ‘that’s what she said’ It’s not fair, it's not fair how much I love you It’s not fair cos you make me ache you bastard And she’ll say Oh how, oh how unreasonable How unreasonably in love I am with everything you do I’ll spend my days so close to you cos if I’m stood here Then I’m stood here And I’ll stand here I’ll stand here with you
7.
There’s a second wind coming As we lie here in our bed It rattles the bones of our fathers Carries whispers from the dead, And you, you light a candle. And I make sure the bairns are fed. You turn the telly on To drown out your fear And make the bed up silent on the floor So no-one will hear us You try so loud to love me But I cannot seem to hear. Cos you, you touch My skin peels off like paint But beneath all of our panting There’s this noise I cannot shake (Cos you you touch my pain All our panting shame) Can’t you hear that scratching? There’s something at the door. But the wind has picked us up now We’re hanging in the air And as you grip me like an animal That you’re about to spear ‘Be good to me,’ I whisper. And you say ‘what’. And I said ‘nothing dear.’ Can’t you hear it? It can hear you It wants me to (Throw the plate at the wall) I’m the paper cut that kills you I’m the priest that you ignored I’m the touch you crave, I’m the plans that you made, but fuck all your plans I’m bored And can’t you hear that scratching? I ask your eyes I’ve got knuckle burn from typing all these lines into your chest And as the belt from your buckle is tightening I make shipwrecks out of my dress And the door below it splinters And the creature creeps inside And we fall into each other The scratching grows so loud Because that unwanted animal Wants nothing more than to get out And I scream ‘Oh What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ But you, you’re blind, you bleat, you bear your claws And you rip my ribcage open And devour what’s truly yours And our screaming joins in unison I cry out to the lord Cos if we join our hands in prayer enough To God I imagine it all starts to sound like applause. Can’t you hear it? It can hear you. It wants you to…. And those plates they smash like waves (Place your hand in mine) And on the wind it howls (How long can this last?) But that second wind is coming love, it’s coming for all we own And on the creature scratches, it doesn’t know how to get out (let me out) And you, you follow philosophies But me, I laugh I choke ‘Well hello, my hollow Holofernes’ I wink but you don’t get the joke ‘Hold the hand of the god-child’ they said ‘As he falls from the sky' Be good to me I beg of him Be good to me I beg of him Be good be good be good be good be good be good be good And he replies… ‘No no, not I.’
8.
Marbles 06:15
I’ve held your hand since nineteen seventy nine, You were in a band - still am - yeah but back then you had hair and your smile was so sublime And I chipped my teeth on every joke you cracked You used to buy me scotch - still do - yeah but now too much is never enough To take me back to that dance hall where you got thrown out cos they thought you were drunk -I wasn't - You couldn’t lie then and you sure as hell can’t lie to me now. You stole the best years of my life I’ll give them back You got fat And you’re the thigh high hemline I just can’t stop staring at I will wait and hope Your eyes aren’t rivers there to weep But a place for crows to rest their feet I will wait and hope And rest my head at night content Knowing where my marbles went The flat we rented was a palace for my queen If by palace you mean that asbestos and beans from a tin, and the gin that we brewed in the bathtub You sang ‘do you think I’m sexy’ And oh god I really did. You’d swoon, you’d sigh, working shifts till we cried Oh if one more guy calls me darling then I swear to you and to god I will murder them all, all the bastards applaud when I show that I’m flawed You’re not flawed darling, you’re just a little under-rehearsed. And I’d get in And for some reason you’ve painted the kitchen lime green And I'd sink to the floor, what’s the point anymore, And you, you’d reply with a glint in your eye (And you, you’d reply with a drink in your hand) Saying ‘I don’t know, but I’m here, I’m all yours, dear heart don’t cry’ (Saying ‘I don’t know, but I’m here, oh dear god, dear heart don’t cry’) Cos I will wait and hope Your eyes aren’t rivers there to weep But a place for crows to rest their feet And I will wait and hope And rest my head at night content Knowing where my marbles went I’ve loved you, for a hundred years Certainly fucking feels like it The minute I met you the colours of my life begun to pour I’m scared of the dark And now, even though you’re mad and these memories won’t stay, it’s okay. Cos now I get to meet you for the first time every single day I’ll wait and hope Your eyes aren’t rivers there to weep But a place for crows to rest their feet I’ll wait and hope And rest my head at night content Knowing where my marbles went And I will wait And I will wait And I will wait And hope
9.
Battle Cries 05:51
I’m at the brink, don’t laugh At the winks I’ve masked Who’ll save you when you fall? The wrinkles and bricks that we’re left with at last And drink will fix all those questions unasked Who died? And made you king of it all Who wins this war? You’ve a knack For applause from the back of the stalls but you lack The conviction to look at me straight and say yes Now the wind is so warm on the back of my neck As I walk with the sun hand in hand from the wreck Some fictions we took to mean fate believe me I know Don’t be uncouth, be a man Don’t lie with your eyes, you know I despise that look You’re home. For God’s sake I’m Tell the truth to me love, does my hair look as nice As it did when you once tied it up in your eyes? Look at me as you say this, don’t look at your phone Done with your dreams, they won’t last Thirty winters will pass, you’ll look back at the woman fifty year old you will be proud to have known. Cos that sun that beams down as my hands touch the grass After summers of fasting I feel hunger at last For the person fifteen year old me would be proud to have known. Cos these plates they smash like waves Place your smile in mine And the wine stains hide the tears Why stay? Hide the But that breathing you hear don't mistake it for sighs Don’t you realise - They’re just battle cries dear And these lines aren’t wrinkles dear heart Hardly knew the words They’re just dollops of paint on a new work of art I’m dolled up love don’t I deserve to just And as I walk away I know I’ve been through the wars, But that creaking you hear in my bones is not pain, it’s applause Come on love, please don’t start Sing your notes, play your part Then we’ll leave. We were gods With you I could summon the gods and the stars Watch them dance out the plays that we wrote from the heart And we’d laugh at the ghosts of our fears. We were kids. ‘Come at me your blaggards you’d yell from the back of the gallery Say goodbye. I am not ‘Come at me you blaggards’, you’d yell from the banks Wielding words against make-believe wizards and tanks And by god love believe me, I wanted to play too, I did. A drunkard, A daughter, A preacher, god knows how you You dragged us both into the darkness that grows Oh dear God. I won’t But we sunk into water no creature can know You dragged me along to watch all your shows Our devils broke rank, and out of the depths came an army Leave without a fight I won’t let you turn our last night into this I’m going to binge watch a box set, drink wine, reminisce This isn’t a break up dear heart, it’s a season finale. Cos these plates they smash like waves Place your smile in mine And the wine stains hide the tears Why stay? Hide the But that breathing you hear don't mistake it for sighs Don’t you realise - They’re just battle cries dear And these lines aren’t wrinkles dear heart Hardly knew the words They’re just dollops of paint on a new work of art I’m dolled up love don’t I deserve to just And as I walk away I know I’ve been through the wars, But that creaking you hear in my bones is not pain, it’s applause It’s not pain it’s applause All it took to unearth in the dust and the dirt Some release or respite from the heat and the hurt Was taking the time now and then to ask how I am And now at the end, at the end of all things, I’m not going to scream, beat my chest at the wind, I’m doing fine.

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released February 29, 2020

Joey Batey: Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Synth, Piano, Vocals
Madeleine Hyland: Vocals
Tom Addison: Drums, Additional Synth
Robert Hallow: Electric Guitar
Michael Crean: Violin
Fraser Parry: Cello
Sam Becker: Double Bass
Martin Ash: Additional Violin

Written and composed by Joey Batey
Additional material by Madeleine Hyland

Orchestration by Joey Batey and Robert Hallow
Additional orchestration by the artists

Mixing: Tom Addison.
Mastering: Cicely Balston

Cover photograph by Cassandra Sutton

Produced by Joey Batey, Madeleine Hyland and Tom Addison

Special thanks to Simon Changer

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The Amazing Devil London, UK

The Amazing Devil is a dramatic, lyrical alt-folk band formed by Joey Batey and Madeleine Hyland. They released their debut album Love Run in 2016 to considerable acclaim ('a masterpiece’ - FATEA, 'the best thing I have heard this year’ - For Folk's Sake).

In 2019, Madeleine and Joey recorded their second studio album - The Horror and the Wild - which was released in February 2020.
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