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Bitchcraft

by Bitch

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1.
it's a new year or about to be I wanna forgive everything that has harmed me roll off me now, wave of cell tower leave me now my hands all power here I am there's a lottery all in front of me paid for by oil wars and some cheesy company we see through the smoke and screens we can be the bigger dream yes we can look what we bought, for nothing got caught, for loving found out, there’s nothing no ground to grow on but we, we did our part we cried, we built a heart now we are way too smart to sing your war songs you're the man you're the man you're the man you're the man you're the man you're the man you're the man you're the man you're the man I'm the woman in the underground the most amazing sound we sing through everything that tries to cut us down we’re not all just on our knees we can be the bigger dream yes we can yes ma’am look what we bought, for nothing got caught, for loving found out there’s nothing no ground to grow on and we, we did our part we cried, we built a heart now we are way too smart to sing your war songs you're the man you're the man you're the man you're the man you're the man you're the man you're the man you're the man you're the man I'm the woman
2.
I can take a stand stand up here and take it like a man like chin and sin is all I’m made of and all I’m made in I’m an easy target I’m an easy target At the end of the day At the end of the day I’m just proud At the end of the day At the end of the day I’m just proud you take your aim stand right there call me all your names like skin I’m in is all I’m made of and all I’m made in I’m an easy target I’m an easy target At the end of the day At the end of the day I’m still proud At the end of the day At the end of the day I’m still proud all your talk about how I walk put a limp in my step instead of lift me up It’s ok I know how the man always gets his way At the end of the day At the end of the day I’m still proud At the end of the day At the end of the day I’m still proud
3.
Grey day, stain me carry tethers test the weather lick my feathers taste like leather robot jobs and parking lots and lots and lots of parking lots i wade to find the edge of streets i go to ground so i can breathe the only roads are roads that leave the footpaths all owned privately so dirt roads lead me change the scenery HELLO MEADOW! needers, feeders cargo heavy rape the ready have no heart and only heady build your banks and give no thanks all banks and tanks all banks no thanks Ooh i'm such a winner! pesticides for dinner! mow for malls and free-for-alls and Mother Nature's thinner so dirt roads lead me change of scenery HELLO MEADOW! game shows, fake blows see we need the breath of trees then cut it all for condos fill your tanks create the ranks make it cheap and easy make it all so sleazy you build your wall with bricks of fear when Immigration’s why you’re here so dirt roads lead me change the scenery HELLO MEADOW!
4.
Pages 03:50
In the notebook of my life This line is so painful to write I never did dream I’d be Without you tonight That chapter how it ended My heart broke and it bended The weight so great put my back out of place And I probably won’t ever mend it It’s ok, I’m all right I keep telling myself to keep it light I’m fine, It’s just time I know I know I know That you were never mine You will always be A permanent marker on me And I will always be Searching for you These are the pages I’m in And now a new one begins (These are the spiral-bound pages) And now I’m all alone All the way over a time zone So far from our old home Or the streets we know And I’m halfway down the road of my life You’re a story I couldn’t hold I couldn’t write And every day I’m one day older am I right And every day you were fucking cold and that’s life It’s ok, I’m all right I keep telling myself to keep it light I’m fine, take your time I know I know I know That you were never mine You will always be A permanent marker on me And I will always be Searching for you These are the pages I’m in And now a new one begins (These are the spiral-bound pages) I got one song of loving you Two songs of leaving you I got headlights in front of me Nothing but empty streets I just want us both ok We rode the dirt road back to where it's paved I think you are the leaver and i'm the believer And these are the cages These are the pages I’m in And now a new one begins
5.
Baby I miss you And you’re right over there I’ve been feeling so sad now For so long and so scared That this is the end of us And the beginning of me Is this the end of us And the beginning of me Now I got another wound And this one’s from you I got another wound And I know you feel it too I got another wound Maybe you miss me And you’re too proud to say We’re on two different roads now And you want it that way So this is the end of us And the beginning of me This is the end of us And the beginning of me Now I got another wound And this one’s from you I got another wound And I know you feel it too I got another wound A decade loved A decade lived A decade loving you A decade lived Baby I miss you And you’re right over there I’ve been feeling so sad now For so long and so scared Now I got another wound And this one’s from you I got another wound And I know you feel it too I got another wound I got another wound And it’s right from you I got another wound And I know it hurts you too I got another wound
6.
Nothing in my Pockets Nothing in my pockets Nothing in my town Nothing in my walk I just follow you around Nothing in my mind Nothing in my jock Nothing in my mouth It's just talk it's just talk I barked up the wrong tree Banged the wrong door Let you undress me Now everything’s sore I want you out of my head I want you out of my heart I want you out of my bed I want you out of my art I want you out of my head Nothing in my window Nothing on my screen Nothing in the mirror I’m just blurry in a dream Nothing in this city Nothing going down No one on my titty There’s no sound there’s no sound I’m so thirsty I just always want more Feeling so dirty Now everything’s sore I want you out of my head I want you out of my heart I want you out of my bed I want you out of my art I want you out of my head
7.
Polar Bear 03:55
Sometimes it feels like We’re in the horrible of America Concrete awful, corporate tax breaks Made to take all the beauty from this world Pave over our parks, Drill out out our hearts Hit the gas on climate change Laugh while you do it Tax the poor Profit more Give the reins to kkk And brag while you do it Cause Mother Nature All her creatures Made in perfect form To weather the most unimaginable storm I can hear the howl of the polar bear I know she’s scared Sometimes the only comfort I can find Is to know we’ll all just go extinct So all the animals, all the plant life Will come back after we are long gone With all our idiocies, all our pesticides All our chemicals that choke out our insides All our gmos , our factory tanks Our screaming machines that drown our streams With nuclear plants Will fall so Mother Nature And all her creatures Will restore themselves then She will lick her wounds and make again She will lick her wounds and make again I can hear the howl of the polar bear I know she’s scared
8.
9.
fame fooled me gave me wings then schooled me unwound and cruelly ruled me i rebelled through a long line of women i looked around and saw all of us swimming starving for air, but still doing our hair framed when we should have been forgiven why you gotta have all those hateful thoughts? why you gotta undo everything we got? don't you know it hurts, it hurts a lot? it hurts I was on your side I let you undermine my pride you weren't happy, were you not until i cried i had myself a taste of your prison it was so narrow, your tear-me-down mission everything black, and everything white grey-a colorless vision why you gotta have all those hateful thoughts? why you gotta undo everything we got? don't you know it hurts, it hurts a lot? it hurts I may not be perfect but i'm not the Bitch you make me out to be one little slip one heretic sound you bring out the stakes and you burn us all down why you gotta have all those hateful thoughts? why you gotta undo everything we got? don't you know it hurts, it hurts a lot? it hurts
10.
I was a fallen witch I’m sorry you had to witness it I was a fallen witch I’m sorry I was a fallen witch And there you had to witness it I was a fallen witch Not sorry
11.
Divvy It Up 02:41
one night after one night less of our lives this place is frozen with hollowed out eyes you grab at me like grabbing's a way to hold something and it's heavy in bed now don't wanna go where love goes just left it locked like our apartment door, closed I crawl out in the middle of the night I smoke the ash and see its little light I divvy it up take one last piece of us divvy it up leave me with one last buzz divvy it up take one last piece of us divvy it up leave me with one last buzz one night after I got sick of your lies I got frozen with her in your eyes you had me like having’s a way to hold something who told you to call my number who wanted all that was under there who called and called my blunder I didn’t even know we were under there divvy it up take one last piece of us divvy it up leave me with one last buzz divvy it up take one last piece of us divvy it up leave me with one last buzz you look at me like looks could kill I could give you one more fill but that hole’s crept up now open wide I wanna lay in it and hide divvy it up take one last piece of us divvy it up leave me with one last buzz divvy it up take one last piece of us divvy it up leave me with one last buzz

about

Bitchcraft was born in a move from New York City, where Bitch had lived for 15 years, to a log cabin in the woods. There was all the time in the world to make art, and it was there, in the cabin, that Bitch began to write some of the songs that would appear on Bitchcraft. “It gave me space to think about the biggest version of myself that I could be,” she says of those early days in the cabin. The songs she wrote were a departure from anything she’d ever written before, and she began to craft huge pop tracks with the help of her trusty violin. Then, she moved to LA and Bitchcraft began to shapeshift again.

In the time that followed, Bitch assembled a coven to complete it. She called on Anne Preven (Beyonce, Madonna, Demi Lovato) and God-des who helped her crystalize her vision in terms of writing and production. She called on Roma Baran (Laurie Anderson) to produce the violins on “Polar Bear.” She called on Melissa York (Team Dresch, The Butchies) and Faith Soloway (Transparent) to co-write a couple of the songs.

The resulting record is one that is full of glorious pop tracks that go in unexpected directions. Just take opener “You’re the Man,” as one such offering. Here, a strident synthesizer crashes into a drum machine, and Bitch sings about owning your own power. The song started as a poem, one that Bitch first wrote as part of a New Year’s ritual with Ferron where she wrote about things she wanted to let go of and ripped them from her notebook and threw them into the fire. Meanwhile, on “Hello Meadow,” electric violins coalesce with birdlike synths, and Bitch recounts industrial capitalist hell, and the attempts to find beauty outside of it. It’s a song about mother nature as well as the onslaught of capitalism and its obsession with destroying the natural world. And on “Easy Target,” written during the Bret Kavanaugh trials, she explores what it means to find your sense of self worth when people try to bring you down.

Bitchcraft is like Joni Mitchell set to a click track, it’s queer Cyndi Lauper. It’s neon pink, in your face, ready to hex you with its brilliance. It’s an unbelievably fun record that is extremely capable of breaking your heart a little bit. It also makes you think: about the state of the world, about evil politicians, about what it means to exist as a woman, and how to find joy along the way.

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released February 4, 2022

BITCHCRAFT

Producer: Bitch
Additional Production: Anne Preven, God-des,
Jon Hyman and Roger Paul Mason
Mixing: Jon Hyman
Mastering: Tatsuya Sato at the Mastering Palace

Graphic design: Stephanie Player and Rob Jones

Cover photo: Kelly Davidson
Art direction and Costume Design: Dusty Childers
Makeup: Sequinette
Bitchcrafters: Faith Soloway and Allen Valentine
Artist Management: public emily

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Bitch Los Angeles, California

The longstanding queer music icon Bitch makes witchy poet pop. She does it with violins and synthesizers, and the songs she writes are spectral, heartbreaking, political, and beautiful. "Bitchcraft" is like Joni Mitchell set to a click track, it’s queer Cyndi Lauper. It’s neon pink, in your face, ready to hex you with its brilliance. ... more

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