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Crocodile Kisses

by Mone

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1.
Crocodile kisses for a dreamy captain Listen, can you hear them on the balcony? The baby dove just died again and we go hunt the crooked crow who did it And I thought If this is not If this is not If this is not love I don’t know what is But I know now I know now Said the heroine to cold eyes Know now I know now And we’ll be fixed up right before showdown It’s disillusion day Count the costs and get away And I tried to fight it all this time So I bluffed my way into your little heart And I sit tight there but I wish it was Like in my dream That dream you know in which we fall Down the stairs and lie at the bottom laughing And share a kiss, a touch An act of love I did not know then I did not know Crocodile kisse for a dreamy captain, listen The baby dove just died again and we go hunt the crooked crow who did it And I thought If this is not If this is not If this is not love I don’t know what is But I know now I know now It’s a liar's path to go down It is a liar’s path It is a liar’s path
2.
So the beginning Came as the night brought a shiver She was majestic Showing none but her curls and her madness For all this time Oh, all this time For the love If you come tonight I’ll make you mine For the love We awoke and spoke not And I was a million years older Where are you, wild one? For I've had the longing to find you For all this time Oh, all this time For the love If you come tonight I’ll make you mine For the love of freedom For the love of freedom For the love of freedom Desire is a charm Desire is a charm Desire is a charm Desire is a charm Forget me For all I that am is a liar But forget not me For I have seen you And you have seen me
3.
The big brown bear Shakes her body so carefree Catching fish in the river Or the baboon The jaw a big proud bone in the wide morning yawn Take me there Take me there Take me there I am a flesh like you are I am a bones like you are I am a flesh like you are I am a bones like you are Both of us, sensuous The alarmed undressing The wounded eye, the ruffled ride Cause neither one of us is safe Our naked bodies they are spoken of before and woken in a maze And kneeling to the demons To the thieves who tightened up my freedom So take it back Skin and hips and my soft breasts I don’t want to have them no more I am a flesh like you are I am a bones like you are I am a flesh like you are I am a bones like you are I wish we were mere spirits embracing I wish we were mere spirits embracing I wish we were mere spirits embracing Among the worms and the snails Is where I’ll lose my shame I am a flesh like you are I am a bones like you are I am a flesh like you are I am a bones
4.
Battlecry 05:15
Do you remember that night baby? That night it felt like we were fighting and I had all this sadness and anger inside and I couldn’t, I couldn’t hide it and you saw it but we had all these friends over and I didn’t know what to do so I decided to go out alone, get drunk And I know it was stupid and it felt like I was going a bit crazy when I said to myself: when I get out of this terrible haze I wanna know I wanna know I wanna know Is this love or a battlecry? Oh, is this love or a battlecry? Is this desire that drive me away or inspire me I know it ain’t easy, I know it ain’t easy but Is this love or a battlecry? Oh, is this love? ​ I will change I will not I will fit you like a glove I will fight you if I must I don’t know what fucked up image I got of love or life All I know is I gotta loosen, I gotta loosen I gotta loosen the grip on the knife Maybe I just got such a melodramatic mind that I take everything so hard sometimes but maybe I was, maybe I was, maybe I was Maybe I was inspired by too good a cry Too good a cry, too good a cry, too good a cry Like Rickie Lee Jones, like Nina Simone Like Cat Power’s howl or Benjamin’s moan Is this love or a battlecry? Oh, is this love or a battlecry? Blow the horn, light the torch Blow the horn, light the torch! You’re on the battlefield Battlefield of love
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It was a child It was a child’s dream that I had​ It was the last It was the last dream that I had And when my last dream left I was a child no more I was a child no more I was a child no more I was a child I was a child I was a child I guess we both grew bitter I guess we both grew bitter I guess we both grew bitter I guess we both grew bitter
7.
Sister moonlight, lady free I feel you shining down on me With your strong and fearless light It’s gonna be a sweet, sweet night We had some whiskey had some rum Down by the water have some fun And then things turned kinda hazy And I felt a dangerous craving​ Oh sister moonlight, lady free Tell me what ya done to me Help me lady, for I’m so blue I did things I should not do ​ Well I enjoyed myself the most Just until, until I got too close And then my hands were on her hips Against mine I felt her lips ​ I wasn’t looking to be free No, no, it was you possessing me This was not what I had planned Now I’m a sinner and I can’t go back Oh sister moonlight, lady free Give me back my sanity Help me lady, for I’m so blue I did things I should not do Do you take me for a fool? For I did none but worship you Sweetest lady, I ask of you Now how could I be so cruel? Now I cry, oooh And I blame it all on you And I don’t wanna know the future, no, no I don’t wanna know the future Cause he will leave me now for sure He will leave me now Oh, sister, he will leave me now He will leave me now Oh sister, he will leave He will leave, he will leave He will leave, he will leave He will leave, he will leave me Oh sister moonlight, lady free Give me back my sanity Help me lady, for I’m so blue I did things I should not do
8.
I may not be what I seem Hold your expectations don’t mistake me I’m an angel to the devil that awaits me I may not be what I seem Turn your back on all your little daydreams Listen to these notes now they translate me I was never, I was never, I was never there I was never, I was never, I was never there I was never, I was never, I was never there I was never, I was never, I was never there You know that I can’t do this I know now that he called for me from high ground No use that I run fast like a greyhound​ You know that I can’t do this I see now that I went spellbound I went uncrowned Just another pale fool that a-run round I was never, I was never, I was never there I was never, I was never, I was never there I was never, I was never, I was never there I was never, I was never, I was never there He hit me with the blunt side of his back hand Lit me and then slowly let me burn down kicked me in the storm and just stood in the quiet eye Just stood in the quiet eye No you never, no you never noticed No you never, no you never noticed No you never, no you never noticed No you never, no you never noticed That I was never, I was never I was never there I was never, I was never I was never there I was never, I was never I was never there I was never, I was never, I was never I was never, I was never, I was never
9.
Rat 02:32
This town Where i pissed just like a dog This town Turned my head from clear to fog This town Where I threw my body in the dirt And left it there to rot This town Where let down lovers In crowded places Offer you their empty spaces ​ Known to me are not The strange ways of the heart Notable are though The notions of departure Oh, the lover loses At a rapid pace Holds the wistful wish To become another This town Where they twirl and fight the force This town Where they come when coming calls This town Where the walls come at you full of flies And full of nevermores This clown That loved me like a joke This clown Who was on me like a hoax This clown And of me never spoke Known to me are not The strange ways of the heart Notable are though The notions of departure Oh, the lover loses At a rapid pace Holds the wistful wish To become another This town Where i pissed just like a dog This town Turned my head from clear to fog This town Where I threw my body in the dirt, in the dirt, in the dirt And left it there to rot
10.
You and me Kissing on the street You screamed: "If loving you is a crime Then I plead guilty" It was like a terrible broadway play And I laughed so hard It’s the same one I love now It’s the same one I care for It’s the same one I held then So I raise my glass to the tumble See today I am just coming home late And I screamed at you the other day Like a terrible broadway play You’re telling me To hold on with everything I have Only to feel it slip away And stand dazed and empty handed
11.
Sit down and listen, babe I need to tell you You need to know Need to know you loved me well You loved me better, even more Than anyone in this world ever did before And I’m sorry baby that I’m leaving you It’s just that I don’t know, I don’t know Where the road will go All I know is that I need to walk it alone He took it hard He took it slow And so I watched a good man go And I love you Oh, I do and I know that I will pay the price Cause I will never find a lover With such tender ways And I will never find a lover With such eager hands In the lighter days of love We were two happy little dogs It is best for both of us, I suppose But I hate to see that good man go I hate to see that good man go He took it hard He took it slow And so I watched a good man go And so I watched a good man go And so I watched a good man
12.
On The Ropes 05:24
Well when you went away You left me in the ring Fists high and my head low The lights revealed a sweaty face and a chest pounding up and down fast​ Full force and evident I loved you like a fighter A fiery featherweight But from the hits my head went Oh, lalalalala Oh, lalalalala Was I caught in the words of a fickle man? I was tougher than all of them when I stayed You said love was a big fish and I the bait But I am living the promises that you made​ I will love you, till my heart burns out till my big foolish grin shows a bloody mouth In the flash that we share a kiss on the ropes I'm your dizzy baby for the show Another lesson learned I guess I'll learn to get by But I'll miss the ease of laughing And I'll miss the afterglow And I'll miss your slender hands And how they moved like soft leaves when you danced for me sometimes Was I caught in the words of a fickle man? I was tougher than all of them when I stayed You said love was a big fish and I the bait But I am living the promises that you made I will love you, till my heart burns out till my big foolish grin shows a bloody mouth In the flash that we share a kiss on the ropes I'm your dizzy baby for the show Well when you went away You left me in the ring My fists high and my head low I was to fight the every damn thing that stood in our way

about

‘Crocodile Kisses’, Mone’s debut album, offers listeners an intimate invitation into the diary of an intoxicatingly beautiful relationship.
Leaving no dark corners un-traversed, Mone carries us, with raw, and terrifying beauty through the ecstasy, to the basements, to the gutter, out to the lake, through the war and the peace, the sweetness and the pain, to finally come home to rest, holding both the beauty, and the terror of love’s ‘Battlecry’.

A “lovechild” of her influences Tom Waits and Fiona Apple, Mone commands herself into authenticity with a strikingly unique voice that plays with sounds and soars through her range with, at times, honey like ease and others, dirty grit.

Crocodile Kisses excavates a vast underground universe, ranging from the Nina Simone-like poised melancholy of ‘Big Brown Bear’ to the guttural urgency of ‘Rat’, filled with smoke, glitter, cartoon characters, blood, dirt and gentle sweet whispers that seem to move the marrow in one’s bones; a dark-toned kaleidoscope of fragments and lucid impressions culminating in a master-ride of depth and rawness.

‘Crocodile Kisses’ is an unapologetic and powerful debut album from a bold, unique and craftful artist.

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released October 29, 2021

All songs written by Merle Sibbel
Produced by Cameron James Laing and Gidon Carmel
Recorded & mixed by Cameron James Laing at The Famous Gold Watch Studios
Mastered by Pete Maher

For a full list of credits go to www.whoismone.com/album-lyrics-and-credits

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Mone Berlin, Germany

Gut-wrenching, mesmerising performances drenched in authenticity. Mone provokes and soothes in the same breath. Her thought- evoking subjects – muses, lost loves, power struggles, morality and sex – all convalesce on stage in deep primal self-expression.

Mone is currently working on her debut album, set for release in fall 2020.
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