Ides of March EP

by Cristina Black

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released May 26, 2014

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Cristina Black Los Angeles, California

Often compared to Nico and Fiona Apple for her dour-pretty character voice, Los Angeles singer-songwriter Cristina Black maintains a cabaret-like propriety while drawing on the curious looseness of her former home, New Orleans.

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Track Name: Misbegotten
This is a moon for you, my misbegotten lover
The one who peeled away my skin and crawled right under
It tears me up that you could love another
Now I walk with wounds so deep, they open up and weep
When you come back
You come back and melt a heart that's hard like wax
If you stayed then I would never leave you
And I will never not feel crazy when I see you

I like to watch you walk into the distance
So I can go about my day denying your existence
If time could heal all ills, then what's this sickness
That alternates between two states, remission and relapse
When you come back
You come back and smash a heart that's made of glass
I admit that I will always want to be you
And I will never not feel crazy when I see you

This is a moon for you, my misbegotten lover
We once were one, but then our souls were torn asunder
Tonight it rises full and unencumbered
To light the way to all the pain I thought had long since passed
But it comes back
That shit comes back to burn a heart that's long gone black
I search for clues that you've been missing me too
And I will never not feel crazy when I see you
Track Name: Does She Know?
There's a fault in the flashbulb
There's a flub in the frame
Her expression is all aglow but I know you don't feel the same
I can see what you're thinking
I can read your whole mind
I would lay down my life and bet you regret leaving someone behind
Now someone is gonna get hurt
And this time it's gonna be her

Does she know what you're about
Does she know about lies that come from your mouth
Does she know that she's in trouble now
Cause I'm gonna get you back somehow

Does she think that she's different
Does she think that you'll change
Does she know you're a Taurus and they prefer to stay safe
Do you know how to touch her
Do you shut it down
And does she take that to mean eventually, you'll come around
Does she think she gets through to you
In ways that I never could do

Does she know your doors are closed
Is she ready to be on her own
Did she know you'd throw away the key
As soon as you knew you were coming home to me

Let me guess, she took you to the park
On an unusually warm fall day
And the leaves crunching under your feet
They'd weathered a storm and changed
But you'd stayed the same

Does she know what you're about
Does she know about lies that come from your mouth
Does she know that she's in trouble now
Cause I'm gonna get you back somehow
Track Name: Ides of March
Why do I look on the Internet
To see inside your mind
To see the one that you can't forget
Till your body is right next to mine
I'll let you pretend to make love to me one more time
Before I go on with my life

I was born with a broken heart
There's no need to go easy on me baby
Why don't you do what you will
It's midnight on the Ides of March
Go on and stab your sword in me baby
There's no on left here to kill

I want to see if you'll comfort me
But you won't answer the phone
I want a sip of your bitter tea
So later when we're all alone
I'll let you pretend to make love to me one more time
Before I go on with my life

I was born with a broken heart
There's no need to go easy on me baby
Why don't you do what you will
It's midnight on the Ides of March
Go on and stab your sword in me baby
There's no on left here to kill

I think it's time that I face it
We will never be we
It's such a shame you're not going to see
The kind of friend I can be

I'll let you pretend to make love to me one more time
Before I go on with my life