Nightcrawler

by The Macks

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released February 17, 2015

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The Macks Portland, Oregon

The Macks are a 4-piece swingin', bluesy garage rock and roll band out of the Portland area. The band draws influence from groups such as Led Zeppelin, Ty Segall, Cage The Elephant, The Black Keys, Hanni El Khatib, and other blues-based rock and alternative groups.

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Track Name: Nightcrawler
Old lady Sadie was a widow,
Couldn't think of loving since the passing of her husband.
And the never-ending silence drove her mad.
Pentagram on the floor and in front of it she sat,
Conjuring up as many spirits as she could
But only one came out and in front of her he stood:
Her man's face with a heart much smaller,
Her gentleman caller now a goddamn nightcrawler.

And I sold my soul so I won't get tired,
I dragged my bones in the red-hot fire.
And I sold my soul so I won't get old,
I sold my soul to the Devil, Ghosts, Witches, and Ghouls.

The hungry crawler took to the streets,
Looking for souls to drink and bodies to eat.
Running freely screaming into the night,
Always right behind you when you turn out the lights.
You can't run from the things that ride you,
Or even hide from the things that get inside you.
We're all doomed to a predetermined fate,
We gotta kill the crawler or suffer the heat.

Well I sold my soul so I won't get tired,
I dragged my bones in the red hot fire.
And I sold my soul so I won't get old,
I sold my soul to the Devil, Ghosts, Witches, and Ghouls.

Picture a world on fire, just the world up in a blaze.
The blue sky blacked out by smoke,
and ground glows with embers of never-ending flame.
You hold a single glass of water.
The condensation soaks into your mind.
It's cool and perfect.
That right hand that holds the glass
Is the only part of your body
That isn't either in excruciating pain due to the burn
Or hasn't been melted off all together.
You wish you could see the glass
But by now your eyeballs have fully melted,
Reduced to boiling, bubbling puddles
In the eye sockets of a bare skull.
Tongueless, mouth agape,
You can no longer smell burnt flesh and hair
Because your nose has long since blown away
In a carbon dust.
Now you stand, just a skeleton frozen in place by
Melted down muscle fiber and tendons
That cake over your joints and harden
Creating a paste of adhesive that will hold
As long as your bones maintain structural integrity.
So,
Not all that long.
Not all that long.
Track Name: Summertime
It was an ambush that we never saw coming
The bullets took flight as we took off running
Hot iron flew as another being fell
That lucky soul can escape from this hell
So many people got caught in the crossfire,
If I'm going down, I'm going down on fire
The sun beat down on the backs of the young
Little did they know it had only begun
An aggressive politician, who's really just a liar
Gave them two options so that they could either
Stand on kegs of burning gasoline
Or shotgun pints of lit kerosine
So many people got caught in the crossfire,
If I'm going down, I'm going down on fire

I don't wanna go back to the summertime
Where the AK's and guerrillas fire blanks in my mind
I've seen it once before, and the pain stays in my head
I strolled into the village and all I saw was death

Evac heli cut down by a jet
Beautiful butterfly caught in the net
Screams were drowned out by the emergency siren
People took shelter in the holes they would die in
Heads down, teeth clenched as they waited for the fall
Fetal position used before they could crawl
No one made a sound as the bomb hit the ground
Time stood still under that mushroom cloud
So many people got caught in the crossfire,
If I'm going down, I'm going down on fire
Eyes were open, and they looked around
At that perfect white light that lit their town
They emerged from their bunkers and found each other
And eternally joined hands with one another
Peaceful silence under the loud
They all stood together under that mushroom cloud
So many people got caught in the crossfire,
If I'm going down, I'm going down on fire

I don't wanna go back to the summertime
Where the AK's and guerrillas fire blanks in my mind
I've seen it once before, and the pain stays in my head
I strolled into the village and all I saw was death

I don't wanna go back to the summertime
Where the AK's and guerrillas fire blanks in my mind
I've seen it once before, and the pain stays in my head
I strolled into the village and all I saw was death
Track Name: Bad Habits
Bad habits are running in my brain
And I can't help it no, and I can't maintain
These bad vibes mixing darling, driving me insane
And I can't quit you babe, so I'm back again
So I'm back again

I was the one to make it out of the crossfire
Survivor's guilt has got my mind set on fire
Detonation is the only thing I can hear anymore
Though my memories are sick, I still want more
My brain fell apart 'cause the pieces don't fit
And yeah I had to do things I'll never admit
Walking down the street, I gotta watch myself
'Cause a step on a crack could affect my mother's health
My OCD is acting up and I wanna go home
All my fingernails have been chewed down to the bone
Everyone else has friends while I sit here a lone
Take alphabet soup and rearrange the spelling,
'Cause all I know is these pills aren't helping
I think I need more

It's only me, myself, and I
Myself is a riot and I is a crazy guy
It's all rainbows and butterflies until I think about the way I'll die (or fry)
It's become impossible to pay attention
I'd do anything to relieve this tension
Or anything else I've failed to mention
In my past interventions
I've been drinking heavily, no seriously, it's not good
I have a problem
I'm not kidding.

Bad habits are running in my brain
And I can't help it no, and I can't maintain
These bad vibes mixing darling, driving me insane
And I can't quit you babe, so I'm back again

You know I'm not that shady baby
It's just that you drive me crazy lady
With me, without me, to you it's all the same
And you are the reason I have gone clinically insane
To stop thinking about you would be the doctor's order
I think I'll never get rid of this disorder
I wonder if I could draw a straw any shorter (probably not)
I'm not one to fight the diagnosis
It's clear I've fallen victim to your hypnosis
Nice watch

I have a habit of picturing myself in a coffin
That, and thinking of you way too often
I've become a fortune teller, and here is my prediction:
You will become my number one addiction
I have this feeling towards you, and I'm not supposed to have it
I'll most likely never kick this habit
I gave you my heart so you could stab it
I don't think it's bad, it's probably a sin though
Every night I can't help but watch you through your window
Hah, I'm kidding

Bad habits are running in my brain
And I can't help it no, and I can't maintain
These bad vibes mixing darling, driving me insane
And I can't quit you babe, so I'm back again
And I'm back again
Track Name: Butterfly Dragon
I met a little bird made of gold
She sold her soul when she was twelve years old
When mama bird flew out of town
You know this girl, she's going down

A familiar story with a much-needed ending
Cut to a close-up on a woman named Wendy
Fat lip, black bruise above her eye
All because she called her man out on a lie
Billy slammed the door as she knelt to the floor
Then she decided that she couldn't take it anymore
Billy headed to the bar like he did every night
Off to tell his friends all about their little fight
Wendy screamed, cursed, and lit a fuse
Then you could say a screw came loose
She headed to the closet and pulled out a box
In it a loaded gun she kept under her socks
Wendy ran out, got in her little car
And headed straight towards that tiny little bar
Billy didn't know that his minutes were fleeting
All because of that girl he'd been beating, no doubt

Growing up, she was all alone
Everyone she meets treats her cold as stone
So she became a fighter to get her through the day
And she don't care what they gotta say

The door flew off of its hinge
Before Billy and the gang began their binge
In steps Wendy with her pistol held high
Six bullets, one for each one of those guys
Every bullet flew from the chamber
Every man dead except for one remainder
Billy began to beg, plead and cry
Wendy stepped closer unsheathed her knife
Swift kick in the face and he hit the ground
His head bounced with a knocking sound
She leaned over him, knife to his neck
Billy really shouldn't have messed with this chick
Without a word, she drew a horizontal line
Ripped the blade down to Billy's spine
Now remember what I said:
Cross the butterfly dragon, wind up dead.
Track Name: My Daughter
Cute girl sits, kidnapped by a screen
Lonely easel stares, dead portal to her dreams
Uninspired, daddy's little girl
Just a pair of eyes, could've had the entire world

Memories embedded in pixels, that's everyone in town
How can you capture an image if you never look around?
I know that they can't help it, and the future makes it harder
I just wish the internet would give us back our daughters

Friends and family hang posted on her wall
"Art is my life": blankest canvas of them all
Open paints, contents undisturbed
Brushes clean, regurgitating what she's heard

Memories embedded in pixels, that's everyone in town
How can you capture an image if you never look around?
I know that they can't help it, and the future makes it harder
I just wish the internet would give us back our daughters
Track Name: Dumb Fast One
Dreamt about you every night this week
When I shut my eyes you're all I see
Don't wanna see you with another man
But I can tell you're in high demand

I won't tell you why I'm nervous
Said I won't tell you why I'm nervous
I don't wanna tell you the reason I'm shaking
All you gotta know is my heart is breaking
I won't tell, oh no I won't tell

Chasing you until my days are done
Apparently I'm the dumb fast one
I catch up and you throw me down
You could cause a clown to frown

I won't tell you why I'm nervous
Said I won't tell you why I'm nervous
I don't wanna tell you the reason I'm shaking
All you gotta know is my heart is breaking
I won't tell, oh no I won't tell

I won't tell you why I'm nervous
Said I won't tell you why I'm nervous
I won't tell, oh no I won't tell