Primal

by Everson Poe

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released April 1, 2014

everson poe is maxwell j shults and norine mcgrath.

all songs written, performed, produced, recorded, & mixed
by maxwell j shults, except as noted.

maxwell - music, words, voice, & vision
norine - voice, words, & vision

alicia corrigeux gaines - artwork & handwriting
daniel walker caffrey - gang vocals, invaluable advice
jl hirten - bird photo, constant inspiration
supplemental design by maxwell

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Everson Poe Chicago, Illinois

Maxwell has been making music as Everson Poe since 2006, in many different genres and for many different reasons. The newest Everson Poe album is a departure from the previous venture into more pop-infused territory, and brings the music to a new plane of darkness and beauty. ... more

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Track Name: The Leviathan
we set sail for home from these new lands
for conquest is the only thing we know
this vast expanse of deepest, darkest water
the cost of our destruction waits below

the leviathan brings only death
taking vengeance for those we have wronged
from the ocean's immeasurable depth
it ascends with a deafening song
the sky is as black as our hearts
and the rain can not wash away sin
to bring balance it will claim our souls
was our callousness ever so bold?
with a spear for each of our hands
"take up arms, men" the captain commands
"this beast will not take us so quick
with its blood, the water runs thick!"

we are lost at sea

when we set out to explore, we never expected to find inhabited lands
though the natives were kind, we exploited their ignorance and took all they had
we thought they were savages, but the true savagery rose up from inside of us like bile
we did unspeakable things…things no one should ever have to endure
it was as if we were possessed by some force other than our own wills
i don't expect this to reach you, nor to ever see you again, but please, consider this my sincerest apology

we are lost at sea

the leviathan brings only death
taking vengeance for those we have wronged
from the ocean's immeasurable depth
it ascends with a deafening song
the sky is as black as our hearts
and the rain can not wash away sin
to bring balance it will claim our souls
was our callousness ever so bold?
"take up arms, men" the captain commands
a spear for each of our hands
"this beast will not take us so quick
it will drown in its blood!"
Track Name: Weightless
What I thought were wings
have turned to stone
and I am choking on this emerald heart
chosen for its strength
it is my weakness now
pulling me down

Everyone else is weightless
but this water fills more than my lungs
I sing below the surface
and the salt stings my eyes

this isn't the kind of flight I had intended
I thought we would be kings together
i thought we would be

I thought that I should be an eagle
When I looked up to the sky
not this flightless pile of broken things

everyone else is soaring
but I can't open my wings
Track Name: Ø
she spied a structure in the distance
an otherwise unnoticeable dot
across miles of water
with no bridge in sight

she stepped into the water
and allowed it to fill her lungs
but drowning was not her destiny
and she walked onward beneath the waves

there is nothing
i want to become

her feet never failed to carry her forward
a straight line from shore to destination
embedded in the sand and washed away by the current
her eyes fixed on the spot as it grew closer

finally, the ground sloped upward and she emerged
a small circle of sand that protruded above the water's surface
in the center, floating above the ground was an emptiness
she reached out a hand to touch it and disappeared

there is nothing
i want to become
Track Name: Coyote
watch for the coyotes on the edges of your vision
periphery will lead you to their den
the scent of freshest kill will leave you gasping, sides in stitches
but you are so much stronger than you know

cloak yourself in mud
douse your fur in mange
enter in the pact
keep the wolves at bay

feel the transformation come like thunder through your veins
rumble from the darkest depths within
frothing at the mouth, the bloodlust builds, you will give in
murderous intentions all you crave

slip out of your skin
in the moonlight bathe
become one of the pack
to be clean
to be saved

but i didn't know how much darkness was inside you
Track Name: Lamb
when you let my blood spill on this stone slab
what are you really sacrificing?
am i the one who is destined to suffer
or will your actions bring unrelenting torment?

i am rebirth
and you are destruction
i am the lamb
and you are the vermin
i am the truth
and you are deception
i am the lamb
and you are just human
Track Name: Wolf
i am the wolf
i am the beast
i am the scourge of man

i am the killer
i’m the plague
and i will have revenge

i am the last
of my breed
my home was long ago destroyed

i am the storm
i’m the eye
i am the calmness of death

when you hear me
my wrath will know no bounds
when you feel me bite
there will be no sound
when you see me
your heart will be in my teeth
when you taste it, you’ll know
bitter defeat

i am the wolf
i am the beast
i am the scourge of man

i am the killer
i’m the plague
and i have found revenge

i am the last
of my breed
my home was long ago destroyed

i am the storm
i’m the eye
i am the calmness of death

when you hear me
my wrath will know no bounds
when you feel me bite
there will be no sound
when you see me
your heart will be in my teeth
when you taste it, you’ll know
bitter defeat

i am alone because of you
no family throne, no bloodline
all by your hand, they fell, one by one
and with their bones, you built an empire

a hunter was born
in the midst of all the slaughter
i am the huntress
i am the daughter

your empire will burn
i’ll set your bloodline on fire
Track Name: Snake
you can not possibly know
how it feels
to be trapped in this body
bone and muscle
not my own
one day i will shed this skin
and be reborn

slithering lithely across the sand
leaving a trail for my nightly ghosts to follow
begging an audience with my past
promises echoing, empty and hollow

take me with you, that
i might see
languid, lurid,
sinful deeds

no faith in anything
don’t trust in me

simmering slowly, a bubbling rage
ready to burst at the seams, itching for violence
the intimacy of the blood, the kiss, the kill
with no thought of consequence
ravenous, poisonous, i, hidden below
strike with precision
venomous, poisonous, they, hidden within
make the excision

take me with you, that
i might see
languid, lurid,
sinful deeds

no faith in anything
don’t trust in me

[the blood, the blood, it’s in my blood]

flesh, bone, stone
spit, sweat, come
tooth, nail, horn
be reborn

i am the doubt that resides in your eyes
i am the mercy that keeps you alive
i am the worm at the core of your heart
i am the demon that waits in the dark
i am the past that you wish to dispose
i am the song that you can not compose
i am the fist when you take the abuse
i am the gallows, i am the noose

one day i will shed this weathered skin
one day i will be made new within

the blood, the blood, it’s in my blood
Track Name: Fox
dig your fingers deep into the earth
you will become the soil
nurturing the life that grows within

buried in your tomb, you will not want
you will not need the light
darkness guards you, hides you from our foes

in your dreamless sleep, it has begun
but you won’t feel a thing
worry not about the sting of pain

giving up is just like breathing water
let it fill your lungs
give in give in give in give in

chaos reigns
on this earth
we will wait
for rebirth

drown in all your dreams
thoughts possessed by fear
buried in your mind
the key becomes so clear

an army has amassed
assembled by my hand
poised to rise and fight
we shall reclaim this land

we are the children of the earth/soil
we grow, we feed, we mate, we die
we are the guardians of time
we grow, we feed, we mate, we die

we can not be stopped
Track Name: Mother
i have seen death within my dreams
his face is ghostly white
and he is of extensive means
he rides a horse of purest black
frothing at the mouth
it carries him to hell and back
war and famine by his side
and pestilence is never
very far behind

i know this is the end
my forests will all burn
the seas will boil over
to ash the air will turn
panic and death will grip
the people of the earth
but they’ve brought this upon themselves
and what was it all worth?
the price of violence, of greed, and of deceit?
the weight of all this suffering, of never finding peace?
and these four horsemen
who bring about such ills
shall drink the blood of innocence
and not a drop shall spill

i am the mother of fallen angels
my children spoken of
in fifty thousand fables
i am the mother of weeping strangers
abandoned by the world
in fear of silent danger
i am the mother of the faithless
i watch my children fall
to those who are nameless

and they will watch this planet burn
and we will get what we deserve
Track Name: Seed
take me to your nest of brambled branches
the thistle will caress my weathered skin
slowly falling as i enter
petals blooming from within
take me to your nest of brambled branches
honeysuckle sweetness draws me in

the sinews that surround me
that hold my heavy heart
the aching that encapsulates
my need to be a part of you
i will pledge my fealty
if you will be my queen
i will break the cycle
if you will keep me clean
the forest that surrounds us
protects us from the dark
the water that brings life to term
will nourish us as we embark
i will pledge my fealty
if you will be my queen
i will break the cycle
if you will keep me clean

we can build this together
honeycomb in the hive
we can build this together
from a seedling grows life

the water
will rise up
and drown us
in splendor

the trees
will breathe
the forest cradles the seed
the bees
will fly
the forest brings forth new life

cover me in honey
let me catch the flies
petals from your sweetest flower
cover up my eyes
wrap me in your branches
wrap me in your leaves
bury me beneath the ground
where i’ll become the seed