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Nude In Pearls

by red steppes

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Held this one back so I could release it on a cloudy day. Here we are!


Wax the pear, pass the wine
Pit the pale whale bone
Dust the wig, draw the blinds
Whet your crude white horn
On the parquet in our bloody drawers
The things we are obey the things we were

Shut the door, share the crop
Close you cold cudgel mouth
Toss the skin, skip the meal
Mend your thin muslin now
On the marble in our muddy shrouds
The things we are will make our mothers proud

If you can peel the grape
And you can wield your teeth
If when you sleep with me, I sleep easily
If you’re the easel or the honey bee
If you’re the seed
I’ll make you king

Clip the hawk, cage the hound
Hide the bald bear rug
Boil the pot, peel the beet
Bite your rude red tongue
Stark and naked on the new shaved lawn
The things they take from you must make you strong


released October 11, 2020
Recorded to tape at Tiny Telephone SF
Written by Nika Aila States
Production: James Riotto and Nika Aila States
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar: Nika Aila States
Electric Guitar: Mateo Lugo
Drums: Andrew Maguire
Keys: Rob Shelton


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red steppes Oakland, California

red steppes is a project by Californian songwriter and visual artist Nika Aila States.

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