Monsters

by Ladyshark

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1.
Monsters 05:13
Lately I've been thinking about all the monsters that I've met Have we grown so close that my mirror has a monster in it You've been saying I'm not here when you need me most I'll try to avoid the hole I'll try to ignore the ghosts This fear has built a wall I'm trying to not fall Sometimes I cannot hide From all this pain inside Whoa oh oh oh oh Whoa oh oh oh oh Whoa oh oh oh oh Whoa oh oh oh oh I try to smile and nod at my white girl problems everyday Living in a fantasy slowly suffocating my anxiety away I'm so distant I can't see the sure things close to me I'm on the outside looking in at pretending to be free Could I be the monster I've been scared of for so long
2.
Your thoughts are driftwood, vacuous and dim Your judgment is lightening in your hymns You keep feeding this façade from within Your shame and guilt; in the grips of sin Love isn’t true if it has rules I’m not boarding your ship of fools Gender roles doesn’t equal democracy I wish you could set yourself free Attached to the dead man hanging from the wall Lamb of mercy, lamb of god I’m sure that I will fall Great expectations keep growing up so tall Hurtling straight to hell when my faith grows small Love isn’t true if it has rules I’m not boarding your ship of fools Gender roles doesn’t equal democracy I wish you could set yourself free You cast insults and judgement from your stage Don’t you think it’s time to turn a new page? Hate doesn't make you sexy I am not being defensive
3.
Two Sisters 07:25
We both felt the same pain Our souls bare constant stains A loss deep as an ocean Lives shredded by emotion It feels like we’ve always been an unlikely pair Travelling alone but still somehow right there Children torn apart to live our lives in dismay Two sisters lost each other on judgement day The death of a shared era Scars from common terrors We marched alongside elsewhere Transformed ties to our forebear It feels like we’ve always been an unlikely pair Travelling alone but still somehow right there Children torn apart to live our lives in dismay Two sisters lost each other on judgement day Sadness sunk into my bones I felt so scared, sad and alone I put on my best brave face It took me all I had not to be afraid It feels like we’ve always been an unlikely pair Travelling alone but still somehow right there Children torn apart to live our lives in dismay Two sisters lost each other on judgement day
4.
It’s 3am on New Year’s Day All the couples and the good ones have gone away Feel like I need a holiday The bar is empty so I might as well stay I meet a trans sexual stand-up comedian She’s as sad as a colour-blind chameleon I buy her a drink to help her stay for a few I hope to help her think her sadness through She says I’ll have a screwdriver I buy her more than two I ask what kind of drink is that She says it’s what gets her through I look her up online to see if she’s real She had a face like a celebrity but her lips were sealed She has a comic routine about a suicide note It seems pretty dark to treat that as a joke I hope she’s alright I still have her business card Being a trans sexual lesbian seems like it’s pretty hard Maybe someday some more souls will give her a break All society wants to do is be fake and take take take She says I’ll have a screwdriver I buy her more than two I ask what kind of drink is that She says it’s what gets her through It’s 3am on New Year’s Day All the couples and the good ones have gone away Feel like I need a holiday The bar is empty so I might as well stay
5.
Riot 02:55
What the hell is it to run like a girl? When is a job made for a man in the world? How can you make a woman scream? When you tell her she can't do anything! Hold back your tongue Gender roles are no fun Rebel against the rules Stop listening to fools Why do women get paid so much less Don't expect me to feel good in a dress We won't bow to your toxicity Our gender comes with fluidity Hold back your tongue Gender roles are no fun Rebel against the rules Stop listening to fools
6.
The air was thick and black. The lights were out. I tossed and turned. Listened to them shout. In the room down the hall. Their fight intensified. I was frozen in fear. Right where I lied. A little part of me died that night. So helpless in the shadow of their fight. I couldn’t mind my own and just sit tight. I’ve tried not to know with all my might. I marched into the room. I burst the door open. She gasped for air. His hands on her neck were frozen. I pushed him off. I told him to leave my mum alone. He slapped me across the face. To the floor I was thrown. A little part of me died that night. So helpless in the shadow of their fight. I couldn’t mind my own and just sit tight. I’ve tried not to know with all my might. He made a sea of lies. The police would come. He’d say they were just. Having an argument. He’d use a phonebook. To hide his blows. We were all his toys. The damage is permanent. A little part of me died that night. So helpless in the shadow of their fight. I couldn’t mind my own and just sit tight. I’ve tried not to know with all my might.
7.
Seance 06:03
A circle of youth Seeking the truth Dark shadows await Longing for bait We were so naïve and young Didn’t know what we’d begun Spirits lurking in the dark Fear tearing us apart Weakness twisting up our hearts Naïve children in a black art A figure in the night Pentagrams in white Rousing the nameless Obscure and faceless We were so naïve and young Didn’t know what we’d begun Spirits lurking in the dark Fear tearing us apart Weakness twisting up our hearts Naïve children in a black art The darkness never left Its presence is a test The shadows never rest They’re itching to divest We were so naïve and young Didn’t know what we’d begun Spirits lurking in the dark Fear tearing us apart Weakness twisting up our hearts Naïve children in a black art

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‘Monsters’ is written around the loose thematic implication of real-life monsters that challenge us on a daily basis. Themes explored in the album include: domestic violence, sexism, marginalization, freedom, supernatural forces, and religious prejudice.

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released December 15, 2016

Sarah Vardy - lyrics, vocals, guitar
Jane Boxall - back up vocals, drums, percussion

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Ladyshark Hempstead, New York

Ladyshark are a 3-piece, punk band currently based in New York. This all female trio uses guitar loops, bass, vocals and drums. Sarah Vardy is on guitar/guitar loops/lead vocals, Megan ‘Raygun’ Dillard is on bass/backup vocals and award winning percussionist Jane Boxall is on drums.
Ladyshark were Anu Sava. Anu Sava started out as a solo project from Sarah, front woman of Girl With Cake.
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