Molten Rock

by VanWyck

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"Exquisite songwriting" - Chris Douridas, KCRW.com
"Excellent, enigmatic" - TheAutumnRoses.com

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released December 28, 2019

All songs written by Christine Oele
Except The Boatman Calls & Be It to the End music co-written by Reyer Zwart
Produced by Reyer Zwart and Frans Hagenaars
Recorded and mixed by Frans Hagenaars at SSE Noord
Mastered by Darius van Helfteren at Amsterdam Mastering
Sleeve design: Floor Koomen
Image: Amie Dicke
Profile Picture: Jitske Schols

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VanWyck Amsterdam, The Netherlands

With her smoky vocals and strong lyrics Amsterdam singer-songwriter VanWyck has drawn comparisons with Leonard Cohen and Nathalie Merchant. Her debut album
'An Average Woman' was released in 2018 to raving reviews. Her second album 'Molten Rock' is also reaching an international audience with the single 'Carolina's Anatomy' featured as Today's Top Tune at KCRW in Los Angeles.
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Track Name: Supermarket Line
Supermarket Line

They’re making babies on the
television I can see the bombs drop
in the intermission someone tries to
sell me a new lipgloss while I’m
waiting in the supermarket line

The alcoholic in front of me buys a
salad to go with his bottle of red and
the two beers that he needs early in
the morning before the
supermarket line

I am thinking about my babies need
to hurry home and maybe fix them
something fast to eat and not forget
the neighbours need a hand with
the trashcan in the supermarket line

And the candy wrappers shine like
jewels that you don’t notice anymore
Mama said there ain’t nothing to it
These are the ways my girl

These are the ways of the world
There ain’t nothing you can do about
it girl. Watch it burn, bust and go up
in smoke while the anchorman makes
another joke

The cashier winks at me because
the alcoholic forgot all his change
and as we both call him back he
turns and smiles and says he’s sorry
to the supermarket line

I mimic that’s okay, not in a hurry
anyway while the students behind me
keep on discussing how to best get to
the party after the supermarket line

And the candy wrappers shine like
jewels that you don’t notice anymore
Mama said there ain’t nothing to it
These are the ways my girl

These are the ways of the world
There ain’t nothing you can do about
it girl. Watch it burn, bust and go up
in smoke while the anchorman makes
another joke
Track Name: Lead me on
I seek shelter from the rain between
the houses, I hide far away from cold
and bitter streets. Don’t know if I will
reach my destination, I have so much
going against me

But I keep my eyes fixed on a far
horizon and I keep my hands tied to
the steering wheel. Even if I didn’t
make much of my assets, maybe one
day you will set me free

Lead me on, lift me up
Take me home, I will follow
In your arms, I belong
I have known it for so long

They say you have turned away from
all the faithless, they say your eyes
shied away from all our shame
But I find your face reflected on the
Pavement and I feel you when I’m
walking through the rain

And when I reach my hand up to the
next compassion. Someone’s bound
to look down at me pretty soon.
I know they don’t like it when I meet
their gazes, so I keep my eyes fixed
firmly at my shoes

Lead me on, lift me up
Take me home, I will follow
In your arms, I belong
I have known it for so long

Christine Oele: vocals, acoustic guitar
Reyer Zwart: bass guitar, piano, backing vocals
Rowin Tettero: drums
Marjolein van der Klauw: backing vocals
Sander Donkers: electric guitar, backing vocals
Track Name: Rock Carver
They say I was born
Under a plastic light
With a knife clenched in my fist
And as I opened my eyes
I saw my father cry
Oh lord, what kind of mess is this

Now all the good stuff don’t come
easy, even when you think you’ve
got it made baby better watch out
For I was born to be a rock carver
And I’m coming to carve you out

They speak of your heart
How you locked it up
In a fortress made of stone
And though my hands are soft
And my voice is worn
Be sure my blade is sharp

Now all the good stuff don’t come
easy, even when you think you’ve
got it made baby better watch out
For I was born to be a rock carver
And I’m coming to carve you out
Track Name: Make of Me
Make of me
What you please
It’s plain to see
I fit into most forms
My flesh is weak
I bend easily
Abundantly
If that’s what you need

So babe roll your window down fast
Let’s make a deal that will last
You can have your sense of pride
I’ll see the truth from both sides

I will shift
shapes and opposites
They’ve always attracted me
The space in between
Let me buy
You back your precious time
Just close your eyes
And find what you lost

So babe roll your window down fast
Let’s make a deal that will last
You can have your sense of pride
I’ll see the truth from both sides

Oh baby don’t hesitate
Take your chance now
I’ll come a-ravishing
If ravishing is your style

Babe roll your window down fast
Let’s make a deal that will last
You can have your sense of pride
I’ll see the truth from both sides
Track Name: Carolina's Anatomy
Carolina's Anatomy

Carolina dances on the roof beneath the starlight
as she sways to the beat of the drum machine
Holds her hands out to the sky, lets all worry pass her by
she sways to the beat of the drum machine
Have you ever been this close to feeling no remorse
and being where you want to be

Carolina smiles and opens her eyes
as she sways to the beat of the drum machine
Turns her shoulders bare and tosses her hair
and it sways to the beat of the drum machine
Have you ever been this close to feeling no remorse
and being where you want to be

Carolina, Carolina, Carolina, Carolina

Carolina’s hips they do a certain little twist
where you can almost get your head around.
Let’s her twirling legs move along the edge
to where the music is not that loud
Have you ever been this close to feeling no remorse
and being where you want to be

Carolina, Carolina, Carolina, Carolina

Carolina’s feet then move to your seat
Where she sits down next to you
Takes your hand, lifts it to her lips
And with the softest kiss
She gets you there
Track Name: High School Gym Wall
They painted your picture
On the high school gym wall
Your eyes as big as baskets
Your smile the size of a goal
If I could I would
Stay there all night
Watch the shades turn to ghosts
That dance in a waning moonlight
I’d rub my feet
Along the concrete
Spread out my hands on the floor
We will be one, once more

They made your eyes sparkle
With a nine-pointed star
In blue and silver paints
That glow up in the dark
If I could I would
Dive right into
And drift away upon your seas
To never ever return
I’d rub my feet
Along the concrete
Spread out my hands on the floor
We will be one, once more

The ceiling breaks open
The night sky calls
The darkness is endless
The stars shine cold
The dance floor is empty
So come on my love
I’ll breathe live back into you heart

They painted your picture
On the high school gym wall
Your hair forever flowing in the wind
Your smile to die for
Track Name: Be it to the End
He wakes me in the morning
With a gun in his hand
Tells me he has to go
And must make his way fast
He lifts me from the bed
And kisses my hair
As I lock my arms around him
I whisper in his ear

Be it to the end my darling
I will go
Be it to the end my darling
I will follow

He slowly shakes his head
Puts his hand across my mouth
We listen to the wind
Stirring in the south
And as he kisses my neck
He tells me he knows best
Where he goes no one follows
But I’m not so sure of that

Be it to the end my darling
I will go
Be it to the end my darling
I will follow
Track Name: Breakfast Room Revelation
I find you in the breakfast room
You’re sipping orange juice
There’s a cigarette behind your ear

As the waiters make their haste
Stacking plates high upon plates
I feel the earth shake

Are those your shoulders is it true
Your hands, your scars
Your fingers too, how I know it

And it’s so good
To look at you
If I’m dreaming
Won’t nobody wake me
Cause it’s so good
To be with you
If I’m in some kind of spell
Don’t break it
Just make it
Last for a while
Last for a while
Last for a while

You look at me and smile and say hi
baby, sorry that it took me a while
You got caught up you say and it was
all some big mistake

Then you stand and make your way
towards the self-service buffet and
ask me if I want some bread or fruit
you say they got good coffee too if
I’d want it

And it’s so good to look at you
And it’s so good
To look at you
If I’m dreaming
Won’t nobody wake me
Cause it’s so good
To be with you
If I’m in some kind of spell
Don’t break it
Just make it
Last for a while
Last for a while
Last for a while

Your off-white linen shirt and your
off-white linen pants hang from
your perfect frame just like
you’re floating on air

It’s nobody’s fault you say
no, no one is to blame
you’re just glad to be back again
and this time you are gonna stay
Track Name: The Boatman Calls
Watch the sun break on the wide
lake, where the white bird is
washing its feathers
Watch the waves roll over the grey
stones, where your feet search
the edges

There’s nothing to fear love
The current is strong
Out in the distance
The boatman calls

Come on, come on, come on,
come on, come on pretty maidens
Let down, let down, let down
let down, let down your hair
Undo, undo, undo, undo, undo
the ribbons.
Let go, let go of the shore.

Feel the soft wind on your bare
skin, before you break through
the surface
And the waves part and the weeds
slide as the swell lifts you onwards

There’s nothing to fear love
The current is strong
Out in the distance
The boatman calls

Come on, come on, come on,
come on, come on pretty maidens
Let down, let down, let down
let down, let down your hair
Undo, undo, undo, undo, undo
the ribbons.
Let go, let go of the shore.
Track Name: Like an Ambush
Your love lies
like an ambush
in the dark
A coat of iron cast
around your heart

But mine are arrows
soft and smooth like silk
They’ll find your weakest spot
within a blink, their tips so sharp
that you won’t feel a thing

I have hunted you down
I have found you at last
Past the mountains blue
And the lake of glass

I have cut through the cords
I have untied the clasps
From my golden bow
And the arrowhead

So come on my love
Give yourself up
There’s nowhere to run to
but into my arms
Track Name: The Rock Steady Creeper
I have no truth to tell
My lips are sealed
My legs steady
Besides you know me well
I don’t pretend
I have no secrets
You know how they call me
You know what they say
You know what they whisper
about me?

I am the rock steady creeper
The slow reaper
The time bender
The soul mender
So give me your lies
I will eat them
Twist them and breed them
Turn them and bend them
Until I mend them

I have no faith to lose
My slate is blank
My pockets empty
Besides you don’t get to choose
The pack is stacked
The dice are heavy
You know how they call me
You know what they say
You know what they whisper
about me

I am the rock steady creeper
The slow reaper
The time bender
The soul mender
So give me your lies
I will eat them
Twist them and breed them
Turn them and bend them
Until I mend them

Ain’t nobody gonna set you free
Ain’t nobody babe but good old me
Ain’t nobody gonna read your mind
Ain’t nobody got that kind of time
Ain’t nobody gonna set you free
Ain’t nobody babe but good old me
Track Name: Molten Rock
They came from far and wide
Over the oceans they sailed
They took me by surprise

They didn't ask my name
Jumped into my rivers bare
They knew no fear nor shame

Was it the gold
That ran through my veins
Was it the snow
That covered my peaks
Was it the dust
That rolled down my plains
Or the rocks I hid underneath
That made them forget

That my heart is soft
Like molten rock
Pumping blood
in gushes, it rushes
Through my limbs
From deep within
And my skin will breathe fire

They dug and scraped and raked
Scratched down every crack
They hacked and pushed and ripped

And though I cannot hide
I can be still and wait
Oh, I will bide my time

With the gold
That runs through my veins
The snow that covers my peaks
The dust that rolls down my plains
And the rocks I hide underneath
To make them forget

That my heart is soft
Like molten rock
Pumping blood
in gushes, it rushes
Through my limbs
From deep within
And my skin will breathe fire

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