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Alice Phoebe Lou - Witches

[Verse 1]
You've got this golden way of making my body sway
Of making my mind fly away, of making it fly
It's the world I love to be in
Come on, let's go high above the ceiling
Oh, we could be feeling, oh, what we could be feeling

[Chorus]
I'm one of those witches, babe
I'm one of those witches, babe
Just don't try to save me, 'cause
I don't wanna be saved
I'm one of those witches, babe
I'm one of those witches, babe
Just don't try to save me, 'cause
I don't wanna be saved

[Verse 2]
Me, I've got my own little magic
And I'm not trying to wreak havoc
It's just that sometimes I see something and I just need to have it
Let's share a few dirty habits (Dirty habits)
Let's share a few dirty habits (Ooh)
Last night when you pulled through
I put a spell on the moon
It was three times the size in your moon-lit eyes
And I sang you an old tune
Mom sang me when I was half the size
And I looked at you and your moon-lit eyes
And your moon-lit eyes
And your moon-lit eyes
And your moon-lit eyes
And your moon-lit eyes
And your moon-lit eyes
[Chorus]
I'm one of those witches, babe
I'm one of those witches, babe
Just don't try to save me, 'cause
I don't wanna be saved
I'm one of those witches, babe
I'm one of those witches, babe
Just don't try to save me, 'cause
I don't wanna be saved

In “Witches”, the 2020 single by the South African, Berlin-based singer-songwriter Phoebe Alice Lou, the soundscape has been elevated. Synths are at the forefront, cosmic and summery, and a fast-paced drum beat gallops hyperactively throughout. The distinctive vocals, akin to the likes of Molly Burch and Jessica Pratt, remain the driving force- high pitched and hypnotic like a wolf calling under the moon. Witches- in popular culture, folklore, or religion- signify a kind of female empowerment that, whether perceived positively, stylistically, or negatively, is about taking ownership of oneself and working with nature. In a shift that sees Alice Phoebe Lou (who refuses to sign a record deal) presenting an arguably bolder sound, the reference to witches is predictable but also appropriate. Lyrically there’s both dependence and independence, the power of being attached to someone/something but keeping level-headed about it- ‘You’ve got this golden way of making my body sway/ Of making my mind fly away’ she tunefully starts off before repeating in the chorus ‘just don’t try and save me because I don’t wanna be saved.’ - Francesca Rose, Atwood Magazine

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