B i o g r a p h y
 (by Official Press)

Torres knows the darkness. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter otherwise known as Mackenzie Scott waits until anything—an idea, an emotion, a memory—gnaws at her, tearing at her fingers and throat until she releases it in song.

Scott escaped the confines of her churning mind in order to find herself by recording Sprinter in the market town of Bridport in Dorset, England; and then at the Bristol studio of Portishead's Adrian Utley. With his guitar riffs and synthesizers lingering in the background like a lowland mist and PJ Harvey's Robert Ellis and Ian Olliver on rhythm—the two fortuitously reuniting 23 years after the release of Dry, and in Scott's 23rd year of living—she crafted a "space cowboy" record. "That's as simply as I can say it," says Scott, who cites inspirations as diverse as Funkadelic and Nirvana, Ray Bradbury and Joan Didion.

"I wanted something that very clearly stemmed from my Southern conservative roots but that sounded futuristic and space-y at the same time." It seems like an odd thing to look for in the picturesque seaside green, rolling hills in the south of England, but Scott had never been there before, and as a stranger in a strange land she found what she was looking for: a lost childhood. Sprinter was recorded in a room that had formerly been used as a children's nursery, which combined with the alien landscape fuels the self-searching that roils Torres' music. Following her self-titled debut in 2013, Torres pushes herself to even noisier extremes on Sprinter, a punishing self-examination of epic spiritual and musical proportions




Torres
- 2013-22-01 -



Mother Earth, Father God
Honey
Jealousy And I
November Baby
When Winter'
s Over
Chains
Moon & Back
Don'
t Run Away, Emilie
Come To Terms
Waterfall

Sprinter
- 2015-05-05 -



Strange Hellos
New Skin
Son, You Are No Island
A Proper Polish Welcome
Sprinter
Cowboy Guilt
Ferris Wheel
The Harshest Light
The Exchange

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

O Come All Ye Faithful
Special


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Torres

Mother Earth, Father God

I was born on bloody battleground
To the middleman between two realms
The hungry eyes linger as she twirls
Got her hands lifted to Heaven
And her toes dipped in Hell

O Mother Earth, O Father God
The demons wager on my fall
The greatest trick I ever saw
Was them fooling us to think they were never here at all

Should I be held responsible
That it's come to this
Was I blindsided after all
I knew beforehand of the kiss
Another copy paste from aotr
O Mother Earth, O Father God
The demons wager on my fall
The greatest trick I ever saw
Was them fooling us to think they were never here at all

Should I be held responsible
That it's come to this
Was I blindsided after all
I knew beforehand of the kiss
You always warned me of the kiss
I have been betrayed by a kiss

Honey

This cannot happen again
Twice in a year is too much
Heavy are you on my mind
Twice in a flush, it ain't enough

Honey
While you were ashing in your coffee
I was thinking 'bout telling you
What you've done to me
Another copy paste from aotr
Honey
Pretending like it never happened
Come over here and let me
Put you back together

Writing just to save my life
You stretch barelegged across each line
What ghost crawled inside my guitar
Don't move, just stay right where you are

I don't need to look
I'd know that voice anywhere
Everything hurts, but it's fine (it's fine)
Happens all the time
Oh happens all the time
Heavy are you on my mind
Heavy are you on my mind

Honey
While you were ashing in your coffee
I was thinking 'bout telling you
What you've done to me

Honey
Pretending like it never happened
Come over here and let me
Put you back together

Maybe some other time then
I'll come back again
Maybe some other time then
I'll come back again

Oh honey
While you were ashing in your coffee
I was thinking 'bout telling you
What you've done to me

Oh honey
Pretending like it never happened
Come over here and let me
Put you back together

Honey
While you were ashing in your coffee
I was thinking 'bout telling you
What you've done to me

Oh honey
Pretending like it never happened
Come over here and let me
Put you back together

Honey
While you were ashing in your coffee
I was thinking 'bout telling you
What you've done to me

Honey
Pretending like it never happened
Come over here and let me
Put you back together

Maybe some other time then
I'll come back again
Maybe some other time then
I'll come back again

Jealousy And I

What am I supposed to say, babe
I'll be up all night to tell the truth
Would you really have a stranger in your bed
Rather than let someone like me take care of you

It's no one's problem but my own
I think I've always cared too much
I'm suffocating you, I know
It's just the only way I know to love
Know to love

Jealousy gets me sometimes
But I don't mind, no I don't mind
Jealousy gets me sometimes
But I don't mind, no I don't mind
Another copy paste from aotr
'Cause Jealousy and I
We're two of a kind
And she's all mine
She's all mine

You don't owe me anything
But you've got to spell it out for me
'Cause if you're saying things that you don't mean
Then you don't really want me at your feet
At your feet

Jealousy gets me sometimes
But I don't mind, no I don't mind
Jealousy gets me sometimes
But I don't mind, no I don't mind

'Cause Jealousy and I
We're two of a kind
And she's all mine
She's all mine
She's all mine
She's all mine

I'll never let her go
I'll never let her go
Never let her go
I'll never let her go

'Cause Jealousy gets me sometimes
But I don't mind, no I don't mind
Jealousy gets me sometimes
But I don't mind, no I don't mind

'Cause Jealousy and I
We're two of a kind
And she's all mine
She's all mine
She's all mine
She's all mine

November Baby

This skin hangs on me like a lampshade
Keeping all my light at bay
That night I banged at Winter's doorstep
For just a look at your face
Another copy paste from aotr
Let me in, I said
I know someone inside
I just haven't met them yet
November, please, don't make me beg

Your big sad eyes
Your crooked smile
Your gapped teeth
Your widow's peak
Oh my November baby

Now everywhere I go I see you
When I walk and when I sleep
I hear you on the tongues of strangers
I hang on every word they speak

I try to be just where you are
But Summer takes you far from me
So just for now I'll place an angel
Atop an early Christmas tree

Your big sad eyes
Your crooked smile
Your gapped teeth
Your widow's peak
Oh my November baby
Oh my November baby

Your big sad eyes
Your crooked smile
Your gapped teeth
Your widow's peak
Oh my November baby
Oh my November baby

When Winter's Over

There are cracks in the wall
Giving me only slivers of the sun
I remember it all
Truths being told as soon as our minds were gone

Don't tell me there's no way
Your mind will change
Even the leaves grow weary
Of the trees from which they came

You can't hang onto something
If it's gone and lost its color
So go find someplace warm
I'll still be here when winter's over
Another copy paste from aotr
You always made my head spin
More than the whiskey on our lips
I just needed thicker skin
To help me loosen up my grip

Don't tell me there's no way
Your mind will change
Even the leaves grow weary
Of the trees from which they came

You can't hang onto something
If it's gone and lost its color
So go find someplace warm
I'll still be here when winter's over

Go find someplace warm
I'll still be here when winter's over
Go find someplace warm
I'll still be here when winter's over
Go find someplace warm
I'll still be here when winter's over
Go find someplace warm
I'll still be here when winter's over

Don't tell me there's no way
Your mind will change
Even the leaves grow weary
Of the trees from which they came

You can't hang onto something
If it's gone and lost its color
So go find someplace warm
I'll still be here when winter's over

Chains

This was more than I had bargained for
They struck gold and beelined for the door
Now I'll make me o'er from head to floor
If I don't find me soon I won't be searching anymore

'Cause I am starving for the truth
So feed me something real while I've got youth left in my veins
I believe I knew it all along
But you're the only one that didn't try to tell me I was wrong

So soon, so soon, so soon
I will run
But until then I'll sit and let you saw, saw away
Till my chains are gone
Another copy paste from aotr
Fool me once and I won't make a sound
Fool me twice, there's shame to go around
But I fooled myself for my whole life
Let me be the first to say these feet never left the ground

And now I'm starving for the truth
So feed me something real while I've got youth left in my veins
I believe I knew it all along
But you're the only one that didn't try to tell me I was wrong

So soon, so soon, so soon
I will run
But until then I'll sit and let you saw, saw away
Till my chains are gone
My chains are gone
Gone
My chains are gone

Don't give up on me just yet
Don't give up on me just yet
Don't give up on me just yet
Don't give up on me just yet

And I'm starving for the truth
So feed me something real while I've got youth left in my veins
I believe I knew it all along
But you're the only one that didn't try to tell me I was wrong

So soon, so soon, so soon
I will run
But until then I'll sit and let you saw, saw away
Till my chains are gone
Till my chains are gone
My chains are gone
Till my chains are gone
Till my chains are gone
Till my chains are gone
Gone
Gone
Gone
Gone
Gone
Gone
Gone

Moon & Back

Little baby, if you're reading this
You're probably all grown
The way most babies do
I'm sure your eyes are still that pretty blue

I'm writing to you
From 1991
The year I gave you to
A momma with a girl and son
Another copy paste from aotr
Please, don't look at this like a hit and run
In a breath I felt you leaving like the setting sun
Life just thought that I should draw the shortest straw
But, little baby, for a short time I had you to break my fall, fall, fall

Your new daddy, yeah he loves you, too
To the moon and back he said
When I laid you in his arms
And he kissed your soft blonde head

Please, don't look at this like a hit and run
In a breath I felt you leaving like the setting sun
Life just thought that I should draw the shortest straw
But, little baby, for a short time I had you to break my fall, fall, fall

Your new family knows I did this all for you
Maybe one day you'll believe it, too

Please, don't look at this like a hit and run
In a breath I felt you leaving like the setting sun
Life just thought that I should draw the shortest straw
But, little baby, for a short time I had you to break my

Please, don't look at this like a hit and run
In a breath I felt you leaving like the setting sun
Life just thought that I should draw the shortest straw
But, little baby, for a short time I had you to break my

Don't Run Away, Emilie

Empty talk and angry lies
Had made a home behind my eyes
They told me they were here to stay
And I believed them till the day

I saw you smile
Your kindest eyes were laughing
And for the first time
This place felt like home

Don't run away, Emilie
Please, don't try and get out now
Dream of angels, Emilie
I need you 'cause you see me somehow

I don't feel the need today
For my usual masquerade
I threw away the pedestal
I'd rather have what's real
Another copy paste from aotr
And when I saw you smile
Your kindest eyes were laughing
And for the first time
This place felt like home

Don't run away, Emilie
Please, don't try and get out now
Dream of angels, Emilie
I need you 'cause you see me

I wanna tell you everything
I wanna tell you everything
I'll be the truest one you know
If you'll stay awhile

Don't run away, Emilie
Please, don't try and get out now
Dream of angels, Emilie
I need you 'cause you see me

Don't run away, Emilie
Please, don't try and get out now
Dream of angels, Emilie
I need you 'cause you see me somehow

Come To Terms

These lives are so contrived
And out of focus
But if I can derive some happiness from this
Then I'll have made it out alive

'Cause people always change
But ain't always changing for the better
And just because the two of us
Will both grow old in time
Don't mean we should grow old together
So I'll be sure to turn my back
On everything you said you'd do
I'm gonna come to terms
Before I have to

Been keeping all my time
In my back pocket
Taking from it only what I need to be
Whoever I'm supposed to be

But when I look at you
I get so lonely
I used to just adore you
But now you bore me
Another copy paste from aotr
'Cause people always change
But ain't always changing for the better
And just because the two of us
Will both grow old in time
Don't mean we should grow old together
So I'll be sure to turn my back
On everything you said you'd do
I'm gonna come to terms
Before I have to

I'll never know
If looking out the window
Is what brings me to my knees
Or if it's what's inside that's killing me
That's killing me

'Cause people always change
But ain't always changing for the better
And just because the two of us
Will both grow old in time
Don't mean we should grow old together
So I'll be sure to turn my back
On everything you said you'd do
I'm gonna come to terms
I'm gonna come to terms
Before I have to

Waterfall

The rocks below, they bare their teeth
They all conspire to set me free
I sip my tea and contemplate
All the possibilities

Oh waterfall
Do you ever think
Maybe it'll all be
Better in the morning

From way up here
It looks so calm
Do you ever make it halfway down and think
God, I never meant to jump at all

The water flings itself
From the devil edge so easily
It doesn't hesitate
Or wonder if it's doing the right thing
Another copy paste from aotr
No world-class dancer could compete
My head conspires to set me free

Oh waterfall
Do you ever think
Maybe it'll all be
Better in the morning

From way up here
It looks so calm
Do you ever make it halfway down and think
God, I never meant to jump at all

Nowhere to go but down
Nothing to do but drown
Nowhere to go but down
Nothing to do but drown

Oh waterfall
Do you ever think
Maybe it'll all be
Better in the morning

From way up here
It looks so calm
Do you ever make it halfway down and think

Oh waterfall
Do you ever think
Maybe it'll all be
Better in the morning

From way up here
It looks so calm
Do you ever make it halfway down and think
God, I never meant to jump at all

SPRINTER

Strange Hellos

Heather, I'm sorry that your mother
Deceased in the brain
Cannot recall your name
Heather, I've dreamt that I forgave
That only comes in waits
I hate you all the same

I was all for being real
But if I don't believe, then no one will
What's mine isn't really yours
But I hope you find what you're looking for

Beg her, blow in her face
Toward changing, never take
But I'm with you, I deflate
I love you all the same
I love you all the same
Another copy paste from aotr
I was all for being real
But if I don't believe, then no one will
What's mine isn't really yours
But I hope you find what you're looking for

Strange hellos are not my beg
Better never having that
Strange hellos are not my beg
Better never having that

I was all for being real
But if I don't believe, then no one will
What's mine isn't really yours
But I hope you find what you're looking for

I was all for being real
But if I don't believe, then no one will
What's mine isn't really yours
But I hope you find what you're looking for

New Skin

Lay off me, would you
I'm just trying to take this new skin for a spin
Pray for me, would you
I'm just nervous 'bout my family filing in
Ready to wrap me up
Ready to love me in this new skin I'm filling in

Who's that trying to speak for me
What is it that they claim to be
A child of God much like yourself
You will find me right where I fell

I am a tired woman
In January I will just be twenty-three
In Kansas City I was undressed
And bested by an airtight floor
Then it said, "By the power in me vested"
And wrapped me in this new skin I'm dying for

Who's that trying to speak for me
What kind of love do they claim to be
A child of God much like yourself
You'll still find me right where I fell

Who's that trying to speak for me
What kind of love do they claim to be
A child of God much like yourself
You'll still find me right where I fell
Another copy paste from aotr
The darkness fears
What darkness knows
But if you've never known the darkness
Then you're the one who fears the most

The darkness fears
What darkness knows
But if you've never known the darkness
Then you're the one who fears the most

The darkness fears
What darkness knows
But if you've never known the darkness
Then you're the one who fears the most

But if you do not know the darkness
Then you're the one who fears the most
But if you do not know the darkness
Then you're the one I fear the most

Son, You Are No Island

Son, you are no island
You don't get to choose what stays or goes
Son, you're not a man yet
Until your yes, is yes and no, follows

Son, you are no mountain
You and the sky aren't seeing eye to eye
Son, you're not a man yet
You're just a first born feelings left behind

Son, you are no ocean
Your sunken gold pervades your salty bows
Son you're not a man yet
You, dove to save a child that must be drowned
You drowned to save yourself
You drowned to save yourself

Son, you are no chasm
Your void holds no mystique to be unearthed
Son, you're not a man yet
No womans arms could carry out your words
No, not even hers
No, not even hers
Another copy paste from aotr
Son, you are no river
Your currents don't run steady as she goes
Son, you're not a man yet
You fucked with a woman who would know
I would know, I would
I would know, I would know
I would, I would know
I would know, I would
I would know, I would know
I would

A Proper Polish Welcome

Oh January, keep a secret for me
Only Poseidon knows what I've seen
If you ask me, she was never there
They ask how is it, I carry you everywhere
Everywhere

Heavy hands, she moves
Slowly, steadily
Pale legs
Straddling the seat

Aboard a floating savior
What does language mean
It was a proper Polish welcome
A proper Polish welcome
Another copy paste from aotr
A shift of the table, a slip of the tongue
Silence and then a muffled "Oh my God"
I was the first to laugh, she followed suit
Rocking and holy, we came two by two
We came two by two

Heavy hands, she moves
Slowly, steadily
Pale legs
Straddling the seat

Aboard a floating savior
What does country mean
It was a proper Polish welcome
A proper Polish welcome

I wish I was the sea
I wish I was the sea
She was straddling the sea
I wish I was the sea

Heavy hands, she moves
Slowly, steadily
Pale legs
Straddling the seat

Aboard a floating savior
What does language mean
It was a proper Polish welcome
A proper Polish welcome

Sprinter

Word of life on savagery
I picked it up and took a swing
My pastor told us, "Don't you worry
Even Zacchaeus found his glory"

I was a sprinter then
Living decedent

Pastor lost his position
Went down for pornography
So I found myself some ground to stand
Bound to be the better man

'Cause I was a sprinter then
Living decedent
Another copy paste from aotr
Wound up in a holding pattern
Circled my landing in a lather
Unnerved I laughed, I planned the snag
Then went down for a decedent

'Cause I was a sprinter then
And I am decedent
I was a sprinter then
And I am decedent

There's freedom to and freedom from
Freedom to run from everyone
There's freedom to and freedom from
Freedom to run from everyone

While what I did is what is done
The baptist in me chose to run
But if there's still time to choose the sun
I'll choose the sun, I'll choose the sun

I'll run it back, I'll choose the sun
I'll run it back to everyone
If there's still time, I'll choose the sun
I'll run it back to everyone

Cowboy Guilt

We spend our only season
On a mattress sleeping
With our best friend
We donned our winter livers
With weary resignation
Three southern spines to the wind

Wrapped in my Sunday best with
The king of Fort Worth, Texas
Wrapped in my Sunday best with
The king of Fort Worth, Texas

You had us in stitches
With your George W impressions
You sang of reparations
With the Native Americans

You donned your cowboy guilt
You donned your cowboy guilt
We drowned our winter livers
With bleary expectation
Three southern spines to the end
Another copy paste from aotr
I was queen and protected
Wrapped in my Sunday best with
The king of Fort Worth, Texas

I was queen and protected
Wrapped in my Sunday best with
The king of Fort Worth, Texas

Ferris Wheel

Do I have reason to be spared
Crying over something I never had
You borrowed my car a couple times
You don't like me, you just like my ride

You hide behind glasses and music and wit
You laugh at yourself and then roll cigarettes
There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do
To show you that I've got the sadness, too
To show you that I've got the sadness, too
Another copy paste from aotr
I talk about you like mine
My friends just laugh and roll their eyes
When I tell them I don't mind the way it feels
To ride an empty ferris wheel

You hide behind glasses and music and wit
You laugh at yourself and then roll cigarettes
There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do
To show you that I've got the sadness, too
To show you that I've got the sadness, too

You hide behind glasses and music and wit
You laugh at yourself and then roll cigarettes
There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do
To show you that I've got the sadness, too
To show you that I've got the sadness, too

The Harshest Light

Get in line, take your time
It's a lot to decide
Tell me how much truth would you like to buy
But chew and swallow it good
Coffee to chase the mirror down
Lost, I was not ready for what I found

It was all in my mind
And my body was fine
But try as I might
I could not hide
Another copy paste from aotr
And my eyes were wide
And I stepped into the harshest
Light
Light

Rose of red and ill fame
All alone with my brain
Just a misguided woman in Amsterdam
You always said, "Eat up my body
And you will see"
But eat of that tree and you will be free of me

It was all in my mind
And my body was fine
But try as I might
I could not hide

And my eyes were wide
And I stepped into the harshest
Light
Light

I stepped into the harshest light (light, light)
I stepped into the harshest light (light, light)

The Exchange

My mother lost her mother twice
Once in '54, then later in life
The exchange was quick and quiet
The records sealed, the names made private
Her search began and ended with a judge
Her papers had been claimed in a freak basement flood
An entire family tree
An eternal privacy

Underwater, underwater
I am afraid to see my heroes age
I am afraid of disintegration
If you're not here, I cannot be here for you
If you're not here, I cannot be alone
Mother, father, I'm underwater
And I don't think you can pull me out of this
Another copy paste from aotr
There's virgin oil painted over my door
And hotel soap from every city
Lined up in my window
Blew my per diem on an eighth of Blue Dream
So I can breathe, but I still can't breathe
Around my mouth, brown paper bag
Founding fathers on my back

I'm no martyr, I'm no martyr
I'm just afraid to see my heroes age
I am afraid of disintegration
If you're not here, I cannot be here for you
If you're not here, I cannot be alone
Mother, father, I'm underwater
Underwater, underwater

I've so much that I want to sing
But there's no room for toothbrushes and poetry
I pray to Jesus Christ incessantly
I shine my shoes for the fat lady
I'm still underwater, I'm underwater

Underwater, underwater
I am afraid to see my heroes age
I am afraid of disintegration
If you're not here, I cannot be here for you
If you're not here, I cannot be alone
Mother, father, I'm underwater
And I don't think you can pull me out of this

I will no longer claim to know
Where we go when it's time to go
But when you go, will I go too
When you go, I am going too

I'm underwater, I'm underwater
Mother, father, I'm underwater
I'm underwater, I'm underwater
Mother, father, I'm underwater

Non Albums Tracks

O Come All Ye Faithful

(Christmas carol)

O Come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels
Another copy paste from aotr
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Sing, choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
Sing all the citizens of Heaven above
Glory to God
Glory in the Highest

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Special

(Garbage)

I, I'm living without you
I, I know all about you
I have run you down into the ground
Spread disease about you over town

I, I used to adore you
I, I couldn't control you
There was nothing that I wouldn't do
To keep myself around and close to you

I thought you were special
But I've run out of patience

I, I, I, I

I thought you were special
Another copy paste from aotr
I used to amuse you
I knew that I'd lose you
Now you're here and begging for a chance
There's no way in hell I'd take you back

I thought you were special
I've run out of patience
I'm tired of the violence
I'm tired of the violence

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