Lucretia's Daggers

Lucretia's Daggers

 Watertown, Massachusetts, USA
BandAlternativeRock

With a namesake derived from '80s cult band The Sisters of Mercy, Shakespeare/Livy-penned poetic biography, and 16th c. Borgia legend, Boston's Lucretia's Daggers have blended darkwave, synthpop, and futuristic metal with haunting female vocals in their "dark lyrical electro-rock for the apocalypse"

Biography

With a namesake derived from '80s cult band The Sisters of Mercy, Shakespeare/Livy-penned poetic biography, and 16th c. Borgia legend, Boston, Massachusetts' musicians Lucretia's Daggers blend darkwave, synthpop, and ambient metal with dramatic female vocals and have brought an arty touch to their "dark lyrical electro-rock for the apocalypse" since August 2001.

As of April 2013, Lucretia's Daggers is evil guitarist Aza'zel, electro-acoustic drum master Franssen Haas, bassist Donni Darko, enchanting keyboardist Zenobia Veritas, and the band’s founder and lush lyricist/vocalist Lucretia X. Machina.

Lyrics

Scapegoat

Written By: All lyrics © Lauri A. Murphy 1990-2007

Scapegoat
Make me your toxic dumping ground
A wasteland of all your fears,
Pour your tragic face on me,
Drain from me your hapless tears

A vessel of amnesia
An urn of deadened lies,
A box of broken promises
Built by trusting eyes

Make me your willing pin cushion,
Your voodoo doll of delight,
Bounce me on your knee in day
And tie me up at night.

A scratching post for wanton claws,
A sponge for well-springs deep,
A crutch for all your shattered dreams—
I reject these while I sleep

Oh when will take your fears and rage,
Your tragic face, your well-spring tears?
When will you heed that angry flame,
Extinguish lies and your schizophrenic ways?

Sad and silly-sweet little man,
Pollute my flowerbed no more,
Neutralize your hazardous bile,
Or keep the toxics inside your doors.

[back to music]

Drawn & Quartered
When I met you
I wanted a friend
Not looking for romance
But to start again
You offered me comfort
I offered my home
You said that you loved me
And then you stayed too long

My heart’s been drawn and quartered
Dreams have seen the night
A twister on the water
Emotions bottled tight
Can’t hold
these feelings
Down
Can’t drown
These tears
Now.

When I loved you
I gave you my heart,
My body, my trust, and
You tore it apart
You took from the coffers
You claimed you did not
The lies made me crazy
And they happened a lot

My heart’s been drawn and quartered
Dreams have seen the night
A twister on the water
Emotions bottled tight
Can’t hold
these feelings
Down
Can’t drown
These tears
Now.

When I wed you
I was unaware
Looking for answers
But they weren't there
You promised me freedom
I wanted to relief
But I waited for six years
And now I don’t believe.

My heart’s been drawn and quartered
Dreams have seen the night
A twister on the water
Emotions bottled tight
Can’t hold
these feelings
Down
Can’t drown
These tears
Now.

When I left you
I was stripped bare
Looking for solace
And to be repaired
I sought out a counselor
You found another wife
I’m better without you
Because I’ve got my life.

My heart’s been drawn and quartered
Dreams have seen the night
A twister on the water
Emotions bottled tight
Can’t hold
these feelings
Down
Can’t drown
These tears
Now.
Can’t hold these feelings…
Now, I am here for me
to move on.

Lost Lovers

Written By: All lyrics © Lauri A. Murphy 1990-2007

Such a pretty poison
What a lovely face
When you do your snake-charmin'
My sleeping being you'd shake awake

Happy evil angel
Seductive as a saint
Like Loki, you would lead me,
Like a lover, I would wait

I'm as innocent as Adam
And his woe-begotten mate
You're the taint that's come between us
But now I've smote the snake

For him, the hapless image
Of conscience gone astray
I've no words for the perversion
Of the fullness you'd deflate

A bouquet full of flowers:
Roses, apples, grapes
A Bacchanalian feast I'd bring
My heart upon a plate

Sweetly you would drink of me
Drain me of my face
Yours, a ruddy visage
Complete vampiric grace

For the taste of sacred liquid
I'd drink until I'm sate
For that wine in selfish sorrow
A perfect victim I would make

But leave me with my soul intact
Let not division be my fate
What have you need of spirit
When of body you may partake?

Sad you are as Satan
And wise beyond debate
Yet not worthy of my heart, my dear
Nor wanting of my faith

I may see you in the morning
Or in a dream beneath the waves
Until our next encounter dear
This is how we shall remain:

Love and blessings on your dream-bed, dear
Love and blessings
on
my
grave.

The Horrors of Retail

Written By: All lyrics © Lauri A. Murphy 1990-2007

Why do they ask the same things everyday?
Why can't they read signs or think, anyway?
Why do they talk about things so inane?
Why won't they all just go the fuck away?

Why should I care if it's your son's birthday?
Why should I help when you always complain?
I don't wanna talk weather or be your friend today
I try to ignore you but you're always in my face

You're rude and obnoxious
And now I'm the same
You hang at the counter
And stand in my way
And for this abuse I earn very low pay
I'm bored and annoyed and you are to blame

Why, why, why do I stay?
I can see why Clint Eastwood would say "make my day"
Why a postman would go completely insane
I want to make you suffer, make you feel my pain

I wish for deep sleep to take me away
Dreaming of things I could do with my day
They don't include cleaning up after the fray
Or trapped at a desk while on strangers I wait

I'm not really here though you look my way
You-with the cell phone-get out of this place!
I can't breathe, I can't think, and I need some space
You want my attention but my name's not "hey"!

No, I don't want to smile
Please don't ask me what's wrong
I'm waiting out hours while writing this song
I'm not entertained by your life's goings-on

Except to make fun of you
*sigh* are you still here?
I'm reading a book and you're not in the plot
Please just buy your damn things and then move along

You're so amused with everything you do
You're so clever and absolutely cute
You're so original I could just puke,
You're so interesting, why can't I be you?

My attitude's bad and I don't give a shit
I roll my eyes back and flip you the bird
You're stupid and loud and your white trash kids, too
I'm sure you'll be back and I'll see you soon

Why, why, why do I stay?
Day after day it's always the same
Pretending it's fine when it's such a drain
I ask you please god why is retail so lame?

Until tomorrow I'll survive, so I pray
And if I don't god put me out of my shame
Why why why why why why why do I stay?
Why why why why why is retail so lame?

Discography

Full-length album, Sad Flower Songs, released February 2006. 12 songs. All twelve tracks are available at over 300 radio stations internationally and online.

Combining passionate, confessional, introspective lyrics a la Fiona Apple and The Dresden Dolls; the quirk and inventiveness of XTC and Faith No More; mixed with the raw angst of Nine Inch Nails and System of a Down, LD has gained a cult following for its shows and first full-length album, Sad Flower Songs, released independently in February 2006, their single "Tragedy" released January 2009 on the Sky So Grey dark music compilation by Decorative Records, and its first music video for "The Horrors of Retail" produced by Warren Lynch and Scott Matalon/Metropolitan Pictures at StingRay Body Art & More, Allston, MA, September 2009. My Reflections, the 2011 studio album produced by Otto Kinzel, features download tracks re-recorded from 2006's Sad Flower Songs and various compilations. LD 2013 is currently recording new tracks and re-recording earlier ones.

Set List

1. Scapegoat
2. Drawn & Quartered
3. Lost Lovers
4. Fallen Moon
5. End of Oil
6. The Sickness
7. Eb & Flo
8. The Horrors of Retail
9. Souler Coaster
10. Sucker/Savior
11. Dust
12. Sacrifice

Singles/Compilation tracks:
1. Tragedy (on Boston rock compilation "Sky So Grey")
2. New Army (on Infectious Unease Radio Compilation)
3. Hate (on Industrial Underground Volume I)
4. Toxic Leaders

New songs not yet recorded:
1. No God Sympathy
2. Terror Nation
3. Give Up Your Brain
4. Public Transit

Sets: 40-45 minutes