B i o g r a p h y
 (by Rob Wacey)

Known for her heavily atmospheric and dreamy psychedelic sound that's aptly described as "desert rock" or an extension of the neo-torch song, Alexandra Savior (full name, Alexandra Savior McDermott) is an American alternative pop/rock singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon. Developing an eclectic musical taste during her teens, Savior became interested in writing her own songs at the age of 14. Inspired by a broad range of artists such as Otis Redding, Jack White, Amy Winehouse, and Etta James, she began penning her own lyrics and figuring out her artistic direction by logging melody ideas and different guitar techniques via tape recorder.

She first garnered industry attention in 2012, when she uploaded a cover of folk-blues musician Angus Stone's "Big Jet Plane." Earning praise from Courtney Love, the magnetic performance also landed the young creative on the radar of multiple industry representatives. The following year, she scrapped her original plans of attending art school and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her music career more directly. The same year also saw further praise from established artists, particularly from Grammy-nominated Linda Perry, who compared her to Fiona Apple.

Toward the end of 2013, Savior had signed with Columbia Records and begun to work on more material. Subsequently, the label sent some of her material to Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner to propose a possible collaboration in order to establish Savior's sound further. With radically different songwriting structures and style, Turner's approach began to hone the young singer's songs along a specific route, more accurately encapsulating Alexandra's sound, which she describes as "being in the middle of the desert, and being abducted...[a]nd opening up into a desert realm, where there's a bar with nobody in it, a dark red light in the corner, with a woman crooning in a long black dress." Such a description exemplified the songwriter's artistic sensibility and visual approach to her art overall, as opposed to purely focused on the sound of it.

Throughout 2014 and 2015, she got to work on her first full-length effort (under the working title of Strange Portrait) with Turner and producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Foals, Depeche Mode). Her first demo, "Risk," then appeared on the second season soundtrack of HBO's popular anthology crime drama True Detective. Billed on the soundtrack as Alexandra McDermott, she then decided to use her middle name as her last for her stage persona, based on a suggestion from Turner. Savior eventually changed the album's title to Belladonna of Sadness, which arrived in April of 2017. The record was promoted by the singles "Shades," "M.T.M.E.," "Mystery Girl," and "Mirage" ahead of the record's release.




Belladonna of Sadness
- 2017-04-07 -



Mirage
Bones
Shades
Girlie
Frankie
M.T.M.E.
Audeline
Cupid
'Til You'
re Mine
Vanishing Point
Mystery Girl

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Big Jet Plane
Bright Flame
Providence Sky
Risk
Someone Like You
We'
re Just Making It Worse

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Belladonna of Sadness

Mirage

Violet was tickling my fancy
Gives out just the right amount of soul
I wonder if it makes me sound too old

Decided that a Stella or a Candy
Seems as if I'm spinning down a pole
Swept 'em over to the stack of no's

And La-di-dah
I sing songs about
Whatever the fuck they want
Whatever the fuck they want
And ooh-eh-ooh
I'm so blue
Anna-Marie Mirage
Painting my teardrops on
And on, and on, and on

Staring through the window of a wig store
Crying through the credits of the show
That you've seen a bunch of times before

An inch away from settling on Coco
Shame that she's that girl you used to know
Loved her, but we had to let her go

And La-di-dah
We sing songs about
Whatever the fuck they want
Whatever the fuck they want
And ooh-eh-ooh
We're so blue
Anna-Marie Mirage
Painting our teardrops on
And on, and on, and on

Anna-Marie Mirage
Shooting a mood collage
Piñata paper heart
I don't know where she starts
And I stop

Dress me like the front of a casino
Push me down another rabbit hole
Touch me like I'm gonna turn to gold

She's almost like a million other people
That you'll never really get to know
And it feels as if she's swallowing me whole

And La-di-dah
We sing songs about
Whatever the fuck she wants
Whatever the fuck she wants
And ooh-eh-ooh
We're so blue
Anna-Marie Mirage
She's painting our teardrops on
And on, and on, and on

Bones

In my bones, I can feel it in my bones
In a way that I've never felt before
I just can't stop from wondering where you are
How's it for you, baby

Don't know why, don't know where to begin
Don't know what is or isn't happening
Don't know how, my head's in such a spin
Is yours in one too, baby

And it goes on, it goes on and on
While you're here
And long after you're gone
Can't pretend, no more
I just can't pretend I'm not in love with you
That's not true, true

Drift away and only dream of you
And I have to say, I wake up in the mood
Ain't had your name as a knuckle tattoo
But I think I might do "shawty"

In my bones, I can feel it in my bones
In a way that I've never felt before
I just can't stop from wondering where you are
How's it for you, baby

And it goes on, it goes on and on
While you're here
And long after you're gone
Can't pretend, no more
I just can't pretend I'm not in love with you
That's not true, true, true

Shades

I left your house when you were sleeping
Hadn't correctly got my head screwed on
Tried to find a way to write a note
Couldn't get your shower to work

I sort of wish that it was raining
So that I could pull the hood up on my coat
I'm always happy to be leaving
Could be the company I'm keeping

Like when you're looking for your shades
Rifling through your pockets
And you find them on your face

Oh I can't escape it
Abnormal behavior
Uncontrollably vaporing on
About something dumb

Sooner or later
This strange little arrangement
And all of its exchanges
Must cease

Shouldn't have come back
Shouldn't have switched it on at all
Didn't mean to hold you so close
But you know how it goes

I sort of wish that it was sunset
I kind of wish that it was New Year's Day
On a vacant street
I'd cast a long-ass shadow

Like when you're looking for your shades
Rifling through your pockets
And you find them on your face
Walking around in a daze
I don't want to stop it
Baby, let's shoot straight

Oh I can't escape it
Abnormal behavior
Uncontrollably vaporing on
About something dumb

Sooner or later
This strange little arrangement
And all of its exchanges
Must cease

It's not easy to see where to go
The misty middle distance swallows
The curves in the only road I know
That maybe takes us out of here

Girlie

Hopelessly showbiz associates
She's got friends you haven't met
They smoke menthol cigarettes

Bogus psychosis
She floats on in
And she ain't ever anywhere
So you're lucky that she's here

Talk about Hollywood problems
She's got 'em
She's always looking for a wilder ride
And she'll be fuckin' with her phone all night
She calls me "Girlie"

She gets in corners where water can't
Got that look upon her face
Says she's twenty minutes late

Her shit is sorted
She's all for it
'Til her eyeballs start to bleed
She don't wanna go to sleep

Talk about ladder to stardom
She's on one
And if that doesn't whet your appetite
Well she probably got something that might
She calls me "Girlie"

Talk about Hollywood problems
She's got 'em
She's always looking for a wilder ride
And she'll be fuckin' with her phone all night
She calls me "Girlie"

Frankie

Babe, you got your villains' car
You got your sleeves rolled up
Anatomical heart

Babe, got your ten-gallon hat
Cinnamon toothpick
Lightning flash

You got falling stars at your feet
You got stolen from next to me
And the moment's gone back to sleep
You got stolen from next to me

You say you gotta go
To a place I don't know
Well, the ace in the hole
Is I've got a friend called Frankie

Babe, you got your destiny
You've got your fingers crossed
You've got me so intrigued

Babe, you've got to make me come
Back to your Battle Star
We better run along

You got falling stars at your feet
You got stolen from next to me
And the moment's gone back to sleep
You got stolen from next to me

Say you gotta go
To a place I don't know
Well the ace in the hole
Is I've got a friend called Frankie

Submit to me
Your fantasy
And I'll endlessly
Maintain it

M.T.M.E.

Well it never was all that clear
Why you left me standing in the mirror
The horizon drank me down

No, I never did completely know
Why you sunk down on that gas peddle
Always trying to skip the town

Scribbled down in pencil
Ten-track souvenir
Audio memento
Music to my ears

No, I never really understood
How you do it like a stranger does
Send me flying every time

Oh, I never really wondered why
I was just trying to pass some time
I ain't crying, I'm just fine

Scribble down in pencil
Ten-track souvenir
Audio memento
Music to my ears

You questioned my credentials
You quoted Vladimir
You Dario Argento'd
Music to my ears
Music to my ears
Music to my ears
Music to my ears

I never really wondered why
I was just trying to pass some time
I ain't crying, I'm just fine

Audeline

I'm counting on the morning for him to make it back
Take it off, you know what he wants if he's in drag
And he's keeping the lights down

To the top he's shooting so you better get back
He's a roar, he'll charm you 'til you give 'em a slap
That microphone hog

Audeline
I question my design
Your opinion changed my mind
Don't leave me caught up

You can look but to touch you'll have to pay the price
Open book, but oh yeah, most of the pages are wired
Straight to his arm

He dropped a coin
Guess he's got no problem sparing a dime
Not a boy, that's a man can't you tell by the shine
Of his Black Magic Lounge

Audeline
I question my design
Your opinion changed my mind

Far behind
I struggle to cast a line
Motorcycle leather alliance
Don't leave me caught up

He spends his days
With what's-her-face
The seven shades of Shaman
She's being vague
He's in that phase
I'm by your place

Audeline
I question my design
Your opinion changed my mind
Don't leave me out

Cupid

Filled in the hole in the road
We were speaking in code
Stuck in fantasy mode
Who never really liked
Coming back down to Earth
It's not that it hurt
It was just so much worse
With anyone but you

Know a shortcut
A sure shot
I forgot
How it ought to feel

I don't know what to do
It's a whole lot
To hold back
You know that
Cupid shoots to kill

There's a mysterious force
It sinks in its claws
Pulls me closer to yours
Some cosmic business
Illuminating allure
What are we waiting for
Never hated you more
Why does nobody but you

Know a shortcut
A sure shot
I forgot
How it ought to feel

I don't know what to do
It's a whole lot
To hold back
You know that
Cupid shoots to kill

Know a shortcut
A sure shot
I forgot
How it ought to feel

I don't know what to do
It's a whole lot
To hold back
You know that
Cupid shoots to kill

'Til You're Mine

She makes my shoulders deflate
Won't ever see me standing up straight
Strawberry split personality
She's got so many years hanging over me

I would not wait
I would not wait
If I were you
I would have chosen her too

You'll end up calling her babe
She's scorching hot enough to hit "save"
Never forgave what she did to me
All dolled up, actin' like a bitch would be

Couldn't behave
She just couldn't behave
But if I were you
I would have chosen her too

Do you think she feels like she's being watched
Maybe not
But baby, when the music stops all you got
Is a risky photo
Bathroom mirror moment, bozo
Smoke show
She's fine
Perfect kissing height
Yeah, she suits you alright
But I won't stop until you're mine

No, I won't stop until you're mine
But I won't stop until you're mine
No, I won't stop until you're mine

Vanishing Point

Twisted on a dead-straight road
Haven't got a change of close
We just split, call me crazy
But I think they might be onto us

Everybody else can eat my dust
Shall we make believe they're chasing us
Make a wish for me baby
'Cause I think they might be catching up

You're a thousand times mine
I'm a thousand times yours
A thousand times mine
And I want a thousand more

Until the vanishing point
And baby, not a moment before
You're a thousand times mine
And I am a thousand yours

As if the earth's reserved for you and I
Not a soul for miles on either side
We just slipped off the radar
And I think they might be onto us

You're a thousand times mine
I'm a thousand times yours
A thousand times mine
And I want a thousand more

Oh, until the vanishing point
And baby, not a moment before
You're a thousand times mine
And I am a thousand yours
A thousand yours

Spectacular blacklight poster neon sky
To which the sun so quickly unsubscribes
Wanna call it a night
But I think they might be onto us

Oh, until the vanishing point
And baby, not a moment before
You're a thousand times mine
And I am a thousand yours
A thousand yours
A thousand yours

Mystery Girl

In my mind, I've acquired a tangle I can't undo
I've been thinking about nothing else
Lately

Does it feel as if somebody's keeping an eye on you
Peripheral visions
Playing tricks on me

'Been meaning to say
I just wanna be where you are
Before you escape

Hush now, don't explain
Wound up with a heavier heart
From waiting in the rain

Pardon me, baby
But who's the mystery girl

Don't you try to calm me down
Don't you try to calm me down
Pardon me, baby
But who's the mystery girl
Mystery girl

Was it just you and her
Did you go in the photo booth
Was it loud, was it hot
Was it lively enough for you

Is she likely to be there if I were to show up soon
The little suspicions
Clinging onto me

'Been meaning to say
I just wanna be where you are
Before you escape

Hush now, don't explain
Wound up with a heavier heart
From waiting in the rain

Pardon me, baby
But who's the mystery girl

Don't you try to calm me down
Don't you try to calm me down

Pardon me, baby
But who's the mystery girl
Mystery girl

And you know that we're growing apart
Because you planted the seeds yourself
And you know that we're growing apart
Because you planted the seeds yourself

Don't you try to calm me down
Don't you try to calm me down
Don't you try to calm me down
Don't you try to calm me down

Non Albums Tracks 

Big Jet Plane

(Angus and Julia Stone / Live)

She said "hello mister, please to meet you"
I wanna hold her, I wanna kiss her
She smelled of daisies, smelled of daisies
She drive me crazy, drive me crazy

Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane
Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane

Be my lover, my lady river
Can I take you, take you higher

Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane
Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane
Hey hey hey

Gonna hold you, gonna kiss you in my arms
Gonna take you away from harm

Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane
Away from harm
Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane

Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane
Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane
Hey hey hey

Bright Flame

(Dark Tea feat. Alexandra Savior)

In my heart I wanted you
But in my heart I know the truth
For a rise to fall
You let the shipwreck, you felt it all

Without the burden of this game
Scorched hand from this bright flame
A crane's slow flight around a star
A collie's answer is to bark

For a rise to fall
You let the shipwreck, you felt it all
For a rise to fall
You let the shipwreck, you felt it all

Providence Sky

(Dark Tea feat. Alexandra Savior)

The air's alright
Providence sky
I breathe it all for you

In my mind's eye
I feel the tide
I wanted it through and through

Hop in the car and look for you
In the dark i knew the truth
Sit on the bed and watch the news
Motivation in light of the moon

The air's alright
Providence sky
I breathe it all for you

In my mind's eye
I feel the tide
I wanted it through and through

Follow the signs and watch the 'cuse
Pick a number you already choose
If these are my last words to you
Let the barking have attitude

Risk

(True Detective OST)

There's a color running through your blood
Such a hasty shade of blonde
You're that awful sort of dangerous
Kind that keeps me hanging on

Darkness does appear when
I can see the secrets hangin' 'round your neck
When we're shirtless, assessing the risk
Prick your finger on a kiss

Tell no one about it
They don't need to know
I'd chalk a line around it
If I could let you go
Keep me quiet, honey
And I promise to
Tell no one about you

Trap the passion, baby, lock the trunk
Catch the keys and hit the road
Went to sleep hungover, woke up drunk
Baby shake that aspirin snowglobe

Darkness does appear when
I'll present you with a temporary fix
My accomplice, this bottomless pit
It's 'bout as deep as it could get

Tell no one about it
They don't need to know
I'd chalk a line around it
If I could let you go
Keep me quiet, honey
And I promise to
Tell no one about you

The reflection
In the cold
You're on the run
Things got me wonderin'
How the sun came up before

Tell no one about it
They don't need to know
I'd chalk a line around it
If I could let you go
Keep me quiet, honey
And I promise to
Tell no one about you

Someone Like You

(Adele cover / Live)

I heard that you're settled down
That you found a girl and you're married now
I heard that your dreams came true
Guess she gave you things I didn't give to you

Old friend, why are you so shy
It ain't like you to hold back
Or hide from the light

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it
I had hoped you'd see my face
And that you'd be reminded that for me, it isn't over

Nevermind, I'll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don't forget me, I beg, I remember you say
"Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead"

You'd know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised in a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it
I'd hoped you'd see my face
And that you'd be reminded that for me, it isn't over

Nevermind, I'll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don't forget me, I beg, I remember you say
"Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead"

Nothing compares, no worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes they're memories made
Who would have known how bitter sweet this would taste

Nevermind, I'll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don't forget me, I beg, I remember you say
"Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead"

Nevermind, I'll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don't forget me, I beg, I remember you say
"Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead"
"Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead", yeah, yeah

We're Just Making It Worse

(Cameron Avery Featuring Alexandra Savior)

And I don't wanna believe it
So don't, don't let me see it
When you're with him
And I won't bring her
Let's not make it worse
Let's give ourselves some time…

To start again

And I don't know what your papa taught you
But, honey, don't, don't you be cruel
Don't let me see you with her
And I won't bring him
Don't make this a thing
Let's give ourselves some time…

To start again

Our mistakes and choices we make
Or chances we take
Without thinking it through

It wasn't me, neither you
No, this ain't a thing
I'm just tryin' to begin, again
But don't come here with him

And I could have played it better
I kind of wish that I never met her
But don't hold hands with him

And you don't with her
Let's not make it worse
Let's give ourselves some time
To start again…

And I know that it's only dancing
But don't let me see you romancing
'Cause I'm only human
I can't play it cool when

I know there's something still there
I know you still care

I know she can't hold you like I can
Honey, I'm your man, you know that I am

You just gotta take me back for good
If only you would
But I'm here with him
And I am with her

We're just making it worse
We're just making it worse
We're just making it worse

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