Bat For Lashes
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Bat For Lashes
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Bat for Lashes
Writer(s) Natasha Khan
Producer(s) Natasha Khan
Dan Carey
David Kosten
Rob Ellis
Released 12 October 2012
Recorded Assault and Battery 2, DK's Studio, Mr Dans, London
Length 4:56
The Haunted Man track listing
"Horses of the Sun" "Laura"

"Oh Yeah" is the fourth track on Bat For Lashes' third album, The Haunted Man.

Background[]

"Oh Yeah" was premiered live on Bat for Lashes' two night shows at Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid LIVE festival in June 2011.[1][2] At the time, the lyrics weren't ready.

‘Oh Yeah’ for me is like a very heady, sensual, sexual track. I struggled with the lyrics for a long time for this one and they kind of came very late. I'd already played it live in Sydney. We did two nights at the Sydney Opera House, which was really fun. We put that song out there and I remember singing it. I didn’t even have the lyrics, I was sort of making them up on stage. Just like, ‘oh, I’m gonna do Liz Fraser, this is cool.’ I just rambled along, so that’s quite funny that it already came out halfway through being finished.

I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. For me it's like being in a giant tropical, beautifully smelling jungle. Looks like really representative of feeling like ripe, blooming and feminine.[3]

Natasha's description of the song:[4]

I wrote this one quite early too. I thought the syncopated hip-hop beat in it was really sexy and then I found a sample of the gospel, choral part. It took a long time to develop the lyrics. Eventually, I visualised a big Henri Rousseau painting, or those big jungle paintings with all the naked ladies in it. It's about blossoming into womanhood. It's quite a sexy song, trawling through this jungle-y flora and fauna, a hot and sweaty landscape where nectarine dripping. It's basically my biological clock ticking, loudly!

Lyrics[]

I am whole, hot is the night
The grass is so tall and slow
The air is wet and I feel alive
Let the perfume drip
Let it rise

I am whole and I walk the night
Luscious and lost, so alone
Touch the rocks and lick the light
Let the hot winds howl
So slow

Here am I
Looking for a lover to climb inside
Waiting like a flower to open wide
I'm in bloom!

I lie low, I'm ready to try
The tapestries turn and grow
Creepers crawl and kiss my thighs
And the headiness howls
Rise and rise!

Here am I
Looking for a lover to climb inside
Waiting like a flower to open wide
I'm in bloom!
Here I lie
Lying like a flower with no more time
Waiting for another to come inside
I'm in bloom!

Oh yeah, oh yeah!
Oh yeah, oh yeah!
Oh yeah, oh yeah!
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah!
(Oh yeah, oh yeah)
(Oh yeah, oh yeah)

I am whole
And I’m coming to fight
Keep looking away
Oh!

I am whole
And I'm ready to fight
Keep running away
Nobody knows what’s right

I am whole
And I show the knife
Keep looking away
Oh!

I am whole
And I hold the knife
Keep shaking away
Oh, oh, oh

Here am I!
Looking for a lover to go the night
Looking for a lover to breathe to life
I am in bloom

I am whole
And I’m ready to fight
Keep shaking away
Nobody knows what’s right

I am whole
And I hold the knife
Keep looking away
Oh, oh, oh

Here am I!
Looking for a lover to go the night
Looking for a lover to breathe to life
I am in bloom

Here I lie!
Looking for a lover to go the night
Looking for a lover to breathe to life
I am in bloom
Yeah!

References[]

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