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Maddalena dates from the mid-1980's and was a reaction to that decade's ruthless capitalism and massive indulgences. There was no particular underlying song meaning intended other than those times as manifested in the blatant stereotype of the evil witch. 'Snake for a brain' conjures up images of a Medusa figure. 'Crystalline soul' could be a reference to crystal scrying. Perhaps the more fearful idea is that of crop-destroyer.


Maddalena is her name
And casting spells is her game
Better not get in her path 'cause
She knows where the spirits are
She’ll deal her cards,
Check the stars,
Believe it boy, she’ll take it far
Better not get in her way 'cause
If you do, she’ll make you pay
Power pumpin', poison packin',
Gonna get some skulls a-crackin'
Fire buildin', balls she’s breakin'
All the souls she’s a taking
She’s got acid in her veins,
And a snake for a brain
She won’t grow old,
With her crystalline soul
She’s got eyes full of hatred,
And a life that’s wasted
She won’t stop,
Till she’s destroyed the crop
She’ll put your soul in a hole
That’s the story I've been told


from Creature Feature (album), track released July 23, 2019
words by Percy Blakeney
music by Percy Blakeney & Johnny Stowmarries
Maddalena features Percy Blakeney on vocals

recorded, mixed and produced by James North
Recorded at James North Productions in Brisbane
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The Goths Brisbane, Australia

The Goths are a goth duo from Brisbane, formed in 1987, featuring singer-songwriters Johnny Stowmarries (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Percy Blakeney (vocals, bass).
Beginning in the 80s, with solid longstanding nocturnal residencies at The Bohemian, gigs in the 90s included Bertie's & Metropolis, The Sitting Duck, and The Dead Rat. The Goths were also one of the first performing acts at The Zoo.
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