Wildflower Cases Are the Only Reason to Have a Phone

Devon Lee Carlson is the People’s influencer. Sure, she’s graced the covers of magazines, secured many a high fashion partnership, including #ad posts for Burberry and tees for Marc Jacobs, and has been seen on the occasional yacht for best friend Bella Hadid‘s birthday celebrations, but nevertheless, she keeps it real. Footage of her latest TikTok dance challenge trials? Check. Frequent Spongebob content? She’s got you. BTS video footage on her YouTube channel about what goes into creating Wildflower cases, her iconic iPhone case brand? Always top of mind.

Our humble queen has a way of making her one million followers and counting feel like they can relate. Her ability to make the unattainable feel within reach (at the palm of your hand, or, on the back of your phone) is her key to success.

“We put a lot of love into it and I think that Gen Z likes to know who’s designing their products and what goes into the process. With my sister and I’s vlog channels and everything we post on social media, I think it gives people kind of an insight into what they’re buying into,” Carlson tells PAPER.

A full-on family affair, Carlson founded Wildflower — known for its loud, free-spirited designs and top tier collabs — with her mom, dad and sister Sydney when she was still in high school and her designs have since been sported by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa and more. Its cult-like status quickly landed the brand on Vogue and Forbes.

Years later, Wildflower, nor Carlson, show any signs of slowing. Even through what was inarguably a challenging year, the brand managed to launch some exciting new collaborations and designs, including one just last month with beauty vlogger turned actress/ model Amanda Steele. If her YouTube videos are any indication, there’s sure to be more coming soon.

“I would’ve never guessed that I was going to be in this position in a million years,” she says. “I dreamt of everything that I’m doing right now.”

PAPER caught up with Carlson to talk running her own business, some dream customers and, as always, staying true to herself.

How are you doing during this chaotic time? What’s getting you through 2020?

Trixie and Katya’s fucking YouTube channel. Their web series. Literally every week I watch it within the first hour it’s been posted. It brings me so much joy, it seriously makes me so happy.

Talk me through your decision to start wildflower cases: what gave you the idea, what inspired you and how did you bring it to life?

I mean, it was more of just a hobby when we started. My sister and I have always just been creative and loved fashion, so when my mom had originally surprised us with these cases, we instantly had so many ideas and we were just getting them to our friends at school and I even had posted on Instagram, when Instagram just first came out, one of my first post was a picture of the cases that me and my sister had designed and my mom has made, saying, “If you want these let me know. $35 we could meet in the Quad.” We didn’t really have any big goals or anything, it was literally just for fun, and meeting Miley [Cyrus] opened our eyes to the possibilities of what it could be because she was so instantly excited about our product that we had made.

My dad’s entire background is in product development and he’s a graphic designer, and he just was like, “Guys, I am the guy to make this come to life.” So it kind of just was so meant to be. It was insane. I was at a point in my life where I could have either gone down the college route, and done that whole thing, which I had never really wanted to do but I was just like, “I don’t know what to do.” And then Wildflower happened in April of my senior year so it just gave me something to do; it was my form of college, in a sense. It was such an accident that it’s hard to say the steps that we took to get it to where it is or see its potential, we were just like, “Let’s try.”

There’s such a strong, diverse range of designs. How do you come up with them? Do you have a favorite, or one your phone is wearing right now?

Well, the one I have on my phone right now is a throwback case because I had designed it in 2017 and we got so many requests to bring it back for the new iPhone sizes that we did and it’s a pink leopard case that we had had that I begged my parents to make. But I feel like what me and my sister love to do with the designs for Wildflower is make it: anyone with any style can find something that they like. Sydney and I’s style is a little all over the place — we just wear whatever makes us happy — so I think it’s fun to think of designs and of all my friends and ur customers and constantly see who’s wearing our case and try to design something that I know each of my friends with different styles would wear. So that’s always something that I keep in mind when designing is “Okay well will my really chic friends like this and my funky friends like that and some of my friends who like to dress more plain, would they all like it?” And then I’m like okay that’s it, that’s gonna be a hit, when I know it can hit every single aesthetic. We’re definitely aware that we do that; I think that’s part of our secret.

Your cases have been seen on everyone from Dua Lipa to Trixie Mattel to even having a feature on Euphoria. What’s the experience like, seeing your product out in the wild? Did you expect Gen Z to really pick up on these the way they have?

I mean, it’s still so crazy to me. My sister and I both are constantly going through Wildflower’s tagged photos on Instagram and seeing anyone with a case in public I instantly get nervous and excited and it’s so crazy. It doesn’t feel real to me at all, ever. And I just am excited whenever we get any good feedback. I think that people can tell that a lot of love goes into it and we’re a small business and it’s literally just like me and my sister, coming up with these designs and my mom. We handwrite all the notes and everything still; we put a lot of love into it and I think that Gen Z likes to know who’s designing their products and what goes into the process and with my sister and I’s vlog channels and everything we post on social media, It gives people insight into what they’re buying into. We just have so much fun with it, and we’re so grateful that this is our job at all. It’s so insane to us, and we just love seeing anyone with our cases.

Lots of tiktokers have also been seen sporting your cases. Do you think that platform has helped your brand grow?

Totally. My “For You” page is constantly filled with people doing “outfit of the week” videos and they’re changing their case with their outfit. That makes me so happy because I’m like “That’s what I do!” — I just think it’s so cool. But I genuinely love TikTok so much because I think that there’s something for everyone on the app. I watch cooking videos, I watch fashion videos, I watch dance — it’s so all over the place. My sister and I have been watching TikTok for like a year, and we instantly fell in love with Charli and Dixie and Addison and all those girls just because my sister and I were competitive dancers so it’s like seeing these younger girls doing the 2020 or 2019 version of the dance world. We just fell in love with them instantly and DM’d them on Instagram. Just seeing them use it makes me so happy.

Any dream users of Wildflower cases?

I had said in an interview before that Trixie was my dream, and then she seriously started using it and I was like “Oh my god! This is insane!” So this is a little manifestation moment, let me think. I would love to see Katya with one. I’ve said RuPaul in the past. I’m seriously just so grateful for all the support we get, it’s really insane. I want people to want to have them, I don’t want to ever force anyone to use our product. So I get excited when people genuinely like it.

What’s the process been like working with your mom and sister? Any tension, bonding moments, etc.?

A little bit of everything. We definitely have cried over designs and fought over designs. But we’ve also completely agreed, instantly, and I think it’s really made us look at each other as a family in so many different lights. Because I can go to her for advice on life stuff, but then also business stuff, and my parents have just always been very supportive of anything Sydney and I want to do so I think working together, it’s like it was meant to be. I feel like we’re a family that thrives in that scenario. It just works pretty well for us. But there’s definitely creative arguments; we were in an argument this morning over stuff. We argue over business how families argue in general, so it’s just very walls down all the time. Whenever we have someone work with us even like Taj [Alwan], I’m like “You’re literally going to be a part of the family now.” We love everyone, and it’s all love at the end of the day.

How has the experience of being an entrepreneur differed from your many other roles: model, influencer, Youtuber, etc.?

I think because I started as an entrepreneur with my family, it gave me a different approach to the entire internet and social media influencer worlds because I was reaching out to people to send cases to or to collaborate with, and at the same time I was becoming an influencer myself, unintentionally. But I feel like it’s given me the ability to not have to do everything and be able to pick and choose what jobs I want to do because it makes being an influencer and a model more of a hobby for me because my full time job is Wildflower. I have the privilege to only work with certain brands that I’m very excited about and I feel like I don’t have to do everything because it’s more of a fun thing for me — so when I get to work with Louis Vuitton or these brands I’m so excited because it’s more of a dream that I’m like, “Oh my gosh I can’t believe that Wildflower has led me to this.”

I want to talk about your YouTube channel. You have an overwhelmingly fun and exciting energy on the platform. What are some of your favorite types of videos to post?

I really only post vlogs, and I’ve gotten to do so many exciting, fun things that I felt like I just want to share with the world because I can’t even believe my own life. So I feel like my channel has turned into all these crazy, insane vlogs, but at the same time I’ll look back and be like “Okay, I’ll post a vlog where I’m just not leaving my house for an entire day and the whole vlog is just me at home,” but then my next one is like “Touring the world with my boyfriend.” It’s very all over the place.

But YouTube has kind of been hard for me recently, with everything going on. It’s always been only vlogs when I’m in the mood to vlog, otherwise it’s so forced, and that’s not fun to watch me do that. It hasn’t really inspired me to vlog. Certain days I’ll be very excited and pull out my camera but then I’ll watch back the footage and just not be inspired by it, or feel like “I don’t know who’ll watch this,” and I don’t end up posting for like a month. Then everyone starts messaging me and I’ll get excited again and end up posting. I’m just so vulnerable on there that it’s just hard for me to keep up with it, so I really do enjoy it, it’s just a lot mentally. But I love it, I just finished editing one right now that’s about to go up. I just love being a part of the YouTube world. I think it’s really fun and creative and cool.

What do you hope fans take away from your content, and from your presence on all of your platforms as a whole?

I just really want to inspire people to be themselves and express themselves through hair, beauty, fashion, photography and anything. Just follow your dreams and be a good person because you never know what’s going to happen to you. I would’ve never guessed that I was going to be in this position in a million years. I dreamt of everything that I’m doing right now. I want to say living with no expectations, because I feel like that’s what I do and I can dream as much as I want, but my expectations were set very low as a child. So I feel like everything that I do now is so insane to me, and exciting. But I just want to inspire people to be themselves and be confident in who they are, and do what makes them feel good.

Photography: Vijat Mohindra

Styling: Marc Eram

Makeup: Gilbert Soliz

Charli D’Amelio Responds to ‘Offensive’ Cosplay Video Accusations

TikTok stars Charli D’Amelio and Madi Monroe have issued apologies for participating in a dance challenge that the cosplay community alleged was “offensive” and “a form of bullying.”

Earlier this week, the duo hopped on a viral trend in which TikTokers dance similarly to anime character Chika Fujiwara from Kaguya-sama: Love Is War — something the community believed was an attempt at “mocking” them “by exaggerating their movements.”

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“Why can’t we just have fun? We put time and effort into our cosplays, it’s a coping mechanism for many of us and y’all are straight up invalidating us,” as one commenter wrote, while another added, “We never make fun of y’all for dancing the same dance for 50 TikToks in a row but y’all make fun of us for just vibing lmao.”

its basically a trend on tiktok for people to “mock” or make fun of cosplayers by exaggerating their movements and charli and another creator sort of did that in a dance video and many people are not happy abt it

— arpi (@ptrsuun) March 19, 2020

No one is happy lmaoooo pic.twitter.com/1jc4Krixyn

— marco (@FrickFrackMarco) March 19, 2020

In the wake of the backlash, D’Amelio ended up deleting the video and issuing an apology, in which she contended that her and Monroe’s intentions were “completely taken the wrong way.”

“I did not mean for it to happen that way at all. I was not trying to bring down anyone. I respect and love all types of content creations. It’s just so amazing to see all the different things that people can do,” D’Amelio continued. “I’m so sorry if you thought that I was trying to bully or bring you guys down in any way shape or form. That is not the type of person that I am. That’s not what I stand for.”

Additionally, Monroe also posted her own apology to TikTok, in which she said that while they were just following a pre-existing trend — though she did go on to admit that this “doesn’t justify” her actions. The video appears to have since been made private.

“I really did not know that it was offensive,” Monroe continued, per Cosmopolitan. “I respect you guys so much. I know you guys are saying that I’m losing all my cosplay fans and I’m very upset about that, because I think you guys are so creative and so cool and I love you guys so much.”

@charlidamelio

to the cosplay community

♬ original sound – charlidamelio

That said, reactions to D’Amelio’s apology seem to be mixed. While some cosplayers expressed gratitude, other fans questioned the gravity of the situation.

See what people are saying about her response, below.

i understand that you may have felt offended but charli has done nothing wrong and she was in now way trying to make fun of your coping mechanisms she was following a trend,you could barely tell she was doing cosplay,so everyone else can do it but when she does it it’s a problem?

— lai (@vuittondols) March 20, 2020

mfs really made charli d’amelio apologize over a COSPLAY VIDEO i hate it here

— morgan (@mcnItys) March 19, 2020

it’s good that she understood that what she did was hurtful to some people, but a lot of them also overreacted like-

— blue!!MINSU DAY (@dohyxn1) March 19, 2020

so?? that doesn’t mean its ok lmao

— ًjulia . doafp spoilers (@waitaminnette) March 19, 2020

i’m sorry y’all get sm hate for no reason she goes through the same thing neither of you deserve to be hated on for no reason people just need to learn to spread kindness because some people overreacted a bit when she clearly wasn’t trying to hurt anyone ya know

— sydney (@emmaspizzeria) March 20, 2020

Photo via Getty

Migos – Emoji A Chain lyrics

[Intro: Future]
If Young Metro don’t trust you I’m gon’ shoot you
Hey

[Pre-Chorus: Offset]
I, I, count the guap (count, count)
Set up shop (ooh, ooh), fuck the cops (fuck 12)
We ain’t worried (not at all)
Diamonds (diamonds) on my wrist look like McFlurry’s (oh Lord) (woo, woo, woo, woo)
And these, thotties ain’t got manners, slurpin’ (oh Lord)

[Chorus: Offset]
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (hey, ooh, ooh)
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (woo)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey)
The shit turnin’ into the rain (rain)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey, woo, woo, woo)
The shit turnin’ into the rain
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (hey, ooh, ooh)
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (woo)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey)
The shit turnin’ into the rain (rain)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey)
The shit turnin’ into the rain

[Verse 1: Offset]
Niggas out here ain’t got stain (yeah)
Makin’ this money, been ballin’ on niggas (cash)
They think I signed to Tulane (ball)
Pull up and “What the fuck,” nigga, that’s strange (what the fuck?)
Uh, yeah, water on my wrist and my neck (splash)
Look at this fluid (splash)
200 sit on my dash, smash, 12, I’ma lose ’em (skrrt)
Hot commodity, the dope on hot commodity (hot) the trap is on fire (hot, hot)
I’m at the top and I took your slot, you niggas ain’t hot (cold)
Go to the lot and drop (skrrt), I want the drop, robot (huh?)
Niggas gon’ talk and pop (huh), you get shot out your socks (blow)
What do you want lil’ mama? Go ‘head and fuck on my partner (smash)
Come for your head like a lineup, (white) these diamonds albino (white, white)
Wrap up the brick like a gyro, Migo gang Cinco De Mayo (Migo)
Shh, stuffin’ them bricks in the Tahoe, boardin’ the jet up to Cabo (ooh)

[Pre-Chorus: Offset]
I, I, count the guap (count, count)
Set up shop (ooh, ooh), fuck the cops (fuck 12)
We ain’t worried (not at all)
Diamonds (diamonds) on my wrist look like McFlurry’s (oh Lord) (woo, woo, woo, woo)
And these, thotties ain’t got manners, slurpin’ (oh Lord)

[Chorus: Offset]
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (hey, ooh, ooh)
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (woo)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey)
The shit turnin’ into the rain (rain)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey, woo, woo, woo)
The shit turnin’ into the rain
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (hey, ooh, ooh)
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (woo)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey)
The shit turnin’ into the rain (rain)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey)
The shit turnin’ into the rain

[Verse 2: Takeoff]
Flippin’ the bird (flippin’ it)
I put a brick in her purse (brick)
These niggas evil and cursed (they evil)
I pray and I send ’em to church (church)
I’ma pull up on your turf (turf)
I’m with the smokin’, who get it first? (who?)
No Addy but I’m alert (‘lert)
I ain’t been hurt since birth (hurt)
I know my rights and worth (worth)
Birds sing Gerald LaVert (brrrr)
Australia, the plug at work
He came from Sydney but I was in Perth (damn)
She pull up on me, get curved (curved)
Hop in the Rolls and swerve (swerve)
The watch, two-tone, it’s white and rose
So much water, I’ma have to learn how to surf (surf)

[Pre-Chorus: Offset]
I, I, count the guap (count, count)
Set up shop (ooh, ooh), fuck the cops (fuck 12)
We ain’t worried (not at all)
Diamonds (diamonds) on my wrist look like McFlurry’s (oh Lord) (woo, woo, woo, woo)
And these, thotties ain’t got manners, slurpin’ (oh Lord)

[Chorus: Offset]
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (hey, ooh, ooh)
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (woo)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey)
The shit turnin’ into the rain (rain)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey, woo, woo, woo)
The shit turnin’ into the rain
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (hey, ooh, ooh)
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (woo)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey)
The shit turnin’ into the rain (rain)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey)
The shit turnin’ into the rain

[Verse 3: Quavo]
You can’t get a bag, makin’ me laugh, (hah) Mike Epps (haha)
I Gucci my belt (Gucci), make my Emoji a whip (Emoji)
Huncho barbarian (yeah), McLaren, I park at Phipps (skrrt)
Ain’t no comparison, I’m starin’ at lines of shrimps (shrimp, shrimp)
Cruise the coast like a blimp (go), dunkin’ a ball like I’m Kem (uh)
Slangin’ the tree like a chimp (oh), shot at me, walk with a limp (blow)
Niggas so don’t attempt (attempt), ice on, change the temp’ (change the temp’)
Northside bangin’ them (bangin’ them), don’t let strangers in (strangers in)
Twist your fingers in (fingers in), gangsters shit begin (gangster shit)
Used to gettin’ in, kickin’ the doors and now I want the back ends (go)
Used to sleep on mattress floors, I fuck on a bitch and her friend (smash)
Wake ’em up, get in a taxi home and then my day begin

[Pre-Chorus: Offset]
I, I, count the guap (count, count)
Set up shop (ooh, ooh), fuck the cops (fuck 12)
We ain’t worried (not at all)
Diamonds (diamonds) on my wrist look like McFlurry’s (oh Lord) (woo, woo, woo, woo)
And these, thotties ain’t got manners, slurpin’ (oh Lord)

[Chorus: Offset]
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (hey, ooh, ooh)
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (woo)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey)
The shit turnin’ into the rain (rain)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey, woo, woo, woo)
The shit turnin’ into the rain
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (hey, ooh, ooh)
Ice out the gang (gang), make an Emoji a chain (woo)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey)
The shit turnin’ into the rain (rain)
Put on the Patek, then change up the weather (hey)
The shit turnin’ into the rain

Lloyd Banks – End Of An Era (Freestyle)

Banks
Check it
Yo
Ringing on your line like whats your favorite scary movie
Terrorizing here to Sydney tap your kidney with the toolie
Ima need my fucking money like sours told by Mookie
Had you jumping out the window hopping fences like the stookies
Box cutter tucker back when I be acting snoopy
Nigga miss me with the deuces taking shotys blast and move me
Known to make it gloomy won’t be honored when they choose me
I survived the gunfire fuck a comet going do to me
We dont go for threats so watch the way you talk around me
Better pumps your fucking breaks I had to park you like Jabari
Yea yea I came in like gorilas til they stomp you out the party
Trying to show off to these bitches can’t sponsor out here probably
Shit I never had the time for hating tools for domination
Threesomes for minuscule purposes bring the chronic cases
Made it from the underground wrote all my names around the basement
VVS target practice raise aim out the bracelet
Been the nicest niggas pretending they won’t acknowledge it
The one your local mc secretly got a problem with
Magnum fully loaded still left overs from my rookie clip
Professional curve a bmw had me pussy whip
Patience standard in your passport you never took the trip
My mirror took it in memories flashbacks when I look at it
You freezing out here trying to find a loophole too cold
Told my jeweler like my timepieces two tone blue gold
Keep em changing every day I miss the news though new code
Ain’t the cheddar got the cover of the crew blown you told
Outages from me shocking the world thats black energy
Balling want to lock niggas up like Pat Beverly
Last cd was 45 cases I’m back desert E
Gun pass to all my receivers mental telepathy
Raise the complexity it takes longer to get things by
Bullet wound in your size envious shit brings wild
In the machines it becomes easier to gas off pile
Shooting for the stars you trying to block the shot foul
Sometimes I resurrect my old style
Never changed when they changed up then, I won’t now
Yea
At your request

Bliss N Eso – Travelling Band (Off The Grid Album)

[Verse 1: Eso]
Yo, I’m about to pack my bags and hit the road with all my homies
The GPS is off we don’t know where the fuck we’re going
A gang of daydreamers that started from the bottom
A dollar and a dream and that’s the shit I ain’t forgotten
My tribe got that vibe that’ll make you feel accepted
My soul is in these songs and the record its reflection
I’m on a quest to spread our music through the planet
Let us open your mind and we’ll use it as a canvas
Now I count my blessings as a worldwide traveler
From getting pissy in Paris to waking up in Africa
I’ll draw a map for ya, I been across the Atlas, bruh
From Niseko Japan to the snowy mountains in Canada
And my Jewish manager, he’s my doobie handler
Could’ve shown you the world but yo, he’s useless with a camera
Life on the road and I’m still surprised
How our bus was hit by a train and we still survived

[Chorus 1: Bliss & Eso]
It goes, one for the love, two for the soul
Let’s take a trip through the stereo
We’re a traveling band, moving through tape decks
Pack your bags, we found the oasis
It goes, one for the love, two for the soul
Let’s take a trip through the stereo
We’re a traveling band, moving through tape decks
Pack your bags, we found the old way

[Post Chorus 1: Bliss & Eso]
I’m leaving "Just me and my crew"
I’m leaving "Feel it on tours"
I’m leaving "Just me and my crew"
I’m leaving, word to Willie Nelson

[Verse 2: Bliss]
I’m on the road again, what can I say
It’s crazy waking up to a new place every single day
So press play on this cassette and the trouble begins
Like Tomorrowland when your fingertip hits the pen
We drove the mountains in the van, rode the powder in Japan
Then we rocked Afghanistan under the threat of Tali-ban
Sippin’ fine wines in Paris, MyThai’s and hammocks, in Miami
Seen it all it’s like I’ve skydive the planet
And when we end the show, afterparty at my place
The whole crowd is screamin’ “afterparty at my place!”
Tryna smoke up all the weed before we fly afar
"You got that shit to roll a blunt?" Mmm, close but no cigar
Then I sit back and nap, watch Indiana Jones
While you see my plane back track and spin around the globe
Flyin’ in and out of zones, all from cinematic poems
Seen the whole world but nothing’s like Sydney as a home

[Chorus 2: Bliss & Eso]
It goes, one for the love, two for the soul
Let’s take a trip through the stereo
We’re a traveling band, moving through tape decks
Pack your bags, we found the oasis
It goes, one for the love, two for the soul
Let’s take a trip through the stereo
We’re a traveling band, moving through tape decks
Pack your bags, we found the oasis

[Post Chorus 1: Bliss & Eso]
I’m leaving "Just me and my crew"
I’m leaving "Globetrotter"
I’m leaving "Just me and my crew"
I’m leaving "International spot rocker"

[Scratches: DJ Izm]
"Feel it on tours"
"Globetrotter"
"Just me and my crew"
"International spot rocker"
"Just me and my crew"
"From trains to bus rides, down south to up north"
"Just me and my crew"

[Chorus 2: Bliss & Eso]
It goes, one for the love, two for the soul
Let’s take a trip through the stereo
We’re a traveling band, moving through tape decks
Pack your bags, we found the oasis
It goes, one for the love, two for the soul
Let’s take a trip through the stereo
We’re a traveling band, moving through tape decks
Pack your bags, we found the oasis

[Post-Chorus 2: Bliss & Eso]
I’m on a big jet plane
I’m leaving, but baby I’ll be back again
I’m on a big jet plane
I’m leaving, but baby I’ll be back again

[Scratches: DJ Izm]
"Feel it on tours"
"Globetrotter"
"Just me and my crew"
"International spot rocker"

Jimmy Barnes – Khe Sahn lyrics

I left my heart to the sappers round khe sahn
And I sold my soul with my cigarettes to the black market man
I’ve had the vietnam cold turkey
from the ocean to the silver city
And it’s only other vets can understand
About the long forgotten dock side guarantee
How there were no v-day heros in 1973
And how we sailed into sydney harbour I saw an old friend but I couldn’t kiss her
We were lined and I was home to the lucky land
We were like so many more from that time on
Their lives were all so empty ’till they found their chosen one
And their legs were often open but their minds were always closed
And their hearts were held in fast surburban chains.
The legal pads were yellow hours long pay packet lean
And the telex-writers clattered where the gun ships once had been
And carparks made me jumpy, but I never stopped the dream for the growing need of speed and novacaine.
So I worked across the country from end to end
Trying to find a place to settle down where my mixed up life could end
Held a job on an oil rig, flying choppers when I could
But the night life nearly drove me round the bend.
And I travelled round the world from year to year
Each one found me aimless one more year the worst for ware
And I’ve been back to south east asia
You know the answer sure ain’t there
But I’m drifting north to check things out again

Well the last plane out of sydney’s almost gone
In 7 flying hours we’ll be landing in Hong Kong
And there ain’t nothing like the kisses from a jaded chinese princess
I’m gonna hit some Hong Kong matress all night long

Well the last plane out of sydney’s almost gone
Well the last plane out of sydney’s almost gone
And it’s really got me worried
I’m going nowhere and I’m in a hurry
You know the last plane out of sydney’s almost gone

Well the last plane out of sydney’s almost gone oh yeah
Well the last plane out of sydney’s almost gone woahhhhhhh
And it’s really got me worried
I’m going nowhere and I’m in a hurry
You know the last plane out of sydney’s almost gone.

Horrorshow – If You Know What I Mean (Bardo State Album)

[Verse 1: Solo]
Now once upon a time not long ago (Not long ago)
There was an ocker kicking rhymes up in the land of rock and roll
He’s not a rocker, just a stoner on a roll (On a roll)
Goin’ all out on the road and tryna make the honour roll
See I been all up in the dojo practicin’ my braggadocio
Learned to toot my own horn, blow my saxophone and my oboe
Soprano, alto, baritone, mastered my high and low notes
A quick jazz cigarette then I’m takin’ my solo
If you ain’t heard about it ask around
On any given Sunday bet we turn the party out
Get love on every corner walkin’ through our part of town
Yeah, you that lucky winner, Price Is Right and so you better come on down
To the inner west, come and visit the turf
You’ll see my crew be runnin’ Sydney like the City2Surf
From the pretty beach sides to the sticks in the ‘burbs
They say "that dude Smooth Nicholas, he slick with them words"

[Hook: Solo]
I was rollin’ with my brosef and he turned and said to me
"Homie, you been goin’ in since we was only seventeen"
I said "I ain’t one to blow my own, but I tend to agree
If ah, you know what I—you know what I mean, what I mean"
Now the punters say they love the way I spit it on the beat
It put the roof over my head and put the kicks up on my feet
Nothin’ changed, still a couple snakes, we cut them blades of green
If ah, you know what I—you know what I mean

[Verse 2: Solo]
The sorta shit that they let fly, I could do with my eyes closed
But I’m taking the high road, tryna scale heights, never fall off cause I climb slow
See my sign’s goat, as in G.O.A.T
Make my way from A to B while spelling out what’s plain to see
My man was shotgun in the ‘Yota, looked over and said to me
"Homie, you been goin’ in since we was only seventeen"
When we’d rock up to your house party, rollin’ twenty deep
Turnin’ off your Black Eyed Peas and throwin’ on some BDP
R.B.G, R.O.C, Eminem or D.R.E
R.S.E, BnE or Suffa, Pressure, and Debris
For the moment probably be that O.V.O or T.D.E
But homie this that O.N.E, that D.A.Y, that E.N.T
Nowadays we got our names up on the list and drinks are free
It’s like something I think I saw in a vision or a dream
I’m tryna paint the kind of picture that make you picture the scene
If ah, you know what I—you know what I mean

[Hook: Solo]
I was rollin’ with my brosef and he turned and said to me
"Homie, you been goin’ in since we was only seventeen"
I said "I ain’t one to blow my own, but I tend to agree
If ah, you know what I—you know what I mean, what I mean
Now the punters say they love the way I spit it on the beat
It put the roof over my head and put the kicks up on my feet
Nothin’ changed, still a couple snakes, we cut them blades of green
If ah, you know what I—you know what I mean

[Outro: Solo]
Don’t wanna blow my own trumpet, don’t wanna toot my own horn
Don’t wanna beat my own drum kit, don’t wanna write my own score
But they like it, they love it, they buy it, they bump it, recite it
Turn it up and then they bump it up some more
Don’t wanna blow my own trumpet, don’t wanna toot my own horn
Don’t wanna beat my own drum kit, don’t wanna write my own score
But they like it, they love it, they buy it, they bump it, recite it
Turn it up and then they bump it up some more

Horrible Histories – Australia Song lyrics

[Verse 1]
In Britain’s Georgian times
There were so many crimes
No time to hang each crook guilty of a felony
Cos there’s no room to jail you
They’d send you to Australia
To live in our new-fangled penal colony
Think that sounds like heaven?
In 1787, it wasn’t that kind of once in a lifetime trip
First fleet took the journey
Months at sea so churny
Over 40 died while they were on the ship

[Chorus]
Those that lived were plucky
Plucky, plucky, plucky
Crammed on board with rats and vermin, cockroaches in bed
Stench inside was sicky
Yucky, yucky, icky
Lice not very nice, can’t get them out of my head

[Verse 2]
Landed Bay of Botany
Convicts’ life was rotteny
Needed food and shelter but everything failed
Threes too strong for felling
Stagnant water smelling
A real step back in time in New South Wales
Soil too poor for budding
Huts washed up by flooding
Plans for building houses came to sticky ends
The best of all their labours
Attacked by local neighbours
And that is when your neighbours don’t become good friends

[Chorus]
Situation tricky
Tricky, tricky, tricky
Then a second fleet of ships was due aground
Some thought this was lucky
But illness had strucky
Half were dead or I’ll
Fever was spinning around

[Verse 3]
After seven years
Convict record clears
Just one catch
You got to pay your own way back
No wages meant no money
No choice, but what’s funny
Many stayed, became farmers and made a stack
Original arrivers
Proved hardy survivors
Sydney turned into a place you’d choose to go
Think that they’d be fairer
To convicts who were sent there?
No way they built prisons even more remote

[Verse 4]
Port Arthur was one of the jails
Where every escape attempt fails
Was one man who nearly got through
Billy Hunt dressed as a kangaroo

[Chorus]
Inmate’s life still sucky
Sucky, sucky, sucky
Life behind bars was not very nice
Hideous and messy
Who would ever guessy
This hellhole would become a
Holiday paradise?