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The Hunt (feat. TV​-​MA)

by Alice Knows Karate

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THE HUNT is a short horror story based on a real story my father told me about his time growing up in the Philippines. His daily routine consisted of walking through a cemetery to get home, and of outrunning & outsmarting the terrifying creature known as the "manananggal" who waited for him there.

In 2007, he died suddenly of heart failure.

I can't help but wonder...


In a village on an island
As the light began to fade
In the tropical twilight
At the end of the day
A young boy began his journey home
And as he made his way
Took a shortcut through the cemetery dotted with graves

Oh, the young blood is sweet and ripe
Oh, under cover of the night
The hunt, my friend, begins

You won't see it, but it sees you
And it smells you in the air
Wings like bats, they're quick as lightning
With long, stringy hair
Teeth and claws as sharp as razors
Pointed tongue, and bloodshot eyes
Entrails hanging from their torsos
As they prowl through the skies

Oh, if you hold your breath and run
Oh, if you scream, it's twice as fun
The hunt will never end

40 years, as many address changes
Boy is now a man
With a family of his own
In this new, far-off land
But that demon, in its hunger,
Followed far across the sea
It devoured my father's heart
And now it's searching for me

Oh, there is nowhere left to hide
Oh, who would be next if I died?
The hunt will never end
The hunt will never end.


released September 4, 2020
Vocals/Songwriting/Lyrics: Keiko

Production/Arrangements/Music: TV-MA

Mixing/Mastering: Bansheebeat

Violin: Isaac Schutz

Guitar: Jeff Liu

Art: Ruel Deguzman (Xenobrane)


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alt pop born of chiptune ▪️ East Side San Jose but make it High Fantasy ▪️ pop culture as folklore



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