SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon: Lyrics to “Wildfire”

One or two have requested the lyrics to SBTRKT and Little Dragon’s “Wildfire” – which can be heard here – so I bring you this rather fragmented, but hopefully useful, attempt at figuring out what’s being sung in that delicious melody.

“Wildfire”

I could bet all the riches that I ever had
Rushing the night like a shark, babe
Would it be bad?
If I had to set the alarm
Cause those thrills that run up my back
You are my star
Nothing else could leave me off track

Hey
You like a wildfire
You got me rising high

Your innocence
Who’s brave?
Drowning in
Would you save me
It’s a crime
If you don’t want
You’ll expire
By the throat

Edit: Improved upon by “teresaaa7″ and “J”.

Edit #2: Now official, as per SKTRKT’s webpage.

22 thoughts on “SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon: Lyrics to “Wildfire””

  1. Thanks so much. That definitely makes more sense. It seems from Google searches that lots of people come across this website in search of lyrics, so I thought I’d provide the new ones as a start. Thanks again for the improvement!

  2. I could bet all the riches that I ever had

    rushing the night like a shark babe

    would it be bad

    if I had to set the alarm

    cus those thrills that run up my back

    you are my star

    nothing else could leave me off track

    hey

    you like a wildfire

    you got me rising high

    ur innocence

    whose the brave

    drowning in

    would you save me

    its a crime

    if you dont

    your the spy

    by the throat

  3. I don’t hear the “kill” bit, although you could be entirely right! I’m useless at these things, as you can tell. What does everyone else think?

  4. Im 100% sure its not “kill the fire by the throat” but infact “You’ll expire, by the throat”

    Thats what i can hear, anyone else feel this is best fit?

    1. Ok the song doesn’t make GREAT sense but it makes enough sense for ‘you’ll expire’ to totally not fit in.. How does that even contribute to the context?!

  5. wondering if she doesn’t rather say …
    “your innocence
    who’s to blame
    drowning in
    what you to say to me
    it’s a crime
    if you don’t
    heal the scar
    by the throat”
    ….
    but it just came to me on a 2nd close listen after my first “foire au vin”
    which is where you taste wine (=get drunk) and by cases which I did.
    love this f’g track!
    much love from Paris….L.Tee

  6. Music and wine – that’s a fine evening. Might just make that the plan for tomorrow. She could very well be saying that, Lucille Tee, but I’ve taken those lyrics from SBTRKT’s official webpage. He could be lying, though! Let’s hunt him down!

  7. it’s “you’ll expire by the throat” because that makes sense! meaning someone will die (expire) by the throat (drowning). and it’s
    “it’s a crime if you don’t WANT” and it’s “whos brave” without the ‘the’! but great job otherwise :D

  8. Thank you for the corrections, Krista. I’ve edited the main post. There was a huge grammar error in there, too. Big face palm moment. Thank you!

  9. I could bet all of the riches that i ever had
    Rush in the night like a shark babe would it be bad?
    If i had to set the alarm cause of thrills that run up my back
    You are my star nothing else can lead me off track

    hey yeah
    you’re like a wild fire
    you got me rising high

    Your innocence
    Who’s brave
    Drown it in
    would you save me?
    It’s a crime
    If you don’t
    You’ll despite it by the throat

    And at the end she sings:
    Your innocence
    Who’s brave
    Drown it in
    “Oh will you save me?”
    It’s a crime
    If you don’t
    You’ll despite it by the throat

  10. Let me bring this text in perspective.
    The text are somewhat fragments of the mind, which if read correctly leads to a memory that makes sence. The song is about a man that is too good to be true and probably not thrustworthy but extremely seductive and handsome.

    She can bet all of the riches she ever had, that he’s a shark that rushes in the night.
    So she knows it wouldnt be bad to set an alarm for the thrills on her back, cuz then she knows he has her. But as bad as he is, she feels very attracted to him, cuz he’s the only one who can lead her off-track.

    Now the next couple of fragments:
    “Your innocence” Actually her innocence
    “Who’s brave” She tells herself, nobodies brave
    “Drown it in” So she drowns the bravery in (with liquor)
    Then, she asks him to save her, keep her heart whole and not be bad like she actually expects him to be. Followed up with a warning that if he does not save her, he’ll despite it by the throat. Meaning, he’ll despite it with his life.

    I hope this clarifies the questions about whether the text is right or wrong and maybe give you more insight in the song.

    Greets,

  11. I can swear that instead it’s ” I could bet all of the riches that I ever had,” it’s “the riches that IVE ever had.” Not that it’s super important but it does make more sense..

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