Arms Around The River

by Krister Axel

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Krister Axel finds his indie-rock swagger with this solid collection, featuring Holland Park Road and True Believer.

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released September 7, 2007

This album is dedicated to the city of London. My experience there on July 7th 2005 changed my life. This album is basically a reflection of that week on tape.

Krister Axel - piano, acoustic guitar, Wurlitzer, harmonium, B3, vocals
Karen Teperberg - drums
Matt Delvecchio - bass
Mike Freas - electric guitar
Naimee Coleman - vocals
Judy Ruden - harmonica
Mark Corben - bass on Southern Girl, Bedroom Eyes
Adam Marcello - drums on Stay
Brandon Krueger - bass on Something Beautiful

Marc Moreau - mix
Brandon Kruger - mix on Stay, Something Beautiful
Cynthia Catania - mix on Holland Park Road, I'm The Gun

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Krister Axel Ashland, Oregon

I started playing piano in White Plains, New York because our black upright piano fascinated me and my sisters hated their piano lessons. That was in the 80's and I have never stopped writing songs. I write love songs and political songs but mostly love songs.

I play a lot of acoustic guitar, some electric, and different kinds of piano plus accordions and harmoniums and other assorted weird shit.
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Track Name: Head In The Rain
There's a town up north
with your name, baby
half nothing and half hills
on a plain.
It was a farmer's daughter
who ran away, baby
someone just like you
with her head in the rain
her head in the rain

All across the world
you're a sign, baby
I can see your blues
the joy and the pain
I want to lean back now
in your arms, baby
take time off the hook
and love you again
love you again
Track Name: True Believer
Get up on that
I got my groove back
I got style
my body is wild
and I'm a true believer
you ain't seen this
I'm second to none

Get up on that
on a side track
just one night
it's all in your mind
you'll be a true believer
and live forever
in the blessing of love

on a sunny day
when we feel no pain
and I'm close to you
you feel so good
Track Name: Stay
Stay if you want to stay
take what you want to take
love who you want to love
and break what you're tired of
and don't worry
that the world wants to self-destruct
don't worry
just stay until you've had enough
don't leave before you've had enough

run if you want to run
I'll find you in another life
singing about the lazy sun
waiting for my girl to come
and don't worry
that the world wants to break you down
when it hurts me
my pain doesn't make a sound
it's the sex that gets the feelings out

and don't worry
that the world wants to break you down
don't worry
just stay until it comes around
just stay until it comes around
Track Name: Holland Park Road
I don't know what's missing
but I'll see if I can find it
climbing up the hill it starts to rain
I still feel like walking
I'm not so good with talking
and I just ran out of pretty things to say

I'm thinking of the city
with it's arms around the river
with no end and no beginning
just like a chain of stars
and it's trying to tell me something
about the light between two lovers
the light that's on your face
all you have to do is
shine on for me
if you can't afford to sleep
I'll be the push that brings you back
it's Saturday and there's something in the air
I don't believe that we are lost

honey keep them coming
because I'm drinking through the morning
I got a million miles to go inside my head
and I hear a voice calling
from the other side of the ocean
and I swear I left my heart in her Venice bed
Track Name: Southern Girl
I got this Nashville song
in this Nashville style
about some southern girl
and her southern smile
the same three words
they don't mean so much
she says 'I'll be gone
but I'll stay in touch...'

You're leaving soon
so this won't take long
but if I'm so right
what if I'm still wrong?
so don't waste my time
unless you take me home
to some Nashville house
in some Nashville storm

you walk with the razor burn
red like a rose from the south
you've got it all figured out
for the next hundred days
so be who you want to be
baby I want you free
whenever you come
you come to me
you know what I want
I've been waiting so long

walk with me
you can be my friend
it's hard enough
just to catch my breath
I feel this love
and I don't know why
for some southern girl
and her southern smile
Track Name: Something Beautiful
If I could heal myself
the way I always think of you
when the sun is not so high
or the sky is not so blue
it's always like you said
there's nothing left to do but
smile along the way
and wait for something beautiful

If I could always love myself
the way you taught me to
when I'm walking down the road
and I'm holding on to you
it's something that you said
this much I know is true
I can see it in your eyes
the future is so beautiful

everything I know
everything I feel for you
nowhere is too far
even in the dark for you
baby when it rains
all I want to say to you
is beautiful

If I could heal myself
the way I always think of you
when the sun is not so high
or the sky is not so blue
I'm thinking to myself
if I could stay with you
I could grow into this love
sounds like something beautiful

when it rains
it's beautiful
Track Name: Always A Circle
I don't know why I lose my head
all day on the phone
waiting for the end
I get up and then sometimes I'm down
always a circle
I don't know why you lose your head
maybe get it right
you never can tell
make a move and you keep your smile
like a streetlight on a dark night

the hours turn to days
I am not afraid
the days turn to years
and baby I'm still here
if everything is change
then everything is change
but I still feel the same way

we're gonna fly so high
up in the clear blue sky
so get to your favorite part
start anywhere you want
always a circle

there's nothing that you can't say to me
so give it to me straight
that's the only way
make a move and you keep your smile
like a streetlight on a dark night

the hours turn to days
I am not afraid
the days turn to years
and baby I'm still here
if everything is change
then everything is change
but I still feel the same way

we're gonna fly so high
up in the clear blue sky
so get to your favorite part
start anywhere you want
always a circle

whatever goes around
it comes around
whatever goes up
must come down
but I still feel the same
I still feel
I still feel love

we're gonna fly so high
up in the clear blue sky
so get to your favorite part
start anywhere you want
always a circle
always a circle
Track Name: I'm The Gun
Cry like you've never cried
Live like you'll never die
Love like you never change
How long before she gets away
If I get back to where I was
Before I knew that she was gone
I make peace with everyone
She's the bullet
I'm the gun

Cold coffee and a day is born
Just in time to be moving on
I don't know what I can't see
Invisible never bothered me
If I get back to where I was
Before I knew that she was gone
I make peace with everyone
She's the bullet
I'm the gun

oh she's the bullet

She's too sharp for me to hold
I cut my fingers on her soul
Make a fist and she draws a knife
That's the kind of love I like
If I get back to where I was
Before I knew that she was gone
I make peace with everyone
She's the bullet
I'm the gun

she's invisible
Track Name: Bedroom Eyes
Working out the empty spaces
Try to make it last a while
Scattered like the east and west
She's always getting by with her best
bedroom eyes
her best bedroom eyes

I guess she's never seen the rainfall
Living in the atmosphere
She wants to take her chances
I want to disappear in her best
bedroom eyes
her best bedroom eyes

there's nothing in her head but cigarettes
there's nothing in that smile but loneliness
let me hear that voice again
tell me something good
tell me something good

Working out the empty spaces
Try to make it real enough
Scattered like the east and west
she's always making love with her best
bedroom eyes
her best bedroom eyes