Fast Train

by Krister Axel

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A really personal collection of acoustic songs inspired by Damien Rice.

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released September 5, 2008

Fast Train was recorded on an MCI JH24 and mixed on a Trident A-Range on 1/2 inch tape. Special thanks to Mike Terry, New Monkey Studios and Doug Masterson.

Krister Axel - piano, acoustic guitar, Wurlitzer, Nord Electro II, harmonium, vocals
Karen Teperberg - drums
Mark Corben - bass
Mike Freas - electric guitar
Naimee Coleman - vocals
Adam Marcello - percussion
Jen Leigh - electric guitar on The Hard Way

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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: Fast Train
Well, if I come for you
would you come for me?
And if I want you to
would you stay?

just 'cause you're leaving on a fast train
just 'cause you're breaking all of my heart
just 'cause you don't know how you belong here
maybe I won't let you go yet
maybe I won't let you go

what if I tell the truth
would you tell the truth?
and if I asked you to
would you stay?

just 'cause you're leaving on a fast train
just 'cause you're breaking all of my heart
just 'cause you don't know how you belong here
maybe I won't let you go yet
maybe I won't let you go

when I was sleeping, you were leaving
when I was dreaming I was alone
you're taking a fast train, going a long way
you're such as long way from home
maybe I won't let you go yet
maybe I won't let you go
Track Name: Summer Drug
Peace for the winter I pray for you
that you find what you wanted to
in that old yesterday
you get no second chances babe
you walk out in the pouring rain
you get some kind of lost again

I've been waiting for you
to change your mind
I'm learning how to turn back time
I'll say good night but I don't mean mine
You're a summer drug
I guess that's good enough

You're still blind from the summer flame
love-drunk and whiskey-tame
on that old yesterday
you wake up and see the sky
you got no good reasons why
you're not just wasting time

I've been waiting for you
to change your mind...
Track Name: Rain On Me
when I was old enough to dance
when I was high enough to see
anywhere the sky is dark
it rains on me

and I race
just to fall
just to be where you are

all we are is all we are
what we learn is what we teach
anywhere the sky is dark
it rains on me

and I race
just to fall
just to be where you are
I race
if there's nothing in this world
you put something in the dirt
and rain on me

it don't matter what you do
it don't matter what you eat
if you don't know the truth
you won't be free

don't wait
don't wait
don't wait
don't wait for me
I race
if there is nothing in this world
you put something in the dirt
and rain on me
Track Name: My Rose
When I was 25 I tried to drink the sky all up
I knew enough to know that I was getting older
and change was going to come soon
soon so soon
now it's been so long
since we both went off and started something
I know enough to know
that's where I want to go
I was the runaway
You were the runaway too
I had my days to find
I had my nights to find you

the seats are taken
but I feel there's room at the bar
and I'm not tired unless you are
you're my water in the desert
you're my wings to fly above the sun
my winter my summer
my rose
you started something

I'm not coming down
I'm not coming down yet

oh my rose
Track Name: Les Yeux Gris
Little girl lost in a lonely dream
with her coffee cup and her pale jeans
baby can't see what's around the bend
she's got those gray eyes laughing but
we don't know what it means yet

j'aurais tant aime t'aimer bien tu sais
des la premiere nuit tu m'avais compris
la fillete perdue
glacee comme tout
Mets-toi bien surtout

c'est les yeux gris
qui rient
c'est les yeux gris
qui rient

comme si tu dormais
comme si tu etais une fleure
comme si tu avais d'ailleurs
les ailes
comme si tu dormais
comme si tu etais une fleure
comme si tu avais d'ailleurs
les ailes brisees

c'est les yeux
c'est les yeux
c'est les yeux gris
qui rient
c'est les yeux gris
qui rient

Little girl lost in a lonely dream
with her coffee cup and her pale jeans
baby can't see what's around the bend
she's got those gray eyes laughing but
we don't know what it means yet
Track Name: The War
We're not so safe here
but I don't believe in fear
I think we all will be
revealed to know the truth
about the war

I thought you were gone
I thought you were done for
I thought you were gone

I see it every day
they just don't want you to stay
it just gets worse and worse
and worse and worse
and worse and worse and worse

I thought you were gone
I thought you were done for
I thought you were gone

I'd be so grateful
if they just sent you home
I think we all will be
revealed to know the truth
about the war

I thought you were gone
I thought you were done for
I thought you were gone
I thought you were done for
I thought you were gone
I thought you were done for
I thought you were gone
Track Name: The Hard Way
She took the hard way
headed for the city
on the sidewalk just trying to be brave
she had never seen a live one
burning with the taste
of a brighter day
as she walked through
the rivers of her thoughts she was
holding on to love
she kept her eyes up
walking like a soldier
through the desert
through the desert

you'll never take me
you'll never break me
you'll never take my heart
you'll never change me

she took the hard way
falling from the sky like she was
holding on to yesterday
but when the leaves change
everything still
remains the same

you'll never take me
you'll never break me
you'll never take my heart
we're on the same side
you live a good life
you'll never change my mind

you'll never take my heart
if it's already out
asleep in the stars
if you know what you want
and you know who you are
then they can't take your heart

you'll never take me
you'll never break me
you'll never take my heart
you'll never change me
Track Name: Holy Ghost
When all my weight is gone
and I'm projected here
like a good idea
on it's way to something real
well, I'm a foolish child
and I'm just thick with poems
about some old mistakes
that I just can't shake

and it's all right
it's all right
it's all right
when you're here
it's all right
it's all right
it's all right
when you're here
when you're here with me

well it's a broken game
because the rules don't work
you can try to build a dream
you might end up in the dirt
all there's left to do
is rise up again
when you've got nothing to lose
aside from everything

and it's all right
it's all right
it's all right
when you're here
it's all right
it's all right
it's all right
when you're here
when you're here with me

it's all right
it's all right
when you're here

when all my weight is gone
and I'm a Holy Ghost
with all those shades of grey
and all those empty toes
when you're breathing loud
and I hear those wings
I can taste that smile
and I can feel those lips

and it's all right
it's all right
it's all right
when you're here
it's all right
it's all right
it's all right
when you're here
when you're here
when you're here
when you're here with me