Pain & Joy

by Krister Axel

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This E.P. was produced by my good friends, the amazingly talented LOONER. All props go to them.

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released October 1, 2010

Produced and Recorded by LOONER at Avian Recording Company in Los Angeles, CA 2009-2010
LOONER is: Angel Roché Jr. & Zoë Roché

All songs written by Krister Axel, Arranged by Krister Axel & LOONER

Mixed & Mastered by Prince Elwood Strickland III at Portland Underground Recording in Portland, OR
except for "You're The Light", mixed by Errol Brown at Jasic Studios in Van Nuys, CA
Artwork by Sandra Gilmore

Musicians:
Krister Axel - Vocals, Keyboards & Electric Guitar
Angel Roché Jr. - Drums, Percussion, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards & Vocals
Takeshi Akimoto - Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Damon Ramirez - Additional Keyboards

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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: Pain & Joy
If this old world is going to pass me by
I won't try, I won't try
If this old world is going to pass me by
then I won't try at all
we've never met but you know my name
just leave me here, just leave me here
we've never met but you know my name
just leave me here alone

pain and joy
my pain and joy
my pain and joy

just leave me here with the precious night
in all my pain, in all my pain
just leave me here with the precious night
in all my pain and joy

pain and joy
my pain and joy
my pain and joy

all my pain and joy
my pain and joy

holds all these walls together
can't keep a bed for very long
can't see the sun is rising
don't know the way to get back home

all my pain and joy
my pain and joy
Track Name: True
What once was lost
is still so far gone
what once was true
is a part of you

because I don't know
if you're thinking what I'm thinking too
but I will be there with you

we join in praise
of all those who gave
let he who doubts
see the sun come out

because I don't know
if you're feeling what I'm feeling too
but I will be there with you

because I don't know
if you're thinking what I'm thinking too
but I will be there with you
with you
with you
Track Name: What You Got
Won't you believe me
I won't change a word
don't you deceive me
or no one ever learns
that now is the best of times
and all these lies just make us blind
and everybody knows

the only way I'll leave is with you by my side
the only place I'll go is where you hide
when I see your face you lift me up
the only thing I want is what you got

now that I see you
and I can feel your heart
now that I see you
and no one is in the dark
this fortune is in our hands
there's no way out if it goes as planned
and everybody knows

the only way I'll leave is with you by my side
the only place I'll go is where you hide
when I see your face you lift me up
the only thing I want is what you got

you're the way I waste my time
you're the way I lose my mind
just a rose beside the road

the only way I'll leave is with you by my side
the only place I'll go is where you hide
when I see your face you lift me up
the only thing I want is what you got

the only thing I want is what you got
the only thing I want is what you got
you're the only thing
the only thing I want is what you got
Track Name: The Light
Sometime in the morning
I was not myself
having stood, and lost
and fallen in debt
I know what you're doing
I know what you've done
but you won't have to change me
because I won't use too much

You're the light I want to shine for
you're the light
I want to shine for you
You're the light I want to shine
for now, and ever

when I was a liar
when I was a thief
when I wore the chains
of my own grief
somewhere in the distance
I could see myself
falling down the mountain
with nothing left

You're the light I want to shine for
you're the light
I want to shine for you
You're the light I want to shine
for now, and ever
when you leave take a part of me
when you leave
you take a part of me
You're the light I want to shine
for now, and ever