Permanent Friday Night

by Krister Axel

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about

A gritty blues-rock album featuring Ordinary and Throw Your Arms Around Me.

be glad for that precious pain
there is poetry under your skin:
you are aware
of the human tragedy - that we fall
madly through time
towards death
and truth
in the span of 30 thousand sunsets
with only love to guide us

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released May 14, 2005

Many thanks to Matt Delvecchio who in large part made this whole project happen and was the excellent engineer. Mixed by Marc Moreau. Mastered by Marc Regan.

Krister Axel - vocals, piano, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Hohner D6 clavinet, acoustic and electric guitar, slide guitar, tambourine, shaker, hand clap, Belvidere
Carson Cohen - bass
Chet Dixon - harmonica, vocals
Bart Ryan - guitar
Adam Marcello - drums
Joel Eckels - guitar
Sally Jaye - vocals
Bill Dowling - trumpet and arrangement
Steve Marsh - trombone
Babyhead - additional bass
Brandon Krueger - electric guitar
Billy Hawn - percussion
Kelly Wilson - flute on Photograph

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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: Ordinary
A little more time with my angel
Another glass of wine to be able
To draw another breath next to you
Another wounded night has fallen
Every tired mind is breaking down
Little babies gone to sleep
I don’t feel so bad
Ordinary
I don’t feel so bad

There’s no other sun shining
There’s no other sun shining

Ordinary
Do us a favor
With an ordinary kind of saviour

You want to paint the walls with the ocean
You want to look across the great blue space
But you never face your faults
You never frown at all

Ordinary
Do us a favor
With an ordinary kind of saviour
For this wasted love
Where the odds are favored
To this ordinary kind of flavor

I don’t feel so bad
Ordinary
I don’t feel so bad

I hope you let me give you what you want
What you couldn’t keep around you for too long
And if you wake up somewhere you don’t want me
At least we’ll never be ordinary
Track Name: Say The Words
Let me see the sunrise, the morning light
I want to be a circus of energy tonight
I keep holding on
I keep holding on for you
Say the words
And you make them true
I keep holding on for you

I just keep running down this empty road
Chasing stars like a firefly with infinite hope
I keep holding on
I keep holding on for you
Say the words
And you make them true
I keep holding on for you

Don’t you get me down on love
Because you’re in my blood

Say the words
And you make them true
Say the words
I’ll come back to you
Track Name: Throw Your Arms Around Me
I was up all night
Like I’d never seen the morning
It was a blue-eyed sun
April sky
You let me down
But sometimes I can’t lose anything
That’s the way I feel

Throw your arms around me
Draw the line at what you give away
You don’t need
You don’t need nothing
Say goodbye to yesterday
This is another time and place
You don’t need nothing
Throw your arms around me

You don’t make sense
But I would hold the sky up for you
Walk on fire
Or broken glass
It isn’t much
But it’s better than the way it was
That’s the way I feel

Throw your arms around me
Track Name: When You're Gone
I want to lie in your bed
I want to wait on your steps
winter falls on my head
when you're gone

I can't wait for the end
I get tired of myself
I don't feel anything
when you're gone

I get to thinking I could never leave your side
I get to drinking because I miss the way you smile
I love you baby and I hope you never know
when you're gone
I got nowhere to go

I still hear what you say
However many miles away
It’s just another lonely day
when you're gone
Track Name: You Fool
I will take
The casual mistake
The same restless hands
Making these plans
Fate
Time only waits
The moments won't stand
Still for the camera
Just because
You don’t know the rules
You sound like a fool
But I know what you’re after
Don’t give up
Don’t give up
Don’t give up
When the river still runs
it just
Breaks down
Just breaks down
Just breaks down

And the wheel is coming up
You spin and you fall
You fall in love
You take what you want
And leave the rest
Take what you want
And don’t be sad

don’t be sad
Track Name: East of Hollywood
It’s not your fault
Another color for the painted wall
You’re at the window with your eyes across
The weight of the world
Yesterday
You came up empty for the second time
You threw it back because you heard a sigh
A baby’s cry

A little east of Hollywood
Because you don’t know where it is
That another day begins
You’re running out
Of things to talk about

I’m tired now
Of watching all the movies fade to black
We could have seen you but they cut it out
And left you to beg

A little east of Hollywood
Because you don’t know where it is
That another day begins
You’re running out
Of things to talk about

When silence falls
Never turn around
Track Name: Photograph
Another wounded smile from the battlefield
Why won’t you help me cross?
Help me cross the bridge tonight
The morning after all this stormy weather
Just come on home
Come on home

You were dreaming baby
It’s not like your photograph
You don’t love somebody
Unless you’re satisfied
With all his angels
His devils
Don’t believe it baby
You don’t want no photograph

You’re beautiful like a rose among the weeds
You make me proud
And then you make me bleed
I’m not afraid of love so baby don’t shed no tears
Just make a choice for something you believe
Something you believe

You were dreaming baby
It’s not like your photograph
You don’t love somebody
Unless you’re satisfied
With all his angels
His devils
Don’t believe it baby
You don’t want no photograph

Photograph
It’s not like your photograph
You were dreaming
You were dreaming
Track Name: Helpless
You don’t know which side you’re taking
You don’t know which lines you’ve crossed
There’s a way that you say nothing
So you never say it wrong
You’re a shadow and you’re falling
From the sunset to the floor
There’s a way you make predictions
About the seasons of your love
You should just be

helpless in my arms
so I never lose you at all
You know that rain is going to fall
helpless

You’re a thousand confirmations
Everything will be all right
The newest constellation
Getting settled in the sky
I can see tomorrow smiling
From a place beyond these clouds
I just want to take you with me
Give you everything you’ve gone without
You should just be

helpless in my arms
so I never lose you at all
You know that rain is going to fall
helpless
Track Name: As Good As Love
It takes a flood to move tomorrow
A hard rain to wash it out
So you leave the window open
You can breathe for a while
You call me up to say you’re sorry
That it got so cold
I know it’s not the weather
That makes you go

Smoke in your eyes
Change your mind
Smoke in your eyes
Make you cry

Let’s go down together
Take one last stand
When I reach for you
Just put out your hand
In a life worth living
It’s a promise that you keep
To be always ready
For anything

Smoke in your eyes
Change your mind
Smoke in your eyes
Make you cry

As good as love

Turn it up too loud
Turn it up too loud
You don’t know what you found
Until you make it broken
You were born to cry
And then love a while
You don’t know what you found
You don’t know what you found
Track Name: All That Lifts You Up
You look good up there
With the lights on your face
I saw someone that’s
Better than this place
I sing your praises
From the rooftops baby
Give me one more chance

And even if tomorrow comes
I’ll be around
To prop you up when you come down
When you come down
When all that lifts you up
Lets you down

It’s like we were never young
Sometimes the strings get cold
But you just get better
The more that you get old
So save me the last kiss
And we’ll never let it go
We’ll just be here standing by the road
With all this time

even if tomorrow comes
I’ll be around
To prop you up when you come down
When you come down
When all that lifts you up
Lets you down
Track Name: No More Questions
I get miles of windy weather
Drinking rain until I choke
Missing time on the meter
With just half a life to go
But this light in the window
Says tomorrow I’ll be free
So no more questions
Just let it be

Wherever North comes to nothing
That’s a long way from here
I’ve been trying to tell you
That there is no in-between
But this light in the window
Says tomorrow I’ll be free
So no more questions
Just let it be

Oh
There’s a hush before I go
I came alive with the spirit
It made me
I was on the other side
Chasing after praises in the night
Track Name: Butterfly
You tried to redeem that promise note
You barely escaped from the undertow
You know what you want
But you can’t let go
You spread your wings tonight
Butterfly

You stand at the heart of a sinking ship
Your body is tired and your brain is shit
It’s all you can do just to drink the wine
You spread your wings tonight
Butterfly

You spread your wings
Track Name: Sugarbabe
I’m sure she’s coming back
she’s just shining up her boots
dancing through the fire
she might kick something loose
nothing is for sure
but I’m not so sure of that
I feel it my heart
whenever you’re away
I’ll never be alone
as long as I come home
to you
you’re my sugarbabe
you make me crazy
you’re so sweet it hurts
it feels too good

we could try another place
but you know it’s getting late
to be chasing all these lights
across the interstate
nothing is for sure
but I’m not so sure of that
I feel it my heart
with your hands in my lap
if not for you
there’s nothing in this world
there’s nothing in this world
you’re my sugarbabe
you make me crazy
you’re so sweet it hurts
it feels too good