Sky Meet Sea

by Krister Axel

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10 songs about heartbreak and redemption.

Sky Meet Sea is dedicated to my beautiful wife Lavinia.

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released August 6, 2012

This project would not have been possible without the help of these people:

Krister Axel - acoustic and electric guitar, piano, Wurlitzer, accordion, drum sequencing and vocals
Scotty Lund - drums, additional sequencing, percussion
Mike Freas - electric guitar, dobro and lap steel on All For You and Somewhere
Taras Prodaniuk - electric bass on All For You, Before the Rain, Sky Meet Sea, and Somewhere
Nathan Light - electric bass on Sweet Thing, Celebrate Tonight and Through the Forest, bowed double bass on Before the Rain
Aubrey Richmond - violin on Before the Rain
Bill Dowling - horn arrangement and trumpet performance for Somewhere
Terry Landry - tenor saxophone on Somewhere
Kerry Loeschen - trombone on Somewhere
Lindsey Harper - vocals on Sky Meet Sea and Through the Forest
Diane Pancel - vocals on All For You

Mixed by Scotty Lund
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen
Music and lyrics by Krister Axel
Produced by Krister Axel
Cover by by Nathan Fowkes

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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: Sweet Thing
I was the revolution
you were the liberation
that falls from a pregnant sky
set loose on a Friday night
I know what you do to me
you give love in these little pieces
saving for a rainy day
I think you should give it away

Sweet thing, sweet thing
all you get is nothing
sweet thing, sweet thing
all you get is nothing when you put nothing in

she’s high on the running away
here tonight and gone the next day
sweet like a candy girl
lasts as long as a dirty word
soft like a butterfly
hot like a brushfire
don’t make me fall in love
if you don’t want to be the one

Sweet thing, sweet thing
all you get is nothing

Yeah, yeah and you’re feeling so much better
you’re feeling so much better
Yeah, yeah and you’re feeling so much better
you’re feeling so much better

Sweet thing, sweet thing
all you get is nothing
sweet thing, sweet thing
all you get is nothing when you put nothing in
Track Name: Before the Rain
Would you shame your past
to believe in the future
of a warm fireside?
can you feel your heart
trying to guide you
like a faded light

here comes the fire
here comes desire
before the rain
before the rain comes down

do you believe in me
do you want something better
than to lose your fight?
something about your eyes
and the force of your laughter
you cried all night

here comes the fire
here comes desire
before the rain
before the rain comes down

before the rain
before the rain comes down
before the rain
before the rain comes down
Track Name: All Tied Up
All tied up, nowhere left to go but down
you turn your world around
burning down the house
when everything goes south
you change your state
find a place to go away
and try to love again
choice is not a sin
when someone lets you in
I know you’re hurt
I know you’re hurt

we take what’s good and we take what’s right
we break our toys and don’t think twice
we hold our breath and don’t know why
but it’s over, it’s over
has it been so long since the day we were born
because I feel so much is all but gone
so I hold my head I don’t look back
but it’s over, it’s over

it’s over now, it’s over now

All tied up and something in my head won’t budge
I’m changing all my ways
I’m counting up the days
the ones we didn’t hate
it’s over now and so we say again - you’re out
and someone else is in
we don’t know where they’ve been
but choice is not a sin

we take what’s good and we take what’s right
we break our toys and don’t think twice
we hold our breath and don’t know why
but it’s over, it’s over
has it been so long since the day we were born
because I feel so much is all but gone
so I hold my head I don’t look back
and it’s over, it’s over

it’s over now, it’s over now
it’s over now, it’s over now
Track Name: Sky Meet Sea
When I walked through the door
with the wine in my hands
and a smile on my face
like a child
the weekend would fade
but then something would change
and we’d be here
together again

I waited up
I shined the light
I found the truth
and I made it right

there’s a place I believe
where the sky meets the sea
where we both can be free to hold on
and this place I can see
where we both need to be
is where the sky meets the sea and holds on
so baby hold on to me
where the sky meets the sea

this show must go on
because there’s nothing so strong
as the force
of a billion desires
we lose everyone
to the bass and the drums
and the voices
that just feed the fire

I waited up
I shined the light
I found the truth
and I made it right

there’s a place I believe
where the sky meets the sea
where we both can be free to hold on
and this place I can see
where we both need to be
is where the sky meets the sea and holds on
so baby hold on to me
where the sky meets the sea

when I walk through the door
with a hand in my hand
and a kiss from the girl
that I love
we never look back
at the broken down tracks
and the troubles
that we overcome

there’s a place I believe
where the sky meets the sea
where we both can be free to hold on
so baby hold on
hold on
hold on
hold on to me
where the sky meets the sea
Track Name: Somewhere
You don’t want to be
alone in a storm with me
you don’t want to be
lost at sea with me

you might love me
you might care
you might need me
somewhere

you don’t want to be
chasing stars with me
you don’t want to be
hiding your heart from me

you might love me
you might care
you might need me
somewhere

somewhere, somewhere
you might need me somewhere
Track Name: All for You
All for you
The long expensive road to nothing new
These unappreciated lines for you
Falling on this tough love crowd, it’s true
I did it all for you
Open arms
There’s nothing better than those ample charms
Somewhere waiting for the world to start
Somehow afflicted by a broken heart
Looking for those open arms

When I was a prince of the world
All I had was a long list of words
All I saw I could touch with my hands
All I needed was
All I needed was a chance

Those days are gone
I think I see your yesterdays moved on
They left behind that dirty smile you’ve got
Younger than your timeless ways
Your yesterdays
I know all your tricks
I hate the way your heart can hurt like this
I hate the way my plan can miss like this
But there’s no changing what my future is
I know all your tricks

When I was ahead of it all
And I could see what was coming along
Everybody knew the way to get home, but me
All I needed was
All I needed was a dream
Track Name: Through the Forest
I found my legs while running circles in
the temple of the flesh
turning corners in heavy traffic while
the cruise control is set
smiling faces and hiding places
a happy hour somewhere
I remember falling backwards
and losing all my hair

I remember, I remember

I see pictures twenty years from now
the weight of it on our skin
50 percent love and hatred
the rest falling in between
live and let live, give and get gifts
and keep something for yourself
I've been down some but I always made it up
to you and all my friends

I remember, I remember

bringing my girl coffee in bed
crashing my car and breaking my leg
being so blind but still
getting through the forest to you
through the forest to you

through the forest
through the forest

such a morning like I've never seen
if only because I saw it rise
from the ashes of Las Vegas
like paint reaching for the sky
live and let live, give and get gifts
invite me back this time
you're so restless: a caged up tigress
with earthquakes on your mind

I remember, I remember

bringing my girl coffee in bed
crashing my car and breaking my leg
being so blind but still getting through
being so blind but still getting through
bringing my girl coffee in bed
crashing my car and breaking my leg
being so blind but still getting through
the forest to you
through the forest to you

through the forest
through the forest
Track Name: Holding On
I get thirsty for your wine
and you get sweeter all the time
I’ve been through so many tears
you’re the one that keeps me here

I want to fly across the world with you
I want to be the one you’re running to
I want to keep holding on to you
I’ll be the one, I’ll be the one
I’m in love with the way you feel
I’m in love with the way you feel

I stayed up to watch you sleep
and watch the night shine on the treet
I’ve been through so many tears
you’re the one that keeps me here

I want to fly across the world with you
I want to be the one you’re running to
I want to keep holding on to you
I’ll be the one, I’ll be the one
I’m in love with the way you feel
I’m in love with the way you feel
I’m in love with the way you say my name
I know nothing is going to change

I’ll always love you
I’ll always love you

I’ll always love you
I’ll always love you
Track Name: Celebrate Tonight
You were always out of town
I was always on the way
I could barely see the light
but you could blind me just the same
no one ever knew the truth
but you were always on my mind
all I saw was you
I was waiting for a sign
we were lovers then
we were lovers all the time

you could never stay too long
because you always had to work
so I did the best i could
and you showed me what it's worth
I never rushed a thing
I was careful just like you
you took my only heart
and kept me for your fool
we were lovers then
even if you made the rules

I could find your heart
in the pitch black dark
when the colors run
and the night has just begun
I will never stray
I won't lose my way
as long as I have you
as long as I have you

now we're here with all our friends
now the night will never end
now we stare across the sea
now your love is here with me
now we'll never be apart
now I know just who you are
you're the one I'd hoped to find
I was searching all the time
so let's celebrate
let's celebrate tonight

oh, celebrate tonight
oh, celebrate tonight
Track Name: Throw Your Guns Away
Once upon a dreamer, once upon a dream
I try to be forgiven for all the things I’ve seen
time is just like water flowing to the sea
never to return but always a part of me
we all have our prisoners and we all have our chains
we all want to be here, we all want to be saved
waiting for the sunshine waiting for the rain
waiting for the blue sky waiting for the gray

Let this be the day, we put our past away
let us try to change the wars that we have made
let this be the day we throw our guns away

help me with my fortune, help me lift my heart
help me change the patterns of correction in the stars
don’t believe the chatter or wander in the dark
see the sun is rising and walk into the fire

Let this be the day, we put our past away
let us try to change the wars that we have made
let this be the day we throw our guns away

I throw my guns away
so throw your guns away