Swexico

by Krister Axel

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The debut EP from Krister Axel featuring Brooklyn and Illuminate the Sky.

Swexico is where everything began.

This digital download of Swexico includes Tragic which was not included with the original release. Tragic first appeared on the Paper Sun album 'Humanity'.

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released September 3, 2004

Krister Axel - vocals, keyboards, electric and acoustic guitar, harmonium
Carson Cohen - bass
Bart Ryan - guitar
Adam Marcello - drums
Bill Dowling - trumpet and arrangement
Steve Marsh - trombone
Jay Nash - vocals on Second Place
Joel Eckels - vocals on Tragic
Sally Jaye - vocals on Tragic
Mark Corben - bass on Illuminate the Sky

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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: Brooklyn
She said show me all the ways that you would hold me
The way that you feel empty to know I’m not around
Teach me all the things that you find holy
About living in the city and finding your way home
Tell me I am not alone
Tell me I am not alone

All the way out
All the way down

Brooklyn, she’s like poetry in the morning
She mends my faith when I am broken, a bridge over the past
She says baby, I’ll change my shoes and pull my hair back
Throw some hope into this backpack and see what comes of the day
They say love gets in the way
They say love gets in the way

All the way out
All the way down
All the way in
Leads me back to Brooklyn

Leads me back to Brooklyn
Leads me back to Brooklyn
Fate won’t let me down

Brooklyn follows birds across the ocean
Leaves her white Honda running and settles on a star
They say love can break your heart

All the way out
All the way down
All the way in
Leads me back to Brooklyn
Track Name: Illuminate The Sky
I woke up today and my voice was
Older than my heart
Which carries a new scar
The image of a better place
Let me see the earth dressed
For the seasons

Diamonds in the street
Spotlights in the wild
Tonight I watch an angel
Shoot across the sky
Illuminate the sky

Even as my dreams run slowly
Beneath this printed sunset
They begin to die
We replace the impossible
With the same wicked fever
That burned heaven to the ground

Diamonds in the street
Spotlights in the wild
Tonight I watch an angel
Illuminate the sky
Shoot across the sky

I opened up my veins
Showed you what I believe
I hope you never change
I hope you never change
I hope you will always shine
I hope you never change

The stars in your eyes
Illuminate the sky
Track Name: Waterfall
Wasn’t it fast, my sweet?

We lost what we couldn’t keep…

When did it all become

Like a loaded gun?


Out in the rain you live

Chasing another year

If you believe in me

Say it out loud



You’re not going to waste it all

Turning around without

Get what you came here for

Over the waterfall



Love is an altered state

Piercing the flesh and mind

Hungry for everyone

Like a loaded gun



You’re not going to waste it all

Turning around without

Get what you came here for

Over the waterfall

Track Name: Second Place
You suffered on the wheel
You don’t know how you feel about this living
All the signs are there
The good news and the bad conversation
Baby I can’t see what you see
I don’t know how it feels to be

Always in second place
Under the weight of all this pressure
You’re so beautiful if only once
You believed it
Come back

Come back to me


You carry what you want
You hold it in your arms like a mother does
Something in your heart
Stays out in the dark for another
Baby I can’t see what you see
I don’t know how it feels to be

Always in second place
Under the weight of all this pressure
You’re so beautiful if only once
You believed it
Come back

Come back to me

You carry what you want
You hold it in your arms
Track Name: Georgia Rain
I set out in the morning
And she’s watching over me
This angel on my shoulder
Crying into the sea

Georgia rain in my walking shoes
I’ve got nothing to lose

Tell me you won’t fade out
Now the clouds are rolling in
Maybe you remember
Almost losing everything

Georgia rain in my walking shoes
I’ve got nothing to lose

Somebody shine a light on me

Georgia rain
Track Name: Tragic
this emotion
this combination of colors
this congregation of lovers
I believe I've been confused
by the tragic
the melody of black magic
and all my bad habits
I believe I've been confused
You're changing hands
and i can see through it
I'm falling short and no one can prove it
there is nothing left
but ashes and fools
falling in love
ashes and fools
what do I know
the valley of old love
the symbols that washed up
like a fog on the river
what can I give her
what life can we both live
reflections of winter
like a fog on the river
this emotion
this combination of colors
this congregation of lovers
I believe I've been confused
by the tragic
the melody of black magic
and all my bad habits
I believe I've been confused
I believe
I believe I've been confused