A Sentimental Education

by Anton Sword

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Anton Sword's first attempt: a collection of dark sentiments gently expressed, made with available resources, in complete ignorance, partly in NYC and partly in Berlin.

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released May 25, 2007

Written & Produced by Anton Sword. Played by Anton Sword, Ahmed Kharem, Steve Ruchelman, Julian Maile, Erik Paparazzi, Christian Bonbers, Heather Wagner, Pete Kohl, Luc Berger, Mazz Swift, Daniel Harnett. Recorded by Pete Kohl at Beautyrock, NYC except, "Maybe It's Begun," recorded by Luc Berger at Berger Sound Salon, Berlin. Mixed by Pete Kohl & Anton Sword at Beautyrock, NYC, except "Infrared" and "My Judgment", mixed by Ken Heitmueller and Anton Sword at 24 Recording 24, NYC. Mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, NYC

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Anton Sword Brooklyn, New York

NYC native singer/keyboardist Anton Sword writes neo-glam synthpop and dark dance music for cynical but secretly tenderhearted bookworms. Sword performs solo and with his band The We Ours regularly in the USA and Europe.

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Track Name: Infrared
Infrared
(Anton Sword)

Got the wrong sized leash out for your heart
All my favorite speeches fell apart
Like the leaves in an old library
And as the words dissolve they’re taking me
To the cold wind rolling off the park
Up to the starpoint shining in the dark
Where the windowpane is burning black
And the midnight’s backbone doubles back

I’ve gone infrared again and you’ll be found
Sure as the second hand comes around
Oh you’re a tricky one, but I’ll still win
I’ll make your endings all begin again
Just turn the fleet around, back to the bay
And there’ll be nothing left to say

On a doubt I jumped and was impaled
Had it all and lost it for a nail
I hung myself a picture out to dry
Hiding a safe with its own key inside
My sentence is too short to pick the lock
My words are so important, no they’re not

Where the hills roll up into the green
There’s a forest that you’ve never seen
If you let me I will take you there
If you let me I will make you care
Or you can stay inside your maze, you architect
But I’ll still crawl in like an insect
Track Name: Maybe It's Begun
Maybe It’s Begun
(Anton Sword)

Maybe it’s the sky, maybe it’s the rain
It all seems different but maybe it’s the same
Maybe it’s the world, conversion of the times
Maybe it’s the language, maybe it’s the rhymes
Maybe it’s the thunder, maybe it’s the sun
Maybe it’s your brain thinking I’m the one
Maybe someone is, I don’t think it’s me
Maybe it’s just you seeing what you see

Maybe it’s the blood, maybe it’s the glands
Written in the bones, acted with the hands
Maybe we’re too old, maybe we’re too new
We’ve been made too fake and maybe it’s too true
Maybe we’re too late, maybe it’s the end
Maybe that’s great, maybe we’re friends
Maybe it’s the dawn, maybe it’s the night
Listen to the wind, maybe it’s all right
Maybe it’s all right

Maybe it’s undone, maybe it’s the start
Of something unknown, and it’s just the first part
Maybe it’s a song still being sung
Can you feel a flame? Maybe it’s begun
Maybe it’s begun
Track Name: Liquefy
Liquefy
(Anton Sword)

Liquefy all small things,
throw them on the fire each day brings
Melt the treasures of the past
and the faceless gold will move you fast.
Why wait? But I see something still holds you back
Throw yourself away, throw yourself away
Liquefy your face, liquefy your fate
Yeah, your things still keep you in,
but there’s no friction on a golden skin

Let go, fall down, let’s go drown
Just flow, where to? I don’t know

Liquefy all before, tip it over, let it start to pour
Mold the pieces in a ball, start rolling now,
just roll and fall, just fall
But something still holds you back,
throw yourself away, throw yourself away
Liquefy your face, liquefy

What’s holding you back? What’s holding you back?
Liquefy your face, liquefy
Track Name: On the Precipice
On the Precipice
(Anton Sword)

We’re waltzing up the hillside, round and round we fly
Still spiraling in orbit, still dancing, you and I
All of these years, locked and loaded, eye to eye
When suddenly we’re at the edge, teetering to find
Here we are, standing on the precipice
Look at us, we knew that it would end like this

Poised before we hurtle down into the sky
Thoughts racing in circles, and yet we’ve said goodbye
So many times, each time after another try
Maybe we’ll save ourselves again with a magic lie
Here we are, standing on the precipice
Look at us, we knew that it would end like this
Track Name: Fascinating Paradox
Fascinating Paradox
(Anton Sword)

It's a fascinating paradox
the way the keys don't fit the locks
everything implies itself
but something's missing from the shelf

An idiom won't translate even from me to you
I sent a package cross the sea it took a week or two

oranges for breakfast, apples are for lunch
berries grow in patches, bananas in a bunch

Some substances don't travel well even from you to me
you sent a package round the world it took a week or three

oranges for breakfast, apples are for lunch
berries grow in patches, bananas in a bunch

It's a fascinating paradox
the way the keys don't fit the locks
everything implies itself
but something's missing from the shelf
Track Name: The Instrument, Your Friend
The Instrument, Your Friend
(Anton Sword)

They hid your orders in the envelope
You tried to kiss yourself and then elope
And you mislaid it at the oyster bar
Recovered by the busboy with the duelling scar

You woke the hall of fame at three a.m.
To show your score so they would let you in
You threw away your gifts and kept the packages
Overlooked the odds and took the averages

Now you’re ready,your brand name’s round the bend
Are you worthy on a scale of one to ten
Can you hear me--the instrument, your friend?

We tried to stop you but it was too late
The company will leave you to your fate:
To stay alone inside your little room
Dreaming of the greatness that will be yours soon

Following a dolphin Columbus sailed until he reached
The far side of the falls
And then he drove a stake into the fragrant beach,
Made himself the admiral of all the seas

Now you’re ready, your brand name’s round the bend
Are you worthy? It’s getting near the end
Can you hear me—the instrument, your friend?
Now you’re ready, your brand name’s round the bend
Go on without me
Sincerely,
The instrument, your friend
Track Name: My Judgment
My Judgment is Impaired
(Anton Sword)

My judgment is impaired
It came from nowhere
I wanted to make
The biggest mistake
If I’d been me I would have said my true best friend
If I don’t see you again forgive me now
Forgive me now

The whispers in the trees
Brought me to my knees
And there inside the space
I found the secret face
If I’d been me you would have seen my true best friend
Inside the nights wound up in sheets I let me down
Into the light
Track Name: Behind the Scarlet Curtain
Behind the Scarlet Curtain
(Anton Sword)

Oh that stage is so old and that rope is frayed, gold and braided
Drama queen, let go, come give me your hand and jump, we’ll make it

But you barely try and your glassy eyes show you’ve been drinking
Still smiling as you cry, hiding that inside you’re sinking

Falling side by side in the back behind the scarlet curtain
Take a bow and wave goodbye, throw your script away, we’ll play uncertain

I became weaponized, striding out from in between the deathlights
And to my surprise the audience vaporized and it was all right

We’re falling side by side in the back behind the scarlet curtain
Take a bow and wave goodbye, throw your script away, we’ll play uncertain

Grab the wire that I’m throwing and just tie it to your chest
It’s your last chance and I’m towing but you’ve got to do the rest
Track Name: Stay Awake
Stay Awake
(Anton Sword)

I knew when I first saw you that I was in trouble
And you, when you saw me, you said you saw the same that I see
Let’s stay awake in that first moment of our love
Don’t curl into a ball, spread your arms and rise, rise with me above

I let the nightmare in, tried to control, tried to win
Forgot who you are and popped our heart with a safety pin
But stay awake in that first moment of our love
Don’t curl into a ball, spread your arms and rise, rise with me above

Oh what I have I got to do to show I’m sorry?
I can prove myself to you but not when you’re so far away

Please come, come back inside where we came from, asleep with eyes wide
We’ll glide like the sun across the sky in sacred motion
I’ve burned down on the pyre, trial by fire and emotion
And know now I’ve unlocked the tower and I’m ready for devotion

Plet’s stay awake in that first moment of our love
Don’t curl into a ball, spread your arms and rise, rise with me above
Track Name: Ship of Jewels
Ship of Jewels
(Anton Sword)

In a place so dark I have no urge to move
I think I must repulse her
I don’t understand why
Coming down to earth, someday to fly

Following a guide who only makes you suffer
Rearranged inside a grave
Pain on the moon painted by a master
Not a slice of light to save

Now we are aloft and underground too
Lost and to the rescue under eyeless skies
Coming down to earth in the ship of jewels
You know she wants the ride, she’s only scared to fly

Coming down to earth in the ship of jewels

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