A Sentimental Education

by Anton Sword

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04:53
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
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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
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04:49
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
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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
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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
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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
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04:20
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
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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
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05:31
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
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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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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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