Ten Thousand Swords

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written and recorded February 2015 - October 2015

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released October 22, 2015

all songs written, performed and produced by Alex Clément

some ambient sounds taken from public domain*
*"starting a car and driving" from Postcards From Eden (track 18)
*"forest ambience" from Joseph (track 15)

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Alexandrian Toronto, Ontario

Alexandrian is the experimental music project by Alexandria based in Toronto

Third album "Good God!" out July 2017

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Track Name: Postcards From Eden (Intro)
ten thousand swords can't
take me on
I can't fill the void of
what you've done
I can't kill the person
you've become
I can't keep my body
from coming undone
Track Name: Bend
bend and bend until we break
bend 'til we get over it
all the while we fall asleep
and wake to half-remembered dreams
and when we move in the city
our shoulders fall in our defeat
bend and bend until we break
bend 'til we get over it
Track Name: Sad Song On The Radio
the door opens while I sleep
it's a presence I cannot see

there is static in the screen
there's a voice here haunting me
and I know that it's here to be:
constant reminder of what I cannot see

there's not much here that I can know
so I shut my mouth and we're good to go
and on the way back to Toronto
the voice is quiet and the car is slow

the door opens while I sleep
it's a presence I cannot see
there's the ghost of everybody!
and I was too late for apologies

there's not much here that I can know
the river's swiftest where it's shallow
and there's a sad song on the radio
so throw it in and drown your sorrows!
Track Name: Great Blue
getting stuck at the crux of it
there's no way out; there's no way
curling up on the floor with it
there's nothing to say

in my old age, I get stuck for days
on the same thing; on memory lane

looking out at the great blue
it is not what you want
in this room, you are not you
there's no way to say:

in my old age, I get stuck for days
thinking about the things I knew
in my old age, I get stuck for days
thinking about nothing but you

in my old age, I get stuck for days
on the same thing; on memory lane
Track Name: Ten Thousand Swords
I don't know if I wanna be more than this
'cause I know it's complicated as is
we can sit here and say what we need
but it doesn't change a thing
you can be alone or you can be with me
but it doesn't change a thing

I don't know if I'm gonna be more than this
'cause I know I can't tell what it's gonna be then
I can kneel down and say what I need
but it doesn't change a thing
you can take the throne or you can try to be free
but it doesn't change a thing

you can grab onto branches to pull you free
but you'll never know the truth of what could be
and I saw you throw your crown into the sea
then comes dissolution: dissolving me

I can keep trying to be someone new
but I know there's nothing left I can do
I can keep the faith and do what I can
but it doesn't change a thing
I can wear the armour and reach for your hand
but it doesn't change a thing

you can grab onto branches to pull you free
but you'll never know the truth of what could be
and I saw you throw your crown into the sea
then comes dissolution: dissolving me

ten thousand swords can't take me back
I can't fill the void of what you lack
I can't kill the dragon that you sent
I can't keep my feet from sinking in
it's the hall of love
it's the hell of us

you can grab onto branches to pull you free
but you'll never know the truth of what could be
and I saw you throw your crown into the sea
then comes dissolution: dissolving me

ten thousand swords can't take me back
I can't fill the void of what you lack
I can't kill the dragon that you sent
I can't keep my feet from sinking in
it's the hall of love
Track Name: Find The Light
push me halfway down the river
all I want is to believe you
but I don't

through the woods and out the other side
fills me with guilt for all my lonely life
I wish you knew

when you drive home, it's still dark out
and you get caught in a roundabout
going on in circles for all your life
and I can't look you in the eye
when you call me, I don't answer
'cause I'm running away head-first
I'll be gone but it's alright
it is dark but I'll find the light
I'll find the light

can you come and take me away now?
I am done with earth and betrayal
well, I know

you can't call me anymore
I'm the soldier going out to war
you know, it's won

when you drive home, it's still dark out
and you get caught in a roundabout
going on in circles for all your life
and I can't look you in the eye
when you call me, I don't answer
'cause I'm running away head-first
I'll be gone but it's alright
it is dark but I'll find the light
I'll find the light

I think it's over
I think we're through
now I am older
and tired of you
I think it's over
I think we're through
I'm done with hoping
it's all I do

when you drive home, it's still dark out
and you get caught in a roundabout
going on in circles for all your life
and I can't look you in the eye
when you call me, I don't answer
'cause I'm running away head-first
I'll be gone but it's alright
it is dark but I'll find the light
I'll find the light

I'll find the light
Track Name: Trapped In A Cage
we could be immortal
we could live forever
we could do whatever
we could live forever

there’s an army coming straight towards us
we don’t know what’s coming
we just go on living
we could live forever like this
never knowing until we’re hit

there’s a man trapped in a cage
going through the motions
crossing all the oceans
he could live forever like this
never knowing this man is him

and your friends are trapped in a cage
they don’t know what happened
and you tried to warn them
but they just wouldn’t listen
I just didn’t listen

and I can’t put this all back together
and I can’t work through the stormy weather
but I won’t sleep til the work is done
and I won’t reach you but I’ll run and run
and I will run and run
til revelation comes
and I will run and run

we could be immortal
we could live forever
we could do whatever
we could live forever

there’s an army coming straight towards us
we don’t know what’s coming
we just go on living
we could live forever like this
never knowing until it hits

(and I will run and run
and I will run and run)
Track Name: Where The River's Running Through
you will lose me on the river
lose me on the river
you can find me on the water
floating just beyond ya
I will follow it for miles
til I am out of sight
I am cold and I am tired
and I don’t wanna fight
now I have to remember you
with everything I do
and my memory is blue
where the river’s running through

I don’t mean to make it hard
I’m going back, oh, to the start
I don’t mean to make you cry
but I am going back in time
to
undo what has been done
untie all of the knots
revoke what has been won
and erase all of my thoughts
and I know I can’t believe you
and I’ve done what I can do
and I’m lost now down the river
I got nothin left to lose

now I dream about you all night
dream about you all night
and I see you in a new light
and it keeps me up all night
now the current sweeps me off my feet!
takes me, oh down the stream
and I feel you hanging over me!
I guess that’s fitting

I don’t mean to make it hard
I’m going back, oh, to the start
I don’t mean to make you cry
but I am going back in time
to
undo what has been done
untie all of the knots
revoke what has been won
and erase all of my thoughts
and I know I can’t believe you
and I’ve done what I can do
and I’m lost now down the river
I got nothin left to lose
Track Name: I'm Afraid To Die Here
stuck in the backseat of
something I can't feel
I knew
always here with the:
"please stay, please call me."
I knew

though I'm here, well, I can't
I'm trying to keep my distance
I knew
I can't believe what you say
well, I can't trust you at all today
I knew

I knew when you called it would mean nothing at all
I tried to let go but you're still a shadow
I knew when you called it would mean nothing at all
I tried to get away but I know you'll find a way

I won't go in your house
because I'm afraid to have to lie to you
I won't go in your car
because I'm afraid to die here
Track Name: How Far I Ran
all that
all that I've done
I can't go back
no matter how far I run
Track Name: Keep Going
I hope you're happy
God sees you smile
and he says, "Good thing."
I hope you're somewhere
gaining on miles
and you keep going

keeping a sharp eye
drawing all new lines
so I keep going

I keep going
Track Name: Badlands
I hope you're happy
God sees you smile
and he says, "Good thing."
I hope you're somewhere
away by miles
and you keep going

out in the badlands
I will watch you dance
out in the distance
out in the badlands
I will take your hand
you won't know the difference

out in the badlands
I will grow something
I will keep trying
out in the badlands
I will find something
before it's dying

can I ask you something?
is it worth creating a shelter from the weather?
I know you betrayed me
but I keep on waiting for it to get better
was it just the season?
can you give me a reason for keeping it together?
you know I am leaving
so we're done with scheming 'cause I'll be gone forever

out in the badlands
I will grow something
I will keep trying
Track Name: Stoic
got a complex and you know it
got a feeling that I'm stoic
I got places I need to be
can't just wait for you to cut me free
got a skeleton in my body
got a feeling that it's rotting
we were friends, now you're my disease
just hold still and I'll cut you free

the sun came up when I was going down
the walls went up when I was coming around
I got goals; I got dreams; there's still things that I need to see
we were friends, now you're my disease

in a moment, you'll be sleeping
got a feeling I'll be leaving
you should've known what I would do
I will make this the same for you
in a moment, I'll be running
got a feeling that you're not coming
my god, this is such a shame
I can't hear you calling my name

the sun came up when I was going down
the walls went up when I was coming around
I got goals; I got dreams; there's still things that I need to see
we were friends, now you're my disease

the way you followed me home
I should have left you out in the cold
I don't know if I'll be able to follow
that up
with anything
it just corrupts
everything
Track Name: Setting A Fire
oh
you wake up out of breath
were my hands on your neck?
no, your heart skipped a beat
while you were strangling me
I never loved you
never claimed to
never loved you
never tried to
but if I did, I'd know:

there's a difference between holding hands and
setting a fire in your lover's bed

oh
I wake up with a headache
'cause you got a pillow over my face
no, your heart skipped a beat
while I sit back and scream
I never loved you
never claimed to
never loved you
never tried to
but if I did, I'd know:

there's a difference between holding hands and
setting a fire in your lover's bed

I am not your friend
I'm not your friend

there's a difference between holding hands and
setting a fire in your lover's bed
Track Name: Joseph
Joseph
come on down
they'll lead you here
alone

Joseph
come around
keep spinning the wheel
to atone

it rains all summer long
we play a sad, sad song
all night
'til your cries fade to light

well, I pray for nothing
but I will pray for you
Track Name: X
you're like a ghost
you best be paying attention
are you listening?
can you hear me?
are you tuned in?
are you listening?

you're like a ghost
you best be paying attention
Track Name: Drive Your Car
you look the same
no one knows anyway

but I sold you so well

I got a sickness that don't fade
and it's keeping me awake

but I sold you so well

I'm not so good at this, I know
I'm not so good with words
I just need to learn to say "no"
I just wanna be alone

but I sold you so well

fate, drive your car by my house
every now and then
fill my body with doubt
every now and again
God can't help me now
He couldn't help me then
this is what it's all about:
the futility of men
Track Name: Postcards From Eden (Outro)
you are a snake in the garden
talking me up but my mind is not open
to you
you are a shark in the water
keeping me going straight down to the bottom
to you

I just drive
I just wait for a sign
I just follow the lines
I just aim for the light

we were closest to the promise land
but you broke the promise
when God holds up a mirror,
you can't look and you say to Him:

will you help me find the light?