The Blade EP

by Daniel Steinbock

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Debut EP by Daniel Steinbock

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released 16 May 2012

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All songs written and performed by Daniel Steinbock

Daniel Steinbock: vocals, steel string & gut-string guitars, percussion
Ayla Nereo: backing vocals on Blessing and a Curse, Angela's Fire
Adam Selzer: piano on Blessing and a Curse
Charlie Glick: drums on Blessing and a Curse

Recorded at CCRMA Studio by Stephen Henderson
Produced by Daniel Steinbock, Stephen Henderson, Adam Selzer
Mastered by Gary Hobish at A. Hammer Mastering, San Francisco
Vocal microphone: Neumann U87 on UA 2610 Pre-Amp
Steel string guitar: Taylor GA5
Album design by D. Steinbock

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Track Name: Blessing and a Curse
California, she could taste it in the word
Coming towards her, a blessing and a curse

Where’d the time go?
New York is so cold
When you go it alone
You learn to love, you learn to love...

Turn on the radio, tiny voices singing
Down on the street below, they called the cops again
If you want to be alone then why you keep calling?
Bridges and bicycles, watching herself go by in the windows

How sad is a sidewalk on a street where no one turns?
And when you add it all up, nothing lost is nothing learned
She cross the West horizon, and the East is said and done
One girl’s rising is another one’s setting sun

Where’d the time go?
To San Francisco
When you go it alone
You learn to love, you learn to love...

From the East, Orion’s leaping, and the West is sinking in
She says she should be sleeping at four o’clock in the morning
From the East, Orion’s leaping, and the West is sinking in
She says she should be sleeping
But she don’t, she don’t...

Second story window, De Colores in her eyes
Far enough to be alone, close enough to stay alive

Where’d the time go?
To San Francisco
When you go it alone
You learn to love, you learn to love...

And birds sing out before the light
Soon she’ll be sleeping, soon she’ll be sleeping
And birds sing out before the light...
Track Name: Moonrise
Everyone, I hardly know you
But when something comes and grabs ahold
Take the hands that open up
A life that's led is something gold

I've been alone, I've been solo
I've been in love before, I've been in love before

All my angels walk the Earth
All the old fires are still burning in the dark
This afternoon I saw them all
Smiling in the setting sun

I've been alone, I've been solo
I've been in love before, I've been in love before
I learned a thing or two, love ain't easy
My heart got torn up, I lost a little blood, I had to patch it up
Now my eyes are open and the sun is falling

Hello love, I see you coming
Has it been so long since I danced with you?
Take my hand when the moon comes up
We're two old souls and the night is young

I've been alone, I've been solo
I've been in love before, I've been in love before
You know just what to do, you make it easy
Your mouth is a poem our kiss is composing
Your eyes open and I fall in

All my angels walk the Earth
And the old fire, you know it still burns
The light on you came so far, silent from a falling star

Love let's be true, I'm getting back to you
You've been in love before, I've been in love before
You know just what to do, you make it easy
My heart is hooked up to my mouth,
Every time you smile I want to sing about it
Your mouth is a poem our kiss is composing
Your eyes open, I'll be here when you close 'em
Track Name: Supposed to Hurt
In an instant, your statued gaze
If I f'ed up, then I'll say, then I'll say it was me
Here I play and seem in merry ways
But in my heart, in my heart I am mourning with ache and sigh
And sighs resound through heartless ground
O! my earth is emptied of love and life

It's supposed to hurt, that's the point
It's supposed to hurt, that's the point
It's supposed to hurt, that's the point
That's the point

I remember a dawning day
I walked up and I said, and I said, "Get close to me"
In the dizzy desert, we sweat our prayers
And in my heart, I felt the spark, in my heart there came the morning, I'm on the rise
Now sighs resound through heartless ground
O! my earth is emptied of love and life
And there it stays until my cause is found
or till I feel the sting of your lovely knife

It's supposed to hurt, that's the point
It's supposed to hurt, that's the point
It's supposed to hurt, that's the point
That's the point

O alas, your ashen face
If you ever held our warm words dear
Don't let one cross steal all our days
Were it not for this, to you I would be near
But if you want it without redress
Then you gotta know your end is stuck in endlessness

It's supposed to hurt, that's the point
It's supposed to hurt, that's the point
It's supposed to hurt, that's the point
That's the point
Track Name: Angela's Fire
I can hear you screaming over the fire
I can't make out the words you're saying
Get out! Before it all comes down
Daddy's yellow photos, grandma's wedding ring
The flames are licking all the things you love
and coming closer

Angela, love it's time to turn away
for the fire soon will burn it all away
What we let die will let us live another day
Angela, Angela!

Here are all the letters I sent to you
Remember this one? It's still warm from the fires of love
when we were young
Look here! Everything I wrote since I was seventeen
All the dreams I had, every memory
Angie come on! The house is burning down, Angela

Angela, love it's time to turn away
for the fire soon will burn it all away
What we let die will let us live another day
Angela, Angela!

I don't remember making plans to live this way
I want another chance now that I'm not afraid
If all disease was all this easy
If all unease was all this easy
You fall on knees, you fall on knees, you fall on knees
Get up. Get up. Get up!

Angela, love it's time to turn away
for the fire soon will burn it all away
What we let die will let us live another day
Angela, Angela!
Track Name: The Blade
One day I'll be leaving
with one song left to sing
Now I know, now I know
this'll be that song

Love was the wind
that moved through your hair
Love was friend
when no one was there

Love is the way
a body came to be
Love is the blade
will cut your spirit free
Oh love is the blade

I know you'll say
I've gone 'round the bend
So true, I return!
Death is no end

One day I'll be leaving
with one song left to sing
Now I know, now I know!
Now I know, now I know
this'll be that song