13

by Alexis Antes

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Jim Ballard This record should be national. The songs are top shelf, the production too...
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TimTTT I've been an Alexis fan for a over 15 years. This album has a much brighter tone than her last one. At this moment in my life, I don't personally connect with songs like "End to the Story" , "Two Hearts" & "The Things I Love about You " . I'm just not there right now. But I want to be. Favorite track: All I Need to Hear.
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released July 13, 2017

All songs written by Alexis Antes, BMI. Except for
Endless Shades of Blue © 2014 Alexis Antes and Judy Haines, BMI;
Virginia © 1974 Scott Antes;
Gentle True Spirit © 1980 Bobbie Antes;
Landslide © 1973 Stevie Nicks, Kobalt Music Pub America I OBO Welsh Witch Music

Produced and Engineered by Jim Wirt

Recorded at Superior Sound Recording Studios, Cleveland, OH

Mixed by Jim Wirt at Superior Sound Recording Studios, Cleveland, OH

Mastered at Nada Recording, Montgomery, NY

Alexis Antes - lead & support vocals, acoustic guitar
Brian Bretton - drums on all tracks except for "Heaven Sent" and "Gentle True Spirit"
Ray Flanagan - lead and electric guitars on all tracks except "Endless Shades of Blue"
Jim Wirt - bass guitar
Chris Hanna - organ, Rhodes, piano
Tuck Mindrum - drums on "Heaven Sent" and "Gentle True Spirit"
Judy Haines - piano on "Endless Shades of Blue"
Victoria Fliegel - lead acoustic guitar on Landslide
Bobby Daggett - electric guitar on "Endless Shades of Blue"

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Alexis Antes Cleveland, Ohio

Singer/songwriter Alexis Antes has teamed up with platinum record producer/engineer Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Brian Setzer, Incubus, Hoobastank) and Superior Sound Recording Studios for her new recording project titled "13". Alexis was a founding member of local ‘90s band Odd Girl Out, and continued on as a solo artist, releasing three full-length recordings of her original work. ... more

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Track Name: Fight for a Better Day
Fight for a Better Day
Music and Lyrics by Alexis Antes
© 2016 / BMI

When you feel all hope is lost, despair has found you
Feeling like the walls are closing in all around you
You struggle to find an easier way
You might feel washed out, but don’t fade away
That ghost of yourself can come back to life again

You’ve got to fight for – fight for a better day – yeah
You’ve got to fight for – fight for a better day – yeah

It’s so hard to find yourself when others define you
Words cut deep and the ugliness, it can blind you
Some people don’t care, they just throw them around
But if you take it in, remember to breathe it back out
You don’t have the time, time to waste yeah

You can find a way
It’s not over ‘til it’s over
And if you reach down inside, you’ll see
You’ll find the strength to hold on
And when you lay down at night
And it seems so hard to believe you can rise again
That’s when you’ve got to keep on fighting
Track Name: Think of You
Think of You
Lyrics and Music by Alexis Antes
© 2016 / BMI

You think everything about you is a mystery
But from the moment that I met you, it was plain to see
My head is spinning, but as far as I can see
You’ve got everything — everything I need

You’ve got it in your mind to take it slow
But let’s try living in the moment, baby, just let go

Don’t make me wait
Don’t know when I will see you again
Or if I’m ever gonna see you again
My body waits for you and I to be together again
But if you ask me, I will tell you that it’s just now and then
That I think of you

No time to waste — don’t worry about letting go
If you could look into my crystal ball, you’ll see it shows
Your hand in my hand, baby, everywhere we go
I’ll keep my eye on the future, but you just never know

So, while you’ve got it in your mind to take it slow
Can we try living in the moment, baby, just let go
Track Name: Two Hearts
Two Hearts
Lyrics and Music by Alexis Antes
© 2016 / BMI

You — You’ve been running around trying to find yourself
And you — Don’t need anybody else – so you say
Seems everybody knew
It was only the fear that you’ll lose yourself
Now I’m trying to break through
That’s why I’m hanging on the end of the line saying that

Two hearts are better than one
Yeah, the feeling is second to none
If you do it right
And you’ll see the best parts bleed into one
So, if you’re thinking of going astray
Think you’re better off running away
Let me tell you, babe, you’re gonna miss out on all the fun
‘Cause two hearts are better than one

Who — Tell me who gave you the right to dismiss my love
After all we’ve been through — Don’t leave me hanging on the end of the line
Despite everything you do
Your eyes say we still have a chance
Now if you don’t come through
I’m telling you – it’s the end of the line

I know it’s hard to put your faith in love again
But you never know what life has planned for you
So if you give it a chance, you just might find yourself again
And I know you’ll feel free again
Track Name: Lift Me Up
Lift Me Up
Lyrics & Music by Alexis Antes
© 2016 / BMI

Take me back in time to a place where we’d wish upon the stars
And our worries seemed so very far
Long after the falling in love, yet before I fell apart
Now, can I ever mend this broken heart
I remember a promise
If you had to go, if you couldn’t stay
You were never gonna leave me this way

So lift me up – far, far away
Far from where we are
For you have changed your ways
And I have come this far

Memories of love so complete from the not so distant past
Fading into gray and black
How did we get to where we are? It’s a question I need to ask
Did we forget to forgive along the path?
Give me something to believe in
Because the past isn’t gonna change
And I don’t want to see you this way

Give me something to believe in
Because the past isn’t gonna change
And I don’t want to see you this way

Lift me up
I am here waiting
Lift me up
Track Name: Gentle True Spirit
Gentle True Spirit
© Bobbie Antes

She’s a gentle true spirit riding in on the wind
She’s been drowning her troubles in whiskey and gin
Where one sorrow has left her, a new one begins
Leaving her lonely and aching within
Leaving her lonely and aching within

Moment by moment, you search to be free
Worried and restless and somewhat like me
Counting the hours of your sanity
Wishing they’d stop it and just leave you be
Wishing they’d stop it and just leave you be

Beautiful lady, you’re one of a kind
But you can’t see it, your eyes have gone blind
Live for today and seek the beauty within
And you will end your suffering
Open up and let the love in

She’s a gentle true spirit riding in on the wind
She doesn’t know where she’s going, doesn’t know where she’s been
Where one sorrow has left her, a new one begins
Leaving her lonely and aching within
Leaving her lonely and aching within
Track Name: Heaven Sent
Heaven Sent
Music and Lyrics by Alexis Antes
© 2017 / BMI

We laugh, we cry
My thoughts just get so heavy and you know you’re my best friend
So you try to step aside
While I work to chase these demons out of my head
You must be Heaven sent

Ah, ah
I know that you’re not keeping score
But you deserve so much more than you’re asking for
Ah, ah
I know that you’re not keeping score
But you deserve so much more than you’re asking for

We love, we fight
Your world could fall to pieces while your heart is in my hands
Still you say you’re alright
Oh, but you can’t hide the pain that falls from your eyes
I don’t know why you don’t say goodbye

With everything on the line
My tongue is twisted, my hands are tied
And you keep telling me
That you think I’m afraid to just let go
I take my hands off the wheel
Can’t get in touch with how I feel
When my heart and my head refuse to realign
Track Name: Endless Shades of Blue
Endless Shades of Blue
© 2014 Alexis Antes & Judy Haines-Hricik / BMI

It feels like forever since this heart felt anything but pain
It feels like a river washed away any memory of love
But if you slip inside my dreams tonight, I’ll start remembering everything
That is good, and I can forget just where I’ve been

Won’t you take me to a place where skies are endless shades of blue
I don’t know what it is, but it feels like my dreams are coming true
And with the past aside, my heart will fly and find new love again
Right where we’re starting to begin --- tonight

I know this dream of mine is anything but crystal clear
Still fighting hurt from those who put me in a state of pain and fear
But if you come into my dreams tonight, I’ll start believing in love again
And I’ll forget just where I’ve been

Chase these clouds away, take me to brighter days
Take me to that place where skies are made of endless blue
And our love will be endless, too

It feels like forever since this heart felt anything but pain
It feels like a river washed away any memory of love
Track Name: The Things I Love about You
The Things I Love About You
Music & Lyrics by Alexis Antes
© 2016 / BMI

Now I know that I can dance to my own beat again
And I know that I can stand on my own feet again
You have opened up my eyes to see
The strength inside – the best of me
No chains to bind my hands or my heart

Every little touch, every little kiss
Every little thing is going down on my list
Of the things I love about you
Your ways have got me feeling like a kid
So many things that I can’t resist
They’re the things I love about you

There was a time not so long ago
There was an aching in my soul – it hit me from head to toe
Then like a ray of light to me
Your smile ablaze, it rescued me
And since then, nothing’s been the same
Track Name: Better World
Better World
Music & Lyrics by Alexis Antes
© 2014 / BMI

Hey – can you imagine a world
Where all is beautiful and free
Freedom to be who you are
With all the promise of what you can be
Just be who you are because
There’s no fighting it anyway

I know there’s a better world
Where we can all walk hand in hand
If you’ll join me in searching for that place
I know we can — find it — I know we can

Tell me how can somebody hate
Something or someone they don’t even know
The powers of karma define
That what you reap is just what you’ll sow
Peace, love, and understanding come
When you open your heart
Track Name: Virginia
Virginia
© 1974 Scott E. Antes

Look to the North light, Virginia
Would you believe time is passing you by?
Turn on your own light, Virginia
Before you’re swallowed and wondering why
Oh yeah – oh yeah

Weightless and windswept, Virginia
The phantoms of pleasure keep leading you on
Tie back your hair now, Virginia
Grab for the brass ring before they’re all gone
Oh yeah – oh yeah
Oh yeah – oh yeah

Loose as a bobber, Virginia
On uncertain waters, dance aimlessly around
In color-dyed waters, Virginia
Swim blind, hungry fish who will pull you on down
Oh yeah – oh yeah
Oh yeah – oh yeah
Oh yeah – oh yeah
Track Name: All I Need to Hear
All I Need to Hear
Music & Lyrics by Alexis Antes
© 2016 / BMI

Looking at the crossroads and back again
Wondering where all the days went
It’s been a crazy road, but I don’t mind
Doing my time

People pay their two cents everywhere
Some will lend a hand; some will lend an ear
Some will just take everything that they can from me
But I don’t mind
They try to do me wrong, but you do me right, baby
I swear that without your love, somehow I’d go crazy

It’s the first thing I want to hear
When I wake in the morning light
Whisper “I love you” while you hold me tight
And it’s the last thing I want to hear
When I rest my head at night
You say “I love you” and it’s all right
That’s all I need to hear

People always want what they can’t get
Wasting all of their time on fears and regrets
But I’ve got everything I need and so much more
So I don’t mind
When they do me wrong, because you do me right, baby
I swear that without your love, somehow I’d go crazy

Everyone can see – there’s no doubt that we belong together
We’re always taking on whatever comes
We stand together, side by side through both sun and stormy weather
All the time we’re holding on
Our faith in love, it keeps us strong

Looking at the crossroads and back again
Wondering where all the years went
Track Name: End to the Story
End to the Story
Music & Lyrics by Alexis Antes
© 2011 / BMI

Been living on the dark side of life
Just waiting around for something to change
But now I’m about to take flight
Cos I’m tired of feeding my strength to my pain
And I’m gonna make it somehow
I’m gonna make it somehow

I’ll put an end to the story now
Picking myself up off the ground
And if I stumble again, it’s alright
There’s a new start with each morning’s light
I’ll put an end to that story now

Friends are all giving advice
They try to encourage my strongly to find
A state of incessant motivation
And they can’t understand why I’m just taking my time
But I’ve got a long way to go before
I find in my mind what my heart already knows
It’ll take some time
To get back to the greener side
Track Name: Landslide
I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Mmm, mmm, mmm

Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older and I'm getting older too

Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older and I'm getting older too
Oh, I'm getting older too

Awh, take my love, take it down
Awh, climb a mountain and turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well, the landslide will bring it down

And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well, the landslide will bring it down
Oh, the landslide bring it down

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