The Anatomy Of An Apricot

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Lane Steinberg - Vocal, guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, pedal steel guitar

Alex Khodchenko - Hammond organ, mellotron, guitar, bass, acoustic guitar

Rebecca Ona - background vocal

Gregory White - piano, harpsichord, vibes, mellotron, sound effects, bass

Rick R. - drums

Vocals arrangements by Lane Steinberg

Strings arrangements by Alex Khodchenko


Lyrics by Lane Steinberg

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released 11 November 2011
All tracks in STEREO

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8X8 New York, New York

8X8 is the transatlantic collaboration between Lane Steinberg (NYC, US) and Alex Khodchenko (Kiev, Ukraine). The entire album was recorded via file sharing. The principals have never met, nor even spoken. Their relationship, which began as a series of emails, blossomed over several years into a working musical partnership that transcends the lack of a common language and physical proximity. ... more

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Track Name: Fantastic Sun
Tongue tied he laid a diamond
There beside the drowned
Computer stained and darkened
Dyed from dusk inside
The cold ground
Never to go out again

Fantastic Sun
Such a devil in our lives
You've become
In your constant way
A point of concern
Are we ever to learn?

We seen the coal
Turn to diamonds with the time
But when we're cold you care

Seek the sane
Never overdine
Curb a jealous rage
Fix the flat
And while you're doing that
Try to act your age

You're all alone
Still the best at what you do
But you engage
In such risky things
Like walking on ice
Where you've broken through twice

Fantastic Sun
I believe our time is used
And we're worn to wear
In spite of all that I've invested in the choir
Sometimes they sing as if the day itself's an undertaking
Too much to be bothered with

Look engaged
If the hostess laughs
You may do the same
Seabirds sigh
In the lion's eye
Past the iron gates
Seek the sane
Never overdine
Curb a jealous rage
Fix the flat
And while you're doing that
Try to act your age
Walk on the ice
Where you've broken through twice

Fantastic Sun
I believe our time is used
And we're worn to wear
Worn from wear
Born to dare
Sworn to care
Track Name: Layabout
Three Four Westwood Nine
Can you get my party on the line?
Yes, I will hold on longer
I'll be stronger

Cause anything the panda brings
The panda can take away
On a given day

Eucalyptus trees
Leave a scent of mint against the breeze
I could just disappear
And finish life here
Shut the whole world out
And be a layabout

That's some kinda nerve
Did you get a load of what he said?
Well, no, I did not either
And in my fever
I saw things that could have turned
Differently, but hey,
'That's life', they say
I'd rather do without
And be a layabout

There's so much I could no now
But I'd rather just layabout
Track Name: Time And Tender Love
Time and tender love
It's a model of satisfaction
You're satisfied
It takes time and tender love
To win the battle of a radioactive
Act inside

You'll find you'll dive for days
And have nothing to show
But a cold wind blowing
And still you fight for ways
To see the tops of tress
When you're down on your knees

It takes time and tender love
It's a habit that's ever lasting
At last you know
It takes time and tender love
Not far beyond
Just a simple asking
Of where to go

At times you've been led astray
By the joys of tomorrow
Or yesterday's sorrow
And you see after endless days
How a noble endeavor
Can take you forever

(Repeat chorus)
Track Name: Live In Dreamland
High heels on a Ferris wheel
Kicking up a line of smoke that fills the fields
I gotta get some shoes that won’t slow me down
The whistle’s blowing
Someone calls all aboard

A frosty glass, an ode to spring
Bear with me I’ll bear along with you
For all these wicked butterflies
Their medals pinned to wide lapels
they tear from the wear

Flying over towns
They’re so familiar
I can tell I’m headed home

Pass me the gin
Here’s to hope we will land
Without a scratch
A horse can’t light your cigarette, baby
He can’t strike a match

Take a leap in the dark
Cover up your eyes
Live in dreamland with me
The fountains are flowing with wine

Feel your way without hands
Only use your mind
Live in dreamland with me
All that is yours can be mine

The missing link came drifting by
A woman said that she’d remembered him
As a child
And when certain facts just wouldn’t add
The circus clown suggested a return
To the wild

Well, I bit my tongue
That clown gave me the same advice
When I was young
And I jumped the gun

Let’s forget reality
Leave it far behind
Live in dreamland with me
A couple of shells on the shore

We go down to the depths
Before we hit new highs
Live in dreamland with me
All that is mine can be yours
All that is yours can be mine

There’s never less, only more
The fountains are flowing with wine
Everything yours can be mine
Everything mine can be yours
Track Name: Snowflake In The Rain
All through the night we were whispering
Nobody heard what was said behind the walls
No ears to catch the sounds
That peaked under the door
No eyes to judge the day, nor to learn
As the candles flame had burned its way
Through the darkness of evening

The words we spoke in the afterglow
Hung like the dew on a blade of morning grass
The curtain’s crack allowed the light to patiently wait
As we arose to face a new goodbye
And it feels like dying every time when I know
That you’re leaving

Love melts like a snowflake in the rain
Like a snowflake in your hand
You freeze like an actor on the stage
Whose forgotten all his lines
And no longer in command

Love melts like a snowflake in the rain
Like ice on the desert sand
You freeze like a pitcher on the mound
Whose forgotten how to throw
He's no longer in command

The trials are gone like a winter past
And life resumes much as it has done before
The heart still ticks along
Like an antique watch that can’t be overwound
Lest it break
Though the springs are worn you don’t feel the ache
In what you’re believing

Love melts like a snowflake in the rain
Like a snowflake in your hand
You freeze like a captain on the bridge
Where the orders never come
He’s no longer in command
Track Name: The Finishing Touch
Step away. It's better in the light
Leave your shyness in the shell
Now's the time to let the kite go
While remembering what you had known
As a fleeting thing

That left you there in stark relief
Time to catch the kite
Cut its wings and trim its tail
Make the dish for which you're famous
With a flourish and a dash or two
The night gets lit
A perfect fit

My, how we lie
Nestled in this raging undertow
That pulls us far beyond the words
Worn like the rose
Ancient petals cured by paradise
Inside a storm that won't subside

Quick!
Is the circus leaving town?
Or are those hotshots at the big top
Holding up the tent not just to keep the rain at bay
Well you don't say

If I may
Take what's taken out
Leave it sealed up on the shelf
With the folded up instructions
That directs one how to best build
What may have been
If you can
Break it down and simplify it
Until this man understands
Track Name: Everywhere And Forever
She sips her grapefruit juice
And checks the morning's mail
An invitation
RSVP Required
A secret potion that can melt away your ills
And unexpected news from unforgotten friends

The headline jumped right out
'And now the king must die'
While opposing armies threaten
From the other side

Shatter, shatter, it's a whole lot better but
Sadder, sadder, then it was before
Sadder, sadder, let me run my fingers through
Fingers through

Everywhere and forever
Track Name: For Sure By Friday Night
My hats off to you, dear employee
Expectations grew with your output
So congratulations for your effort
That is all I can offer now, my recognition
I saw the submission
I hope all goes your way
We'll know for sure by friday night

I remember when you first came here
Back when we had blue applications
Now they're white again
Or you fill them out online
You must not be blind
There's such competition
So here's to wishing
That you'll be here to stay
We'll know for sure by friday night

Your wedding day I cut the cake
It's been some ride for heaven's sake
We stuck it out, we sucked it in
And said goodbye to cherished friends
We've seen the broken men grow tired
And the unlucky ones get fired
As younger footsteps came to step inside their shoes

All those silly rumors
They're behind you
And won't influence their decision
Let me buy you lunch
At the place we used to go
When we both were green
Young and ambitious
Both of us in stitches
It feels so far away
Almost as far as friday night

When we were young
Our kids would play
I've seen you almost every day
For twenty years since 25
And now we're both half past alive
We always hope it's someone else
When they are tightening their belts
We've dodged more shots
Than Gary Cooper in 'High Noon'

Your wedding day I cut the cake
It's been some ride for heaven's sake
Track Name: Crystal Illusion
Said your name was Crystal Illusion
You saw my confusion
Then reached in your pants
And your license settled the matter
Conceptions were shattered
From casually glancing your way
I grew reflective

Now I see the jewels of the sea
Lighting my way as I swing to your star
I can hold a sense of reason
As long as I know that we'll stay as we are

Pleased to meet you, Crystal Illusion
I joked that you probably had stories to tell
Not the most perceptive conclusion
but I rather liked you
And I couldn't part with my words
But you were receptive

Then I saw the light crack the door
As we tumbled over and rolled back again
That was only but the beginning
Now endlessly turning till we reach the end

Now I see the jewels of the sea
Lighting my way as I swing to your star
I can hold a sense of reason
As long as I know that we'll stay as we are

I can say that Crystal Illusion
Was never transparent
Despite what they say
On the day that I was to wed her
She gave me a letter
That told me what she couldn't say
It was expected.
Track Name: Sweetness In Your Life
Drip dry
A shiver and a sigh
You gotta have some sweetness
In your life

Why not?
It's worth another shot
Got to have some sweetness
In your life

You're holding back
Won't look ahead
And there's a whole world
That you're missing

She's gone
You have to carry on
Now you gotta get some sweetness
In your life

She made me swear
I'd keep you from despair
Got to find some sweetness
In your life

Not to forget
Or to replace
It's an obligation
Of the living

The love you keep inside
Must be a heavy load
When there's still so much road

Now you act tough
Say you've had enough
But you've got to get some
Sweetness in your life

And as your friend
I beg your will to bend
Cause you've got to get some
Sweetness in your life