Alex Sweeton

Alex Sweeton

 New York City, New York, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Gorgeous Dark Acoustic Pop... deliciously caustic lyrics... gorgeous tunes, all sung with power, vulnerability and grace. Shawn Colvin meets Liz Phair meets The Pierces.

Biography

It is oddly satisfying to gleefully tap your foot while listening to the songs of Alex Sweeton. Oddly satisfying because these are not happy songs. These are the stories you've lived, won't readily admit to and really, really hope no one ever finds out about. Reminiscent of Shawn Colvin, Liz Phair and the Pierces, Sweeton's music is at once vulnerable and ballsy, creating an easy, unusual blend of very dark lyrics with music that remains firmly grounded in the pop style.

Sweeton, who is based in New York, has spent the past ten years touring Europe and North America singing both her own material and others' modern and jazz music. An experienced performer, she commands the stage while always keeping an intimate connection with her audience.

Driving. Bitter. Longing. Beautiful. With her strong lyrics and soulful voice, Sweeton will break your heart and heal it... and leave you longing for more.

Lyrics

Goodbye Without Leaving

Written By: Alex Sweeton

You are on your own
And I know what you're thinking
I lay each night beside you
But it's over
If you'd take the time to see,
You'd see it's killing me
The empty words as we smile
Oh, so emptily

But I know what's right
And so I do what's right….

And I stay, I lie in your arms
Goodbye without leaving
And everyday I pray you'll know the truth
That I may die in your arms
But I'm whispering goodbye.

I am on my own
It's been that way for too long
But I'm faithful 'cause I promised to be
Even though it's killing me
And how can you not see
Do you even look at me
'Cause my heart is flailing blindly
Blindly

But I know what's right
And so I do what's right….

And I stay, I lie in your arms
Goodbye without leaving
And everyday I pray you'll know the truth
That I may die in your arms
But I'm whispering
I am whispering….

How can you not even notice it's all wrong?
How can you not even know that I'm gone?
How can you not even know what's going on around you?

How can you be satisfied with this game
Can't you see me squirm when you say my name
How can you be satisfied with this life
When I don't even try to love you

And I stay, I lie in your arms
Goodbye without leaving
And everyday I pray you'll know the truth
That I may die in your arms
Die in your arms

And everyday I pray you'll know the truth
That I may die in your arms,
but I'm whispering goodbye.

Easier to Lie

Written By: Alex Sweeton

I’ll fall apart over here, just ignore me
I could be fine, I could make you adore me
But it’s hard, hard enough to know that I’m faking
And it’s hard, hard enough to know that I am naked

I often rage at the way that I hurt me
Can’t seem to stop all these thoughts that pervert me
‘Cause it’s hard, hard enough to know that I’m different
And it’s hard, hard enough to know I could be perfect

No, it’s easier to die
It’s easier to fade
It’s easier to lie
And walk away
I’ll make a few mistakes
Be sure to let you down
I’ll fade.

I’ll fall apart over here, just ignore me
I’ll prove to you, you could never adore me
And it’s hard, hard to let you go but it’s needed
Yes, it’s hard, hard to let you go, but it’s like breathing.

No, it’s easier to die
It’s easier to fade
It’s easier to lie
And walk away
I’ll make a few mistakes
Be sure to let you down

‘Cause if you see all that I can really be
How long before you ask me
And if it seems like I’ve got much more to give
How long before you test me
At least right now, I have an out
I wasn’t really trying, I was holding back
So, you never have to find out if there’s really nothing else at all.

No, it’s easier to die
It’s easier to fade
It’s easier to lie
And walk away
I’ll make a few mistakes
Be sure to let you down
I’ll give myself some space
Keep you from hanging around
It’s easier to die
It’s easier to fade
It’s easier to lie.

Bad Day

Written By: Alex Sweeton

Don't want to be patient anymore
And I'm tired of being, oh, so very nice
Just want to have some pain that I don't ignore
Want to live my life with a bunch of vices,
With no-one's advices

Want to have a bad day
Want to revel and scream and shout
Want to have everything my way
Want to rant and rave and bitch and run around
Want to have a bad day

I'm tired of always doing everything 'right'
And I'm tired of always following the rules
Everyone seems to know what's best for my life
And I listen, and I follow,
And I am the biggest fool

Want to have a bad day
Want to revel and scream and shout
Want to have everything my way
Want to rant and rave and bitch and run around

But is there anything left but feeling guilt
Is there any way to live a life without regret
There's so much that I want, and still
I know in my heart, that I'll never get there

Want to have a bad day
Want to revel and scream and shout
Want to have everything my way
Want to rant and rave and bitch and run around
Want to have a bad day.

Never Become

Written By: Alex Sweeton

I did too good at job at wondering
What makes a good life anyway
'Cause I sacrifice and cry and push through
When I want to hide away

The oldest lessons are the best learned
And a skinny blonde I'll never be
Does that make me nothing special,
Not meant to have the dream?

'Cause no one cares.
I'm just a pretty enough, clever enough, busy enough, I'm crazy enough
Just enough to be like everybody else
And I hate I'll never be skinny enough, peaceful enough, unique enough, mysterious
And I hate I'll never become somebody else.

I've read all the right books
I've tried so hard to change
I know that I'm supposed to believe, live in the right here and now
But all of this talking and I'm just mired in a sea of nothing

'Cause no one cares.
I'm just a pretty enough, clever enough, busy enough, I'm crazy enough
Just enough to be like everybody else
And I hate I'll never be skinny enough, peaceful enough, unique enough, mysterious
And I hate I'll never become somebody

There must be more to life than this
There is more to me than candy you could wear proudly on your arm
And if different's what you need, why'd you turn your back and leave
I could break your heart if you would only let me

But no one cares…
I'm just a pretty enough, clever enough, busy enough, I'm crazy enough
Just enough to be like everybody else
And I hate I'll never be skinny enough, peaceful enough, unique enough, mysterious
And I hate I'll never become somebody else
I'll never become somebody else.

Birthday

Written By: Alex Sweeton

It seems that I’ve been born to dream
It seems that I’ve been born to hate
It seems that I’ve been born to wish
That I’d been born to someone else.

It seems that I am not alive
And I have thought about the end
And I have thought to do act it out
To just do something – well, you know.

But I am not the perfect daughter
I am not your perfect angel
I am not anything your heart desires
I am just – I am.
I am not your little chess piece
I’m not here to satisfy you
I’m not here to do what you want me to do
I am just – I am.
Oh, I am.

Don’t worry when you’re not around
Your voice is screaming in my head
Of all the things that I’ve done wrong
of what you would have done instead

CHORUS

And on this blessed day
The anniversary of my birth
I am up at three a.m.
Penning this acrid dearth
To record what has become of me
To record what has become of me
To record: This is what’s become of me

CHORUS

It seems that I’ve been born to dream
It seems that I’ve been born to hate
It seems that I’ve been born to wish
That I’d been born to someone else.

Discography

Discography:

Perfectly Broken (release date: September 8, 2006)
Invisible Girl (2004)

The songs 'Invisible Girl' and 'Lucky' (2004) are played regularly on RadioCrystalBlue, internet radio (http://www.radiocrystalblue.com). Songs from Perfectly Broken will also be spun on RCB beginning September 3, 2006. 'Birthday' (2004) and 'Invisible Girl' have also been featured on WDFH 90.3 Ossining.

Set List

Set List:

Don't Know
Never Thought
Goodbye Without Leaving
Birthday
Corner of My Heart
Lucky
Invisible Girl
Never Become
If You See Me
Junkie
Easier to Lie
Bad Day

Solo shows typically use a 45 minute set (9-10 songs) which can be shortened to 30 minutes.

Band show sets can be anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half/two hours. Additional tunes are: Sandy, Free, Ask Me Why, This is My Life, Save Me, Wishing, Oh How Good You Are To Me, Fly Away, Shut Me Out