Slave to Freedom

by Erosian Exile

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    Sixteen pages of handwritten lyrics and artwork straight from the heart of Erosia. Also, a hidden track: a musical re-enactment of the first time the Muse Erica Xenne encountered the guitarist, Prince Ruby Valentine, in the woods in Erosia.

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Dear Ruby: Let this Music be a symbol of the Erosian blood that runs through our veins no matter how far from our homeland we stray. No matter where you reside, you will always be a Prince in my eyes.

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released February 14, 2011

Credits For Recording:

MUSICIANS:
Piano, Organ, Synth: Erica Xenne
Bass: Brian Bankoff
Drums:
Jon Brand: Born in a Box, Sleep on the Ceiling, Slave to Freedom, Ruby Roue, Lullaby for Defeat, Apostasy, Hurricane Ruby, Trysticide
Steve Goldberg: A Muse, Chasing Tigers, Rockless
Guitar: Ira Siegel, except verses on Hurricane Ruby which were Dalton Jobson

VOCALS:
Lead Vocals: Erica Xenne
Mezzo harmony: Meghan Bridges
Alto harmony: Oriana, except Slave to Freedom, Ruby Roué, and Hurricane Ruby which were Evelyn Doorley
Choir: (bottom to top) Linda Johnson, Evelyn Doorley, Jane Kelman, Lisa Spielman

RECORDING:
Mixing & Mastering: Larry Alexander
Drum, Piano & Bass Recording: Larry Alexander, except Slave to Freedom, Ruby Roué, and Hurricane Ruby which were recorded by John Naclerio at Nada Studios
Choir recording & additional recording: Philip Aitken

WRITING:
Music & lyrics: Erica Xenne.
Lead guitar melodies: Erica Xenne & Ruby Valentine
Arrangement: All

Production: Erica Xenne
Album Art: Erica Xenne & Riki Jane Wild

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Erosian Exile New York, New York

Erica Xenne speaks in a whisper and sings in a ghost-like voice. The alchemy between her ethereal voice and rhythmic piano, robust drumming by her brother Jon Brand, and soulful guitar by her consort Prince Ruby Valentine, birthed Erosian Exile. By combining their otherworldly sound with original videos and art as a backdrop, Erica channels her memories of Erosia. ... more

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Track Name: Born in a Box
i was born in a box
where the crazy people sing
i was taught to believe in nothing
question everything
love was just a dream

i was raised in a world
where the happy people lie
i was taught to conceal emotion
only wimps could cry
love was just a dream

love, love, love
i believe in love
i'm a slave in love
im in need of love

then you played your guitar
and all my dreams came true
there was nothing i ever had
that i wouldnt give to you
life was but a dream

all my friends said "look out,
he's a figment of your mind"
then they said that i should've known
when you left me behind
love was just a dream

love, love, love, i'm afraid of love
i'm a slave in love, i'm a fool in love

it can't hurt me if i don't believe
it can't hurt me if i don't believe
i won't believe, i won't believe
i won't believe in love

bury me in a box where the crazy people sing
then forever i'll hear your music
and give you everything
life is just a dream
Track Name: Apostasy
you never ask me where im coming from
or where im going
you wrap my image
in a ball of light thats always glowing
you wanna take me home
you wanna take me home

i got my makeup at the pharmacy
thanks for asking
it hides my age
while i give up on love thats everlasting
you wanna take me home
you wanna take me home

i love to play this game
i love to rearrange my name
i love to change my clothes
so everybody knows
i only feel, im only real
i only feel when i sing

i watch you dancing
like a martyr to the spell youre under
ive got the patience
of a lightning bolt demanding thunder
i wanna take you home
i wanna take you home

i keep on wishing i could want you
without losing power
im growing weaker by the minute
dying by the hour
i wanna take you home
i wanna take you home

i love to play this game
i love to rearrange my name
i love to change my clothes
so everybody knows
i only give, i only live
i only give when i sing

why am i yearning
to play games against a total stranger?
i've been in love before
maybe you're the lesser danger
Track Name: Trysticide
wake me up with the sunrise
wipe the crust from my dreamy eyes
i'll go to work, i'll be allright
the dream is over at least until tonight

there's no market for passion
devotion is out of fashion
i'll be on time, won't miss a beat
pretend im strong enough to admit defeat

he said we're better off apart
and it's a happy ending
i've got a place inside his heart
but it's not worth defending
i shoulda known it was too beautiful to last
but i'll change the future before the past

in a world full of faces
pretty lives, pretty places
ive seen alot, its all the same
sometimes i wish i could just stop
and drop the game

i said we're better off apart
and it's a happy ending
but theres a crack inside my heart
ive gotta stop pretending
i shoulda told him i would fight to make it last
but i'll change the future before the past

and theres no better time than now
i gotta show him who i am somehow
i'll cry until im dry
and i'll admit it when i wanna die
he may never love me
he may act like he's above me
but id rather be rejected
than be worshipped for a lie

wake me up with the sunrise
wipe the lust from my gleaming eyes
im on the edge, i'll take the dive
i may be crazy but i love to be alive.