The Antler King

by The Antler King

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released April 21, 2011

Esther Lybeert: Lead and backing vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes, Mellotron, Moog Little Phatty, cutlery and kitchen utensils, percussion, Stylophone, acoustic guitar.

Maarten Flamand: electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals, mandolin, Dobro guitar, piano.

Karel De Backer: drums

Maarten Standaert: electric bass

Mark Plati: electric bass

Eva Schampaert: percussion, backing vocals, cutlery and kitchen utensils.

Frank Duchêne: Mellotron, backing vocals, Hammond, piano, programming.

String quartet:
Luc Degezelle (violin)
Annelies Flamand (violin)
Esther Lybeert (viola)
Maaike Organe (cello)

Woodwind quintet:
Jan Vercruysse (flute)
Dirk Boiy (oboe)
Ivo Lybeert (clarinet)
Rogier Steel (horn)
Cian O’Mahony (bassoon)

Children’s choir: Valerie Lybeert, Matthias Lybeert en Magali Lybeert.

Additional backing vocals: Vus’umuzi Nhlapo, Vuyo Tshuma, Duduzile Majola, Abueng Mkhonza


String Arrangement on “Satchel” by Lucy Wilkins
String Arrangement on “Roll Over” by Luc Degezelle
Woodwind Arrangement on “Does anybody care” by Peter Vermeersch

Produced & Recorded by Frank Duchêne for frankduchene.com

All music written by Esther Lybeert and Maarten Flamand
“Satchel” written by Esther Lybeert, Liza Verhaeghe and Maarten Flamand. #4.48 by Maarten Flamand. “Does anybody care”, “Easier to conceal” written by Esther Lybeert. “The Ship” written by Luc Van Acker.

All lyrics written by Esther Lybeert. “Satchel” written by Esther Lybeert and Liza Verhaeghe. “The Ship”written by Luc Van Acker.


Recording Studios: Studio Datcha, Studio On the Moon, Red Tape Studio, Track Studio & Bijlokestudio.
Recorded by Frank Duchêne, Jan Chantrain, Filip Goris, Arjan “Barefoot” Bogaert, Wannes Gonissen.

Mixed by Werner Pensaert & Frank Duchêne @ Audioworkx (NL), Mastered by Uwe Teichert @ Elektropolis.


Art direction and photos by Nathalie Teirlinck
Coverdesign and illustration by Philippe De Vuyst

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The Antler King Belgium

The Antler King is the musical working ground of Esther Lybeert and Maarten Flamand.They presented themselves in 2011, with a much appraised debut album.Two years later it is time for their second album Patterns. Fed by their die-hard DIY ethics they played all instruments themselves. With this approach they've shed the perfect polish of their songs and replaced it with extra charm and attitude. ... more

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Track Name: Satchel
Satchel - The Antler King

She met him on a bad day
This man with two hands and
ten dirty fingers
He said:
“Enjoy your sunday evening,
the barren sheet
and please enjoy me”

She tries to stay awake
And she counts time
Night is coming soon now
I hear somebody breathing
I’m sleeping
Please believe me

He said:
“You can leave your satchel over here
Close your pretty eyes for me
You can hear the sound of birds and bees
Don’t put all the blame on me”

Let a silent night surround me
The sun will break through
The day will conceal every truth
Only God knows
I have had better days
Thousands of better days before
Time has taught me
Not to ask for more

“You can leave your satchel over here
Close your pretty eyes for me
You can hear the sound of birds and bees
Don’t put all the blame on me
You can leave your satchel over here
Close your pretty eyes for me”

I woke up on a sad day
A mad day
A cold day
An early monday morning
Track Name: Heroes
Heroes - The Antler King

She stood up my oh my
She was ready for love
Fairly and squarely on her shoulders,
She felt such a sense of pòssibility
Filled her pockets with some rocks
Every morning at dawn

We’ll be heroes of built bitterness
We’ll turn stones into flowers
Flowers into stones,
We won’t shed a tear and…

•We could be heroes we could be heroes…

She stood up my oh my
She was ready to leave
Had no morphine to ease her pain
And she felt such a sense of possibility
‘filled her pockets with some rocks
Getting ready to drown

We’ll be heroes of built bitterness
We’ll turn stones into flowers
Flowers into stones,
We won’t shed a tear

We could be heroes, we could be heroes…
Track Name: Silk Sounds
He saw his fate reflected in a pond
A paper plane passing by
Will it make a difference if I stay?

Hummingbird pointed out where to go
walk a path, unknown places far away
Will they ever notice that I’m gone?

Strange ‘cause there is no emotion at all
Silk sounds and circus smiles are gone
Oh that’s the way it goes I suppose
Bells toll for time to rewind

She found him there asleep, an image in the lake
A paper plane passing by
Some things change, others never
She threw a coin and changed into a fish
Swimming in the pools of his eyes
That one time it was different, it all changed

Strange ‘cause there is no emotion at all
Silk sounds and circus smiles are gone
Oh, that’s the way it goes I suppose
Bells toll for time to rewind

Strange, ‘cause there is no emotion at all
Silk sounds and circus smiles are gone
Oh, that’s the way it goes I suppose
Bells toll for time to rewind
Track Name: Alone
Alone - The Antler King

At the end of the day
It’ll always the same
At the end of the day
Nothing has changed
The sound of slamming a door
A glass of wine or something more
Doesn’t make any difference
You’re still on your own

And nothing will change
Silence of walls
‘till the end of your days
You try to find something
That lights up your life
But you’re all alone


Time tick tocks away
I’m gonna die but not today
The silence, the fall
Frightens us all

There’s an easier way to live life
But it’s not what I had in mind
Don’t want an easier way to live life
When there’s nothing to strive for

And nothing will change
Silence of walls
‘till the end of your days
you try to find something
that lights up your life

and there’s an easier way to live life
But that’s not what I had in mind…

And nothing will change
Silence of walls
‘till the end of your days
you try to find something
that lights up your life…

But you’re all alone
Track Name: Does Anybody Care
Does Anybody Care - The Antler King


Don’t care where you come from
Don’t care what you’ve seen
Don’t care to know your name
Don’t ask me for mine
Don’t care about your past
Don’t care how long it lasts
Don’t care if I’m not the only one
Don’t need to be special to you


How bad can it be
When it feels this good
What you don’t find at home
You’ll get from somewhere else
I won’t apologise ‘cause there are no regrets

Does anybody care at all…


Don’t care about the guilt
Don’t wanna talk about it
Don’t ask me for tenderness
I’d rather it was rough
Not going to sleep between your sheets
I’ll be gone before sunrise
I might make you smile
But I won’t make you happy

How bad can it be
When it feels this good
What you don’t find at home
You’ll get from somewhere else
I won’t apologise ‘cause there are no regrets
I would do it again in a heartbeat

Does care at all…

You say that I’m foolish
You’ll learn that I’m selfish
Your girlfriend will blame me
We’ll change that in a heartbeat

I couldn’t care less when your all mouth no trousers
Feel free to enjoy me to try to surprise me

Does anybody care at all…
I don’t care at all
Track Name: Morning Bell
Morning Bell - The Antler King

The morning bell spoke up
Got a meeting with my sins
We gotta line up all our men
Don’t worry blow a kiss

Builder left his tower
“We won’t cut and run we’ll stay the course”
She’s claiming her daydreams
Climb the stairs and draw my castle in the air

The sniper lost his soul
We’re in a state of mourning
Send your horses to hell
Silence has become betrayal

Builder lost his power
“We won’t cut ’n run we’ll stay the course”
She’s taming her daydreams
Climb the stairs and wipe out my castle in the air

Builder lost his tower
“We won’t cut and run we’ll stay the course”
She’s blaming her daydreams
Climb the stairs snipe at my castle in the air
Track Name: Easier To Conceal
Easier To Conceal - The Antler King

On a cold rainy day
It is easier to feel,
What’s left, what’s gone away
Too many things to reveal


When the day has closed its gate
It is hard to realize
What you’ve dissipated
Too many things to reveal

Time has taken away my purity
Has taken away my beauty
Life offered me her cruelty
Now it’s too late
To trade

I wonder how to seize the day
To find a way
To move on
I wonder how to overcome

Possibly when flowers bloom
It will be easier to heal
Harder to roam
Easier to conceal
Track Name: Hunter
Hunter - The Antler King

Come out of there
Out of my head
It’s roaming my brain,
Creeping up and down,
Like fishes picking holes and pulling wires of a tree
It’s chasing glimmers from my soul
Tracing back my lonely senses

I’m going round in circles
I am chasing my tail
I’m going around in circles
Running hard, standing still
Going round around around

Lonely Hunter
Travelling my head
Unquiet and sad
corroding my veins, melting my brain
Smothering my love
Eating my soul

I’m going round in circles
I am chasing my tail
I’m going round in circles
Running hard but standing still
Going round around around

I’m pacing up and down
I’m biding my time
While I’m choking my mind
Forever always more
Whatever what for
Always my arms of war

Lonely hunter
Travelling in my head
I’m lonely and sad
Track Name: The Ship
The Ship - The Antler King (original by Luc Van Acker)
Track Name: Roll Over
Roll Over - The Antler King

Roll over roll over dear
Come closer, come closer to me
I’ve been waiting patiently
So let my desire embrace you
‘cause I’ve been saving all my love for you

Roll over dear, roll over dear, come closer dear to me

Keep your arms around me
Hold me close, hold me tighter
The stars will shine even brighter
Than a pearl

All day I have toiled
Many hours I have spoiled
All because
I was longing for you to come home

Roll over dear, roll over dear, come closer dear to me

Time will change our youthful faces
Our hair will turn a shade of grey
Lines in our faces will reveal our age
Our folded hands will betray the tide of time

Roll over dear, roll over dear, come closer dear to me