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A home-made album made in the echo-ey staircase of my community home on the corner of Yorkshire and Home St during the winter of 2010. Themes include friendship, pining for love, loss of a mentor, depression, blossoming love, and simple joy.
Special thanks for Maria Berends for her beautiful friendship, stunning harmonies, and gentle heart.

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released April 4, 2010

Back-up vocals: Maria Berends
Slam Poetry written and performed by: Seb Ramirez
All songs written and sung by Bethany Klapwyk

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Track Name: i love the rain
little box

i thought
what if there was no tomorrow
how would i save the world

you said,
"there's no way you can do
what you want to"

but ill always say
where there's a will
there's a way

and you can live
in your little box of a world
and i will be in mine
and yours might have perfect blue skies
but i always loved the rain

i climbed to the top of the world
and never once thought
"you're just one girl"

looking down i saw
the things
we try to ignore

a mother screaming
a little baby is dying
from a disease

and you,
you turn off the tv
and say, "it's going to be okay"

and you can live
in your little box of a world
and i will be in mine
and yours might have perfect blue skies
but i always loved the rain

here she comes
she hasn't eaten
in weeks

it's warm in here
but she's still living
on the streets

and she was smiling
because of this
one more day of life

but im not so sure
she's gonna last the night
last the night
Track Name: Dandelion Smoke
dandelion smoke

coming down from the mountain
we all know something happened
like 2 stones or ten commandments
you dont want to talk about it
you dont want to talk

blond thing, blue ribbon in her hair
lonely staring
puffs of dandelion smoke
dance around the yard
she dont wanna talk anymore

conversations in velvet red
a halo hanging around your head
you're working so hard in day and night
to paint the world in black and white
but i want colour
and i dont want to talk anymore

i want the northern lights
gracing the black nights
like a rainbow journeying through a bitter storm
like a cardinal in winter or a blue sky
i want something that'll hold and catch my eye
Track Name: partner in crime
im looking for a partner in crime
it doesnt have to be a lover
just someone full time

this doctor needs to be a patient sometimes too
so what about you
oh oh what about you?

all my friends
seem to have special friends
boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends
and somehow i fell of
of that bandwagon

and i know i really
really really really
shouldnt complain
but i tell you
on my own
i just go insane

there is space for some more peas in my pod
yes i know ive got lovely friends,
ive got a lot

but i still dont have one person who will walk through my door
sit in my living room chair
remind me what my life is for

im looking for the best kind of sidekick
not to put on my noodles
but who will read to me when im sick

im looking for a comrad
who will hold my shakin fists
and calm me when im mad
Track Name: my honey
my honey's going down to the mine
where the men turn black from coal
and cobwebs grow like flowers
my honey's going down to the store
where the plastic reeks and the vendor is poor
and she will give him all of her money
for something she don't need

my honey has always had
that kind of grace
it made me sick to see her in these places
these silly walls these silly lights
that always made us dizzy
we just want to feel at home

the visions of man
have broken us down deep down
and every inch of good he did
i forget in all these frowns
yes my honey
had to go away
and i'll try
to find redemption today

my honey's going in the airplane
to sit beside old jim,
and his dark brown cane
on their way to heaven
And the woman dress in black
but you see that I'm dressed in blue
cause you loved the sea and well i love you

the visions of man
have broken us down deep down
and every inch of green seems to be covered in town
yes my honey
had to go away
but i'll try
to find redemption today

and we'll stand beside your sacred stone
but it will be just a stone and we might alone
and for a moment
we'll forget about the doors
that stand between the living and the dead
Track Name: child of mine
little little boy in the the yellow rain boots
splashing in the puddles carved out by the roots
in the park i hear his laughter, it always survives
this is why i made you, to be, be alive

i left you a message in the drifting sand dunes
on the horizon i painted you a harvest moon
i sent you my love in a river so pure
but you still look to me as though you're unsure

i won't find you if you dont seek me first
without me things are bad, and they'll keep on getting worse
i've always tried to show you myself in the trees
but you cut them down and now you are on your knees

child of mine

i can't stand all that make-up on her face
she's so darn little and she's losing all her grace
she spent an hour deciding what to wear
really my darling, you just shouldn't care

you've buried yourself within your favourite shirt
you say when you wear it, the lies they don't hurt
but when you take that off, oh I just gotta ask
will you find yourself another pretty mask?

you've got your music stuck in your ears
i try to speak to you but you simply do not hear
you listen to your tunes cause your afraid of this crowd
but my songbirds are calling and your volume is just too loud

i wrote you a poem to make you feel fine
but you are trying so hard to read between my lines
twisting your heart to fit outside of every box
you're so very stressed my dear, and so very lost

but in the first spring sunshine i see your chin rise
i place my hand on your heart and you close your eyes
i've waited so long for you to lend your heart to me
can you feel in just this moment that you've been set free?

child of mine
Track Name: the shore
the shore

i dream of blue fringed asters
growing on top of this disaster
i dream of white magnolia flowers
that you'll be home in half an hour

i dream of other wild things
of the muscles, of the feathers that contain your wings
i dream of your skin and rain
promise me you'll come home again

your standing at the shore
my face is pressed up
against this cold wooden floor
your heart is taken by the sea
your heart is taken by me

all these bodies piled and lying
babies mother brothers- they are crying
you say we are safe from this far
but i say im not really sure

your standing at the shore
my face is pressed up
against this cold wooden floor
your heart is taken by the sea
your heart is taken by me

i dream myself out of breath
turn of the lights and im all that's left
listening intently to the dark
searching for any colour, sturdy and stark

yes, in my window there's a light
in the park there's a boy with a kite
both of us are free
neither of us are lonely
both of us are free
both of us are lonely
Track Name: i am blue
we had a little talk over a bottle of wine
had a little talk about how we're not fine
how something's got to change
someone's got to rerrange your heart

had a little chat over a cup of tea
the little one she climbs onto my knee
starts playing with my hair
even though im crying everywhere

had a little walk down to the park
no one is here 'cause it's after dark
but the moon it shines so full
and i feel such a pull to the sky

i am orange like the burning sun
i am white like the outskirts of your eyes
i am green like the dirty steam
coming off of this train
i am blue oh i am blue
again

had a little friend i met by the trees
we sat there a while reading poetry
to you i felt so drawn
let's lay out on the lawn
and watch the night

had a little dream that we might be
biking our way out to the sea
to find the right shade of blue
oh darling if i were with you
id be fine

i am the faded yellow of a fallen petal
i am the dark dark black of a heart attack
i am purple like the angry sky
of the hurricane
oh i am blue again

i am the grey of this stale winter day
i am the red of your wind burned lips
i am the dusty brown of the the soil
beneath her sugar cane
i am blue again

i have a few thoughts i keep to myself
i have a little book i keep on my shelf
i write to you what's true
still you might not have a clue
that i am blue
Track Name: side by side
i feel like everything paused when you called
a brief moment of bliss, of clarity
like the snow wasnt going to reach the ground anytime soon
and we might have time to watch the moon

from my second floor i avoid the world below
but even way up there, the strong winds they blow and blow
hanging on to you like a child to a mother's thigh
my whole world, i just deny

stop time, stop gravity
watch the snow as it floats horizontally
side by side you and i side to side we will fly
this is the only way we can stay alive

when i said goodbye i refused to let the day begin
i think im still refusing
i lay back in bed and stared at the streams of changing light
the sun on the snow can be so bright

indeed this snow is falling down. down. down
and i know i must begin
oh it's just one of those days
where im not sure if i really can
i think i need to feel your hand

stop time, stop gravity
watch the snow as it floats horizontally
side by side you and i side to side we will fly
this is the only way we can stay alive

when i speak to you i finally feel free
even if you're far away and can barely barely hear me
though the dogs may bark at you and the dark has pulled you deep
ill try to sing you right back to sleep

the sunkissed smile on your face is taunting
but the snow outside is far too daunting
so I write songs here and wait for your return
baby we've still got some things to learn

stop time, stop gravity
watch the snow as it floats horizontally
side by side you and i side to side we will fly
this is the only way we can stay alive
Track Name: another day in the city
another day in the city
oh what a shame
another day in the city
but I'll survive
because the people can be pretty

I don't want to stay here
very very long
just long enough
to write you a song

I like the smell
in your peeling paint walled kitchen
and the funny sounds you make
while you are sleeping

you grunt and you groan
you sign and you moan
but you are oh so very quiet
during the day
you are oh so very quiet
during the day

oh just because we're in the city
doesn't mean we can't rebel
oh just because we're very busy
doesn't mean we can't
think for ourselves
doesn't mean we can't
think for ourselves

goose bumps rise on my arms
in this air conditioned room
deep down in my stomach
there's a feeling of doom
how can we live like this
so tame and out of touch
you said to me
you use your cellphone too much