Anna van Riel

Anna van Riel

 Byron Bay, New South Wales, AUS
BandFolkAcoustic

Anna van Riel is a Kiwi/Aussie singer/songwriter. She has toured her original sound across the globe including two recent successful tours of New Zealand and at the Confluence Music festival in the Himalayas. She has performed twice for Prince Albert of Monaco. Anna lives in Byron Bay, NSW.

Biography

Anna van Riel is currently working on their new bluegrass folk album. Her band formed in Byron Bay, Australia this year after numerous successful performances together as a casual yet all original jamming band. With van Riel's powerful vocals, dynamic range and intense lyrics, together they have created a unique and inspiring sound with a gritty blues untone. They have recently been invited back to the Confluence music festival in India as well as offered a tour of Mumbai by KRUNK music management, as well as a tour of Hollan by Easy Does It music. Incorporating ukulele, fiddle, banjo, slide and acoustic guitar with ginormous vocal harmonies Anna van Riel new sound not to be missed.

Lyrics

The Last Love Song

Written By: Anna van Riel

vs1/
It's gonna take some time to come down from your cloud
Oh but if I had it my way I would fall down right now
I'd fall flat on my face
Hard on my knees
Look to the heavens
Beg and plead
But at least I know one thing
At least I can say

CH/
That this is the last love song I will wrote for you
I swear this is the last love song I will ever write for you

VS2/
I fly far across the ocean you sail far across the sea
We go opposite directions that's the thing with you and me
We never find the center, we never think the same
I'm not saying it's your fault. No one is to blame but

CH/
this is the last love song I will wrote for you
I swear this is the last love song I will ever write for you

China Box

Written By: Anna van Riel

VS1/
Keep the fan on my skin
Keep mosquitoes away
A million elephants
Is good luck they say
The photos on the wall
They're all around
And I lay here and look at them
But I want-to pull-them down

Ch/
Down, down, down, down, down, down
Down to China town
Down, down, down, down, down, down
In my little China Box

VS2/
The noises on the footpath
Resound against the wall
I can't see outside
Infact, I can't see much at all
I have to crane my neck
Just to see if the sky is blue
Oh and if it is
I have to come and visit you

CH/
And go Down, down, down, down, down, down
Tripping down the steps
Down, down, down, down, down, down
And leave my little my little China Box

VS3/
But there's something about my China box
Keeps me occupied
Even though it's all broken
I can sympathize
Maybe it's the elephants
Or maybe it's just me
But there's an inspiration here
That's somewhat....heavenly

Ch/
I go Down, down, down, down, down, down
Down to China town
Down, down, down, down, down, down
tripping down
I go Down, down, down, down, down, down
And that's funny
Cause I'm...in ......
France

Einey Meiny Miney Mo

Written By: Anna van Riel

Einey Meiny Miney Mo
An original by Anna van Riel

VS1
Well I’m a sweet little girl from a quaint little town
But were so few boys to spread around
So I packed my bag and I left the South
Got me a reputation but it’s all just word of mouth

VS2
They call me Greedy Jean, the baddest girl in town
The mothers they all say that I like to get around
But please just block your ears, for it’s simply just a lie
Although I’m quite a different girl when all the boys go marching by

Ch
Uh uh oh, what’s a girl to do
With so many good lookin boys like you
I don’t mean to state the obvious
But somehow I don’t think I’m meant to be monogamous
Uh uh Oh, what’s a boy to say
When a girl like me asks if she can come and play
Just one man I don’t think so
It’s too much fun with einey meiny miney mo

VS3
I’m not your normal girl so I really shouldn’t speak
I tried to have one lover but he didn’t last a week
He had pretty eyes, I must admit they beckon
But navy boys came into town and I dropped him in one second

VS4
And one-by-one the boys come marching by
I get bored so quickly yet the lord knows how I try
Chocolates from Henry, satin handkerchief from James
Roses from Montgomery, I shouldn’t play these games but

Ch

Coming Home

Written By: Anna van Riel

Coming Home
Original
By Anna van Riel

Verse 1

Please let me take your hand. I wanna make you my wife

For I can think of no other that I wanna share my life with

He confessed, with a smile and watched as she turned away

With tear of joy, in her eyes, and there was nothing left to say

Ch

Our love is beautiful, but this is nothing new

Because I swear I’ve walked this earth before with you

And when I saw you for the first time I was alone

But when I laid my eyes on you I knew… I was coming home

Instrumental 4 bars

Verse 2

And I promise that today will stay vivid in my mind

That these words I give to you will never be left behind

Because you are my love, you are my light

You’re the one I wanna lay down next to every night

I’m in love with you, and there was nothing left to say

Ch

Our love is beautiful, but this is nothing new

Because I swear I’ve walked this earth before with you

And when I saw you for the first time I was alone

But when I laid my eyes on you I knew… I was coming home

Oh when I laid my eyes on you I knew

Oh when I laid my eyes on you

Oh when I laid my eyes on you I knew

I was coming home

Matilda's Waltz

Written By: Anna van Riel

Matilda’s Waltz
An original by Anna van Riel

Vs1
Oh here’s a little story, people come near
It’s all about you and if you chose to hear
You can make a difference just open your eyes
Cause it’s about time we pushed the curtains aside

Vs2
For many long years our Matilda has cried, she’s singin
I’ve seen the truth while everybody lied
And I’ve been quiet for way too long
And it’s about time I changed my song

Ch
So Waltzing matilda come dance with me
Gather up your people let’s set ourselves free
And if we put our heads together and admit it’s not right
Maybe we can make a difference tonight

Vs3
Now matilda’s Heart broken, inside she’s dying
Nobody is listening yet everybody’s crying
Is it all about money and all about pride?
Just think of the freedom if we put all that aside

Vs4
So speak up, speak up is there anybody here
With something to say, say it loud and clear
And there were women, children, indigenous folk
But no one was listening when they spoke

CH
Br
Oh and maybe we can take the lead and make a change
Oh and one-by-one everybody else will do the same

Ch (quiet)
Ch

All round son of a man

Written By: Anna van Riel

All Round Son of a Man
Original
By Anna van Riel

Verse one

He smokes Port Royal in the afternoon

He says hey baby, are you coming home soon?

He wears a cowboy shirt and blue jeans

And he knows what he means

To me

Verse two

He smokes a cigarette and plays his guitar

He drives a two toned 1970’s car

And when he dances he grooves to the beat

And I think he is sweet

For me

Chorus

And ooooooooooooh, when I am tired

He runs his fingers through my hair

And oooooooooooohm when I am hungry

He is deli li li li li li li liciously there

Verse three

Oh he’ll sing me 16 love songs by Bob Marley

But he doesn’t smoke no spliffs

Or sniff no Charlie

Yeah he’s an all round son of a man

And I will keep him while I can

Cause I’m his biggest fan

And I think he loves me

Chorus

And ooooooooooooh, when I am tired

He runs his fingers through my hair

And oooooooooooohm when I am hungry

He is deli li li li li li li liciously there

Yeah He is deli li li li li li li liciously there

Oh He is deli li li li li li li liciously

All round son of a man…. Out

Mr H20

Written By: Anna van Riel

Mr H20
By Anna van Riel

vs1
One day a drop of water
Plopped down from the sky
he landed in a puddle and
Began to wonder why (Hey)
Hey, why was the puddle dirty
All full of trash and grease?
It's no good for the animals
And it's no good for the trees

Ch
But here comes Mr H20
He's coming with a plan
He's calling out to girls and boys
All across the land
he wants to save our planet but
There's such a lot to do
And that's the reason why he needs
Some help from me and you

vs2
Now H20 means water
It's the stuff we love to drink
It helps to clean our bodies
And the dishes in the sink
So think of just how sad we'd be
If all of it were gone
So let's all work together
Come bring all your friends along.

Ch
Cause here comes Mr H20
He's coming with a plan
He's calling out to girls and boys
All across the land
he wants to save our planet but
There's such a lot to do
And that's the reason why he needs
Some help from me and you

That's the reason why...
That's the reason why...
And that's the reason why he needs some help from me and you.

Discography

2008- Solar Panel LP- Anna van Riel

2009- Einey Meiny Miney Mo EP- Anna van Riel

2009- Raw As -Anna van Riel

Matilda's Waltz from Einey Meiny Miney Mo album entered in numerous competitions and was recently chosen for live podcast on Blarney Bulletin. Too Strong Daddy from Solar Panel album gains regular radio play on independant radio in NZ. Many songs from all albums regularly chosen for online radio airplay.

Set List

Einey Meiny Miney Mo
The Last Love song
Matilda's Waltz
Back Road Man
Get down
Lil Folk Song
China Box
Monaco
Night Vision
Swamped
Hey James
Storm and the Thunder
Maybe Kinda Love
God in an Op Shop
Sycamore Tree
Real Life G.I Joe
Long for a tragedy
Lovebug
Coming Home
Untouchable
The Love Game
Better not be wrong
Baby I gotta move
All round son of a man
Troical Woman

Sets are 45 minutes or 90 minutes long.