Annie Bethancourt

Annie Bethancourt

BandFolkAcoustic

indie acoustic folk in the vein of feist, regina skeptor, sufjan stevens, paul simon. delicate, soft songs of melancholy tinged with hope.

Biography

daughter of an episcopal priest and preschool teacher who met, fell in love, and traveled by cramped tour bus in a folk band in the 1970's. raised on Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, church hymns, southern california salt air and flying kites with green grass under bare feet. plays soft songs about birds in spring and cold in winter and wanting to believe. happy songs about dying. sad songs about being in love. light-hearted songs about wives tying cheating husbands to beds. you know, the usual.

people say:
"ethereal voice that fits like a glove over beautifully simple guitar"
"explains the the difference between raw talent and deft technique. Or, rather, she inhabits both."
"one of those rare voices that make other singers want to quit"
"fragile and timid one moment, thunderous the next"
"has got a lot of talent on her lips and at her fingertips"
"melancholy tinged with hope"

Lyrics

the birds of the air

Written By: Annie Bethancourt

when i was a child, i talked like a child
with a broken mouth
and all my hope, and faith, and trust fell out
now uncertain futures start in a faltering heart
and i have grown sullen and speechless
next to crying stones

but the birds of the air
they don't tear at their wings so that things will be better
the flowers in the field don't steal their clothes
they are robed in heather

taken have i the road less traveled by
and that has made all the difference
as the path it fades
and though i am lost and lonesome
with my own thoughts
i've got a blanket of stars
and the earth a pillow to lay my weary head on

for the birds of the air
they don't tear at their wings so that things will be better
the flowers in the field don't steal their clothes
they are robed in heather

and what kind of father would offer a rock when his child asked for fish of the sea?
i know you love me better
so give of your blood, and your body,
and spirit, please.

the birds of the air
they don't tear at their wings so that things will be better
the flowers in the field don't steal their clothes
they are robed in heather

and i will sing a new song
i will sing it aloud, the one that you put in my soul
i will sing a new song
like the prophets who told them to kings and queens of old

the birds of the air
they don't tear at their wings so that things will be better
but things will be better
things will be better
things will be better

dead men are heavier than broken hearts (live)

Written By: Annie Bethancourt

i saw you once before
saw you when your lips were talking
you had stopped outside my door
i guess i thought your legs were through with walking
and i felt a smile pull on my mouth
as i felt hope for the first time
'cause i knew you'd be mine

so i went so far from home
to start a new one with you
but you soon began to roam
sayin' "sugar, it's just no one can love a woman like i do"
and when people asked "how can you be wife and man?"
i told them we were in love
and that that was enough

but oh my darlin' we would get along
if you'd just stay, stay, stay
oh my lover, i won't do you wrong
if you just say you won't be gone
'cause when i awake and i don't see your face
i try to count my blessings in the times we've kissed
but all those nights when you're not by my side
i tell myself there's gotta be somethin' better than this

so i soon devised a plan
so your cheating heart wouldn't stray
with the sleeping pills in hand
i spiked your whisky and i waited for the darkness at the end of the day
and when you fell into a deep sleep
to your bedside i did creep
and let my anger out in ropes with knots strong and true
and when you woke i said to you:

"oh my darlin', i can see you wanna leave
why don't you try, try, try?
oh my lover, it used to be so easy
but you know i am done being the fool, you see
and these chains that bind
will link your heart to mine
and you will learn to finish what you did start
and you can say i'm crazy, but, you know, i did believe
when you swore to god in heaven to love me death 'till us part...

oh my darlin', we will get along
now that you'll stay, stay, stay
oh my lover, i won't do you wrong now that i know you can't be gone!
and when you awake and you see my face
you better count your blessings in the times we kiss
and all those nights, now that you are by my side,
you better tell me "honey, there couldn't be anything better than this.."

i'm not sayin' that it's right
but you're here with me tonight
and that's where i think a good husband should be
darlin', don't you agree?

wavering song

Written By: Annie Bethancourt

i want to sing songs
that don't ring of wavering
and say prayers that don't hang
like heavy questions marks

i want to speak truth,
with truth in the speaking
words forming not meant
for appeasing my doubts

i want to believe
please help me believe
i want to believe
please help me believe in you like i used to do

all that i ask
is your kind confirmation
a divine intervention
for proving me wrong

i just want to feel
like my life isn't founded
on stories that will die
as the world passes on

i want to believe
please help me believe
i want to believe
please help me believe in you like i used to do

there was a time i had so much faith
i knew your touch like breathing in
and i believed you'd never leave me
because you said you'd never leave me
but now you're gone
where have you gone?

i want to believe
please help me believe
i want to believe
please help me believe
i want to believe in you
i'm trying to believe in you
help me believe in you
like i used to do

i want to sing songs
that don't ring of wavering

Discography

The Garage Sessions (2002)
northnortheast EP (2005)

national internet radio airplay and streaming:
Darkhorse Radio
NPR "All Songs Considered"
Largehearted Boy
WDYN Radio
San Diego 91X

Set List

typical sets: 45-60 minutes

halleilujah (leonard cohen cover)
why you shouldn't love me
gone, gone, gone
benjamin
oh, what's a girl to do?
winter
revolving door
heart of glass (blondie cover)
dead men are heavier than broken hearts
the birds of the air
creep (radiohead cover)
let it go