Betty Anne Northup

Betty Anne Northup

 Calgary, Alberta, CAN
BandFolkAdult Contemporary

Contemporary folk/rock. Influences include Carol King, K.D. Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell and Phoebe Snow

Biography

Betty Anne Northup (bettyannenorthup.com) is a passionate, engaging performer with an established professional career. Betty Anne's artistic influences to name a few, include Joni Mitchell, kd Lang, and Phoebe Snow. Her music is available on iTunes, Amie Street and Napster, and can also be enjoyed on MySpace.

Betty Anne hit the road with numerous bands right out of high school. Early in her musical journey, Betty Anne and her late husband Larry Christensen joined forces with Craig Brown to form the trio "Easy Street", and they toured Western Canada extensively.
After life on Easy Street, Betty Anne established herself as a studio and performing vocalist and musician. Betty Anne's musical course has never wavered. In 1996 she founded "Vernon Recording and Teaching Studio". She employs her polished and natural vocal skills to the benefit and delight of her students (http://bettyannenorthup.com/). On stage, Betty continues to weave a web of musical magic, showcasing her versatility with a variety of musical groups in the Vernon area, and also as a solo performer.

Craig Brown built upon his Music Major from Douglas College (New Westminster, which is near Vancouver, BC - home of the next Winter Olympics) by working as a studio musician, and performing with James J. Robinson, Webster and Company, Kettle Valley Brakemen, and Blackjack, from Vancouver to the Calgary Stampede, Toronto and Palm Springs, California. Craig is a multi-instrumentalist - guitar, trumpet (coronet), keyboard, mandolin, bass and drums. Craig recorded and independently released his first solo finger style guitar CD "Acoustic Salad, Electric Dressing" in 2001. One track from this CD (Steeplechase Lane) was featured on "Six Strings North of the Border, Vol 2" released by Borealis Records Toronto and produced by Bill Garret. This CD was nationally released in 2003, and is part of a 3-CD box set now in record stores across Canada. Craig released his second solo finger style guitar CD ("Main Course") in 2003, followed by "All Sides", which is also now available.

As fate would have it, these talented individuals have united to serve up a full-course helping of evocative folk ballads, touching love songs, americana, and even a bit of jazzy swing influence; appropriately seasoned with a sprig of edgy rock as required. We welcome you to this banquet of musical offerings, and hope that these songs bring some measure of joy and wonderment into your hearts.

Lyrics

You've Been So Good For Me

Written By: (c) Betty Anne Northup, 2008

Sometimes, late at night, at the end of a long day
We go to bed, we fall asleep, but I'm still wide awake
I lie in the dark and listen, to a sound I love to hear...
The gentle steady whisper of your breath as you lay near.

Then I am reminded of the years I spent alone

Tending To A Picture

Written By: (c) Charles Northup (Dec, 2007)

Born in 1847 in Clay County West Missouri
To Zerelda and the preacher Robert James
At the tender age of three his daddy went to California
Where he died in his search for golden dreams

When the Civil War was over, Feds rode up to his fair homestead
And they hanged his good step-daddy before his eyes
No one knows how such a childhood lived can fire a man’s emotions
But it’s clearly one of Jesse’s alibis

He was bad. He was no good. He did all the things he knew that he never should

He did ride. He did fall. Tending to a picture on the wall

Now we’ll never know if he meant to kill that innocent bystander
When he shot up that first bank in Liberty
He said he wasn’t seekin’ trouble, but they would not give the deed back
To the land that they took from his family

So he went out on his rampage, yeah he did a lot of damage
And the voters told the Governor what to do
Mr. Pinkerton was hired, but his bloody plan backfired
When Jesse’s mother lost an arm, his legend grew

He was bad. He was no good. He did all the things that he knew he never should
He did ride. He did fall. Fixin’ that ole picture on the wall

Jesse’s son became a lawyer, though his dad was a destroyer
It’s funny how each chose to wield their sword
And as the end drew near the big mistake that Jesse made was to place his fate
In the hands of a man named Robert Ford

And on that fateful day in ’82, Bobby did what he had to do
When Jesse stood to tilt that picture on the wall
No doubt it was a coward’s path, but that don’t really change the fact
That Jesse James was headed for a fall

Yeah he was bad. He was no good. He did all the things that he knew he never should
He did ride. He did fall. Tending to that picture on the wall.

Folks in Northfield Minnesota, now they gather each September
To celebrate the downfall of his gang
They’ve got arts and crafts and photographs and lots of story-tellin’
In memory of this outlaw they do sing

But the one thing that they won’t forget, is the same thing they ain’t figured yet
The one part of the tale that they can’t explain
Why did Jesse turn his back, knowing Bobby just might attack?
It’s the mystery of the legend Jesse James

Yeah he was bad. He was no good. He did all the things that he knew he never should
He did ride. He did fall. Tending to that picture on the wall
He was fixin’ that ole picture on the wall

Bobby, Lee, Katie & Me

Written By: (c) Charles Northup, 2008

Bobby, Lee, Katie & Me

Bobby lost his sight in a barroom fight in Memphis
And Lee lost a leg while wavin’ our flag for pay
Katie’s in a chair and she’s losin’ her hair to cancer
Me, I’m gonna die from drinking rye all day

We’re a ragtag band of players
We got lots to cry about
But that’s just not our gig now ‘Cause we choose to sing and shout, let it out, get people dancin’ all about

Though Bobby can’t see, he’s a gale force three on harp now
And Lee is an ace on stand-up bass keepin’ time
Katie gets her wigs and she leads our gigs on vocal
Though I ain’t no star I can play guitar just fine

Oh and when we sing together, sparks begin to fly
Like perfect summer weather, we get everybody high, so high, raise their spirits to the sky

INSTRUMENTAL

Yeah we know a lot of folks who just love to whine and moan now
Though their lives are fine, they just hang around and annoy
They should don a little smile and admit things ain’t so bad now
Cause the devil may try to rob our lives of joy

That’s why we’ll keep making music. We’ll never bring you down
Yeah we’ll keep you people dancing’, all over this old town, you’ll dance around, up & down, & spinnin’ round.


If You Were Feeling Sad

Written By: (c) Charles Northup, 2008

If you were feeling sad my love
I ‘d offer you a smile
And I would do this willingly, knowing all the while
That you would do the same for me, ‘cause we are deep in love
And I will sing this song for you
You’re all I'm dreaming of

And if I found you sleeping dear
I would not make a sound
I’d lie beside you quietly, til the morning sun came round
And then I’d kiss you tenderly before you leave for town
Where all day long I’ll think of you
Til quittin’ time comes round
And I lay my burden down.

INSTRUMENTAL

If I found you to be rushed my love, I would offer up my time
I’d carry any weight for you However steep the climb
And as we both grow older, I’ll be always at your side
And I will keep you close to me. Like the moon pulls in the tide.
No tears will need be cried. Don’t cry. Don’t you cry.

Don’t you cry!!

Under This Windswept Tree

Written By: (c) Charles Northup, 2008

The wind blows through my hair now, as I look down on the shore.
Seabirds fly above the waves, as the rowers work their oars.

I’ve come back to my homeland Where as a young boy I did play
To this very place I stand now
And I recall that special day

When I met you on this cliff-top That rises high above the sea
I relive that summer day when I first kissed you
Underneath this windswept tree

But then we grew so far apart
Our lives had separate themes
Though we may have had our lovers, you were always in my dreams my dear
And I prayed we’d kiss again, under this windswept tree

Instrumental Verse

Stories have their endings, and though we may not know our fate
We act like fools who never listen; leery of an open gate

Now I’m back here in my homeland, and the tears fall from my eyes

Yes she went before her time they say, and I finally realize
That as I stand here on our cliff-top, what you really meant to me my love
And from my arms your ashes fall now, underneath this windswept tree

Under this windswept tree Beneath this tree

Annalea

Written By: (c) Charles Northup, 2008

Annalee is leaving tonight. Her golden hair is fading now as she drifts away from my sight.
Standing on the bow of the vessel leaving now. They’re taking her away and it’s not right.

I see the tears that fall down from her cheek. Of the reasons she does cry I know I can never speak.
And though we were to wed she may never share my bed. Marianne for you I do weep

Many in our town have sworn to bring them down
Many more will join us in our quest; no we will never rest

We’ll gather soon at Aberdeen and Perth. We’ll gather at the places of our birth.
To avenge the death of Marion, we’ll follow Wallace now
Though they have far more men than us, we’ll persevere somehow

Instrumental

Annalee I promise you this. Some day you will be home again; to this end I shall persist
And we will join our families; in the Highlands, we’ll find joy
No matter what they’ve done to you, our love can’t be destroyed.

Many in our town have sworn to bring them down
Many more will join us in our fight; as what we do is right

Midwest Train

Written By: (c) CHARLES NORTHUP 2008

The train came in from Kansas.
It came in right on time
And I’ve been waiting here for you, Standing in this line
Now I don’t know for sure if you are going to show
The way we left things on the phone, I still don’t really know

If you’re on that train, or are you simply playing with my heart again?
This time for sure, if you’re not on that train I’ll finally close the door
Oh midwest train I’ll wait for you no more

There used to be a day, when our lives were full of joy
When you and I did play in those fields of Illinois
And we would watch those trains go by, beneath an endless sky
And you would always say to me, one day I’m gonna ride

And you did ride across those plains
You left me standing in a midwest pouring rain
I thought that I might never hear from you again

I hope that I’m not waiting in this line in vain
Or are you truly on this midwest train

Are you really coming home to me?
Will you step down from that train?
I’ve been waiting here so long for you.
Midwest train bring my love home again.
Midwest train don’t make me wait in vain

My Mother, My Father... and You

Written By: (c) Charles Northup

When I lay my head down to sleep, I pray the good lord your soul to keep
As I pull you so close to me, I feel truly at peace.
I recall what my mother said.
She said: “Son, certain ladies may turn your head”
“Don’t you take them into your bed”. And my father agreed. He said:

Find someone who will give to you - an honest love, a love so true
A girl who will stand by you – when you’re down on your knees

He showed me the way (leading every day)
She knew just what to say (to take my pain away)
And your love’s still honest and true
Three angels who helped me pull through
My mother, my father – and you.

Now we have our own family. I sit our little boy upon my knee.
And he listens quite carefully – as he finds his own way.
And when he grows up to be a man. I hope he has someone to take his hand.
A girl who will understand, when to her he may say:

Chorus twice

Look At Me Now

Written By: (c) Charles Northup

Look at me now
I’m back on my feet again
Don’t ask me how
It’s something that I just can’t explain
It’s hard for a girl alone in this world it’s true
I’m through with the blues,
And I may owe that to you

Whenever you call
I try not to let my heart react
I don’t want to fall
I just want to keep my nerves intact

I fear before long
I’ll fall for your songs my dear
Don’t you dare let me down
Cause I want you around

INSTRUMENTAL

No need to pretend
That this could not end my dear
Though we could be friends That’s not my intent it’s clear

No room for mistakes
No time for the aches or tears
If you’re not the one
Then I'm movin' on

You've Been So Good For Me

Written By: (C) Betty Anne Northup

SOMETIMES, LATE AT NIGHT, AT THE END OF A LONG DAY
WE GO TO BED, YOU FALL ASLEEP, BUT I’M STILL WIDE AWAKE
I LIE IN THE DARK AND LISTEN - TO A SOUND I LOVE TO HEAR
THE GENTLE STEADY WHISPER OF YOUR BREATH AS YOU LAY NEAR

THEN I AM REMINDED OF THE YEARS I SPENT ALONE
QUIET DAYS, QUIET NIGHTS, IN MY QUIET HOME
I NEVER KNEW WHAT LONELY WAS. I GUESS I DIDN’T CARE
NOW I KNOW HOW LONELY I WOULD BE IF YOU WEREN’T THERE

IT DIDN’T HIT ME LIKE A BOLT RIGHT OUT OF THE BLUE
I DIDN’T FALL HEAD OVER HEELS FOR YOU
IT WASN’T LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
YOU WEREN’T MY NIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR
BUT YOU - YOU’VE BEEN SO GOOD FOR ME

NOW WE’VE BEEN TOGETHER FOR SO MANY YEARS
WHEN I THINK OF LIFE WITHOUT YOU, MY EYES FILL WITH TEARS
YOU SAW SOMETHING IN ME THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD SEE
I BELIEVE YOU WHEN YOU SAY YOU BELIEVE IN ME

WHAT IF I HAD NEVER MET YOU
WHERE WOULD I BE NOW
I NEVER DREAMED THAT KNOWING YOU
WOULD TURN MY LIFE AROUND
TURN ME UPSIDE DOWN

REPEAT LAST CHORUS

Let's Stay In (and Order Out)

Written By: (C) Charles Northup

Let's stay in and order out
Cause I'm in the mood
To see just what you're all about Yeah, we’ve been dancing round each other far too long it seems
Let’s stay in tonight and realize our dreams

When we met, not long ago, I was intrigued
Right from our very first hello
I had this feeling that you might be just so right for me
Now I can clearly see, what is soon to be

And when I get you in my arms and hold you tight
You won’t be thinkin’ bout nobody else tonight
I’m gonna rock you roll you baby treat you right
To discuss what we’re do wouldn’t be polite.

Let’s stay in and not go out. What will happen now
I really don’t have any doubt
Yeah we’ve been sizing up each other, and now’s the time my dear
We’d better hurry now before the food gets here

CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL VERSE

I Would Love To Go To Spain

Written By: (c) Charles Northup, 2008

How I’d love to go to Spain Climb aboard the fastest plane
Then just fly across the sky and let my dreams begin

Build a castle way up high
The finest horses I would buy
Then I’d ride along the shore; the sunshine on my skin


Who’s to say it can’t be so?
I close my eyes and then I go
Like Spanish sailors in the night anticipation taking flight

Yes I’d like to go to Rome
A lovely villa for my home
And in the evenings I would stroll about the Pantheon

I would travel back in time
See the rulers take their place
Then fall from grace, and I would witness ancient history

Who’s to say it can’t be so?
I close my eyes and then I go
In our chariots we fly
We can explore an endless sky

INSTRUMENTAL

Venezuelan mountains soar
On the way to Equator
Cartegenian ports implore us to investigate

Then we’d move on to Peru where the Incas Empire grew
And then withdrew before the swords of Spain’s Conquistadors

Who’s to say we can’t go there? Yes we can travel anywhere
In our dreams we drift across Time and space that is not lost

You've Been So Good For Me

Written By: (C) Betty Anne Northup, 2008

SOMETIMES, LATE AT NIGHT, AT THE END OF A LONG DAY
WE GO TO BED, YOU FALL ASLEEP, BUT I’M STILL WIDE AWAKE
I LIE IN THE DARK AND LISTEN - TO A SOUND I LOVE TO HEAR
THE GENTLE STEADY WHISPER OF YOUR BREATH AS YOU LAY NEAR

THEN I AM REMINDED OF THE YEARS I SPENT ALONE
QUIET DAYS, QUIET NIGHTS, IN MY QUIET HOME
I NEVER KNEW WHAT LONELY WAS, I GUESS I DIDN’T CARE
NOW I KNOW HOW LONELY I WOULD BE IF YOU WEREN’T THERE

IT DIDN’T HIT ME LIKE A BOLT RIGHT OUT OF THE BLUE
I DIDN’T FALL HEAD OVER HEELS FOR YOU
IT WASN’T LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
YOU WEREN’T MY KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR
BUT YOU, YOU’VE BEEN SO GOOD FOR ME

NOW WE’VE BEEN TOGETHER FOR SO MANY YEARS
WHEN I THINK OF LIFE WITHOUT YOU, MY EYES FILL WITH TEARS
YOU SAW SOMETHING IN ME THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD SEE
I BELIEVE YOU WHEN YOU SAY YOU BELIEVE IN ME

CHORUS

WHAT IF I HAD NEVER MET YOU
WHERE WOULD I BE NOW
A SIMPLE THING LIKE FALLING IN LOVE
WOULD TURN MY LIFE AROUND
TURN ME UPSIDE DOWN

REPEAT CHORUS

Letters From Home

Written By: Charles Northup

(c) April 6, 2008
Waiting for this subway train, I feel so all alone
Even though there’s people all around
Pushing me and shoving me, oh I wish I had some room
How did I ever end up in this town?

Mothers tell their daughters: “You must study hard in school”
And this we do because we want to please.
Then we leave our families to follow those careers
Time flies away like whispers on a breeze

I can truly say that I’d throw it all away
The money and the tears go hand in hand
After all these years, I have never faced my fears
And my glass just may be running out of sand

INSTRUMENTAL

Our lives are interwoven with much circumstance and change
Guided by decisions that we cast
And though I’m very much aware of just what is at stake
It’s time to hoist new hails upon the mast

Inspiration wakens me why did I wait so long?
I’ll give my notice to this town tonight
And call upon my family; they’ll celebrate the news
That I will soon be home to make things right

Now I can truly say that I threw it all away
The money and the life that made me blue
After all these years of running from my fears
I’ve brought your letters & my love back home to you
And home is where my dreams just may come true

Discography

See above.

Set List

Original songs: Tending To A Picture, Annalea, Every Single Day, So Good For Me, If You Were Sad, Windswept Tree, Crossbow, Spain, Lets Stay In, Look At Me Now, Midwest Train, and My Mother My Father & You.
Covers: Many