Eric Anders

Eric Anders

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Performing Songwriter Magazine describes the music of singer-songwriter Eric Anders as "touching on the trance-like ecstasy of David Gray and the deadly seriousness of Nick Drake ... Anders is as engaging a singer and musician as he is writer."

Biography

"Tethered to the Ground" (2006) is the third full-length release from singer-songwriter Eric Anders. It was produced by Matt Brown, guitarist and producer of Nettwerk band Trespassers William—and also has TW's amazing lead singer, Anna-Lynne Williams singing back up on many songs.

In November of 2003, Eric released his debut CD, "Not at One," to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone critic Gail Worley listed it as her #11 CD of the year 2004, and one track, "Struggle," as the #4 song of the year. Worley would later rank Eric's second full-length release, "More Regrets" as the #4 CD of 2005.

Music critic Mark Wilson wrote that "More Regrets" is "a masterpiece of dark, ambient textures, layered soundscapes and subtly hypnotic grooves." For Robert Kinsler of the Orange County Register, "songs such as 'Together Alone' and 'Icarus' explore isolation, loss and love with an uncanny truth that casts a powerful spell that transports listeners into the songs themselves."

Lyrics

Halcyon Days

Written By: Anders/O'Bitz

Sea waves crash
She rode a storm
into my arms
I helped to calm her down
Then we found
I was far behind
She couldn’t wait
She was storm bound

If it’s alright with you
I think I’ll stay here on my own
Try to make myself a home
If it’s alright with you
I think I’ll find another way
Try to turn these into halcyon days
In a winter blast
The next one fell
Into my arms
I helped to warm her up

Then we found
She got on her feet
And gave me no time
She was storm bound

If it’s alright with you
I think I’ll stay here on my own
Try to make myself a home
If it’s alright with you
I think I’ll find another way
Try to turn these into halcyon days

Why can’t I find
A calm place, a home
It seems that I’m
Storm bound
Storm bound

If it’s alright with you
I think I’ll stay here on my own
Try to make myself a home
If it’s alright with you
I think I’ll find another way
Get away from stormy days
If it’s alright with you
I think I’ll wait here for someone
Who can help me find some calm

If it’s alright with you
I’ll stay
I’ve waited too long
My fate
I’m fated to long
I wait, I wait
I’ve been waiting too long

Struggle

Written By: Anders/O'Bitz

So what’s your take on my struggle?
And would you say I’m at it again?
You know I lie here still … in silence
Though I keep talking
Never reaching an end

Starting to hear the louder tones of insane
If they are real, how could I
ever explain?

Staying with you here, it seems
so crazy,
While love awaits me beyond
my fears
What was that you said
Looking out my window?
“It’s been too many years … too many years”

Starting to hear
The louder tones of insane
If they are real
How could they ever contain?

Talk to me
Don’t let me
Slide into
That place
Where only
I can reside

Struggle, struggle
Looking out my window

I know you see me
Leaning on the pain

Starting to hear
The louder tones of insane
I hope they are real
I hope they’ll always contain … yeah
Starting to hear
Those louder tones of insane

How does it feel
To watch me slip away?

Tethered to the Ground

Written By: Anders/O'Bitz

A small redemption to be found
And I'm headin' for it
Oh the modesty of the ground
A body evidenced so sound
But I'm reelin' from it
'Cause I know what can't be found

Tethered to the ground
But I'm reelin' from it
'Cause I know what can't be found
As I'm headin' for it

Feel it all around
See it all around
A slow acceptance of it now
As I'm headin' for it
A restless intellect calms down

Tethered to the ground
But I'm reelin' from it
'Cause I know what can't be found
As I'm headin' for it

Tethered to the ground
But I'm reelin' from it
'Cause I know what can't be found
As I'm eadin' for it

Tethered to the ground
I'm tethered to the ground
We're tethered to the ground
But we reel from it
'Cause we know what can't be found
'Cause we know what can't be found
'Cause we know what can't be found

Big World Abide

Written By: Anders/O'Bitz

Santa's small world
Not just a white lie
'Cause we went to bed
So safe inside

How hard to say goodnight
Big world abide
Telling our lies of black and white
Safe Inside

God's got a list
He's checkin' it twice
Heaven's the gift
For those who are nice

But still hard to say goodnight
Big world abide
Telling our lies of black and white
Safe Inside

Not innocent fairy tales
Red is the sum of this black and white
Dealin' in good and evil
These believers they terrorize
You might hope our lies evolve
It seems, hardly at all

From the big world we'll ever hide
Not abide … say goodnight

They said it was just a little white lie
We were told before goodnight
These lies of black and white
Stories for kids to feel safe inside
These lies of black and white
To which we'll hold and for which we'll die

How Low and Why

Written By: Anders/Mitchell/O'Bitz

How low and why
How low before we open our eyes
How low and why
How low before we can't ask why

How low d'we go with slavery then
How low our aboriginal sin
How low against the Vietminh
How low before it ends

How low and why
How low our wanton luxury ride
How low and why
How low before we can't ask why

How low d'we go with slavery then
How low our aboriginal sin
How low against the Vietminh
How low before it ends

So high we started for the times
So high the high for men who were white
So high these freedoms, and rights
So high so many held them up in awe and began the fight
Eyes on the prize

How low and why
How low so we can turn off the fight
How low and why
How low now that we can't ask why

How low d'we go with slavery then
How low our aboriginal sin
How low against the Vietminh
How low before it ends
How low before it ends
For it ends … for it ends

More Regrets

Written By: Anders/O'Bitz

You and I
We believed our plannin'
You and I
There'd be no more phoney lovin'
But You and I
Our separate places hidin'
Then You and I
We knew somethin' else was comin'

I said it's over and there're no regrets
But I said so much
That couldn't stand the test
I wish you'd try to remember the best
But I see I've blown it now …
More regrets
More regrets
Got more and more regrets

You and I
Just had one tremblin' foot in
You and I
We're terrified from all our lovin'
You and I
We watched the other hurtin'
Then You and I
We knew somethin' else was comin'

I said it's over and there're no regrets
But I said so much
That couldn't stand the test
I wish you'd try to remember the best
But I see I've blown it now …
More regrets

I wish I knew then
How much love and fear within
And how paired they had been
… and we had been

I said it's over and there're no regrets
But I said so much
That couldn't stand the test
I wish you'd try to remember the best
But I see I've blown it now …
More regrets

I said it's over and there're no regrets
But I said so much
That couldn't stand the test
I wish you'd try to remember the best
But it's not over now …
Nor the regrets
More regrets
More regrets
Got more and more regrets
More regrets

Discography

Not At One (2003), Songs For Wayward Days (EP, 2004), More Regrets (2005), and Tethered to the Ground (2006).