Liz Beattie

Liz Beattie

 Victoria, British Columbia, CAN
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Liz Beattie is a passionate singer/songwriter with warm folk-pop sounds.

Biography

Liz Beattie is a singer/songwriter based out of Victoria BC. Inspired by issues of social justice to personal experience, Liz sings honestly and from the heart.

Having grown up in a very musical family, in Prince George BC, she was exposed to an incredible array of live music from a very early age. Her background is in piano and songwriting, but after receiving her first guitar she pursued the instrument and carried it on a lengthy trip to Europe and furthermore, everywhere else.

Liz moved to Victoria to pursue music, which is where she started playing bass with the rock band, Machina. After a busy five years with the band, she began to pursue her solo career. So in May 2006 Liz and fellow band mate, Danton Jay, toured across Canada from coast to coast. She then had the opportunity of sharing a festival stage with Matthew Good and Tom Landa of The Paperboys. Later that summer, Liz began collaborating with fellow musician Simon Margetts. They instantly connected and began writing and recording in their basement studio, which led to their song, “Flying Solo”, featured in the Kirsty Alley movie, “Write and Wrong”.

In January 2008, Liz acquired an opening spot before one of her biggest influences, UK folk artist, Martyn Joseph. Inspired by his political and social stance, she is always eager to be a part of non-profit shows and fundraisers. Involvement in the Prince George Folkfest led to a return in January 2008, 2009 and 2010 as a performer at the winter festival, Coldsnap, including opening spots before Chad VanGaalen, Cara Luft, Dan Mangan and The Great Lake Swimmers, as well as a songwriting circle with Mark Stuart, Stacey Earle, and Rob Szabo.

In 2009, Liz embarked on a second cross-Canada tour to promote the independent release of her first solo album, entitled “Under the Ivy”. The album earned her a nomination for ‘Female Songwriter of the Year’ in the 2011 Vancouver Island Music Awards. Over the last two years, while completing a BA in Psychology at the University of Victoria, Liz has been writing material for an EP, which will be released in 2013.

Lyrics

Killing Time

Written By: Liz Beattie

I'm thinking I should try to bring you
something to keep warm
My closet spills over
and I still complain I'm poor

Save a dollar and a vice,
a penny's worth a thought
I drop them on the floor and never
care to pick them up

Camped by the window,
afraid of the cold
Camped by the window...

Killing Time,
your life or mine
We think it's fine
Killing time

People often ask you why
you're out there on the street
when you could be out looking for
a way to make ends meet
What they don't know is maybe you have
something that's not right
Maybe you have no support
and ever day's a fight

Camped by the window,
afraid of the cold
Camped by the window....

Killing Time
your life or mine
We think it's fine,
time doesn't mind
Killing Time
your life or mine
we think it's fine
Killing time

I wanted to tell you
I'm sorry for everything
I know enough I
should do more than sing
Maybe in quiet
of night we will see
maybe in quiet of night
we won't be:

Killing time
your life or mine
We think it's fine
time doesn't mind
Killing time
your life or mine
we think it's fine
Killing Time

Wherever You Go

Written By: Liz Beattie

Wherever you go.....
Wherever you go....
Whenever you go
far away from me
wherever you go
fly away

As the eyes let down their grace
and the heart falls back in place
and the dreams they are the same
though they now remember pain

Oh the old man in his chair
leans across and strokes her hair
"Run away with me right now,
run away I'll show you how"

Wherever you go....
wherever you go...
whenever you go
far away from me
wherever you go
fly away

All the wires in the way
and the fence is not too safe
but the other side it shines
on the silver coated lines
As the angel speaks your name
do you start to think in vain
"Run away with me right now,
run away I'll show you how"

Wherever you go....
wherever you go...
wherever you go....
wherever you go...

Burn Out

Written By: Liz Beattie

Come With Me,
I'll show you how
to take a breath
and breathe

Lately I've been
feeling happy
something's changed
in me

Follow me into a place
of slumber
Maybe I'll never wake up
Fly away into the
distance
Never afraid at the top
Burn out, burn out, burn out
Burn Out, burn out, burn out

Driving slowly
try not to hurry
good things won't pass by
lately you've been
really worried
about a thing called time

Follow me into a place
of slumber
maybe I'll never wake up
Fly away into the distance
never afraid at the top
Burn out, burn out, burn out
burn out, burn out, burn out

Mermaids and Kings

Written By: Liz Beattie

Mermaids and Kings

If you want me to go
I will go on there with you
If you want me to stay
I will stay right here with you
Bearded dragon came into my dreams last night
Fiercely real, I had almost lost its sight

Lay me down
in all of my attire
and I will float on the ocean
where I’m near

If you want me to go
I will go on there with you
If you want me to stay
I will stay right here with you
The sun is shining and I’m grinning ear to ear
Time for smiling is the ultimate career

Lay me down
in all of my attire
and I will float on the ocean
where I’m near
And I will sing for the mermaids and the kings
and I will play till the sky turns to grey

And I will dance
before you turn away
And I will dance that day
And I will dance before you turn away
and I will dance that day, that day

Out Of This Place

Written By: Liz Beattie

Out of This Place

Hey old friend you’re stupid
said you’d be okay
now a bomb’s hit
you are afraid

They make you think you’re useless
said you’d get it right some day
and now you’ve done it
things have changed

Tell me, do you think you could easily fly?

I want to get out of this place
I want to get out of this place
I want to get out of this place
I want to get out of this place

These days have been confusing
I think you say that all too much
but this is different
things are strange
Impossible to lose it?
I think it scares you all the time
makes you nervous
but makes you fine

Tell me, do you think you could easily fly?

I want to get out of this place
I want to get out of this place
I want to get out of this place
I want to get out of this place

These doors with no real
stairs right in front of me
completely concealed and
locked for eternity
Doors with no real
stairs right in front of me
completely concealed and locked

Hi, Speed

Written By: Liz Beattie, Simon Margetts

Hi, Speed

Hi, Speed
You are accrediting for everything
before you start or leave
Mislead,
before you open up the window love
and let the air just breathe
And everything you need
is right around me

Flying Solo

Written By: Liz Beattie, JoJo Beattie, Simon Margetts

Flying Solo

You say you know me
but you don’t, I won’t lie
You say you’d save me
but you won’t even try
I wish that I could turn around
and just see through your eyes
I think that I am nearly down
and almost hypnotized

Take my hand,
we’re flying so
flying so so solo
I can’t see your face
words are becoming
so unknown
Take my hand
and I will,
and I will be happy
Take my hand
and I won’t,
and I won’t be happy

You say you love me
and you do, melancholy
You say you feel me
but then why, why do I worry
I wish that I could pick a time
that always would embrace
I wish that I could draw the line
that falls beneath your face

Take my hand,
we’re flying so
flying so so solo
I can’t see your face
words are becoming
so unknown
Take my hand
and I will,
and I will be happy
Take my hand
and I won’t,
and I won’t be happy

I think I’m finally safe
I will not try to escape
I will lie down by your waste
I will not fill you with haste

Under The Ivy

Written By: Liz Beattie

Under The Ivy

You are a star
I’m with you wherever you are
and though I am curiously
stuck in the mind of all these things

When you are away
I think of you every single day
though I am curiously
wondering when I will see you again

Out in the garden
surrounded by trees
Under the Ivy
is everything that I need

You are the stars
written along my left arm
before I knew you were there
they guided me to you unaware

Out in the garden
surrounded by trees
Under the Ivy
is everything that I need
everything that I need
everything I need

Elephants

Written By: Liz Beattie

Elephants

Discography

2009 Under The Ivy - Liz Beattie

2005 Rented Smile - Machina

Set List

Liz can perform approximately two hours of original songs with a few covers.

Typical Song List:

Mermaids and Kings
Wherever You Go
Divine Proportion
Televising prayers
Alibi
Wild Card
Burn Out
Under The Ivy
Safe
Killing Time
Flying Solo
Written Parodies
Falling Away
Brave New World
Love Like This
To Be
Out of this Place
Idolize
Elephant
Hidden Dreams
Hi, Speed
Pantomime
Never Quite as Old
Paper Airplane
Engine Driver - by The Decemberists
Push and Pull - by Nikka Costa
To Be Alone - Sufjan Stevens
Cortez the Killer - Neil Young
Come up for Air
Seamstress