Beth Waters

by Beth Waters

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Gischtglas There is nothing quite like finding someone who not only makes amazing music but also writes lyrics that will leave you breathless. This album does both, and to such an effect that I didn't even have to think about buying it. I just did. Favorite track: Sweaters.
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This is Beth Waters' breakout debut album that launched her into the scene. Blue and White became the hit track for this collection of bittersweet piano driven and lyrically personal songs.

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released May 1, 2003

Ben Mize
Drums

Semyon Kobialka
Cello

Jeff Johnson
Photography

Michael Winger
Bass, Sampling, Mixing, Effects, Drum Programming, Producer, Organ (Hammond), Guitar

Steve Pierson
Engineer

Claire Bryant
Cello

Beth Waters
Piano, Vocals, Drum Machine, Glockenspiel, Composer, Digital Editing, Cello Arrangement, String Arrangements

Amy Cray
Violin

Chelsea Cropper
Assistant Engineer

Paige Teuscher
Stylist, Wardrobe

John Cuniberti
Mastering

Joel Jaffe
Mixing

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Beth Waters San Francisco, California

Beth Waters is as self-made a musician as they come. From teaching herself to play the piano by ear at the age of three to forming her own record company at the age of 23, she is independent to the core she shows female independent musicians that it is all possible. The release of her 2003 album Beth Waters was named one of the top 10 albums on iTunes with hit single "Blue and White". ... more

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Track Name: Sweaters
Sweaters

this worn out sweater is slightly torn
like the mouth of that old woman waiting for that phone
and I hear a little laughter from my own
cause I see so many sweaters that refuse to be sewn
mmmm

well I finally threw my valentine away
it was crumpled and faded
and as I kept it I had always thought the world would be that way
until I opened up the drawer and it had changed

and it called to mind how I’d always felt like I’m
just living in this life for a while
and how you get so far beneath yourself
it’s hard to see the journey with a smile

but I believe I can change the world just give me time
I believe I can change the world just give me time
I believe, I believe I can change the world
I believe I can change the world just give me time
just give me time

well I tried to start that journal once or twice
but I always end up writing notes on day-to-day life
and like all of us I’m just trying to hang on
in the middle of the carousel it’s much more calm
mmmm

and it called to mind how I’d always felt like I’m
the last one to hear of things
I’m in the back of the room watching all of you
I go unnoticed but I notice everything

but I believe I can change the world just give me time
I believe I can change the world just give me time
I believe, I believe I can change the world
I believe I can change the world
just give me time
just give me time
just give me time
just give time
yeah
Track Name: Spun Sugar
Spun Sugar

I don’t wanna tell you I love you
and watch you wither away, wither away
like a wildflower I picked and it died in an hour
like it knew I stole its freedom
and it’d rather die than live that way


I almost told you I loved you this morning over coffee
but I caught myself
I caught myself
cause if I told you I loved you you might
melt away on my tongue like spun sugar
and disappear

but I don’t want things to change
why can’t they stay the same
don’t wanna clip your wings
those words are heavy things
don’t want it to fade
this lovely thing we’ve made

wait
I wanted to wake you up
I wanted to say this right
but I just lay by your side all night
and watched you sleep
watched you sleep

the world is not your oyster
it’s a coffee shop
and you’re sitting there
trying not to stare
you’re pretending to read your book
but really you’re just watching all the people
it’s a spectacle and you’re there
to catch the air
to catch the air

but I don’t want things to change
why can’t they stay the same
I don’t wanna clip your wings
those words are heavy things
don’t want it to fade
this lovely thing we’ve made

wait
I wanted to wake you up
I wanted to say this right
but I just lay by your side all night
and watched you sleep
I wanted to wake you up
I wanted to say this right
but I just lay by your side all night
and watched you sleep
watched you sleep
watched you sleep
Track Name: Philosophy
philosophy

there is no bad there is no good
and in between I sit here wishing that I could
just open up and scream
where is the romance
the promised perfection
I think I tried too hard

there is no day there is no night
just paths around the sun
we sit here drawing charts of light
he’s pulling out his gun
where is the romance the subtle imperfections
I think I know too much

no more
no more
ey ey ey
no more
no more
and they’re pushing you to say
that you wanted it this way

and there goes everything and all my fear
I have everything I’ve ever wanted here
there goes everything and all my fear
I have everything I’ve ever wanted here

there is no original thought
it’s all been done
so when you think that you’re alone
you’re not the only one
we are all connected
and nothing stands between us
except for ourselves

no more
no more
ey ey ey
no more
no more
and they’re pushing you to say
that you wanted it this way


and there goes everything and all my fear
I have everything I’ve ever wanted here
there goes everything and all my fear
I have everything I’ve ever wanted here
ever wanted here
ever wanted here
Track Name: Down To Me
down to me

in the bed
my chest is lead
my feet are cold and bare
on the wall it says
where we’ll be next week
but I hope we can last till then
but I hope we can last till then
in our hearts we can’t last till then
hold on

in the day
it’s so obvious
and I pray you will look at me
and I saw that you’re a mess
and I sit here biting my lip while you pass
while you pass

all the way
down to me
all the way
down to me
can you get down to me
can you get down to me
can you get down to me
can you get down to me

I’m so far away
face down in my head
face down in my head

all the way
down to me
all the way
down to me
can you get down to me
can you get down to me
can you get down to me
can you get down to me
Track Name: Blue and White
blue and white

it's okay I'm going home now
I'll be okay tonight
I just wanna be alone now
with the dark and the light
that's my favorite color blue there
as the sun sets in the sky
there's just something in the hue there
in the corner of my eye

in the dark and the light
in the blue and the white
something's pure that I am missing
something's sure that I am not
holding back and never letting you see

light a match in the dark now
see my shadow on the wall
doesn't look too much like me
no it's not like me at all
pour over what you wrote
and the letters burn the page
I see all the things you meant to me
in the things you didn't say

in the dark and the light
in the blue and the white
all the things that I've forgotten
all the things that I am not
holding back and never letting you see

now I am
now I am
now I am
now I am
now I am
now I am
oooh
Track Name: Mom
mom

mommy’s in the kitchen
steam rising from the stove
by her feet a cookie sheet
we draw our names in Jell-O

I’ll never know what it was like not to have a man
to raise these children on your own with no plan
God you’re crazy but I love the way you raised me

we never had much to speak of
but I never wanted for love
you said we are here together
and honey that is all that matters

I’ll never know what it was like not to have a man
to raise these children on your own with no plan
God you’re crazy but I love the way you raised me

I got a brother for a dad that’s more than you ever had
got another in the ground peace he never found
got a way to live my life got a way to feel myself
and I…

I’ll never know what it was like not to have a man
to raise these children on your own with no plan
God your crazy but I love the way you raised me and
oh you’re crazy but I love the way you raised me and
oh you’re crazy but I love the way mmmm
mom your crazy but I love the way you raised me
love the way you loved me
love the way mmmm
I love the way you raised me
Track Name: Slut Song
slut song

shut up and turn off the light oh
and I believe it is wrong to steal

and the silence bring the night
and the silence feels all right

and you’re finally inside
scatter it anywhere you know it's hard to hide

and the silence bring the night
and the silence feels all right

that is what all the boys all say
why don't you tell them about it you know tonight

and the silence bring the night
and the silence feels all right

your story is all that it can be so
make it your best before you die
Track Name: Edge Of The Earth
edge of the earth

she talks to him and the words they run all over
like a swig of gin he licks his lips to taste again
she cracks a smile and she turns her eyes away from him
her thought rose up to the place where thoughts begin

and their atoms moved and did a little dance
to create the mood to make the trance

and they stood at the edge of the earth to see the view
they threw stones into space and she fell and he did too
uh oh

she cradles him in her tiny trembling hands
she sings to him a song they sang as time began
he falls asleep his swollen eyes against her
she strokes his hair and hears them coming up the stairs

and away they go with the other stars
on a crowded train with the little bars

and they stood at the edge of the earth to see the view
they threw stones into space and she fell and he did too
uh oh


they threw stones at her and the blood flowed warm against her back
she closed her eyes and waited for the pain to stop
he blocks the sun a halo cast around his head
the sincerity of his eyes fills her with wonderment

his words are calm a gentle wave of trust
he lifts her up out of the dust

and they stood at the edge of the earth to see the view
they threw stones into space and she fell and he did too
la da da da da da….
Track Name: Finding Me
finding me

fuel for a city
don’t you look pretty

sometimes you smile and you’re not sure quite why
we’re all kind of jaded but you have to be patient

somewhere standing into the sea
I am finding me
somewhere standing into the sea
I am finding me

angels walking
sometimes talking

sometimes you smile and you’re not sure quite why
we’re all kind of jaded but you have to be patient

somewhere standing into the sea
I am finding me
somewhere standing into the sea
I am finding me

don’t take my time
don’t take my time

somewhere standing into the sea
I am finding me
oh
somewhere standing into the sea
I am finding me
oh
Track Name: Bells
bells

hold your breath
hold the covers over your head
can you hear the bells
in the distance
in the distance

all aboard we’re
going north
all aboard we’re
chugging up the mountain
closer still child
closer still

all aboard
(come on)
all aboard
(come on)
all aboard
(come on)
all aboard
(come on)
Track Name: Surrealistic
surrealistic

it’s hard to see
since it started raining and it
melts the streets and softens everything
haloed lights
a quiet sprinkling
in my mind
a distant beckoning

everything’s surrealistic
everything’s surrealistic
everything’s surrealistic in the rain
in the rain

moments caught
single frames of time and
restaurants where lovers sit against the
fogged up glass
they sip their coffee and watch the
streetcars pass
they must be happy

everything’s surrealistic
everything’s surrealistic
everything’s surrealistic in the rain
in the rain

through the leaves
it murmurs down the possibilities
that nothing is the way it
seems to be
even the dullest thing is
glistening
and beautiful to me

everything’s surrealistic
everything’s surrealistic
everything’s surrealistic in the rain
in the rain
Track Name: Dad
dad

and I want to forget
and I want to forgive you
to forgive you

well I was born among it
and I watched it die
but my silent cry
couldn’t break through their wall
they couldn’t hear my call

I asked him and he told me
that he didn’t really love
and I cried that night
and I cried that night
he never tucks me in anymore

I miss the smelled when we’d
when we’d watch the football games
and he’d curse the player’s names

he’d ask me if I loved him
and I said that I did
I always looked up to him
and we laughed all night
we laughed all night
but he never tucks me in anymore

the last time I talked to him
I was just fourteen
so grown up it seemed
but I needed him
he told me that he’d find himself
another family to love
and I asked him if he loved me
but he didn’t understand
he didn’t understand
and he never tucks me in anymore

and I want to forget
and I want to forgive you
to forgive you

and I will
cause I did it without you
you’d be so proud of me
if you could be
and I still love you
but I’ve let go now
but I’ve let go now
and I’m at peace and I hope
you are too
you are too