do souls wander

by John&Betty

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2ème album de John&Betty

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released January 9, 2011

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Johnandbetty Paris, France

Dogme Lo-Fi oblige, JOHN & BETTY, adeptes de la scène anti-folk (Moldy Peaches, Jeffrey Lewis, Herman Dune…) chantent des chansons qu’on dirait réchappées du Velvet Underground N°3.
Oui mais comme s’il avait été produit par Lee Hazelwood !
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Track Name: Dancing with my daughter
DANCING WITH MY DAUGHTER
John&Betty - album Do souls wander

The earth is trembling somewhere
Volcanoes boom, tackling planes on the ground
Economies collapse as we still claim for our pensions
in the streets
False prophets announce the end of the world
in 2012 if we don’t change the way we live
if we don’t understand, rich or poor, we’ll finish
in the streets
I can’t escape fear and anger
But this morning, I’ve been dancing with my daughter

TV counts the number of dead people each day,
Mothers cry for hunger as children die in their arms
People are begging for a harvest outside
in the streets
I can’t avoid sadness and sorrow
but I’ve been joking with Annie on the phone tonight

English politics sinking in the Thames
Beef and veggies poisoning my blood
Silent factories pushing job seekers
In the streets
I can’t get out of ageing and sicknesses
But I’ve been writing a song with my love in the couch today

I can’t escape fear and anger
But this morning, I’ve been dancing with my daughter
I can’t escape fear and anger
But this morning, I’ve been dancing with my daughter

We cannot save the world today but let’s try at least to save our souls
Track Name: without you
WITHOUT YOU

It was another lifetime
I couldn’t see my future
Didn’t know what I had to give
Didn’t know what I needed to get

Without you

Now tomorrow is coming fast
I can see clearly what’s ahead
It makes me feel good
How could I have spent so much time

Without you

Whatever happens I’ll take it babe
I’m not afraid
It’s a long long winding road
On which I wouldn’t like to drive
Track Name: love song 2
LOVE SONG 2

You took my words respectfully
It moved me so completely
I told you : give me an A
Then we’ve been flying away

I love the way you love me
May be it’s the way you see me
I love the way you love me
When will you take the whole of me

A phantom introduced us
It was in paradise
Since that time silences grow
In your songs and in your eyes

I love the way you love me
May be it’s the way you see me
I love the way you love me
When will you take the whole of me

It’s a long distance love
Walking slowly from heart to heart
Something I try to keep apart
Something that sticks me like a glove

I love the way you love me
May be it’s the way you see me
I love the way you love me
When will you take the whole of me
Track Name: too far gone
TOO FAR GONE

Time has come and gone
Filling my brain with memories
I try to keep them all deep inside
Like a golden ring in a safety box

But yesterday won’t make tomorrow
And all that we’ve got is what we’ve got now
You’d better be quick you’d better be fast
To catch any second that will pass

Gone gone too far gone
All these pieces of life
Gone gone too far gone
Who will keep them alive

We walk on this track without a map
Knowing there’s no way to come back
We take pictures and we write songs
Like we leave footprints on the moon

Gone gone too far gone
All these pieces of life
Gone gone too far gone
No way to keep them alive
Track Name: the nature of love
THE NATURE OF LOVE


You twist the reality
to make it fit your own story
You refuse to see the trouble you’re in
cos you think you’re the trouble itself

Unchained in the movie you made up,
You lose your time justifying yourself
You make us hostage of the wrong choices
you’ve made

You’d rather kill your own child
than give up your inner lies
You practice yoga as you swallow a prozac
to pretend you’re alive

You know you should ask for help
but you always choose bad therapists
because you love your neurosis
better than your freedom

You can’t stand your misfortune,
so your brothers have to pay
You push your darkest sides outside
splashing your neighbourhood
Your friends have the faces of your weaknesses
don’t you understand ?

Tup tup tulup tuptulup tup tup tulup

You twist the reality
to make it fit your own story
You refuse to see the trouble you’re in
cos you think you’re the trouble itself

Unchained in the movie you made up,
You lose your time justifying yourself
You make us hostage of the wrong choices
you’ve made

You can’t stand your misfortune,
so your brothers have to pay
You push your darkest sides outside
splashing your neighbourhood
Your friends have the faces of your weaknesses
don’t you understand ?

Tup tup tulup tuptulup tup tup tulup

Why should I carry your burden ?
If you don’t break the curse, who will ?
Clean your own side
Then we’ll be friends
Track Name: she believes she's free
SHE BELIEVES SHE IS FREE

She lives by herself
Raising two kids and a dog
And a silent sorrow

In the house and the garden
She can fix anything
But the leak in her chest

She drives like a man
She can light any fire
She is almost never afraid except of spiders

She keeps her body perfect
Sometimes she has sex
But what she needs is tenderness

She works all the time
She has lots of very good friends
Loneliness is one of them

She always chooses alone
The movie she wanna see
And so o she never goes

She believes she’s free
She believes she’s free

She lives by herself
Raising two kids and a dog
And a silent sorrow
Track Name: berlin song
BERLIN SONG

Hello my love so far away
Did you walk in those Berlin streets all through the day
Did you learn how to take the U bahn
While I’m here on my own thinking of you

Is the sky above your head as blue as mine
Does the sun make your skin turn brown
Will the wind bring me some news of you
While I’m here on my own dreaming of you

You’re so far, You’re so far, You’re so far
You’re so far While I’m here dreaming of you

Schoenlinestrasse
Intersuppe
Riverside lodge
Oranien strasse
Schokoladen
Ackerstrasse
Alexanderplatz
Mitte
Kreutzberg
Check point Charlie
Prenzlauer berg
Tacheles

So take a deep breath and make a wish
I’ll do anything to make it real when I come back
Close your eyes and sing a song for me
While I’m here on my own dreaming of you

You’re so far
You’re so far
You’re so far
You’re so far
While I’m here dreaming of you
Track Name: burning stone
BURNING STONE

First I kiss your lips
Fresh and ferm
Then I pull your hand between my legs

Then I hold my breath
My ear on your chest
I can feel the beat under your skin

You wake up, stand up and leave
I stay in bed like a burning stone
Dreaming of lands that I’ve never seen

Han han

Dim light and shadows
On the wall
Naked skin under the sheets

Cheek to cheek
we fall asleep
While outside the children play
While outside the children cry

You wake up, stand up and leave
I stay in bed like a burning stone
Dreaming of lands that I’ve never seen

Han han,
Track Name: lucky day
LUCKY DAY

I took her hand then I painted her eyes
I was sure right from the start
She is the angel of the backstage
Waiting for me for centuries

I was burning
But then I met her
That’s what life owes me

La la la

I was the king of the break-up
I coud not give up my dreams
She understands my wanderings
She can feel my deepest wills

I couldn’t grow up
But then I finally met her
That’s what life owes me
Track Name: disaster in the bathroom
DISASTER IN THE BATHROOM

I woke up this morning, naked
What the hell is going on
Why I am lying
Next to my children’s ducks

In the bathroom

It stinks
The air is wet
It seems somebody has been crawling around
And I can’t stand this feeling

In the bathroom

I realize I lost my mind
I was just thinking about brushing my teeth
Just remember my face in the mirror
My god it’s a real disaster!

In the bathroom ad lib
Track Name: she believes she's free - remix by JJ Hertz
SHE BELIEVES SHE IS FREE

She lives by herself
Raising two kids and a dog
And a silent sorrow

In the house and the garden
She can fix anything
But the leak in her chest

She drives like a man
She can light any fire
She is almost never afraid except of spiders

She keeps her body perfect
Sometimes she has sex
But what she needs is tenderness

She works all the time
She has lots of very good friends
Loneliness is one of them

She always chooses alone
The movie she wanna see
And so, she never goes

She believes she’s free
She believes she’s free

She lives by herself
Raising two kids and a dog
And a silent sorrow

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