Bella Betts

 

Punch Sister (feat. Steve Szymanski on baritone guitar)

dedicated to Aoife O'Donovan and the Punch Brothers

Green and orange and purple and red

reflections of the stage lights

have stained protecting trees and mountains

and coping with reflections and directions of the stage lights

                               reflection, direction, standing up for what we know

                               to be, we must, we see

 held in balance between reflection and direction of the stage light

observe but do not judge but do not think sometimes to know

Where the Streets Have No Name (feat. Steve Szymanski on guitar & baritone guitar,vocals, Leslie Ziegler on bass, Dusty Rider clawhammer banjo)

to daddy for introducing me to 80s music and for his vital feedback on this song

The Sleeping Lines of Bridgeport

              we are passengers on the train of life

              there aren’t any laws on  this train

             and it runs on the fuel of love

             we’re all here from the  biggest to the smallest

            and for a moment I look out wide visions window

 

 CH I look and what I chose to see is what I chose to see

 one must be respectful when in wide visions seat

 an understanding deeper than anything we’ve known

a place of peace that we must come to know

 

           I catch a glimpse of the circle of the sun and  all the planets             

           gradually I see it all

           I’ll never know it all but I’ll find my place of peace

           I watch the sleeping lines of Bridgeport

            as the train goes rolling past. 

      

         anything that you believe in anything is true

         the key is to believe and trust through thick and through

         it’s more of something general that your brain can’t comprehend

         your heart and soul will lead you and everything is good

 

 a place of peace that I have come to know

Lights Around a Curve (feat. Steve Szymanski on guitar, Ian Szymanski on electric bass, Tom Capek on piano, Nathan Barnes on drums)

If I could try and make them see

What has come unto me

 Then maybe they’d believe in me

One can’t try until they’ve seen

 

Dew out on the pasture, a horse fly on my head

I walk into my field of peace that comes but thrice a year

I seem to know the answer to everything that stirs

A joy lifting my heart and soul like lights around a curve

 

If I could try and be me

No matter what just to be me

Then maybe they’d believe in me

We must question ‘til we believe

 

 

You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (feat. Steve Szymanski on piano)

11 Almost 12 (feat. Steve Szymanski on guitar, Leslie Ziegler on bass, Dusty Rider on clawhammer banjo)

dedicated to Jesse Cobb, David Grisman and everyone at the 2012 Mandolin Symposium

Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight (feat. Steve Szymanski on guitar, Leslie Ziegler on bass, Dusty Rider on clawhammer banjo, KC Groves on background vocals, Enion Pelta-Tiller on 5 string fiddle)

Temptation (feat. Steve Szymanski on guitar, vocals)

At Last (feat. Leslie Ziegler on bass, Dusty Rider on clawhammer banjo, Enion Pelta-Tiller on 5 string fiddle)

dedicated to chris, crystal, and CC "someone little" sacca with love

It was 20 years ago when I first met you

Silly young and foolish we were then

You never minced your words in telling me so

But I’d keep hoping and hoping

 

I’d ask you out on a Saturday night

I’d look my best hoping

You always would refuse

Hoping , but I’d keep hoping

 

But then the frolic of our young days was over

We parted ways

Each making our way in the world

But you were always in my thoughts no matter what I did

And many years later our hope brought us together

 

And then there came a time when you consented

Then you agreed

Now we’re united

And now this is a time for new beginnings

New beginnings new beginnings

 

And now it’s come at last it’s come at last

For 20 years I’ve been waiting

At last

 

And now we’ve pride to share that goes unspoken

Something little something little

And now we’ve pride to share that goes unspoken

Someone little someone little

 

And now it’s come at last it’s come at last

For 20 years I’ve been waiting

At last

At last

At last

 

Devil's Advocate (feat. Steve Szymanski on guitar, Leslie Ziegler on bass, Dusty Rideron clawhammer banjo)

Will I See You (feat. Leslie Ziegler on bass, Dusty Rider on clawhammer banjo, Enion Pelta-Tiller on fiddle, Tom Capek on piano)

You came north all the way from the heart of West Virginia

in the July rage of a Great Lake storm

now the cold November winds are blowing you back home again

I hope those hills will keep you warm

 

I will reach for you in the morning light

I will speak your name in the day

tell me will i see you in my dreams

after you have gone away

 

I'll bet the sun shines bright today in West Virginia

I'll bet they're glad to have you back

It's gonna rain all day right here and I'm gonna hold your picture near

and curse that southbound railroad track

 

It's a cold dark dreary day on the shores of old Lake Erie

clouds are stretched out far as I can see

I'm gonna write you a letter tonight

gonna mail it off in the morning

gonna beg you darling won't you come on home to me

I'm gonna beg you darling won't you come on home to me

Liza (feat. Steve Szymanski on percussion, Leslie Ziegler on bass, Dusty Rider on clawhammer banjo, Ian Szymanski claps,Mona Esposito claps)

dedicated to mama for her catching enthusiasm " I just want to play that, that thing!"

Transatlanticism (feat. Steve Szymanski on guitar, baritone guitar, octave mandolin, Leslie Ziegler on bass, Dusty Rider on clawhammer banjo, Enion Pelta-Tiller on 5 string fiddle and cello, Ayo Awosika, KC Groves, Shea Szymanski & Mona Esposito vocals)