Let Me Love You

by BettySoo

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Don Soper This was BettySoo's first album which as far as I know is out of print. Great stuff, I just wish the artists (or Bandcamp) would include album art (front & back cover, CD etc...) I don't plan to play this wonderful music on crappy computer speakers....enough of this rant. Hope to hear more from Bettysoo in the future. :) Favorite track: The Day You Married Me.
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BettySoo's debut album, produced by Stephen Doster, featuring 10 of the first songs she ever wrote. It met positive press reviews locally and nationally.

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released May 31, 2005

Words & music by BettySoo, (c) 2005 BettySoo/Sweet Papaya Music, BMI. Produced by Stephen Doster, Recorded by James Stevens, Bridge Studio, Austin, TX

BettySoo: vocals, acoustic guitar. Stephen Doster: electric guitar. Todd Wilson: keys and bass guitar. Jim Echels: drums.

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BettySoo Austin, Texas

In the past ten years, BettySoo zigzagged her way across the North American and European continents dozens of times. The Austin American-Statesman says BettySoo has "exceptionally well-arranged songs, as easily equal in precision to, say, Patty Griffin or Alison Krauss…a confidence that speaks volumes,” and KUT praises her "beautiful, heart-wrenching songs that are also edgy and unwavering." ... more

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Track Name: For Bethany
When he died, there was no need for sympathy
She felt brave for the first time in years
And when they put him in the ground
It was more of a relief than a tragedy
She waved goodbye to Daddy

From the windows of the car
Taking her far from the tall pine trees
That recorded every bad memory
And she drove out till she found herself
Surrounded by nothing but the grass upon the hills
And the orange of the flowers by the road

Well she tried to live a different life
She had a new name and a new town all her own
But as she fell down to the ground
She knew that it was just the same as before
And she saw her mother in the mirror in the hall
She had the same small cheek
Of pink and red that pushed her left eye shut
So she ran until till she found herself
Surrounded by nothing but the grass upon the hills
And the orange of the flowers by the road

And she imagined a life that looked
Much different than this
Where a man could love her
And she would not want to resist him
And she was dreaming, lying, looking up at the sky
And every storm cloud coming in
Seemed to sympathize

So she laid there in the rain
Ready to be washed away
To the river’s edge and swept into the ocean
So there she lay and prayed but found
Herself still there
Surrounded by nothing but the grass upon the hills
And the orange of the flowers by the road
Track Name: Over You
I see you everywhere I go
You’re getting nice with my friends, I know
You’re shopping at all the same stores I do
I can’t go anywhere and not find you
Everyone who sees you
Thinks you want to be with me
But I know you don’t

You got a dog that looks just like my dog
You’re taking him on the same trail I jog
You got yourself a new car from my dreams
But I know you ain’t as good as you seem
I hear my favorite song playing on your radio
Real slow as you go

Well, you’re the one who said that
I was bringing you down
But who’d have guessed that after you left
Was when you’d start hangin’ around…oh—

You got a brand new job in my hometown
You got my brother showing you around
You said you were over me and we were through
Now by becoming me, it’s come true
‘Cause you made every good thing about me
A part of you
You wanna be the new me

Well, you’re the one who said that
I was bringing you down
But who’d have guessed that after you left
Was when you’d start hangin’ around…oh—

I can’t want to see your next fling
You’ll copy her little everything
I think that I am beginning to understand
Why you slowly became less a man
When you realize
You’re nothing more than a disguise
What’ll you do?
I’m over you.
Track Name: Sunshine Girl
Her smile’s a ray of sunlight
Like she practiced it till she got it right
Like a movie star on opening night
Light shines right from her hair
Spotlight on her everywhere
She goes, she goes, she goes

Cute clothes on a perfect body
She’s at the center of every party
She’s friends with everybody
She knows, she knows, she knows

She spends all day and night
With people so she won’t be alone
But when she goes to sleep
She wonders if she’ll ever really be known
She never lets anybody in
Let them see the black behind the thin façade
And I don’t think it’s true
That she’s as happy as she says she is to you

She’s got every connection
That you’ll never make, a network of perfection
She wears her pearls everyday
She’ll say they’re nothing in her careless way
But when she fingers them, her eyes betray her

Acts gracious and is always nice
But her friendship comes at its own price
Thanks you once but never twice
Then she goes, she goes, she goes
And she knows, she knows, she knows

She spends all day and night
With people so she won’t be alone
But when she goes to sleep
She wonders if she’ll ever really be known
She never lets anybody in
Let them see the black behind the thin façade
And I don’t think it’s true
That she’s as happy as she says she is to you
Track Name: Frail
You want me to be brave
But I don’t know how
To summon that kind of courage
To do what you say
Is good for me will take
More than I know I can do

I don’t know why
You ask so much of me
Of anyone in my life, you know how I fail
But you put this in my hand
A promise I should keep
And I don’t want to carry something heavy

You should know
It’s not just these hands that fail
But this heart just gets so weak
I’m trying to show
That I want to give you more
But I don’t think I can do it alone

I don’t understand when you say I don’t
Have to be all that strong to make it
‘Cause the things you ask of me
Are hard and costly
And seem to take more than I have to give

You should know
It’s not just these hands that fail
But this heart just gets so weak
I’m trying to show
That I want to give you more
But I don’t think I can do it alone

You are here, you’re holding my hand
And you say, “My dear, you don’t understand”

“I never meant for you to do this on your own,”
You say, “My dear, I’ll take you there,
Then I will bring you home.”
Track Name: Mother
Mother, I wanted you here
Mother, breathing then disappeared
Father, holding this fragile bird
Whispers, watching, then not one word

And now I know I’ll never see
My life the way I thought it would be
Mother, I pray my beautiful dream
Is where this finds you

I see your hands everywhere
Drawings and ghosts of things prepared
Where do you lay your head tonight
Do you wait for me or do you walk in sunlight

And now I know I’ll never see
My life the way I thought it would be
Mother, I pray my beautiful dream
Is where this finds you

Images floating around my bed
Pictures of your face never leaving my head
When did you spirit take its flight
Did I see it, a ray of light

And now I know I’ll never see
My life the way I thought it would be
Mother, I pray my beautiful dream
Is where this finds you

And now I know I’ll never see
My life the way I thought it would be
Mother, I pray my beautiful dream
Is where this finds you
Track Name: The Memory of You
I keep finding small forgotten places
Where you have held on to pieces of me
And you keep showing up, your face like a dagger
Pierces my memory
I pray all the time that I could just forget you
Never know that you existed
Never know you held my hand
I try so hard to wash away the memory of you

I know your smile is hiding somewhere close by
In the corner of a wallet, long forgotten
At the bottom of my closet, watching and waiting
To break my heart again
Find your way in
Find another way to leave me
Wishing I was done forgetting you

There’s not one thing of mine that you hold
That I could possibly want back from you
But somehow still I feel that you have stolen
Something very precious, something I can’t get back
I try so hard to wash away the memory of you
I know your smile is hiding somewhere close by
In the corner of a wallet, long forgotten
At the bottom of my closet, watching and waiting
To break my heart again
Find your way in
Find another way to leave me
Find another way to stay

When I think of the best things in my life
You are not counted among them at all
Sometimes I want to show you how far I’ve come
From the pain you held over me so long
Sometimes I’d rather hide every good thing
So that you could not take them away
I try so hard to wash away the memory of you

I know your smile is hiding somewhere
In the corner of a wallet, long forgotten
At the bottom of my closet, watching and waiting
To break my heart again
Find your way in
Find another way to leave me
Wishing I was done forgetting you
Track Name: The Day You Married Me
You used sweet words, you promised so many things
You held my hand, and gave me a second ring
It was the happiest I thought I could be
All my friends heard you when you said you loved me
The day you married me

How could just a few months turn our lives around
I don’t know how anymore how to stand my ground
Well, I am not my own, and you aren’t only yours now
These are things that changed
Since we made those vows
The day you married me

This means sacrifice and more humility
Than I know that I can give to you like you give to me
You make sacrifices and you cover over me
And you give me everything, just like you said
The day you married me

Here is nine o’clock, I’m holding onto you
Fighting to stay awake
And finish talking the day through
You tell me each day
Your love is bigger than the day before
And I cannot believe it
But I know I love you more than
The day you married me
Track Name: It Seems
You love better than I do
And it makes me uneasy
And I’m not sure why, ‘cause it seems
It’d be the perfect place to be

But if anything
Sometimes it makes it hard for me
To enjoy you, somehow it’s scary I can’t lose you
It seems

And I can’t control the way you see me
And it’s better than I know I really am
And I know that I can’t fool you
But it almost seems
You’ve chosen to change what you perceive
Sometimes it’s hard to believe

Some days I wish so hard
That I could hide this lack of feeling
But I know you see it anyway
And you know well as I do

That I’m never going to love you
The way I should
The way I wish I could
And still the way that I don’t want to
It’s too costly, I’m too poor, it seems

And I can’t control the way you see me
And it’s better than I know I really am
And I know that I can’t fool you
But it almost seems
You’ve chosen to change what you perceive
Sometimes I can’t believe
Track Name: Let Me Love You
Well I said to you, I said you are my beloved
And I’ll care for you, and you’ll never want for nothing
But what I gave to you, you spent on other lovers
You couldn’t be satisfied with staying true

And I gave to you a ring for every finger
That you used to hold the faces of other men
And your face it shines, it glows with a million colors
And in the middle of darkest night, it shows through

Every night, I look for you among the dark places
Hoping I can bring you home with me
And sometimes, you’re ready, you’re sorry
You want to come home
But mostly, when I find you, you run

If I could hold you close
Hold you long enough next to me
I’d take you in and wash the perfume from your hair
And I’d give to you a ring for every finger
And I’d marry you all over again

Every night, I look for you among the dark places
Hoping I can bring you home with me
And sometimes, you’re ready, you’re sorry
You want to come home
But mostly, when I find you, you run

And I’d be happy just to be your only lover
I’d never need to remember the past
And it would be enough
That you would choose to stay
And let me love you


Every night, I look for you among the dark places
Hoping I can bring you home with me
And sometimes, you’re ready, you’re sorry
You want to come home
But mostly, when I find you, you run
Track Name: Family Man
He brings a good paycheck, keeps them fed
He does good at his business
He keeps ahead

He drives a nice car, stays between the lines
People ask how he’s doing, says he’s doing fine

He’s a family man
He does what he can

Volunteers at church with the offering plate
He always makes the service, never comes late

His kids are always in the Christmas musical
He’ll make sure this year their stockings get full

He’s a family man
He does what he can

And He’s not looking to fool around
He keeps to his business
Keeps his eyes on the ground
But every once in a while that pretty girl comes in
And he wonders what would happen, if it’d be a sin
He’s a family man
He’s a family man

He feels so alone late at night
He can’t help but miss his wife

Just one year ago she closed her eyes
He promised he would never, ever compromise

He’s a family man
He does what he can