Never the Pretty Girl

by BettySoo

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All proceeds from Never the Pretty Girl, an EP released simultaneously with BettySoo's Little Tiny Secrets, go to the International Justice Mission, a non-profit human rights agency that actively fights child slavery, sexual slavery, and other forms of oppression.

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released September 25, 2007

Words & music by BettySoo, (c) 2007 BettySoo/Sweet Papaya Music, BMI. BettySoo: vocals, acoustic guitar. Stephen Doster: electric guitar. Todd Wilson: keys. Paul Prestridge: bass. Dave Terry: drums.

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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: Lay it Down
Lay it down, Mary Sue
There ain’t no point in holding bad memories so tight
Lay it down, Mary Sue, and you’ll find
Life is better when the load you carry is lighter
It can be sweet as a sunny day summer
And it might not last forever
But I’m sure it’s worth at least a day or two
Lay it all down, Mary Sue

Lay it down, little Jane
There ain’t no use in trying to hide your old shame
Lay it down, little Jane, and you’ll find
Life is better when you let the world come love you
Let them see the wounds and come close to bind you
And the hurt won’t last forever
If you show them where you’ve been hiding your pain
Lay it all down, little Jane

Life’s not meant to be hidden down inside
Where no one could ever manage to find
There might be something more
Than the little bit you let out of yourself

Lay it down, dear Eileen
No one is gonna take your happiness away from you
Lay it down, dear Eileen, and you’ll find
Life is better when you don’t save all your smiling
For some coming day when you don’t feel so tired
And they might not last forever
But it might make someone’s day a bit more sweet
Lay it all down, dear Eileen
Track Name: Time and Again
We always seem to run into the same old fights
The same old conflict
We use the same words with each other
Time and again

Sometimes I wonder if we’ll ever grow out of these
Silly arguments
If our words will tire of settling the score

Did you know that time has grown me up
And time has worn me down
And I am not who I was anymore
And I know that this should mean
I shouldn’t have to pick the same old fights
But I guess I still have a long way to go

There are times I look back
And see the way I’ve made mistakes
And I wonder how it is that some say
They live without regret
Cause I know I’m not perfect
And you’re not perfect
But injuries surprise me when they come
Still, time and again

Did you know that time has grown me up
And time has worn me down
And I am not who I was anymore
In some ways I am thankful
And other times I have regrets
For the people I have hurt my way here

So how is it I have come here
Is it grace that has carried me so far?
It seems like an awfully kind accident
If fate could be so kind
With the wrongs that I have known
And done anyway

And now I know that though I’m growing up
I have worn myself down
But I am not who I was anymore
And some days I remember to be thankful
And other days I forget
But grace remembers me time and again
Track Name: You've Got a Way
You’ve got a way of making me sorry
For stupid things that I said
You’ve got a way of making me see
What I did wrong
You’ve got a way of making me wonder
What might have been
You’ve got a way
You’ve got a way with regret
You’ve got a way with me

You’ve got a way of making me wish
I had the strength to leave you
You’ve got a way of making me weak for security
You’ve got a way of making me wonder
What might have been
You’ve got a way
You’ve got a way with your hands, harsh then tender
You’ve got a way with me

It’s not that your words have convinced me
That this is real love
But I keep falling down, so I stay

You’ve got a way of making me tired
Of other people’s eyes
You’ve got a way of making me hide
From what they might see
You’ve got a way of making me wonder
What might have been
You’ve got a way
You’ve got a way with your strength, your weakness
You’ve got a way with me

It’s not that your words have convinced me
That this is real love
But I keep waking up broken, so I stay
You’ve got a way
Track Name: Never the Pretty Girl
I was never the pretty girl
I was never the homecoming queen
Never the one boys followed around
I was just the one who heard their secrets out
I was never the heartbreaker
Never the first one that you’d see
Never the girl you dreamt about
I was always just good old reliable me

I was never the fastest one
Never the one who made up to the top
Never the favorite
I was always the friend nobody regrets
I was never the bravest or the most sure
I was never the shyest or most demure
Never the mystery to unfurl
Never the pretty girl

But if you’ll take a chance on a plain face
You’ll find a heart that’s up for the race
You’ll find a head full of thoughts of love
You’ll find a hand that will fit like a glove

And if you’ll come back for a second look
You’ll find a tender heart loneliness shook
You’ll find eyes filled with the glow of you
You’ll find us two

I was never the pretty girl
I was never the homecoming queen
Never the one boys followed around
I was just the one who heard their secrets out
I was never the bravest or the most sure
I was never the shyest or most demure
Never the mystery to unfurl
Never the pretty girl