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Never the Pretty Girl

by BettySoo

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1.
Lay it Down 03:28
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
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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
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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
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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

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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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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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