Secret Songs For Secret People

by Eric Bettencourt

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Released 11/15/2011
"Secret Songs for Secret People," marks the next step of evolution for an artist who might be turning into a star before our very eyes." - Go Magazine, Portland Press Herald.

"Bettencourt really hits the nail on the head with this upbeat collection..." - The Boston Noise

"It's a fine little collection of love songs and introspection" - The Portland Phoenix

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released 15 November 2011
All songs written by Eric Bettencourt
Except Dying by Eric Bettencourt/John Clavette

Recorded by: Eric Bettencourt, Billy Slifka, and Seth Kearns
Mixed by: Noah Cole and Eric Bettencourt.
Mastered by Jack Murray at Odds Are Productions

Musicians:
Monique Barrett, Max Cantlin, Chris Chasse, Kallie Ciechomski, Charles C. Gagne, Tim Garrett, Pete Genova, Amanda Gervasi, Elliott Jacobs, Seth Kearns, Pete Morse, Sara Hallie Richardson, Megan Jo Wilson

See songs for lyrics as well as for individual musician, recording, and mixing credits.

2011 Shadow Shine Productions

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Track Name: Fell Into Place
Fell Into Place

I met and old friend - Must be years or more
I met and old friend - Must be years or more
That age old smile - Runs deeper than before

I’d give it all to go back - When we were laughing true
I’d give it all to go back -When we were laughing true
Now it’s so easy to cry - I’m still in love with you

It’s you -It’s always been you

I don’t know where I’m going - Don’t recognize my face
I don’t know where I’m going - Don’t recognize my face
The moment I saw you - My world fell into place

It’s you - It’s always been you
Track Name: Furious Pace
Furious Pace

I run a furious pace - I try to escape, I try to escape
Saw my dreams fall into a pile - Once I was strong, now I’m a child

Will I ever find - Some semblance of a quiet mind?

I try to get off this grid, I dig and I dig and I’m pulled further in
Will we ever break free of this invisible machinery?

Will I ever find some semblance of a quiet mind?
When I close my eyes all the silence seems to come alive

I run a furious pace - I try to escape, I try to escape

This race is gonna tear you apart - From your mind to your heart
Gonna tear you apart

Will I ever find some semblance of a quiet mind?
When I close my eyes all the silence seems to come alive
Track Name: Smile
Smile

I don’t mean to add to your confusion or weigh you down with sympathy
But there’s darkness in those eyes of yours I’m trying not to let it swallow me

Everybody has the answer and a hook attached to a string
I’m sure that I am no different I’m only asking for you one thing

Because your smile, your smile has been missing this whole damn day
And your smile could move a mountain out of the way

Gonna do my best to make you shine - Pour another glass of that old red wine
Gonna shoot for laugh but I will take a grin - And if I can’t make you smile
I hope that nobody can

Please don’t shut down on me this evening I’m wrapped so tightly in your spell
If I can’t find that hidden smile mine might disappear as well.

Because your smile, your smile has been missing this whole god-damned day
And your smile could move a mountain Out of the way

Gonna do my best to make you shine - Pour another glass of that old red wine
Gonna shoot for laugh but I will take a grin - And if I can’t make you smile
I hope that nobody can
Track Name: Making Your Bed
Making Your Bed
(Lyrics)

It was snowy and cold I was hopeless and frozen
With the need to feel the warmth of your skin
Once the drinks started winning and wheels started spinning
On this one man rescue mission

You left me high and dry dear but I cannot think clear
Now I’m bending hell straight to your door
One more act in this play the end ain’t too far away
The crowd will get what they paid for

And I am, I am, I am - Gonna take you from your man
Oh well I am, baby yes, you know I am

It’s my bed and you made it and sometime you’ll stay
You have your cake and eat it too
You wrote the rules to this game but I can no longer play
Standing runner up to your other fool

I no longer eat, I no longer sleep
I hardly take care of myself
You see I’m the same man, I feel your pleasure and pain
Not content to be a toy on your shelf

And I am, I am, I am - Gonna take you from your man
Oh well I am, baby yes, you know I am

Imagining how good it will be , As the miles rolling in under me
Imagining how good it will be. How good it all will be to finally
Set things right, I’m taking you with me

It was snowy and cold, I was hopeless and frozen
All I had to hold was a gun.
When the drinks started winning the room started spinning
Left no question what had to be done

And I am, I am, I am gonna take you from your man
Oh well I am, baby yes, you know I am
And I am I am I am…
Track Name: Mast
Mast

It’s creeping up on innocents and the places that we must go
The case has been presented, the more we learn the less we know
Such a parody presents itself with a conflict inside
It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you get by

Can we take a moment to realize this inspiration?
Each grain of sand in my hair holds the makings of a nation
Those who are lost must wander though someone pulls the chain
And what they see is clarified by a thick coating of blame

And now I’m just stretched by a million arms of greed
Turning my want list into a book of needs

Catatonic, stupefied by what all this could mean
In your hand is a flash of existence while reflections tear the seams
We ride below the mast on the greatest ship of all
Only ocean knows the path, the shredded sails will fall

And now I’m just stretched by a million arms of greed
Turning my want list into a book of needs
And now I’m stretched by a million arms of greed
Track Name: Dreamed
Dreamed

I dreamed I dreamed of a dream last night, I cannot recall
What was in the dream that I dreamed last night
I dreamed through it all

I dreamed a dream - Everything I owned was stolen from me
I dreamed a dream -I weighted nearly nothing I was totally free
I dreamed a dream

I dreamed I dreamed of a dream last night, I cannot recall
Who was in the dream that I dreamed last night
I dreamed through it all

I dreamed a dream - That our naked bodies were as close as could be
I dreamed a dream - When the sheets finally settled it was you who loved me
I dreamed a dream, I dreamed a dream, I dreamed a dream

I dreamed I dreamed of a dream last night, I cannot recall
Where and when was in the dream that I dreamed last night
I dreamed through it all

I dreamed a dream - Your gods finally gave up and just left us be
I dreamed a dream - That the blood finally dried and the blind they could see
I dreamed a dream - I dreamed a dream

In the brightest of colors on the biggest of screens
I dreamed a dream
For the light and the dark and all in between
I dreamed a dream - I dreamed a dream
Track Name: Old Grim
Old Grim

Last night I met my killer he wore no face upon his skin
But when he dropped that hammer down you could see him grin

I don’t want to die

I saw her from the rooftop I stopped to wave hello
The very last thing to go through my mind was the ground below

I don't want to die
I don’t want to die

You can lean against his door you can laugh and call him names
But when Old Grim comes a-knocking bet you’re gonna say

I don't want to die
I don’t want to die
Track Name: Dying
Dying

Still I’m standing amongst you
A face among trees - a light solar breeze

Still I wander amongst you
Around you I swoon - a shadow in bloom

I swear that I’ve been here before - I swear that I’ve been here before

How the last note of a symphony hangs heavy in the air
Caught inside a revolving door - you won’t see me but I’m there

Still I’m floating amongst you
The wind here is not - the wind here is not hidden from view

I swear that I’ve been here before - I swear that I’ve been here before
And I know that I’ve been here before - And I’m sure that I’ve been here before

Still I’m walking amongst you
You’ll feel it some days - a weightless embrace

How the last note of a symphony hangs heavy in the air
Caught inside a revolving door - You won’t see me but I’m there

Dying… - I will be right here
Dying… - I will meet you there
Dying… - I will be right here
Dying… - I will meet you there
Track Name: The Road Seldom Traveled
The Road Seldom Travled

I know for sure that I haven’t learned a thing in all these years
And I run and run and run but I’ll never outrun my fears

The road seldom traveled takes courage and strength
Where even blue skies are waiting to rain
On top of every mountain is only a staircase
That leads to a new starting line

And my words only fall far below

You’re the queen of the green I’m the king of the blue
I’ve laid down my weapons and kneel before you
And I’m not going back ever again no I’m not going back

I know for sure that I’m broken, but I’m true
And I run and run and run but I’ll never break on through

The road seldom traveled won’t be found by chance
It’s where jokers and fighters shake hands
Where the sun and the moon wear the same face
And you’ll never look back again - Oh, you’ll never look back again