Leisuretron

by Annika Bentley

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"A Rochester teen schooled in choir brings a trio to back these offerings, and regardless of age this young woman is one to hear. Teen angst never besmirches her crystalline visions, and that voice, containing elements of Joni, Ani and Tori, sounds positively lush when backed with her own piano / guitar or the fine work (violinist Rebecca McCallum, cellist Heather Hutton, bassist Kathleen Fraser) by her accompanists...cloying adolescent whining is never there, but susurrant songs are. The kids, once again, are alright."

- Michael Caito, Providence Pheonix

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released January 1, 1999

Annika Bentley: Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Kathleen Fraser: Bass
Heather Hutton: Cello on Tracks 1-4
Rebecca McCallum: Violin on Tracks 1-4
Dennis Monroe: Violin on Track 5 & Guitar on Track 6

"In Trepidation Underwater" and "One, Two, She's Blue" written by Annika Bentley. "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" written by Greenwood, Greenwood, O'Brien, Selway, and Yorke. "Joyful Girl" written by Ani DiFranco.

Engineered by Chris Brazener. Photo by Annika Bentley. Graphics by Erdman Design.

Tracks 3 & 4 recorded live to 4-track at the East End Oktoberfest, September 1998, Rochester, NY. Tracks 5 & 6 recorded live at Dynamic Recording in Rochester, NY, November 1998.

Copyright 1998, 1999 Billy Likes Records

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Singer-songwriter & composer from Rochester, NY

Photo by Keith Parkins

Artwork by Margaret Farmer

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Track Name: In Trepidation Underwater (LP Version)
she is not coming back, not ever,
not after today

oh, couldn't you see (so easy)
I swallowed your black minutes (so easy)

this cycle just perpetuates its own
exponential growth, so she's gonna say no,
leave me alone

so scared, so scared, so scared, so scared
oh, couldn't you see (so easy)
I swallowed our black minutes (so easy)
so scared, so scared, so scared, so scared

wake up feet, and remind me not to close my eyes
heavy-lidded and so close to feline

oh, couldn't you see (so easy)
I swallowed our black minutes (so easy)
Track Name: In Trepidation Underwater (Radio Edit)
she is not coming back, not ever,
not after today

oh, couldn't you see (so easy)
I swallowed your black minutes (so easy)

this cycle just perpetuates its own
exponential growth, so she's gonna say no,
leave me alone

so scared, so scared, so scared, so scared
oh, couldn't you see (so easy)
I swallowed our black minutes (so easy)
so scared, so scared, so scared, so scared

wake up feet, and remind me not to close my eyes
heavy-lidded and so close to feline

oh, couldn't you see (so easy)
I swallowed our black minutes (so easy)
Track Name: In Trepidation Underwater (Live)
she is not coming back, not ever,
not after today

oh, couldn't you see (so easy)
I swallowed your black minutes (so easy)

this cycle just perpetuates its own
exponential growth, so she's gonna say no,
leave me alone

so scared, so scared, so scared, so scared
oh, couldn't you see (so easy)
I swallowed our black minutes (so easy)
so scared, so scared, so scared, so scared

wake up feet, and remind me not to close my eyes
heavy-lidded and so close to feline

oh, couldn't you see (so easy)
I swallowed our black minutes (so easy)
Track Name: One, Two, She's Blue (Live)
and she whispers, three times, quietly, like saints
I turn from her face, I turn through the lace,
I turn just in case
she's changed her mind
my eyes like pennies, my sun-blessed fingertips
my heart is beating, beating, beating, beating
inside my lips
one, two, she's blue

she remembers turning her head back and forth with ease
she shook up her mind
they were all of a kind
trying so hard to find
inside faith without regret
a song for everyone, a word of commonality
in moments like these these knocking knees
wish you'd stayed behind
one, two, she's blue

sunday, she was proud
she widened her eyes, she found a surprise
she learned how to try
with a fist full of words

five alive, not so many survived
five alive, he didn't survive

under this skin, light-time for a cry
under this skin, light-time for a cry

she was all that I forgot
to write on my skin, to hold under my chin
to let loose and grin
with arms wide across the sky
sometimes the end of that song feels like the end
of the world, and spinning, spinning, never winning
she cried in our names
one, two, she's blue

her arms nothing
she was the only breath awake
she was under the wall and trying to crawl
the smallest, after all
should be expected to scream
they said she was lucky,
but like a real martyr
I don't think she ever believed
that cradle song
one, two, she's blue

and she whispers, three times, quietly like saints
I turned from her face, I turned through the lace,
I turned just in case
she'd changed her mind
my eyes like pennies, my sun-blessed fingertips
my heart was beating inside my lips
one, two, she's blue

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