Sampler

by Annika Bentley

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Tracks 1 & 2 recorded live in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on 4/12/02. Tracks 3 & 4 from the 2001 album "With Leak, Blink, and Breath." Tracks 5, 6, & 7 unreleased and recorded at GFI Studios in Webster, NY.

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released January 1, 2002

Tracks 1 & 2:
Annika Bentley: Vocals, Piano, & Guitar
Ian Downey: Cello, Backing Vocal
Kathleen Fraser: Bass
Otto Hauser: Drums
Recorded live at the soundboard, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point auditorium. "Plant or Animal?" written by Annika Bentley. "Little Amsterdam" written by Tori Amos.

Tracks 3 & 4:
Annika Bentley: Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Keyboard
Kathleen Fraser: Double bass
Stacia Hassett: Drums
Lora Hornbake: Cello
Cheryl Kohfeld: Viola
Recorded by Chris Brazener at Dynamic Recording in Rochester, NY and by Tony Gross & Saby Reyes-Kulkarni at GFI Studios in Webster, NY. "What a Spell" and "Duty of Man at Wheel" written & arranged by Annika Bentley.

Tracks 5, 6, & 7:
Annika Bentley: Vocals, Guitar
Ian Downey: Cello
Kathleen Fraser: Bass
Otto Hauser: Drums
Recorded by Tony Gross & Christopher Hooker at GFI Studios in Webster, NY.
"We All Die" written by Chan Marshall & arranged by Annika Bentley. "Chelsea Hotel" written by Leonard Cohen & arranged by Annika Bentley. "Untitled (Red Moon)" written by Annika Bentley.

Copyright 2002 Billy Like Records

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Track Name: Plant or Animal? (Live)
Grace-green is my outside,
my inside red red red
like a ribbon candy in a nest.

Hold fast, hold fast.

My skin so like a photosynthesizer
I sprout and lay my egg shell creases
down along the ground.
We all came from this dirt anyway.

Hold fast, hold fast.

Inside, outside, organ, shell-case,
seed pod, lung, vein,
stalk, ground, and sky.
Polarity still, still,
polarity prison.
Conjunction and escape,
these stitches are only made of tape.

Waxed and planted, contradiction
in stem and meaty self.
Do I need the nothing?
Ceaseless circumvention.

Hold fast, hold fast.
Track Name: What a Spell
Forget the aeroplanes which can't save you now. Habit habit, little rabbit, I will drown in this skin. My golden memorial, scratch scratch scratch, flutter car-fast and plain. Pirated my diffidence and you let your lashes down to fly. Penchant pendant round and round it flickers faster than your moths. Stick this needle in my eye, my words left you so unsatisfied. Arrest within my every sigh and bear these losses by and by and by. I can weight the picture box in currency of robins now. You can sing a mother song with thumbs like rocking paper horses go, tracing how I came to set this package out. Don't fight the civil service, I am the postal man.
Track Name: Duty of Man at Wheel
It's your RPM machinery within pharmaceuticals, the makeup and medicine. If you'd like to be the down, I can't help you stay. A name and a half and the forks in your bed make you a tinny garden where to rest your head. If you'd like to be the down, I can't help you stay. You're off on your race to buy records and fade away. Locked up in your rose-lost apothecary wasting papers for a jewel-case vocabulary. If you'd like to be the down, I can't help you stay. I never thought you'd lease out as liars or get your rock and roll prospective buyers in their uniform pulp-suede black-out attires lined up for 360 serotonin suppliers. So much is the need and the needed of vinyl-cut joy. You're off on your race to buy records and fade away. Like taking the bus to your foreign concave window sometimes we sentenced you, eager to save. If you'd like to be the down, I can't help you stay. It's your RPM machinery within pharmaceuticals, the makeup and medicine. If you'd like to be the down, I can't help you stay.
Track Name: Red Moon (Alternate Version)
Hey red moon,
get up,
get up high.
I measure stillness
by your presence in my eye.

I don't think that you'll stay
by a birdless sky.

Hey pale hands,
catch up,
you move so slow.
I don't know how fast
a heart can beat
before it goes.

I don't think that you'll stay
in a crowd of sorrows.

Hey sharp tongue,
shut up.
I'll sew you down.
Heaven help you if you speak,
if you ask the tide
to help you drown.

I don't think that you'll stay,
you won't stick around.

I don't think that you'll stay
unbound.

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