Dear Dad and Mother

by Alec Betterley

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about

A few years back, my father was given an envelope of letters that were written by my Grandpa George. The envelope read "GMB, Correspondence while in college and in India, etc., 1939-1946." As my dad noted, he "transcribed the letters word-for-word with some punctuation marks added for ease of reading." On Father's Day, 2011, the typed and printed 249-page book was given as a complete surprise to family members.

This EP is loosely-based on these letters and was composed and recorded in a few different living rooms and bedrooms, mostly during late 2012 and early 2013. The songs are intended as snapshots or "postcards" themselves - recorded quickly and edited minimally.

Grandpa was a loving, clever and humorous man and while some of the lyrical representations herein are vague, I hope to do just a bit of justice to his great personality.

"This is a short letter, but it is bedtime. I'm perspiring profusely while you are probably getting ready to put leaves & frost protection on your flowers! Love to all, George."

credits

released April 13, 2013

This music is dedicated to the memory of George Morgan Betterley and is released one day after the 12th anniversary of his passing.

"Nothing to See Fear of" also in memory of David Chowenhill.

additional musicians:
Caitlin Claessens - voice 6
David Dawda - electric bass 1, 3, 5
Megan Keely - voice 5
Colin Summers - electric guitars 3

artwork by Gregory Hedderman
mastered by Josh Bonati at www.bonatimastering.com
All songs written, recorded and produced by Alec Betterley.

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Track Name: The First Days
then they left me here and sent me into the streets
to be alone, alive and to wait for you

there's a song of rain and sunshine around my head,
these days are new and i'm going to wait for you

lost on the first days, waiting for something just for me
for you on the first days
i found a new life, i'll give it to you

cold at night and calm and i'll find a friend to
carry me along and me i'll believe in you

lost on the first days, waiting for something just for me
for you on the first days
i found a new life, i'll give it to you

send, send me along
let me belong
and give me a way to begin
lend me a song, silence be gone
sung over and over again.
Track Name: A Raincoat
inside a raincoat warm
for all these days away
i'll put it on and there i'll stay
and find a picture when you are gone
and hope we'll love again
and to find you out there i pray
and i offer every piece of me

inside a raincoat safe
for all these days of pain
they'll never see me where i lay
i'll pull it round and all over me
for all these dreams of you
for us i'll bury it away
and i'll offer every piece of me
paint with your fingers, see all that i mean

for cold i've got a land to know
a dwelling place deserted in a home
enter faintly either side now of the door
flowers in these floorboards
pick up a few and walk away to understand
you're chasing sunbeams in the subway trains and sand
where will you end

inside a raincoat free
for all these days alone, i'll wrap it tight and there i'll be
and find a picture of you and me
and hope we'll love again
and to find you out there i see

so let the storms all blow
i'll pull my raincoat tight
and put away all of my fears
send it clearly when you are here
beneath these cold cold rains
down every road
that i am near.
Track Name: No Uniforms
give me a land with no lights down
no uniform no cuts through the evening skies
give me a home a long way from mine
and we'll leave as one in time

give me a way to hurt without harm
run arm-in-arm and i'm gonna prove to them
i'll find a way to capture their breath
and we'll leave as one in time

stars they fade and last forever in the nighttime
i'll find you and then we'll fade into the skyline
stars they fade, they flicker and they go blind
won't you fade with me

the governor came by for to raise the flag
the field is left with fragments of bones and all
the riverbeds the hills and the swamps
are filled with the good boys now

we lay on roofs and at the edge of walls
look at the worthless ones through the bars they call
give me another way to believe
in all that they left for me

stars they fade and last forever in the nighttime
i'll find you and then we'll fade into the skyline
stars they fade, they flicker and they go blind
won't you fade with me

love for all and i will see you soon
time for bed and so long until the next time
love for all and i will see you soon
time for bed and so long

and we are lying underneath the sun for
for all the days they come and then they go forth
two little bags with all that i've left
and i stand up high for you 'neath the

stars they fade and last forever in the nighttime
i'll find you and then we'll fade into the skyline
stars they fade, they flicker and they go blind
won't you fade with me.
Track Name: Come Back Home
i'm up here on the hill
with all your sisters still
and when they go away
alone up here i'll stay
the nights they're moving slow
a chair and radio
a pile of pages left/read
a pillow for my head

you're sent to be a man
somewhere out in the sand
in dark the winds'll blow
all burning broken slow
they promise me they're sure
just what they'll need you for
so comfort me my fears
and tell me that you'll

come back home
i've made a bed so warm for you
come back home
i'll sing a little song to you
come back home
as all of me will wait for you
come back home
there will always be a place for you

you've found another home
a place to call your own
the faces they will come
the faces they will go
and you will watch the lands/lens
and capture all you can
for you to find anew
and tell me that you'll

come back home
i've made a bed so warm for you
come back home
i'll sing a little song to you
come back home
as all of me will wait for you
come back home
there will always be a place for you

you've your whole life in front of you now
you've your whole life in front of you now
but i know a way you can make me live again
follow me, take my hand and you'll

come back home
i've made a bed so warm for you
come back home
i'll sing a little song to you
come back home
as all of me will wait for you
come back home
there will always be a place for you.
Track Name: Nothing To See Fear Of
new year's eve lights the city of
the million dollar staircase
love and lots lie empty
christmas doves
pray yourself to sleep
fragments left of the black and whites
that read we lost a gentle life
sheltered now to lead along
in water still and clear

cry not, nothing to see fear of
you and i we may be peaceful as i promised
follow a kind man
step into the blind night for to
sleep until you've finally found your way
sleep until you've finally found your way

try to fight what they never learned
in solace found all as to yearn
a mother proud in the glowing rain
joyful now of life
'til the day when she wake no more
she rocks the baby back and forth
in the cradle of her mind
always he will be

cry not, nothing to see fear of
you and i we may be peaceful as i promised
follow a kind man
step into the blind night for to
sleep until you've finally found your way
sleep until you've finally found your way

mom take bus into the station
find an only son in silence he is leaving
cry not
he was once so young and peaceful
now a dimming light until he's finally found his way
sleep until he's finally found his way
Track Name: Place For Me
they told me just to grow and to learn and breathe
they told me to collect all that i could see
but i could never be them,
no i could never begin just to win

they told me to be strong when the winds would blow
they told me to look up from the ground below
but me i'll run away, find
another little sunshine

and i'll show when they set me free
that i'll row where the seas take me
and i know that i'll find a place for me

and i'll show when they set me free
that i'll row where the seas take me
and i know that i'll find a place for me.