Bookmark

by Beth Wimmer

Released 2017
Released 2017
Intelligent, playful and dreamlike songs, guitar-based grooves and ambience with mature vocal delivery... stories from experience, fantasy and empathy. Here are nine new original songs from Beth, and one fantasy-fulfilled cover of David Bowie's Starman.
  • 04:15 Lyrics Bookmark

    Bookmark --  words and music by Beth Wimmer 2017

     

    Verse -

    hey hey i love to hear you talking

    playing again in my neighborhood

    all this staying up late and rocking

    is doing us both a world of good

     

    yeah we don't know what tomorrow holds

    so hold me while this moment rolls

     

    Chorus -

    bookmark this page, my heart will stay

    here and now, honey i'm your girl

    we have it all in a perfect world

     

    Verse -

    hey my baby is back in town

    packing 16 tons of fun

    with that big fat groove you're laying down

    hey rock and roll is keeping you young

     

    yeah it don't matter slow or fast

    roll me now and make it last

     

    Chorus -

    bookmark this page, my heart will stay

    here and now, honey i'm your girl

    we have it all in a perfect world

    bookmark this scene, recurring dream

    come alive in your heart like fire from a page we bookmark

     

    Verse -

    hey hey embrace this feeling

    in this time and place your soul is healing

     

    with your magic touch, sweet and tough

    when you rock me i can't get enough

     

    Chorus -

    bookmark this page, my heart will stay

    here and now, honey i'm your girl

    we have it all in a perfect world

    bookmark this scene, recurring dream

    come alive in our hearts like fire from a page 

    you and i bookmark this page, my heart will stay

    here and now, honey i'm your girl

    we have it all in a perfect world

    bookmark this scene, recurring dream

    come alive in our hearts like fire from a page we bookmarked

    come alive in our hearts like fire from a page we bookmarked

    come alive in our hearts like fire from a page we bookmark

  • 03:01 Lyrics Loosen My Grip

    LOOSEN MY GRIP ~ words and music by beth wimmer 2017

    chorus...

    i’m gonna loosen my grip, tighten my lip, let things go let the good things grow...

     

    verse...

    i know i been complaining 

    if i’m broke or if it’s raining. 

    and over-explaining myself when i make mistakes. 

    i hate to make mistakes, but i learned from my mama don’t be too concerned of another. 

    if i’m living pure and honest everyone gonna be okay. and the best way to do this is 

     

    chorus...

    loosen my grip, tighten my lip. let the bad things go let the good things grow. 

    put something down so i can pick something better up. loosen my grip, tighten my lip. 

     

    verse...

    i know i been controlling things i shouldn’t put my soul in. feeling bad when i can’t have things how they should go. 

    then i do remember my grampa tall and tender said, honey keep your eye on the sweet donut, not on the hole. 

    and i know i can do this if i 

     

    chorus...

    loosen my grip, tighten my lip. let the bad things go let the good stuff grow.

    put something down so i can pick something better up. loosen my grip, tighten my lip. 

     

    bridge...

    i guess if i just lighten up, good life flow right into my cup..... (instrumental).... 

    i know i got to carry on, even when all my plans go wrong. 

     

    chorus...

    i said i’ll loosen my grip, tighten my lip. let the bad things go let the good stuff flow. 

    put something down so i can pick something better up. loosen my grip, tighten my lip.  

    i’m gonna loosen my grip, tighten my lip. let the bad things go let the good things grow. 

    put something down so i can pick something better up. loosen my grip, tighten my lip.

  • 04:11 Lyrics Louisiana

    Louisiana    -    words and music by beth wimmer  2007

    Verse - 

    i'm tired of my tears dropping like rotten apples from a tree

    i'm tired of feeling like everybody's reeling, everyone but me

    i ain't waitin on your phone call anymore, what will be will be

    and i'm going out, i'm going south to find some ecstasy

     

    Pre-Chorus -

    there ain't nobody at this dance  -  i'm takin off my leather pants

    Refrain -

    and i'm movin to louisiana to make some brand new circumstance

     

    Verse -

    yah i know wherever you go baby there you are

    well that's fine i'll have a good time by myself driving in my car

    i can pretend i made it big, i got this gig so i left you behind

    and nobody's gotta know i'm on the side of the road, broken down and crying

     

    Pre-Chorus - 

    i just got to take this chance  -  any way i can advance

    Refrain -

    and i'm movin to louisiana to make some brand new circumstance

     

    guitar solo

     

    Half-Verse -

    i'm tired of my tears dropping like rotten apples from a tree

    i'm gonna make the most of this compost and do what's best for me

     

    Double Pre-Chorus -

    i don't know no one down there  -  but what the hell man i don't care

    i'm just gonna take this chance  -  maybe next year Paris France

    Refrain 3x  :)

    but i'm movin to Louisiana to make some brand new circumstance

    movin to Louisiana to make some brand new circumstance

    movin to Louisiana to make some brand new... circumstance

  • 05:07 Lyrics Mahogany Hawk

    Mahogany Hawk - words and music by beth wimmer, 2015

     

    Mahogany Hawk in the treetop staring me down

    your eyes reflect light from the skyline, wings downy brown

    i see you circling high over my town

    you keep your calm in the sky, scanning the ground

     

    refrain...

    ooh you're so good at what you do

    humanity's so complicated  i wish i were you

     

    Mahogany Hawk in the vineyard looking so fine

    i see your life as a clean one, nothing like mine

    you've only a few simple needs and the patience of saints

    actions based purely on spirit, not greed or hate

     

    refrain...

    ooh your moment is now, each second is new

    society's hurried and wasteful  i wish i were you 

    oooooh    oooooh   oooooh

     

    Mahogany Hawk at the highway as i'm passin' by

    my heart is glad to imagine you're here at my side

    consumed by calls coffee contracts and video cams

    at times i lose faith in the nature of who i am

     

    refrain...

    ooh but you've known your place from the moment you flew

    humanity's so complicated   i wish i were you

     

    bridge...

    the most beautiful creature sharp eyes of star gold if i could hold you i'd kiss your wings

    my animal teacher, my avian saint, and prayer of patience and natural things

    most beautiful creature sharp eyes of star gold if i could hold you i'd kiss your wings

    my animal teacher, my avian saint, my prayer of patience and natural things

     

    refrain...

    ooh you're so good at what you do

    humanity's so complicated  i wish i were you

  • 03:28 Lyrics Mexico

    Mexico  -- words and music beth wimmer 2017   

     

    Verse -

    I'm far away from home, the heat is in my bones

    yeah i needed this getaway

    where i'm living now, it's cold in summertime

    but i'm making a pretty penny there

     

    here i'm with my friends, sunshine never ends

    no time to think or worry 

    salty golden skin splashing around in

    those warm gulf waters

    hodeleioh :)

     

    CHORUS 2x - 

    hey ho, it's time we roll… long way home back from mexico

    hey ho, it's time we roll… long way home back from mexico

     

    Verse - 

    i used to live so close to sunny mexico

    warm and easy in california

    and then i met a man from snowy switzerland

    left the ocean for the mountains

     

    once a year i go on down to mexico

    melting my winter sorrows

    friendly faces fun, dancing in the sun

    oh but tomorrow...

    odeleioh

     

    CHORUS 4x - 

    eh oh, it's time we roll… long way home back from mexico

    eh oh, it's time we roll… long way home back from mexico

    hodeleioh

    acoustic guitar solo....

    hodeleioh

     

    Chorus for 8 days... :)

    hey ho, it's time we roll… long way home back from mexico

    eh oh, it's time we roll… long way home back from mexico

    eh oh, it's time we roll… long way home outta mexico

    eh oh, it's time we go… long way home back from mexico

    hodeleioh !

  • 03:49 Lyrics Pretty Good

    ‘Pretty Good’ —  words and music by Beth Wimmer, 2017

     

    VERSE…

    i don't want the latest phone - i don't need more plastic stuff

    filling up my humble home - i got way more than enough

    and i'm crying when i see you wasting precious food

    i’m trying to be mindful… and i'm doing pretty good

     

    VERSE...

    forty souls lost yesterday trying to climb a wall of freedom

    forty-thousand on the way to heaven's gate from malnutrition

    and we're shouting out - power don't do what it should!

    you're beautiful for trying, love…  and you're doing pretty good

     

    CHORUS...

    pretty good is not half bad - when you look at the whole world

    hey i do the best i can to help righteousness unfurl in my neighborhood

    and i'm doing pretty good

     

    beautiful guitar solo.... :)

     

    VERSE..

    so i'm playing my guitar and like me she shows her age

    she'll never be a star, never play the greatest stage 

    and it takes courage… singing proud through old cracked wood

    she's not as pretty as she once was, but she's doing pretty good

     

    CHORUS...

    pretty good is not half bad when you look at the whole world

    hey i do the best i can for one guitar-playing girl

    pretty good is not half bad when you look at the whole world

    yeah we do the best we can to help righteousness unfurl in our neighborhood

    and we're doing pretty good ……      hey in our neighborhood

    and we're doing pretty good

  • 05:43 Lyrics Simplicity of a Man

    Simplicity Of A Man  ~ words and music by beth wimmer c2006

    Verse - 

    There is a man down in San Diego, married his true love 52 years ago

    Last week at her grave they asked him to say what he could

    His tears in the dirt he said "Roberta you done real good."

     

    Chorus -

    You gotta love the simplicity of a man, giving it all he can

    you gotta love the simplicity of a man, a woman should understand

    the simplicity of a man

     

    Verse - 

    A young philosopher spoke one million words a day

    no subject escaped his say

    the moment he felt the breath of his brand new baby girl

    was his first experience of a profound loss for words

     

    Chorus -

    You gotta love the simplicity of a man, giving it all he can

    gotta love the simplicity of a man, a woman should understand

    the simplicity of a man

     

    Verse - 

    I read between the lines 'round your eyes to find your love

    your words don't reveal what your body does

    day in and out you're here by my side, no love spoken

    but every night your body's your bond... unbroken

     

    Chorus -

    gotta love the simplicity of a man, giving me all he can

    you gotta love the simplicity of a man, a woman should understand

    and love the simplicity of a man, a woman should understand

    the simplicity of a man... the simplicity of a man...

  • 04:21 Lyrics Starman

    STARMAN -- words and music by David Bowie

    Verse-

    didn't know what time it was the lights were low

    i leaned back on my radio

    some cat was laying down some rock and roll "lotta soul" he said

    then that loud sound did seem to fade

    came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase

    that weren't no DJ, that was hazy cosmic jive

     

    Chorus-

    there's a Starman waiting in the sky

    he'd like to come and meet us, but he thinks he'd blow our minds

    there's a Starman waiting in the sky

    he's told us not to blow it, cause he knows it's all worthwhile

    he told me:

    let the children use it, let the children lose it, let all the children boogie

     

    Verse-

    i had to phone someone so i picked on you

    hey that's far out so you heard him too

    switch on the TV we may pick him up on channel two

    look out your window i can see his light

    if we can sparkle he may land tonight

    don't tell your papa or he'll get us locked up in fright

     

    Chorus-

    there's a Starman waiting in the sky

    he'd like to come and meet us, but he thinks he'd blow our minds

    there's a Starman waiting in the sky

    he's told us not to blow it, cause he knows it's all worthwhile

    he told me:

    let the children use it, let the children lose it, let all the children boogie

    Starman waiting in the sky

    he'd like to come and meet us, but he thinks he'd blow our minds

    there's a Starman waiting in the sky

    he's told us not to blow it, cause he knows it's all worthwhile

    he told me:

    let the children use it, let the children lose it, let all the children boogie

    La la la la, la la la la, la la la la

     

     

     

  • 04:15 Lyrics The Last Part

    the last part    --   words and music beth wimmer 2016

    verse…

    i knew i was whole, just a small hole in my soul

    i filled it with sweet things and rock and roll

    but still i felt wrong, i was an unfinished song

    you came and made rhythm right where it belongs

     

    chorus...

    and i'd found the last part, you were the last part

    your words smoothing over my open seams

     

    instrumental...

     

    verse...

    you touched my eyes with a beautiful light

    you spoke to the peace missing most in my life

    you sparked my heart, you gave it a start

    you fill my milky way with your stars

     

    double chorus...

    and i found the last part, you were the last part

    your hands smoothing over my open seams 

    i found the last part, you were the last part

    your essence completes the love songs of my dreams 

    i found the last part, you were the last part

    your words smoothing over my open seams 

    i found the last part, you were the last part

    your essence completes the love songs of my dreams

    your essence completes the love songs of my dreams

  • 05:07 Lyrics We Can Do This

    we can do this  -- words and music by beth wimmer 2017

     

    verse -

    yeah it takes strength to break your world apart

    but love is never late for a fresh start

    the changes life arranges, magical and strange 

    are growing pains on tired and tender hearts

     

    chorus -

    but you know what babe, we got to try

    when it gets rough you look me in the eye

    i'll put you right like blue up in the sky

    we can do this, we got to try

     

    verse -

    we navigate our way through ups and downs

    we hide away and then we go to town

    on byways we are traveling over mountains and in valleys

    our love takes the scenic way around

     

    chorus -

    and we'll go far babe, you and i

    when it gets hard you look me in the eye

    i'll put you right like blue up in the sky

    we can do this, we got to try

    we can do this, we got to try

     

    instrumental...

     

    half verse-

    on byways we are traveling over mountains and in valleys

    our love takes the scenic way around

     

    double chorus -

    and we'll go far babe, you and i

    when it gets hard you look me in the eye

    i'll put you right like blue up in the sky

    we can do this, we got to try

     

    hey you know what babe, we got to try

    when it gets rough i look you in the eye

    you bring me right like spring strawberry pie

    we can do this, we got to try

    yah we can do this, we got to try

    we can do this...       we can do this…

    you know what babe...

NOTES
Beth Wimmer, raised on both east and west coasts of the US, now transplanted on swiss soil, writes and sings songs from experience, fantasy and empathy.
'Bookmark', Wimmer's fourth album, offers nine new original songs, and one fantasy-fulfilled of covering the late David Bowie's 'Starman'.
'Bookmark' is co-produced by guitarist Billy Watts (Mojo Monkeys) and Wimmer, and features lush musicianship from Watts (electric and acoustic guitars), David Raven (drums) and Taras Prodaniuk (bass) of the Los Angeles swamp-country-rock power-trio, Mojo Monkeys, and from Beth's acclaimed band-mates in Switzerland, singer Suzie Candell, bassist Rodrigo Aravena, and multi-instrumentalist Dänu Wisler.

Karsten Rube at Radio Skala, Berlin, Germany writes (translated from German):
Songwriter Beth Wimmer grew up in Boston on the American East Coast. Later, she moved to the American opposite pole to Southern California. Under the sun of the South she found a lot of inspiration for her music. And then she moved to Switzerland, where she has lived for several years. On her current album "Bookmark" she proves, however, that she has not changed her wit against the Alpenjodeln with her move. She presents ten songs on the CD, all of which were written by her besides the Bowie song "Starman". "Starman" is her homage to the 2016 deceased musician. Beth Wimmer scores with a very clear voice that has a slightly darker timbre and reminiscent of Edie Brickell in some passages. Their songs are pleasantly catchy and can enhance the quality of many a radio program. Titles like "Loosen my Grip" and "Mexico" are rousing and sound like Californian oranges taste: refreshing. "Louisiana" a classic Americana song that you can hear again and again and with "The Last Part" she delivers a slow, dreamlike love ballad.
On the radio scale, Beth Wimmer's album "Bookmark" is a recommendation for the month of November, as it protects the listener from depression in this gray season, and with a cheerfulness that does not require exaggeration.

and from The Netherlands...
Marten van der Laan, Country Stew, Radio Compagnie, Netherlands writes....
"Dear Beth, I've listened to all ten songs... I think you did a great job. Have no favorite song yet, but listened to your 'Starman' twice; like the moments in the song where you 'can hear Bowie'. Good to hear that you found the last part of your jigsaw puzzle. Lovely song, and heartfelt. It's so good to have a soulmate. I think you did a fine job on the composing and arranging part. All of the songs have a natural and comfortable flow, kind of laid back feeling whilst listening.
Beth Wimmer's 'Bookmark' sparked my heart. Thank you Beth.
To describe my feelings/thoughts after listening to several songs I would like to use a metaphor: a river floating through the landscape..... it led me to the following quote: 'A gentle current, at times strong, carries the lyrics on Bookmark through a changing lovely landscape leaving a mark on its shores after each bend'. "