Light & Dark Pearls

by Bettina Johnson

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released July 22, 2014

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Bettina Johnson Atlanta, Georgia

Singer/songwriter from Atlanta GA but born in NY. Started in jazz clubs doing standards w/a sultry sweet voice, Bettina then headed to Los Angeles to experience. Bettina is now moving into the Alternative Rock genre & released her first EP "Light & Dark Pearls." Writing songs based on her life experiences, the music & lyrics are sad, sweet, funny and filled with the emotion of one who lived them. ... more

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Track Name: Worse Than Dying
Worse Than Dying
WORDS and MUSIC by David Waehner & Bettina Johnson
Produced by D. Waehner – DW Productions, Atlanta


When I’m alone with you
There’s nothing else I’d rather do
With you I’d gladly spend eternity

I know you feel the same
Yet you fear somehow we’ll change
But trust our love is strong…just believe

I know you know I truly love you
But at times you drive me totally insane, insane
Can we stop this nasty dance?
Get back to real romance
There’s no need for this pain
Must I really explain?

You’re a mess, but you’re a fight worth fighting
Together we’re thunder and lightening
You bother me at times without even trying
But the thought of losing you, would be worse than dying

Sometimes I want to kick you in the head
And then take you straight to bed
No I wouldn’t want it, any other way

Some might think we’re kinda strange
But please never ever change
I’m blessed to hear you say you’ll always stay

You know how much I really need you
At times I take frustrations out on you…I’m sorry baby
Let’s try to refrain from playing dirty little games
Before we build a wall of hurt
We can’t undo

You’re a mess, but you’re a fight worth fighting
Together we’re thunder and lightening
You bother me at times without even trying
But the thought of losing you, would be worse than dying
Worse than dying

We have our lives together
We had our worlds apart
We have our complications
But never of the heart
At times I want to bite you
You bother me in ways I can’t explain
But always love eternal…remains

You’re a mess, but you’re a fight worth fighting
Together we’re thunder and lightening
Time after time, we’re partners in crime
And the thought of losing you, it’s worse than dying
Worse than dying
Would be worse than dying
The thought of losing you would be worse than dying

© 2014 - Bettina Johnson – Aqua Raven Publishing, Mo Mo Shell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: You Only Love Yourself
You Only Love Yourself
Words & Music: Bettina Johnson
Produced by David Waehner – DW Productions, Atlanta

You kept calling me
Asking why we couldn’t make it
Yeah we had good times
But plenty bad
Hon I just couldn’t take it

Then finally when we were alone that night
Played near the bonfire…danced in the light
You held me close, so why did we fight? Oh…oh

Would you bear me in your arms for life?
Keep me safe and hold me tight
Would you bear me and no one else?
When you only love yourself
You only love yourself

Together by the sea
Spoke of our deepest dreams
We swam the ocean
Of light and dark pearls
Disappeared from the world

Our love, our love
You said you didn’t care
You said it wasn’t there, no more
Yet it lives still
In our memories
In a passing breeze
Mi amore, mi amore

Would you bear me in your arms for life?
Keep me save and hold me tight
Would you bear me and no one else?
When you only love yourself
When you only love yourself

Would you bear me in your arms for life?
Keep me safe and hold me tight
Would you bear me and no one else?
When you only love yourself

You only love yourself
You only love yourself
You only love yourself

© 2014 - Bettina Johnson – Aqua Raven Publishing, Mo Mo Shell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Pathetic
Pathetic
WORDS and MUSIC by Bettina Johnson
Produced by David Waehner – DW Productions, Atlanta

I try to pass you on the stairs
You always block my way
Lean down and whisper in my ear
Come play
I’d go never say no

We’d go to your place and I stay
In chains you had your way
And I would crawl across the floor to you
Let you do anything you wanted to

A woman in love
Like a junkie in need
It can’t be love
Love don’t let your heart bleed
You use my body
You own my soul
Snap your fingers I come running
I lost control

So what does that make me?
What does that make me?
What does that make me?
Oh, oh, oh

You cheated I’d stay
I looked the other way
Put up with all your lies
It’s true
Now my heart’s broken
Over you

A woman in love
Like a junkie in need
It can’t be love
Love don’t let your heart bleed
You use my body
You own my soul
Snap your fingers I come running
I lost control

So what does that make me?
What does that make me?
What does that make me…oh oh oh

You are forever gone
A voice in the wind
Just a memory of my past sins
And if you were to come to me on your knees
I’d turned away
I’d say no

So what does that make me?
What does that make me?
What does that make me?
Oh, oh, oh

© 2014 - Bettina Johnson – Aqua Raven Publishing, Mo Mo Shell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: War For Love
WAR FOR LOVE

WORDS BY: Bettina Johnson MUSIC BY: Bettina Johnson & David Waehner

Driving ‘round town in a 69 Caddy
Top was down I thought who could THAT be?
Couldn’t be a city boy looked a little green
Lord I was used to fast cars and rides in limousines

Heard from Adrienne, Hon he’s got a girlfriend
Right there decided I would fight to win
I’d lie, steal, cheat…be a little crass
Made sure that he got sick of her and tossed her on her ass!

All is fair its war for love
All I did was give him a shove
Heaven forgive me for going to extremes
Got him out of his Caddy into my limousine
All is fair in love and war
My only sin was needing him more
Gonna start a battle, gonna start a fight
She won’t see me coming, be a long long night

Followed him around though he never knew
When he showed interest had to play it cool
Started to pursue me as far as I could see
Wherever I was, was where he’d be!

Thought I must be crazy he’s NOT my type
The kinda guys I like are rock star right
Can’t even dance doesn’t own one guitar
Just drives around town in that damn old car!

All is fair its war for love
All I did was give him a shove
Heaven forgive me for going to extremes
Got him out of his Caddy into my limousine

Hey now wait don’t call me names!
Angels weep, the devil stokes his flames
She called me up when he showed her the door
Nasty names and then she declared war
But it was too late when she started playing games
He had a taste of me I made him go insane!
Yes I did…

All is fair in love and war
My only sin was needing him more
Tell me how could this love be so wrong
It’s been many years now and our loves still strong

All is fair its war for love
All I did was give him a shove
Heaven forgive me for going to extremes
Got him out of his Caddy into my limousine.

Hands off bitch…he’s mine…he’s mine…

© 2014 - Bettina Johnson – Aqua Raven Publishing, Mo Mo Shell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: After All These Years (I'm Sorry)
AFTER ALL THESE YEARS (I’m Sorry)
WORDS and MUSIC by Bettina Johnson
Produced by David Waehner – DW Productions, Atlanta

I miss looking in your eyes
And while I can still see them whenever I want, it’s not the same
Not the way they looked when your sleepy gaze met mine
But I’ll take the blame.

I miss hearing your voice
And while I can still hear you whenever I want, it’s not the same
The way you said my name whispered in your sleep
But I’ll take the blame

I miss you, I’m sorry
I miss you he worries
No going back
You can’t come back
I miss you, I’m sorry
I miss you he worries
No going back
And after all these years...I’m sorry

I miss the way you feel
Oh God I can’t feel you whenever I want, this is insane
I miss running my hands up your back and into your hair
The way I felt when you touched me there

I miss you, I’m sorry
I miss you he worries
No going back
You can’t come back
I miss you, I’m sorry
I miss you he worries
No going back
And after all these years...I’m sorry

You’d think that after all this time (memories would fade)
Though I was the one to leave you (it wasn’t easy to do)
What part of my heart did I rip out?
What does that leave behind? (for the one who’s been true)
What reason can I find? (to explain my need for you)
What does that leave behind…for the one who replaced you?

I miss you, I’m sorry
I miss you he worries
No going back
You can’t come back
I miss you, I’m sorry
I miss you he worries
No going back
You can’t come back
You can’t come back
And after all these years…
I’m sorry

© 2014 - Bettina Johnson – Aqua Raven Publishing, Mo Mo Shell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: You Only Love Yourself (reprise) Acoustic
You Only Love Yourself
Words & Music: Bettina Johnson
Produced by David Waehner – DW Productions, Atlanta

You kept calling me
Asking why we couldn’t make it
Yeah we had good times
But plenty bad
Hon I just couldn’t take it

Then finally when we were alone that night
Played near the bonfire…danced in the light
You held me close, so why did we fight? Oh…oh

Would you bear me in your arms for life?
Keep me safe and hold me tight
Would you bear me and no one else?
When you only love yourself
You only love yourself

Together by the sea
Spoke of our deepest dreams
We swam the ocean
Of light and dark pearls
Disappeared from the world

Our love, our love
You said you didn’t care
You said it wasn’t there, no more
Yet it lives still
In our memories
In a passing breeze
Mi amore, mi amore

Would you bear me in your arms for life?
Keep me save and hold me tight
Would you bear me and no one else?
When you only love yourself
When you only love yourself

Would you bear me in your arms for life?
Keep me safe and hold me tight
Would you bear me and no one else?
When you only love yourself

You only love yourself
You only love yourself
You only love yourself

© 2014 - Bettina Johnson – Aqua Raven Publishing, Mo Mo Shell. All Rights Reserved.