North of the River

by Judy Benschop

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released March 19, 2013

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Judy Benschop Wijk Bij Duurstede, The Netherlands

Authentic, sensitive, dreamy and haunting folksongs that are intuitive; silent fragments from a turbulent life. Judy has a unique voice that brings comfort and touches. Swimming in the profoundness of her emotions, she sings, releasing herself from the emotional depths. Personal songs that touch, melodies that stream into your heart. Songs about life, love, loss, joy and victory. ... more

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Track Name: Mary
MARY

As you’re standing here alone
the world seems to move on her own
your loss has bared you to the bone
a weight like stone upon your heart
And you ooh ooh ooh try to understand
while you ooh ooh ooh cried all night again

She has gone into the void
existence beyond comprehension
whispers through the dark of night
and dreams of her in new dimensions
But you ooh ooh ooh want her by your side
And you ooh ooh ooh miss her all the time

As her face appears before your eyes
in dream’s disguise, you know, you know, it’s her

She was there when you were born
she held you in her arms and loved you
nothing can severe this bond
not even shadows, silence, darkness
Coz’ you ooh ooh ooh love beyond this life
And you ooh ooh ooh love her for all times

Mary won’t you show your face before his eyes
Without disguise, he knows, he knows, it’s you
It’s you ooh ooh ooh
It’s you ooh ooh ooh
It’s you ooh ooh ooh
It’s you

© Judy Benschop 2012
Track Name: No Relief
NO RELIEF

You walked out of the house, I couldn’t bear
to see you disappear down the road
You cut the ropes, you set yourself free
while we carried this load

running down the road trying to catch you
to scratch you, to scream
falling to my knees crying I let you
destroy my inner peace
destroy my inner peace

You walked out of our lives and I knew
it had been you I depended on
nothing more I could have said or done
but just go on, on my own

And while my life was turning upside down
now you were gone, I lost my ground
lost in the ocean of my grief
and no relief, I carried on
on, I carried on, on, I carried on

Tell me, did you sleep at night,
could you be alright on the other side of this…..
I missed you
I missed you
I missed you


© Judy Benschop 2012
Track Name: Nobody Knows
NOBODY KNOWS

He comes to me in the chill of the night
He tells me his life is now empty without me in sight

He says all around how his world has changed
I know that it's true but oftentimes strange

I put my arms around him but he feels me not
No words can he hear and it breaks my heart

Though I try to comfort him and stop his tears
he only cries on and tells me his fears

So he visits my grave when the night winds blow
He visits me still when moonlight glows

He visits my grave when the night winds blow
He visits me still when moonlight glows

But nobody knows, nobody sees, nobody knows but me
Nobody knows, nobody sees, nobody knows but me
Nobody knows but me


© Judy Benschop 2012
Track Name: The River
THE RIVER

I’ve seen the river flow
and seen the river rise
I’ve seen the river freeze
and heard the river sigh

the waters dark the waters deep
full of ancient mystery
now what should I believe
you’re no longer here with me

you were my morning star
you were my sweetest lie
I’ve known heaven

now I see the evening sky
the wind as cold as ice
clouds like castles passing by

I’ve seen the buzzard fly
reigning the blue sky
his call a piercing cry
oh give me a reason why!

you were my morning star
you were my sweetest lie
I’ve known heaven

now I see the evening sky
the wind as cold as ice
clouds like castles passing by
clouds like castles passing by
passing by
passing by


© Judy Benschop 2012
Track Name: Days And Nights
DAYS AND NIGHTS

I've seen days and nights
I’ve seen seasons pass by
I’ve seen faces grow old
while children forever young
play on the streets outside

I've seen so many tears
flowing into the ocean
of sadness on earth
my darling it seems
I've lived a thousand years

But my wings now take me high
leaving all the past behind
And fly whoohoohoo fly
to paradise

I've seen lonely times
in a world so strange
world of silent whispers
world of ghosts heart of love
heart of mine, heart of mine


Silence no words in my mind
Silence no words in my mind

And my wings now take me high
leaving all the past behind
And fly whoohoohoo fly
to paradise

And my wings now take me high
leaving all the past behind
And fly whoohoohoo fly
to paradise
I’ll fly, whoo, I’ll fly
to paradise
with you


© Judy Benschop 2012
Track Name: Old Paper Photograph
OLD PAPER PHOTOGRAPH

Small paper photograph so old and so worn.
With edges serrated and corners now torn.

Tell me a tale in black and white.
Give me a glimpse of what it was like.

How beautiful you were with your lips tinted red.
I wonder your name but the ink never said.

I've wondered as well by the look in your eye,
how often you loved, how often you cried.

So tell me old photograph who can you be?
Could your young face really be me?

How does this happen for it hasn't been long,
But time is fleeting as quick as this song.

There you are still frozen in time.
So stylishly dressed right up to the nines.

Sleep sweetly my photograph as you're returned to the drawer
hiding in darkness for many and more.

Joining the others stacked in a heap.
Forgotten by many unless they should seek.
Forgotten by me until our eyes should next meet.


© Judy Benschop 2012
Track Name: Almost Heaven
ALMOST HEAVEN
It was heaven
when I saw you
when I looked into your eyes

I had wandered
mostly lonely
so it came as a surprise

it must have been the angels
who decided
it must have been our God
and we were guided

it was heaven
us together
when you kissed me
and I kissed you

we were dancing
stars around us
we were dancing and you felt it too

it must have been the angels
who decided
it must have been our God
and we were guided

then we fell
unto the earth and
we were tumbling from the skies above

we were wounded
we were hurt and
how to get back we did not know

we’re go go going going home
we know know know by now where to go

Almost heaven
when I see you
when I look into your eyes


© Judy Benschop 2012
Track Name: And I Miss You
AND I MISS YOU

The trees we loved so much
have lost their leaves again
The branches bare reaching out
to me make no sense
anymore
anymore
anymore to me

A lonely bird is singing
in it's lovely voice
All the way on top
of the highest branch of all
I don't feel
I don't feel
it's song anymore

For so many years
my days were filled with you
you were my life my love
you were my everything my all
my life my love
my everything my all
my everything my all





And when I see your face
no longer in my mind
there is a place where
I will go to once it's time
I will go
I will go
and be with you once again

For so many years
my days were filled with you
you were my life my love
you were my everything my all
my life my love
my everything my all
my life my love

and I miss you
and I miss you
and I miss you
and I miss you


© Judy Benschop 2012
Track Name: My Lover's Eyes
MY LOVER'S EYES

I start to understand
What's hidden
in my lover's eyes
I start to understand
his feelings of all this time
And all I can say is
even if he goes
I love him forever more
and all I can say is
even if he leaves
I love him I love him so

I see the depth the anguish
the love in my lover's eyes
I see his deep confusion
and all he tries not to say
And all I can say is
whoooo
I love him so
and all I can say is
whoooo
I love him so





There's nothing I can do now
to be in my lover's heart
There's nothing I can do and
we'll be so very far apart
And all I can say is
whoooo
I love him still
and all I can say is
whoooo
I love him so

His eyes the eyes of lion
I've seen so many times
His eyes I thought they were meant
to be just mine
but oh my lover chooses to be far away
and all I can say is
whoooo
I love him so
and all I can say is
whoooo
I love him so
and all I can say is
whoooo
I love him so
Track Name: She
SHE

She
She built her life
upon the ruins
of our loss
she, she wanted in
she wanted you
at all this cost
She helped you break down
ruin our love to this degree
Oh why did she?
it couldn't be...

We
we have to deal
with this destruction
of our love
with lies dishonesty
with fractured shattered bones
with judgment and anger
worries and things for all to see
Oh why did you?
Betray me?


She knew about me
She knew about me

Toi
tu m'as trompé
tu m'as mentí
tu m'as blessé
toi, tes mots d'amour
ne sont pas vrai
sans vérité
complicité en destruction
de toi même
oh mon amour
la verité

complicité en destruction
de toi même
oh mon amour
la verité

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