Belly Says

by Belly Says (Erny Green)

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OOR, november 2010

"Het gaat met een loden lading aan zeggingskracht door merg en been. Producer Henk Koorn (Hallo Venray) liet begaan en hoorde dat het goed was."
www.oor.nl

LIVE XS (pagina 13), december 2010

"Belly Says heeft een ijzersterk debuut afgeleverd dat vooral in de live-uitvoering nog wel eens heel goed zou kunnen uitpakken."
www.livexs.nl

Heaven, nummer 1, 2011

"Rauw en gevoelig, zo horen we het graag."
www.popmagazineheaven.nl

8weekly, februari 2011

"De nederpoprock van Belly Says heeft internationale allure: de band klinkt heel erg van nu en opereert in het gebied waar bejubelde bands als Wilco en Arcade Fire hun successen halen."
www.8weekly.nl

3VOOR12 Utrecht, november 2010
(live recensie, Utrecht 7-11-2010)

"Belly Says heeft de uren in de oefenruimte goed besteed. De band is een aangenaam rammelende maar geoliede machine. De ritmesectie trekt songs voort als het nodig is, maar gaat even makkelijk loom achter in de maat hangen in de bluesier stukken. Ook hulde aan toetsenist Heij. Hij schakelt even makkelijk tussen een subtiele en dienende plek en een positie in de frontlinie met een moddervet Hammondorgel. Frontman Green is een sobere gitarist, maar hij is gezegend met een stem die elke twijfel over de oprechtheid van het verwoorde verlies wegneemt. De grote en kleine melodieën die de debuutplaat rijk is, worden live indringend neergezet. Het concluderend advies kan dan ook niet anders luiden dan: vergeet je darmen, luister naar Belly Says!"
www.3voor12.vpro.nl

FILEUNDER, december 2010

"De her en der uit de bocht vliegende gitaren en de alles opjagende toetsenpartijen geven bijna het opwindende gevoel alsof The Fatal Flowers weer op oorlogspad zijn. Mooie en, in alle goede betekenissen van het woord, ouderwets aandoende plaat."
www.fileunder.nl

DIRTY (Artist Community), november 2010

"Green verstaat de kunst van het weglaten als geen ander, zowel tekstueel als muzikaal, en dat levert liedjes op die vrijwel onmiddellijk beklijven. En als die liedjes ook nog eens even vakkundig als bezield worden uitgevoerd, dan heb je al gauw een prachtplaat. Belly Says behoort zonder twijfel tot het beste dat Green tot nu op zijn naam heeft staan en verdient een groter publiek dan hij tot nu toe heeft bereikt."
www.artistcommunity.nl

De Twentsche Courant Tubantia, 8 december 2010

"Opzwepend en meeslepend - nieuwe rock uit Utrecht. Aangename verrassing, dit debuut. Belly Says is een aanwinst."

3VOOR12 Utrecht, december 2010
(live recensie, EKKO Utrecht 11-12-2010)

"De band geeft een gevarieerde liveshow en weet de aandacht vast te houden met dynamiekwisselingen, afwisselende songs en sounds. De bandleden genieten zichtbaar van wat ze neerzetten."
www.3voor12.vpro.nl

Festival Info, november 2010

"Belly Says is grotendeels live opgenomen. Dit draagt absoluut bij aan het gevoel dat de songs uitdragen. In bijvoorbeeld het al eerder genoemde ‘ We’ll Take That Car’ krijgt de band daardoor de ruimte om ook echt even los te gaan, waarbij de ruwe randjes intact zijn gehouden."
www.festivalinfo.nl

KindaMuzik, november 2010
(live recensie, Utrecht 7-11-2010)

"Een liedje als 'Second Skin' heeft de ouderwetse Erny Green-kwaliteit, maar krijgt bij Belly Says een noise-injectie en de eentonige groove van 'Sweet Anger' is zelfs ronduit opwindend."
www.kindamuzik.net

ALTCOUNTRY.nl, november 2010

"De twaalf sterke gitaarsongs, waaronder gloedvolle ballads, bezitten rootsy vleugjes, een Green On Red-verwijzingetje hier en daar en schroeiende gitaarsolo’s. "
www.altcountry.nl

Jazzism, winter 2010

"Een hoofdrol in de epische afsluiter Hank's Car Repair is weggelegd voor veteraan Henk Koorn, bekend van de band Hallo Venray, die daar soleert alsof een woedende Neil Young zijn duivels heeft ontbonden. Green en zijn nieuwe band Belly Says maken met dit fraaie album een dappere stap voorwaarts.”

Rootstime (Belgie), november 2010

"Erny Green is een goede songschrijver en laat dat veelvuldig horen in de twaalf songs op dit debuutalbum. Producer Henk Koorn (Hello Venray) registreerde de opname in zijn meest rauwe vorm en maakte nauwelijks enige technische correcties waardoor de authentieke live sound helemaal behouden blijft. We kunnen dan ook eindigen met de vermelding dat wij alvast zeer genoten hebben van die eerste ‘Belly Says’-plaat, die ons op ‘snel-meer- van-dat-leuks’ doet hopen."
www.rootstime.be

Gitarist, november 2010

“Waar zijn eerdere projecten vaak ferm geworteld waren in Americana en aanverwante stijlen, laat Belly Says een veel elektrischer en hedendaagser geluid horen. Green verstaat de kunst om liedjes te schrijven die klinken alsof ze er altijd al waren, met doordachte schema’s en handige melodieën.”

Platomania 272

"Melancholische prachtmelodieën en Greens warme stem blijven de basis, maar over de hele linie speelt Green in Belly Says een stuk pittiger met meer elektrische gitaar, noise-injecties en een paar drone-achtige tracks. Schrik niet oude fans, want Greens americana-pareltjes die als rillingen over rug je lopen zijn er nog steeds, ze klinken alleen iets meer 2010."
www.platomania.eu

Lust For Life, januari 2011

"Melodieuze ballads en uptempo rockers die vertrouwd klinken en net zo goed in de jaren zeventig op de band geslingerd hadden kunnen zijn. Lekkere heldere productie van Henk Koorn. Songs met drama."

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released November 7, 2010

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Erny Green Utrecht, Netherlands

In '88 trekt Green als straatmuzikant de wereld in. Kille straathoeken wereldwijd, maar ook roemruchte podia als CBGB’s in New York, het zijn de ideale speelplekken voor de Nederlander in deze roerige jaren. In 1992 keert hij gemangeld terug en brengt zijn 1e soloalbum uit.
25 jaar en 9 albums later is het Green gelukt zich bij de absolute top van de Nederlandse liedjesschrijvers te vestigen.
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Track Name: Licking My Wounds
LICKING MY WOUNDS

Belly says 'hunger', hunger for pride
But you know it's never daytime and you know it's always night

And you know young girl, I can't be older all the time
Cause you have the wisdom and all your secrets deep inside

And if one day you might call and I won't answer at all
I will be licking my wounds, climbing up the wall

And you know young girl, my legs don't seem to walk
There's a heaviness around me, every time I start to talk

And you never ask me nothing, you always walk my dog
You leave me stuck without a reason, stuck within the clock

And if one day you might call and I won't answer at all
I will be licking my wounds, climbing up the wall

Belly says 'Hunger', Hunger for pride
But you know it's never daytime and you know it's always night

And if one day you might call and I won't answer at all
I will be licking my wounds, climbing up the wall
Track Name: Wishful Thinking
WISHFUL THINKING

What comes slowly rolling round the corner
Barely dressed girl in a limousine
She's your sun after rainy days
Coming down from the silver screen

And you wish she would stop for you
You wish she would fall for you
Wishful thinking on a rainy afternoon

And by the time that you just stopped wondering
You'll see what you've never seen
A simple girl taken from the country
A sack of bones in a cold machine

But you still wish she'd belong to you
And you wish she would talk to you
Wishful thinking on a rainy afternoon

You're hallucinating
too many days of rain
on a sunny station
she's your walking train

You wish she'd belong to you
You wish she would comfort you
Wishful thinking on a rainy afternoon
Track Name: Sweet Anger
SWEET ANGER

Is it the whispering of age or am I just younger now
Dragons in my brain, so I tune my first guitar
A bottle full of promise , a glass and a vow
The sweetest kind of anger and a lady at the bar
I don't know about the canyons, maybe sometimes the trees
But those mighty rivers from above, they bring me on my knees

Drunk as a fiddler, high as a shrink
If brains were a gas I'd have a tank full to think
A white flag to surrender and a big ship to sink
To the bottom of the ocean and there's nothing left to drink
I broke my heart forever to wear it on my sleeve
To make all mountains rumble and all rivers run free

Hey babe, love is an ocean of tears, of colored emotions
You know..

I am the poet in the scene, but the cat is in control
And the woman from next door she hits her hammer on my wall
Her cold blooded eyes they make the highest mountain fall
Make a lonesome stranger stumble, make a tiny story tall
I don't know about the canyons, maybe sometimes the trees
But those mighty rivers from above they're cutting out my soul

Hey babe, love is an ocean of tears, of colored emotions
You know...
Track Name: Sleepy Song
SLEEPY SONG

These wild eyes they look upon you
They search a memory, a certain flavor
They try so hard
Would you like to be so kind to sleep beside me
With your hands upon me
And just love me

And when the morning comes,
I'll sing my sleepy song
For you to come, for you to come

All the litter starts to cry
I am falling from your deepest sky
I am falling all apart
Did I have to try so hard
To write it all down in bloody rhyme
It was written from the start
Track Name: Suitcase
SUITCASE

You spend money like a princess
With the income of a rat
After all we've been through
After all we said

And once you're gone
You leave nothing but rain
Nothing but trouble
Nothing but pain

You know what the matter is with girls like you
You empty out my refrigerator and you're never really true
And you know what the matter is with girls like you
You always pack your suitcase, leaving me the blues

Guess I must be stupid
Fat too dumb to understand
That you just might come knocking
And you'd be fooling me again

You know what the matter is with girls like you
You empty out my refrigerator and you're never really true
And you know what the matter is with girls like you
You always pack your suitcase, leaving me the blues

Once you're gone, nothing but rain, once you're gone
Track Name: Waving Hand
WAVING HAND

How can I still believe I'm through
I'm on a journey to
A certain space in time and the truth is still missing
I'm running as in flames
And to hide I look away
Will you let me go or just stand in my way
Hey Hey
Hey Hey
But I am okay
And it's good to feel this way
But one bad day, I'm gonna be astray
Where will my Mr. Mojo go
Guess I'll never know
till I'll find out that I've always been whispering
I'm gonna be a river man
I'm gonna be a Jesus friend
I'm gonna be his biggest fan
I'm gonna be a waving hand
Hey Hey
Hey Hey
Track Name: We'll Take The Car
WE'LL TAKE THE CAR

We'll take you down to the back of the graveyard
Pick you up down in the hall
We'll take the car, it's too far for walking
We're too tired for walking

Don't be afraid, it won't hurt you
Death is now friend of all
We will go far, too far for walking
We'll take the car, we'll take the car

Well did you loose your ribbons all
Along the long, long road
Where did your sweet old safety run
Now ask the gun, where did it run

Come cry now baby, baby cry
And beg the driver
To drive the car home safely now
Come cry now baby, baby cry

Don't try to hide, it will find you
Don't try to run, it could pull you down
Down in the ground, six feet under
We'll take the car, we'll take the car
Track Name: Diamonds, Tears & Trains
DIAMONDS, TEARS & TRAINS

The ink is printed deeper in the page these days
The lines are written on my skin some way
And our tears come streaming like a waterfall
But right now, my girl, I'm keeping my hands on the ball

The maid in the kitchen is on leave today
And the Lord took the first train to the Milky Way
And the bricks piled up high like a wonder wall
Right now, my girl, I'm sitting on top of the world

I'm swimming when I drown, sing it when I'm down
I'm rolling my way
And I owe you nothing, I just took all your money for
Diamonds tears and trains
You are a winner where I'm just a singer
that's all
Tell me your story and I'll paint your glory on the wall
That's all

It all gets straight and bitter, gets bigger and vague
And the endless roaring thunder makes the bedroom shake
The message comes in easily like a telephone call
But right now, my girl, I'm hanging here, high on the wall
Track Name: Second Skin
SECOND SKIN

She called me up last night
Said I'll pick you up outside
Take you for a ride
So I knew right away
This girl is gonna stay

So I stepped into her car
We were heading for the stars
She'd never taken me this far
So I knew right away
This girl is gonna stay

Now we're heading North it's getting colder
The trees get balder now we're heading North
I need a second skin

She always sets me on fire
Chains my soul with barbed wire
She's the one man choir

I gotta shape up this time
Raise my tongue for better lines
For she's the one here who's still alive
Guess I knew all the way
This girl is gonna stay
Track Name: Happier Days
HAPPIER DAYS

After so many years of rolling
This train simply rides me home
Up to the street that I was born in
I guess I never made it alone

My red eyes gaze at this small town
My nose at the windowpane
And now I wonder why I ever came back here
And I wonder how you made it to stay.

I was born here as a stranger
Pretending that I was at home
So I remember those happier days here
Long before I knew I was wrong

I remember how we managed to make it
Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring
How we believed that nothing could break it
Those were the day we'd believe anything

I remember your face in the morning
I remember your face at night
I remember your face in the evening
And I remember your eyes as they cried

Well that life to me it seemed easy
So right and never too long
So I remember those happier days here
Long before I knew I was wrong

Now another train is riding
It's moving me the other way around
My wet eyes gaze at the horizon
And I didn't turn my head around

I was born here as a stranger
Pretending that I was at home
So I remember those happier days here
Long before I knew I was wrong
Well that life to me it seemed easy
So right and never too long
So I remember those happier days here
Long before I knew I was wrong
Track Name: Lonely Moon
LONELY MOON

I'm having my nightcap with you, oh lonely moon
And all the light you've ever shown will dawn on me soon
And I'm getting to know you, starting to feel you now
Upon the hill you always knew, upon the lake when all was new

I see it coming clear, coming near, coming dear lonely moon

You just stood there like a ghost with a mirror in your hand
That's how you scared me the most, making me understand
That you could see right through me. My God, you always knew me
I was feeding the habit as you told me all you knew

I see it coming clear, coming near, coming dear lonely moon

Time blows through the leaves, my pages turn too fast
I'm talking to the trees, I'm living in the past

I see it coming clear, coming near, coming dear lonely moon
Track Name: Hank´s Car Repair
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