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Tightropes was written by Bet Smith and is performed by Bet Smith & The Currie Brothers, (Andrew Currie, Rob Currie and Sarah Girdwood) with help from James Sevazlian and Ian Hansen.

The song was produced and engineered by Rob Currie. It was recorded at our friend, James Sevazlian's place on Lake Joseph in Muskoka.

All of the reverb you hear is natural, created using the cathedral ceiling and expansive empty basement at the Lake Joseph cottage.

For more from Bet Smith & The Currie Brothers, check out www.betsmithandthecurriebrothers.com.

For more from Rob Currie, www.robcurrierecording.com


The song is a reflection on life choices driven by creativity and associated desires.

lyrics

You’ve been balancing on tightropes ever since you were little
Covering your eyes and walking into the storm
So why would you expect the stars to align this time?
Now you’re old and all the world feels heavy
and you can taste the money that isn’t yours
You’ve worked hard
You’ve worked hard for nothing

You can’t blame anyone but yourself
You walked right into this

When you were young they sold you hope
Fourty-thousand dollars and try, try again
But they were shaking their heads at you, and their tones changed
When middle age stated sinking in.

You can’t blame anyone but yourself
You walked right into this

You could have climbed the ladders of Bay Street
Could have pumped oil out of the crowd
Could have worked for the government
or done something that mattered in the end.

But you’ve been balancing on tightropes ever since you were little
Covering your eyes and walking into the storm
So why would you expect the stars to align this time?

You walked right into this

credits


Bet Smith - vocals, acoustic guitar, some percussion
Rob Currie - electric guitar, producer/engineer
Andrew Currie - bass, drums, percussion
Sarah Girdwood - harmony vocals, percussion
James Sevazlian - percussion
Ian Hansen - backup vocals
João Carvalho - mastering

This project is funded by The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) with the support of
the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio
broadcasters.

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Bet Smith Gravenhurst, Ontario

Bet Smith has shoveled manure, welded, built film sets, carved signs, fed cattle, planted gardens and tended bar to pay for her bad habit - music. Add to that an arts degree and a diploma in blacksmithing and foundry craft, years living in the heart of Toronto and others in an off-grid cabin in rural BC and you have yourself a treasure chest of stories, shaped like a thirty-year-old woman. ... more

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