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Bella & Charlie

from Angel In Reverse by Ian Bland

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Birdgirl Simply a sweet story with a lyrically rhythmical chorus. From Melbourne based songwriter/poet Ian Bland.
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bella and charlie

bella first met charlie
on a bus up to alice springs
charlie had all these big ideas
and bella, she had the wings
he wrote her a poem on a serviette
at a cheap roadside café
when the bus rolled into the alice
they were half a world away

bella called up her parents
arranged for her things to be sent
her father said she was crazy
she took that as a compliment
they travelled all over the north end
working every now and then
bella said “charlie, we’ll never be rich”
“but we might never be this happy again”

picked grapes round margaret river
cairns when the weather turned cold
worked the fishing boats out of lincoln
went searching for lassiter’s gold
birdsville for the races
though they had no money to bet
charlie said “bella it’s a beautiful day”
“i guess luck isn’t done with us yet”

the last time anyone saw them
they were working as crew on a yacht
headed for the south pacific
no-one knew how far they got
till a postcard came of a sunset
a star for every place they’d been
said this picture was started by charlie
and bella, she coloured it in

i’ve never got around to counting the stars
but i’ve seen enough to know there’s a lot
i’m not really certain what love’s all about
but i know enough to know what it’s not
if a picture’s worth a thousand words
they don’t all mean what they say
you and me bella, can paint our own picture
add a little every day


from Angel In Reverse, released September 7, 2012


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Ian Bland - Melbourne based singer songwriter - musical influences include country, celtic, and folk with stories drawn from rural and urban Australia

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