Today’s (No Longer) Free Download – Antje Duvekot

antje.jpgThe other day, in between watching the pundits deconstruct the New Hampshire primaries and hearing news of Britney’s latest meltdown, a snippet of a beautiful song came on my television. I recognized Antje Duvekot’s voice immediately, her tune took a moment or two to register.

“Someone is tossing petals in a stream,” she sings, “somewhere someone is standing at the foothills of their dreams….”

“Merry-Go-Round” first appeared on the independently-released “Little Peppermints”; a new (and to these ears, significantly improved) version, produced by Boston’s Flynn, is featured in a new commercial for Bank of America.

If you’re not familiar with the German-born singer-songwriter, that’s a shame.

I first heard her at the 2006 Newport Folk Festival; someone gave me her “Boys, Flowers, Miles” CD – a gorgeous, haunting bit of perfection; hearing it chilled me to the bone. Her lovely voice washed over me like a summer breeze, but there’s a brutal world couched in that delicate beauty.

I immediately predicted great things for her. But the music business, alas, is a fickle mistress.

So you probably don’t know Antje yet, and this commercial, featuring one of her more upbeat songs, is your first encounter with this singer and her difficult-to-pronounce name (for the record, it’s “Aunt-ya Doo-va-kott”).

That’s not surprising, given how hard it is for music not concerned with angst, bling or titillation to break through on the radio.

It’s a pretty mixed-up world when banks and insurance companies are the best friends a folk singer has, but look at what Liberty Mutual did for Hem. “Half Acre” (from the superb “Rabbit Songs” CD) exposed that New York band to a national audience. The ad was so successful that they debuted a brand new song, “The Part Where You Let Go,” on a follow-up spot.

Hopefully, BofA’s support will help get the word out about Antje, who at this point has no label affiliation. I can’t think of many who deserve it more.

Antje’s management had graciously provided an MP3 of “Merry-Go-Round”  for free download, but since the song is now being sold at CDFreedom I’ve changed the link. 

I’ve  posted the lyrics (mainly for the many “someone is tossing petals” search engine requests I’m sure are flying around the Internets right now).

The tune should also be available on iTunes soon. The best way to support Antje, though, is to see one of her shows and buy a CD from her. Skip the middle man, or woman as the case may be.

Merry-Go-Round

Someone is tossing petals in a stream
Somewhere someone is standing at the foothills of their dreams
Someone got a paintbrush, is painting over doubts
Someone opened up his eyes and saw the sun coming out
Someone was captive and found the courage to get off
From a boulder in the well, somewhere the rain has stopped
Someone is finding the place where they belong

Everyday is summer somewhere in the world
And the summer boys are headed for the falls to kiss the girls
With their impatient hands groping honey breasts and curls
They are filled with desire
And high in the hills there’s a baby being born
As forgiveness and peace wash over bruises and sores
People bridging the distance over nettles and thorns

Everyone aboard on the merry-go-round
Some things will rise up so that others come down
If the devil don’t dance, heaven won’t shine
It’s a mighty thick haze and it’s a pretty thin line
If the faucet is tightened up the love won’t flow
If the love isn’t bright enough the corn won’t grow
If the night isn’t dark enough the moon won’t glow

A rich man counting money, a tired man counting sheep
While the safe man counts his blessings, the hungry man has beans
There’s a million people praying, raising up their eyes
To what turns out to be the same god, the same sky
We are slightly scared of death, a little bit afraid
So we celebrate everything we can think to celebrate
We shall sing out loud to keep the hounds away

Everyone aboard on the merry-go-round
Some things will rise up so that others come down
If the devil don’t dance, heaven won’t shine
It’s a mighty thick haze and it’s a pretty thin line
If the faucet is tightened up the love won’t flow
If the love isn’t bright enough the corn won’t grow
If the night isn’t dark enough the moon won’t glow

Prisons will crumble and governments will fall
It’s the order of freedom to be preceded by walls
Cause the truth would be worthless if no one ever lied
So we carry our shame in the interest of pride
And we have all these questions to make us go roam
And we’ve got all this distance to make us come home
As the sun burns, a child learns, the tide churns, the world turns

Everyone aboard on the merry-go-round
Some things will rise up so that others come down
If the devil don’t dance, heaven won’t shine
It’s a mighty thick haze and it’s a pretty thin line
If the faucet is tightened up the love won’t flow
If the love isn’t bright enough the corn won’t grow
If the night isn’t dark enough the moon won’t glow

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5 thoughts on “Today’s (No Longer) Free Download – Antje Duvekot

  1. Is the version sold on CDFreedom the full version? It sounds different than the version on the commercial, and the clip they have is only ~20 seconds long.

  2. This is a great song! I too first heard it on the Bank Of America commercial and found it very catchy. Check her out on Myspace, they have her other songs as well which are great as well.

  3. Hey Melissa,

    Have you tried using Google to locate her Myspace? Typing “Antje Duvekot myspace” into the Google search query box leads you to the promised land…

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