Easy to see

by Bart de Win

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On ‘Easy to see’ Bart de Win gives his very own interpretation of the americana feeling, exploring the boundaries between folk, countryrock, jazz and blues. Bart’s music is often compared to the music of Randy Newman, Dr. John, Ray Charles or Tom Waits. The new album contains 12 fresh songs that cannot be confined to one genre. A pleasant collection of original compositions that examines the edges of rootsy pop music.

'Easy to see' was produced by BJ Baartmans and recorded in Boxmeer, Austin, Chicago and Londen.

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released October 27, 2012

Bart de Win, BJ Baartmans, Harry Hendriks, Arthur Lijten, Rinus Raaijmakers, Walt Wilkins, Iain Matthews, Jimmy Davis, JT Nero, Allison Russell, Tina Mitchell Wilkins, Arianne Knegt, Birgit Wijdemans, Kim Deschamps, Joost van Es en Gilad Atzmon

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Bart de Win studied jazzpiano and -vocals at the conservatory, but got inspired by americana music, and his interests developed in a more rootsy direction. His jazz background blended in easily. Bart's music has been described as a crossover between americana, blues, gospel & jazz. His band The Simple Life is a line-up of fine musicians famous for delicate arranging and playing. ... more

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Track Name: Next time
Next time

Days and days, and miles and miles
Heading for the final blow
We had it coming, we had it coming
The moment we decided to go
And now you’re standing here
Crying in the pouring rain
We could have been lying in the sun
and it’s driving you insane

I know it’s me babe, me and my lazy feet
I know it’s me babe, one day I’ll take the lead

Next time I’ll be on time
Next time I’ll be on time
Next time I’ll be on time
I won’t go, I won’t go

I should’ve been ready, all ready
Just to ease your worried mind
I feel it coming, I feel it coming
It’s starting to unwind
I sure hope we’re not fighting in vain
There’s nothing I can do
Wish I had a carbon copy in my brain
Like you, like you

I know it’s me babe, me and my lazy feet
I know it’s me babe, one day I’ll take the lead

Next time I’ll be on time
Next time I’ll be on time
Next time I’ll be on time
I won’t go, I won’t go
Track Name: Close the door
Close the door

And so we’re here
Coming in from the cold
Nice and warm but it’s
Creeping up on you
Fluffy towels and kittens and
Fluffy clouds in my brain
An early start, every day
Not knowing what to do

Close the door, we’ve got to close the door
Close the door and turn it down

Our hairy little friends left us
What a way to be thankful
I hear the wheels
And tons of steel passing by
We came all this way
but it took only minutes
To find me shouting in the cold
I don’t wanna see them die

Close the door, we’ve got to close the door
Close the door and turn it down
We’ve got to turn it down, turn it down

And now we’re here
The table top is shining
And B. is an angel
Always good for a laugh
Don’t want to know what could’ve happened
If the dice hadn’t been that lucky
Good to know they roll
On our behalf

Close the door, we’ve got to close the door
Close the door and turn it down
We’ve got to turn it down, turn it down
Track Name: Dear memory
Dear memory

You were sitting down on the floor
Trembling with the riddle in your mind
Still the crowd begged you for a little more
Don’t you think it’s time you leave it all behind

And then I saw it in your eyes
Tried to hide it deep inside your heart
But in the words I heard the silent cries
covered by the whisper of your art

Dear memory
Write a song for me
Dear memory

Youth and age, joined in harmony
Again it took you by surprise
A bitter sweet ancient symphony
In water colour paint that never dries

Dear memory
Write a song for me
Dear memory

You were sitting down on the floor
Trembling with the riddle in your mind
Still the crowd begged you for a little more
Don’t you think it’s time you leave it all behind
Track Name: These are the times
These are the times

I read about the old days
Closing up on me
With people finding so many ways
To capture soul and good old harmony
And now we celebrate the future
It kicked in like a rocket
The only good vibrations left are the ones
We feel in each and every pocket.
These are the times

These are the times that we’ve been waiting for
Finally we’re all online
These are the times that we’ve been waiting for
And everybody seems to be just fine
These are the times that we’ve been waiting for

They’re hanging in the pillows
As close as they be can be
Every screen marks a soul unseen
While birds keep singing the good old harmony
Remember when the sun was always shining
Running around, home was far away
It all happened around the corner
But let’s not talk about yesterday

These are the times that we’ve been waiting for
Finally we’re all online
These are the times that we’ve been waiting for
And everybody seems to be just fine
These are the times that we’ve been waiting for

We’re one big happy family
Hooked on digital drugs
The whole wide world is cuddling up on me
We stick together like fly paper bugs, fly paper bugs

These are the times that we’ve been waiting for
Finally we’re all online
These are the times that we’ve been waiting for
And everybody seems to be just fine, just fine
These are the times that we’ve been waiting for
Track Name: Stepping through
Stepping through

There used to be a time I didn’t wonder
There used to be a time it didn’t show
Waiting for some sense of direction
Why it took so long I still don’t know

And I wonder how it happened
It’s hard to welcome insecurity
I didn’t even try to understand it
It just felt so good to me

Because of you
Everything’s uncertain
Because of you
I’m stepping through the safety curtain
Because of you
Because of you

Don’t want to be blind for beauty
Don’t want to be scared for fame
Don’t want to be deaf for answers
I want to leave without wondering why I came

Don’t worry about where we’re standing
We take it day by day
Life can be so demanding
But I don’t want it any other way
any other way, any other way

Because of you
Everything’s uncertain
Because of you
I’m stepping through the safety curtain
Because of you
Because of you
Track Name: Easy to see
Easy to see

It creeps into your mind before you know what’s happening
It settles deep inside and there it stays
And you may fight or just ignore
But when it’s carved into the core
It reappears in oh, so many ways

Hard to get, easy to see
Love will hardly ever set you free

Tell me what you want me to be
Tell me cause I want you to see me
Tell me where you want me to go
Cause I’ve been so close but I stil don’t know

This is what it is, there’s no use denying
It settled deep inside and it’s here to stay
It can make you feel so blue
To be one of the happy few
It’s an unfair game we have to play

Hard to get, easy to see
Love will hardly ever set you free

Tell me what you want me to do
Tell me ‘cause I don’t want to lose you
Tell me what you want me to say
Cause it’s got to be clear when you go away
Tell me what you want me to be
Tell me cause I want you to see me
Tell me where you want me to go
Cause I’ve been so close but I stil don’t know
Track Name: Songs
Songs

There are songs about living
Songs about death
Songs about places no one knows
Songs about being lucky
Songs about love
And a lot of songs about feeling kind of low

I didn’t hear them all
But I’m trying the best I can
It’s an addiction, or some kind of disease
But don’t bother looking
For a cure
Or any other medical expertise

Sometimes it’s all that matters
Sometimes it’s just a song
Some food for thought and a few chords to pick
It can change your life forever
For better or for worse
Although the one I’m singing now won’t do the trick

Lalalalala

There are songs about rainbows
And songs about the rain
Songs about a different point of view
They sing about women
They sing about men
And someone wrote a song about a boy named Sue

There are songs about politics
Songs about the war
And songs about the holy motherland
I didn’t get them all
And I tried the best I could
But some are so damned hard to understand

Sometimes it’s all that matters
Sometimes it’s just a song
Too much food for thought can make you sick
And some can get quite famous
And some can make you rich
The one I’m singing now might do the trick

Lalalalala

There are songs that sound so simple
And still they’re hard to play
That’s the mystery of music, I guess
Some songs last a lifetime
And others we forget
No one knows the secret to succes

Sometimes it’s all that matters
Sometimes it’s just a song
Some food for thought and a few chords to pick
And some can make you happy
And some can make you sad
Some are far too long and some end kind of quick

Lalalalala
Track Name: No sugar
No sugar

When I wake up in the morning, when the day is new
I never know exactly what I wanna do
I’m as cranky as a hobo sleeping in the cold
And those birds are celebrating another day unfolding, hey

I hate the light that’s shining in the cracks of my eyes
And I hate all the pains, my back ain’t telling no lies
I know I got to take a shower, I know I need to shave
My brain is trying to figure out how it wants me to behave, hey

And then I see, my love coming round for me
Coming my way, she’s coming my way
Oh yeah it’s hot, what my baby’s got is hot
Coming my way, sugar’s coming my way
But I don’t need no sugar, give me black coffee

The clouds in my head are disappearing and my throat is feeling the heat
And suddenly I know what it is I really need
I say ‘drop the paper darling and I’ll show you what I’ve got’
‘It’s not a big surprise, I know, but baby it’s a lot’, hey

I’m walking in her footsteps, yes I’m following behind
The moves she makes are making movies in my mind
She gently pushes me around and drops me in the Fat Boy
She whispers ‘oh, you’re going to be so glad we met boy’, hey

And then I see, my love coming round for me
Coming my way, she’s coming my way
Oh yeah it’s hot, what my baby’s got is hot
Coming my way, sugar’s coming my way
And with a smile she gives another black coffee

When love is ‘round the corner try to grab it if you can
Or you’ll end up on your own because she picked another man
If you really want to have a good time with your baby
Don’t give an explanation ‘bout your taste, not even maybe
Lie a little ‘bout the way you feel with Starbucks on your mind
That your constricted throat ain’t gonna feel much better till you find a cup of black coffee
Just give her everything you’ve got and more she’ll ever need
No way you’re gonna say that nothing in the world can beat a cup of black coffee
Track Name: You really see me
You really see me

You really see me, that’s what you do
You really love me through and through
You really hold me and carry me too
That’s what people say, that’s what people say

I heard you made it happen all over the globe
All this beauty, all this beauty
Let it grow, let it grow
But after a while you changed your style
I guess you were getting tired
And I can’t think of anyone who could get you fired

Still I didn’t dig too long to find the ones that shine
And they’re damn sure as they can be
You are mine, you are mine

You really see me, that’s what you do
You really love me through and through
You really hold me and carry me too
That’s what people say, that’s what people say

So you’ve been in charge, all this time
I guess I must’ve been blind
I don’t get it, I don’t get it, what did you have in mind?
I am just a simple man with a simple brain
Is all this pain the only answer you could find?
I could have sworn I heard them say you love the human kind

And I didn’t have to dig too long
To meet the ones that shine
And they are sure as they can be
You are mine, you are mine
Track Name: Man out of me
Man out of me

I’ve been wandering around, things were kind of slow
For such a long time I didn’t know where to go
But suddenly I was hooked and it didn’t seem wise
She opened my eyes, made my temperature rise
And made a man out of me

I’ve been waiting for so long, searching day and night
I hated every love song till I found my Mrs. Right
She’s so pretty and she’s so smart
She opened my heart then took me apart
And made a man out of me

Even when you think you are such a sad loner
And for so long your heart’s been longing for an owner
You don’t know what’s going to happen one fine day
When finally, just like me, you’ll know the right thing to say
The right thing to say

I can’t be anything but grateful, she’s with me everywhere
She gives me all her loving, her kisses and her care
She’s so sophisticated, you should see her when she cries
She opened my eyes, took me by surprise
And made a man out of me
She took me apart, opened my heart
And made a man out of me
Track Name: Gone
Gone

The grounds I walked when I was small
Days of dreaming, the dinner call
Birds in boxes and a crazy dog
Green, green grass, the garden fog
Gone, gone, gone

The sounds so weak at the top of the stairs
The colored leaves from everywhere
The giant tree, the pigeon cloud
The singing priest, imaginary crowd
Gone, gone, gone

Stone on stone and wood on wood
Wandering through the neighborhood
Searching for beech nuts in the lane
Splashing through the summer rain
Struggling with a tattered kite
Friday nights in black and white
Litter burning in the yard
A solid frame, a tender heart
Gone, gone, gone
Track Name: Riversong
Riversong

Sometimes I wish I was a stranger
Wandering around in a world of sound
Sometimes I think I lose the music
I think I lose the music I just found
Sometimes I just listen
Sometimes I don’t know how

If I only had a future
Wandering around in my world of sound
Sometimes I dig into the music
I dig into the music and it spins my head around
Someday I will stop and listen
Someday I’ll gather it all

I wonder what keeps me going
What’s there keeping me company
One day this river will stop flowing
And then it will be just me

Sometimes I don’t think about the future
I don’t think about the future, I just listen to the sound
Sometimes I dig into the music
I dig into the music and it spins my head around
Someday I will stop and listen
Someday I’ll gather it all

I wonder what keeps me going
What’s there keeping me company
One day this river will stop flowing
And then it will be just me