Little world

by Bart de Win

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'Little world' was completely recorded and mixed in Austin, Texas, and it was produced by the great Walt Wilkins, who can also be held responsible for the production of Sam Baker’s albums 'Pretty World' and 'Mercy'. A bunch of great Texan musicians, like Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Kim Deschamps and The Mystiqueros contributed to the record. Again Gilad Atzmon added his beautiful clarinet playing. The album was preceded by the release of the single ‘Minute of your time’. The second single ‘Summer dresses’ came with a sunny Texan video clip.

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released January 15, 2011

Produced by Walt Wilkins (www.mystiquero.com)
Recorded by Ron Flynt at The Jumping Dog Studio, Austin Texas
Clarinet recorded by Gilad Atzmon at Gilad Atzmon’s Studio, London (www.gilad.co.uk)
Mixed by Pat Manske at The Zone, Dripping Springs Texas (www.thezonerecordingstudio.moonfruit.com)
Mastered by Darius van Helfteren at Amsterdam Mastering, Amsterdam
(www.amsterdammastering.com)
Artwork by Hans de Ruiter at Scale to Fit (www.scaletofit.com)
Artwork photography by Mark Janssen (www.markjanssen.com)
Set design by Rein-Willem Gloudemans at Gloudy Set Design (www.gloudy.nl)

Bart de Win: vocals, wurlitzer, piano, accordeon
Walt Wilkins: guitar, vocals
Bill Small: bass, vocals
John M. Greenberg: guitar
Ray Rodriguez: drums, percussion
Ron Flynt: bass
Kim Deschamps: pedal steel, banjo, dobro
Scrappy Jud Newcomb: guitar
Matt Giles: guitar
Brandon Anthony: violin
Gilad Atzmon: clarinet
Tina Mitchell Wilkins: vocals
Arianne Knegt: vocals

All songs were written by Bart de Win. www.bartdewin.nl
Recorded in April and August 2010.

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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: Shine a little light
Shine a little light

Some days make me happy
Some days get me down
And when I’m heading for the road
With a worried face, a great big frown
I’m trying hard to let it be
I leave it all behind
Cause home is where the heart is
And my home’s not hard to find

When I see you jumping up and down on your toes
And you sing your happy song
I don’t know where all the trouble goes
But I just hum along
Na na na na
Shine a little light on me, shine a little light on me

It’s strange the way the mind goes
Searching for melodies and words
Want to make it happen
You squeeze your brain until it hurts

And while I stumble through this life of mine
In a way that seems fit for me
I try to make the perfect tune
But I still can’t find the key

And then I see you jumping up and down on your toes
And you sing your happy song
I don’t know where all the trouble goes
But I smile and try to hum along
Na na na na
Shine a little light on me, shine a little light on me
Shine a little light on me, shine a little light on me
Track Name: Summer dresses
Summer dresses

Summer dresses can drive me wild
Some do and some don’t
Maybe I should look the other way but I think I won’t
Summer dresses keep me alive
Make me hot, give me the chills
Maybe I should look the other way
But I don’t think I will, mmm, I don’t think I will

Two years of winter can make you feel so low
You get tired of the cold and tired of all this snow
You want to go outside and play and run
A ray of light, just a little bit of sun
Can make you realize how much you missed the fun

Summer dresses can drive me wild
Some do and some don’t
Maybe I should look the other way but I think I won’t
Summer dresses keep me alive
Make me hot, give me the chills
Maybe I should look the other way
But I don’t think I will, I don’t think I will

I hate rain coats, muddy shoes
Clean wet socks give me the blues
You want to go outside and play and run
A ray of light, just a little bit of sun
Can make you realize how much you missed the fun
Of happy faces and happy places

Summer dresses can drive me wild
Some do and some don’t
Maybe I should look the other way
But I think - I’m pretty sure I don’t - I won’t
Summer dresses keep me alive
Make me hot, give me the chills
Maybe I should look the other way
But I don’t think I will, mmm, I don’t think I will
Mmm, I won’t look the other way
Summer dresses drive me wild
Track Name: Bigger than anything
Bigger than anything

It must be real, this love of mine
I’m proud and happy when I see my wife
Butchering some oysters in the French atlantic
With a smile, a bikini and a knive
So small, so big, one quick kiss
And everything falls in place
The agony gathered in moments of weakness
Disappears with one glimpse of her face

Love is sometimes less than a splinter in a sliver of life
But in the words of songs that so many sing
Love is bigger than anything, bigger than anything

The love of your life can be the needle in a haystack
And once you think you found her she can sting
She can haunt you like lipstick on a mirror
One quick shower and back comes everything
What makes your love so true, so true
Maybe truth is a better word
And history proved that truth is always changing
The wisest thing I’ve ever heard

Love is sometimes less than a splinter in a sliver of life
But in the words of songs that so many sing
Love is bigger than anything, bigger than anything

So strange to know that love is ‘round the corner
Even when there’s no such thing as hope
And like a crazy loon, without thinking
You jump into the pit without a rope
A thousand cupids harpooned your guts
And it cuts you to the bone
No matter if she stays or not
She’ll never leave you alone

Love is sometimes less than a splinter in a sliver of life
But in the words of songs that so many sing
Love is bigger than anything, bigger than anything
Track Name: Frank
Frank

A reason to give up is never hard to find
When the road ahead disturbs your peace of mind
I know not everybody liked your style
But one real listen proved it was all worthwhile
And then suddenly you felt all alone
The promise that you made felt like a stone

Man, you could have tried it one more time
Hey man, you could have tried it one more time
Nobody said it would be easy
You could have tried it one more time
And prove them all it was more than just a dream

‘Out of my league’ never seemed to cross your mind
And it made sense since we all are part of the same human kind
And you saw the downside of it all
Some rise high, they simply had to fall
The fairytale that broke your heart
Puzzled you right from the start

Hey, you could have tried it one more time
Man, you could have tried it one more time
Nobody said it would be easy
Man, you could have tried it one more time
And prove them all it was more than just a dream

It felt so strange those days in September
What was it all about
Just make sure you remember
You had every reason, every reason to be proud

Frank, you could have tried it one more time
Nobody said it would be easy
Man, you could have tried it one more time
And prove them all it was more than just a dream
You proved a lot to me
Thanks for letting me be part of your dream
Track Name: Minute of your time
Minute of your time

You got style, you’re so cool
The prettiest girl I know
Standing here feeling like a fool
I just hope it doesn’t show
And I practiced and I tried
Every line that I could find
But now I’m here with nothing left to hide

I just need a minute of your time
I feel like a nickle talking to a dime
Look at me, can’t you see?
It’s hard enough to be standing at your door
I only need a minute of your day
Just listen to the things I’ve got to say
It’s clear to me where I wanna be
Just say the words that I’ve been hoping for

You took my breath away when I saw you passing by
And I knew right from the start
One fine day I’d give it a try
I just had to follow my heart
And I practiced and I tried
Every line that I could find
But now I’m here with nothing left to hide
It’s something I’ve got to do: following you
I have to keep on following you

I just need a minute of your time
I feel like a nickle talking to a dime
Look at me, can’t you see?
It’s hard enough to be standing at your door
I only need a minute of your day
Just listen to the things I’ve got to say
It’s clear to me where I wanna be
Just say the words that I’ve been hoping for
And I don’t feel as lonely anymore
Track Name: Easter bunnies
Easter bunnies

If you need an answer almost every day
I won’t have to think too long about what I’m gonna say
The moment that I kiss you goodbye and leave
Is when easter bunnies jump around on Christmas Eve
Is when easter bunnies jump around on Christmas Eve

And if you need my loving almost every night
You will feel my arms around you till the morning light
The day I hardly kiss you and whisper words you can’t believe
Is when easter bunnies jump around on Christmas Eve
Is when easter bunnies jump around on Christmas Eve

That means never, never ever
Never in my life
That means never, never ever
Never till the day I’ll die

I can sing each and every song
Dedicate them all to you
I guess the day all your worries are gone
Is the day our love is through

Oh, if you need my money, every dime lying around
You can have the last of me, my purse and my account
The day I stop believing that to give is better than to receive
Is when easter bunnies jump around on Christmas Eve
Is when easter bunnies jump around on Christmas Eve

If you need an answer every single day
You won’t have to worry about what I’m gonna say
The moment that I kiss you goodbye and leave
Is when easter bunnies jump around on Christmas Eve

That means never, never ever
Never in my life
That means never, never ever
Mmmm, never till the day I’ll die
That makes never, never never
Never till the day I’ll die
Track Name: Ready
Ready

I’m ready for your love, ready for your anger
Ready for your company
Ready for your love, ready for your laughter
Are you ready for me? Are you ready for me?

Some guys are just perfect
They’ve got it all worked out fine
Handsome, funny, steady, stable and never out of line
That’s what you need, and that’s what you want
And that’s what you had in mind
But don’t you know it’s not fair cause I can’t compare
To someone that’s so hard to find

Ready for your love, ready for your anger
Ready for your company
Ready for your love, ready for your laughter
Are you ready for me? Are you ready for me?

I know I’m not perfect, and I’m sure I’ll never be
But I tried and I tried like a fool in love
But it seems that you don’t wanna see
But I know what I need and I know what I want
And I know what I have in mind
You should know it’s not fair cause I can’t compare
To someone that’s so hard to find
I can’t compare to someone that’s so hard to find

I’m ready for your love, I’m ready for your anger
Ready for your company
Ready for your love, ready for your laughter
Are you ready for me? Are you ready for me?
Mmmm, are you ready for me?
I know I’m ready for you
I’m ready, ready, you know I’m ready, I’m ready
I wanna know if you’re ready
I’m ready for your love, mmmm
Track Name: They still dance
They still dance

They still dance after more than 20 years
They still dance, no time for tears
He’s around, here and now
And when I ask her how
I can see it in her eyes

They were blessed, she still thinks of him at night
A trace of rest but the picture's much too bright
His hands, his smile
How they danced for a while
And with his step he ripped her dress

I mentioned his name
Now I know how far a vow can go
I saw the thrill at one glance
They still dance, they still dance
They still dance, they still dance

There was an oath: ‘Until death do us part’
And even now she feels it in the heart
Somehow, somewhere
She knows he’s always there
They still are one

I mentioned his name
Now I know how far a vow can go
I saw the thrill at one glance
They still dance, they still dance
They still dance, they still dance
Track Name: Call you in the morning
Call you in the morning

You were sipping on a cocktail
When I walked into the place
My blushes were a tell tale
While I stared into your face

I’m used to getting some attention
But I just keep me to myself
Cause I don’t have the intention
To get my heart kicked from the shelf

I don’t wanna blow this
I want you to notice
If I should call you in the morning
Would you still recognize my voice
Love simply comes without a warning
And leaves you without a choice
And if you could see me in the morning
Would you still recognize my eyes
I didn’t get much of a warning
Now I don’t wanna hear goodbyes

Now I’m standing here before you
Should I step back or take this dive
No plan, I don’t know what to do
But I never felt so alive

I don’t wanna blow this
I want you to notice
If I should call you in the morning
Would you still recognize my voice
Love simply comes without a warning
And leaves you without a choice
And if you could see me in the morning
Would you still recognize my eyes
I didn’t get much of a warning
Now I don’t wanna hear goodbyes

I don’t wanna blow this
I want you to notice
I don’t wanna blow this
I want you to notice
Track Name: Little world
Little world

There’s always something you can think of
When you don’t dare to make a choice
You got a great pair of ears
But you don’t hear your inner voice
It happens every day, makes you feel so blue
You don’t like it much that way but it’s a part of you

In this little world down here
It’s a thin line between a laugh and a tear
If you know what you want just go for it
What are you waiting for, open the door
While we live this little moment we have
It’s a thin line between a tear and a laugh
If you know what’s right take a bite
Don’t let it go, don’t let go

There’s always something you can make up
You’ll find a reason to disapprove
They say you have an adventurous mind
But you’re afraid to make a move
Why should we try to take it slow, how harmful can it be
Just follow me, off we go and in time you’ll see

In this little world down here
It’s a thin line between a laugh and a tear
If you know what you want just go for it
What are you waiting for, open the door
While we live this little moment we have
It’s a thin line between a tear and a laugh
If you know what’s right just take a bite
Don’t let it go, don’t let go

Linger on or come with me
Finger on the button, push, and feel free
Don’t think about falling when you climb
It’s just a different way to spend your time

In this little world down here
It’s a thin line between a laugh and a tear
If you know what you want just go for it
What are you waiting for, open the door
While we live this little moment we have
It’s a thin line between a tear and a laugh
If you know what’s right just take a bite
Don’t let it go, don’t let go
Track Name: The ruin
The ruin

My home is crumbling
The trees are tumbling down
But I don’t mind, I don’t mind

My home will disappear
The end is getting near
But I don’t mind
It’ll be mine forever, forever, forever

The roof that kept me dry is already gone
And years went by, on and on
Time can sooth pain while it ruins my walls
The rain, mmm, the rain just falls and falls

My home is crumbling
The trees are tumbling down
But I don’t mind, I don’t mind

My home will disappear
The end is getting near
But I don’t mind
Cause it’ll be mine forever, forever, forever
Track Name: Try my luck
Try my luck

There’s a place where I wanna be
Where I’ve never been before
It’s so perfect, meant just for me
I don’t wanna wait no more

It’s coming closer all the time
Soon I’ll have to go
There I’ll find my rhythm and rhyme
Cause everybody tells me so

I choose before I lose my mind
This road’s been far too long
Then I’ll leave all my troubles behind
And I won’t care when all is gone
I won’t care when all is gone

I’ll try my luck, ignore this voice
Shouting in my brain
Then I’ll make my very own choice
That’s been driving me insane

I choose before I lose my mind
This road’s been far too long
Then I’ll leave all my troubles behind
I won’t care when all is gone
I won’t care when all is gone
Track Name: Pay the DJ
Pay the DJ

I know we had a deal, but the summer’s been rough on me
And I need you guys to help me out, I’ll be as clear as I can be
I’m running out of cash and you saw the size of the crowd
I was really counting on the tipjar
Well, you know what I’m talking about

And hey, we’ve got to pay the DJ, we’ve got to pay the DJ; he’s a pro, you know
Hey, I’ve got to pay the DJ, I’ve got to pay the DJ, don’t you agree?

So, we split all my expenses and you got nothing to lose
I saw you selling five cd’s
And I’ll throw in the burgers and the booze
You played four sets and I think they were great
You can come back whenever you’re free
It’s hard to get a band that sounds so good
And looks so professional to me.

But hey, we’ve got to pay the DJ, we’ve got to pay the DJ; He came all this way just to play
Hey, we’ve got to pay the DJ, we’ve got to pay the DJ, don’t you agree?

You know I could’ve hired a band from this neighbourhood
They love to come even when the money’s no good
And I can tell, I just know, you really like to play
Why else in heaven’s name would you spend a day on the freeway
I wish I could spend a day on the freeway