The simple life

by Bart de Win

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The simple life

Bart's debut album ‘The simple life’, with fifteen original English songs, was launched in October 2009 through Rough Trade/Double Click Music. It was produced by the talented London based musician Gilad Atzmon, who also put his clarinet and saxophone to the record. ‘The simple life’ received marvellous press reviews and a lot of airplay. Bart recorded the album with his longtime musical companions Arthur Lijten, Rinus Raaijmakers, Harry Hendriks and B.J. Baartmans. Various guest musicians contributed to the album, like for example the famous trumpettist Eric Vloeimans, singer Izaline Calister and fiddle player Joost van Es.

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released September 27, 2009

Produced by Gilad Atzmon www.gilad.co.uk
Recorded by Erik Spanjers www.studiosilvester.nl
Mastered by Darius van Helfteren www.amsterdammastering.com
Artwork by Brulkikker www.brulkikker.com
Photographs by Mark Janssen www.markjanssen.com

Bart de Win: vocals, piano, rhodes, wurlitzer, accordeon
Gilad Atzmon: saxophone, clarinet
Arthur Lijten: drums, percussion, vocals
Rinus Raaijmakers: bass, vocals
Harry Hendriks: acouistic & electric guitar, banjo, vocals
Bart-Jan Baartmans: slide guitar, dobro, mandolin, lapsteel, banjo
Izaline Calister: vocals
Hein Offermans: tuba
Eric Vloeimans: trumpet
Joost van Es: violin
Gerard van Maasakkers: vocals
Jascha Albracht: cello
Reinier Sijpkens: barrel organ, flugelhorn
Shirma Rouse: vocals
Laise Sanches: vocals
Arianne Knegt: vocals

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Bart de Win Netherlands

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: Time (is running out)
Time (is running out)

I’ve got to find a way
Time is running out
Can’t wait another day
Gotta know what it’s all about

Must be a heavy load
With so much on your mind
We could take the bumpy road
And see what we can find

Close your eyes
Think of what might be
Your head is full of lies
That’s all you gotta see
All you gotta see

I heard you explain
How love can’t be that strong
That’s what people say
So how could you be wrong?

I’ve seen it all before
I learned my lesson well
Life can be a bore
But time can be your pal

Close your eyes
Think of what might be
Your head is full of lies
That’s all you gotta see
All you gotta see

I’ve got to find a way
Time is running out
Can’t wait another day
Gotta know what it’s all about
Track Name: The simple life
The simple life

Let’s talk about a simple life
With love and all that stuff
I’m all yours and you’re my wife
That’s enough, yeah, that’s enough

Turn around
And crawl into me
Oh, I love the night
Feel my arms
Why don’t you bend your knee
That’s right, baby, that’s right

I don’t want no trouble
So I walk an extra block
Happiness is a bubble
It can hit a pointy rock

But you and me, feeling free
Quality time on our hands
Happy’s all we’ll ever be
That’s all a man demands

I don’t need more money
Just some food and wine
Don’t you think that’s funny
With a former life like mine

Love the sound, hear the beat
Meet the ones we love
A song so sweet is all we need
The night fits like a glove

I don’t want no sorrow
But once in a while it’s there
Just celebrate tomorrow
We could end up anywhere

Let’s talk about a simple life
With love and all that stuff
I’m all yours and you’re my wife
That’s enough, that’s enough
Track Name: The beauty within
The beauty within

She's always surprising me
Catching my eyes with her smile
A living piece of art full of energy
Wrapped up in style
She doesn’t need words to tell me
That life is worthwhile

She gives all her love

She always surprises me
catching my eyes with her hair
Somehow she’s able to show it
Like if she doesn’t care
It’s the icing on top of this cake
That is causing my stare

And she gives all her love

And every touch of her hand
Keeps reminding me
Of all the beauty within
and her skin

Oh her lips...
Mmm her lips...

She always surprises me
Catching my ears with her song
It gives me the happiest feeling
That life can’t go wrong
Makes me so sure, so sure
That this is where I belong

And she gives all her love

And every touch of her hands
Keeps reminding me
Of all the beauty within
And her skin
Track Name: Just a memory
Just a memory

We had a life together
Now it's just a memory
I guess my love could never tell you
How much you really meant to me
You're far away now
But I'm still with you
Don’t worry I’ll get by
Like I always do

But the butterflies keep coming
When I hear our song
Or a sound that's too familiar
But the feeling's always wrong
Never brings you back
Only keeps you near
And it will never leave me
So there's always the fear
Of losing you again
And you're not even here

I've got people of my own
But they don't mean a lot
When I think of you and me
Of what we should have got
You’re far away now
But I’m still with you
I’ll get by, yes I will
Like I always do

And the butterflies keep coming
When I hear our song
Or a sound that's too familiar
But the feeling's always wrong
Never brings you back
Only keeps you near
And it will never leave me
So there's always the fear of
Losing you again
And you’re not even here
Track Name: They told me
They told me

They told me, it won’t take long
before it all starts fading away
They even wrote me, but I’ll prove them wrong
I’m talking ‘bout forever and a day

They told me, it won’t take long
Just think of the past, you’re moving too fast
In time you’ll sing another song
Sure enough, it can never last

But now when I look at all the trouble I see
Nobody knows a thing, it’s blur like a riddle
But still some folks have to lay it on me
But I know it’s not a fling, love you more than a little

They told me, it won’t take long
Before it all starts fading away
They even wrote me, but I’ll prove them wrong
I’m talking ‘bout forever and a day

But now when I look at all the trouble I see
Nobody knows a thing, it’s blur like a riddle
But still some folks have to lay it on me
I know it’s not a fling, love you more than a little

They told me, it won’t take long
Just think of the past, you’re going too fast
In time you’ll sing another song
Sure enough, it can never last

They told me, it won’t take long
before it all starts fading away
They even wrote me, but I’ll prove them wrong
I’m talking ‘bout forever and a day
I’m talking ‘bout forever and a day
I’m talking ‘bout forever and a day!

They told me
Track Name: Johnny
Johnny

When Johnny walks by
I always try to be asleep
Lying in my bed silently
I hope that he'll forget about me today
Last time we met he hated me

When Johnny walks by
The walls become thinner
The sounds much too loud for me
I don't wanna know
I wanna be deaf
I feel every blow, does she?

How to explain to a thin little boy, there's no money for a birthday toy
When Johnny starts oozing it's time for the bruising
He doesn't even drop by for free

Sometimes I have a dream
I watch myself in a movie, playing the thief
Then the beating's okay
The bad boy takes the blame
When I wake up there's some relief

When Johnny walks by
And things change so quickly
It surprises me every day
I can't understand why it’s all happening
I just want to make it go away

How to explain to a thin little boy there's no money for a birthday toy
When Johnny starts oozing it's time for the bruising
He doesn't even drop by for free
Track Name: Do I need
Do I need

Do I need your sweet embrace
Do I need the faith
Do I need to go with you
Do I need to understand

Do I need to be blessed
Do I need the touch of your hand

Some lives need to be saved
And that’s what you do
But when you try to tell me where to go
I don’t wanna know
I don’t wanna know

Still I love your soul
I love your soul
I love your soul
I love your soul
Track Name: As long as I live
As long as I live

I don't need everything I've got
And I sure don't have a lot
And when I look at all the things I'd like to see
I know they'll never belong to me
As long as I live
As long as I live

And I know just how it feels
When you don't own a set of wheels
But I can go to any place I’d like to run to
I can borrow any boat or bike I want
As long as I live
As long as I live

And all the blind can see
That you belong to me
You give me more than my head and heart can handle
You light up all my darkness, you always hold the candle
As long as I live
As long as I live

If you want to get more out of life
Don’t go all the way
You don’t need to have it all
No matter what they say
A little part of what they’re after’s just enough for me
When it’s hot it feels so good with one foot in the sea

And I know just how it feels
When you don't own a set of wheels
But I can go to any place I’d like to run to
I can borrow any boat or bike I want
As long as I live
As long as I live
Track Name: Cried my way back home
Cried my way back home

Life stopped at 5 p.m. when they told me he was gone
No time to think about whatever bothered me
I just hoped that they were wrong

Right at that moment I changed into somebody else
I still remember, it's all in my mind
The thoughts, the sounds, the smells

We went back together, no I wasn't on my own
We agreed life doesn't really matter when you're on your own
Kept my cool, at least I tried
But I cried my way back home
I cried my way back home
Track Name: Undercover lover
Undercover lover

Some say the things I do are even worse than stalking
But I just go in the same direction that you're walking
And when I call you on the phone
I just breath and sigh
I feel that you're alone
So why hang up with a cry?

I'd like to spend more time so close to you that you can feel me
I'm lovesick in heart and mind
You've got to know that you can heal me
And when I write you a letter and I tell you what I need now
It makes my life so much better
I can almost see you read now

Always remember that I love you
This is more than a silly game
Sometimes I sense that you don't need me
But I adore you just the same

I'm your undercover lover
You're my reason to excist
I'm your undercover lover
You won't know what we've been missing
'Till we've loved and kissed

Everytime I tap your phone I hear your lovely trembling voice
The cops don't jump in their cars every time you hear a noise
Don't bother, I will protect you
Nobody gets near to my love
If anybody wants to affect you
You bet I can make things go rough

Always remember that I love you
This is more than a silly game
Sometimes I sense that you don't really want me
But I adore you just the same

I'm your undercover lover
You're my reason to excist
I'm your undercover lover
You won't know what you've been missing
'Till we've loved and kissed
Track Name: Tears and wine
Tears and wine

Tears and wine still on my mind
Whenever I’m here with you
Arms open wide, nothing to hide
When I didn’t know what to do
Tears and wine, two of a kind

Strange how it goes
When trouble’s ahead
You look for a hand in the dark
You think there is nothing
But something inside you knows
There’s a glimpse of a spark

One open door
A kiss and a smile
It’s all so simple and clear
Your heart and mine
So close for a while
And you know there’s nothing to fear

Tears and wine still on my mind
Whenever I’m here with you
Arms open wide, nothing to hide
When I didn’t know what to do
Tears and wine, two of a kind
Track Name: Let me know
Let me know

I hold you close, close as can be
I feel the warmth inside of me
Before you go, before you go
Let me know

I see the eyes no one can see
All this love just for me
Before you go, before you go
Let me know

When we break up
Not a single word must be unspoken
Uneasy silence
Has left many hearts broken

I try to smile, the best can
A little boy inside this man
Before you go, before you go
Let me know
Track Name: The promised land
The promised land

I'll be rich and I'll be happy
Sitting on top of the world
And I'm not afraid of the things I’ve heard

I'll get the jobs, I’ll get the money
I don’t need a lot of it
How proud they'll be, so proud of me
When I send home the rest of it
When I send home the rest of it

He knew about our dreams
He said he could help
He was sure he had a save way

He knew about our dreams
So we did what we had to do
We payed what we had to pay
We payed what we had to pay
We payed what we had to pay

I'll get the jobs, I'll get the money
And I don’t need a lot of it
How proud they'll be, so proud of me
When I send home the rest of it
When I send home the rest of it
When I send home the rest of it

The last time I saw the sky
I heard her worried cry
I kissed her face, I touched her hand
I know I'll miss her in the promised land
I know I’ll miss her in the promised land
I’ll miss her in the promised land
Track Name: Tickle me
Tickle me

I know it's not so elegant to say
That I would strangle anyone
Who's standing in our way
If every little problem
Could be tackled by a blow
I'd pack my things, I'd take the car
And we would simply go

Life is so much nicer in your head
You wanna dream about the sun
But you get rain instead
And still you keep on floating
On the fairytales inside
Cause no one's gonna stop a thought that's feeling oh so right

But you don't need a train or plane
You don't need to arrange a sabbatical year
Just take a breath and close your eyes
In your mind our paradise is getting near, so near

Tickle me under a mango tree
Get rid of all resistance
We'll never mind the distance
Tickle me under a mango tree
Let's enjoy the juice, we'll kiss away our blues together
In any kind of weather

It's not that I don't like the way it is
But sometimes in an instant
You realize you miss
Some simple things that used to be so present in the past
Now you've gotta look a while, yeah, life can change so fast

You don't need a train or plane
You don't need to arrange a sabbatical year
Just take a breath and close you eyes
In your mind our paradise is getting near, so near

Tickle me under a mango tree
Get rid of all resistance
We'll never mind the distance
Tickle me under a mango tree
Let's enjoy the juice, we'll kiss away our blues together
In any kind of weather
Track Name: I'll take care of you
I’ll take care of you

No breeze, no trees
And it’s hotter than ever
No worries, we’ll go up and I won’t let you down
I’ll never let you down
Watch me closely and put some trust in my fingers
My hands that never linger
Will lead us back to town

I’ll take care of you
One thing that I know
I’ll take care of you
Wherever we will go

it’s just gravity, it can’t harm us I’m certain
Stay here, we’ll stick together and I know we’ll be fine
I’m sure we will be fine
I’m not hungry, and if you go away
I’ll follow, night and day
As long as you are mine

I’ll take care of you
One thing that I know
I’ll take care of you
Wherever we will go