Bend

by Jasper Slaghuis

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03:28
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04:02
3.
03:50
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03:08
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02:43
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03:28
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04:14
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02:06

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released February 21, 2015

All songs by Jasper Slaghuis

Produced by Tim van Doorn & Jasper Slaghuis
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Tim van Doorn
Recorded at Build-a-dyke studio, june 30th-july 6th 2014
Drums recorded at Atak, july 4th 2014

Players:

Jasper Slaghuis - vocals, guitars, piano, rhodes, hammond
Tim van Doorn - bass on 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11
- backing vocals on 2, 11
- programming on 3
- harmonica on 11
Arthur Adam - drums on 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 11
- guitar on 4, 5, 8, 9, 10
- casio on 1

Photos by Famke Bonekamp & Jasper Slaghuis
Artwork by Geert Bonekamp

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Track Name: Bend
Bend

I’ve been several times around
You’d think that I should’ve learned by now
But every time she lifts her skirt
and dances for me til it hurts
I’m at the lost and found

Girls are women from the start
Men are little boys until the end
With too little room
in their little hearts
But just enough space to bend
Track Name: Let it go
Let it go

Shout it out with the light of day
and let it go
breath it in oh come what may
and let it go

take life as it comes
when it comes so hard
let it go
choke up your pride
kiss the rain outside
let it go

when everybody’s on your trail
let it go
when your world seems like a jail
let it go

the times that ‘ve said goodbye
are never coming back
so let it go
look yourself in the eye
take a moment and then
let it go
Track Name: Better
Better

There was always something to talk about
The children that played, or the weather
There was always someone to see us laugh
To see you smile

So who’s looking now when I’m standing alone in the rain
Where are you now
Does he treat you the same, or better

There are so many things I would like to say
I would like to do with you now
But I know there’s someone new in town
And that he stole your heart away

So who’s looking now when I’m standing alone in the rain
Where are you now
Cause I’m going insane

And there’s an empty room instead of my heart
And it hurts and aches
And mending it takes so much time

There are things that I would like to talk about
Like the children that play or the weather
Please let someone hear me now
I’m wasting away

Where are you now when I’m standing alone in the rain
I hope you’re happy now
I hope he treats you the same
Or better than me
Track Name: Your sky
Your sky

Late in the evening when I come home
I’m relieving you
and in the morning when I’m alone
I believe in you
and it’s an all different feel
and am I being real
cause when I wake up next to your face
I find myself in a shameful place
and is it all worth the crime
of being with you being so fine
I don’t know but
when you smile I see strawberry fields rising up in the sky
when you smile I see you and I and gold wheels rushing by
when all your highclass friends have failed
and you want to differentiate
well if it’s meaningful to your world
you are my girl
and then the earth stops moving
your my baby on a saturday night
when you smile I see
Track Name: Let go
Let go

Where were you last night
taken by the fire
I went to look for you
but something took you higher
and when i found you out
I should’ve stayed at home
baby, I’m so tired of letting go

Where were you last night
taken by desire
I went to look for you
but someone took you higher
and when I found you out
I wish you’d been alone
honey, I’m so tired of letting go

So now here we are
meeting eye to eye
and you try to speak of love
but the words don’t come out right
and it hits me like a light
I think it’s time to say goodbye
cause baby I’m so tired of letting go
Track Name: Things we lost
Things we lost

I’ve spent so much time
fishing for the moon in the water
only to find the deep blue sky
but look at the stars
God must be a pretty bad shot I say
You call him a liar

I’ve been up all night
but I’ll go all day if you ask me to
look for the things that we lost

You look at me
like it’s the last time
I just won’t succumb to that
I tried so hard
to lead every step of the way
but I can only follow in this dance we dance

I’ve been up all night
but I’ll go all day if you ask me to
look for the things that we lost
in the fire
Track Name: Inside
Inside

Last summer's faces and last summer's dresses
faraway places, at times she just guesses
makes her feel alright
and she closes her eyes

she lies besides me and pulls up the covers
she doesn’t sleep, no, she thinks of her mother
will she be alright
at least not tonight

and I feel like the best is yet to come
and she feels like she’s not the only one
I just close my eyes
then I feel it inside

can’t help but stare at her when we walk past her
casts me a glance and I think I just left her
it ‘ll be alright
she just wants tonight

everyone wants to have love filled with passion
but once you have it you cannot hold on to it
So I laugh and cry
didn’t know I could do that at the same time

and I feel like the best is yet to come
and she feels like she’s not the only one
we just close our eyes
and keep our secrets deep inside
Track Name: Here & now
Here and now

Slowly
she slips into a state of mind where she’s
sinking
in the flood of all she’s left behind and she’s
drifting
trying to make a turn this time
trying to bend the branches into a straight line

It’s like twilight
stuck between night and day
it’s a foggy
ally where you can’t find your way
a conversation
where you cannot find the words to say
I’m sorry it didn’t turn out your way

You want to mend
every wrong decision you ever made
your body’s bent
backwards so you cannot escape
and cannot
is a mantra that won’t go away
well here and now is where you’re at
today

the slowest cut you make
can’t mask the scars of your last mistake
The air gets thicker with every breath you take
It will budge but it just won’t break

It’s like twilight
stuck between night and day
it’s a foggy
ally where you can’t find your way
a conversation
where you cannot find the words to say
I’m sorry it didn’t turn out your way

You want to mend
every wrong decision you ever made
your body’s bent
backwards so you cannot escape
and cannot
is a mantra that won’t go away
well here and now is where you’re at
today
Track Name: A breeze like you
A breeze like you

I never needed anyone like you in my life
Was always full of sketches of pain
And you were much too pure to hold inside me
You always tried to get away
But something changed and now you’re here beside me
Standing in the rain

And you can say what you want but don’t deny it like me
You can tell me to leave but do it softly
Because the slightest breeze will break my love in two
A breeze like you

When I saw you sitting there my heart skipped a beat
This fool, this life, these words, a lie you say
Well, if that’s the way you feel
Until now I used to be so strong
But watch me bow, fall, kneel

And you can say what you want but don’t deny it like me
You can tell me to leave but do it softly
Because the slightest breeze can break my heart in two
A breeze like you

She says she wants to be free
I say you can be free with me
Track Name: 4-11-2008 (Chicago Lady)
4-11-2008 (Chicago lady)

They had just finished saying grace when she saw the men outside her house
After they’d shot her father and brother they lit it up and burned it to the ground
She banished all her anger and hate that night
Since there wasn’t nothing that would ever make it right
Instead she took the first train north and left her past behind

A lady on the Chicago streets tonight.

Now she and her man ran into hard times but a colored man could never get no loan
So he and some friends they turned to theft
To feed the hungry mouths they had back home
Well the cops they caught him on one of his nights out
She rode the back of the city bus to bail him out
She buried all of her tears that night ‘cause there was nothing left to say

A lady on the Chicago streets today.

But tonight she’ll put her best dress on, tonight she’s going out
Tonight she’ll bring her tears and hurt, she’s gonna let it all out
‘Cause tomorrow this might all be a dream
But she don’t care tonight

They put a black man in the white house tonight.
Track Name: You will always play that part
You will always play that part

It won‘t be long before you’ll find a home
just swallow your pride, swallow it whole
don’t think of tomorrow
leave it alone.

but I saw her face, remember her name
and it drew me back, back to that place
where nothing had changed
where we were the same

Marilyn you might not know this
Marilyn, you might not even notice
But Marilyn you always do this to me

how am I supposed to make a start
when I cannot let you go

and why do you always play this part
is it just cause I loved you so
Track Name: Three
Three

It’s funny how the mind works
strangely twisting facts
into fiction that slowly fills the cracks
that caused all of this hurt

I didn’t want to say anything
about what was you plus me
cause now it seems that the sum of us
always added up to three

the first one being me of course
the second one being you
and the third being the pain I caused
I guess we couldn’t love each other through

so here we are; two islands
and in between the deep blue see
filled with all the outcome
of what will never be