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by Rik van den Bosch

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1.
You don't have to move To make me run after you I'm losing my breath, this testing you put me through You make me play this game that I have never won before If love must be this way, it must be an endless war I'm drinking love love love Love love on the rocks Sometimes I am a ghost, I'm chasing ghosts myself And you don't want to be caught, I know, you're a wild animal My love for you is hurting me and I'm not doing so well You keep me imprisoned here, while I'm just one stone's throw away from hell I'm drinking love love love love love on the rocks Icy love, is it love at all When I hear your empty words I know I'm just fooling myself You keep me in your fridge, And you know that's not fair My love's got no expiration date you know It'll never go bad Love on the rocks I'm drinking love love love love love on the rocks
2.
Undertaker 03:03
I'm the undertaker and I lay your soul to rest I may look a bit gloomy, yes I may look a bit sad I may not smile a lot, but really I'm not that bad I'm doing my job and I am the best in the land I am the undertaker and I'll be working for you one day You won't escape your fate, death is coming all our ways No reason to panic, you may still Live until you're thirty eight But there ain't no doubt about it, I'll be working for you one day Undertaker, Undertaker, he's going to work for me one day No reason to start crying, I'm told heaven looks great Hell didn’t even seem that bad, but that’s what the bad boys said So don’t get over excited and please stand in line I will take all your measurements so your coffin will fit you just fine Now let me organise your funeral, you know I can organise so well You can ask all my dead friends, though they never lived to tell 24 hours a night you can count on my availability I work twice as hard as anyone else, that’s because I never sleep you see Undertaker, Undertaker, he's going to work for me one day Undertaker, Undertaker, he's going to work for me one day I am the undertaker and I take pride in what I do I do my job the best I can, I make sure there is space for you And if you ever get unemployed and you don’t know what to do There is always work in my line of business I may just have a job for you Undertaker, Undertaker, he's going to work for me one day Undertaker, Undertaker, he's going to work for me one day Undertaker, Undertaker, he's going to work for me one day
3.
When I lay my eyes on you All my dreams come true When I lay my eyes on you I can see you love me too When I lay my eyes on you And when we’re walking in the park Picking flowers in the grass When I whisper in your ear Our mouths are drawing near When we’re walking in the park When I take you by the hand We don't need music to make us dance What started with just a kiss Turned into a wild romance When I take you by the hand When the day comes to an end We don’t have to say goodbye We’ll make love all through the night And everything’s gonna be alright When the day comes to an end When I lay my eyes on you All my dreams come true When I lay my eyes on you I can see you love me too When I lay my eyes on you
4.
Are you sure we are alone If only I could explain you what's going on My head is full of cotton wool I may be insane, but I ain't no fool Ain't gonna be treated this way They lock me up whenever they please And every time something breaks in me I beg my demons please go away I'm not religious, but I still pray anyway And the doctors say I'm not okay For a few months more I will have to stay I can't think for myself that's what they say It's these drugs they forced me to swallow yesterday Yes these drugs keep me from walking far anyway Just to feel if I am still alive Sometimes I try to commit suicide That's what they call a cry for help But it's just that I don’t know how to do it right As God is my is neighbour, that's what he says He keeps getting calls from the secret service He says that I should join his army one day I'd make it from soldier to general right away They said that now that I am cured from insanity They don’t know any more what to do with me So they kick me right back into society And my story starts all over again, I am so sorry And the doctors say I'm not okay For a few months more I may have to stay I can't think for myself that's what they say It's these drugs they forced me to swallow yesterday Yes these drugs keep me from walking far anyway
5.
Veracruz 02:21
I’ve got a woman crazy for me Crazy and happy as crazy like me I ‘ve got a lady, gentle and tall Gentle and happy through summer and fall I’ve got a love, simple and free Simple and happy, simply for me I’ve got the blues and she’s rock’n roll Life ain’t worth living if there ain’t no soul I said Life ain’t worth living if there ain’t no soul She is a woman, the devil in disguise She plays her cards and she’s rolling the dice She turns up the heat cause her heart’s on fire I warm up my hands and touch her desire She drives me crazy, she ‘s rock ‘n roll Life ain’t worth living if there ain’t no soul
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I am leaving home today Yes I am going far away Where the sun must be shining Where the clouds are making way I m going to travel light I m going to walk through the night All the city lights are fading away Just two words that I can say Little Island Little Island Little Island All these stars become more real They seem to mirror just how I feel Oh they know me since the day I was born They hold the secrets of everyone Little Island out in the sea Always reminds me of you and me A little peace is all I need Watching the fishes swimming in the sea Little Island Little Island Little Island
8.
Sailor 02:35
I keep the sea well behind me Now the land becomes my friend No more ships that can sink me No more ropes that cut my hand No more water that I can't drink No more thoughts I can not think I've washed ashore one time too many No more wind I can't control No more captain telling me That the ocean is the land of the free I was born here yes I have lived the life But every sailor says goodbye I wrote my family come and meet me On this day I shall return No more crying of my children Cause I am never going back again In every harbour a special friend But I came here not to stay I see your shadows against the sunset I drop the anchor or I cut the ropes One restless heart that is wanted If you can keep me we will never part We will never part
9.
Those words 03:14
What words shall I use to say what I feel for you What does it mean if I tell you that I want you Those feelings have been used and abused before Those words have opened and closed so many doors Now let me whisper in your ears and let me try these words on you I‘m afraid if I say them out loud I’ll have to proof them too I am not scared at all but I’m still freaking out I never thought I would say these words out loud I asked you what’s this feeling that hurts me so You said this is what they call love now you know That I love you You’re braver than me but even you were not prepared How love can tear you apart and rip you to shreds You asked me what in the hell is happening to me I told you baby it is nothing but the blues you see I told you baby it is nothing but the blues you see I love you There you go I’ve said it I love you I hope I won’t regret it I love you It’s the first time I have said it I love you I love you I love you
10.
Volcano 02:42
11.
Join me now, come on closer To me now, you’re sweet as sugar Salt as the sea, salt as your body Walk to me, like in a movie Talk to me, just as sexy as Marilyn Monroe Stay till tomorrow and please don’t go Our love has no sorrow, so let’s just flow Lust is the reason for rock’n roll Our love is increasing wherever we go We’re following seasons Dance with me, like we used to Dance for me, just come on closer As close as can be, close to your body Sing for me, just like the pixies Paint for me, just as crazy As Andy Warhol, just like Picasso I’ll never let you go Our love has no sorrow, so let’s just flow Lust is the reason for rock n roll Our love is increasing, wherever we go We’re following seasons
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Ensueño 02:50
13.
Charlotte 02:44
Charlotte, Charlotte Daisy Charlotte, Charlotte Lazy She is hard to find She is one of a kind Charlotte, Charlotte Crazy Charlotte, you forgot maybe Maybe is good enough Good enough for me You are hard to find You’re one of a kind Charlotte can I have your last name Charlotte you're in my picture frame You are hard to find You're one of a kind Charlotte can I see you once more Charlotte just like I saw you before You are hard to find You're one of a kind Maybe is good enough Good enough for me
14.
I'll wake you up after this winter, I will cherish you in spring I'll watch you blossom and I will hear you sing I can’t wait to hear you talking, I can't wait to see you walking Down this road we’ve walked so many times before I can't wait to see you swing, on the beat that I bring It's been so long, since we've shared a bed before I'll make sure my soul is clean, no spot will be unseen I will dust every corner, just to get your love When I finally get my pay check, I will spend it all on you I'll forget about the bills, like I always do I will spend all my money and what's left I will drink it And I'll beg for a refill, if the bartender will take it And no mountain to high, no sacrifice too big There ain't nothing bigger, than having your love Even though you might eat me, let alone you won't kill me I've always been a volunteer, for crazy women I don't know where my slide is, it's a bottleneck to me But I will find it I promise, just wait and see When I finally get my pay check, I will spend it all on you I'll forget about the bills, like I always do I'll wake you up after this winter, I will cherish you in spring I'll watch you blossom and I will hear you sing
15.
Even though I’ve got my very good woman I can still have the blues I can finally have my money It doesn’t mean I have my brand new shoes I do the best I can To get the things together Always something coming up I can handle it, it doesn’t matter I do the things that make me live try to give and take some things I do it all for you Its no effort to me I’m so glad that I met you What you give to me And what you do tomorrow I want to see you again Money is something I sometimes need When I’m hungry I get a bite to eat Or just some change to give some money To throw in hats to someone who’s funny What I give to you, you give me double What I take from you, I’ll give you triple And on and on, It’s not funny anymore It’s obvious it’s not for the money I really can say I have my honey You see it doesn’t work like that all the time I do the things that make me live I try to give and take some things I do it all for you, it’s no effort to me I’m so glad that I met you What you give to me And what you do tomorrow I want to see you again
16.
This girl is not from here You can tell by the way she appears This girl is from out of town She works in an evening store I buy four beers, don’t dare to ask for more She’s like summer in a winter store And I see me walking out that door She most likely comes from a small town Somewhere out thee she calls her hometown Four sheep five chicks and a piece of land She must have rode her horse thee everyday Then she decided to go her own way Do her own thing from now on and study law in the capital town She’s still a natural, it’s in her eyes She dresses that way and her words are kind And I wonder how long it takes Before someone here might take that away And now of course it crossed my mind Can I be that loving kind that fits a natural in her time And call her a sweet girl of mine She might say yes you never know And I’ll go there again tomorrow Ask her if she wants to drink a beer with me And if she does’nt drink that’s fine with There’s always another good place to be That’s a bit smaller, quiet, suits me fine alright
17.
I sit alone and I drink my beer It’s dark and cold outside When I think of you it warms me up And it gets me through the night Often I am wondering When will I see you again But the day will come our paths will cross And our roads will meet again You’re looking for a home And you travel on your own But home’s inside and anywhere Anywhere you might roam Home’s inside and anywhere Anywhere you might roam So come back to me Teach me how to dance Teach me how to dance to life Teach me how to dance

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I cannot believe I have released 8 solo albums since starting out in 2002. As often seems to be the case with such endeavours I preferred some songs more than others on each record. For this collection I have gathered all my favourites in one place to share with you. These tracks bear witness to my songwriting journey over the years.

I very much hope you enjoy listening to this as much I have enjoyed making it.

Rik van den Bosch, 2018

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released April 18, 2018

Audio post production: Giuliano Gius Cobelli, Taak studios Barcelona.
Cover photo’s: Front cover by Joan E. Castells, inside cover by Sacha Rocks, back cover by Jean Michel Marchetti.

Artwork by Joan E Castells.

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Rik van den Bosch Barcelona, Spain

At the age of seven, Rik built his own guitar using a tin can, a chunk of wood and a nylon string. He has been making music ever since.

Rik writes, sings, and plays his own songs. Armed with a guitar, harmonica and a strong pair of lungs, he draws from a wide range of styles: folk, blues, rock 'n' roll, gypsy, and country. His music tells stories of travel, perseverance, and - of course - love
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