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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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Track Name: Love on the rocks
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
Track Name: Undertaker
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
Track Name: When I lay my eyes on you
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
Track Name: Head full of cottonwool
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
Track Name: Veracruz
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
Track Name: Little Island
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
Track Name: Sailor
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
Track Name: Those words
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
Track Name: Salt as the sea
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
Track Name: Charlotte
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
Track Name: Volunteer for your love
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
Track Name: I m so glad that I met you
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
Track Name: This girl is not from here
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
Track Name: You get me through the night
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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