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Debut album of a balladeer. Its cover is a picture taken on 12 August 1982 on a German autobahn where lead singer Marinus and his family were involved in a big car accident. In the song 'Sirens' Marinus sings about that day through his father's eyes.

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released May 5, 2006

a balladeer:

Marinus de Goederen: vocals, piano & guitar
Erik Meereboer: guitars & backing vocals
Tijs Stehmann: drums, percussion & backing vocals

written by M. de Goederen

produced by Ronald Vanhuffel at ICP Studios (Brussels)
engineered and mixed by Michel 'Shelle' Dierickx
mastered by Alan Ward

bass by Peter Slager
Hammond and Wurlitzer by Peter Bauwens
string arrangements by Robert Kirby except for string arrangement 'Winterschläfer' by Alberto Klein Goldewijk

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a balladeer Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dutch singer/songwriter best known for the hit 'Swim with Sam'. In 2009 a balladeer's sophomore album 'Where Are You, Bambi Woods?' was nominated for a Dutch Grammy. In the past a balladeer has been the support of Keane, Live, Saybia, Jay Brannan, Beth Hart, Gabriel Rios, The Feeling and Tom McRae. ... more

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Track Name: Summer
the Benz fans
are turned up high
land pans
before your eyes
flashback
to father’s suntanned thighs

hopped on
in driver’s seat
up front
with dangling feet
chest belt
his muscled arm around

and the sun goes down

the lake wakes
a hard blue sky
waves break
and Sam says ‘hi’
flashback
to Super Snorkel Spy

young blonde
with fishing net
strong, fond
his back half wet
splash track
and underwater sound

and the sun goes down

please, stop the thinking and the torture
you can really only take so much
things do look better in the morning
without any grudge

the twins bathe
at 10 a.m.
grins taped
on Sony cam
flashback
to mother’s glaring lamp

dives, swift
into the roar
wives drift,
shift, safe on shore
jam-packed
that night that Natty drowns

and the sun goes down

please, stop the thinking and the torture
you can really only take so much
things do look better in the morning
without any grudge

would you stop this futile thinking
would you stop these figments

now
Track Name: Blank
BLANK

so here we go again
straight into reverse
now that I have made these scenes
I could hardly make it worse

but I hate to see you 'happy'
how you've gotten on with life
and bored with me so quickly
it hurts, but I tell you that

it's that blank that kills me

so here we go again
if you think to know this tale
go on and roll your eyes
or bite a bitten nail

how I hate to see you like this
thinking that you're all that
yes, I hate to see you like this
it hurts, but I tell you that

it's that blank that kills me

yes, still

how I hate to see you like this
thinking that you're all that
yes, I hate to see you like this
it hurts, but I tell you that

it's that blank that kills me

I'm thinking that you're all that
Track Name: All I Wanted
ALL I WANTED

you rave on about a car drive
somewhere out in Germany
you had dinner near some river
like you can't get that with me

and it all sounds so familiar
I make sure to bite my tongue
it's done nothing else but trouble
kind of like our song

and all because

all I wanted was
the best of both of us

this must be what Robin felt like
who'd have thought I'd fit his shoes
how I'd smirk inside your T-shirt
after he had called for you

I've been him in that hotel room
when I took it as a no
now I'd rather be in Hamburg
putting up our breakfast show

and all because

all I wanted was
the best of both of us
all I wanted was

for us to get across
for things to be like then, out there on the road
for my mediocre jokes to work again

we can leave tonight –
I'll drive us past the wood
just sit there being beautiful
while I'll be good

hell, I'll be good

all I wanted
all I wanted was

I'm telling myself it's all for the better
Track Name: Pre-Berlin
PRE-BERLIN

just a perfect day (for this time of year)
we're making away with right in the rear
an Indian Summer sun, red

Berlin ahead

the sky so pretty through the open roof
and I so witty - your laughter, my proof
all your glee
through your hand on my knee

the memory's alive tonight
the driver's seat feels quite alright
and I don't know what it is
but I think I could get used to this

the lamppost lights are a canopy of stars
but you on my right you light up the car
the road and me
your hand on my knee

more on than off it distracts my pedal foot
as we fall in love with Parachutes

yeah, we do –
yeah, we do

the memory's alive tonight
the driver's seat feels quite alright
and I don't know what it is
but I think I could get used to this

I am aware and sad somehow
this is here, this is now
how I love to be in this state we're in
right before we take Berlin

before we take Berlin

we’re moving too fast
let’s take another five
I’d just like it to last
this six hour drive
a few hours more

snacks and gas galore

the memory's alive tonight
the driver's seat feels quite alright
and I don't know what it is
but I think I could get used to this

I am aware and sad somehow
this is here, this is now
how I love to be in this state we're in
right before we take Berlin

don't tell me you don't feel this, too
Track Name: Sirens
SIRENS

damn, this is bad - this is so bad
I get out of the crash thinking no one survived
big eyes from the backseat
to my surprise I see all three alive

you're losing blood in the grass there
on the side of the road in your striped summer dress
the boy runs off to see you
I pick him up but he must've seen some of your legs

I swear dear, you'll be alright
now don't you go out on me here
I swear I hear sirens come close
that means help is near

the autobahn is reflecting
rotting fruit in at least 30 something degrees
nothing but chaos
all these questions, ignorance

FUCK THE POLICE!

I swear dear, you'll be alright
now don't you go out on me here
I swear I hear sirens come close
that means help is near

now you listen to me
I will bring you back home
will you listen to me
I will bring you back home

home

back from the car-dump
I sit down with the boy on the edge of the bed
in a hotel room near Munich
remembering what I said
Track Name: Winterschläfer
WINTERSCHLÄFER

that was your mom who I just informed
now go back to bed while it’s still warm
not one thing you need that is not in this lair
lay down your arms - you're under my care

close those eyes
goodnight-night to you
go and doze off
this cold winter through

and see what time will do

let's pull up a chair now Janosch is here
for 'Ich mach dich gesund, sagte der Bär'
and when you're fast asleep I will play with your hair
through my tears I will breathe you're under my care

close those eyes
goodnight-night to you
go and doze off
this cold winter through

the curtain's drawn
the sun long gone

close those eyes
goodnight-night to you
no, I won't take
a straight no from you

and when spring arrives we will have to see
if you're sick of life or - maybe - me
Track Name: Robin II
ROBIN II

well, it’s been a few days now, so how have you been
not that I should know what state you’re in

I should care less

well, I just bawled my eyes out and feel really relieved
not that I threw up enough to fully retrieve

I’m still a mess

but what really helps a lot is the knowledge
that it’s nothing but the time it takes
you gave me meals for thought
and Robin a laughing break
how quickly will he re-enter the lists?
don’t correct me if I’m wrong
I’m sure that grudge exists (especially his…)
and that mine will make a brilliant song

well, lately I have not been that close with time
the weekends seem the worst ever since they’re all mine

it’s hard to get through

well, congratulations - you entered the Torture Top 3
and by the way already not happy anniversary

here’s to you and your cool
here’s to me and my catch-22

now what really helps a lot is the knowledge
that it’s nothing but the time it takes
you gave me meals for thought
and Robin a laughing break
how quickly will he re-enter the lists?
don’t correct me if I’m wrong
I’m sure that grudge exists (especially his…)
and that mine will make a brilliant song

but what really helps a lot is the knowledge
that it’s nothing but the time it takes
it is funny not at all half as funny as
to call me Robin by mistake
he will re-enter the lists
don't correct me if I'm wrong
I'm sure that grudge exists (especially his…)
and that mine will make a brilliant song
Track Name: Fortune Teller (radio mix)
FORTUNE TELLER

look at you now
in such a rush but one big step behind
you need a clue now
all blinded by the gypsy of your mind

if you give me your hand
I’ll do what I can to get you calm
by making up the meaning of
the lines in your palm

look at you now
uptight and in denial for a while
you look like shit now
it’s the tears of things
and halb so schlimm

come on – show me that smile

and give me your hand
I’ll do what I can to get you calm
by making up the meaning of
the lines in your palm
Track Name: Hamburg
HAMBURG

and then there was

a flood of tears in secrecy
a questionnaire answered with a silence treat

and then there was

a phoney smile of irony
a double bed with a single sheet

a ceiling mirror with a focus switch
a blackest night
a lack of might
a lower lip’s tiny little twitch
Track Name: Copper Shades
COPPER SHADES

the copper shades you wore
were very big and green
and I was only feather-light
above the engine-roar
in the smell of gasoline
you'd make sure I'd hold on tight

and there we'd go with no direction
anywhere the wind would blow
and I would ask you all these questions
while your pride of me would show

then in an act of love
you'd pull me close and check
my orange-colored water wings
you'd turn the engine off
and somewhere from the back
we'd both jump in for a swim

and there we'd go with no direction
anywhere the wind would blow
and I would ask you all these questions
while your pride of me would show

and safe in your Calypso
with the world of wise Cousteau below
and ice cream castles overhead
now how was I to know

how was I to know

a towel round my chest
your copper shades back on
we would speed up fast
and dry up by the sun
Track Name: Swim With Sam
SWIM WITH SAM

Sam here says he lost his call
on the day Cousteau had died
the ocean was a tub of sharks
with Jacques-Yves as a guide

Sam here says the water’s safe
that man should not have left the seas
called the Human Bathyscaphe
he’s King of Expertise

so if someone wants to know
and asks you where I am
you say you saw me go
for a swim with Sam

Sam here says they call him ‘nice’
and that it makes him really sick
that his ‘nice’ is like ‘polite’
and silence does the trick

Sam here says he’d like to go
somewhere far away from here
to a sea that no one knows
to completely disappear

so if someone wants to know
and asks you where I am
you say you saw me go
for a swim with Sam

don’t try to talk me out of this
not while I’m here in Carla’s seat
‘the sea has many drops of water
but the salt won’t let you taste the sweet’

go, go!
Track Name: Herbst
HERBST

so spring never came
no need to digress
it is what it is
this too shall pass

now summer has gone
you need a new plan
before you know it
it’s winter again –

all over again

you'll be alright
I know for a fact
just look at the twins
remember the pact

and then there's this blonde
still a bit tanned
maybe it’s time now
you’d let go of his hand

go on…