Where Are You, Bambi Woods?

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about

Marinus de Goederen, singer and songwriter of a balladeer, spent a year living in the United States. He has always been fascinated by the land of the free and the home of the brave. “To me America is the land of movies and freedom, of Puritanism and a deep-rooted faith. Faith in God or at least faith in the American Dream. Nothing happens half-hearted there. When Americans believe, they do so intensely, when they dream, their dreams are large, and when they fall, they fall deep.” This vast country and its inhabitants form the backdrop to the new Balladeer album Where Are You, Bambi Woods?

Let’s start with the title track:
Bambi Woods is the star in the 1978 cult porn movie Debbie Does Dallas. Some years (and some sequels) later the young actress vanishes from the face of the earth. Marinus: “I am fascinated by the fact that no one knows where she lives or even if she’s alive at all. Some people say she died of a drug overdose and others that she packed her bags to disappear into a life of anonymity. Marylyn Monroe once said: 'A smart girl leaves before she is left' and I would love to believe that Bambi was a smart girl.”

Marinus did Dallas too.
“When I was 16 I spent a year at school somewhere close to Dallas. Jesus Doesn't Love Me partly deals with that period and the first single Mary Had A Secret is completely devoted to it. But the song America, America best represents my experiences in that year. I really had a wonderful time but found it extremely bizarre to have to pray in church for strength for the troops in the Gulf War and to have to start each school day saluting the American Flag.”

Where Are You, Bambi Woods? further refines the sound of its predecessor Panama with the airplay hit singles Swim with Sam and Fortune Teller. Again it is a finely crafted album with beautiful lyrics driven pop/rock songs. “We did not set out to do something different just for the sake of being different,” explains drummer Tijs Stehmann, “but of course the band continues to develop its sound.” One of these developments was that for the song Oh, California Erik Meereboer switched from lead guitar to mandolin after a 5 minute crash course. Erik explains: “We were looking to create an authentic atmosphere for this song. With the mandolin and Bas Kennis on accordion and Peter Slager playing double bass we achieved the sound we were aiming for.” On the album’s title track Marinus switched from piano to Wurlitzer and for a small number of songs a male-voice choir was required, but that is about the extent of the trimmings for the album. All band members agree: “We made some definite choices and with each song went for what suited it best.”

Just like Panama the new album is a deeply personal record. But where the predecessor was autobiographical, the lyrics on Where Are You, Bambi Woods? deal with third person’s stories as well. “I took my inspiration from American movies and Hollywood. If there is one spot in the world where dream and reality are interwoven it must be Hollywood. That intrigues me no end,” Marinus says. This fascination informs songs such as Where Are You, Bambi Woods? and Superman Can’t Move His Legs.

But it also contains life stories that could easily form the basis of a movie script. Thus the album features stories about Jackie Kennedy (Nightmare On Elm Street) and Matthew Shepard. This 21 year old student appears in the poignant Poster Child. Marinus: "Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998 in a gruesome manner, probably because he was gay. His assailants tied the heavily wounded Matthew to a fence, where he was found 18 hours later. All those hours he was still alive. Matthew studied political science and believed in equality above all. He really wanted to improve the world. Poster Child takes its inspiration from Matthew’s father’s speech in court, facing the perpetrators. Despite his anger and grief his father somehow managed to put across a positive message in his speech. Very moving.”

That seems to be something typical American too, an almost indestructible positivism. And whatever outsiders may feel about the deep-rooted faith of many Americans, it is precisely that faith that feeds that positive attitude. Or, in the words of the album’s first single Mary Had A Secret: “It was all about forgiving…”

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released August 28, 2008

a balladeer:

Marinus de Goederen: vocals, keys & guitars
Erik Meereboer: guitars, mandolin, programming & backing vocals
Tijs Stehmann: drums, percusssion, programming & piano

produced by Ronald Vanhuffel at ICP Studios (Brussels)
engineered by Michel 'Shelle' Dierickx & Philippe Delire
mixed by Gordon Groothedde
mastered by Darius van Helfteren

bass by Peter Slager
Hammond by Bas Kennis
backing vocals by Charlie Dée

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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: Plan B
PLAN B

so here's the plan: you take the car
and drive it down to somewhere south
I love the smell of tar that melts
but that is not important now

this is me believing
this is free America
this is me believing

we'll fool around and flip the bird
fucked up on amphetamines
we'll share a drink and sing along
to a long forgotten evergreen

this is me believing
this is free America
this is me believing

don't you try and save me
if God exists
then maybe I don't want to know
I decided it's time to go

and somewhere on the open road
you stop but you keep the engine on
and I'll get out without a word
you just sit and watch me start to run

I'll make my way through corn and thorns
straight until the sun goes down
I'll wake up to the sound of birds
near a long forgotten town

don't you try and save me
if God exists
then maybe I don't want to know
I decided it's time to go

I'll cut my hair and grow a beard
I'll find a simple place to live
the job I'll get will pay the rent
the Texan sun will tan my skin

it will tan my skin
Track Name: Jesus Doesn't Love Me
there was this long-haired girl down in Texas
she had a mission to convert my mind
she bought a Bible meant as a present
in which she wrote down and underlined:

“see, in Him there is no darkness”

He is light!
He is light!
He is light!

Jesus doesn't love me, but that's alright

there was this knock-out girl in my hometown
she had a tumor all round her spine
she had a funny walk that she hated
but I was proud of calling her mine

“see, in Him there is no darkness”

He is light!
He is light!
He is light!

Jesus doesn't love me, but that's alright

HALLELUJAH

there was this sicker girl on these pain drugs
her wish for a child was taken too fast
she died at Red Cross Hospital smiling
she beat her Pac-Man cancer at last

in the Kingdom of the Darkness

I am light!
I am light!
I am light!

Jesus doesn't love me, but that's alright

I love life
Track Name: When Dean Was The Man (And Monroe Always Smiled)
WHEN DEAN WAS THE MAN
(AND MONROE ALWAYS SMILED)

you see, I have this picture, all perfect and pretty
in which all is all that it seems
with a white picket fence home away from the city
to live the American Dream

and it's you girl
that I see beside me
it's you girl
you're still on my mind

and it's you girl that I see beside me in time

how I long for the 50's in all of its glory
when Dean was the man and Monroe always smiled
I know life ain't a movie, no dime novel story
but I go for either the truth or a lie

and it's you girl that I see beside me
it's you girl you're still on my mind
and it's you girl that I see beside me in time

so many boys are so damn close to perfect
so many boys so much funner than me
but I'll try my hardest to make us so happy
so just like the good Lord meant it to be

and it's you girl
that I see beside me
it's you girl
I stare myself blind

and it's you girl that I see beside me in time

and it's you girl
that I see beside me
it's you girl
I know my own mind

and it's you girl all of the time

all of the time
Track Name: Nightmare On Elm Street
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

he’d asked her to come to California where it’s even warmer than in Texas
he tells her twice to lose her glasses as they pass the masses on the streets
Jackie she sees what a lady is not supposed to see
Jackie she starts to scream and gets up on her knees

it’d been the perfect night for murder or so he said, the morning after
but he was mad for all she mattered - she took it lightly and let him be
Jackie she sees what a lady is not supposed to see
Jackie she starts to scream and gets up on her knees

when his head fell in her lap she then lost her state of grace
crimson red on pink Chanel
she will soon regret having washed her hands and face

Jackie she sees what a lady is not supposed to see
Jackie she starts to scream and gets up on her knees
Jackie she sees what a lady is not supposed to see

shot three

she leaves her seat in the heat on Elm Street
Track Name: Oh, California
OH, CALIFORNIA

it could be the Christmas season
why I want to get away
and just lately for no reason
I’ve been thinking of LA

there’s a place called Laurel Canyon
where Houdini still has fun
I’ve been dying for some action
and a little bit of sun

let’s catch a plane to California
there are clouds about to break
we’ll take the first flight in the morning
won’t that make a great escape

it hardly rains in California
we could stay there for a while
and if it doesn’t make us happy
we could always fake a smile

oh, California

we can go and visit Joni
in her mansion in Bel Air
will she still be painting only
does she still have angel hair

she has turned her back on romance
so she lives there on her own
we could ask about Alberta
if she ever misses home

home

let’s catch a plane to California
there are clouds about to break
we’ll take the first flight in the morning
won’t that make a great escape

it hardly rains in California
we could stay there for a while
and if it doesn’t make us happy
we could always fake a smile

oh, California
Track Name: Mary Had A Secret
MARY HAD A SECRET

we met at redhead Mary's house on a Bible study night
I heard she was a rebel once until she saw the light
then in the backseat of a crowded car after weeks of holding hands
she was slipping me the tongue among her Christian friends

we could chuckle and talk for hours
and then one night over the phone
she went and told me her best friend’s secret
after she had lowered her tone
it was all about forgiving and so
she thought that God would want me to know

her older sisters had both moved out and her parents were divorced
her mother lived in a trailer park, not big, but she had a porch
and on top of the piano laid a cat with evil paws
her father he was a proud Nam vet I think she hardly saw

we would chuckle and talk for hours
and then one night over the phone
she went and told me her best friend’s secret
after she had lowered her tone
it was all about forgiving and so
she thought that God would want me to know

the old piano she could play so nice she had later sadly sold
the money was invested in the church her husband owned
she had a kid when I looked her up and another on the way
and when we waved our last goodbye she said that she would pray
Track Name: Superman Can't Move His Legs
Superman Can't Move His Legs

skipping streets in springtime
chasing sunlight on my bike
and I could chalk the sidewalk
any color that I liked

blowing dandelions
fairground rides and climbing trees
and mother's kiss or candy
for every injured knee

there are no action heroes out there
to come and save the world from harm
Superman can't move his legs
and I can't use my arms

Superman can't move his legs

Grandma's cake and candles
magic bean plants in a jar
shared baths and bedtime stories
from Prickly Leg to Matthew Star

Sleeping Beauty's sleeping
I’m not the boy I used to be
surrounded by the bad guys
the only fairy here is me

there are no action heroes out there
to come and save the world from harm
Superman can't move his legs
and I can't use my arms

Superman can't move his legs

I don't know much but
if I had learned something from the past
it's girls go for assholes
and happy endings never last
Track Name: Poster Child [for Matthew Shepard]
POSTER CHILD

the smell of the sagebrush reaches your brain
the scent of the pines from the snow covered range
you came out tonight there in search of a friend
well, the Wyoming wind wants to play with your bangs

hang on, handsome
we are going to get you out of here quick
hang on, handsome
just wait and watch out for the bicyclist

the sun it goes down now for a second black night
it’s you in the outskirts, not a soul here in sight
the beautiful sky as your last piece of hope
the same moon and stars that you saw through the telescope

hang on, handsome
we are going to get you a new pair of shoes
hang on, handsome
the bicyclist he will know what to say and do
Track Name: Welcome To Vegas
WELCOME TO VEGAS

so welcome to Vegas
where lights are like stars
out in the desert
it's all sevens and bars
I'm over-aware that
a beggar can’t choose
so let’s place a bet fast
may the best man lose

watch the neon screaming for us dreamers
like some sort of an alarm
I will not pardon my demeanor
don't you dare now pinch my arm

the fruit here looks tempting
in every way
I'm a one-armed bandit
that waits to be played
I once took a gamble
then life took its toll
no, I’m not a winner
but I’m on a roll

watch the neon screaming for us dreamers
like some sort of an alarm
I will not pardon my demeanor
don't you dare now pinch my arm

ladies and gentlemen, place your bets now
don't put your money where your mouth is

welcome to Vegas
where lights are like stars
Track Name: Alright, Mr. DeMille
alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up
I've been steady out of focus now for long enough
don't talk about my heyday being way, way over
just a touch of make-up here and I'm off

I'm gonna be loved
I'm gonna be loved

L.O.V.E.D.

you fake it till you make it and you fake it some more then
a thing Monroe's a pretty good example of
in front of Miller and DiMaggio and millions of men
she ate her cake and she got stuffed

I wanna be loved
I wanna be loved

it's my way or no way
or else I just won't play
but I need direction
a bit of direction
set clear and everyone quiet, please
camera, lights and action!

it was too late to be selected as a Brat Pack actor
thank God for Missy Moore I never got the job
I could have beat her ass easy at a weeping contest
now the gloves are coming off because

I wanna be loved
I wanna be loved

it's my way or no way
or else I just won't play
but I need direction
a bit of direction
set clear and everyone quiet, please
camera, lights and action!
Track Name: Where Are You, Bambi Woods?
WHERE ARE YOU, BAMBI WOODS?

you never were a beauty queen
who dreamed she’d hit the silver screen
but Mr. Greenfeld paid you good
where are you, Bambi Woods?

you looked around the cowboy town
and put your hat and pom-poms down
you had your share of Hollywood
where are you, Bambi Woods?

no, Dallas ain’t a place to live
and let alone a place to raise a kid
so fuck your old neighborhood
where are you, Bambi Woods?

now even if you blondes have more fun
you’re also some kind of joke
but you don't seem that dumb to me
did you know that Marilyn once spoke:

“a smart girl leaves before she is left”

are you alive in NYC?
cause others say that you OD’ed
either way you’re gone for good
God bless you, Bambi Woods

bye bye now, Bambi Woods
Track Name: America, America
AMERICA, AMERICA

I wasn't even seventeen when I believed the grass was greener
where life is one big movie scene
of beauty queens and paper boy achievers

Wednesday nights at Mary’s house I tried to open up to Jesus
cause I had seen them raise their brows
to the only non-believer in

America, America

in an air conditioned class I auditioned for Mrs. Townsend’s choir
David wore a cowboy hat
he lip-synched like she ordered him

we prayed for soldiers in Iraq to give them strength to fire
we pledged allegiance to the flag
we praised our freedom caught between the borders of

America, America

Mary’s father brought us home and drove us through the heart of Texas
once in Dallas I was shown
the spot where JFK got shot