Across this Sea

by Martin van de Vrugt

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SGJ Epskamp There is a lot of American Traditional to be recognized in Martin's work but it always feels fresh and personal. This is a very nice album with ' Like a Tumbleweed' as my favorite. Favorite track: Like a Tumbleweed.
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1.
I don't need much no fancy car, no shiny watch I don't need much I don't need much no endless stash of cold cash I don't need much I don't need much no cannabis and no hash I don't need much I really don't need much Just let me sail across this sea and make me feel that I am free and please just tell me It could have been me It could have been me It won't take much just an open mind and a warm touch It won't take much It won't take much just a little skin and a shy blush It won't take much It won't take much mostly love with a little lust It won't take much It really won't take much Just let me sail across this sea and make me feel that I am free and please just tell me It could have been me It could have been me I'm just an ordinary man and I don't always understand but I put my heart into your hands hoping to hear It could have been me It could have been me Just let me sail across this sea and make me feel that I am free and please just tell me Could it have been me? © Martin van de Vrugt June-21-2013
2.
Home to You 06:31
Maybe I'm not the person to state this Maybe I'm just a prins without charm Maybe I just don't know what the truth is but I never ment any harm You can say what you want 'bout my choices You can force yourself into my head You can talk with so many voices but I never keep what was said It will only make me feel bad for a while In my dreams I see both of us floating over landscapes and thru endless skies As I still hear this frantic moaning I try to look into your eyes and I see this whole thing is a lie I can still see us both in the springtime making love in the high grass How could we know that these good times would so soon pass Now sometimes I set off in anger with so much blood on my track but no matter how far off I wander I will always make my way back Home to you Home to you It's said that things that don't kill you in the end will make you real strong Well I don't know if I believe in this wisdom Guess I'll find out when it's all said and done When all fire and smoke is gone I can still see us both in the springtime making love in the high grass How could we know that these good times would so soon pass Now sometimes I set off in anger with so much blood on my track but no matter how far off I wander I will always make my way back Home to you Home to you Maybe I'm not the person to state this Maybe I'm just a prins without charm Maybe I just don't know what the truth is but I never ment any harm I can still see us both in the springtime making love in the high grass How could we know that these good times would so soon pass Now sometimes I set off in anger with so much blood on my track but no matter how far off I wander I will always make my way back Home to you Home to you © Martin van de Vrugt April-29-2014
3.
Is it alright to hold you Like I do right now Can it be without anything breaking in pieces on the ground Oh how I hate that sound Is it alright to hug you Like I still do in my mind Spinning like an old time movie repeating all the time Mmm it felt so fine It really felt so fine What could be wrong with love if it hits you just like that And I don't collect these moments like feathers on my hat I never did that Right now the geese gather Another summer passed us by And I'm not getting younger And I don't know where to fly I just don't where to fly I don't know where to fly So is it alright to hold you Like I do right now Spinning like an old time movie fading into time And I don't know where to fly I don't know where to fly © Martin van de Vrugt August-29-2013
4.
We were young and we were wild and free as we formed ourselfes a folk-rock band I used to take what ever came to me knowing I would have much time at hand But I had to let my friends down though friendship really ment a lot to me I just wandered down that lonesome road looking for what ever more to see She was done fighting wildfires just before she ever showed up here And I was graving for a miracle to chase away all the grief and fear She surely made my heart sing ripped it out and threw it back again Then she took off like a tumbleweed leaving me here with a lot to mend She surely made my heart sing ripped it out and threw it back again Then she took off like a tumbleweed leaving me here with a lot to mend Sometimes friends let you down Though friendship really means the world to me When I look into my grandchild's eyes I know there is nothing more to need no more to need no more to need © Martin van de Vrugt September-12-2014
5.
No more Gold 03:42
There once was a fine bright son turning all our days to gold But endless love and some good old fun appeared to be too much to hold Oh What can you do when all what's good turns out to be too much to hold Countless days have passed since then I don't know where I lost my faith It dawned on me that I'm not the man who should always pave your way Oh It's hard to grasp and unravel but I can no more pave your way Hey hey Oh What can you do when all what's good turns out to be too much to hold turns out to be too much to hold No more sun and no more gold © Martin van de Vrugt June-18-2015
6.
It was not the dog that bit me It was something that you said “Go write a song about yourself” kept spinning in my head What do you think that I've been doing for way over fourty years it's been a constant flood of words Often drowned in tears While you were blessed with stable payouts steady jobs and more in store I could only grab the handouts and politely ask for more You were the lucky one The brave and lucky one You were the lucky one You could have it all Of course retired early to travel eight months of the year While I can hardly stop and wonder where I should go from here Generation X and babyboomer could we ever get along? I can only hope you grasp the meaning hidden in this song You were the lucky one The brave and lucky one You were the lucky one You could have it all You were the lucky one The brave and lucky one You were the lucky one You could have it all So it was not the dog that bit me It was something that you've said © Martin van de Vrugt March-2-2018
7.
Cradle Me 04:34
Carry me I could use a helping hand Carry me I could use a helping hand Got thrown off a mountain but landed on my feet Battered and bruised but my heart still beats Carry me I am so much on the mend Enlighten me 'cause I don't always understand Enlighten me I don't always understand Too much chitchat chatter different points of view We could do better Bring on something new Enlighten me 'cause I don't really give a damn Cradle me I could use a healing hand Cradle me © Martin van de Vrugt September-17-2017
8.
Drop my Case 06:05
I have to drop my case So I will drop this case But I won't give up on my dreams and I won't forget what I've seen The sky may seem so blue So endlessly and blue but it's a deep shade of grey in my eye and I can't help but wonder why So many promises broken promises It feels like there's a thief riding on my back and it made it hard for me to stay on track Can you see who I am Really see who I am Well I don't have some kind of high and moral goal I just want some respect for my soul I just want some respect for my soul So I will drop my case I have to drop my case But I won't give up on my dreams and I wont forget what I've seen no no I won't forget where I've been no I won't forget what that means I have to drop my case so I will drop my case © Martin van de Vrugt September-17-2017

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Thank you for purchasing this album!
It is an honor to present this eighth solo album to you,
after fourty years of writing songs and performing.
Making music for so long has brought me to many beautiful places and fabulous people, many of whom I've come to call my dearest friends.
On my earlier albums, some of these friends contributed with their
amazing musical skills. For this album I decided to play all the parts myself, except for the drums.
I pulled drum tracks from other musical projects I have recorded
at my Ragged Mountain Studio, and mixed them into these new songs.
I hope you will enjoy this album as much as I did making it!

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released February 24, 2020

All songs written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Martin van de Vrugt. © 2013 - 2019

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Martin van de Vrugt Deventer, The Netherlands

Martin (Deventer, 1963) was initially inspired by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young but later also by traditional (American) folk, country, jazz and blues, began playing as a street musician in 1980 and worked his way up to many venues in and around the Netherlands. His songs move because Martin flawlessly gives his vision of the world and puts it into beautiful lyrics and timeless music. ... more

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