Count the better Days

by Martin van de Vrugt

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All tracks written, performed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Martin van de Vrugt at the Ragged Mountain studio, Deventer, the Netherlands between June 2004 and September 2006 except tracks 11, 12 and 13, recorded live at radio Alkmaar, November 2nd 2005 by Bert Schellinga and Paul Witvoet.

In loving memory of Dinie van der Luit-Sandberg. "you are like the sea"

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released November 1, 2006

Friends on this album:

Mischa Lelieveld: voices and guitar on tracks 2, 5, 6, 9 and 10. (thanks for holding my horses, ideas, inspiration and sharing the stage with me)
Sja'ko Visser: drums on tracks 3 and 10
Hennie van Lunteren: accordeon on track 4

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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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Track Name: Sunlight in your Eyes
It's morning
Time to rise!
'Stead i close my eyes, focus on my dreams
I know i should be wiser
There's a blood red sun risin' thru the trees
And morning after morning i arise
Tryin' to bring sunlight to your eyes
Tryin' to be patient and wise
Sunlight in your eyes
Sunlight in your eyes
Life sucks
And it won't get any better
I think it's best to keep my feelings for myself
In a way it's much like the weather
Sometimes even summer turns to hell
And morning after morning i arise
Tryin' to bring sunlight to your eyes
Tryin' to be patient and wise
Sunlight in your eyes
Sunlight in your eyes

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 30-12-94/2-12-02/10-11-05
Track Name: Rollin' Downhill
Take the car and let it roll downhill
Ya can roll for hours
You'll be rollin' still
Windows open let the wind blow thru
Rollin' downhill
thinking 'bout you
Windows open let the wind blow thru
Rollin' downhill
thinking 'bout you
Burning eyes in the morninglight
My belly's grumblin'
i need a bite
Let's pull over
do what to do
Looking back up
thinking 'bout you
Take the car and let it roll downhill
Ya can roll for hours
You'll be rollin' still
Windows open let the wind blow thru
Rollin' downhill
thinking 'bout you
Windows open let the wind blow thru
Rollin' downhill
thinking 'bout you
Don't look at me girl
with those eyes
Sometimes it's hard
but we still survive
And i'm sure if looks could kill
you'd be more careful with these skills
Take the car and let it roll downhill
Ya can roll for hours
You'll be rollin' still
Windows open let the wind blow thru
Rollin' downhill
thinking 'bout you
Windows open let the wind blow thru
Rollin' downhill
thinking 'bout you
I don't have to be a superman
I'm just tryin' to do the best i can
I give my life for my boys and you
and whatever tune comes ringin' thru
I give my life for my boys and you
and whatever tune comes ringin' thru ... Yeah
Take the car and let it roll downhill
Ya can roll for hours
You'll be rollin' still
Windows open let the wind blow thru
Rollin' downhill
thinking 'bout you
thinking 'bout you
thinking 'bout you

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 22-3-94
Track Name: Ride the Waves
Like a boat on the river
Sailin' upstream
Up ahead in the distant mountains lies the land of old dreams
Children play on the banks of this river we sail
Like an incarnation of a sacred old tale
And i think about the trouble we seem to have left behind
And i look out for the weather and the sunshine hurts my eye
Now as long as we are travelin' baby
We haven't got time to sleep
We keep our eyes on the waves 'stead of counting sheep
While i firmly pull the fore-sheet tryin' to increase our speed
I am lookin' at my hands and i see my fingers bleed
And i think about the sorrow we thought we'd left behind
And as i look up for the weather the rain pounds in my eye
Hell sometimes we are spinning in so many different ways
On a river you live dangerous
it is not a pretty place
And if our journey will be joyfull without a compass or a map
depends on how we tackle problems as well as how we can adapt
And i think about the good times we have surely left behind
And i check out for the weather but the night makes me blind
Baby stay with me thru these sacred stages
Let's keep this vessel under sail
and ride the waves
ride the waves
oh yeah
Take this boat on the river
Sail it upstream
Up to the distant mountains
and the land of old dreams
I'll firmly pull the sheets
tryin' to increase our speed
I am lookin' at my hands
and i see my fingers bleed
oh yeah

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 4-1-96 / 10/11-2-96
Track Name: Pouring rain in a Desert
So much happened in such short time
Things got badly out of hand
Life has a hand in such rude crimes
It's not in our might to comprehend
It's not in our might to comprehend
I'ts impossible
Like pourin' rain in a desert
I'ts impossible
Like pourin' rain in a desert
I'm tryin' hard to feel how you must feel
A power failure in the middle of the night
Figuring out what is or is not real
Desperately seeking for some light
Desperately seeking for some light
I'ts impossible
Like pourin' rain in a desert
I'ts impossible
Like pourin' rain in a desert
There must be something good in so much bad
Is there some-one to shed some light
With loss of life and everything you had
You lose the battle win the fight
lose the battle win the fight
I'ts impossible
Like pourin' rain in a desert
I'ts impossible
Like three feet of snow in a desert
Sure some day this storm will pass
Witness how the sun will rise
Easily sit back and relax
Bright warm reflections in your eyes
Bright warm reflections in your eyes
Your eyes
Ya eyes
Still so much happened in such short time
Things got badly out of hand
Life has a hand in such rude crimes
It's not in our might to comprehend
It's not in our might to comprehend
I'ts impossible
Like pourin' rain in a desert
I'ts impossible
Like pourin' rain in a desert
Pourin' rain
In a desert

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 17-08-05
Track Name: Big pile of Laundry
This hill may seem unclimable
Especially in the pourin' rain
Oh yes it's gonna hurt
But it will be worth the pain
So grab on to anything
Anything within reach
Set your mind on all the matters
You yourself can teach
You've always been so focused
Always been so smart
So you thought you found the balance
Between wisdom and the heart
Well listen
Only life can bring you down
Really bring you down here
Seems like everything is scattered
And all has been in vain
'Cause life slips through your fingers
like water down the drain
Only life can bring you down
Really bring you down here
Big pile of laundry
Mud all over the place
Blood is on the saddle
Of the winner of the race
Only life can bring you down
Really bring you down here

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 24-12-04
Track Name: Downtown
I like to be out in the country
Walk on easy quiet lanes
Find a way of livin'
far away from the insane
I don't need to go downtown
There's nothing there to see
I don't want to go downtown
It's just not the thing for me
You see
I'd like to get up early
See the sun rise thru the trees
When i can't find silence
my life is incomplete
I don't need to go downtown
There's nothing there to see
I don't want to go downtown
It's just not the thing for me
You see
I don't want to go downtown
I don't want to go downtown
I don't want to go downtown

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 29-9-90
Track Name: Count the better Days
Look at this picture
Tell me what you see
You can't stand still at every mistake you've made
Don't tell me this is fate
There must be a better way
So stick to what's real
Sometimes reach a helping hand
Even to the ones that don't understand
At least in a way
Count the better days
I think i know how you feel
I've had my share of not saying what i meant
And not meaning what i said
Got in all over my head
Even wished i was dead
So stick to what's real
Sometimes grasp a helping hand
Even from some-one you don't understand
At least in a way
Count the better days
Twigs and rope and lack of hope
Tight into a square
What do you think you'll find in there?
Truth is scattered everywhere
So stick to what's real
Sometimes reach a helping hand
Even to the ones you don't understand
At least in a way
Count the better days
Try to relate to fatherly words
You're just a slightly fallen star
You're still a star
You won't fall far
So stick to what's real
Sometimes grasp a helping hand
Even from the ones that don't understand
At least in a way
Count the better days

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 2/3-12-05
Track Name: Dawning of another Day
Distand drums call out for war
In this hour and far before
Eery signs will mark my path
Never thought that I could cry so hard
Dawning of another day
Incomplete and full of pain
Even sunshine hurts my heart
Never thought that I could live through this
Dreamy pictures of the sea
Inflict vivid scenes to me
Every wave is filled with pain
Never thought that I could hurt this way
Dawning of another day
Infinite and without shame
Easy flowin' down it's path
Never thought that I would laugh again

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 17/18-05-06
Track Name: The sun inside our Head
We got the sun inside our head
We got the sun inside our head
We got the sun inside our head
There aint no trail across that line
No warning sign no borderline
There aint no cure for feeling fine
Don't care too much about these days
Cold wind and rain your worried face
When nothing seems to be in place
We got the sun inside our head
We got the sun inside our head
We got the sun inside our head
We got the sun inside our head
Not all the days can be that bad
You have a choise not to feel
So sad
We got the sun inside our head
We got the sun inside our head
We got the sun inside our head

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 30-12-1994/2-12-2002/10-11-2005
Track Name: Deep Inside / Sunset on Lonely street
Where am i
lonely searcher for sunny skies
As the night
seemed to black-out paradise
It made me change
searchin', buildin' and rearrange
It stopped the rain
cleared the landscape
eased the pain
Now i'm older
Turned from a searcher to a holder
It wasn't a fault there
It's the prettiest weight
i ever held on my shoulders
Guess i'll never leave
the lovin' laughter that i recieved
What i see here
is all that i believe
But deep inside
there's a feelin' that i'll always hide
As times goes by
sometime i will find my light

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 11-3-83/5-1-87/26-3-98

I look and see the sun set
down on lonelystreet
Throwin' shadows on the thoughts i've had
and people i should have met
gather 'round the dyin' tree
decidin' what they think is best
Fadin' dreams
Fadin' past
These things will never last
For no-one ever changed my soul
and no-one ever will
And it may seem quite childlike now
but i'm dreamin' still

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 7-8-87
Track Name: On my Way
See the night flow down this empty street
Moon shines on the path that's guiding me
Change my sweater 'cause it's changin' weather
And it's getting better day by day
It's getting better day by day
And i'll be on my way
I'll be on my way
Look over my shoulder now i'm getting older
And so much time just fades away
See the light dim in western skies
Bright purple colors in my eyes
And it's getting better day by day
It's getting better day by day
And i'll be on my way
I'll be on my way
my way
I'll be on my way
I'll be on my way
I'll be on my way

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 1/2/19-12-03
Track Name: Light caught in Clouds
And the light is gettin' caught in the clouds
No easy way out
You won't find it here
And the sound is gettin' softer in the smog
No-one stops for talks
No time for tears
'Cause it's already gone
already gone
already gone
Through the tears
You won't find it here
'Cause it's already gone
already gone
already gone
Through the tears
You won't find it here
Now that pictures flow like the sea
No easy thing to me
They bug me in my sleep
And now talkin' heads fill the screen
They can't know what it means
When time takes a leap
'Cause it's already gone
already gone
already gone
Through the tears
You won't find it here
'Cause it's already gone
already gone
already gone
Through the tears
You won't find it here
I can only hope you'll still think of me when i'm gone
Banned from the screens
I can only hope you'll still think of me when i'm gone
Banned from the screens
I can only hope you'll still think of me when i'm gone
Banned from the screens
'Cause it's already gone
already gone
already gone
Through the tears
You won't find it here

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 20-5-00
Track Name: The big Waiting
What i need i cannot find
Still i'm pleased
It's not too late
Unchained but lonely
And i don't want to wait
Where i go i cannot stay
Where i'm from i can not return
It's done
It needs something fresh again
Maybe i'm not your kind 'a' man
What you cast will come back at you
What you feel will surely fade
What once was green
Is now turning blue
And i don't want to wait
Where i go i cannot stay
Where i'm from i can not return
It's done
It needs something fresh again
Maybe i'm not your kind 'a' man
And i don't want to wait
I don't want to wait it all out
I'm tired of the big waiting
The big waiting
Big

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 28-2/4-3-01

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