I'm a Tree

by Martin van de Vrugt

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This album is a compilation of remastered tracks from albums made between 2000 and 2013.
All tracks are written, played, produced, recorded and mixed by Martin van de Vrugt at the Ragged Mountain Studio, Deventer, the Netherlands between 2000 and 2013. Remastered using the original digital mixdowns by Martin van de Vrugt in November 2014
Many thanks to my friends Mischa Lelieveld (on track #1, #2, #4, #11 and #13); Nicole Schouten (on track #11); Jessica Kilroy (on track # 8); Hennie van Lunteren (on track #2, #6, #7, #10, #11, and #14); Guut Henkes (on track #11); Alexander Klusman (on track #6, #7, #10 and #14) and Henk Jager (on track # 2 and 4). I would not have been where I am now without your input, influence and inspiration.
In good memory of Guut and Henk, miss you guys...

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released December 12, 2014

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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: The sun inside our Head
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: On my Way
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: The big Waiting
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
Track Name: Another Fall
ANOTHER FALL

Like faces in the dark
staring down on me
Selffulfilling thoughts
raising fear
Like voices from the past
ringin' thru my ear
Memories once lost
bringin' tears
And i know it'll never be the same again
And i feel i might have lost another friend
Now another fall (See the sun fall down the sky)
has chased away the heat
And the leaves they fall (Bright reflections in your eyes)
on my feet
I try to raise my head
stroll on empty streets
After all that's said
denied my needs
And i know it'll never be the same again
And i feel i might have lost another friend
And i know it'll never be the same again
And i feel i might have lost another friend
And i know it'll never be the same again
And i feel i might have lost another friend
And i know it'll never be the same again
And i feel i might have lost another friend
And i know
And i feel

Martin van de Vrugt 31-10-95
Track Name: Sail back to You
SAIL BACK TO YOU

Never been more happy
Never been more pleased
Than sailin' the rough seas
With you so close
Now i'm sorry
For bringin' it up again
I could be a happy man
But i can't have you here
I just can't have you here
Still i'm drownin' in your eyes
Sinkin' deep in your voice
It's not much of a choice
But i'll sail back to you
Now baby i'm sorry
For callin' you this way
I was sifting thru the mail
As i found yours today
Again i'm sorry
For bringin' it all up again
I am such a happy man
But i can't have you here
I just can't have you here
Oh i can't have you here
Still i'm drownin' in your eyes
Sinkin' deep in your voice
It's not much of a choice
But i'll sail back to you
Sail back to you
In my mind i'll
Sail back to you
Sail back to you
Sail back to you

Martin van de Vrugt 19-2-03
Track Name: Count the better Days
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

(Song for a friend...)

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 2/3-12-05
Track Name: We didn't teach our Children
WE DIDN'T TEACH OUR CHILDREN

How did I ever end up here?
This packed room smells like sweat and spilled beer
A 'suppose we were a famous' rockband shouts
Chewed out music way way way too loud
And no-one seems to get into it
And no-one seems to get out
No-one seems to get into it
And no-one seems to get out
How can I get this message thru?
Can anybody tell me what the hell is going on?
We're messing up our own home
And no-one seems to care for long
We didn't teach our children what we thought was obvious
We didn't teach our children what we thought was obvious
I've lit up this small fireplace
Just enough to give us some warmth and light
And I've tuned up this old guitar
I'll play you a song that you've never ever heard before
See if we can share a tear
And never be ignorant no more
See if we can share a tear
And never be ignorant no more
No more
We still don't teach our children what we think is obvious
We still don't teach our children what we think is obvious
no more
no more

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 1-1/29-3-2007
Track Name: The sun always Travels
The Sun always Travels

I am a tree
I won't go anywhere
Firmly rooted in this soil
I can only bend and wave with the winds
and try
just try to put some shadows on the ground
You're a spirit
No one knows where you are
No one knows what drives your heart
truth lingers in twilight
you just might
you just might live between the stars
Hey ho
Hey ho
you know the sun
you know the sun always travels
I won't ask you to stay here
There's nothing good in this wood
just float among my branches
no one knows
no one knows if you would
Hey ho
Hey ho
you know the sun
you know the sun always travels West

© Martin van de Vrugt (October 26th 2012)
Track Name: Restless Soul
It's morning
I try to wake up
pourin' coffee in my cup
and face the day
It's pourin' rain though
even stones started to float
and where ever I had to go
could wait a day
Developing heart ache
never ending head ache
no matter what drug I take
it won't go away
And than you came
Brighten up my day
Took this blues away
and made it shine
Inside m mind though
things started to flow
a growing melody
another sign
of things still to come
Maybe another song
an endless flow of words
to ease my mind
'Cause the world around me
can't give me that kind of peace
this restless soul needs
to stay alive

(c)Martin van de Vrugt 18-8-94
Track Name: Leave a light On
LEAVE A LIGHT ON

It drained the pool of patience
And it broke many heart
No matter how much you pour in
These walls keep coming apart
And the holy road to rapture
We all know it's ways by heart
But there's not much more to see here
Than this faint and tiny path
But I'll
leave a light on
I will leave a light on
I will leave a light on
So you won't be in the dark
I will leave a light on
I will leave a light on
I will leave a light on
So you won't be in the dark
For long
By the time you may arrive here
You will find me gone
I could't wait any longer
I just had to move on
Let no-one ever tell you
What you should or should not do
In my path you may follow
The rest is up to you
But I'll
leave a light on
I will leave a light on
I will leave a light on
So you won't be in the dark
I will leave a light on
I will leave a light on
I will leave a light on
So you won't be in the dark
I will leave a light on
I will leave a light on
I will leave a light on
So you won't be in the dark
For long
It drained the pool of patience
But I'll leave a light on
For you

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 3-9-2008
Track Name: Howli'n Breeze
HOWLIN' BREEZE

Fall came in like sudden rain ruining a summer play
Now time is flowing so fast I can't remember what to say
Wind is rippin' thru the canyons of my mind
Like a Howlin' breeze
I can't see why I should take this serious
I've been out this way before I don't need
the age of aquarius
wind is rippin' thru the canyons of my mind
Like a Howlin' breeze
Howlin' breeze
Howlin' breeze
Howlin' breeze
Howlin' breeze
Howlin' breeze
Howlin' breeze

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 8-11-92
Track Name: Into the Wall
INTO THE WALL

You can run for miles in all directions
You can jump so high before you fall
You can dig in deep to seek protection
But in the end there will always be a wall
On other sides the grass is always greener
That's the sickening truth of it all
Freedom and space will blind your sight with eager
And in the end there will always be that wall
in the end there will always be that wall
'Till here
and not one step further
'Till here
You will never cross that line
'Till here
You won't live to see the wonder
'Till here
It's all the same just inside out
Face it! we're all trapped in our own boundaries
Seems we'll never manage to get out
Those who try mostly drown in bad luck stories
And just a few emerge above the crowds
just a few emerge above the crowds
You can run for miles in all directions
You can jump so high before you fall
You can dig in deep to seek protection
But in the end you will crash into the wall
in the end you will crash into the wall
in the end you will crash into the wall

Martin van de Vrugt 9-6-03
Track Name: Rollin' Downhill
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: Little Light
LITTLE LIGHT

Inhale life like the fresh morning dew
and learn from whatever comes to you
Try to see thru lies
that people tell
For the only wisdom
is inside yourself
See all the mess we've made
and feel how we hesitate
to change
all that was done
And walk our way back home
where things went wrong
I don't want to make it bad
'Cause life is much too good for that
Just try to give a hand
Do your things right
And all it takes sometimes
is just a little light
Just a little light
in your eyes
Just a little light
in your eyes
Oh
Inhale life like the fresh morning dew
and learn from whatever comes to you
Try to see thru lies
that people tell
For the only wisdom
is inside yourself
For the only wisdom ...

(c) Martin van de Vrugt 22/23-4-95
Track Name: At the Crossroads
AT THE CROSSROADS

Big grey cloud of lonelyness
hangin' over my shoulder
and although i tried to give the best
i am only gettin' older
At the crossroads
World of changes
Left, right, east or west
i can only walk in circles
And when it seems like a thing to last
i just can't make up my mind
At the crossroads
World of choices
At the crossroads is where we met
At the crossroads is where we'll stay
In this world of choices
we will find our way
At the crossroads
World of chances

(c)Martin van de Vrugt 11-7-91
Track Name: Any Day
Twisting and turning
to keep this fire burning
In my dreams and through the day
Absorbing and yearning
wishing and learning
Don't fade away
Don't fade away
I will find my way
any day now
Any day

(c)Martin van de Vrugt 29-11-00

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