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by Jim Offerman

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02:27
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03:33
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credits

released October 6, 2009

Jim Offerman - vocals, piano, rhodes & synthesizers

band
Ruben Brinkhuis - guitars & violin
Mike Caro - drums on 1,2,3,9 & bass on 2
George Konings - drums on 4,8, bass on 3,4,8 & additional guitars on 2,7
Pepijn Kromhout - bass on 1,7,9

special guests
Anne-Marieke Meij - celtic harp on "(The Road That Takes Me) Home"
Jeffrey van Rossum - organ on "Picture Perfect"
Tijmen Ruizendaal - drums on "Picture Perfect"

all songs written by Jim Offerman
except "Charlotte" composed by Jeffrey van Rossum with lyrics by Jim Offerman

recorded at The Living Room (Utrecht) & Sub Studio (New York)
except "Secret Love" recorded by George Konings at Sound Vision Studio (Arnhem)
and "Picture Perfect" recorded by Robin van Vliet at Starsound Studio (Utrecht)

mixed by George Konings
mastered at eMastering.nl (Arnhem) by Erwin Maas
produced by Jim Offerman & George Konings

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Track Name: Surrender
Love is hiding in the eyes
Of every girl I meet
I see its shadow pass me by
On every corner of the street
There's no escaping love
No place I call safe
Love is always haunting me
Will it never go away

Losing my mind
All the walls are breaking down
Taken by surprise
Love has its armies all around
No point in fighting
I was never strong enough
Again I'm losing myself
In my surrender to love

In the middle of the night
Love comes crawling over me
It doesn't matter how I run
She will never let me be
There's no escaping love
No place I call safe
Love is always haunting me
Will it never go away

Losing my mind
All the walls are breaking down
Taken by surprise
Love has its armies all around
No point in fighting
I was never strong enough
Again I'm losing myself
In my surrender to love

(solo)

Losing my mind
All the walls are breaking down
Taken by surprise
Love has its armies all around
No point in fighting
I was never strong enough
Again I'm losing myself
In my surrender to love
Track Name: Don't You Worry For Tomorrow
On your lips lies a question
I cannot answer yet
I see a final spot of doubt
Then you pull me into your bed

We both know this game we must play
We both know what we could loose

Don't worry for tomorrow
I'm here with you tonight
Save your questions 'bout the future
Until the morning light

Our burning infatuation
Takes control of time
Extends the night until forever
As our bodies intertwine

We both love this game that we play
Let our love keep the daybreak at bay

Don't worry for tomorrow
I'm here with you tonight
Save your questions 'bout the future
Until the morning light

We both love this game that we play
Let our love keep the daybreak at bay

Don't worry for tomorrow
I'm here with you tonight
Save your questions 'bout the future
Until the morning light

Don't worry for tomorrow
I'm here with you tonight
Save your questions 'bout the future
Until the morning light
Track Name: Start Here
Start here with a gentle brush
Of your hand across my heart
Let's start with our secret sign
That says
What's yours is mine

Oh it's mine, mine
I will never let you go
Track Name: Up To You
"Nothing good ever comes to me", you say
"It's only common sense
That I built this high and mighty wall
It's here in my defense"
Don't you see
It's the wall that keeps you in
And locked so firmly in your place
We're all outside waiting for you
To come out and meet the human race

It's up to you
To step through
To the other side
Of the fence
And see where live begins
All I can do
Is to show you to the door
The rest is up to you

Choose a side that sets you free
It's how I crossed the line
I should have done that so much earlier in life
That's why I traveled back in time
Don't you see
You and me we are the same
Just from another year
I'm here to tell you it is safe outside
So, come on, let's get out of here

It's up to you
To step through
To the other side
Of the fence
And see where live begins
All I can do
Is to show you to the door
The rest is up to you

(solo)

It's up to you
To step through
To the other side
Of the fence
And see where live begins
All I can do
Is to show you to the door
The rest is up to you
Track Name: Secret Love
I've had to learn
That to push is to push you away
Your friendship comes to me of it's own accord
And I'm grateful for all that I've received
But I can't help
Longing for more

You are my secret love
Not meant for me
And I don't mind backing off
But I just want you to know
How I love you so

Like me you stumble and fall
On your way to finding love
And it breaks my heart that I can't be the one you need
That I can't be for you
What you are to me

You are my secret love
Not meant for me
And I don't mind backing off
But I just want you to know
How I love you so

(solo)

You are my secret love
Not meant for me
And I don't mind backing off
But I just want you to know
How I love you so
Track Name: (The Road That Takes Me) Home
I'm lost in the middle of the road
I don't know where I'm going
But I'm sure
I ain't there (yet)

All around me are familiar roads
Still all land I see looks strange
How can I be so lost in my home town?

Like a little kid I am lost
In a forest for grown men
I can't find my way alone
Take my hand
Help me find the road that takes me home

How did I end up here
Which turn turned out wrong?
Tell me how far must I go
And how long should I hold on

Like a little kid I am lost
In a forest for grown men
I can't find my way alone
Take my hand
Help me find the road that takes me home

(solo)

Like a little kid I am lost
In a forest for grown men
I can't find my way alone
Take my hand
Help me find the road that takes me home

Take me home
Take me home
Take me home
Track Name: Picture Perfect
A ragged piece of linen
I came to you an empty canvas
Then you brought out your brush
And you started to paint
Me in color
Where my skin is weak

You never saw the wrong in me
You only see what's right
And in your painting
You surround me by light
That is brighter than the brightest day
Let me fade away
In your light

Go ahead and paint your picture
Of the perfect me
Never mind that the edge of my canvas is...

When the edge hides behind the frame
Your picture is quite a sight
You display it in our living room
And you show it to everyone
Show what I've become
Show your pride

Go ahead and paint your picture
Of the perfect me
Never mind that the edge of my canvas is
Worn to shreds
Those are my loose ends

(solo)

Go ahead and paint your picture
Of the perfect me
Never mind that the edge of my canvas is
Worn to shreds
Those are my loose ends
Track Name: More
You don't have to be an astronaut
And reach for the stars
You don't have to be the first guy
Who finds life on mars
If you feel that outer-space is too risky for you
It's surely not what you should do
With your life

You don't have to live on the edge of a knife
But reach out just a little bit further
Why are you holding back
When you've got so much more

It's okay
If you're not the best dancer in the world
And it's alright
If you can't move to save your life
If you feel that the groove doesn't groove with you
It's surely not what you should do
With your life

You don't have to live on the edge of a knife
But reach out just a little bit further
Why are you holding back
When you've got so much more

You can be the star of your very own fairy tale
You can be just who you are
In your dreams

You don't have to live on the edge of a knife
But reach out just a little bit further
Why are you holding back
When you've got so much more
Track Name: Charlotte
Little Charlotte
Your hands are so small
Touching everything for the very first time
Such wonder it must be
When everything you see is brand spanking new

Biplanes in your mobile are flying around
And your eyes they follow
Still searching for a place to land

Little Charlotte
Have you no fear
Are you just innocence and a sense of wonder
The warmth of your smile
Are you a blank slate or do you hold some ancient wisdom

Biplanes in your mobile are flying around
And your eyes they follow
Still searching for a place to land
Little Charlotte
If you could speak
I would like to ask you
Do you dream like me

(solo)

Biplanes in your mobile are flying around
And your eyes they follow
Still searching for a place to land
Little Charlotte
If you could speak
I would like to ask you
Do you dream like me
Track Name: Good Night Mary
From her hospital bed she asked me
"Is everything alright?
How's your mama and your sister?"
Oh, her little enquiries
They last and last
And I barely get a chance
To tell her I'm there just for her
Before she closes her eyes

Good night Mary
It's okay
Sleep tight Mary
You're on your way to that safe place
You've been dreaming of all day

Can't imagine what it must be like
To loose everything
To be taken from your home
Never to return
And she took with such grace
Always a smile and always those cares
For everyone she knew
Until one day
The phone call came that Mary passed away

Good night Mary
It's okay
Sleep tight Mary
You're on your way
To that save place you've been dreaming of
All day

(solo)

Good night Mary
It's okay
Sleep tight Mary
You're on your way to that safe place
You've been dreaming of
Reunited with the one you love
And there's no need to worry anymore

From her hospital bed she asked me
Is everything alright