Zwaan

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released September 1, 2010

music, words, vocals, piano, guitar, banjo, ukulele: Eva Meijer
bass: Renée Stevense
harp: Andrea Voets
violins: Simone Manuputty
vocals on A cold day: Jessica Grace
recorded and mixed by Eva Meijer
mastered by Carl Saff

grote dank aan de muzikanten: Simone, Andrea, Renée, Jessica
special thanks to Vanessa for listening
overige dank aan / thank you: Esther, Pika, Putih, Ronja, Ruth, Gerrit, Yvonne, Helen, Miriam, Vanessa, Jessica, Merel, Yvette, Lisette, Barbara, Gemma, Esther Y. and Annmarie

voor Marieke

birdgirl records 2010
www.evamusic.nl

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Track Name: Crazy
there’s a tree outside of my window
there’s a forest in my head
and i am walking, i’m not running
i’m not lost yet
things look kind of familiar but i don’t think i was here before
it’s new as new can be
‘cause it’s you, it’s you, it’s you, it’s you

things were already strange but they’re getting stranger, stranger, stranger, stranger
i already told you that i’m crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy
i don’t believe but baby, maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe
if i don’t leave before twelve you know i will change into a

there’s a hole in my stocking it’s the size of my knee
i always show too much, it’s really me
there’s a road and there’s a cat and there’s a story waiting to happen
there’s a hand and there’s a face and there is something that you said

things were already strange but they’re getting stranger, stranger, stranger, stranger
i already told you that i’m crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy
i don’t believe but baby, maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe
if i don’t leave before twelve you know i will change into a
Track Name: Too good to be true
i’m too good to be true
i’m too true to be good
i’m too young to be good
i’m too old to be young
i’m too smart to be sad
i’m too sad to be true

and i’m too bad to be good
i’m too bad to be good

i’m too fast to be true
i’m too hard to be good, to be nice
i’m too smart to be sweet
i’m too old to be smart, to be right
i’m too wise to be good, to be light
i’m too good to be true

and i’m too mad to be good
i’m too mad to be good

and i’m too sad to be someone
i’m too sad to be someone
Track Name: On violence
a man in a suit is telling me what i should do
a man with a hat is telling me what i just said except i didn’t say that

i would like to hit you
but i guess that i won’t
‘cause i am decent like that
still i suggest you go
away from me

when we speak you want to decide all the words we use
when we play you want to make up the rules
you don’t care at all
you eat what you want

i would like to kill you
but i guess that i won’t
‘cause i am decent like that
still i suggest you go

or i’ll cut your eyes out with a fork
shoot you in the back
set your clothes on fire
i’ll strangle you with my bare hands
cut your head off with an axe

and i’ll believe in violence
Track Name: Oh well
it was in an old building in an old city in an old land
she walked in with her new eyes and her new face saying new things
later on i walked her to the station through a dark city and
old walls came tumbling down
we talked we had a whole lot of catching up to do, two whole lives
and the birds above our heads sang

oh well, oh well, oh well
if this is all there is
oh well, oh well
it’s more than i hoped for

we took a train to berlin
we held hands all day and at night she slept like a cat in my arms
safe and warm, till the church bells woke us up
we walked around all day, and the city moved around us
but she was all that i could see
it was the saddest goodbye, it was the longest time
and then she sang to me

oh well, oh well, oh well
if this is all there is
oh well, oh well
it’s more than i hoped for

i started smoking again when we got back and when i bought my cigarettes
the lady at the counter asked me
if i was sixteen years old already and i said no i’m twenty-nine
and she laughed and i laughed
and then she said to me

oh well, oh well, oh well
if this is all there is
oh well, oh well
it’s more than i hoped for

and the tree doesn’t think about rain, doesn’t think about sun
and the heart doesn’t think about life, doesn’t think about blood
Track Name: Zwaan
ik weet nog dat ik ergens liep
ik weet nog dat ik iets zei
ik weet nog dat ik ergens aan dacht
maar wat ben ik vergeten

het was in de stad
het was in de lucht
ik weet nog hoe je rook
en ik weet zeker dat ik iets was
maar wat ben ik vergeten

misschien was ik een man in een bruin fluwelen pak
misschien was ik een meisje met mooie rode schoenen
misschien was ik een straathond, of een zwarte kat
of een mier, kon ik vijftig keer mijn eigen gewicht tillen

het leek een beetje op een droom
de droom waarin ik val voor ik in slaap val
en waaruit ik wakker word
soms droom ik dat ik over een weiland vlieg

misschien was ik een zwaan met een lange witte hals
misschien was ik een vis, kon ik heel goed zwemmen
misschien was ik een hele oude vrouw of juist een baby
moest het allemaal nog beginnen

nu ga ik maar slapen, want het is veel te laat om er nog verder over na te denken
nu ga ik maar slapen, want ik ben veel te moe
nu ga ik maar slapen, dan is het morgen allemaal weer goed

misschien was ik een man in een bruin fluwelen pak
misschien was ik een meisje met mooie rode schoenen
misschien was ik een straathond, of een zwarte kat
of een mier, kon ik vijftig keer mijn eigen gewicht tillen

nu ga ik maar slapen, want het is veel te laat om er nog verder over na te denken
nu ga ik maar slapen, want ik ben veel te moe
nu ga ik maar slapen, dan is het morgen allemaal weer goed
Track Name: Promise I'll be good
baby baby wait for me
i’ll cut your heart out with my teeth
or with a sharp kitchen knife
baby baby wait for me
i’ll show you the way
just wait

and i promise i’ll be good

i won’t sleep with anybody else
i won’t sleep with anybody else
i won’t sleep with anyone at all
and then i’ll show you what i’m made of
i’ll show you the man i am

and i promise i’ll be good

hey promise you’ll stay
promise you’ll stay
are you alright?
Track Name: Hair
i smell
and i bleed
and i say all the wrong things when you’re talking to me
i sweat, i have a lot of hair
i blush, i talk too loud
i forget to listen and i doubt everything, i fall a lot

time is precious
we shouldn’t waste it
there’s no use in shaving
‘cause it’ll grow back, it’ll grow back

i guess i’m funny ‘cause i don’t fit
into any of those boxes you laid out for me
i guess i’m even funnier ‘cause i don’t mind
i wear strange clothes and my hair is grey
i don’t have a lot of money but i have a lot to say
i’ve a lot of opinion to make up for it

time is precious
we shouldn’t waste it
there’s no use in shaving
‘cause it’ll grow back, it’ll grow back

you can clean as long as you want
but you’ll never be able to take out all the stains
i mean i don’t think we’ll ever get along
but i think that is ok

i smell
and i bleed
and i say all the wrong things when you’re talking to me
i sweat, i have a lot of hair
Track Name: Good enough
it’s good enough for him
but is it good enough for you
it’s good enough for me
but is it good enough for you

won’t you take me home
now that all is well
won’t you take me home

won’t you bring me back
now that all is well
won’t you bring me back
Track Name: Weightless
i tell you baby you have the most beautiful eyes i have ever seen
your lips are so red and your skin is so soft it’s the softest thing
come on baby do you want to take a walk this night is cold and dark
we could go dancing yeah, let’s go dancing
we’ll dance until the morning comes

and then i take you to the nearby river
hold you underwater til you stop moving
you can’t swim can you
you just float there upside down like you’re weightless
like you’re weightless

tell me baby do you want to take my hand
go on close your eyes and i will kiss you
it will be the sweetest kiss of all times

and then i take you to the highest building
push you off until it’s just air around you
you can’t fly can you well neither can i
but i didn’t fall i didn’t fall i didn’t follow you

why did you have to go?
Track Name: Sweet
blue is blue
and red is red
a tree is a tree
and a car is a car
the sky is great
for birds and planes
the city is full of people
going somewhere

time is much too fast
and i’m too slow
and nothing, nothing lasts

and you, you’re much too sweet
you are much too beautiful
you, you’re much too sweet
you are much too beautiful
Track Name: A cold day
it was a cold day, the birds were hiding in the trees
and all the people were inside their houses drinking coffee and tea
on the corner a woman was standing, a man was calling out her name
and the cars on the road were driving slowly, it was still a long way

i saw it all i heard it all i said it all
and all and all and all and all
with all i know now, can i go now?
i felt it all i gave it all i showed it all
and all and all and all and all
with all i know now, can i go now?

the baker is eating some bread and the supermarket is selling things real cheap
on the square a man in a raincoat is talking to somebody no one else can see
two girls are wearing the same shoes and they're talking into one telephone
and in the house behind them a cat is asleep on the couch in the living room

i saw it all i heard it all i said it all
and all and all and all and all
with all i know now, can i go now?
i felt it all i gave it all i showed it all
and all and all and all and all
with all i know now, can i go now?

‘cause i am sick and i am tired i'm old i'm old
i am free and i am wild i'm all i'm all

i saw it all i heard it all i said it all
and all and all and all and all
with all i know now, can i go now?
i felt it all i gave it all i showed it all
and all and all and all and all
with all i know now, can i go now?
Track Name: Sleeping
you thought i was sleeping
but i wasn’t
you thought i was sleeping
but i wasn’t
you tried to take me
and then i took you
and now you’re sleeping
forever
Track Name: Emperor
i cut off my hair on the day that i left you
i like to travel light
i burned down my house and my car and all my shoes
under a bleeding red sky
when i get lost i get really really lost
maybe i should’ve told you about that
before we kissed and fell and wondered
before all the nicer things we said

now i’m walking without reason
now i’m walking without clothes
nobody tells me that i’m naked
i guess they all assume that i know

i still think about you sometimes
i hope that is ok
in this land that is made of water
in this war that is man-made

now i’m walking without reason
now i’m walking without clothes
nobody tells me that i’m naked
i guess they all assume that i know

and the trains are running
and the people are talking
and the dogs bark
and the trees move slowly
and the soldiers are crying
and the lovers are hiding
and the waves break on the shore

and now i’m walking without reason
now i’m walking without clothes
nobody tells me that i’m naked
i guess they all assume that i know
Track Name: Painting
i’m not a painting i talk back
i’m not a lady i’m a man
i don’t wait i progress
and i’m the only one responsible for this mess
i’m not your baby i’m a lion
i could kill you with my claws
i don’t sleep i keep fighting and fighting
and i’m tired, i’m tired, i’m tired

but i won’t apologize
i won’t compromise
even though i may be mistaken
i won’t be paralyzed knowing that i won’t be excused
i’ll excuse myself
can i excuse myself now

i’ll redefine restructure now
first i break and break and then i build
if you want to come along i’ll show you how i do it
but if you don’t then that’s alright, that’s alright

but i won’t apologize
i won’t compromise
even though i may be mistaken
i won’t be paralyzed knowing that i won’t be excused
i’ll excuse myself
can i excuse myself now

and i refuse to follow any rule i don’t believe in
i refuse to follow any of your laws