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credits

released March 15, 2010

Pieter Van Dessel : vocals, guitars, keyboards, flute, ukelele, banjo
Gianni Marzo : guitars, dobro, vocals
Christophe Vandewoude : rhodes, glockenspiel, vocals
Frederik Bastiaensen : bass
Johan De Coster : drums

Credits :
Dominique Peynsaert : cello on 3 and 7
Barbara Peynsaert : viola on 3
Gerd Van Mulders : trumpet on 8, 9 and 10
Miwako Shimizu : vocals on 10
Alex Champigny : guitars on 6
Baptiste : backing vocals on 5, 6 and 8

Mixed by Peter Crosbie
Except “Come Here” mixed by Pieter Van Dessel and “We Slow” mixed by Bob Hermans

Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters (www.euphonicmasters.com)

Artwork by Eugene and Louise (www.eugene-and-louise.com)

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Track Name: The Time to Sleep
You're falling in a lower gear
A little rest is what you need
You're rolled up on the seat
Your arms around your knees

We met by chance, talked on the phone
We kept in touch
I took you home
Sure, it proves we get along
And it will only get better from now on

We found a place to which we drive
And I offer you the time
To sleep - to dream
To wake up when we arrive

Right moments come out of the blue
But when there's one it's up to you
Even when the time was up I couldn't stop
I was floating all day long
Track Name: Two and Still Counting
I am hardly tired
I am merely closing eyes
Careful with my concentration
If I blink it dies

You make yourself naive
By relying on your enemies
If you take them all for granted
They will never leave

You define all your promises
No questions will arise
You define how you've always been
Effective and precise
You define all your promises
No questions will arise
You define how you've always been
Determined down the line

We can only wait
When the countdown's started late
Neither patience nor frustration
Can break a boring day
You're the passer-by
Followed by my eager eyes
Strictly speaking no ones needed
But please just stick around

Don’t fine tune your style
You’ll always be my number one
You decide what to hold on to
And where we both belong
Track Name: Smoking Was a Day Job
Meeting in the backyard
We brought cigarettes, beer, and a game of cards
Doing nothing was alright
We were chilling out - not killing time

Every week soccer in the park
Followed by a stop at the closest bar
Where we all agreed our strategy
Each time sealed with another beer

Smoking was a day job
We used to hang around on narrow streets downtown
But whatever we were after
And how we spent our time
Nobody could mind

Tired of the sidelines
Tired of regretting what we didn't try
Bragging was quickly learnt
We had no second chance to impress a girl

Seeking love, making out
We thought we had it all figured out
Going out, sleeping in
My heart got stabbed with a lovers pin

Smoking was a day job
We used to hang around on narrow streets downtown
But whatever we were after
And how we spent our time
Nobody could mind
Ahead a whole life to demystify

Nothing that we did felt like giving in
We picked straws and got on with it
Not yet distracted by my thinking
About what it was and what it is
Track Name: A New Breeze
I can feel a new breeze
That will ease our minds
It's a different heartbeat
And the timing feels right

Gonna feed this hunger
Gonna quench my thirst
Though I know indulgence
It could make it much worse

We have talked it over
Cause the prize ain't small
But it will be worth it after all

We can cross the ocean
Take it day by day
We can stop our watches
And we'll never be late

We can have a daughter
We can have a son
We don't know tomorrow
But we'll do what seems right after all
Track Name: Good Occasions
Drunk and sore for so many days
But what's to regret
I've had my way

We could have met but i was too shy
The first thing i said was a soft goodbye

I count on countless good occasions
To be quick and to the point
To perceive the situation
But a constant hesitation
Has been turning me around
Here is hope you can still take it

Whispering you're never seen
You're slipping out
Escaping scenes

Keep it real and kick my dreams
Important deals once agreed

It takes a while to value time
I'll take a break
arrive too late

If I fall behind it is you I'll find
In a lovely house
In a lovely town
Track Name: Redesign
Are we done with the others?
Can we make this work?
You control all my muscles
Can you bend my arm?
And take the glasses from my eyes
And kick off my entire but efficient redesign

Are we done with the others or will we get that far?
I can wait till tomorrow and take a flying start
Behaviour comes in different kinds and i chose mine
For this long but efficient redesign

All your feelings they reside in a bucket next to mine
And the dice they decide whether we go left or right
I am cutting memories so I can filter all my fears
And I wouldn't be surprised if you understand me now somehow

Are we done with the others?
Type the secret lines
Can you skip all my sorrows and get my accent right?
Erase the troubles on my mind
And render my entire but efficient redesign
Track Name: Come Here
There's a wind that blows in from the north
And it says that loving takes this course
Come here. Come here.

No I'm not impossible to touch
I have never wanted you so much
Come here. Come here.

Have I never laid down by your side?
Baby, let's forget about this pride
Come here. Come here.

Well, I'm in no hurry
You don't have to run away this time
I know that you're timid
but it's gonna be all right this time
Track Name: My Friend
I owe a lot to you, my dear, you are a friend
You care enough to listen and to understand
There are so many means to many different ends
I leave it up to you

A post-it note displays what i did not forget
A long apology but i am not upset
A wake up call goes off but i'm not sleeping yet
And i cannot reset

At times I wish I were dead
Busy people dancing all over my head

I keep an eye on every possible escape while moving at my pace
Whatever's coming up, I can't afford a stop
There's no excuse if i am late
I'm in for a surprise but there are limits to my status as a fool
Even giant words with exclamation marks can't tell me what i have to do

I owe a lot to you, my dear, you changed the plot
You tickle tear ducts with the innocence you've got
Whatever is at stake you play and one mistake
It cannot ruin your day

At times I wish I were dead
Busy people dancing all over my head

I owe a lot to you, my dear, you are a friend
You care enough to listen and to understand
There are so many means to many different ends

The older we all get, the more we feed our fears
But sweetly haunting thoughts can form a new idea
There was a time to try but now it is for real

I owe a lot to you, my dear, you lift me up
and they can say we're losing touch, I know we're not
If the friendship ends you know
I won't pretend you never were a friend
Track Name: We Slow
We slow close together
On the most average day
We can dance for hours
Until we can't behave

A girl unlike the others
Has found her only friend
On which she can depend
Even without watching
I feel a sort of gaze
As if she's in this place

We slow close together
We're drifting on the floor
There's a letter on the table
That says I'm always yours

And I want you to know me
If you know what I mean
You say a second opinion
Always starts a fight
Even if it's right

So goodbye to your reasons
And goodbye to your thoughts
I know I'll be welcome
When I turn around
Track Name: Sky High
You’ve only to say good night
Then all these dreams will be yours
Can I turn out the light
And hum your favourite "wee small hours"

The blinds hide an open view
On a city that feels renewed
And I count my age by days 'cause that way
Years go by slower

It felt good to go astray
To find this surprising place
And nothing can soothe me more than to know
Nothing is over

Sky high
Hundreds of storeys
Into the clouds