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The Advice to Travel Light

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1.
A friend of mine Said I do need a reason not to travel light I’m turning blind to excess So it’s hard to draw the line I never said That I won’t ever settle for a little less Now let me out Let me out If I really fail To get up again Consider me blind To the moments I crave It is time to head on out If I never cope With the overflow Consider me out And then do as I don’t You’re advised to travel light My mind is slow I don’t know how to process all the subtle signs My soul is scarred And I feel like I’m being pulled apart I’m tripping up and I fall As I feel a strange delight Now let me out Let me out If I really fail To get up again Consider me blind To the moments I crave It is time to head on out If I never cope With the overflow Consider me out And then do as I don’t You’re advised to travel light You’re advised to carry on We never really know how we get by You’re advised to leave it all You never really know what it’s good for You’re advised to carry on We never really know how we get by You’re advised to leave it all You never really know what it’s good for
2.
In Time 03:39
No more stuck on beginner’s luck I’ll be sticking to my bluff I feel alone in my comfort zone Wish me well and then I’ll go But slowly I am learning to Adjust my old routines to you You’ll see the proof along the ride Ease the brakes ‘cause we’ll be fine In time Am I allowed to be myself without Taking up the glove? How can I see what you can see Be what you want me to be? But slowly I am learning to Adjust my old routines to you You’ll see the proof along the ride Ease the brakes ‘cause we’ll be fine In time If you suss me out Would you let me in? Cause we can go far If we pick the battles we can win You can mark my words As they’re sinking in But it wears me out to lift my head When every bit in me is aching
3.
Speeches 03:57 video
The first year that she was around Little finger in her mouth She seemed a soap bubble machine The second year she carried on Being charming and along came all Her endless fantasies I don’t believe in intelligent design But somehow she is divine She became, though a bit shy An entertainer in disguise At three she had her fans to please Then last year she bumped her head Going up the stairs And for one night the star was mummified I don’t believe in intelligent design but she surely is divine I can give her some advice Tell her what or not to try But sometimes good intentions can be harsh Forget inspirational speeches Like “if you’re eager you can reach it” Manuals will never satisfy You decide The first year that she was around Was a ride but just a start I can’t tell her what’s ahead Only that I’ll have her back
4.
Got my lesson learned And forgot it soon after I took a turn But I'm cool with that If anyone gets offended, it's their bad It's so hard to change It's tough to erase what I've learned the hard way But you can confirm No one tricks me unless, it's on my terms Will I find Will I find Peace of mind It'd be so Justified Anyhow Will I find Will I find Peace of mind It'd be so Justified Anyhow Even now How I should react To any attack or blatant denial I am quiet instead Still figuring out the wires in my head I could use more time To pull me through before I decide You say hope is here If you prove it's real I'll start believing Will I find Will I find Peace of mind It'd be so Justified Anyhow Will I find Will I find Peace of mind It'd be so Justified Anyhow Even now Why do I feel so cold When the fire's so close Deception's never far Why does time seem so slow When these moments unfold? Acceptance is a start Why do I feel so cold When the fire's so close Deception's never far Will I find Will I find Peace of mind It'd be so Justified Anyhow Will I find Will I find Peace of mind It'd be so Justified Anyhow Even now Anyhow Anyhow Anyhow Anyhow
5.
I keep my secrets to my heart Afraid to tell you from the start That I don’t know ‘bout you but I love you One cliché could say it all Like “I will catch you when you fall” But I am way too slow to let you know I’ve had some disillusions Just by being too sincere But since I met you I control My internal cheer I don’t know what you’re up to now Or who you’re gonna choose But then again in any case I still love you I could write a different song ‘Bout how I’d like to carry on But what else can I do but love you You’re systematically in charge And god knows how it got that far Though I don’t think the man Has a plan I may be long forgotten But I cannot disappear You can look away But I’m still standing over here I might be lost in pointless dreams And far from every truth But as far as I’m concerned I still love you I’ve got no expectations I ain’t losing any sleep And if you can’t care less I won’t expect apologies But then you turn to me and whisper Something in my ear Now it’s really time to make My message clear As I’m finally telling you “I love you too”
6.
39 04:02
I’m going through the different Stages of my age As if I’m feeling older now Than I was yesterday Making sense of past events just Seems absurd Some memories have disappeared Some others are a blur I wonder what it takes To take some pride In something that’s so easily Lost in time And I would tell you all That’s on my mind If only I could lie If only I could lie I was into whatever coming up my Way And looking back I guess I didn’t get The part I played Still all those years have never made Me lose that spark And if you care I will be there to hold Onto your arms I don’t know where I am at 39 And it could take a moment to arrive But it might help me to figure out What it’s all about What it’s all about I’m grateful for the reasons I still feel alive But nervous in the purposes made Over time But I think I’ll survive I think I’ll survive This is for the unexpected passersby This is for the ones that sweetened Up my life I’m sure we’ll survive I’m sure we’ll survive
7.
Said you never fought it ’Til the final day How is it that you’re homesick You never went away So come on over Before you choke Who am I to ask for more And what for? When you’re getting closer There’s fire in the lake When you think it’s over Somebody opens the gate So come on over Before you choke Who am I to ask for more, And what for?
8.
The Road 03:09
There’s a road A road I’ve been building to take you Wherever you’d go And you know Your path might be clear now but you’ll see Some obstacles grow (Ooh) And you’ll find Some roads that seem better are better But still take their toll Pay no mind Your roadblocks aren’t roadblocks but hurdles And hurdles can’t hold (You) You’ll see more than you can take Soon as you go What I can do is take it too That way you’ll know It’s only more than you can take ‘Til you let go What I can do is take it too That way you’ll know There’s a road A road I’ve been building to reach You Wherever you’d go And you know The path that I set you down ended A long time ago There’s a road And it has a shoulder to rest on When you’re running low And you know The path you were given was given It’s nothing you owe When you go Don’t worry ‘bout letting me down I’ll just see you below And I hope If you lose your way you’ll look back And in looking you’ll know There’s a road A road I’ve been building to reach You Wherever you go When you go Remember it’s not how you get there It’s how you get home
9.
No one seems to know How high to raise the bar We see the challenges But do our best to keep them far We need a plan but instead of this We choose to contradict That wisdom can be bliss I don’t wanna say hello To everyone I know Neither could I stay inside At ease at any price I don’t wanna force a change But it’s the only way So the rant that I’ve begun Tomorrow would be done History likes to prove who’s wrong And who’s right How can a point be made when Parts of it are being denied? We need a plan but instead of this We fear the consequence Of every hit and miss
10.
Are you only being polite? I can tell it from your smile But even when the tension drops The feeling doesn’t stop It’s sticking to my skin It’s tying up my wrists Concealing it won’t do the trick The impression still exists But I don’t wanna feel this It’s beating up my battered heart If you still don’t see it I will keep repeating I don’t wanna feel this You can question all my skills You can call it what you will A sculpture or a pile of stones A painting or a spill But to see a person care Without really being there Shows me how you can’t relate To what I’ve got to say I don’t wanna feel this It’s beating up my battered heart If you still don’t see it I will keep repeating I don’t wanna feel this
11.
It’s what I haven’t done That makes me what I’ve become It’s what I always tend to do That holds me back From something new It’s the day I quit When I should have stuck to it It’s the moment I’m about To burn out But there’s one regret You’re quiet about We should be talking out ‘Cause you shouldn’t ever end Up with no confidence What else is there left to do? Stop feeling you’re about to lose If someone is better off than you It’s the younger me Learning to show sympathy Sometimes it’s the attitude Taken when I had no clue It’s the final call Wasted right before the fall It’s the valuable advice Turned down But there’s one regret You’re quiet about We should be talking out ‘Cause you shouldn’t ever end Up with no confidence What else is there left to do? Stop feeling you’re about to lose If someone is better off than you There is one regret A last one to talk about ‘Cause you shouldn’t ever end Up with no confidence What else is there left to do? Stop feeling you’re about to lose If someone is better off than you

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released September 21, 2018

Pieter Van Dessel - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Gianni Marzo - guitar, pedal steel guitar
Brecht Plasschaert - keyboards
Frederik Bastiaensen - bass
Mattijs Vanderleen - drums, percussion, glockenspiel, marimba

with
Renée Sys: vocals on In Time, Speeches and 39
B. Jean Baudouin: vocals on The Road
Marino Roosen: vocals on Anyhow (Even Now)
Beatrijs De Klerck: violin on In Time, Fire in the Lake and The Road
Stefan Wellens: viola on In Time, Fire in the Lake and The Road
Tine Anthonis: cello on In Time and The Road
Rozanne Descheemaeker: horn on The Road, Wisdom is Bliss
Gerd Van Mulders: trumpet on The Road

Music and lyrics by Pieter Van Dessel
Except “The Road”: lyrics by B. Jean Baudouin

Drums on 39, Fire in the Lake and One Last Regret recorded by Mattijs Vanderleen at Studio Zed.
Drums on Wisdom is Bliss recorded by Jasper Maekelberg at Audioworkx.
All other drums and strings recorded by Pieter-Jan Coppejans at Robot Studios. All other aspects recorded by Brecht Plasschaert and Pieter Van Dessel.

Produced by Pieter Van Dessel

Mixed by Jo Francken
Except “The Road”, mixed by Wouter Vlaeminck, and vocal mix by Peter Crosbie

Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters

Artwork by Eugene & Louise
Layout by Tim Broothaers.

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Marble Sounds Brussels, Belgium

It’s now almost 3 years ago that Marble Sounds decided to go a different musical way and delighted us with the wonderfully beautiful ‘Tautou’. With their latest newborn ‘The Advice to Travel Light’, Pieter Van Dessel and his crew are taking a well-aimed stab at sounding the way a warm, powerful pop album should sound. ... more

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