Looking For A Place To Stay

by Rick Treffers

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1.
TIME IS REALLY RUNNING OUT Now it’s time to get things straight Without delays or hesitating To love’s to be loved, just open up Drink from that cup, go straight to the top There’s nothing else Time is really running out this time All those years of catching up Starts and stops and pressure drops Doing it my way, shifting gears Sinatra sang: ‘The end is near’ There’s nothing else Time is really running out this Time is really running out this Time is really running out this time When I was a kid there was no fit I just played without a grid And then there was love on the radio The music told me where to go There was nothing else Time is really running out this Time is really running out this Time is really running out this time Time hasn’t been always on my side Time is really running There’s nothing else There’s nothing else Time is really running out It’s running out of time Time is really running out It’s running out of time Time is really running out this Time is really running out this Time is really running out this time
2.
The Arithmetics What I wanna do is something Which depends on numbers more than often So why doing things out of the blue? 1+1=2 is something That’s been said to me a million times I always wanted 1+1 to be 3 I should have listened better to the advice The arithmetics never lie Though I wish they would I’ve been outnumbered by the truth that never lies By the arithmetics of my life That I misunderstood What I wanna do is something Which depends on numbers more than often So why doing things out of the blue? Clichés are much more numerous Than behaviour that can’t be decoded I’ve got to find my way back out of the woods I should have listened better to the advice The arithmetics never lie Though I wish they would I’ve been outnumbered by the truth that never lies By the arithmetics of my life That I misunderstood 1+1=2 and 2+2=4 An outcome always opens up a door I should have listened better to the advice The arithmetics never lie Though I wish they would I’ve been outnumbered by the truth that never lies By the arithmetics of my life That I misunderstood I’m still counting don’t know whether I’ll win or lose Recounting And counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
3.
AFTER I’M GONE I don’t know why I do it I just do it And if I wouldn’t do it I’d just screw it I need the motion I don’t need emotion I’m a wave in the Pacific Ocean Don’t ask me questions I won’t reply at all Cause this life just goes on after I’m gone after I’m gone I’ve got to get work done before I’m gone before I’m gone Why was I born I just don’t wanna know it I am not strong But I try to ease my mind Happiness is just a passerby It ain’t no product you can easily sell or buy I’m getting closer I can’t stay behind Cause this life just goes on after I’m gone after I’m gone I’ve got to get work done before I’m gone before I’m gone Before I’m gone After I’m gone My motor’s running and I’m heading somewhere It may be nowhere, but in the end we’ll see Half of my life I spent it analyzing Now the time has come to work and let things be I’m a traveler without a destiny Cause this life just goes on after I’m gone after I’m gone I’ve got to get work done before I’m gone before I’m gone before I’m This life just goes on after I’m gone after I’m gone I’ve got to get work done before I’m gone before I’m gone before I’m This life just goes on after I’m gone after I’m gone after… I’ve got to get work done before I’m gone before I’m gone Before I’m…
4.
Superglue 04:05
SUPERGLUE In the slipstream of my heart I hear screaming loud guitars It’s been like that since I discovered the power of art Many liaisons fall apart Due to my selfish one track heart Due to knowing what I should have done Right from the start In these songs it’s so easy to give It’s where I live When doors of songs start to revolve All the problems left unsolved They just vanish They just go up in holy smoke In these songs it’s so easy to give They make me live They may be all I will leave to this world Well, that is something It may sound pretty poor to you As if it is all that I can do As if my songbook’s just a miserable excuse I’m sorry to make you feel that blue But these songs they’re superglue If I don’t stick with them I’m forever bound to lose In these songs it’s so easy to give And forgive In these songs it’s so easy to give It’s where I live So let me live
5.
Relief 03:09
RELIEF From the first day on I have been waiting for a miracle Something merely magical To make it all worthwile I’ve been looking for some signs That could tell me which way to go Release me from wondering About things I can not know About this life And its wonders And its beauty underneath Through the fields I should wander And stumble upon relief Upon relief I started discovering Enigmas and temptations Trial and error Seemed to be the only way to levitation But then somehow I lost myself In endless ruminating The organs all stopped playing I started singing out of key The key of life And its wonders And its beauty underneath Back to zero I should wander To stumble upon relief Upon relief Upon relief
6.
HOW THE PAST WAS WON Chords…words… The people who love me and make me belong The gasoline my engine runs on What I can do is answer your love with a song A simple song to keep the faith strong A mantra to which we can all hum To celebrate we don’t have to die on our own I play some chords Utter words Try to sound like lively birds I thank you all and sing this song About how the past was won Yeah I really really love the way you all care It’s soothing my mind It takes me there were I’m longing to be And ought to live in harmony Loving, breathing, growing Knowing without knowing Hovering, heating, glowing Going without going A simple tune to simplify life A day-to-day tool that can help us survive The fear and the fury That sometimes cut like a knife I play some chords Utter words Try to sound like lively birds I thank you all and sing this song About how the past was won So here I go And I don’t know But tomorrow it will show I love you all
7.
THE LIFE I DIDN’T LIVE The life I didn’t live The tricks I didn’t learn The kids I didn’t have The page I didn’t turn The love I didn’t give The seas I didn’t sail The people who I’ve left The moments that I failed All I didn’t have Makes it pretty clear Everything that’s left Is all what matters here I know that more is less It took a while to learn Ambition brought me here And now it’s time to burn Burn the fears and thoughts Breathing in the air Close my eyes and see Everything is there The life I didn’t lead Slowly disappears Now is all there is Nothing interferes The life I didn’t live The tricks I didn’t learn The kids I didn’t have The page I didn’t turn The love I didn’t give The seas I didn’t sail The people who I’ve left The moments that I failed The life I didn’t live The tricks I didn’t learn The kids I didn’t have The page I didn’t turn The life I didn’t live The tricks I didn’t learn The life I didn’t live The life I didn’t live The life I didn’t live The life I didn’t live The life I didn’t live The life I didn’t live The life I didn’t live The life I didn’t live
8.
The Best of Your Days Days… The best of your days High time now the sun takes over This went on way too long I sing you a four-leaf clover A straw of luck to keep you hangin’ on Cause it ain’t over yet I think it’s just begun All those years of tears and mourning Will have taken their toll I sing you a brand new morning Cause nothing is eternal after all No it ain’t over yet Now recover from the fall Through the wind and through the rain There will be sun to ease the pain Throw off these chains and breathe normally again Out of the mist Out of the haze Into the open fields of grace You’ll find a place To spend the rest of your days This may be my final warning I’ll have to go now soon I hope you will be safe from harm And stay away from howling at the moon Hope you can manage You gotta get out of that cocoon Cause it ain’t over yet I think it’s just begun Through the wind and through the rain There will be sun to ease the pain Throw off these chains and breathe normally again Out of the mist Out of the haze Into the open fields of grace You’ll find a place To spend the rest of your days The best of your days The best of your days I think they’re still to come Through the wind and through the rain There will be sun to ease the pain Throw off these chains and breathe normally again Out of the mist Out of the haze Into the open fields of grace You’ll find a place To spend the rest of your days The best of your days
9.
I WANT TO LIVE I want to live Figuring out where it all comes from Ignoring the beat of the drum Looking for an answer I can give Trying to understand my youth Reading self-help books to find the truth I didn’t forget about anything but to live I want to live I asked myself a thousand times When will these bells cease to chime The answer it is blowing in the wind And it becomes a bit pathetic now Even the doctors don’t know how Can anybody give me some kind of hint About how to live Cause I want to live I want to live Now that the lights are being dimmed It’s high time for some kind of hymn A hymn to the beauty that sustains So I summon up all my courage now Open the curtains, take a bow And join in song repeating the refrain Cause I want to live I want to live I want to live I want to live I want to live I want to live I want to live I want to live I want to live I want to live
10.
DREAMING MELODIES I’m dreaming melodies I don’t know what they mean The less I know The more I dream I live in harmony As long as I’m asleep On my own The night is only dark to some extent It ain’t no oddity Real life is strange to me I can’t let go And words come slow But then in my dream All painful memories Just melt like snow Life is only dark to some extent In dreams I shine and everyone’s my friend I’m dreaming melodies I’m dreaming melodies The night is only dark to some extent In dreams I shine and everyone Almost everyone Is my friend
11.
My belly’s got no head It never can be misled I hope it will protect me in the end My belly makes many sounds Mono, stereo or surround Aiming for perfection’s lost its sense I wish I’d spent more time To feel the vibes down below They were always there But I didn’t know My head was heading elsewhere My belly’s got no head Only fishes in a watershed Dividing the good from the bad My belly makes the world go round I didn’t know until I found My thoughts lying in an observation bed I wish I’d spent more time Like a rolling stone Losing control Unaware Letting myself go Floating in the air Mi barriga no tiene cabeza La vida da ninguna certeza Los pensamientos no son la solución Mi barriga no tiene cabeza La razón le da pereza Cansada de alcanzar la perfección The less I think about it The less I think about it The less I think about it The less I think about it The less I think about it The less I think about it The less I think about it The less I think about it The less I think about it The less I think about it The less I think about it The less I think about My belly’s got no head It never can be misled I hope it will protect me
12.
I can see it from a distance Observe it from afar And there’s nothing that can change my point of view I feel less and less resistance Or hardly anything at all There’s no point in finding solutions to the truth Cause when something’s gone There’s nothing to be done The earth is turning around the sun I feel as one Live like a monk A little bit of buddhism can be fun Fun I can see you from a distance You leave my heart untouched In the very end all this practice made some sense Because I’m going to live in peace now I do thank you very much I may bore myself to death but I’ll take the chance Cause when something’s gone There’s nothing to be done The earth is turning around the sun I feel as one Live like a monk A litte bit of buddhism Can be fun It can be fun Fun When something’s gone There’s nothing to be done The earth is turning around the sun

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Rick Treffers pulled the plug out of his indie pop band Mist in 2017 just after the release of the album Underwater. Now the veteran singer-songwriter, musician and producer from The Netherlands is back with new songs. Under his own name. Welcome to: Looking For A Place To Stay. 12 songs on cd, 10 songs in the digital world. Ivar and Jeroen from Mist played along on the album, as well as Spanish musicians Lourdes Casany, Antonio José Iglesias and Alberto Montero. Also Mischa Porte (How the Past Was Won), Léon Klaasse (Relief) and Erik Verhoef (The Earth Is Turning Round the Sun) can be heard on the album.

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released May 6, 2021

Music and words // Rick Treffers
Arrangements // Rick Treffers and Ivar Vermeulen
Recording and production // Rick Treffers
Mastering // Alex Psaroudakis

Graphic design // Vicente Balbastre

Musicians // Lourdes Casany, Antonio José Iglesias, Léon Klaasse, Jeroen Luttikhuis, Alberto Montero, Mischa Porte, Rick Treffers, Erik Verhoef, Ivar Vermeulen

Special thanks to my friends Ivar, Jeroen, Rebecca, Henk, Erik, Ana, Lourdes, Gilberto, Vicente and to Volver Music (Crip and Francis), Rik Elstgeest and Edition Meister (Robert and Marco) for supporting me throughout the process of making this album.

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Rick Treffers Netherlands

Rick Treffers (1967) is a Dutch songwriter, singer, musician and producer, releasing albums since 1995 as Mist, El Turista Optimista, Miss Universe, Girlfriend Misery and Rick Treffers. In 2018 he published his first novel (in Dutch) Ik wou dat ik jouw leven had. Two new albums in 2021: Looking For A Place To Stay (due 6 May) and Levensdrift.
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