Back Porch

by Tip Jar

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Tip Jar is a musical project of Bart de Win and Arianne Knegt. After having recorded a couple of duets for Bart's solo albums, the two discovered that their voices blended in a natural way. They decided to create room for a duet based collaboration and that's how Tip Jar was born. Bart and Arianne started to write songs together, and recorded them in a pure and honest manner, always letting the essence and character of the song prevail.

Bart de Win
Bart de Win studied jazzpiano and -vocals at the conservatory, but got inspired by americana music, and his interests developed in a more rootsy direction. His jazz background blended in easily. Bart's music has been described as a crossover between americana, blues, gospel & jazz. His band The Simple Life is a line-up of fine musicians famous for delicate arranging and playing. Bart has his very own unique and rootsy sound.

Arianne Knegt
Arianne started singing in bands and choirs during her school days. Later she was lead singer in Marylou & The Good Old Boys, a country and rockabilly band. Since 2009 Arianne is one of the voices of The Simple Life. She has a passion for attending concerts, and regularly writes reviews for the music website Folkforum. Next to her vocal and songwriting contributions she takes care of the promotion of Bart de Win & The Simple Life and Tip Jar.

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released May 19, 2014

Arianne Knegt vocals
Bart de Win vocals and keys
Bill Small harmony vocals
Eric van de Lest drums & percussion
Harry Hendriks guitar, banjolele, banjo, ukelele, bass guitar, harmony vocals
Jimmy Davis guitar, harmony vocals
Joost van Es violin
Martijn de Win guitar
René van Mierlo guitar
Rinus Raaijmakers double bass
Tonnie Ector double bass
Walt Wilkins guitar, harmony vocals

Tip Jar is: Bart de Win & Arianne Knegt

‘Crossroads’ was written by Arianne Knegt. ‘Lonely song’ was written by Bart de Win & Martijn de Win. All other songs were written by Bart de Win.
Produced by Eric van de Lest, Bart de Win & Arianne Knegt
Recorded and mixed by Eric van de Lest at the Daltoon Studio
www.daltoon.nl
Mastered by Darius van Helfteren at Amsterdam Mastering www.amsterdammastering.com

Artwork photography by Sarah Bork www.sarahborkhamilton.com/blog
Artwork design by Julie Sckittone www.jujumaker.com
Jewelry design by Arianne Knegt www.shine-a-light.nl

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After having recorded some duets on Bart's solo albums, Bart and Arianne discovered that their voices blended in a natural way. They decided to create room for a duet based collaboration and that's how Tip Jar was born. Bart and Arianne started to write songs together, and recorded them in a pure and honest manner, always letting the essence and character of the song prevail. ... more

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Track Name: I won't hide
I've been trying to make it look as if I'm not
Scared of lying, but this is what I've got
Nobody told me that's what it takes
But I won't hide, no I won't hide

I've been waiting for a simple way to fit in
Anticipating on whatever's happening
Passing trains faster than a plane
I don't ride, no I don't ride

Take me with you to our city of song
We'll fly like the wind to the place where we belong
Take the next step, we'll be the talk of the town
We've been there before
It can't bring us down anymore

We've been stalling but what else can you do
To keep from falling when the picture's bugging you
See the sunset, a giant fire fly
But I won't cry, no I won't cry

Is this heaven or just a sacred place
Where I can touch your sanctuary face
Who needs proof to recognize the artist’s loving mind
That never dies, it never dies
Track Name: Lonely song
It takes a lot of time, we don't go far
Sitting in the back seat of this old car
It's always raining; sweet rain is pouring down on me

We make a lot of friends along the way
They come and they go every day
It's pretty cold, I saw some snow along the way

Next time I'll be going I'm sure I'm gonna bring her along
Next time I'll be going I don't want to sing my lonely song

These cloudy days can't get me down
If I can just walk a while in this part of town
You'd like this place, I miss your face, I wish I could see your smile

I sing my songs wherever I go
That’s what I need to do
Why I took this road, I don’t know
When it’s tearing me away from you

It takes a lot of time, we don't go far
Sitting in the back seat of this old car
It's always raining, sometimes these clouds are all that I can see
Track Name: Back Porch
I wish we had a back porch and a little sunshine
No real trouble on our minds
We’d drink a lot a beer or sip a bit of wine
And play every record we could find

Sitting on the back porch sounds like a dream
With the dark clouds hanging in the sky
We dream together but we can’t change the weather
So I’m starting to wonder why

Our poor little back porch made out of wood
Standing in the snow and rain
Looks like a nightmare, maybe I should leave it there
Somewhere in the corner of my brain

Sitting in the cold waiting for the rain
There’s one thing that we won’t get
A genuine back porch Sunday afternoon
With the sounds and the smells and the sweat

A cool pair of boots won’t grow you any roots
We can’t even fool a blind man
But honey, what do we care? Let’s get another pair
And stumble on the only way we can

If we want to hear a cricket we’ve got to buy a ticket
And fly to the Texas Hills
I’ll rock your chair, we’ll breathe in the air
Just live without the frills

Is it weird to sing when you hit the right string
But you know nobody’s buying
In our wet little land, flat little land
We just keep on trying
Track Name: One biscuit
Red flowers, white flowers, blue flowers or maybe she likes yellow
Picking the perfect color defines the perfect fellow

White chocolate, black chocolate, sweet chocolate, maybe a bottle of red wine
White might be better or anything but white could be fine

They're standing at the door
And she knows what they're hoping for
They keep on trying, keep on trying
Some talk, some tea, one biscuit
Nothing more, nothing more

A good book, a nice book, a book that's funny or a bit exciting
Or should it be an intellectually stimulating masterpiece of writing?

Perfume, all women like perfume and men that smell like a rose
Or could she fall for someone offering different vibes of nature for the nose?

New shoes... Where did I put my new shoes?
Track Name: You will be fine
Don't cry, I'll be around
You're still my baby boy
Don't fret, you will be found
There's so much to enjoy
You'll learn to enjoy

I know you can see
But you don't trust the view
How hard can it be
To believe that it's true
Love is all around you

You will be fine at the end of the line
You will be fine I know
You will be fine at the end of the line I know

Your eyes are like stars
They shine right through the gloom
You try to hide the scars
Of life's secrets hurting you
Life's secrets hunting you
Track Name: Love of my life
He cries his heart out for a living
People come and listen to his songs
He's been away from home so many times before
Still he knows where he belongs

Love of my life, love of my life
Some things never change
Love of my life

She had her ups and downs like any lover
But the boys never failed to make her stay
That's the way it goes and no one ever knows
Why the anger starts to grow day by day

The point of no return lies far behind him
Feeling lonely sharing the same bed
He never could have thought he'd ever feel this way
With the only girl he ever really had

The time for change is right when you just know it
Every single soul has a right to fly
You step into the pain and no one can explain
You can't always find the reason why

He cries his heart out for a living
People come and listen to his songs
He's been away from home so many times before
Track Name: Crossroads
How can it be when you're looking at me
That I feel so insecure
Of all that I've done and of what I've become
And how I just long to be free

You took me to places where I've never been
I lingered, I laughed and I cried
Over all that’s forbidden
The thoughts that were hidden
That should have been locked up inside

So how can it be when you're smiling at me
That I just don't know what to do
Everything’s broken and everything's blue
And I can’t stop thinking of you

Searching for signs that can show me the way
Looking for answers in vain
It feels like I'm wandering, just going astray
Running away from this pain

So what can I do, I'm still dreaming of you
A picture so hard to ignore
I know it can’t be cause you’re not with me
Still I keep on hoping for more

I’ll cut my own track, I will never go back
Though it seems I’ve got nowhere to go
Somewhere I’ll be waiting, longing for you
I’m yours and you’ll never know
Track Name: Your first lie
You missed the dying prince, Chicago cold
A crying mama and getting old
The rising sea, the last living bee
And your first lie

The never ending story of human rights
Heartbreaking love and birthday fights
Little uniforms, murdered unicorns
And your first lie

And you missed the needle and all the pain
And you missed missing home in the cold, cold rain
The killing of angels and elephant kings
And your first lie

But there's a place close by where you belong
I see your face close by where you belong

You won't have to fight over virtual violence
In a world without mercy and inconceivable silence
And you're not afraid of the bully boy beat-ups
And your first lie

Easy to love, easy to long for

You could've changed it all and you don't even know
Destiny's beauty can hit you with a blow
You missed puberty and all the insecurity
Of your first lie
Track Name: Sing a song
I finally made it, I passed every test
This is what I dreamed of all this time
This place full of beauty, happiness and joy
I feel like putting all my thoughts into rhyme

I hate assignments but still I’m here
I don’t like every song I’m singing but it’s ringing in my ear
This is the place where I belong

I’m scared of people, especially you
But I think it will get better in a year or two
But I simply have to sing a song

And when I get a sheet
That I have to read
Some stupid thing that I’ve got to sing
I look as close as I can
But no bell starts to ring
Cause I can’t get what’s happening

I know a million brilliant songs are lying on the shelf
But still some crazy guy is yelling I should write a tune myself
Well I don’t care as long as I can sing a song

I hate assignments but still I’m here
I don’t like every song I’m singing but it’s ringing in my ear
This is the place where I belong
I simply have to sing a song
Track Name: Don't forget
Colors change the whole year through
While every sound is drenched in blue
Don't forget my arms, don't forget my arms

Follow your gut or flip a coin
But keep your eye on the vanishing point
And don't forget my heart, don't forget my heart

Lean on me

This place can scare the hell out of me
But through your eyes it's easy to see
The beauty of it all, the beauty of it all

When it all settles, it might turn
Find a way to keep the fire burn
Listen to my love, listen to my love

Sometimes it's hard to play the right card
But I guess that's all in the game
Who can tell right from wrong, when the feeling's so strong?

No one knows how the wind's gonna blow
But let's just go with the bumpy flow
Welcome to my world, welcome to my world

You never know what's next to come
You find a friend and then you lose someone
Hang on to my song, hang on to my song

Colors change the whole year through
While every sound is drenched in blue
Don't forget my arms, don't forget my arms

Follow your gut or flip a coin
But keep your eye on the vanishing point
And don't forget my heart, don't forget my heart
Track Name: This is how we dance
There is so much going on
It's hard to keep up with it all
There's stuff enough for a song a day
But it's hard to sing your blues away
We can laugh or we can cry
Or we can look for love while time passes by

This is how we dance we're stepping two feet to the beat
We don't know what jump we're heading for
This is how we dance just guessing who's the one to lead
But nothing's gonna stop it anymore
Nothing's gonna stop us anymore

One and one is more than two
Is that a truth that's bothering you?
Love is blind but never wrong
Let go and play along
You can't run, you can't hide
You have to feel the pain when your standing on the side

I don't need a smile, I can do without
I walked down the aisle and I still don't know what we’re talking about
Track Name: As long as I've got you
I've been dreaming of living in the heart of town
But I don't need to know what's going down
Oh baby, as long as I've got you

I don't need money, don't need fame
Nobody needs to know my name
Oh baby, as long as I've got you

I can live without booze, that's easy to do
I might even skip a beer or two
Oh baby, as long as I've got you

I don't need a mansion on a plot of land
With all I want in the palm of my hand
Oh baby, as long as I've got you

When you and and I just stick together
Come what may it really don't matter
When the whole damn world is falling apart
I know I'm safe inside your heart

I don't need more loving, you're all I can take
We're making all the love that I want to make
Oh baby, as long as I've got you