The Swimming Pool Album


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GOING UNDER OVER YOU

I’m shaking in your laughter
Like a tree to the rafter
Why don’t you
Tear me to my root
Taste me like a fruit
Why don’t you

Then you leave me blinking
Falling and I’m thinking
About you
Don’t you even wonder
When I’m going under
Over you

Where do you think you’re going
Teach me what you’re knowing
Why don’t you
Naked and you’re dancing
Kissing and romancing
Why don’t you

Then you tell me stories
Disasters and glories
About you
You’re thinking it’s a blunder
When I’m going under
Over you

Losing and winning
Picking and grinning
Over you
Hoping for a miracle
Waiting for the little girl
Inside you

Tell me ‘bout the others
Sisters and brothers
Why don’t you
Way too many lovers
Underneath our covers
Why don’t you

Tell them all about it
Never gonna doubt it
About you
Lightning and thunder
When I’m going under
Over you

Repeat First Verse

© 2009 Jan-Edward Vogels

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HOLD ON

Sometimes when you
Turn away from me
You know you bring the whole world
Crashing down
Around my head and shoulders
Sadness, shoulders sagging
Thoughts are dragging
When you close your eyes
And close your mind
Cause you care not to see me

Hold on
I know that it’s all wrong
Hold on,
I know I’ve come a long, long way
From home, my home

When people seem unreal to you
It doesn’t matter how I feel
You simply go and disappear in silence
You say you don’t need someone
Caring for you all the time
You need to be alone in your own violence

Hold on,
I know this can’t be right
Hold on,
I think I see the light, the light
Of love again

And afterwards
My sorrow leaves
Cause I know that you’ll always
Be returning
You’ll be yearning to renew me
And in the morning
See the darkness dying
In the light of some bright sun
That blazes setting fire to heaven

Hold on,
I know the way from here
Hold on,
I tell you that it’s near, so near
It won’t be long.

© 1975 Jan-Edward Vogels

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I DON’T WANT IT

No kiss,
It’s just too easy to dismiss
No face,
Don’t want to look like a disgrace
No arms,
Don’t want to work down on the farm
No feet,
Don’t want to worry ‘bout the heat

No, I don’t want it, don’t want it
Don’t want it, don’t want it
I don’t want it

No house,
Don’t want to share it with a mouse
No wife,
Don’t want to sign away my life
No car,
I’d rather travel to a star
No friends,
Don’t want to learn how to pretend

No, I don’t want it, don’t want it, etc.

No brain,
Then I will never go insane
No eye,
Then I will never have to cry
No heart,
‘Cause you keep tearing it apart
No ear,
Then I won’t care if you’re sincere

No, I don’t want it, don’t want it, etc.

No cash,
Don’t want to pay for all the trash
No death,
Won’t even let me catch my breath
No time,
The wasted hours are a crime
No pray,
I don’t think he listen anyway

No, I don’t want it, don’t want it, etc.

© 1987 Jan-Edward Vogels

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I’LL NEVER BE A RICH MAN

I can’t buy you no car
So you take my guitar
I can’t buy you no house
And now you treat me like a mouse
I can’t buy diamond ring
But I’ll give you my everything
Have I left something out
Do you know what I talk about

I’ll never be a rich man
Cause I love you so much
I’ll never be a rich man
But I long for your touch
I’ll never be a rich man
Cause I’ll follow you everywhere
I’ll never be a rich man
Baby, let me come up for air

I follow you to Japan
Where love’n’trouble began
You slammed the bedroom door
Made me sleep on the floor
You handed me a dress (kimono)
I would never guess
That I could ever look this way
That I would love you night and day

I’ll never be a rich man, etc.

Can I write a song to you
Would you like it black and blue
Should I sing about your lips
Or the way you play your hips
Or where this all began
Or if I’m still a man
Or if it’s all a crime
When I’m left without a dime

I’ll never be a rich man, etc.

© 2005 Jan-Edward Vogels

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LIKE JOHN DOE

Thinking stop
Feeling stop
Where will I go?
Get up tomorrow
And work like John Doe
Dying here
Lying here
How can I dream
Pictures of youth
And the things I have seen

Going back
Turning back
Cannot be done
Life I am living it
Under the sun
Tiny
So tiny
I cannot be seen
Smaller than atoms
As big as I seem

Seeming so
Meaning so
I can go on
Finishing this life
Is not really wrong
Lonesome
And homesick
For paradise lost
Overgrown children
Ask how much it costs

Please give me
Show me
The way to the door
Living is easy
There’s honey to pour
Someplace
I’ll find it
I’ll come home at last
Finding the dream
That I’m chasing has past

© 2003 Jan-Edward Vogels

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LOST ON A MOUNTAIN

Lost on a mountain
Like an angel with no wings
Drinking from a fountain
Pain and fearful things
You smile beside me
With anger in your head
Your madness wants to ride me
The fever must be fed

I would give anything
To fly away from here
Just close my eyes
And disappear
And if you follow me
If only you would try
I’ve got a thousand
Reasons why
I’m lost on a mountain with you

Lost on a mountain
With eyes that barely see
Surrounded by the answers
Deep in mystery
The day I found you
Was the day that I got lost
My arms are wrapped around you
No matter what the cost

I would give anything
To fly away from here
Just close my eyes
And disappear
And if you follow me
If only you would try
I’ve got a thousand
Reasons why
I’m lost on a mountain with you

One hundred nights
And it’s fading away
This love we had together
One hundred nights
And I can’t find my way
Back to you, back to you

I would give anything
To fly away from here
Just close my eyes
And disappear
And if you follow me
If only you would try
I’ve got a thousand
Reasons why
I’m lost on a mountain with you

© 1994 Jan-Edward Vogels

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SOMEWHERE DEEP IN THE RIVER

One sweet day
In the rest of my life with you
I found a way
Where every dream comes true
I’m gonna give you
Loving sweet and slow
Somewhere deep in your river
Where nobody else will go

I hold my breath
And you hold my heart in yours
You make me want to
Open all the doors
And show you secrets
The ones I keep below
Somewhere deep in my river
Where nobody else will go

I thought that
I would never find you
Among these strangers
In the night
Endless searching
Can just blind you
Finding heat
Without the light
Among these strangers
In the night

A brand new day
Where old mistakes and lies
They disappear
Right before our eyes
A kiss and shiver
The feelings overflow
Somewhere deep in the river
Where nobody else will go

© 2002 Jan-Edward Vogels

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SUCH A MOMENT IN TIME

Just because you are not with me
It doesn’t mean anything
Because of you I am where I am going
And that’s what’s important
Because I am grateful and thankful
Forever you’re in me
Never forget you
I’ll always remember
Our precious moments
They seem to hold on
And I just can’t let go
Now or tomorrow
I’ll always remember
How we once had oh,
Such a moment in time.

And you have such good company
And I am joyful as can be
And I would never trade a second
Of a moment or a breath
Every birth and every death
Every kiss and every fight
Every day and every night
Life just keeps living
While I try to catch my breath
I try to catch it while it flies away.

Time just keeps rolling
And tumble-ing into this moment
When I try to hold on
But it keeps on flowing
So I just let go and I drift
And I fall into your arms
And you hold me in you
I know that I cannot
Stay here forever
But our precious moments
They seem to hold on
And I just can’t let go
Now or tomorrow
I’ll always remember
How we once had oh,
Such a moment in time.

© 2006 Jan-Edward Vogels

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THE SWIMMING POOL

I’m swimming in the swimming pool
The lights are off, the night is cool
I don’t know why, I don’t know when
My love for you came back again
It’s back again, oh, it’s back again

I hold you wet, I hold you wild
You’re much too old, you’re just a child
You disappear, you dive too deep
I’m all alone, I cannot sleep
I cannot sleep, oh, I cannot sleep

You’ve come over me
The swimming pool
Becomes the sea
Waves come over you
Waves come over me

The water’s warm, I’m home at last
Your love is here, there is no past
My life is long, I hold my breath
I hold you near, there is no death
I hold my breath, oh, I hold my breath

The air is thin, the hill is high
The swimming pool is poised to fly
You can’t get out, you can’t stay in
The ways of love, the feel of skin
The feel of skin, oh, the feel of skin

You’ve come over me
The swimming pool
Becomes the sea
Waves come over you
Waves come over me

I’m swimming in the swimming pool
The lights are off, the night is cool
I don’t know why, I don’t know when
My love for you came back again
It’s back again
And the feel of skin,
And I hold my breath,
And the ways of love,
In the swimming pool

© 1980 & 1987 Jan-Edward Vogels

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YOUR MAMA SAID

(Whistle Intro)

You say you like me, then you don’t
You say you love me when you won’t
Seems when I’m up you’re always down
I say I need to talk,
But you wanna fool around
You wanna fool around

You said you’d work, you never do
Take all my money, spend it too
So now my clothes are all wore out
You say you don’t know
What I’m talking about
Talking about, you don’t know

Your mama said, you were no good
Never a word was understood
Until too late, until too late
Cause I think I love you now (chorus)
Until too late, until too late
Cause I think I love you now
Your mama said, you were no good
Your mama said

(Whistle)

You pull the rug beneath my feet
When I fall down you smile so sweet
You drove my car into a wall
& I’m afraid that now it’s much too small
Much too small, too small,
it’s much too small, too small, it’s way too small

You walk so fancy down the street
Make eyes at every man you meet
But when I start to leave you cry
And as soon as I come back you say,
good-bye, you say, come back,
you say, good-bye, come back, good-bye

(chorus + solo whistle)

Now, love never works as it should
I’ll try it again or quit for good
The dream I had, it wasn’t bad
And it’s hard to let go
After giving you all I had
So that’s when I remember
What your mama said
(Remember what your mama said) x 4

(chorus + whistle out)

© 1971 & 1986 Jan-Edward Vogels

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YOU’LL NEVER RETURN

You grabbed some wings and you went flying
Where you have flown I cannot go
The people look and think you’re dying
But I know
I think I know you’ve flown
Into stranger clouds
Than I have seen
And you’ll never return
And you’ll never return

You left a wife, a child, a family
You left them all so far behind
You’re never coming back to say,
“Hello, I’m home
Honey, I’m home again.”
‘Cause you lost your way
One winter day
And you’ll never return
And you’ll never return

Perhaps you’re nothing but an angel
Perhaps you’re nothing but a freak
I only saw your face
And heard your voice
Last week
I heard you speak and cry
Over broken dreams
And silent screams
And you’ll never return
And you’ll never return

© 2012 Jan Edward Vogels

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