This is Solo

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It's quite simple, really. Solo (Michiel Flamman) has one goal and one goal only: a song can only see the light of day when it's perfect. There's only room for the most beautiful melodies, the ones that stick to your mind when hearing them for the first time. Guitar and piano must be clear and catchy - sometimes by sounding as upbeat as possible, sometimes by hiding sensitively in the shadows. Solo is always in search of a Timeless Melody, just like its predecessors and idols, Nick Drake and The La's, did in the past. In the Netherlands, Solo's music has become a hallmark of pop songs with a golden glow.

This is Solo is a compilation of Solo's best songs of the past few years. It contains the highlights of all three previous albums, with the addition of a surprising cover of Sabrina's Boys. This is Solo allows the listener to get to know Solo in all his facets, from the upbeat, catchy Come Back to Me to the intimate, breathtaking Silence Falls. Flamman's fragile voice and sincere lyrics grab the listener kindly by the throat. After recent performances in Germany, Solo fell in love with the country. He now wants to share his best work and therefore he compiled this latest album especially for the German market. That's how This is Solo came about. It's all quite simple, really.

credits

released January 7, 2011

Guitar and vocals: Michiel Flamman
Piano, keyboards and backing vocals: Simon Gitsels
Drums: Rowin Tettero
Bass: Reyer Zwart
Electric guitar: Cok van Vuuren

For more specifics check single songs

Produced and mastered by Martijn Groeneveld, except where says different

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Track Name: Songs and sounds
Songs and sounds

Still I carry on though I’ve been waiting much too long
I’ve been lost I’ve been found
Up, to come right down

I’ve been stopped, my luck impound
And I put my worries, into songs and sounds

Exhibit came to my aid, hailed and praised
But it had my soul out for sale
Burned down, when it all failed
I’ve been stopped, my luck impound

So I put my worries into songs and sounds
While the world came down
And I stood my ground
While their world came down

Then I fell into disgrace, took a liking in being made
I’ve been SSIK and oversee, open, secretly
I’ve been the first, but always late
I got sunburned in the shade

My luck impound
And I put my worries in these songs and sounds
While the world came down
I just stood my ground
For a chance to come around
Track Name: Mind
Mind

A slight urge to call you
In the middle of the night
Your sight has set me on fire but it’s warmth without delight

Since you were mine during that time
The state you left me in felt strange for I was denied

I find myself so blind
But I didn’t mind

I remember the whispers, your ‘sirens-advise’
They brought a smile to your face that never reached your eyes

When I took the fall and I was nursing my pride
You felt great you’d left me 'dead' and denied

I find myself so blind
But I didn’t mind

Defeat is my greatest triumph
Apologies are not due
The clues you’ve left me
Girl I wonder, did you know I knew that I’d be fine

Cause I didn’t mind
Track Name: The rules
The rules

Can't stare it in the face
Won't find it in one place
Trace it if I could, but it won't be understood

Who is in control
Will I ever bare that soul
It plays a trick on me and it seems to fool us all

Wish that you and I were lovers
but I don’t know the game
Please can I have the rules explained again

Some say its in the stars
But I bet for the moon
The answers ain’t that far, but it won’t be found too soon

It’s playing with my heart
It’s passion pulls the pain
Intending to outsmart, but I end up in refrain

Wish that you and I were lovers
but I don’t know the game
Please can I have the rules explained again
Track Name: Hit me with a kiss
Hit me with a kiss

I’m close to comfort with my task he said, when I asked
I want straight tonight, but I’m diverted all the time
Is that bad?

And when he hit me with his kiss
I tasted whiskey on my lips burning
Full of fire was he, who loved me

He’d hide in trees to oversee
the targets, hit on the liver or close to it
A figure filled his upper arm
A tattooed Calvin like his so
What a charm

But he kissed me with his fist,
I tasted teardrops on my lips burning
Full of fire was he, who undone me

His head’s at home, a heart o’ stone,
Said: live my life to ruine another one
Bought the sweet another shot
He dropped his guns for the drink was all he got

When he kissed me with his fist,
I tasted blood on my lips, turning,
Full of anger is he, full of hatred he’ll be,
he who learned how to kill me
Track Name: Prayer for the gun
Prayer for the gun

On the horizon of desert sand
Surrounded by devout naked land
We drove out early before the dawn
Waited silent for things to come

And what followed looked like the sun
Was a prayer for the gun

Before the earth moved there was the sound
Dark billows rose over holy ground
I was tempted to look right in
Where He could withstand I pledged to sin

And what followed looked like the sun
Was praying for a gun

As the spirit sent him out to do what he has done shouting kingdom come!
I fell down upon my knees to meet my maker with a plea to make it all undone

And what followed looked like the sun
Was praying for a gun
Track Name: Silence falls
Silence falls

Goodnight dear bottle
It is time for me to go
Before long I’ll be back to say hello

Goodbye dear friends and all that follows
You know the clock says time to close
We’ve been down to the bottom and it shows

We'll be meeting, bumping into doorways
And walking into walls
Taking steps right before the tumble, before the silence falls

Goodnight see you in the morning
I’ll be waiting just outside
My guide to life is hiding round the corner, right?

So we’ll be meeting, bumping into doorways
And walking into walls
Here’s to us
Taking steps right before the tumble, before the silence falls

We’ll be meeting, somewhere near the doorway
On the steps of heavens gate
And I will sing this song
Here’s to us, right before the tumble, before the silence falls
Track Name: Right here (original version)
Right here

Honey, honey, I think it's time to go low
To give in, surrender or we'll explode
You and I are hard to combine
Our love is a war fought at the front line
Honey, honey I think it's time to let go

Cause right here, right now, we can change and turn around

Who believes that all we've said is done
And the battle of sexes is all that we've become
You and I are caught in crossfire
Our love is a war, its what desires are good for
Honey, honey, I think it's time to let go

Right here, right now, we can change and turn around
Right here, right now, we can change and turn around

And have you felt lonely?
Do you think that god is a man?
Let us start all over again
Do you think I'm just a fool?
When I play this one for you too?

Right here, right now, we can change and turn around
Right here, right now, we can change and turn around
And we start all over again
Track Name: Opportunities
Opportunities

Good luck to you
Run off you fools
You’re feet will follow later

Make way, relate
There’s no escape
We’ll find today tomorrow

What it is baby can’t you see
It’ s being here or not to be
So why don’t we?
Stick together baby, we got soul
Heaven knows that after all
We can’t live off rock & roll

Stay put, hands up
Hand out your love
Receive, return, surrender

We push and pull
Then bend the rules
In time for worse and better

And God’s glue got me dreaming I’d stuck on you
Don’t remember what we have to
Just forget the things we should have done
Track Name: Onandon
Onandon

Families out on parade
Women are minding their ways
Teenagers drawn by the fire
And bellies filled with desire

Mothers and fathers, brothers and sons
Daughters, sisters, all and then some
Remember the story is old
It goes on and on

Old men drowning their tears
They’re drunk from an orgy of years
All part of the plot and the fun
A history of righting our wrongs

Mothers and fathers, brothers and sons
Daughters, sisters, all and then some
Remember the story is old
It goes on and on and on
Bound to bond and love and mourn
And on and on and on

And so it goes,
We give what we get,
Yet what they know
Is what we’re told
So you might add a little hurt
Add a little hope next time
But in this life
This time we’re lost and it goes on
Track Name: Come back to me (free download)
Come back to me

You got to come back to me
I’ll paint you the picture
I’ll write you poetry
Devote my life to All you need is love

Although I prefer to be
Somewhat lonesome
And comfort worries me
You unleash an awful lot of

Take my hand
Bend my will
Hold me tight
Kiss and thrill
But give me a life before you leave

Because you got to come back to me
You got to make way for me
You got to come back to me
Make way for me
Come back to me
and tell me I’m not the only one in love

You got to come back to me
Home’s where the hurt is
Where hugs and hostility
Go hand in hand
With elegance and ease

Crack your whip
Break my will
Hold me tight
Kiss me still
But give me your love before you leave

Because you got to come back to me
Track Name: Better man (acoustic version)
Better man

Could have been a better man
A better lover and a better friend
I could have been what I was told to be

Could have been what you wanted to
But I never do the things I should
Will I become what I have been all along

It takes time to find your life
And a life to find that time
It takes as little as we know
It takes passion, it takes peace
Fights and disbelief
But where life leads you, you must go

Could have been a poet or
Simply be the boy next door
Off to war, a soldier smoking roses

I have had my money’s worth
Bought and sold and feinted hurt
But destiny is the ground beneath our feet

When it all comes down
When it all blows up
When the choices have been made
When it all blows up
When it all comes down
We are free to choose our fate

It takes time to find your life
And a life to find that time
It takes as little as we know
It takes passion, it takes peace
Fights and disbelief
But where life leads you, you must go
Track Name: Love always hopes
LOVE ALWAYS HOPES

AND WE TALK ABOUT A LOT
BUT WE TALK ABOUT IT NOT
NO, WE CAN’T GIVE UP TONIGHT
FOR THIS LOVE PROPELLED OUR LIVES
KNOT OUR TIES

WE ALL KNEW WE WANTED SOMETHING
THOUGH WE NEVER QUITE KNEW WHAT
BUT SHE STOLE OUR HEART AND SOUL
THEN WE NAMED HER ROCK AND ROLL
AND WE GAVE ALL

YES IT’S HER I’LL FOLLOW
I’LL FOLLOW TO THE END OF THIS BLIGHTED BAND
HERE WE GO
WITH THE SAME VOICE, THE SAME GOALS
AND LOVE, IT ALWAYS HOPES

OOH WE DREAMT OF BEING STARS
IT JUST NEVER GOT THAT FAR
SHE LOST INTEREST, LOST CONTROL
WE GREW UP, WE GOT OLD
ALMOST, ALMOST

AND IT’S HER I FOLLOW
I FOLLOW TO THE END OF THIS BLIGHTED BAND
HERE WE GO
WITH A SAME VOICE, THE SAME GOALS
AND LOVE, IT ALWAYS HOPES
ITS THE SAME HEART, THE SAME SOAP
YES LOVE, IT ALWAYS HOPES

NEVER THAT SAME MISTAKE
NEVER LET HER KNOW
HERE WE GO, TO THE END
OF THIS BLIGHTED BAND
HERE WE GO
WITH A SAME VOICE, THE SAME GOALS
AND LOVE, IT ALWAYS HOPES
ITS THE SAME HEART, THE SAME SOAP
YES LOVE, IT ALWAYS HOPES
Track Name: Save me
SAVE ME

I TOO FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU
I WAS STRUCK BY THE FIRE IN YOUR EYES
HELD YOUR HANDS WHEN YOU SPOKE TO ME
WAKE UP IT IS TIME TO RISE

YOU WANTED ME TO COME WITH YOU
AND YOU TOLD ME HOW IT COULD BE
WHEN I ARRIVE FOR YOU TAKE ME HOME
YOU WOULD BE THERE WAITING FOR ME

AND YOU SAVE ME WHENEVER YOU’RE NEAR
I WAS LOST WHEN YOU FOUND ME DEAR
YOU SAVE ME AND DRY MY TEARS
YOU MAKE ME

I TRIED TO WALK AND I FOUND MY FEET
AT THE DAWN OF ANOTHER NEW DAY
YOU TOOK ME DANCING IN THE STREETS
TO A SOUL SAID TO LEAD ME ASTRAY

YOU TELL THE TRUTH TO A SINGLE CHORD
AND I’M READY NOW TO BELIEVE
TOUCHED BY THE FLAME AND BORN AGAIN
FOR THE MESSAGE SEND IS RECEIVED

AND YOU SAVE ME WHENEVER YOU’RE NEAR
I WAS LOST WHEN YOU FOUND ME DEAR
YOU SAVE ME AND DRY MY TEARS
YOU MAKE ME

I NEED TO GO WITH YOU TO PLACES YET UNKNOWN
SHOW ME WHERE TO GO
HOW TO FIND YOU

YOU SAVE ME
WHENEVER I FEAR, TRUST IN YOU TO FIND ME DEAR
YOU SAVE ME AND DRY MY TEARS
YOU MAKE ME
Track Name: Lost weekend
LOST WEEKEND

WHEN YOU’RE UP TO NO GOOD
BECAUSE YOU’RE MISUNDERSTOOD
I’LL TAKE YOU ANYWHERE THE WIND BLOWS, AWAY FOR GOOD
‘CAUSE YOUR DADDY’S BEEN RUDE
CROSS THE SEAS LIKE A SAILOR WOULD
OVER THE EDGE OF THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD

WHEN YOU BURN WITH DESIRE
BUT YOUR LOVE IS A LIAR
WE’LL GO ANYWHERE THE WIND BLOWS, HIGHER AND HIGHER
WHEN IT COMES TO THE WIRE
LET’S GET DRUNK TO QUENCH THAT FIRE
SINK AWAY IN BURNING MIRE

ON A SHARP DESCEND
A LOST WEEKEND
FEAST A DAY IN HELL, JUST TO ESCAPE
AND AGAIN, WHAT A GOOD REASON FOR A STRAY SEASON
FIND RELIEF IN PURGATORY MY DEAR
FINALLY

WHEN YOUR VISION IS BLURRED
AND YOU STAND OUT OF THE HERD
YOU’RE DRIFTING ANYWHERE THE WIND BLOWS, BEYOND THE WORD
‘CAUSE YOUR MOM WENT BERSERK
FIND YOURSELF TRAPPED IN THE DIRT
HERE’S THE THING THAT LAST OCCURRED

ON A SHARP DESCEND
A LOST WEEKEND
FEAST A DAY IN HELL, JUST TO ESCAPE
AND AGAIN, WHAT A GOOD REASON FOR A STRAY SEASON
FIND RELIEF IN PURGATORY MY DEAR
FINALLY
Track Name: Drunken bed
DRUNKEN BED

DRUNKEN BED TAKE ME FROM HERE
I’M TIRED AND I WANT TO SLEEP OFF THE TEARS
BURY ME, PLEASE, UNDER YOUR SHEETS
TAKE ME AWAY TO THAT FARAWAY PLACE

DRUNKEN BED
DRUNKEN BED
GET ME OUT OF HERE

CRADLE MY MIND WITH THE MONSTERS BENEATH
AND OFFER MY BONES TO THEIR GRINDING TEETH
PRETEND THERE’S NEVER BEEN SOMEONE LIKE ME
THERE WAS NEVER LAST NIGHT
NEVER THAT FIGHT

DRUNKEN BED TAKE ME FROM HERE
I’M SMELLING OF DARK
REEKING OF FEAR
LET ME FORGET THIS DELIRIOUS DREAM
GET ME OUT OF HERE