One to Twelve (compilation)

by Alan Lauris

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Selection of 20 songs from 2001 to 2012

1. Connect me (drums ’n chords mix)
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Connect Me EXTRAS (digital bonus – 2006)
- original on Connect Me (album CD – 2006)

2. Time out (radio edit)
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Different Frequency EXTRAS (digital bonus – 2009)
- original on Different Frequency (album CD – 2009)

3. Downloaded
- music: Alan Lauris, lyrics: John Coughlan
- from Connect Me (album CD – 2006)

4. No matching socks (2009 remix)
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Different Frequency EXTRAS (digital bonus – 2009)
- original on The Quest part two (EP – 2003)
- video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjYtwSTfD7A

5. Try a lullaby
- music: Alan Lauris, lyrics: John Coughlan
- from Connect Me (album CD – 2006)

6. My second life
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Different Frequency (album CD – 2009)

7. Eddy (short)
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Eddy (single – 2010)
- A tribute to one of my inspirators: Eddy Christiani
- video: youtu.be/CYKFWIgfAtY

8. Niet meer ellende
- music: Alan Lauris
- from The Quest part two (EP – 2003)
- contains samples from anti-war speech on Dam-square, Amsterdam
- video: youtu.be/2DRlELbzJZI
- video includes an interview about this song

Tracks 9, 10 and 11 are collaborations in Dutch

9. Fatale Uitzondering (with Alias the same)
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Sterkte! (album CD, Alias the same - 2002)
- from 1990 until 2002 I was half of the Dutch duo ‘Alias the same’

10. De Hand (with Voorzetselkoor)
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- more about this on www.dehand.nl

11. Een nieuwe keuken (with Lauris and Verberne)
- music: Alan Lauris, lyrics: Rion Verberne
- from Vrolijkheid (album CD, Lauris & Verberne – 2011)
- more about this collaboration on www.laurisenverberne.nl

12. Twelve
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Different Frequency (album CD – 2009)
- video: youtu.be/VhQpUDiN87s

Tracks 13 to 17 are about architecture and urban planning
more about this on www.alanlauris.com/urbanplanningmusic

13. Building Beauty
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Building Beauty (single – 2012)
- a song about beauty and architecture
- video: youtu.be/-BA8ggoyZVY

14. London or Berlin
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Different Frequency (album CD – 2009)
- video: youtu.be/Oo4_tIX8ESA

15. Dutch cities
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Connect Me (album CD – 2006)
- from Dutch cities (single – 2006)
- video: youtu.be/EusS5Zt1htU

16. Not too big
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Dutch cities (single – 2006)
- video: youtu.be/KsQJN5xAZt8

17. Concrete and steel
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Different Frequency (album CD – 2009)
- video: youtu.be/5_15KZ9z8Ro

18. Snowball
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Different Frequency (album CD – 2009)

19. Plotseling was jij daar
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from Plotseling was jij daar (single – 2011)
- a song about my daughter Yfke

20. Coming home
- music and lyrics: Alan Lauris
- from The Quest part one (EP - 2003)

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released December 30, 2012

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Track Name: Connect me (drums 'n chords mix)
I really want to feel that I'm a part of everything
But there is such a distance; I don't know how to get in
Oh, I need a connection 'cause I have a lot to bring
I really want to feel that I'm a part of everything, but
I don't know how

I don't want to be frightened of the people anymore
I want to look them in the eye and not feel insecure
I want to stop believing that they think I am a bore
I don't want to be frightened of the people anymore, but
I don't know how

I just want to really really feel
I just want to live for real
I just want to be in control
I want to be part of the whole, but
I don't know how

Connect me to the world (5x)
Connect me

I want to show the people my new plan for who I am
But I don't have a network and I need some helping hands
And I don't want to have to start from zero once again
I want to show the people my new plan for who I am, but
I don't know how

Connect me to the world (5x)
Connect me

I don't know how

Connect me to the world (10x)
Connect me
Track Name: Time out (radio edit)
Another day, another hero
In the ratrace to the top
From a nono to the CEO
He’s going fast and it doesn’t stop
I need to think while time goes on and on
I have to be the number one
and I just want to lay down in the sun

(aaaaaah) Come on mister Referee
(aaaaaah) It's all going too fast for me
(aaaaaah) I'm on a different frequency
(aaaaaah) And you can kill the enemy
for a while, or I will never catch up
I need a time out

I’m really good and have big ambitions
But I’m not going fast enough
I’m not a man of quick decisions
To stay the course is really tough
I like to play and keep things open
Like always being twenty-one
and I just want to lay down in the sun

(aaaaaah) Come on mister Referee
(aaaaaah) It's all going too fast for me
(aaaaaah) I'm on a different frequency
(aaaaaah) And you can kill the enemy
for a while, or I will never catch up
How will I ever catch up?
I want the time to stop
I need a time out

And how I want to lay down in the sun

I need a time out to chill
I need a time out to think
I need a time out to stand still
I need a time out to drink
I need a time out to relax
I need a time out to remind
I need a time out to go back in time
Track Name: Downloaded
In my mp3 are the tunes I need
All through the day the music plays
No don't talk to me, I won't answer you
Just listen on to another song

Spending all my nights downloading tunes
Which every single day I play

Rhythm, reverb, basslines too
Downloading is what I do
I am downloaded

No I never talk while I walk
I nod my head to the girls instead
And the people stare, I don't care
What they think, I don't even blink

Spending all my nights downloading tunes
Which every single day I play

Rhythm, reverb, basslines too
Downloading is what I do
I am downloaded

Spending all my nights downloading tunes
Track Name: No matching socks (2009 remix)
It's early in the morning and this room is a mess
I can't find no matching socks today
No, it isn't easy getting up and getting dressed
I can't find no matching socks today

No matching socks
And I am in a hurry
No matching socks
And they called it a day
Still I've got you
So there's no need to worry
We fit together in such a perfect way

I wonder why those socks have left each other last night
Cause there are no matching socks today
In my little drawer, there must have been a bloody fight
There are no matching socks today


No matching socks
And I am in a hurry
No matching socks
And they called it a day
Still I've got you
So there's no need to worry
We fit together in such a perfect way

No matching socks
And I am in a hurry
No matching socks
They didn't want to stay
Still I've got you
But do we need to worry?
Cause we fit together in such a perfect way
We fit together in such a perfect way
Just like those socks,
We fit together in such a perfect way
Track Name: Try a lullaby
Try a lullaby
a lullaby
a lullaby

Try a lullaby
a lullaby
a lullaby

You find yourself alone
and you're so far away from home

Try a lullaby
a lullaby
and don't you cry

Try a lullaby
a lullaby
a lullaby

Try a lullaby
a lullaby
a lullaby

I know that there'll be times
a friendly face is hard to find

Try a lullaby
a lullaby
a lullaby

Then you'll find the strength
remember us....and what we meant

Try a lullaby
a lullaby
and don't you cry
Track Name: My second life
I want to be alone I’m sorry but it’s true
I need to slip into my secret world
And I’m not prepared to share this world
With anyone, so you’ll Just have to wait
‘till I come out of it again

O, it’s not that I am mad at you
And it’s not that I don’t care or that I
Don’t want to be with you
It’s just that I feel bad about my life
And all the things that I cannot change
Though I want to

My secret world is good and it makes me quite relaxed
My secret world has everything I need
It gives me power, new energy
And the strength to carry on
I’m doing what I want and I feel free

O, it’s true that I am hiding
And it’s true that it’s not fair
To keep a part of me from you
But my secret world’s providing
Me the part that’s missing here
And that's belonging to me too
So in this world I lead
My second life

There’s a picture in my mind
That shows exactly how my life should be
But it’s not reality
And it doesn’t count you out
Cause in my secret world you’re still
My only love and you’re with me
But for now, I really need
My second life
Track Name: Eddy (short)
I´m on a picture with Eddy
And he´s pointing at me
He even put his arm around me

Well, it may seem crazy
but I'm proud as can be
Cause Eddy rules, he is a hero for me

Eddy was a national superstar
A pioneer with his guitar
He was number one, he ran the show
And that was sixty years ago

On a picture with Eddy
And I’m proud as can be
Cause Eddy rules, he is a hero for me
Track Name: Twelve
Twelve tones to build this song
A carefully chosen sequence
It’s indifferent which one comes first
Cause they are all equal

Did you realize that twelve
Has liberating powers
Berg and Schoenberg knew it well
No need to count the hours
Twelve

1-8-7-3-2-6-5-4-11-10-9-12

Music, maths, the months, the stars
Twelve is true perfection
The apostles and rock and roll
Twelve is the connection
Twelve

1-8-7-3-2-6-5-4-11-10-9-12
Track Name: Building Beauty
Vitruvius said
in a good building there's
solidity, usefulness
and beauty

Combining these
To make something great
That is no less than
every builder's duty

Of course a building must be solid
a building isn't meant to fall apart
And usefulness is where it always starts

But how about beauty
It can use some help
In these days
of left-brain rational thinking

Now every building must make profit
Beauty is beyond that, just like art
They have a straight connection to the heart

Is beauty just a matter of taste?
Can beauty exist without ugliness?
Is it the ultimate proof of civilization?
Does beauty change over time?
And does it last or should it pass?
Is it the same for each generation?

Or do they exist: the universal laws of beauty?

form
function
location
material
context
uniqueness
proportion
size
underground
colour
use
structure

Does beauty fall from the sky?
is there some human latitude?
or is it the result of divine intervention?

Do you need a trained eye?
Does beauty have to do with attitude?
Is beauty only there when you're paying attention

To details
To people
To life!
Track Name: London or Berlin
London or Berlin
I’m a writer in need for some inspiration
So I visit my muse and then I know I can proceed
With what I want to do
So I’m going to London or Berlin

Sometimes you feel that you've dried up
Sometimes you feel that you're tied up

There’s only one remedy for me
It’s leaving right away
I’m heading west or east
By taking a plane or train

to London or Berlin
I write in my book that I feel free and I’m happy
And when I get a little bit lost I take a quick look
On my map and I’m back on track
It’s easy going in London or Berlin

It’s just a matter of knowing
It’s just a matter of going

(being) one of the crowd,
Just like a pigeon on Trafalgar Square
Nothing more and nothing less
Than being completely there

I meet you on a building site
I meet you in Kreuzberg in the middle of the night
or meet you by the London eye
And then I know.....it’s alright
And then I feel....so alive

London or Berlin
It’s no use to choose
They’re two sides of the same coin
That’s my muse
So I cannot lose
When I flip this coin to leave for London or Berlin
Track Name: Dutch cities
10 Rotterdam 13 Tilburg 15 Delft
20 Amsterdam 23 Haarlem 24 Nijmegen
26 Arnhem 30 Utrecht 33 Amersfoort
35 Hilversum 36 Almere 38 Zwolle

Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities
Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities

40 Eindhoven 43 Maastricht 45 Heerlen
46 Sittard 50 Groningen 53 Enschede
55 Apeldoorn 58 Leeuwarden 70 Den Haag
71 Leiden 72 Alkmaar 73 Den Bosch

Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities
Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities

74 Hengelo 75 Zaandam 76 Breda
77 Venlo 78 Dordrecht 79 Zoetermeer

Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities
Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities

Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities
Dutch cites, dutch cities, dutch cities, dutch cities
Track Name: Not too big
30 cities
none of them big
but altogether
they're one big metropolis

Millions of people
but we think that we're small
we say: ''just act normal
that's crazy enough after all''

So when we need buildings
bridges and tunnels
houses and motorways
it shouldn't be striking
so this is what we say:

Please not too big
and not too tall
we like it flat and small
with many trees
or we build walls
in fact, we don't like things to change at all

We have this system
where everyone can
give his opinion
about every vision or plan

We call it poldering
some say it's not wise
cause every ambition
leads to grey compromise

So goodbye to ambition
and daring big visions
hello to the complex game
that will take ages
to let it all look the same:

but during the past few months I noticed something strange
there were many big new plans and no complaints
are we waking up? are there some changes made?
do we connect ourselves to the world or do we fade?

Please not too big (just keep it modest, we are calvinists)
and not too tall (if it's above ground level: reject it)
we like it flat and small
with many trees (get on your knees)
or we build walls (it's all prestige)
in fact, we don't like things to change here
don't like things to change here
we don't like things to change at all

compromising
poldering (repeat)
Track Name: Concrete and steel
We're building
We're building the building
that we're building

And progress we see
And proudness we feel
No blingbling we need
Just concrete and steel
Track Name: Snowball
Well I climbed and here I stand
I’m alone and need a hand
So help me
Push my snowball off the top!
No I don’t talk double dutch
It’s quite heavy, it’s just too much
O help me
Push my snowball off the top!

Well, it's well prepared and the snow is thick
So it has potential to grow real big
And when it's runnning, It won’t easily stop

So come on and help me out
Should I scream or should I shout
Who’s gonna Push my snowball off the top!

(Het sneeuwbaleffect)

Well he climbed and there he stands
He’s alone and he needs a hand
So let’s help him
Push his snowball off the top!
No he didn’t talk double dutch
It’s quite heavy, it’s just too much
So let’s help him
Push his snowball off the top!

(Het sneeuwbaleffect)

(I’m gonna need a shredder)
Track Name: Coming home
On the road to somewhere
Time was passing by
I couldn't find a meaning
Or a reason why
The unknown destination
Was hiding somewhere in the dark
Waiting to be shone on
By a guiding star
Near or far

Now I'm close to somewhere
Life calls out to me
I feel I am discovering
My identity
Everything is clear now
And I did it on my own
Happily I find out
I am not alone
I'm coming home