Timo de Jong's Intimate Isolation Tapes

by Timo de Jong

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1.
Gee ain’t it heavy, this big bad world of ours. It’s been crime and death and pillaging since the start. We’ve been bashing eachothers brains in, we’ve been fools and we’ve been cowards. And I almost forgot to mention all the wars. All the trees are gone, the animals too, the rivers are dry. But there’s money to be made so we don’t care. There’s diseases, plagues and pestilence we’ve been dominated by. And in the end ,yes we’re all gonna die. We’re all gonna die. Gee ain’t it frightening, this doomed and dying earth. Forest fires, tsunamis and hurricanes. Being brainwashed by the media since the days of our birth, We’ve been driving cars and we’ve been flying planes. All our leaders are pure evil, they’re all wicked and vile. And I won’t start about the corporations too. There’s misleading, cheating, two-timing and nothing but lies. And in the end we’re all gonna die. We’re all gonna die. But maybe we can turn around, Save this place this holy ground we’re on. Heal the world, make it a better place, For you and for me, for the entire human race. But until that day comes. I’ll keep singing this song: We’re all gonna die.
2.
It all started a few weeks before. You came home with a new glow in your face. As I asked you what’s the matter, You didn’t’ even give an answer, So I shrugged it off in such a foolish way. As time went on you kept so still. You were gone a whole lot more than you were before. My suspicions started growing. So I inquired were you were going, But you quickly got away and closed the door. But now you look right through me and I don’t know why. You walk around the house and all you do is sigh, Is there another in your life, is there some other guy. I have a feeling that we’re gonna say goodbye. You’ll make me cry. There’s only one thing left to do. I’m going to have to really hunt you down, I’ll chase you when you’re leaving, To find out if you are cheating, Why you are walking to the other side of town. Chorus I spotted you crossing the street, I followed closely but I didn’t look both ways. A car came with tyres squeeling, And before I could even feel it, The collision meant an end to my living days. So now I haunt the house were once we were in love. And I found out you were seeing another man, But I rattle and knock things over, To annoy you and your new lover. I’ll torment you every way I possibly can. Now you look right through me and I do know why. You walk around the house and all you do is sigh, I hate this other in your life, I hate this other guy. I have a feeling that we’re never gonna say goodbye. I’ll make you cry.
3.
Come and gather ‘round my children. Come and listen to my words. I’ll promise you fame and fortune. Yes I will promise you the world. So if you’re searching for a meaning. Searching hard in this hardknock life. I will open up my doors for you. Please, do step inside. If you’re weak or if your cripple, I will heal all of your wounds. Have faith in my abilities, Your revival will start soon. Well me I’m just a vessel Yes I only live to serve, And yes I make some money, But money is not my concern. I’m the pastor and the preacher, The minister and the priest. The instructor and your sensei. Don’t do as I do, do as I teach. Don’t you listen to the doctors. Don’t listen to their lies. Over here we are like family. Look into my honest blue eyes. I live a life of luxury, Yes I live a life that’s blessed. A big ‘ole house and seven cars, But trust me it’s for the best. So while you’re trying to make the rent this month. Trying to make ends meet. Come and see me every Sunday, But make sure to bring the money I need. Don’t ask confusing questions. Don’t expect apologies. I need those cars and that big ‘ole house, So I can keep on setting you free. I’m the swindler and the criminal, The cheater and a thief A charlatan and your saviour. Don’t do as I do, do as I teach So make sure to take that medicine, Make sure to take those pills. Let my healing hands keep touching you, And absolve you from your guilt So cover your ears, cover your mouth. Cover your eyes too. But make sure to make a donation. So I can keep on saving you.
4.
On your own again. An involuntary rolling stone. Walking home again. After hearing the words “we need to talk” for the umpteenth time. It’s not you, it’s me. I jneed awhile to figure things out. But it’s plain to see. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. But there’s a love, waiting somewhere for you. So please don’t let it keep you down. Dust yourself, polish your crown. You’re a queen, don’t back down.
5.
Some say loving someone only brings you heartaches. Pain when the one you love withers away. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to lift that heavy veil of grief. But I’m willing to try it anyway. ‘Cause your heart is safe with me You’ve faced death and fire, and dishonesty. But it refined you to that gorgeous person you’re now. I will pick that fruit, enjoy my every second with you. You’re perfect and I love you anyhow. Your heart is safe with me.
6.
Pure Magic 04:18
There is passion in her eyes, I see. She’s independent, unrestricted and carefree. And she’s kind to everyone she meets. She’s pure magic to me. She won’t shy away from climbing in trees. And she’s always in for a game of hide and seek. When we kiss she makes my knees, feel weak. She’s pure magic to me. She dances in the rain. And she’s bathing in the sunlight. And even though I know there’s pain, In the end she’ll be allright. And I know it might seem drastic.. But she is pure magic, to me. I can feel the love she gives me, guaranteed. In her hands she holds my heart, the key. I am the luckiest man alive, I agree. She’s pure magic to me. She’s dancing in the rain. And she’s bathing in the sunlight. And even though I know there’s pain, In the end she’ll be allright. And I know I’m a hopeless romantic. It’s ‘cause she’s pure magic, to me. I know a day will come, she’ll leave. I don’t’t aim to keep her from, being free. If it is what makes her happy, let it be. She’ll always be pure magic, to me. She’s dancing in the rain. And she’s bathing in the sunlight. And even though I know there’s pain, In the end she’ll be allright. And if I make it sound fantastic, It’s because she’s pure magic, to me.
7.
You deserve an old-fashioned love song. Those songs without compromise. You’re the best thing’s ever So it should come as no surprise. That I love you. Ooh take me in your arms, enchant me with your charm. I want to spend my whole life with you. So may the stars align, you’ll say that you’ll be mine, I will go through hell and back to declare. That I love you.
8.
When You Go 03:53
Never gave a second chance I was never worthy of another glance. You didn’t seem to think it through. But I wasn’t done with loving you. When you go I’ll stay and try to repair. When you go and leave I’ll say that it’s fair. And as your footsteps fade, From these torn remains. I will convince myself that you really cared. Tried to live up to your hopes and dreams. But I failed miserably it seemed. You were looking around for an escape. Left so quickly no you couldn’t wait. Refr. I think that you should know Since you’ve left I’ve grown. If you could only see me now. How I don’t need you no I can do without. Refr.
9.
Well you whispered in my ear this morning. You said I love you but I can’t go on like this. Did you mean it as advice, or as a warning. Why’d you had to disturb this beautiful bliss. (You sincerely seem surprised I can't believe this. It's like you think that all my words come easily. All the signs were there I promise I ain't lying. Don't you know, this is just as hard for me.) Well what am I going to do with what you said. Did you really think it’s fair to me this way. Well it seemed like everything was fine, yesterday. So I got up, put my clothes on and made breakfast. Still the things you said kept ringing in my ears. Well you really burst my bubble you went head first. And now I’m left, fighting back the tears. (Do you hear you're perfect, such a dreamguy? Well let me help you to get off your pedestal. The more ignorant you act, the worse you get. To me, it's like you never cared at all.) Well what am I going to do with what you said. Did you really think it’s fair to me this way. Did I see it all so wrong was I misled. Well it seemed like everything was fine, yesterday. And now I’m thinking of the signs I missed before. (yeah you missed a lot) Did I not always give you what asked for? (you never gave me what I want) Well what am I going to do with what you said. Did you really think it’s fair to me this way. Did I see it all so wrong was I misled. Well it seemed like everything was fine. Yes it seemed like everything was fine. Yes it seemed like everything was fine, yesterday.
10.
He’s seen her before, on his way to work. With the ribbons in her hair. He does not want to look away, But she caught him during a stare. She smiles the biggest smile of all, ‘Cause she’s noticed him aswell. She likes his big brown eyes, And his skin like caramel. A week has passed and everyday, They try to catch a glimpse. But they both don’t dare to come in close. For fear of being a jinx. Every morning he pays extra mind, To the colour of his tie. She’s putting on make-up she thinks he likes. As a couple more days go by. Love like a flower, from an early seed, Taking it’s time to grow. They both feed it water and sunshine, To make sure the flower shows. Then one morning he’s fully convinced, Determined and resolute. Today he’ll ask her number and name, And say she’s very cute. She’s figured it out, her mind’s made up. Today’s the day she’ll try. To say that his caramel skin, Goes great with that blue tie. Love like a flower, from an early seed, Taking it’s time to grow. They both feed it water and sunshine, To make sure the flower shows. Heart’s racing, they’ve gone weak in the knees, They’re done with the secretive peeks. They see eachother and exactly in sync. They both open their mouths to speak.
11.
Well I can tell that my messages are unread. I can see you’re meaning to move on. I know that you’ve grown way past me. It didn’t work, and that hurts but it’s wrong. And I’m really very sorry, About these things they crawl in my brain. I root them out and I kill them, But they always come back again. Please, please help me. Wipe away these bad thoughts. Please help me, Because being with you is all that I want. I’ve crawled these walls but I’d slip down. I’ve aimed but these flames they burn. Misjudged how much this hurts us. I’ve tried, inside, ‘cause I yearn. And I’m really very sorry, About these things that crawl in my head. I chase them down and kill them. But they expand and flourish instead. I’ve silenced the violence that haunts me. But the sounds are bound to come back. I see it’s me who needs assistance. It’s a mistake, to be afraid to ask. Please help me, Wipe away these bad thoughts. Help me, Because being with you is all that I want. Being with you’s all I want.
12.
Oh I’m so ashamed. A secret with the weight of a thousand mountains. No one left to blame. Head above the water but still feel like drowning. It’s all adding up and I’ve stopped counting. Don’t succumb to guilt. There’s things you can do, and people to talk with. Restore, repair rebuild. Take the hammer, face the fire and strike convinced. Remember in the end you’re always a songsmith. So keep on paddling my boy. Take those moments of joy. In time you will find the voice, That can say what’s needed to be said. Never close your heart and mind. Don’t just stare until you’re blind. Calm down please take your time Take your time. Take your time.
13.
We’ve been on three dates. And I did my best to woo her. It feels as though all my life, I always knew her. She’s into me aswell, Exciting new love, can’t you tell But in the end, I know. This won’t last. She looks at me, A way I’ve never seen before. But I convince myself. Of pretence and trap doors. ‘Cause I’m one weak mess of a man. There’s so much I don’t understand. And in the end, I know, This won’t last. This won’t last and she tells the most wonderful things. About what our love and our future will bring. But in the back of my mind I know I will ruin it. ‘Cause I will mess it up somehow. Now we have three kids, And the argueing is frequent. We’ve both been lashing out, She’s thinking ‘bout leaving. And I know I’ll be proven right. And she’ll escape in the dead of night. ‘Cause in the end, I know this won’t last. She deserves so much better and I know she knows too. But apart from my best there’s not a thing I can do. I’m dissapointing me and I will dissapoint you. ‘Cause I will mess it up somehow. Many years have passed, She's still my wife. And against all expectations. We’ve been together all this time. So I guess I was wrong before. And she’ll stay forever more. And in the end, I hope, this might last.
14.
The ground ‘neath my feet keeps trembling. Trembling and rattling my bones. Soon the rumble will be deafening. We’ll all be living in broken homes. Keep on digging. Keep on digging. Keep on digging. For that gold in our soil. They really tried their best to ignore. Ignore the cracks and fractures, in the wall. But the tremors will only become more. And soon all our history will fall. These few keep swapping Richter for riches. Riches that keep them nice and warm. Our land’s in a far worse condition. And I brace for the coming of the storm. Keep on digging. Keep on digging. Keep on digging. For that gold in our soil.
15.
As we’re standing here encircled. By the amber coloured trees. You ask what is the purpose, And if there’s something wrong with me. I’m thinking is it really. Is it really a surprise. And no matter how hard I try, I can’t look you in your eyes. If we stand here just one moment, Can we stretch it a little more? This de-cision will leave us broken. It won’t be like be-fore. I take your hands in mine, And I tell you how I feel. You don’t even cry. It doesn’t appear real. I can feel your grip is failing. Feel your strength flowing away. I can see you heart breaking. As you listen to what I say. I’m afraid that I am leaving. And there’s not much you can do. I think I will be happier, And I believe that you will too. I’m feeling worse than ever. And I dare not even think. She’s falling and I let her. As it slowly starts to sink. I hope that someday soon, You’ll be smiling like before. And you’ll look up at the moon. And you think of how we were.
16.
I tought myself to watch the skies in winter. To remind me that there’s blue behind the grey. So I focus when clouds break up and remember. That eventually the worst of times fades away. So even if the gloom seems all surrounding. And I can’t claw my way out of this blackened state. I’ll recall the blue skies when it feel like drowning. And eventually the worst of times fades away. And will you keep the light. Know that everything’s allright. Keep the skies always on your mind. Know that everything will turn out right. So know that there will be changes regardless. It’s up to you to keep those clouds at bay. Cast your rays, deep into that darkness. And eventually the worst of times fade away. And will you keep the light. Know that everything’s allright. Keep the skies always on your mind. Know that everything will turn out right.
17.
Mine Forever 02:42
It’s three in the morning and I’m wide awake. The motel is quiet tonight. I can tell you’re sleeping by the sounds you make. As you’re lying by my side. Can’t you stay like this forever. I only met you this evening, and I took you along. We drove for hours on end. First you resisted, tried to be strong. But I could tell I made a new friend. Won’t you stay like this forever. No one can hear you, nobody’s coming. I have you all to my own. No sense in screaming, no use to run. I will never be alone. We will stay like this forever. You’ll be mine, and you’ll be mine forever.
18.
16-04-2014 03:02
Such a needless loss of life, at sea. 304 desperate people died, on that april 16th. It was due to negligence I believe. Families robbed of family by money hungry thieves. There was uncertainty for sure, at sea. The crew should have cared so much more, on that april 16th. The coastguard took ages to respond. Floating clothes and cases, which once belonged. And a major and sacred law was broken that day. 'Cause the irresponsible captain, well he made it out okay. But he was charged with the deaths of 304. But the grief, pain and mourning well they count for so much more. Such a needless loss of life, at sea. 304 hopeful people died, on that april 16th. On that april 16th.

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This album was recorded during the first Dutch lockdown of 2020.
It was recorded in Timo's livingroom using nothing more than one microphone and a taperecorder.

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released July 16, 2020

Robin Yzerman - Backing vocals on #1, #8, #9, #12

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Timo de Jong Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Timo de Jong is a driven Dutch musician who crafts timeless songs by mixing country, folk and pop music.
Songs that tell his own story, but are relatable to everyone listening.
In 2016, Timo released 2 well-received albums and did over 120 gigs on various stages across the Netherlands, sharing the stage with various national and international acts.
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