Little Ships in Open G

by Serge Epskamp

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All songs on this album are more or less inspired on the song ‘Prayer in open D’ by Emmylou Harris. The song is from her album ‘Cowgirl’s Prayer’ and it is one of the most beautiful songs I know. Listening to the song and trying to figure out how to play it I discovered that my guitar could be tuned differently. I never use a book or the internet to unravel a song so I ended up tuning my guitar in open G. I started inventing chords in this new tuning and writing new songs in Open G.

The songs are about love, about imagined fear of someone leaving you, about the amazement of someone staying, about the beauty of nature and the question why we treat the earth so carelessly, about a date with Tea & Coffee, about understanding that when going up you will eventually go down, but you don’t have to be afraid. You might hear the influence of Jackson Browne, James Taylor and Steve Earle.

I call my songs my little ships and I send them out to sea, hoping the sound waves will resonate.

Serge

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released December 21, 2015

UPC/EAN 3614596 036656
Recording, mix and mastering: Serge Epskamp at Casco Songs
Music & Lyrics: Serge Epskamp
Little Ships & Photography: Wendy Ritter
Design: Sander Spijker
Ruud Fieten thanks for providing the final sentence for Pure Love.
Jur thanks for letting me use that bass.
Thanks everybody, anything, everyone, anybody and everything for inspiration.

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Serge Epskamp Netherlands

Singer-songwriter | Life is the singer, I am the song.

New album 'Little Ships in Open G' is now available.

Serge Epskamp is a Dutch singer and songwriter. He is also a producer and a trained sound engineer at the Casco Songs Studio where he records for all kinds of artists, like Annemiek Drenth, Bacon Fat Louis, Old Time Hayride and Paul Heetebrij and Ruud Fieten.
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Track Name: Only Pure Love
Only pure love
can survive and
stand the test of time
Take my hand and then
Hold me close
And let us stand the test of time

I have spend a long time wondering
If you would be the one
Now I’m sure that you’re the one for me
The one and only one

Give it to me baby
Give it to me now
I’ll be carefull baby
I won’t let you down

But only pure love
Only pure love
Only pure love
Pure pure love
Only pure love can mend a broken heart
Track Name: Sound of Living
If you can be still enough
You might just hear this sound
If you can be present enough
You might just hear this sound

The sound of living
The sound of living

Lost in your mind
Lost in the world
Occupied by ten thousand things
Worrying ‘bout the then thousand things
While the life is now

Living in this mad, mad world
Where time is running out
Listening to the noise machine
Where you just can’t hear the sound

The sound of living
The sound of living

Lost in your mind
Lost in the world
Occupied by ten thousand things
Complaining ‘bout the then thousand things
While the life is now

The life is now
The life is now!
The life is now!

The sound of living
The sound of living

If you can be still enough
You might just hear this sound
Track Name: Hundred Times Before
I’ve got a big black cat at my rear door
and a raven in the highest trees
They’re all telling me,
like a hundred times before

My dog is crying out loud
and howling at the moon
seen it all with my own eyes,
like a hundred times before

I’ve been guided by the wind,
she is telling me no lies
I’ve rode the wind with the leaves,
I don’t need no alibi’s
to tell the world my secret
like a hundred times before

Sometimes I philosophize
about the important things in live
and sometimes I only wonder
why there’s a hole in all my shirts
in the exactly same spot

The signs are everywhere,
they’re written in capitals and they're underlined
We don’t seem to understand
that we’re breaking mother earth
just to live a wealthy life

I’ve been guided by the wind,
she is telling me no lies
I’ve rode the wind with the leaves,
I don’t need no alibi’s
to tell the world my secret
like a hundred times before
Track Name: Damaged Beyond Repair
If you would ever leave me,
it would be the saddest day of my live
I’d miss your arms around me,
it would cut me like a knife

The army of salvation,
would be the only place to flee
I’d feel like an island,
in a strange and endless sea


Losing the warmth of your body,
was the last thing on my mind
It struck me like a lightning,
it left me wandering blind

But I even carved your name
in a tree next to mine
you leaving me so soon,
leaving me behind


My poor heart
squashed like a lemon
damaged beyond repair


The table is still standing,
like the way it did when you left
I’m stuck here with this memory,
of you here in my head

Now it’s raining outside
and I’m sitting in this room
But I’m still cold inside,
with the memory of you


My poor heart
squashed like a lemon
damaged beyond repair


Sitting in this room,
staring at the days go by
Hoping you never leave me,
leaving me, leaving me,
leaving me behind
Track Name: Wonder Why
Well, her mind is made up
and full of crazy ideas
Don’t know how to stop
or to handle my fears
Her grace and her beauty
are making me blind

Still I wonder why,
she is by my side
doe doe doe doe doe


Can’t get enough
of the touch of her hand
It runs through my hair
then it runs through the sand
I look in her eyes,
I look into the light

Still I wonder why,
she is by my side
doe doe doe doe doe


I wonder wonder why,
she is by my side
Still I wonder why,
she is by my side
doe doe doe doe doe
Track Name: Is This Love
There’s a light at the end of the hall
And a shadow is whispering
Telling me not to fall
In or out of love with you

Now you’re standing right in front of me
Asking me to go along with you
There’s just one question to be answered
Am I falling in love with you?

Is this love that I’m feeling?
Is this love?
Is this love that I’m feeling?
Is this love?

There’s a tree south side of this road
With colorful leaves and birds on every branch
This is like written by a poet
Love's eternity is like the grass

Now I’m climbing in your heart shaped tree
Tasting all the fruit
There’s no more question to be answered
I am falling in love with you

Is this love that I’m feeling?
Is this love?
Is this love that I’m feeling?
Is this love?
Track Name: Going Up Is a Long Way Down
I've been around for a while
I've been a case for the lost and found
Lost in my quest for the light
I've found the whole world is holy ground

I enjoy climbing higher
and I'm not afraid to fall.
But getting there I discover
That going up is a long way down

Sending my little ships off shore
It is a song, it's a dance, it's a door
Can you feel sweet vibrations
coming your way
Sailing the waves for the world to hear

I keep climbing higher
searing through the waves
But on the top I discover
That going up is a long way down

I enjoy climbing higher
and I'm not afraid to fall.
But getting there I discover
That going up is a long way down
Track Name: Tea & Coffee
You said I looked familiar
There was something in my smile
I ordered tea and coffee
and we talked for a while

The minute that I saw you
I knew you where for real
I didn’t need to play a role for you
I could feel what I feel

I give my love to you
and that’s all I have to give
I give my love to you

We spent the night together
under a silver moonlit sky
You tore my heart to pieces
I lift your spirit high

Next morning when I saw you
there was something in your smile
The sun shone on your skin of golden brown
and we kissed for a while

I give my love to you
and that’s all I have to give
I give my love to you

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