This Side Of Heaven

by Mr.Hatchet

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This album is made in memory of my father, Zeger van de Bijl and dedicated to my mother and sister. Thanks for always being there when I need you and for supporting me in everything I do. I love you.

In 2012 my father died after 7 years of complications due to his paraplegia, caused by a medical failure after a motorcycle accident. It made mourning very difficult for me. I felt numb and was indifferent to almost everything, so I had to clear my mind and get my life together. Fortunately my friend Bob let me stay at his retreat in Bromskirchen, Germany in 2014. There, at last, I wrote everything down into six songs. I recorded them on my four track recorder and called them “The Broms Sessions.” They are the blueprint of this album.

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released January 3, 2017

Many thanks go out to :
my wife and daughters, Mara & Judah, for believing in me and giving me the time and space to do this; Bob Honhoff; Mark Korbien; Arjan Grooten; Peter Hartman; Jeroen Trenning; Erwin Versluis; Quince
Jones, for checking my English; and everyone who supported me in any other way.

Recorded, mixed and produced by Mr. Hatchet. All music & lyrics written by Mr. Hatchet except for "If We Never Meet Again This Side Of Heaven" written by Albert E. Brumley (bonus track), "Sparrows" written by Catherine MacLellan (bonus track) and "Still" music written with Whipster.

All instruments and vocals by Mr. Hatchet except :
Brief Moment/ Please Tell Me How; bass by Mark,
Bolted Down/ Tinder/ Still; pedal steel by Arjan,
Tinder/ Still; piano by Peter, The Next Plane; el. guitar, add. lyrics & backing vocal by Jeroen,
Please Tell Me How; Organ by Erwin
and The Next Plane; piano by my dear Mara .

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Mr.Hatchet Groningen, The Netherlands

I am a Dutch musician and songwriter, living close to Groningen, Holland.

I used to play drums in lots of bands for many years. Melodic ideas and scribbles I kept mostly to myself. Though I wanted to write songs for a long time, I wrote my first real song in 2012. Now my aim is to finnish my first home recorded album in the end of 2015. I sing and play most instruments myself. ... more

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Track Name: Sunset Eyes
Sunset Eyes

The sunset ’s bringing colour to your eyes
It's beauty uncompared,
While the tears run like raindrops from the skies
There's no return from there.
Ooooooh wish I could fall into your love again.
And these big piles of leaves still lie around,
a witness of our fights.
But they will be gone and maybe we' ll forget
And sleep sound tonight.
Ooooooh wish I could feel your love again.

Please stay while the sun sets, turn away
from that awful waste of time.
Oooooh how I love your sunset eyes.

Your beauty is a song I can't deny.
Your love is still around me,
even when I lose my temper time and time again,
I'm surrounded.
Ooooooh wish I could feel your love again.

Please stay while the sun sets, turn away
from that awful waste of time.
Oooooh how I love your sunset eyes.
Please stay while the sun sets, turn away
(oh please stay - while the sun sets)
from that awful waste of time.
(turn away)
Oooooh how I love your sunset eyes.
Ooooooh wish I could
fall into your love again.
Track Name: Bolted Down
Bolted Down

Now that you've gone
home to the other side
I just feel numb.
I'm broken but no one
can see inside
these missile proof walls.
Bolted down wings and
rusty old hinges
carry me home,
through times of comfort and
wonderful places we've known.

We ventured across the skies,
travelled a thousand miles
for places to roam.
I'm worn out, just halfway there.
I need to climb up these stairs
to find my way home.
Bolted down wings and
rusty old hinges
carry me home,
through times of comfort and
wonderful places we've known.
Track Name: Stay For A While
Stay for a while

Rain's pouring down
like tears from heaven
and I tried to call you
six or seven times today
but I think I'm gonna stay
for a while.

I went downtown
to get some loaves of bread,
a car's rolling by,
my feet are soaking wet, today
but I think I'm gonna stay
for a while.

Inspiration comes when you least expect it to,
and now I can't call home for a week, what can I do
but stay?

Rain's pouring down
like tears from heaven
and I tried to call you
six or seven times today
but I think I'm gonna stay
for a while.
. . . today, but I think I'm gonna stay
Track Name: Please Tell Me How
Please tell me how

We've had our fights,
our ways and strife, but listen,
this was not the way it was supposed to be,
or go.
We've had our faith,
Beliefs, opinions,
discussions 'bout how all things were supposed to be,
or go.
That's why I've tried to be a better husband,
a loving father, not in the old tradition.
But you did too.
I thought that you were a fool,
but now I am too.

Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, won't someone
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, please tell me how?

Now times are changing and so is our perception
of how this world and all things are supposed to be,
or go.
Back then your future was our presence,
while our own future's still to come
what may, whatever happens.
But you were the rock
and such a stubborn man.
I tried to fight not to be like you
but I can't.
And now I miss you so,
when I don't know what to do
I still need you.

Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, won't someone
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, please tell me how?

But you've not been like that for many years.
And I can't change the way it was through my tears.
I have to carry on . . .
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh,
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, please tell me how
Track Name: The Next Plane
The Next Plane

There’s no need to harp on what is past
No trip down memory lane
I just want to see you again
O, I must be insane
I’m hardly in the mood,
nor in the right frame of mind,
to argue with you
so I guess you are right
But I want you back
and I want to come over
Whatever you want, just say the word
and I’m on the next plane
Track Name: Brief Moment
Brief Moment

To me it was a precious minute
but a waste of time
for the Train of Life.
Now I'm running down the road
tryin' to catch up with time.
But every step I take seems to slow me down,
ain't fast enough to catch that Train . . .

For just a few seconds
you looked me in the eye.
That's when time stood still.
For one brief moment
everything slowed down.
The ships and planes,
the trucks and cars downtown.
In that brief moment . . .

You may think I'm a melancholic,
But that's just
the way I am.
And 'though I feel I can't go on
I have to get up
and catch that Train . . .
Track Name: Muzzler
Muzzler

You're a muzzler, a lifetime hustler,
but you must let me go. (ooh)
If you love me let me go (ooh)
You think I'm strange, but I have to change
my life so let me be, (beeee)
'cause I need to be me. (meee ooh)

It may sound awkward and strange to you, oho,
but this is something I need to do, oho.

I know you hate to lose.
You've strapped a noose around my neck you see (seee)
but someone cut me free. (freee ooh)
So to all you muzzlers and lifetime hustlers:
Just you carry on (oooon)
and I will sing this song (sooooong ooh)

It may sound awfully strange to you, oho,
but this is something I need to do, oho.
It may sound awkward and strange to you, oho,
but life's too short to be chained to you, oho.

And I know you're reckless,
but it's a matter of fact,
this has to end, you see?

It may sound awfully strange to you, oho,
but this is something I need to do, oho.
It may sound awkward and strange to you, oho,
but life's too short to be chained to you, oho.
Track Name: Tinder
Tinder

Has it ever crossed your mind
that you've been deaf, dumb and blind
to have been fooled
by you?
You only got yourself to blame,
you've been a big part in this game
we've played,
Ain't it true?

So you'd better
stay awake
and safe yourselves
For your own sake.

Because everyone is right
And the righteous full of lies.
It ain't no use,
pointing the finger.

Because no one is to blame
to be honest every man should be
ashamed.
So please help me to believe
'cause I've lost hope and want to leave
this place with no name.

So you'd better
stay awake
and save yourselves
For your own sake.

Because everyone is right
And the righteous full of lies.
It ain't no use
pointing the finger.
It's no use
to be like tinder . . .
Track Name: Still
Still

If I were to fly on the wings of dawn and
settle down across the sea,
or to ascend to heaven or sprawl out
in Sheol*,
even there you would be.

You're aware of everything I do and
wove me together in my mother's womb

You know me, my thoughts and motives,
darkness and light, they're the same
to You
When I awake I'm still with You

Everything I say is known to You and
all Your knowledge I can't comprehend.
There's no way to fathom Your thoughts 'cause
they outnumber the grains if sand.

Those who despise You,
please have mercy on their souls 'cause
there's too much for them to understand.

You know me, my thoughts and motives,
darkness and light, they're the same
to You
When I awake I'm still with You

(*Sheol = onderwereld)
Track Name: Afraid
Afraid

I'm afraid of doing nothing,
I'm too scared to fall.
But is it a sin to do
nothing at all?
And take some time
to look up at the skies.
Clouds draw pictures
before my eyes.

You see that rabbit, daddy?
He must be crazy
for he is eating a bear.
And a frog is kissing a princess
in a rocking chair.
And a giant comes and wipes
all of this away.
And suddenly I've lost track of time
and I'm afraid . . .