Back Porch

by Tip Jar

Released 2014
Shine a Light Records
Released 2014
Shine a Light Records
Pure and honest songs from the back porch.
  • 03:54 Lyrics I Won't Hide

    I've been trying to make it look as if I'm not
    Scared of lying, but this is what I've got
    Nobody told me that's what it takes
    But I won't hide, no I won't hide

    I've been waiting for a simple way to fit in
    Anticipating on whatever's happening
    Passing trains faster than a plane
    I don't ride, no I don't ride

    Take me with you to our city of song
    We'll fly like the wind to the place where we belong
    Take the next step, we'll be the talk of the town
    We've been there before
    It can't bring us down anymore

    We've been stalling but what else can you do
    To keep from falling when the picture's bugging you
    See the sunset, a giant fire fly
    But I won't cry, no I won't cry

    Is this heaven or just a sacred place
    Where I can touch your sanctuary face
    Who needs proof to recognize the artist’s loving mind
    That never dies, it never dies

  • 03:46 Lyrics Lonely Song

    It takes a lot of time, we don't go far
    Sitting in the back seat of this old car
    It's always raining; sweet rain is pouring down on me

    We make a lot of friends along the way
    They come and they go every day
    It's pretty cold, I saw some snow along the way

    Next time I'll be going I'm sure I'm gonna bring her along
    Next time I'll be going I don't want to sing my lonely song

    These cloudy days can't get me down
    If I can just walk a while in this part of town
    You'd like this place, I miss your face, I wish I could see your smile

    I sing my songs wherever I go
    That’s what I need to do
    Why I took this road, I don’t know
    When it’s tearing me away from you

    It takes a lot of time, we don't go far
    Sitting in the back seat of this old car
    It's always raining, sometimes these clouds are all that I can see

  • 03:14 Lyrics Back Porch

    I wish we had a back porch
    And a little sunshine
    No real trouble on our minds
    We’d drink a lot a beer or sip a bit of wine
    And play every record we could find
    Sitting on the back porch
    Sounds like a dream with the
    Dark clouds hanging in the sky
    We dream together but we can’t change the weather
    So I’m starting to wonder why
    Doo doo

    Our poor little back porch
    Made out of wood
    Standing in the snow and rain
    Looks like a nightmare, maybe I should leave it there
    Somewhere in the corner of my brain
    Sitting in the cold
    Waiting for the rain
    There’s one thing that we won’t get
    A genuine back porch, Sunday afternoon with the
    Sounds and the smells and the sweat
    Doo doo
    A cool pair of boots
    Won’t grow you any roots
    We can’t even fool a blind man
    But honey, what do we care? Let’s get another pair
    And stumble on the only way we can
    If we want to hear a cricket
    We’ve got to buy a ticket
    And fly to the Texas Hills
    I’ll rock your chair, we’ll breathe in the air
    Just live without the frills
    Is it weird to sing when you hit the right string
    But you know nobody’s buying
    In our wet little land, flat little land
    We just keep on trying

  • 03:46 One Biscuit
  • 03:40 You Will Be Fine
  • 04:36 Love of My Life
  • 03:49 Crossroads
  • 03:26 Your First Lie
  • 03:31 Sing a Song
  • 03:44 Don't Forget
  • 04:15 This Is How We Dance
  • 02:52 As Long as I've Got You
Tip Jar is a musical project of Bart de Win and Arianne Knegt. After having recorded a couple of duets for Bart's solo albums, the two discovered that their voices blended in a natural way. They decided to create room for a duet based collaboration and that's how Tip Jar was born. Bart and Arianne started to write songs together, and recorded them in a pure and honest manner, always letting the essence and character of the song prevail.

Bart studied jazzpiano and -vocals at the conservatory, but got inspired by americana music, and his interests developed in a more rootsy direction. His jazz background blended in easily. Bart's music has been described as a crossover between americana, blues, gospel & jazz. His band The Simple Life is a line-up of fine musicians famous for delicate arranging and playing. Bart has his very own unique and rootsy sound.

Arianne started singing in bands and choirs during her school days. Later she was lead singer in Marylou & The Good Old Boys, a country and rockabilly band. Since 2009 Arianne is one of the voices of The Simple Life. She has a passion for attending concerts, and regularly writes reviews for the music website Folkforum. Next to her vocal and songwriting contributions she takes care of the promotion of Bart de Win & The Simple Life and Tip Jar.

Backporch was recorded at the Daltoon Studio by Eric van de Lest, with the help of some wonderful musicians: Harry Hendriks, Rinus Raaijmakers, Joost van Es, Tonnie Ector, René van Mierlo, Martijn de Win, Bill Small, Jimmy 'Daddy' Davis & Walt Wilkins.