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I was always just one step behind you

I was so busy in the backrooom writing lovesongs to you
While you were changing your direction and never even knew
That I was always just one step behind you

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On the picture Windmills in Kinderdijk – sunset.
The Cats – Rock n Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life)
(Video hosted on Youtube.)

he Cats were a rock band from Volendam, The Netherlands. Together with BZN, they were key figures of what came to be called the Palingsound (eel-sound), an umbrella for artists residing in Volendam (the country’s top seafood city). The band began life as two separate duos: Cees Veerman (born 6 October 1943) and Arnold Muhren (born 28 January 1944) who started in a skiffle band; and cousins Piet Veerman (born 1 March 1943) and Jaap Schilder (born 9 January 1943) who modelled themselves after the Everly Brothers. The duos merged and became The Mystic Four, with Cees Veerman and Piet Veerman on vocals/guitar, Schilder on guitar (and piano), and Muhren on bass. By 1965 they changed their name to The Blue Cats, a reference to the colour of their suits and Cees’ nickname, Pussy. Dropping the ‘Blue’ from their name in 1966 they recruited drummer Theo Klouwer (30 June 1947 – 8 February 2001).

I can still remember when I bought my first guitar
Remember just how good the feeling was, put it proudly in my car
And my family listened fifty times to my two songs repertoire
And I told mama her only son was gonna be a star

Bought all the Beatles records, sounded just like Paul
Bought all the old Chuck Berry’s, 78’s and all
And I sat by my recordplayer, playing every note they played
And I watched them all on TV, making every move they made

Rock’n’roll, I gave you all the best years of my live
All the dreamy, sunny Sundays, all the moonlit summernights
I was so busy in the backrooom writing lovesongs to you
While you were changing your direction and never even knew
That I was always just one step behind you

’66 Seems like the year I was really going somewere
We were living in San Fransisco with flowers in our hair
Singing songs of kindness so the world would understand
That the guys and me were something more than just another band

And then ’69 in L.A. came around so soon
We were really making headway and writing lots of tunes
And we must have played the wildest stuff we had ever played
And the way crowds cried out for us, well, we thought we had it made

Rock’n’roll, I gave you all the best years of my live
All the dreamy, sunny Sundays, all the moonlit summernights
I was so busy in the backrooom writing lovesongs to you
While you were changing your direction and never even knew
That I was always just one step behind you

Dooodooodooodooo….

’71 In Soho when I saw Suzanne
I was tryin’ to go solo with someone elses band
And she came up to me lately, took her by the hand
I told her all my troubles and she seemed to understand
And she followed me through London, through the hundred hotelrooms
Through a hundred record compagny`s, who didn`t like my tune
She followed me when finally I sold my old guitar,
She tried to help me understand I’d never be a star.

Rock and roll, I gave you all the best years of my life
And though I never knew the magic, of making it with you
That I thank the lord for giving me the little bit I knew
And I was always just one step behind you.

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