Supermarket Line

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Around a year ago I walked into the supermarket at the end of my street. It’s s smalI one, I come there often. Because it’s in the centre of Amsterdam it attracts a divers clientele: intoxicated tourists, older people with trollies, Polish construction workers in need of nicotine and students looking for beer. There’s a large television on the wall that the cashier can watch when business is slow. This particular day I had to wait in line longer than usual and the scenes on the television, together with the people around me in the line set off the beginnings of this new song in my head. When I walked home the rest of the song followed and I knew right away it would be the opener of my next album.

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Supermarket Line

They’re making babies on the
television I can see the bombs drop
in the intermission someone tries to
sell me a new lipgloss while I’m
waiting in the supermarket line

The alcoholic in front of me buys a
salad to go with his bottle of red and
the two beers that he needs early in
the morning before the
supermarket line

I am thinking about my babies need
to hurry home and maybe fix them
something fast to eat and not forget
the neighbours need a hand with
the trashcan in the supermarket line

And the candy wrappers shine like
jewels that you don’t notice anymore
Mama said there ain’t nothing to it
These are the ways my girl

These are the ways of the world
There ain’t nothing you can do about
it girl. Watch it burn, bust and go up
in smoke while the anchorman makes
another joke

The cashier winks at me because
the alcoholic forgot all his change
and as we both call him back he
turns and smiles and says he’s sorry
to the supermarket line

I mimic that’s okay, not in a hurry
anyway while the students behind me
keep on discussing how to best get to
the party after the supermarket line

And the candy wrappers shine like
jewels that you don’t notice anymore
Mama said there ain’t nothing to it
These are the ways my girl

These are the ways of the world
There ain’t nothing you can do about
it girl. Watch it burn, bust and go up
in smoke while the anchorman makes
another joke

credits

from Molten Rock, track released August 23, 2019
Christine Oele: vocals
Reyer Zwart: acoustic guitar, double bass, 6 string bass guitar, piano, keys
Rowin Tettero: drums
Marjolein van der Klauw: backing vocals

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VanWyck Amsterdam, The Netherlands

With her smoky vocals and strong lyrics Amsterdam singer-songwriter VanWyck has drawn comparisons with Leonard Cohen and Nathalie Merchant. Her debut album
'An Average Woman' was released in 2018 to raving reviews. Her second album 'Molten Rock' is also reaching an international audience with the single 'Carolina's Anatomy' featured as Today's Top Tune at KCRW in Los Angeles.
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