Demos #4

by Joe Holt

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These songs are dedicated in loving memory to Kat Mulvaney.

Album art by Tom Wark

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released 24 August 2015

All songs written and arranged by Joe Holt except Following a Shadow, cowritten by Joe and Amy Allen.
All songs recorded and engineered by Joe.

HEADWATERS - Joe Holt, vocals and guitar

THE HANGMAN'S LAMENT - Joe, vocals and guitar

FOLLOWING A SHADOW - Amy Allen, vocals. Joe, vocals and guitar

I HAVE ENOUGH - Joe, vocals and guitar

Special thanks to Tom Wark

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Singer/songwriter, guitarist, studying songwriting at Berklee College of Music

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Track Name: Headwaters
Time slides by
at the speed of a cloudy sky
that's still not the reason I shake through the night
without you

Long before
my heart stitched itself to yours
my feet were unsure, but I stood on the floor
nonetheless

you just helped me do the rest

If you are a waterfall
I am the river below
Even though you make me roar
I made the current alone

I miss you now
like a ship would miss its prow
I say "I can't wait to see you" but I have to know how
so I do

the waiting only makes it true

If you are a waterfall
I am the river below
Even though you make me roar
I made the current alone
If you are a waterfall
I am the river below
Even though you make me roar
I made the current alone

The river always brings me you
Track Name: The Hangman's Lament
I stand in the darkness behind my work and swallow
My mind's lost a spark and I'm destined to lurk and wallow
til I'm hollow

All I'll ever want is to be known
Seen as more than marrow in my bones
I'd even stay alone

I don't ask for glory, I don't pray for sinner's remission
I've only one plea, I've only a single ambition
I want recognition

All I'll ever want is to be known
Seen as more than marrow in my bones
I'd even stay alone
Track Name: Following a Shadow (Feat. Amy Allen)
Inside my mind
I’m bending time
and waiting out the war

outside the blinds,
the sidewalk winds
and leads me towards your door

but i knock twice
close my eyes
and wait for you
and I knock twice,
fantasize...

following a shadow,
trying to find you
following a shadow
steps behind you

stuck inside
a frozen life
a snow globe for my home
you watched me stand
within your hands
so beautifully alone

you shook twice
watched the ice
fly around me
you shook twice
...and put me down

following a shadow,
trying to find you
following a shadow
steps behind you

broken memories
shine a light upon you
blinded by fallacies
wishing it wasn’t so wrong
to be

following a shadow,
trying to find you
following a shadow
steps behind you
Track Name: I Have Enough
I've been working through the weekends trying to keep our lantern lit
Though I don't wake up in the mornings with a spring from where I sit,
and I don't grind my teeth to stubs solely from chomping at the bit,
I have enough

Like complaining when it's raining, I'm disdaining every day
Doing work without expression for some uninspired pay
Like the sky after the rainclouds, I feel tempted just to say
"I've had enough"

Was I born to work in coffeeshops
while my passion fades and slowly flies away
and is it wrong to get no sleep,
working eighty hours a week,
just to let myself follow a dream?
It sometimes seems

Still I've found no higher calling than the one which calls me home,
makes me push my aching legs until they tremble to the bone
just to reach the door in time to put our dinner on the stove -
we have enough

Like a bird that takes his glory finding pieces for his nest,
I will piece together objects for the life which suits us best
If the world I build around us keeps the rain out while we rest,
I'll have enough