Brighter Moons

by Joe Holt

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1.
Harness Kiss 03:17
It's like my legs were built in anger by a tired engineer in the middle of the night Yes they carry me towards you but collapse against each other when you catch me in the chasm of your eyesight til I don't remember standing upright Take my harness kiss and let me be your tower crane Though my wheels turn, I'll never let you fall Use this harness kiss like a battery when your power drains Stand on my shoulders when you need to feel tall It's like my lips were dipped in tarmac so my words are black and sicker than a cyst Yes I'm trying to take control back but I'm finding all the places on your face I haven't covered with a kiss Oh the spots I've stained are hard to miss Still, take my harness kiss and let me be your tower crane Though my wheels turn, I'll never let you fall Use this harness kiss like a battery when your power drains Stand on my shoulders when you need to feel tall Well I'm angry that you used me but I guess I should be grateful you would choose me at all Though I'm an incomplete toolset I could surely find a screw you'd let me bury in your wall and from it, hang the man I wish you'd call Oh so take my harness kiss and let me be your tower crane Though my wheels turn, I'll never let you fall Use this harness kiss like a battery when your power drains Stand on my shoulders when you need to feel tall
2.
Staying up past four As I sat in the shirt you wore, we talked and never got bored Reach to touch your hand Teach myself to walk on land, on sand, after journeys unplanned It's the same as my fantasy Framing each bite mark you plant on me Handwritten elegies Have faded away like unwarranted apologies to memories You found me Unbound me Stood tall and crowned me Each nightmare Falls lighter I'm sleeping soundly Something was amiss; Hungry kisses and reminiscences laced with analysis Dreaming forward now to a future without a doubt devout to something I care about I had a hole in my retinue The bags under my eyes should have room for you I want to carry your residue, Use it like Hansel and Gretel do: I'll follow you to brighter moons You found me Unbound me Stood tall and crowned me Each nightmare Falls lighter I'm sleeping soundly
3.
Maybe somewhere on this planet There's a forest floor as fragrant as your hair Maybe somewhere on this planet There's a fountain just as reckless as when you're drinking and my jokes catch you unaware Maybe somewhere on this planet There's a beauty I could almost understand Maybe somewhere on this planet There's a stone awaiting holding that would fit just like your fingers in my hand Maybe somewhere Maybe someday I'll compare But for now I think I'm already there
4.
He stood on top of his history cold And thought about fantasies he couldn't hold All he could picture was when he'd been told, "I'm leaving you" When he was a child he hid under the stairs And saw through the door him pulling her hair Until one day at breakfast he heard her declare, "I'm leaving you" I'm leaving you I'm leaving you They were walking together and holding hands Which soon were embellished by wedding bands But he barely even heard her when she said in the sands, "I'm leaving you" I'm leaving you I'm leaving you He was fine for a while, but he couldn't hide From leftover hatred and loneliness wide So he wasn't surprised when his happiness cried, "I'm leaving you" I'm leaving you I'm leaving you So he kicked his feet and knocked over the chair And as he swallowed his mouthful of air His mind turned to him and said with a prayer, "I'm leaving you" I'm leaving you I'm leaving you
5.
Remember flitting from my bedroom to the garden, Sitting in the shadow of the trees? Kissing every freckle from your forehead to the ones above your knees? I'm just excited for the places left my lips still need an introduction to There's just a few I'll find them all I found a diamond in a dark and dour coal mine Scratching at the ceiling and the floor Never looking up to see the treasure Shining silver, showing me the door When you smile it's hard to swallow and I choke on words describing how I feel They're still concealed but I'll find them all Every promise of every kind I'll find them all I was waiting to be told that I was useful Ready as an empty plot of land Until your laughter filled my footsteps As if following a figure in the sand You met me rain-sodden and soiled and you sowed the seeds of roses in my mind After time I'll find them all
6.
Lying there, vacant stare, rolling around I'm glaring at spots on the wall Unsleeping and steeping in problems I found It does me no good to remember them all You've been strong all along and today's no exception But you've hurried and worried enough And if you're picking up pain you should change your reception Tune out the songs that don't lift you up and carry you away It's okay Let it brush off your shoulders and soldier along You'll be okay We've been opened too wide and can't hide any longer From these troubles like tides rolling in But my darling, like starlings, allied we are stronger And take off in flight with the night on our wings reflecting off the waves It's okay Let it brush off our shoulders and soldier along We'll be okay It's okay Let it brush off our shoulders and soldier along We'll be okay
7.
No More 04:10
Sometimes sunshine gets me down Worst of all, it never rains while you're around I see your face in every sky Shouting up, I sit and wait for your reply Well I've been following your shadow on the wall I've been mistaking when I jump for when I fall No more When this began, I ran to you I told my life I had important things to do I got in shape escaping me But my feet got tired so you got fired and I got free Yes I've been sending you my skin to keep you warm Peeling off my pelt until I'm raw No more No more
8.
Comfort me again Hold me til you end The voice inside my head Bringing up the dead The men I could've been instead I'm going down Way down I'm bound to the man in my mind intertwined on the ground Pace around my room Watch the rising moon I never feel alone With pockets full of stones, I sink to where his thoughts are grown I'm going down Way down I'm bound to the man in my mind intertwined on the ground I'm going down Way down I'm bound to the man in my mind, undefined, to be found
9.
Seeing You 04:03
Seeing you is like getting home just as the cold starts to seep in and throwing my boots into my room Seeing you is like reaching for the bowl on the top shelf and finding chocolate I forgot was there I often wish I could shake off my memories like shaking dust off the bedsheets But every time I try, I pull the blankets back down and find you lying there I went for a long walk Trying to wear myself down But you were in the wind The breeze had learned how to pronounce your name You were in the trees, swaying I brushed past a rose bush with branches like your fingers grasping leaving red marks in the shape of your smile
10.
You're a park bench Suffer the winter and wait for the end To the tired and weary you offer a friend Though rained on and sat on and spat on again, still you stand My friend, after years abusive and long No matter how stable and sturdy and strong Your brothers and neighbors will crackle and split like a smile You're not the person you used to be If you won't listen then you won't see While now you are stronger, a few years ago you were free You were free One day when the snow fills your memory's bite Hop out of the doorway and into the white And play in the steps your father left behind You're not the person you used to be If you won't listen then you won't see While now you are stronger, a few years ago you were free You're not the person you used to be If you won't listen then you won't see While now you are stronger, a few years ago you were free You were free
11.
Again 04:15
Sometimes when I'm feeling small In the kind of day you have to crawl through When I can't see beyond the wall You're the ones I always call to For every time I've had to fall Left to choose, I'd do it all again On the bus home from New York In a coffeeshop to talk Going for an evening walk Struggling to pull out the cork I'm not lonely anymore All you people helped me soar again Gathered there around the wine I felt a shiver in my spine Since somehow planets aligned And gave me friends that made me shine If my life is redesigned In the next one I will find you again
12.
I was breathing in the midnight air, the moonlight shining down on my hair In the silver parceled patterns, you were there Pressed against the window where we listened to the sound of the wind whispering prayers With the bitter bracken morning seeping in Aging slowly Roads below me Carry me along Moving faster Each disaster Scarcely makes me stall 'cause when I call You always come Oftentimes with weary eyes struggling I can't see where I'm supposed to be Standing in stagnant water, tepid to the touch I try to swim but the current won't cooperate with me Aging slowly Roads below me Carry me along Moving faster Each disaster Scarcely makes me stall 'cause when I call Running from the future, I've forgotten how to figure out the past Yes I'm living in the moment but unable to make memories that last You and I were satisfied with fantasies and fallacies of age But the years washed over us and swept away our innocence with rage We beat the river til its waves were churning We staved off shivering with teenage yearning Expecting things we hadn't earned We didn't wait our turn Walking to the ocean, throwing pebbles at the sign posts on the pier We skinny dipped and treasured sips of freshly stolen pizza parlour beer You took me by the hand and helped me stand against the bullies in our school Then grew into a man who I can call upon when life makes me a fool We beat the river til its waves were churning We staved off shivering with teenage yearning Jumping over every bridge we burned, We never learned Aging slowly Roads below me Carry me along

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This is my first full-length album, funded by a group of incredibly generous Kickstarter backers.

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released July 14, 2015

All songs written and arranged by Joe Holt
"Harness Kiss" co-arranged by Charles Humenry

Produced by Simon Holt, Sam Milinazzo, Debra Shaw, David Hart, Michele and John Delmhorst, Dan and Liz Hall, and Thomas Cheney

Recorded by Sam Milinazzo at The Record Company, Boston MA
Additional engineering by Andrew Keller
Mixed by Gabe Herman, www.audiogabriel.com
Mastered by Jim Chapdelaine

Album cover art, album design, poster and T shirt design by Creees Lee
CD, poster, and T shirt manufacturing by Sienna Digital

HARNESS KISS

Joe Holt - Vocals, guitar
Nate Sabat - Upright bass
Caleb Barnett - Drums, Percussion

SLEEPING SOUNDLY

Joe - Vocals, guitar
Nate - Upright bass
Caleb - Drums

MAYBE SOMEWHERE

Joe - Vocals, guitar, string and vocal arrangements
Alison Holt - Violin, viola
Mason Lieberman - Cello

I'M LEAVING YOU

Joe - Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Nate - Upright bass
Caleb - Drums

FIND THEM ALL

Joe - Vocals, guitar

WE'LL BE OKAY

Joe - Vocals, guitars
Nate - Upright bass
Caleb - Drums

NO MORE

Joe - Vocals, guitar

THE MAN IN MY MIND

Joe - Vocals, guitar
Nate - Upright bass
Caleb - Drums

SEEING YOU

Joe - Vocals, piano, string arrangement
Alison - Violin, viola
Mason - Cello

YOU'RE NOT THE PERSON YOU USED TO BE

Joe - Vocals, guitar
Nate - Upright bass
Caleb - Drums

AGAIN

Joe - Vocals, guitar

CARRY ME ALONG

Joe - Vocals, guitar
Nate - Upright bass
Caleb - Drums, Percussion

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Joe Holt New York, New York

Joe is a folk singer/songwriter from England, described by Indie Minded as "a gifted young talent who is sure to leave his mark on the folk music scene." His music has been featured twice on NPR. He lives in New York City.

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