Demos #2

by Joe Holt

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This is my second annual collection of home demos, all of which were recorded in the winter and spring of 2013.


released May 11, 2013

Joe Holt - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, MIDI instruments, compositions and arrangements



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Joe Holt Boston, Massachusetts

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." He lives in New York City.

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Track Name: So Far Gone
I remember the morning you first looked at me
With springtime sunshine in your smile
But the closer we became, the more I sapped it away
Eating up your image like a hungry child

But how can you ask me to do this on my own
When before you all I ever did was fail?
How can you ask me to leave you alone
Like a ship leaving port without a sail?

I'm so far gone
But I'm holding on

In my mind you were begging me on bended knee,
"Darling, stay by my side"
So I did as you requested and walked close behind
But you grew more distant with every stride

How can you expect me to forget who you are
When so much of you inspired parts of me?
How can you ask me to crawl away and hide
While you figure out who you want to be?

I'm so far gone
But I'm holding on

How can you ask me to close my eyes to you
And leave behind the sunlight for the shade?
How can you ask me to run away
When without you I am naked and afraid?

I'm so far gone
But I'm holding on
Track Name: Empty
There's a girl I used to know
Who promised that my troubles wouldn't hurt me
All she wanted was my happiness
And as long as I was truthful, she'd never desert me

I have a journal with her name jotted down
But couldn't tell you if you begged me
All that's left of her is scattered through my mind
Mismatched images and sentences she said

She said, "Open up to me
If you let me in I'll and help you"
So she cracked me open and looked inside
But I am empty

A few years later, I was slipping
And as I fell, arms wrapped around me
She raised me up and held me close
It seemed my saviour had finally found me

She said, "Close your eyes
And let me fill whatever's missing"
Well darling, look at me and tell me why
I am empty

I looked in a mirror but saw nothing inside
I guess I've always been a frame
Everything I've outlined has run away or died
When I cried out for company, only emptiness came

I met a girl last night
We spoke in whispers til the bar closed
As we were leaving, she asked my name
Pleased to meet you, I am empty
Track Name: Break Away
Two loves I have are comfort and despair
Stitched together like the threads of what I wear
If removed they would unravel me; mangle and maim
Until there's nothing left but memory and air

The names I know are purity and pride
Stepping side by side
Lonely desert days chill my bones
But give me time to bide

Break away, break away

A soul inside the center of a sinful earth
For what it's worth
You had a dream in which someone knew your name
You woke up walking on air

Break away, break away

Call back the ancient Aprils of our prime
Memories like trees not yet besieged by time
When you dream, know that someone remembers your name
and wake up walking on air, walking on air,
and break away
Track Name: You're Not the Person You Used to Be
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 or sturdy or strong
Your brothers and neighbors will crackle and split like a smile

You're not the person you used to be
If you don'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 don'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 don't listen then you won't see
While now you are stronger, a few years ago you were free
You were free