Demos #4

by Joe Holt

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1.
Headwaters 04:09
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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

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These songs are dedicated in loving memory to Kat Mulvaney.

Album art by Tom Wark

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released August 24, 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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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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