Empty EP

by Joe Holt

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1.
For a Dream 04:03
Well I've been wearing self-loathing like something I bought from a thrift store It was cheap and it's comfy so I find myself lending it out more and more Yeah I lay it on thick so it's warm as the sand on the seashore Wear it a while, babe, I promise you'll end up with matching decor But I've owned it so long it's patchy and starting to fray at the seams And though it represents me more than any man I've ever been, I would sell it for a dream I know I'm coming on strong, but darling, I've never been so lonely And the smile in your eyes brings up stories from happier times And since the evidence is pointing to nothing above or below me I don't want to let someone like you just pass me by But I'm compulsively shy - to the point where I'm constantly swallowing screams And I'm aware that you're looking for somebody I'll never be But I'll forget it for this dream Wash me up until I'm thin Ring me out and breathe me in I am yours So I took my guitar and my notebook and asked them politely to breed And I placed in my pocket the love they said I need And I sold it for a dream
2.
Early Grave 02:51
Well on the mosaic of faces on a train rushing by I thought I caught a little glimpse of your smile So I ran beside to look for you, like a river running dry For an unsuccessful quarter of a mile Well if loneliness leads me to an early grave At least I'll leave behind the promises I made Oh baby catch me in the cradle while I'm yours to save When I can run, I'll be running to an early grave Oh standing on this hill I hear church bells chime This bed of mould on which I'm stepping must be somebody's grave Makes me shudder when I think I might be wasting time Between the darkness in the bookends of my days Well if loneliness leads me to an early grave At least I'll leave behind the promises I made Oh baby catch me in the cradle while I'm yours to save When I can run, I'll be running to an early grave Sometimes I wake up surrounded by the smell of you And it's strong enough to lead me forward blindly I can carry on like kerosene, I'm burning oil On a fuse lit by your memory behind me Well if loneliness leads me to an early grave At least I'll leave behind the promises I made Oh baby catch me in the cradle while I'm yours to save When I can run, I'll be running to an early grave
3.
Night 03:55
Inside the darkest depths of you, dear Lurking limelight truths appeared I brushed off my ignorance, Stepped in and searched for a guiding light Between the starving sinewy slivers of night Down in your cave I caught a fever When I came to, my wrists were tied to your love So I struck the ground til my hands were unbound But my heart's wound tight A noose of the saddest sinewy slivers of night Conquered by yesterday, I cannot follow the faintest light Or swallow the smallest sinewy slivers of night
4.
Empty 04:04
There's a girl I used to know Who promised all 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 number 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 try 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
5.
So Far Gone 03:25
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 Oh 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 Oh 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 Oh 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
6.
Well in my rush to reach adulthood, I forgot to have a youth And in the haze of lazy summer days I let euphoria overwhelm the truth Falling through the years Impossible to steer Time has never loomed so near I'm chasing Arcadia In the murkiness of memory I saw a shadow lurk Holding out an envelope with every duty I have ever shirked He reached out and took my hand Carried me to land Smiling, he buried me in sand I'm chasing Arcadia Are we all waiting for better tasting meals? Can we look forward to picnics in Elysian fields? Or is this the opening act To empty promises And broken, superficial deals? We're chasing Arcadia

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released March 25, 2014

All songs written by Joe Holt
All songs recorded and engineered by Gabe Herman
All songs mastered by Jim Chapdelaine

Produced by Joe Holt and MiGL Productions

FOR A DREAM
Joe Holt - vocals, guitar

EARLY GRAVE
Joe - vocals, guitar

NIGHT
Joe - vocals, guitar, choral and string arrangements
Kate O'Brien - violin 1
Heather Yanovitch - violin 2
Alison Holt - viola
Christine Coyle - cello

EMPTY
Joe - vocals, guitar

SO FAR GONE
Joe - vocals, guitar

CHASING ARCADIA
Joe - vocals, guitar

Thank you to everyone who helped me fund this album, including the incredibly generous men and women who came to my fundraiser concert on 12/28/13 at the Mystic Indie Theater, Mystic, CT.
Thank you to my family and friends, especially those of you who attended the EP release show in Allston, MA on 3/29/14.
Thank you to Tony Nunes, Dan Hall, Brian Cheney, and Dad for all your support and help during recording and after the release.
Thank you for listening!

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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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