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Circles in Time

by John Holden

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Avalanche 06:17
So tired of negative pressure Dragging Me down Breathing this toxic atmosphere This sick Guilt trip I'm getting pushed right to the edge now Your rules J'accuse Feels like a poison in my soul As the world starts falling Riding the avalanche You can’t outrun The starting gun You criticise me with your eyes The same Blame game Don't try to bury me alive I'm out No doubt Malice will fuel a bitter fire Watch me You'll see Won’t let you suffocate my dreams As the world starts burning Riding the avalanche Don’t hesitate It’s not too late So look beyond To solid ground Hold your nerve As the world keeps turning Riding the avalanche Riding the avalanche Ride the avalanche
High Line 06:58
Gina grabs a coffee she’s working late Takin’ a chance on the city in real estate The views are just sublime On the High Line Bar Fifty-Five Dan's in the zone Playin' blue notes on his old saxophone The music starts to climb On the High Line She walks from Village, him from the bar It’s getting late but it’s not so far At Hector's you can dine On the High Line (Dan) ‘You come here often?’ (Gina) ‘Is that your best line?’ She laughs, he orders drinks (Gina) ‘Yeah all the time’ The city stars align On the High Line They walk and talk, watch the Hudson run Stealing a kiss in the setting sun The Vessel starts to shine On the High Line Liberty sure feels right Sharing a perfect moment of delight The world just takes its time On the High Line Cowboys ride Death Avenue Forgotten tracks Abandoned view Elevate hopes Sidewalk steam Living out Manhattan dreams
Early summer’s morning  In dawning light revealed  The secret of a woman  Found on Chapel Field Gaze concealed  A dark and silent eve  Shadows cast   Two figures as they leave Game so clear  A heart as black as sin  Foolish girl He seeks to lure you in  I’m here my darling Meeting as you asked  Why linger here? We’re together at last  Let’s steal away and Start our life anew  When we are married I’ll give myself to you Silent screams   Chilling now the ghostly air Maiden found   With neck and ankle bare Fireflies  In the meadow watching crow Mary’s corpse   Weighs upon the grass below A humble girl told to be discreet  Whispered words hid A cruel and dark deceit   You had promised to Make me your true wife  I only wanted your Love to fill my life Strong in faith and virtue  A heart and mind so pure  Her innocence was taken  Sweet Mary breathes no more All things lost   All that I did not tell  Tears of shame  A bitter last farewell Forgive me now   Heart filled with looming dread  Mortal sins   Left hanging by a thread    I sometimes saw you watching from afar  Now I know your secret kept us far apart  I always wanted to love and care for you I always longed for you to know our truth Darling daughter with eyes of violet blue Why did fear and pride keep me away from you? Dearest father you came to me too late  Forever now on Chapel Field victims of our fate
Flashing red silk Raven black hair The heat of your eyes In warm summer air The beat of the night Passions that climb Movement seduces With circles in time Abandoned to rhythms Lost in the past Glances like treasure Stolen at last Fiery sensations A heart may forgive Flamenco guitars Dreams of Cadiz
Circles 05:46
Why am I Right back here where I started from again? Where my thoughts Spin with uncertainty and fear I’m lost Sometimes I wonder How it went so wrong Trying to be strong But darkness consumes me Walking in circles You run into yourself No starting point, no end Just endless returning Here I go again On a beach I’m drawing circles in the sand with you Holding hands The circles and my tears are swept away No corner to turn Life is on repeat I won’t admit defeat It’s not over, not over Walking in circles You run into yourself No starting point, no end Just endless returning Here I go again In the night I find some peace encircled in Your arms And I know Your love will always be what Sees me through Walking in circles You run into yourself No starting point, no end Just endless returning Here in our circle You take me by the hand And help me understand We’re in this together The circle is turning What has gone is gone But we can see beyond There’s comfort and healing When I’m here with you Why am I Right back here where I started from?
KV62 19:23
ALABASTER PRAYERS - THEBES, 1325 BC SOLAR BOATS ONE LAST SEASON - HIGHCLERE CASTLE, JUNE 1922 Stop! I can’t go on All the wasted years Have killed my appetite The hunger’s gone Stop! I won’t go on With some fruitless search This damned Expensive game Will finish me I know he’s there He must be there The valley showed me We are so close He’s waiting there No time to give in Stop! Listen to me You must understand My patience has worn thin My wallet too! Stop! Hear what I say We gave everything Our reckless hopes And dreams Won’t pay the bills I’m sure I’m right You know it too Let me continue I’ll sell my goods House if I must But I’ll continue Oh damn it man Let's do it then Just one more season The valley calls I will complete The work we started Just one more try Just one last chance One final season Just one more try It’s do or die One final season Long hidden Secrets concealed The valley now must reveal THE SEARCH (A WATER POT, STEPS & SEAL) - LUXOR, NOVEMBER, 1922 WONDERFUL THINGS - LUXOR, 26th NOVEMBER, 1922 Wonderful Wonderful things Everywhere… the glitter of gold BLESSINGS AND CURSES - LUXOR, 1923 Now the news is out there Just listen to the din LC is in his element The press in a spin The Times has the exclusive The others are so mad Making up wild theories To sell tawdry rags Authority and chaos A close but deadly shave Dignitaries and bureaucrats Shake hands by the grave A plague of news reporters Like flies around dead meat Carnarvon’s death, mosquitos The truth in retreat The new Head of Antiquities Thinks he is so grand All my work is halted What a stupid man! Their madness will not stop me So let them do their worst There are things More wonderful Than some ancient curse Tut Mania Unwrapping Tut Mania Bulbs flashing Tut Mania Distracting Tut Mania It’s catching Tut Mania Plans hatching Tut Mania We’re clashing Tut Mania Combating Invited to the country To amuse the upper class No interest in artefacts Truth of the past It’s time to leave the circus I will not be their clown I'll pack my bags And disappear To London town IMPERISHABLE STARS - LONDON, MARCH 1939 Is this the end? No Love, no friend Left unrewarded Remembering Those golden wings Awe and elation My destiny Obscurity Yours everlasting And what endures Your face so pure Sealed in my memory Osiris stay Balance and weigh Heart against feather The spirit leaves I will believe We are together Resting now… Under the Imperishable stars



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Third Album from Composer and Multi-Instrumentalist.


released March 19, 2021

John Holden - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Orchestration,
Robin Armstrong - Bass (track 5)
Marc Atkinson - Vocals (track 3)
Zaid Crowe - Guitar (track 6)
Oliver Day - Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin (tracks 3, 4)
Nick D’Virgilio - Drums, Handpan (tracks 1, 2, 6)
Frank Van Essen - Violin, Viola (tracks 2, 3)
Peter Jones - Vocals, Saxophone (tracks 2, 6)
Sally Minnear - Vocals (tracks 3, 5)
Jean Pageau - Vocals (track 1)
Eric Potapenko - Guitar (tracks 1, 2)
That Joe Payne - Vocals (track 6)
Henry Rogers - Drums (tracks 4, 5)
Vikram Shankar - Piano & Keyboards (all tracks)
Jeremy Irons - Narration (track 6)
Elizabeth Holden - Backing Vocals & ‘The Water Boy’

Music John Holden

Avalanche opening with Vikram Shankar & Eric Potapenko
Dreams of Cadiz with Vikram Shankar & Oliver Day
KV62 ‘Solar Boats’ with Nick D’Virgilio

Lyrics John Holden & Elizabeth Holden

Mixed & Produced by John Holden
Mastered by Robin Armstrong
Booklet Design John Holden
Cover images Gaby Grohovaz


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