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Rise and Fall

by John Holden

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Stephen Clark New to these guys. Bought all the albums. Beautiful music and vocals. Particularly Pete Jones. I’m not at all religious, indeed I have no time for it, but this is very lovely.
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Ronald Lindeboom One of the most gossamer and mystical progressive rock albums I've heard in years, with an all-star guest cast from many of the genre's greatest bands. Check it out. Favorite track: The Golden Thread.
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wafiii An AMAZING collection of sophisticated, mature, polished songs each informed by some kind of classical or religious influence. Brilliant melodies, pristine sound, and amazing contributions by all contributors--especially the vocalists. A sure bet for year-end "Best of" lists!
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The Comet (instrumental) Evensong the day is done Fading my time now has come Fearful most terrible flame Returning to warn us again Long ago this child became man Seeking the heavenly plan Inside the monastery walls I eat and I sleep and I pray Something inside me awakes On Ascension Day Candlelight Shows the way Illuminate Day by day Observing the birds and the bats I read and I think and I pray And follow the passion within That I must obey Daedalus Can this be done? Icarus Beware the Sun I plan and I build and I write In willow and parchment and wax God willing these wings will take flight In a leap of faith Step by step I climb prepared These ever winding stairs The wind on my face Will I feel God's embrace? One look below Its time Time to go Eilmer standing at the edge Nervous feet on narrow ledge Father save this humble wretch Soaring now the world beneath me High above the crowd People gaze with awe and wonder Gliding without sound We can all fly like the angels Hearts and minds unbound Imperfect beings dream of glory We can all fly ‘Til we hit the ground
Do not disturb Leave me now Close the door Shadows waiting Lines are drawn Surrender now Captured in your sweet torment Hungry for that Warm descent The sirens call Do you stop to count the cost? What have you won? Who have you lost? In the rise and fall A roll of the dice Crazy as a wild romance There’s no limit In this game of chance A turn of the cards Soaring as two worlds collide Hang on tight Enjoy the ride Pre Chorus Flying so high Have to get a quick return Ignoring all who Crash and burn In the Rise and fall Chorus Moments in time Play in my mind All that you said to me Deep in the night Your voice in the light Calling me back again Need to be strong again Rise but don’t fall I close my eyes Hear you crying on the phone Broken promises Alone Hope is a truth Living now the only choice Freedom has a Loving voice Pre Chorus Chorus
Our love was a light that shines on all The moving stream of life It dimmed our fears with a warming glow It held our hearts enthralled And dear eyes dared to dream of endless years Yet on that night aching sadness came I heard a herald’s call He beckoned you one summer’s eve When roses bloomed in vain And my unready heart was torn in two The golden thread is mixed with grey A spinning wheel of fate Nona’s given span was all to brief Morta carried you away A jealous cruel inexorable thief And yet the strength of eternal love Endures in lands beyond And though all things are changed of time Yet in this grateful heart Forever joined in love we shall not part
Dark Arts 07:06
Don’t think you made what we believe Sleight of hand in well-cut sleeve And when the skeletons are all set free Better hold on tight to that master key While doctors spin the forests burn First World natives just never learn Conjured visions of a false delight Voices roar at your cold sound bite Chorus The art of distraction The art of deceit You treat us like a pack of fools The art of distraction The art of deceit But we’re not playing by your rules Sipping Clicquot in a penthouse flat Oxbridge Blues pulling rabbits from hats Pressing palms and closing rank There’s no caviar served at this food bank Chorus In private clubs and secret bars Media barons seduce the stars Hard-bitten hacks stalk easy prey Another pantomime plays out today Dealing a loaded deck of cards Making a mint while cuts hit hard Billions traded on high rise screens The ends don’t justify your means The art of distraction The art of deceit Right trumps Left and Left fights back Schoolboy bullies join the pack Nobody’s buying your masquerade Stuck in the middle just being played Your dark arts
Heretic 09:18
Let the desert claim the land Bury memory beneath the sand Let the wind consume at last Cut the thread break the past Hands and feet but hearts not bound Black flags flying all around With careless cries the cruel rejoice Kill the culture kill the voice Chorus But there was a time When we lived here and loved here We sang our song raised our voices high Our story together Defiant guardian proudly stands Save the treasure the ancient land Conceal emotion with no dissent The anguished tears of our lament Chorus You yourself are lifetime We will live anew Golden in the sunlight Keeper of the truth Move the people move the stone Old ways old life New fear new throne Come the dawn we live to see A victory claimed in misery Pray to the sky as hope is gone The broken lands fall one by one Mindless view no time no trust The temple gardens in the dust Distorted theory blinded lies The weeping ruins testify Destroy the myth that cannot be Rewriting truth and history There will come a time When we return here and love here We’ll sing our song raise our voices high Our story forever You yourself are lifetime We will live anew Golden in the sunlight Keepers of the truth
Dark lonely road ahead I see Escape the world and part of me Living with ghosts just killing time Leaving that life so far behind Bridges burned Dealing with consequence Looking for confidence Searching for better ways Hoping for brighter days Bridges burned Lessons learned Desolate clouds surround me now Look for the light move on somehow The rain has stopped and so must I After the storm a clearer sky After the storm this freedom earned Lessons are learned and bridges burned Bridges burned
Hands deep in the past now Moving in dark light glow Captured on stone by Air blown red Working in wonder Vision of all they know Dancing with shadow Radiance Chorus Light the fires Words are spoken Incantation Stories Call the memory From the darkness Imagination Our song Hands moving in space now Reaching for starlight glow Echo and signs From distant worlds Floating in silence Seekers of light and life Living with knowledge Gravity Chorus Endlessly searching Ancestors and satellites Love and hope Let dreams take flight Chorus (Ensemble) The further we go The less we know And we are still Curious Time and space With gods and the Fates We recognise our Voice inside We can all fly Don’t fall In the Rise and Fall



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Second Album from Composer and Multi-Instrumentalist.


released February 22, 2020

John Holden - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Programming
Jon Camp - Bass (track 2)
Zaid Crowe - Guitar solo (track 4)
Oliver Day - Guitars, Lap Steel (tracks 2, 4, 5, 6)
Emily Dolan Davies - Percussion (track 2)
Nick D’Virgilio - Drums (tracks 2, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Simon Fitzpatrick - Bass (tracks 5, 7)
Peter Jones - Vocals, Recorder, Whistle (tracks 1, 7)
Sally Minnear - Vocals (tracks 5, 6, 7)
Lauren Nolan - Vocals (tracks 3, 7)
Jean Pageau - Vocals (tracks 2, 7)
That Joe Payne - Vocals (tracks 3, 4, 5, 7)
Vikram Shankar - Piano & Keyboards (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
Michel St-Pere - Guitar solo (track 7)
Billy Sherwood - Bass (track 4)
Oliver Wakeman - Piano & Keyboards (tracks 3, 4)

Music John Holden
Leap of Faith “The Comet” with Vikram Shankar
The Golden Thread string arrangements Vikram Shankar
After the Storm with Oliver Day
Lyrics John Holden & Elizabeth Holden
Recorded, Mixed and Produced by John Holden
Mastered by Robin Armstrong
Booklet design by John Holden
Icarus sculpture images © Nicola Godden


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