Romantic Americana

by Holden Laurence

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Holden Laurence skillfully marries raw emotion and subtle craftsmanship in his debut release, "Romantic Americana". The sparse presentation of a lone guitar and a solitary voice complements and frames his emotionally intricate lyrics and soothing, at times hypnotic, melodies. Holden Laurence melds the lean precision of John Prine, the lamenting spirit of Townes Van Zandt and the vivid imagery of Iron & Wine to produce a collection of songs saturated in youthful innocence and aching nostalgia.

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released November 11, 2014

All Songs Written & Performed By Holden Laurence

Mastered By Steve Corrao At Sage Audio
Recording/Mixing Engineer: Chris Ebbert

© Romantic Americana Publishing 2014
© Holden Laurence 2014

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Holden Laurence Cleveland, Ohio

A jean jacket 20-something playing Galaga and drinking PBR at a vintage arcade in Cleveland.

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Track Name: Orange Grove, 2009
I remember being young and naive
Yellow porch lights up and down the street
Getting lost in the endlessness
Not knowing bitterness
And I still remember the way it used to be
The way it used to be

I remember the shaded orange grove
Peeled back in secret- petals on a clove
Getting lost in the innocence
The timid citrus kiss
And I still remember the wild taste of love
The wild taste of love

I want to find those kids
Tell them to bury their love, to keep it hid
I want to find those kids
Tell them to bury their pearls, to keep them hid

I remember the aching, broken whispers
Two bodies, naked, burning in the embers
Shades of yellow, indigo and green
Honey, do you remember me?
Do you remember me?
Honey, Do you remember me?
Track Name: Friendship & The Fever
The ghosts of who we were and what we've seen
Pass like shadows all around me
And when the sun goes down they come around
And tease our children when they're sleeping
Their eyes are covered still with blackened veil
Like the shade of heavy oak trees
And they don't understand the greater plan
How the world is ever changing

Friends in fever dreams can't take the heat
They will melt into each other
Like snow melts into rain- it's all the same
When it covers one another, I know

We met with tender skin- born again
Sweetly singing blessings
Of rhymes and nameless tunes and cherry blooms
Our bodies tight and pressing
At the fair behind the school- a kissing booth
Where every kiss will cost you something
And still we tried to fill the empty rooms
With every single heartbeat

Friends in fever dreams can't take the heat
They will melt into each other
Like snow melts into rain- it's all the same
When it covers one another, I know

Sound the chapel bell, no chance in hell
That I'll love another lady
If I should fall behind don't pay no mind
Just go ahead without me
And I don't know how it came to be and that you and me
Were caught up in a fever
Just like a polaroid of a girl and boy
We were melted there forever

Friends in fever dreams can't take the heat
They will melt into each other
Like snow melts into rain- it's all the same
When it covers one another, I know
Track Name: Falling Still
I'll hold my tongue
Choke on all the stupid things I've done
I'll play the game
Burn it down and act like nothing changed

I figured out how to bite the fruit and hide my lips from you
Lost the nerve and I lost my iron will and fell to earth
And I'm falling still, falling still

I'll think too much
Turn away from your tender touch
I'll break my vows
Self-destruct from the inside out

I figured out how to bite the fruit and hide my lips from you
Lost the nerve and I lost my iron will and fell to earth
And I'm falling still, falling still

My love will drag you down
My love will break your heart
Like stones in running water
Time will pull you under
Slowly steal the beauty that made me first believe

I figured out how to bite the fruit and hide my lips from you
Lost the nerve and I lost my iron will and fell to earth
And I'm falling still, falling still, falling still
Track Name: Holy Roman Love
A candy cross, plastic rosary beads
Faith like paper shaking in the breeze
Intentions pure, honest with disbelief
Running away from everything

Baby, I know your holy Roman love will never let me go
Baby, I know your holy Roman love will never let me go
Never let me go

Chewing on dust, burning with teenage lust
Fanning the flames- a fire in the gut
Intentions wild, open with trust
No Catholic guilt throwing shadows over us

Baby, I know your holy roman love will never let me go
Baby, I know your holy roman love will never let me go
Baby, I know your holy roman love will never let me go
Baby, I know your holy roman love will never let me go
Never let me go
Track Name: Humble, I'm Coming Home
My plane touched down on snow covered ground
A cold Midwestern chill in my bones
I left a child- reckless and wild
Humble, I'm coming home

Let the candle burn in your window
Don't waste all your tears on your pillow
For I am on my way
Believe my when I say
Humble, I'm coming home

I hitched down south with gravel in my mouth
Bottomed out in Houston alone
Torn apart with whiskey in my scars
Humble, I'm coming home

Let the candle burn in your window
Don't waste all your tears on your pillow
For I am on my way
Believe my when I say
Humble, I'm coming home
Humble, I'm coming home
Track Name: Sweet Serenity
In a day when you will tell me all there is to say
I will stare down at my feet as it were judgment day
You may never see me smile but I'll do it anyway

In a day when you will teach me all there is to know
I will keep your secrets and I'll never let them go
Buried beneath the shaded oak so no one ever knows

In a day when you will love me like I've never known
With every kiss upon my lips, wild it will grow
Find it in the tall grass with our bodies laying low

In a day when all our sorrows drift out to the sea
God will give us what He borrowed- sweet serenity
You may never see me smile but smiling I will be