Wild Empty Promises

by Holden Laurence

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On Wild Empty Promises, Holden Laurence builds on the foundations of early alternative by combining elements of Mope-rock (The Cure), Post-punk (The Smiths), and New Wave (Echo & the Bunnymen) with skin-and-bones Americana (Ryan Adams). Vintage synths, chorus-laden guitars, and steady grooves highlight an expansive sound that complements his vulnerable and vivid songwriting.

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released May 5, 2017

All songs written and produced by Holden Laurence

Holden Laurence - Bass, Guitars, Synths, Vocals
Michael O'Brien - Drums, Percussion

Recorded at Fe True Records and Bobby Peru Recording Studio
Engineered by Dr. Bassie and Shane Olivo
Mixed and Mastered by Shane Olivo
Artwork by Matthew Childers

© 2017 Holden Laurence
© 2017 Romantic Americana Publishing

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Track Name: A Whisper and She Takes Me
A sentimental moon and I can make out a voice
Breathing like a dog in heat
A wild wind and I can hear through the noise
A whisper and she takes me

Back to the bridge, to the boats on the harbor
To the wild and empty promises
Juliet eyes and I could walk on the water
A whisper and she takes me

Chase her to the back of my mind, to the sirens that sing
And it cuts me off beneath the knees
I remember choking on a diamond ring
Another whisper and she takes me
Track Name: Ready to Leave
A twitch of the eye and I can see it coming
Your sweetheart smile don't hide nothing
You've been talking in your sleep
But you ain't talking about me
Honey, you were ready to leave when you put your bags down
Honey, you were ready to leave
Honey, you were ready to leave when you put your bags down

The human heart and a wandering mind
Desire to be loved but only half the time
You've been sneaking around and you don't call
Coming home late if you come home at all
Honey, you were ready to leave when you put your bags down
Honey, you were ready to leave
Honey, you were ready to leave when you put your bags down

A twitch of the eye and I'll be long gone, gone, gone
Leave you lonely and drunk wondering what went wrong
And when you're laying next to him
I hope his love runs cold and you end up alone again
Honey, you were ready to leave when you put your bags down
Honey, you were ready to leave
Honey, you were ready to leave
Honey, you were ready to leave when you put your bags down
When you put your bags down
Track Name: Broken Waltz
Burning ears in a bedroom
Restless feet of a restless bridegroom
On and on and on she cries
On and on and on she cries
Bitter tears on a white dress
Make-up stains on the sheets in protest
On and on and on she cries
On and on and on she cries

We move our feet to the broken waltz
We move our feet to the broken waltz

'til the music stops and the floor drops out
'til the music stops and the floor drops out
'til the music stops, 'til the music stops
'til the music stops and the floor drops out

I am a heartless bastard
Candle wax on her favorite record
On and on and on she cries
On and on and on she cries
I am a heartless bastard
Snake-oil love in a bottle of aspirin
On and on and on she cries
On and on and on she cries

We move our feet to the broken waltz
We move our feet to the broken waltz

'til the music stops and the floor drops out
'til the music stops and the floor drops out
'til the music stops, 'til the music stops
'til the music stops and the floor drops out

I am just an animal and I am just a caged heart
If you beat me I'll always come back for more

'til the music stops and the floor drops out
'til the music stops and the floor drops out
'til the music stops, 'til the music stops
'til the music stops and the floor drops out

'til the music stops and the floor drops out
'til the music stops and the floor drops out
'til the music stops, 'til the music stops
'til the music stops and the floor drops out

I am just an animal and I am just a caged heart
If you beat me I'll always come back, I'll always come back, I'll always come back
If you beat me I'll always come back for more
Track Name: The Bittersweet/The Bitter Sound
We numbered the stars and counted all the satellites
Folded paper airplanes and flew 'em from the balcony at night
Someone else's innocence, someone else's fall
Someone else's height marks on the kitchen wall
On the kitchen wall

Cut me open and shut me down
I don't wanna taste the bittersweet, I don't wanna hear the bitter sound
Cut me open and shut me down
I don't wanna taste the bittersweet, I don't wanna hear the bitter sound
The bitter sound

Your kiss was Sunday sweet and I'd never tasted love before
With bleeding hearts we melted into each other's arms on the bedroom floor
Someone else's photographs, someone else's bed
Someone else's demons screaming in my head
Screaming in my head

Cut me open and shut me down
I don't wanna taste the bittersweet, I don't wanna hear the bitter sound
Cut me open and shut me down
I don't wanna taste the bittersweet, I don't wanna hear the bitter sound
The bitter sound

Someone else's memories, someone else's dreams
Sliding across the hardwood in the summer heat
In the summer heat

Cut me open and shut me down
I don't wanna taste the bittersweet, I don't wanna hear the bitter sound
Cut me open and shut me down
I don't wanna taste the bittersweet, I don't wanna hear the bitter sound
I don't wanna taste the bittersweet, I don't wanna hear the bitter sound
The bitter sound
Track Name: Put a Feather in Your Hair
Put a feather in your hair
A cross around your neck and a rose between your teeth
Put a feather in your hair
In a faded flower dress meet me in the reeds

In the wild untamed August air
Put a feather in your hair
Put a feather in your hair

Put a feather in your hair
Aching in your chest and lilies on your tongue
Put a feather in your hair
In your mother's wedding dress meet me in the fog

In the wild untamed August air
Put a feather in your hair

I will wait only for you
I will wait, I will wait
I will wait only for you
I will wait, I will wait

In the wild untamed August air
Put a feather in your hair
Track Name: A Break in the Silence
White-washed walls and hardwood floors
I remember you with blonde hair and a big-screen jaw
Roaming through the streets in the middle of the night
The smack from the back of a hand in the back of my mind

The things I should've said
The things I should've done
I should've slid down and stepped in
But I was already gone

We were waiting for a break in the silence
We were waiting for a break in the silence, in the silence
A break in the silence, a break in the silence

I was at school on the east coast
It was 3 a.m. when I heard the sound of a weeping ghost
Roaming through the streets in the middle of the night
The smack from the back of a hand in the back of my mind

The things I should've said
The things I should've done
I should've slid down and stepped in
But I was already gone

We were waiting for a break in the silence
We were waiting for a break in the silence, in the silence
A break in the silence, a break in the silence

The things I should've said
The things I should've done
I should've slid down and stepped in
But I was already gone

We were waiting for a break in the silence
We were waiting for a break in the silence, in the silence
A break in the silence, a break in the silence
Track Name: Cover Me in Roses
Warm lips on the back of my neck
Oh, I'm spinning in circles chasing her shadow silhouette
These fever dreams leave me dizzy in the head
I wake up shaking in the darkness with an aching in my chest
An aching in my chest

Take me in your tender arms, roll me in the dirt
Cover me in roses, cover me in pearls
And then when the sun sets low, roll me in the dirt
Cover me in roses, cover me in pearls
Cover me in roses, cover me in pearls

I never believed in love
Oh, they tease you with the kiss, they'll tease you with the tongue
Oil on leather, brown eyes to stone
Oh, they lead you to the water and they leave you there to drown
They're gonna leave you there to drown

Take me in your tender arms, roll me in the dirt
Cover me in roses, cover me in pearls
And then when the sun sets low, roll me in the dirt
Cover me in roses, cover me in pearls
Cover me in roses, cover me in pearls

Take me in your tender arms, roll me in the dirt
Cover me in roses, cover me in pearls
And then when the sun sets low, roll me in the dirt
Cover me in roses, cover me in pearls
Cover me in roses, cover me in pearls
Cover me in roses, cover me in pearls
Cover me in roses, cover me in pearls
Cover me in roses
Track Name: Links in a Chain
We were wild and young, we were on the run
We were lovers staring blindly at the sun
Polaroids left in the heat
I remember love the way it ought to be

Twenty blowing across my back
Thirty breathing down my neck

Wasted, wasted, wasted, wasted

Chewing on links in a chain
Chewing on links in a chain
Chewing on links in a chain
Chewing on links in a chain

Now we're spinning wheels and we're on our heels
And we hurt each other just to feel something that's real
The polaroids have turned to dust
And sunsets planted gold have turned to rust

Twenty blowing across my back
Thirty breathing down my neck

Wasted, wasted, wasted, wasted

Chewing on links in a chain
Chewing on links in a chain
Chewing on links in a chain
Chewing on links in a chain

Twenty blowing across my back
Thirty breathing down my neck

Wasted, wasted, wasted, wasted

Chewing on links in a chain
Chewing on links in a chain
Chewing on links in a chain
Chewing on links in a chain
Track Name: Catcher in the Wheat Field
The fear of falling behind
Dances in a restless mind
Sleepwalk in a childhood home
Chasing shadows of yesterday's ghosts

The fear of losing touch
Going crazy from thinking too much
A little dizzy and a little bit numb
A little confused and a little bit drunk

Be my catcher in the wheat field
Cradle my innocence
Be my catcher in the wheat field
Cradle my innocence

The fear of getting old
Paper skin on brittle bones
Brand your face onto my brain
So as the sun sets I'll remember your name

Be my catcher in the wheat field
Cradle my innocence
Be my catcher in the wheat field
Cradle my innocence

A warm breeze through the window screens
Shatters the streetlights into a million memories
A warm breeze through the window screens
Shatters the streetlights into a million memories

Be my catcher in the wheat field
Cradle my innocence
Be my catcher in the wheat field
Cradle my innocence
Be my catcher in the wheat field
Cradle my innocence
Be my catcher in the wheat field
Cradle my innocence
Track Name: Maybe, I Know Why
Shuffling feet
Skin to skin in the heat
We open ourselves to love and hate
And all that lies between

Seventeen and shy
Smart enough to know but dumb enough to try
She opened her hand, put her arm around my waste
And laced her fingers with mine

Lie, lie lie, maybe, I know why
Lie, lie lie, maybe, I know why
The young men smile and the old men just sit there and cry
The young men smile and the old men just sit there and cry

Festival fires
Carousel lights and trapeze wires
We open ourselves and lead with our lips
And kiss with innocent desires

Lie, lie lie, maybe, I know why
Lie, lie lie, maybe, I know why
The young men smile and the old men just sit there and cry
The young men smile and the old men just sit there and cry

A trembling voice
With a kiss and smile she made her choice
Face to face at a primal pace
We fell into the void

Lie, lie lie, maybe, I know why
Lie, lie lie, maybe, I know why
The young men smile and the old men just sit there and cry
The young men smile and the old men just sit there and cry

Lie, lie lie, maybe, I know why
Lie, lie lie, maybe, I know why
Maybe, I know why