Hold On

by Ali Dineen

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1.
Overture 00:55
2.
Vessels 04:22
I saw in you something I knew Long before I saw your face Something that burns but leaves no visible trace Your arms became my home Like others have before Like wasp’s nests at first frost Someday all these vessels fall apart Dark are the days, they’ve been so for so long With no star to guide us, fear walks close beside us No one to point the way From the night to the day Like wasp’s nests at first frost Someday all these vessels fall apart Some people pretend That they’ve got something more than their wealth to defend They hide away behind reasons and war Till there are no more soldiers to send While all the saints and the dreamers Are shackled by what they must do to survive But in secret they sing to each other And find their own voice is what keeps them alive But in secret they sing to each other And find their own voice is what keeps them alive
3.
Hungry Ghost 04:16
Your ghost is a hungry memory Haunts me wherever I go I know him all too well He’s been here all along And now you’re gone I see that I didn’t know what longing was I didn’t know what it meant to miss someone Didn’t know how the heart could ache But I’ll keep trying to love this hungry ghost You won’t look me in the eye But I could watch you all year You’ll be looking far away To some place I’ll never go While your ghost haunts my vision Just like a dream I can’t wake up from Always somewhere at the edge of sight Speaking loudest in the dead of night Hungry But I’ll keep fighting to love this hungry ghost And somewhere I am told You are alive and well Not a ghost in sight But how do you manage To haunt my waking days Haunt my bed at night Your song tears me down, moves me along And I am left here on my own Those devastation blues setting in And I would love you if you’d let me Yes I would sing you to sleep each night I’d put only good things in your sight Let you be and hold you tight But I know I’m better off alone Cause it’s no one can love a hungry ghost
4.
Hold On 05:51
Wake up, look up Things are not as they seem All those men in big white houses They are living a dying dream And those who know that to love is not to own Will never find themselves alone I have known a love so great it burns and aches and it takes all you've got not to fall completely apart when you watch it get torn away I have seen a hurt go so deep it learns to hide beneath your tissue, between your bones and one day you will find you're bearing a heavy load And I was raised to believe that a war is over when there are still bombs in the ground and broken bodies to be found And I was fooled into fighting for myself and for nobody else, nobody else cause they said no one was gonna fight for me But I’m starting to look around I see a weary sea of people trying to pull each other up from these trenches So hold on, hold on things are not as they seem and you are not on your own cause nobody enters this world alone We build high walls but someday they're bound to fall or be broken down and those who know that to love is not to own will never find themselves alone
5.
I Knew How 05:14
Light ran down my limbs, stars in the sea You turned to walk away and my heart was broken open for all to see I’ve tried to find the words to speak this aching thing aloud But it burns between us, longing to make a sound I knew how to love before I knew how to hide I knew how to love before I knew how to lie How to lie I knew how to laugh before I knew how to fear I knew how to laugh before I knew how to disappear Disappear I tried to guard myself from all the pain I’d ever known Beating heart, flesh and bone, flesh and bone So I learned to hide away from everyone I’d ever loved Beating heart, flesh and blood I knew how to sing before I knew to how to speak with violence I knew how to sing before I knew how to scream in silence Scream in silence I knew how to love before I feared it would break me open But I found I can’t heal the wounds I’ve got if they go unspoken So break it open Now I’ve seen a broken trust in everyone I’ve ever loved Beating heart, flesh and blood, flesh and blood But I’ve found a burning hope in everyone I’ve ever known Broken hearts, flesh and bone Fighting for what we know Never lost or alone We came into this world knowing how to love
6.
Outro 01:04
Never fear going in circles the next time around you will see what you missed before and you will be different and it will be better

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And those who know that to love is not to own
will never find themselves alone

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released February 8, 2020

Ali Dineen -- vocals (2-6), piano (3), percussion (5), guitar (1, 2, 4-6), organ (2, 3, 5), mellotron (6)
Richie Barshay -- percussion (2-5)
Oren Bloedow -- bass (2, 3, 5)
Jeremy Bloom -- glockenspiel (5), mellotron (5)
Amy Carrigan -- vocals (2, 4, 5)
Marandi Hostetter -- violin (1, 2, 4, 5)
Dylan Keefe -- bass (4)
Hannah Sassoon -- cello (1, 2, 4, 5)
Jake Shulman-Ment -- violin (1, 2, 4, 5)

All songs written and composed by Ali Dineen, with lyrics to "Outro" by Lila Winstead
All songs arranged by Ali Dineen, Jake Shulman-Ment, Hannah Sassoon and Marandi Hostetter
Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Danny Blume at Hidden Quarry Studios in Bearsville, NY
Additional recording by Jeremy Bloom

And those who know that to love is not to own
will never find themselves alone

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