Holding On

by Josh Harty

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recorded in 2015 at DNA Studios, Madison, WI. Produced by Blake Thomas and Mark Whitcomb.

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released March 19, 2016

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Josh Harty Madison, Wisconsin

Josh Harty's unique blend of American music has become a must-hear for those who keep the tradition of country, blues and folk close to their hearts. The touring bug has never left him as he continuously travels across Europe and North America. More than just moving along, he's spending plenty of time in the communities along the way, from Brooklyn to Haarlem, from London to Portland. ... more

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Track Name: Holding On
I've seen the country
Lord I've been around
Seen the sun rise from a thousand places
From a thousand little towns
Miles and miles and miles
but it always stays the same
turn the dial on the radio but the voices never change

Chorus:
I keep holding on
holding on for now
I keep holding on
holding on somehow

You think I'd know better
maybe realize by now
that somewhere between right and wrong
there's a place to settle down

Why why why
I keep answering to myself
Why not go on home take a little rest

Chorus

But how long
how long til the sun goes down and I'm gone

Chorus x 2
Track Name: The Kind
You can try you can leave
and walk all night alone
Another thousand miles in the same old shoes that you've worn
So long it seems to me that all that's left is a memory that you wrote.

You can tell someone what you keep inside but you don't
You can try to tell the other side but you won't
In the end it all comes down to the other side

chorus:
And you've always been the kind
to keep it inside til you run out of time
Before you'd ever know you let it all go
without even a sign
The choices that you've made
I've heard you say they can come from behind
then you're out of time

All the money that you spent on a short list of friends didn't get you much
and all the years you try to hide where no one could ever find
was never enough
but you keep sitting quietly by
cuz I know. . .

Chorus

take, take it easy
before you lose your mind
cuz I I know you're the kind
to keep it inside til you run out of time
Before you'd ever know you let it all go
without even a sign
The choices that you've made
I've heard you say they can come from behind
then you're out of time
Track Name: Round and Round
I know we see the same things
still we keep lying to ourselves
It's always proven easier than to try to make a change
or ask for help
Reasons don't explain why the right never knows the left hand
Every day is make believe and make believe is all we understand

Chorus:
Round and Round
and round and round again
Ring around the rosies
pocket full of posies and then
we all fall down in the end

Time again I wonder how it will
If I'd just paid attention
behaved a bit more reasonably
Looking for direction
no matter how long I wait
Try to remember if you wait too long
your compass could break

Chorus

Truth is such a strange thing
Lord you never can tell
Just keep throwing your change in a wishing well
Try to fight the good fight
how it comes out in the end
It's all just a matter of how far you can bend

Chorus

I know the end is gonna come
The end is gonna come on slow
It's gonna come on slow
and everybody know
everybody know
Track Name: Wired
I've never been that good at crossing the line before the sun goes down
I'm always too late on the town
but if halfway up were a bar and I could jump and win the prize
you know I'd be the apple of your eye

Chorus:
Apparently it's the way I'm wired
I'm a lock that won't be keyed
I never seem to change so easily

I've been the fool that runs for days and days
without a destination in mind
Never seemed to care about what I left behind
And if all I ever had was a prayer
and a wing that wouldn't catch its stride
I'd just keep trying to get lost in what I was trying to hide

Chorus

I never found the answers to questions I never asked
Pride will kill a fool any time it can
So day after day I burn the page
no matter wrong or right
cuz what's never found can never come at you from behind

Chorus x 2
Track Name: Learn to Fight
You know I've been trying to settle down
I spent too much time learning how to run around
You call me a coward or a fool
Lord I swear I never meant any harm to you.

Time and time again I nearly won the game
But time and time again the rules have changed
Maybe I know
Maybe I'll never know how the victory tastes

Chorus:
Life is never wrong or right
Day after day you're up against the tide
Oh make up your mind
You gotta run or learn to fight
You've gotta run or learn to fight

I made up my mind a long time ago
And every day's been another round
another scar to show
I just hope that I've done good
I just hope I've done all I could

Chorus
Track Name: Ballad For a Friend
Gonna bury you in the woods
gonna leave you in the pines
Mark your grave with a thought in the back of my mind
in time
like you it's gonna die
No one's gonna hear you scream
no one's gonna hear you cry
Voice will sound like a tree that falls
in the middle of the night
middle of the night

chorus:
Now I
I know you'll find
that dying is easier than life

We're gonna take a walk
down to the water line
Listen as the river runs like you're gonna try
It's no surprise

Who do you pray to my friend
who are you trying to find
Someone who won't leave you
cuz you've been left behind
been left behind

Chorus

Stars might shine on you my friend
they might show a sign
but I'll tell the truth
that I taught them to lie
taught them to lie

You're gonna see it clear my friend
I'll be satisfied
with the price you paid for being here tonight
being here tonight

Chorus
Track Name: Running
What's that you're running from this time my Lynn
you know the road is starting to run a little long my friend
who do you know
who do you know

You know you've been around
now you're coming back again
same way as before
and I know I told you then
who do you know
who do you know

chorus:
Time is gonna bring you down
when you run
you'll find that you're the only one that you're running from

What's that you say
please tell me dear
One more time that I might hear
Regrets been crying way too loud every night in my ear

Know that road
I pulled on long ago
the road stayed strong and I pulled off
too many times I know
Lord I know
Lord I know

chorus
Track Name: You and the Road
You can run from the winter time
and the midnight black
Cold coming up behind you
Teeth in your neck
Snow on the road
like the fingers of a ghost
wind is howling through a crack in the window
no mercy for a dead black sky
just you and the road in the middle of the night

You and the road in the middle of the night

There's glitter in the headlights
like silver spikes
they disappear like phantoms into waves of white
Every drop of water in the world is ice
sharpening their scycles like silver knives
Lines keep coming and the lanes divide

You and the road in the middle of the night
You and the road in the middle of the night

You keep trying to tell yourself the sun'll come up
Is the little bit of strength to get home gonna be enough
When you get to me I'm gonna hold out my arms
To give you a place to land that's soft and warm
Ohohohoh

But you're running on a black line
through the frozen void
No feeling in your fingers
and no other choice
You are the queen of the midnight run
11 years of night just to taste the sun
AM radio in the dashboard lights

You and the road in the middle of the night
You and the road in the middle of the night
Track Name: Shiver in the Dark
Did you ever find yourself running from the cold
never really sure of a safer place to go
You try to find a place to make your stand
running from the dark with the wishes in one hand

You reach for the arrow
found it's mark
Memory all along
never had to plan your part

The days they run through you like a river and a rock
quiver in the marrow
and a shiver in the dark

chorus:
Saying goodbye was never hard enough
I could cry
you could call my bluff
No reason why we don't give up
Just draining sand until the time is up

Your boat on the water
waves run high
feeling for the shallows
still no land in sight

Your maps are overboard
your compass broke
mass distraction with the sails
they are torn

You search for the house that bears the light
wonder how long you can put up this fight
You pray for the fire that burns the shore
Love and desire that just ain't there no more

chorus

You reach for the arrow
found it's mark
Memory all along
never had to plan your part

The days they run through you like a river and a rock
quiver in the marrow
and a shiver in the dark

chorus
Track Name: English Rain
Over coffee on a Sunday morning
bought a ticket on an outbound train
to somewhere out West in Idaho
or walking in the English rain

It never would have occurred to me
or maybe I just didn't think
Just another avenue I turned on to
what will be will be

chorus:
Sometimes I just wanna go back home
but it's the life
that I know
and if I had time
I'd only stay a while
but I don't like what I might find

Mirrors on the back roads
I never try to look in to
they only hold a broken picture of
a life that I once knew

All the midnights and the melodies
like a train whistle loud and clear
Like a circus train running wild and free
echoes cold through the air

chorus

The circle grows and nobody knows
where the end is gonna be

chorus