Volume Three - Program

by Royal Holland

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Volume Three: Program is the finale of a trilogy of EPs introducing the tragic tale of Royal Holland.

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released January 19, 2016

Recorded & Produced by Brian Olive at The Diamonds
Performed by Royal Holland
Baritone Sax on ‘Embassy’ by Brian Olive
Banjo on ‘Embassy’ by Wonky Tonk
Backing Vocals on ‘Embassy’ by Margaret Darling, Kristen Kreft,
Wonky Tonk and Daniel Wayne
Copyright © 2016 Royal Holland. All Rights Reserved.
Photo of Royal by Terry Eaton

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Dreamy Synth Folk songs about love and loss.

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Track Name: Demimonde
You were Standing in the kitchen by the sink
Light was streaming through your hair just like a breeze
But you didn't notice me there

You lifted up your hand toward your face
And brushed away the bangs draping your brow
You seemed as if you were falling through the room

Shes not falling
Shes only teaching me how to fall.

Your ghost escaped and caught me looking on
It passed through me and whispered to my ear
"You're not supposed to hear this"

I looked at you again but you had changed
Your face was firm and your eyes had turned dark
I got lost in them one last time

She's not falling
She's only teaching me how to fall.
Track Name: The Program (Is Bound To)
I long to be free
Of this lowly station
The base frequency
Of miscalculated obligation
I'm pounding against
All the corners i find myself in
But the program is bound
To the body in which it sits

This mantra believe
You're the product of your own visions
But this message receive
You can't output more than you're given
I'm pounding against
All the corners I find myself in
But the program is bound
To the body in which it sits

This body is a binding contract with me.
This body is compiling lines terminally.
Track Name: The Body (In Which It Sits)
As I'm folding up the corners of the evening
I make sure to never let fall any crumb
Of the joy or of the misery I'm holding
It's important
What's important?
Each single one

I'm not ready, I'm not ready for this
What prepares you for the things you think you've already missed?
The years are steady but every night I'm remiss
Once it's ending I just wish it'd start all over again

As I'm kneeling on the precipice of morning
Getting ready to plunge into another day
And the sun is slowly heating up its warning
It's not easy
What's not easy?
Living each day

I'm not ready, I'm not ready for this
What prepares you for the things you think you've already missed?
The years are steady but every night I'm remiss
Once it's ending I just wish it'd start all over again
Track Name: Golem Effect
Why can't I be the sun
Shining through your window panes
Making it too bright to sleep
And warming your fragile skin
Or a smaller star in the sky
That you never wished upon
Unless you could really mean it
But you never really can

Because your voices are all hidden
In the sky and in the ocean
And I hear the songs they're singing
But I never can quite sing them.
So I reach as high as I can
And I hold my breath for hours
But I’m cramping in my side
Treading water in the salty sea

I could be a cloudy day
The kind that seem so far away
Then maybe you could just forget
Or maybe you'd want me to stay
I could be the sky for you
Every different kind of gray
Cloudy shapes your fingers trace
And a loveless cold embrace

Because your voices are all hidden
In the sky and in the ocean
And I hear the songs they're singing
But I never can quite sing them.
So I reach as high as I can
And I hold my breath for hours
I reach as high as I can
And hold my breath for hours
But I end up breaking my neck
And drowning in the salty sea
Track Name: Embassy
Some days it seems I could take these shoes off and walk straight into the sky
Unlace my darling inhibitions and my anxious fear of dying
I'd look back on this broken shell and laugh at how I used to care
About the way it looked to others, about what they thought was there