Volume One - The Maze

by Royal Holland

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released September 4, 2014

Recorded & Produced by Brian Olive at The Diamonds - brianolive.net
Performed by Royal Holland
Photo Credits Jackie Mooney & Nikki Murray
Featured Vox on Twin Rivers Margaret Darling - www.margaretdarling.com

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Track Name: Devil's Night
And tonight, we’ll be alright
And tonight, we’ll be alright

Forget the sagas you are writing
and the magic that you are striving to believe
and just be

Forget the grayness you are figthing
and the demons that are hiding in your dreams
and just be

We’re all wishing for a better life, but everyone’s life is what it is
Everyone’s life is always just beginning, but we keep wishing for the end.

But tonight, we’ll be alright
And tonight, we’ll be alright

Forget the illness you are hiding
and the sadness you are striving to conceive
and just be

Forget the madness that is thriving
and believing you're just something to perceive
and just be

We’re all wishing for a better life, but everyone’s life is what it is
Everyone’s life is always just beginning, so stop your wishing for the end.


And tonight we'll be alright
And tonight we'll be alright
Track Name: Statues
It seems to me like we struggle to be
We are like statues brought to life by the thunder and a scream
Of a mother who is down to her last dollar on this earth
Crouched over fires until she sees that her life ain’t what it’s worth

Days follow days, follow nights and again
We hide the truth in their wake
Nights swell with hopes that the days burn away
Leaving behind what we then take

But I’ll try everything to hold onto anything
That keeps me warm when I’m stoic and frozen
I’ll keep chiseling away at everything
Until I can see the perfect form

So, why do we stand devoted to our courtyard demise
We’ll fade away as the time erodes the cosmos from our eyes
When we could follow titans on a road to hell and back
We’d torch the devils in hopes to steal back all the courage that we lack

Days follow days, follow nights and again
We hide the truth in their wake
Nights swell with hopes that the days burn away
Leaving behind what we then take

But I’ll try everything to hold onto anything
That keeps me warm when I’m stoic and frozen
I’ll keep chiseling away at everything
Until I can see the perfect form
Track Name: The Maze
The secrets are all told by rustling leaves, but no one knows just who they’re telling
We do believe the words will hold a key, but no one knows the door that it will open
But, if you would just say those words to me, I would give back all the phrases that I’ve stolen
It’s simple but it’s so hard to explain how easily we get lost out in the open

You’ll see what you want to see
You’ll hear what you want to hear
The walls are slowly closing in, or else we’re walking through them
As if they’re even there

The room are all full of swollen air, but no one shows a desire to force them open
The doors are all closed with anxious care, and our fear grows the storms hidden behind them
But if I could just peek in on you there I would give back all the glimpses that I’ve stolen
And then the doors would all open up to me, and we would see all the things that are worth knowing

You’ll see what you want to see
You’ll hear what you want to hear
The walls are slowly closing in, or else we’re walking through them
As if they’re even there
Track Name: Shore
Here it comes another swell
Dragging me down into the drink
I’m not sure but knowing my heart it will sink
I hope that I land gently, gently

Here it comes another drink
Dragging me down into deep sleep
I’m not sure but knowing my heart it will weep
Please let me down gently, gently now.

There is a sea deep inside of me
I don’t know what it’s for
I cross the waves most every night
In hopes just to find a shore
Track Name: Twin Rivers (Feat. Margaret Darling)
I've been sleeping all day, trying to dream up some kind of way that my arms could grow around you like a tree.
Steady and strong, as the years tack worries on, you could lay them all on me as my limbs creak in the breeze.
The leaves would fall like silver in your hair.

I've been thinking all day, how those tears rolled down your face like twin rivers that could only bear you away.
But, no matter how hard I try, I'm just a tree on the riverside. Watching as you drift away from me.

I've been dreaming all day, that the rainy season came. The banks of both those rivers began to rise. I felt the water on my skin and then those rivers fell again, but this is what keeps me here on these banks for all these years, just wishing for the day you finally pull me in.