Ocean

by Taylor Holland

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Recorded in Cape Town, South Africa, Ocean captures a moment of heartbreak spilling out over loving poetry, raw self-reflection, and a journey across the sea, all woven together in soft melodies echoing ancient traditions.

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released August 8, 2016

Taylor Holland / Vocals, Guitar, Songwriting
Jack Springer / Recording, Mixing, Mastering
Meghan Daniels / Photography

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Taylor Holland Boston, Massachusetts

Singer and writer Taylor Holland hails from the wild Pacific Northwest. “An artist who has the rare ability to connect directly and deeply,” she draws on her background in traditional folk music to craft quietly powerful songs reminiscent of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Vashti Bunyan. ... more

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Track Name: Wander in the Stars
Picking up the pieces of a heart that’s just been broken
Or thinking back on something long ago
Our thoughts go out to ramble in the nighttime
Wishing that the pieces could be whole again

It’s easy to mistake a simple letter
For a pledge to keep on writing all your life
Words that speak some truth wash away in rising tides
A promise scatters easily in the wind

So who are we to wander in the stars
Dreaming becomes a reckless thing
Hearts in broken pieces cannot sustain a life
But voices soaked in sorrow still can sing

The quiet of the night invites confession
Open in the arms of those we wish to learn to love
But contradictions surface in the morning light
And we can never know which road we’ll land on

The magic of a moon and the softness of the starlight
Together send us spinning all around the sky
Looking for the answers of lovers long ago
Seeking something lovely for a little while

So who are we to wander in the stars
Dreaming becomes a reckless thing
Hearts in broken pieces cannot sustain a life
But voices soaked in sorrow still can sing
Track Name: Everywhere and Absent
Only in imagination
Writing letters in the distance
We are not here
We are gone
Everywhere

Opening my world
Opening each other
Everything was merged my lover
Laughing dancing

Chasing music in memories
Pictures conjured up
I see you in the quiet chords and laughter
Playing at happy ever after

Everywhere and absent
We are everywhere and absent
Talk to me talk to me

Quiet in my mind quiet in the silence
You are not here anymore
I'm left here crying

Fearing pressing play
On what we listened to to start each day
I don't know what the music tells me
But it always brings me something

Everywhere and absent
We are everywhere and absent
Talk to me talk to me

Only in imagination
Find the limits of the distance
We are not here
We are gone
Everywhere

Universe expanding
Into endlessly unfolding music
Hear me as I hear you singing
Wanting tenderness returning

Everywhere and absent
We are everywhere and absent
In the ripples of your distant knowing
Hoping I will find you growing
We are not here
We are gone
Everywhere
Track Name: Musician's Waltz
Hide our dreams in melodies
No one’s watching, but everybody sees
Who we are you and I
Going forward learning how to fly

Nothing stays, this we know
Moments in the darkness quickly go
Ask too much stay too late
We are drifting spiraling through space

Who am I who am I
My words wonder
Your rhythms hide
What you always want to know
In the nighttime these things show

The eyes of the audience are blinding
Little mirrors all over the crowd
Up above we can’t run away again
Left singing alone with the voice that can never be still

Who am I who am I
My words wonder
Your rhythms hide
What you always want to know
In the nighttime these things show

Hide our dreams in melodies
No one’s watching, but everybody sees
Who we are you and I
Going forward learning how to fly
Track Name: Paradigms and Prayers
Can I write a melody you’ll hear
When the way that my words reach you isn’t clear
They get caught in paradigms and prayers

Falling off the spiderweb between us
Brushstrokes and a sweet embrace
Never are enough to build on
When the same foundation isn’t there

There are different reasons why we’re living
And they come between us when we’re leaving
Even loving hearts can only stretch so far

Hide behind a cross again
Neither God nor the Devil can conceal you
Look at the people standing on the street
Why must everyone know before you see

Tenderness is pouring from your fingers
And your hands are full of love
So be careful not to let it all run out
While you’re looking at the sky

There are different reasons why we’re living
And they come between us when we’re leaving
Even loving hearts can only stretch so far

So much that I’ll never understand
And so much of me that you’ll never know
Watch each other from another world
Sending something across ten thousand miles

There are different reasons why we’re living
And they come between us when we’re leaving
Even loving hearts can only stretch so far
Track Name: Ocean
If this puddle of tears gets big enough
Maybe I can swim away 
Through the rivers of my homeland
To the ocean
Salt water stop my bleeding
And the moon will guide my way
In your gently rocking cycles I will heal

Ocean take me 
Ocean call me home
To your waters and your waves 
Keep me whole and keep me safe
I’ve been crying

Mama told me to be cautious 
And I watched her all my life
Suffer from the cost of waiting
Keeping quiet holding still
Well I leapt into the world 
And set my body on the line
And I’m paying all the same 

Ocean take me
Ocean call me home 
To your waters and your waves
Keep me whole and keep me safe
I’ve been drifting

Can I travel where the ocean
Brushes lands that are not mine
Does my heartache stay beside me 
If I take it far away
I don’t know which road I’m walking
Now you’ve left me on my own
But I’m used to going forward I’ll be fine

Ocean take me
Ocean call me home
To your waters and your waves
Keep me whole and keep me safe
I’ve been loving

There’s a cost to giving freely
That you never realize
Till the balance is upended
And the gifts are thrown away
But I catch the things that fall
And make them into little songs
Singing home to the water

Ocean take me
Ocean call me home
To your waters and your waves
Keep me whole and keep me safe
I’ve been learning