Coming Home To Stay - album

by James Hollingsworth

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Coming Home to Stay comprises 12 songs, with hooks, harmonicas, harmonies, hush and heaviness aplenty, delivered with James' characteristic passion and aplomb. More unusual tracks include the lyrically and musically palindromic Bounty of Id, (also a mini-saga) of just under 2 minutes and the epic 12-minute Long Way Out.

"James Hollingsworth is one of my top ten favorite male singer/songwriters of all time!

"His songs are haunting tone-poems that get under your skin and make you want to go back again and again. Soaring vocals, goose-bumps, a gorgeous, authoritative, clear voice that stands strong on top of minimal accompanying instrumentation, a master of inflection, a major vocal+songwriting talent combination.

"Instruments are one or two acoustic guitars, harmonica, an occasional soulful electric guitar lead without distortion, and piano on one song.

"I hear subtle influences in his vocal style coming from Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Steve Winwood, Ray LaMontagne, Cat Stevens, and every now and then, just a touch of Richie Havens and even Joe Cocker (but not in Cocker's "extreme" mode, if you know what I mean!).

"These are deep, powerful songs, not your ordinary mainstream fluff. You will think about them. There is a psycho-spiritual understanding embedded in them that cannot be pigeonholed as this-or-that philosophy. You will find many gems of insight in them." - Van Casey


released March 12, 2007

James Hollingsworth


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James Hollingsworth Frome, UK

Ace guitarist and acclaimed song-writer James Hollingsworth plays a great range of music from folk and blues to rock and psychedelia. He is incredibly talented both as a vocalist and guitarist, with a mean harmonica style to boot.

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Track Name: Sooner or Later
When you look around the World
It's hard to imagine how things are gonna get better
Without feeling like an idealistic fool
Who's gone and traded dreams
For what's right before his eyes
Who sooner or later, has got to get Wise

And the troubles that we face
That time and time again come back to haunt us
With the feeling that we've all been here before
And we've gone and fallen for
The same old themes and lies
But sooner or later, we're gonna get Wise

Look again at all the questions
That we answered in whatever way we could
Without being in possession of the facts
Settling for Chimeras
That won't let truth arise
But sooner or later, we're gonna get Wise

Take a look into the Future
Perhaps you will already have been there
Without wordplay taken too far, can I say?
We could be reaching for the stars!
'cause surely we could make it if we tried
But sooner or later, we're gonna get Wise

When you look around the World
It's hard to imagine how things are gonna get better
Track Name: Still Lights Up The Rain
Watching for the Stars in the City skies
Amber reflections banish them from our eyes
As we sit here smiling in the Garden of Eden
Overgrown by the years of neglect
By unnamed others, a legacy of the past imperfect

But a saving grace transforms the face
Of the luminescent thief of the stars
As I raise my eyes to Heaven
To take in the air and breathe in the sight
Forgiveness shows the brightness
In a very different light
'cause it still lights up the Rain
Track Name: Better Never Than Too Late
The music played, they were delayed
Alone you sit there, embarrassed in the coolness of your lair
A perfect image, raven plumage
Casting eyes, accustomed wise to staring guys
Pre-prepared lies
Despite myself, it occurs to me
I think you're just the right size


Rising on the tide of a thousand revisions
My body seems to glide with even decisions
Your presence like a glove, fits smoothly the visions
As I turn and meet your eye

Let smiling fade, return to shade
I close my case, we've acknowledged our acquaintance
In this otherwise empty space
I turn away and sideways to you, Orientation relative to you
Careful working, you're such distraction
A question forms, Will you be joined by more?
And just then they walk though the door

Ritually you rise, with greetings and surprise
The bustle of your friends brings the silence to an end
An awkwardness our alter fate, I'm glad I chose to wait

Better never than too late.
Track Name: Cast Down From The Skies
And I was driving, two miles past the limit
Riding the storm, believing the news
Past questions of survival and danger
When suddenly it came to me
That I was too far gone for you

Please, don't you even miss me?
I'm writing this song, believing that arrival
Was destined to be
A life-long way to give it
A folly in Genes, too Blue for my eyes
Cast down from the Skies.

And I was finding, to my own discredit
The Romance was wrong, believing my Blues
Gave answers, but only rivalled, made me a stranger
With visions of Ganja
That made me too far gone for you

Please, don't you even miss me?
I'm writing this wrong, but it seems to me only natural
Our biology
We're programmed to reveal it
A folly in Genes, too Blue for my eyes
Cast down from the Skies.
Track Name: You're Not The Only One
I remember the opening words of Love
Times were hard but God looked down from above
(Like He was saying)
"Only You, babe, only you, only you, babe"
But He left me, on my own
I'm looking back
I'm seening I was wrong
I'm looking back
He said "You're not the only one
But still I bless you, babe
I don't love you any less."

I remember running free in the world of Love
Times were hard but it was all taken care of
I'm looking back
I'm seeing I was wrong
I'm looking back
I see it all goes on and on...

I remember the looking in your eyes with Love
Times were hard but we looked down from above
(Like we were saying)
"Only You, babe, only you, only you, babe"
As I leave you, on your own
I'm looking back
I'm seeing I was wrong
I'm looking back
I see you're not the only one
But still I bless you, babe
I don't love you any less.
Track Name: Beyond Revelation
He had a message of how to make water in the desert

While all around him the people were parched for thirst, they knew no cloud

But little did he know there were places where the clouds unleashed their loads in torrents

And the problems they faced in those lands were how to keep dry, and they cried for the blue sky

And the breeze, whispering through the sands

The Horizon clear and wide, no endless realms of rain.

He had a mind that was filled with perplexity and questions

Saying "I could be the One, but he who thinks he's the One, is mad, or a liar, or deluded with lies"

He could find no compromise

But little and by little, he took to walking driven by his need to understand

Wandered far, found himself in a land one misty new day

Where they played a game with what he would say

And all the while, clouds marching across the miles

Were changing visions, and as the thunder peeled he smiled, said

"What gift is there like Rain?"

And what happened to him?

He came round in the end, just like all the rest

In time, he told his story wrapped in rhyme.
Track Name: The Bounty Of Id
“It was doing whose will?” says Jeremy
To which of nine he is counted first
Then shares the Forgotten Words
In Dream's subliminal form
Form subliminal Dreams in words gotten
For the shares, then
First counted is he, Nine of which to Jeremy
Says Will: “Whose doing was it?”
Track Name: Coming Home to Stay
People laughing with their friends, they laugh the world away
People clinging to their dreams, they let 'em slip away

Oh, I couldn't hold on to the end, I let it pass me by
All meaning's scattered to the winds, And never free to cry

And I only go to say 'goodbye' with reason indistinct

Oh, God! He knows the reason!
Comin' home to stay
We're livin' out the season
Now, we're dreaming all the way...

Double parking is a trend, just a means to make it through the day
Another moment has an end, chance to play another day

And the caged bird is singing why, and clearly in denial...

The thunderbolt was freezing, came and went away
I can't believe you're leaving, now I've nothing more to say
Track Name: Way Down South
Running through the distance
Reelin' round
Reason through insistence
Meanin' sound

I done right... And that's reason enough for me
I deny that the whole philosophy is real

Ragin' onwards upwards round
Only waitin' for the sound
Runnin' in next to no time
Runnin' in next to no time

Keep in mind you can't regret it
If in time, hope to transcend it

She's a Woman , her power's gone
She's a Woman , yeah, he's strung her along
She's a Woman , yeah, she knows he's wrong
She's a Woman, helpless in the face
Of the warm, hard stone

Seeds sowing assistance
For the ride
Female thought resistance
Great Divide

Ragin' onwards upwards round
Only waitin' for the sound, of...
Way down South I can roll away.
Track Name: Saturday Road Ahead
I see the sky open up before me
I see my road is soon to bend
I couldn't face, no I couldn't face that again
But I see the time is coming for a change

And I saw that in my mind there were two routes I could go
One leads toward the place that I can never know
The road is barred ahead and I don't know the reason why
But others are crowded on that way
They'll soon all pass me by

And I thought I heard a voice
That said "I know you"
I should not have thought
That I always knew the way in which to go

But how?
How could I have seen the lie behind those eyes?
But when I look back now
There's really no surprise

And I feel so alone by myself again
It's Saturday afternoon
And it's too bad that I've no plans tonight
No one to see, no where to go
Except for straight on to find out
What I already know

And I thought I saw myself, I turned as if to say
You'd better pick up the pieces
Before they blow away

And I thought I heard a voice
That said "I know you"
Track Name: Long Way Out
I don't need drugs to feel sane again
I rove alone, now, in the night of the Wheels
Your fate's your own now, you know how living feels
You can wait a lifetime to see the stone roll down the hill
The Holy Rollers fade in and out, allowed
In the Crowd, they hear...

“I read it on the Internet, an empty modern epithet
That a friend is a stranger you just haven't met”

“God alive! The sky's a bowl! I'd never want to sell my soul
For a simplification of the Truth, Reduced Negation, here's the proof...”
(wo hoh_______hoo...)

Magic surprise, make the Truth disappear before your eyes
To fall in with the lies, you must internalise
That living the Life is an over-sublimation of far too much information
You can lose the intimation that the only implication is the Real-World's subjugation
To the Night, We'll blow the way, we'll see
Through to the Dawn on the other side

One Life, Live it, basically you can't believe your eyes
Easy living, something gone but you can't name the price, 'til, eyes wide
Walk along the edge of where the Sand that meets the Land
And where the Sky that meets the Sun that meets the Wind

The Eye beholds the Knife that's joined to the Hand that holds the Blade
And it will see the Story played if it can
Dream long, Live it, Time and Time and Time and Time again
Feel my New Song, feel the Fevered Dream and watch the Wheels Turn
Cobwebs burn...don't weep for the loss of jewels that flee the sun, cause it's all One

And I stand and watch

Only long enough to put this thing to bed
Until the next time I feel this Esoteric make-up of the motivation
That guides the tides...

And it was only my mistake to think it mattered
Right or wrong
I took the Long Way Round.
Track Name: Eternity
The lights are on

But God's not here

He's just popped out a minute ago

Before you came in

Can you wait?

He said you're always welcome...

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