Holloway Road

by Rich Dicas

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These songs were all written and recorded in our living room on Holloway Road in 2013-14

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released August 24, 2014

All songs written & performed by Rich di Castiglione
Recorded & produced at home by Rich di Castiglione
Keys on ‘Vernon Square’ – Rich Spens
Mixed at The Oxygen Rooms, Birmingham
Mixing Engineer - Tom Brookhouse
Artwork & Design – ‘MATTE’ – www.matte.xxx
Copyright 2014 - All Rights Reserved

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Track Name: Waterlow Park
Brought up with feet on the run
I was wide-eyed and looking for the sun
Caught on the breeze so young
My bags in the hold and
My heart longed to rest
In the quiet of my chest
Where love whispers peace
And I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else
Wrapped in the summer’s embrace
The leaves hang their shadows on your face
I give you my fading scars
To have and to hold
My heart comes to rest
In the valleys of your chest
Where love whispers peace
I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else
Love will take its time
While we’re waiting let’s stand up
And watch our shadows blend
Track Name: Bella's Song
Swollen face and bruised up eyes
A stranger’s fist on a red-light night
The unseen sores of a Mombasa bar
I hold my breath
It’s gone too far
But hope holds on
And drags my heart from between the sheets
My ropes come undone
Deep in my chest I feel its first beat
I won’t let my scars dictate my path
As I give up the ghosts of my wounded past
And the oil on my heart is a smile and a laugh
In the arms of a home where love is made to last
I was a tourist’s toy with absent eyes
I’d give my life just to feed my child
But love came in and took my hand
And wrote my name there in the sand
Track Name: Vernon Square
I shuffled in the back and found an empty row
Cards stuck to my chest, wouldn’t let my feelings show
As this square becomes a stage for the school of angry sons
Who throw thunder at the rain that turns their statues into dust
Conscience to the back, tongue-tied and left alone
When the heads beat the hearts all the bruises start to show
In here is where the minds dig channels for the blood
Of another sacred cow you never fully understood
Three years takes its toll on the eyes of a naive soul
And the roof crumbles under the shadows of the stone that rolled away
Track Name: Collars & Sheets
I tried my best to show you that something isn’t right
With a heart that’s either silent or looking for a fight
You always kept me out of your sight
The child that felt unworthy of a minute of your time
Became a man that’s driven by the thorns in his side
He’s always tired
You are covered by the collars and the sheets
You got stuck inside you’ve been living a lie too long
So come and find the peace of my Father’s song
Now I’m somewhat older than when I first met your eyes
And I do not need your shoulders to rise above your height
You never looked at me with a smile
But as I read your story through the eyes of a man
My anger turns to pity for a heart that understands
The wounds of lack
You are covered by the collars and the sheets
You got stuck inside you’ve been living a lie too long
So come and find the peace of my Father’s song
As sounds of sacred whispers bring harmony to pain
And fill your heart with meaning and melodies of grace
You’ll never be the same again
Track Name: The Apple Tree
Stood in the shade of the forbidden tree
My tears came down as you’d hidden from me
You reached for the leaves covering up your shame
As the autumn fell I called out your name
I said, “Where are you my love, don’t hide”
Open hands were scarred on the rescue tree
My best laid plans to bring you back to me
The weight of the world it was borne for you
And the veil on your face was torn in two
I said, “Look at me my love, don’t hide”
You woke me up under the apple tree
It seems you were born for intimacy
I see my face in the mirror of your eyes
In the dawn of the day our love it burns bright
I said, “Come with me my love, don’t hide”
I am yours and you are mine
Oh my love please don’t hide
Track Name: Anna / On the Road
When the morning broke I stepped into the road
And felt the dust between my toes
With a downcast face and shoulders that were braced
To carry twelve years of shame
The path it was closed
The town alive with hope
But the blood that stained my clothes
Kept me stealing my glances alone
Then I caught a glimpse of your face within the crowd
On the way to Jairus’ house
And so I pushed past until my shadow cast
All it’s frame on your back
My eyes they were closed
Down to my last hope
As I grabbed your clothes
You brought healing right there on the road
You called me out and you chased away my doubts
With one word from your mouth
As the crowd looked on you wrapped my in your cloak
And sent me out on the road
With a heart that’s never closed
And always dares to hope
That the dust on my clothes
Carries healing wherever I go
Track Name: 18th July
Borne by the breeze that brought you to me
I stood with open hands, you stepped into my heart and
Built us a home we’ll take when we go
I’ll be the walls that stand, you’ll be the warmth of open hands
Love will be our song all through the sleepless nights
I will stay by your side my love
Track Name: Daughter
Wrapped up inside my love
We grow to make some space
Held by the hidden hands
That mould you into shape
Our love flows through your veins
Like a river gathers up the rain
Every morning you’ll wake up to a smile on my face
And I’ll carry you into the arms of a Father’s embrace
In the evening we’ll be spending our time alone
In the garden so my daughter you’ll always know
That where we are you’ll always find a home
Breathless to think upon the fire inside your eyes
Lydia you are the one I want to always be beside
You stay fixed inside my head
Like a river sticks to its bed
Every morning we’ll wake up to a smile on her face
And we’ll carry her into the arms of a Father’s embrace
In the evening we’ll be spending our time alone
In the garden so our daughter will always know
That where we are she’ll always find a home
Track Name: Charcoal / Asleep in the Back
Without a warning my brother picked us up
And drove to your side
There in the hallway in shock and bleary eyed
We all held on tight
With a charcoal grin and such shallow skin
You looked just like a ghost
But the way we all hid and never talked about it
That’s what haunts me the most
Your eyes like bullets still waiting for the fire
Arms stuck with wires
Still ten years after a hollow laughter masks
What’s left unsaid
With a charcoal grin and such shallow skin
You looked just like a ghost
But the way we all hid and never talked about it
That’s what haunts me the most
Dad he came, and I packed my bags just the same
When I saw him brake
I knew, you’d done it again
Track Name: Fistful of Dust
I face my fear with a fistful of dust
I throw it in his eyes add my spit and then rub
I say “Listen my fear; see who I have become
I’m no longer a slave but a blood-bought son”
Sink to your knees put your hands in the mud
And gather up the guns of this murdered son
The weapons of love that saw death come undone
Was but a bucket full of tears and a fistful of dust
Track Name: Estenaxen
When I caught the eyes of a broken man
On a cardboard bed with his gloveless hands
I was taken back to that bloodstained sand
In the place where love opened up his hands
Oh how it hurts to be where love doesn’t sing, it screams
And gives what it cannot keep to weep with the least of these
I feel the warmth of that bloodstained sun
As it rises up from the ash and dust
Now the dawning light sheds the crimson hue
And it lights the bones of this old man too
Oh how it hurts to be where love doesn’t sing, it screams
And gives what it cannot keep to weep with the least of these