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11 original tracks of Americana from a member and writer for one of the area's most popular and fabled bands, Jennyanykind.

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released October 4, 2011

Mark Holland- vocals, guitars, piano, organ, bass, melodica, harmonica, drums, percussion, recording, mixing and mastering.

Dean Wareham - electric guitar

Tim Smith - flute

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Mark Holland from Jennyanykind Chapel Hill, North Carolina

After breaking into the music business in the early '90's as a member of Jennyanykind (Elektra), Mark has refined his act over 16 years of writing, performing and recording. As a songwriter, Mark began with his side act to Jennyanykind, Jule Brown. His first album as Jule Brown contained 12 originals and garnered press from New York Times and Billboard. He continues to write and perform. ... more

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Track Name: In Half a Day, The Train Will Come
The priest observed the palace,
In half a day, the train will come.
Underneath the chalice,
Is not the bread also the crumb?
How can the free defeat the palace?
How can deaf hear funeral drum?

Fast asleep on palette.
Her reputation had been won.
Far beneath the chalice
A little patience and we'll have won.
How can the free defeat the palace?
How can deaf hear funeral drum?

How can a rock kill a stone?
When is water like rum?
How can a poor boy have some light fun?

Far beneath the palace
Her reputation was undone.
As I observed the malice
No need for chalice when there is none.
How can the free defeat the palace?
How can deaf hear funeral drum?
Track Name: Around My Finger
You ask me how I can always keep you satisfied.
Our love still remains unbroken, while others fell and died.

Here's how I keep you.
Wrapped around my finger.
I keep you guessin'.
Finger's on the trigger.
I keep you moving.
Wrapped around my finger.
Wrapped around my finger.

If you're thinkin' that you'll leave, it's really far too late.
If you're thinkin' once or twice, think again, sweet babe.

Because I keep you.
Wrapped around my finger.
I keep you guessin.
Finger's on the trigger.
I keep you movin'.
Wrapped around my finger.
Wrapped around my finger.

(solo)

(bridge)

Because I keep you.
Wrapped around my finger.
I keep you guessin.
Finger's on the trigger.
I keep you movin'.
Wrapped around my finger.
Wrapped around my finger.
Track Name: When Water Makes You Burn
When nothin' is wrong,
You can say,
"Let the sleepin' dog lay."
Even a weak man gets his way,
"You do what I say."
That radio song that gets play,
It has nothing to say.
No preservation, so I'll stay.
And watch the girls all dance.

When I was younger, I looked up at the sun,
Saw a vision and it took me so far away.
Kneeling by a red boulder,
A man sat weeping from his eyes
Under the desert, devoured by the sun.
His one final memory, his thought as a child
of all the things in his heart that he wanted to be,
But he never became.

The sun rose at 5 o'clock in the morning
Radiant and new like Christmas Day.
The sky grew colder.
Another soldier had a coach with a lift
That came and took the bodies away.
The sky was burning, the wheels started turning,
As he lifted his hands to his face
and tasted the stain that would never go away.

The crowd gathered at 7 o'clock in the evening,
Just in time to discover.
There standing alone by the dead man's leg was
his wife and his tall, cool mother.
The crowd drew closer, his arms motioned,
Her lips parted to say,
"We're gonna make sure, they hang him any way."

I believe in you, though I might fear change, I'm gonna get through.
I believe in you, though it might feel strange, I'm gonna break through.

I know I'll feel better, if I can just make it through the lane.
I read your death letter and know how it feels to live day-to-day.
Your one final moment, your one final memory just fades
and it's gone. The more that things change, the more they
stay the same.

I believe in you, though I might fear change.
I believe in you, though I might feel strange.
I believe in you, though I might be deranged,
But I'm gonna get through.
Track Name: She Needs a Morning Taste
She's got a beautiful face.
She keeps a glimmer in her eye.
She keeps the Devil in disgrace.

Beyond the looking glass.
She keeps her pin cushion armed.
At a minimal pace.

She's got that look in her eye.
And a grin on her face.
She needs a morning taste.

She keeps sentimental dreams.
Up in the neon lights.
But what really does it mean
when she comes home at night.

She'll lead you to some grass
But then she can't find the lawn.
And she can be so crass
when there's nothing going on.

She's got a hollow face.
And a thin disguise
She needs a morning taste.

Behind the looking glass.
You've never seen such a face.
She's the Devil in disguise.

She's got a beautiful face.
She's got a poetic mind.
She needs a morning taste.
Track Name: Living in a Coal Mine Town
Early in the morning I can smell the bacon brown,
Living in a coal mine town.
Nothin' there to drink with black water all around,
Living in a coal mine town.
Diggin'up a mountain just to try and make it pay.
Living in a coal mine town.
Better work than nothin' and here's the only way
Livin in a coal mine town.

Livin in a coal mine town
Livin in a coal mine town.
Kids playin' in black water
Until the sun goes down.
Living in a coal mine town.

You better watch your back and you better watch the lamp.
Livin in a coal mine town,
Your air can go away, taken by a black damp.
Livin in a coal mine town.
Blackness in the air and blackness in your lung.
Livin in a coal mine town.
Workin' as miner makes you feel like you been stung.
Livin in a coal mine town.

Livin in a coal mine town
Livin in a coal mine town.
Kids playin' in the water
Until the sun goes down.
Living in a coal mine town.
Track Name: Deep River
Em G D A

Chorus
Everybody's talking 'bout
But no one's going down to
Deep River!

Sherrif says he's looking
but there ain't much more he can do.
about Deep River!

Verse1
Everybody does the best that they can
20 years a working man
With a home and a family
young girl, a real beauty

But she up and went away
Nobody's seen her to this day,
And her story will give you a shiver
She's at the bottom of the Deep River.

Chorus

Verse2
When they said she could not be found,
I grabbed my coat and I grabbed my hound.
Down to the waters' edge.
Like standing on a high rise ledge.

In the water something made me cry.
My young girl's jacket just a floatin by.
I say right now and commit to stand.
I'm gonna hold her hand again.

Chorus

Bridge (Am to D)

Verse2

Chorus
Track Name: Somebody Throw Me a Lifeline
Somebody throw me a lifeline for my landline layin job.
Someone throw me a good time cause I feel I'm getting robbed.
For 10 long years the Union gave me peace of mind.
But now they only givin me a hundred a week to walk in a picket line.
How can a man and his family eat?
How can he shoe his little one's feet?
If it goes on much longer gonna talk to Momma Bell.

When I was a young man, I needed company.
But now that I am older, just want them to leave me be.
When I joined the Union, water turned to wine.
But now I think the Union 's just a thing that's lost in time.
What do ya do when the Fund runs dry?
Can't pay the bills with tears from your eyes.
If it goes on much longer, I'm gonna break right down and yell.

Picket line got started off of Cherry Hill.
Picket line kept rolling down to Powder Mill.
Men and women and children standing up for rights.
If it goes on much longer gonna be a fight.
You will come home to find glue in your door.
Can't walk around with shoes nailed to the floor.
And as the line gets stronger there's gonna be some hell.
Track Name: Sho Nuff We Had Won
Verse 1
In the morning when I rise
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes,
As I dress you know I grab my favorite gun.
And how my body aches
And my hands they got the shakes
Pull a pint and that's how my day's begun.

Verse 2
To the race track I did go
With a pocket full of dough,
and my girl, you know she is the perfect one.
Laid my money, one, two, three,
It was a big surprise for me,
Round that track it came and sho nuff we had won.

Chorus
Yes, yes, yes, sho nuff we had won.
And I became a favorite son,
And I went spending my money night and day.
I bought a brand new ride.
From the girls I did not hide,
It seemed good luck had come along to stay!

But later on it's tough, you see?
Is someone following me?
On the outskirts, I break into a run.
Running like it's for my life
Or runnin from an angry wife
Keep yo' bread 'cause that's how the West was won.

harp solo

Chorus
Yes, yes, yes, sho nuff we had won.
And I became a favorite son,
And I went spending my money night and day.
I bought a brand new ride.
From the girls I did not hide,
It seemed good luck had come along to stay!

But later on it's tough, you see?
Is someone following me?
On the outskirts, I break into a run.
When you live a gambler's life.
Pack a pistol or a knife
Some day will come along,
and sho nuff, you'll have won.
Track Name: The Greatest Day (w/ Dean Wareham on guitar)
The Greatest Day

Intro is C-Bm (IV note is F)-Am-G (all white keys for chord formation)

C F C F
Don't let the beauty of His love just pass you by.
Don't let the sadness of His passing make you cry
F Bb
They made Him wear a thorny crown,
Don’t let the madness get you down
C F C F
G.
Because the saddest day,
F
for me,
C F
was the Greatest Day.

C7
The Greatest Day forever.
The Greatest Day will always be.

When you are lonely or you have a troubled mind,
When you are searching for a love that’s true and kind,
When all the fury makes you blind,
His love is there for you to find.
Because the saddest day,
for me,
was the Greatest Day.

The Greatest Day forever.
The Greatest Day will always be.

Bridge (G-C)

When you have a problem
Did you ever know that?
All you got to do is believe.
You will find your way back.

Don't let the beauty of His love just pass you by.
Don't let the sadness of His passing make you cry
When all the fury makes you blind,
His love is there for you so kind.
Because the saddest day,
for me,
was the Greatest Day.
Track Name: Diamond Ring
Early last sunday
Here in Carolin'
Went to a funeral
Real good friend of mine,
He was a good friend of mine.

He lived in a castle
He lived like a king
A stranger had killed him
for his diamond ring.
For his diamond ring.

Was not happy
was not sad
some folks were kinda glad
This boy had troubles all his life
Don't ya shiver doncha shake
Listen to the band that plays
and believe everything's gonna be alright
If things in this lifetime don't mean a thing
Maybe tomorrow I'll buy a diamond ring.
Buy a diamond ring.
Track Name: All Messed Up with Nowhere to Go
Verse
I woke up in the morning and I wrote down my every ailment.
I then got dressed and put my shoes upon the pavement.
I went down to see the doctor man.
Said,"Doc I need a fix just as fast as you can."
He said, "I'd like that son, here's a cure in a can, you just sign here."

Chorus
I'm all messed up with nowhere to go, and I like it.
I'm all messed up with nowhere to go, and I like it.
I'm all messed up with nowhere to go.
I just got to make it to the end of the show.
Whatever it is I got to get me some more 'cause I like it.

Verse
I woke up in the morning with the sun up way on high.
I woke up in the morning with my eyes like two apple pies.
I went back to see that doctor man.
Said, "Fix the fixins just as fast as you can."
He said, "Here ya go, but some of this is banned, but try it."

Chorus
I'm all messed up with nowhere to go, and I like it.
I'm all messed up with nowhere to go, and I like it.
I'm all messed up with nowher to go.
I just got to make it to the end of the show.
Whatever it is I got to get me some more 'cause I like it.

Break
Now all the sickening feeling.
Won't go away.
Try to ease my stomach
with buttermilk puree.

Verse
Now when I'm down I only take natural tablets.
I tear off my frown with an herb that works so fabulous.
I saw my ol' doctor just the other day.
He said, "Never have I heard of such a better way!"
"Been hittin' it, too, since the break of day, 'cause I like it!"

Chorus
I'm all messed up with nowhere to go, and I like it.
I'm all messed up with nowhere to go, and I like it.
I'm all messed up with nowher to go.
I just got to make it to the end of the show.
Whatever it is I got to get me some more 'cause I like it.