Tomorrows American Treasures

by Michael Holland

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Crystal Meth Freak from California Crystal Meth Freak, truckin it to Rhode Island What goes in your head has you losin it instead Is the truth your new Goliath? When you pick up the phone does it speak at you? When you pick up the phone does it speak at you? Crystal Meth Freak from California Crystal Meth Freak, truckin it to Rhode Island What goes in your head has you losin it instead Is the truth as you define it? Is the highway home? Is it calling you? Is the highway home? Is it calling you? Crystal Meth Freak from California Crystal Meth Freak, truckin it to Miami What goes in your head has you losin it instead Here's the truth and you deny it When you play that song does it follow you? When you play that song does it follow you? You Crystal Meth Freak Out on the blocks in the summer time Lookin high and low and feeling fine This Crystal Meth Freak from California
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in the mountains of the moon where my true love waits for me in the mountains of the moon i'll be going there real soon many a day has passed me by since my true love dearly departed left me here with tears to cry alone and broken hearted in the mountains of the moon where my true love waits for me in the mountains of the moon i'll be going there real soon it was nearly a year ago when our wedding bells they were ringing now my house is blue and cold and outside it is raining in the mountains of the moon where my true love waits for me in the mountains of the moon i'll be going there real soon in the mountains of the moon where my true love waits for me in the mountains of the moon i'll be going there real soon many a night i call her name until the morning light comes shining like a bird with a broken wing or a cloud with a silver lining in the mountains of the moon where my true love waits for me in the mountains of the moon i'll be going there real soon
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this old town will make you cry in vain, it'll beat you down like the driving rain. some folks say, "man, what are we gonna do? the money's all spent and the mortgage is due." they get down on their knees and pray and hope for better things and sunny days. but I see heaven as an open road in a death trap rambling, pretty polly. ends don't meet and we work all day, it's a troubled life in a troubled way. crops is rotten and a house in ruin in a ghost town with nothing doing. when people come together to sing and to pray and get slice of heaven in a special way. but I know out there is a promised land, we're gonna get there while we can, pretty polly. oh pretty polly won't you come with me 'cause we're traveling now, pretty polly. oh pretty polly won't you come with me 'cause we're traveling now, pretty polly. oh together the sites we'll see 'cause it's heaven right now, pretty polly. oh pretty polly won't you come with me 'cause we're traveling now, pretty polly. oh pretty polly won't you come with me 'cause we're traveling now, pretty polly. oh together the sites we'll see 'cause it's heaven right now, pretty polly. oh pretty polly won't you come with me 'cause we're traveling now, pretty polly. oh pretty polly won't you come with me 'cause we're traveling now, pretty polly. oh together the sites we'll see 'cause it's heaven right now, pretty polly.
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on this cold clear morning you come walking up slowly but you drift through the night like a lightning bug your time seems slow it seems unending i need you so i never knew i would on this beautiful evening i can hear your heartbeat and it skips like a light across the universe where does time go? and where will it lead us? come on let's go we don't need no one. ah, you lighten up angel! don't tighten up angel! oh, lighten up, lighten up! don't tighten up, tighten up! oh, lighten up, lighten up! don't tighten up, tighten up! oh, lighten up, lighten up! don't tighten up, tighten up!
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Lazy in the grass it’s a summer day Feel the air while you’re breathing Don’t blame it on the heat…never goes away. You treat it like your lifestyle. Hey there, what you doin? Do you like your lifestyle? Don’t leave me here in my ruin Stay with me awhile Don’t stay at home, now, see what I’m doing Come on along, come out for awhile Don’t let your fear, babe, be your undoing You’ve got some other style, some other style. Lazy in the grass it’s a summer day Lazy days never ending Daylight quits in a golden drink But the nighttime ain’t complaining
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Every Morning I go out on the street Say Hello to the people I see Flowers blooming its early spring Bell in the steeple go jing-a-ling I spy a man who seems down on his luck His look says that’s the way the thunder shook Had it all baby but now it’s bust No where to turn, man, who can you trust? I pass some friends by the old town well They sass and wonder how the future gels They say, tell us the future, man, how will it look? Is it some forgotten movie or an unwritten book? The days that wane, how they seem such a bore Now that every day becomes such chore. Don’t worry about the end, the end is cake. Along the way, brother, look out for King Heartache. Look out for the man / Watch out for King Heartache when he comes He’ll catch you by surprise/ No stone unturned, no one left alive. Look out for the man. I take a walk by the Barrel D Arcade Though no one knows it that’s where futures are made Maybe I’ll find some comfort there Two antique sofas and a rocking chair I’d tell her the future but it never gets that far I know my place by what she keeps me apart from She says, I don’t need love, man, I don’t need a lick Cover your eyes when King Heartache starts to kick Look out for the man/ Watch out for King Heart ache when he comes He’ll find you in your room/ He’ll mediate your hours of gloom Look out for the man/ Watch out for King Heartache when he comes He knows where you always hide/ He’ll pounce on you, he’ll scratch out your eyes Look out for the man, Look out for the….. All that’s left is we live with what we trade But who can tell if the choice has been made I know it’s not what you call living right What keeps you cool in the day, won’t keep you warm at night. Don’t take away that we’re left in a trance zone But tell me what is left to take a chance on You feel so strange when you let the words slip Don’t be surprised when King Heartache comes to rip! Look out for the man/ Watch out for King Heartache when he comes You’ll find you do what he says, and no money can keep up appearances Look out for her man/ Watch out for King Heartache when he comes He’ll keep you in his claws; he’ll drink the tears when they start to fall.
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when your day is done and you want to get right when your day is done and moving into the night you can find me down by the riverside when your day is done and your feeling down when your day is done move yourself all around you can find me where my friends are found nobody loves me, nobody cares nobody loves me, nobody cares got to get down to the riverside got to get down to the river tonight i'm gonna cast a lure from here until the sweet bye and bye. gonna find a bend where the water is fine gonna find a bend where the water is fine catfish calling, think i'll drop a line. nobody loves me, nobody cares nobody loves me, nobody cares nobody loves me, nobody cares nobody loves me, nobody cares
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tonight we're sleeping under the bridges but who knows what tomorrow may bring? tonight we're waiting in the wings but who knows what tomorrow may bring? it'll bring the good times, and the laughter, beneath the sunlight, mmhmm. it'll bring the good times, and the laughter, beneath the sunlight, mmhmm. tonight we're sleeping under the bridges but who knows what tomorrow may bring? tonight we're waiting in the wings but who knows what tomorrow may bring? but who knows what tomorrow may bring?
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Michael Holland, though immersed in the heart and soul of American (cosmic) music, proves esoteric in the cogitation of his music. With Tomorrows American Treasures Holland employs the tools of classic American Appalachia, folk wanderlust, jazz's improvisational freedom, and poetic romanticism in this collection of songs that delicately caresses the depths of the human spirit. He uses archetypal imagery and language in conjunction with musical form in a way that fosters a contemporary relevance different from those of today's ill-pegged "freak folk" genre. His embrace of the historic provides a foundation and validity for his honesty and sensitivity to the human condition.
The Big Fat Gap bluegrass band, comprised of some of central North Carolina's hottest pickers and players, is perfectly suited for Holland's intention and their collaboration is dead-on in its execution and creativity delivered here. Mandolin and fiddle lend buoyant optimism to "Pretty Polly." "Crystal Meth Freak from California," a song I started my day with for about four weeks, delivers the mindscape of the "freak" and is marked by a most oddly befitting keyboard solo.
The familiar conjoined with the abstract is a construct Holland uses without fail, with the exception of the narrative "Look Out for King Heartache." "Lighten up Angel" gently summons the allure, tenderness, and tone of Van Morrison ("Into the Mystic") and exudes the thematic message and sentiment of assurance and hope-"Tonight we're sleeping under the bridges but who knows what tomorrow may bring." The record's unity is augmented by the intimacy of the close-knit, live recording. The perfectly mapped sequencing provides a connectedness that delivers a rejuvenation and awakening to the essential message of optimism and hope relevant in the record's entirety. There is a timeliness to Tomorrow's American Treasures that could be overlooked by the casual listener who might not recognize that this is not just another folk/bluegrass album. Michael Holland has succeeded in creating something rooted in the historic that has special significance in the now.
-William Bryson

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released January 31, 2005

Produced by Michael Holland
Executive Producer Sean McCrossin
Big Fat Gap: Chris Heaney, Robert Mitchener, Andy Thorpe, John Stickley, Miles Andrews, Rick Hauchman, Ryan Cavanaugh, Bobby Britt
Special thanks to Jamie Dawson
"Since I lay My Burden Down" recorded live at Unitarian Coffeehouse, Columbia, SC 2004
Mastered by Travis Leonard at Kitchen Mastering

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This is the official site for North Carolina musicians, and Jennyanykind members Michael and Mark Holland . Here you can listen to and purchase (if you wish) all of the recorded songs in Michael's solo catalogue, Mark's catalogue, Jennyanykind, and their collaboration, the Holland Brothers. ... more

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