Time in the Middle

by Claire Holley

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released June 2, 2015

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Claire Holley Los Angeles, California

Over the last two decades, the Mississippi born and bred Holley has released several albums that range in style from intimate, acoustic settings to traditional hymns, children’s songs, holiday music and full band releases, but her new album, Time in the Middle, expands her sound into some new, sonically complex territory...

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Track Name: Traveling Saints
Traveling Saints
© & Ⓟ 2015 Claire Chamblin Holley/Olivia’s Attic Music (ASCAP)


come winner and loser
come broken and whole
come all who made it wrong
take off the weight
let the chains fall away
and join this parade


bring your sorrows bring your joy
dance like you never could before


come traveling saints
come fancy or plain
come all who don’t relate
it’s a brand new day
It’s a blood stained stage
so join this parade

bring your sorrows bring your joy
dance like you never have before


here and there through all your wear and tear
still you can hear that trumpet in the air
Track Name: Boat of Dreams
Boat of Dreams
© & Ⓟ 2015 Claire Chamblin Holley/Olivia’s Attic Music (ASCAP)


don’t you think maybe it’s time
leave the shore sail away for a while
people cheer you on
from the other side

come inside the boat of dreams

throw away the things that weigh you down
it’ll take some rearranging this i know
but one day soon you’ll
lighten up your load

when you step on the boat of dreams

it’s close to home
but it’s a faraway ride
It’s something you have known
all of your life
you have known this boat of dreams

wave to the shore
this is what has always been in store
oh my love
you’re a vision to me

when you’re on the boat of dreams

it’s close to home
but it’s a faraway ride
It’s something you have known
all of your life
you have known this boat of dreams
you have known this boat of dreams
you have known
Track Name: Heat of July
Heat of July
© & Ⓟ 2015 Claire Chamblin Holley/Olivia’s Attic Music (ASCAP)


If God from dust did make a man
She would make one too by damn

She was strong and duty bound
Piano scales went up and down

Sweat til you shine
You sit til you get it right
In the heat of July, the heat of July

Questions came there by her side
God and All Things you replied

On a porch screened in from flies
Your quick mind made her smile

Sweat til you shine
You sit til you get it right
In the heat of July, the heat of July


You could smell that southern rain
on a porch your daddy made
How’d you keep yourself in place all those summer days


Did it feel like shoes too tight
To be your mother’s pride

On a porch screened in from flies
Your quick mind made her smile

Chorus
Track Name: Love in a Bowl
LOVE IN A BOWL
© & Ⓟ 2015 Claire Chamblin Holley/Olivia’s Attic Music (ASCAP)

little bit of honey
little bit of rain
a little bit of sugar
is the name of my game

put it all together
you got yourself a little bit of

love in a bowl
so stir it up good
I need a little more salt
I need a little more soul

your big blue eyes
are breaking my heart again

Here comes the sun
shining through my window
like a big bowl of love
looking in my kitchen

I see what you’re doin
you’re sneaking a licking of my

love in a bowl
so stir it up good
I need a little more salt
I need a little more soul

your big blue eyes
are breaking my heart again

what would you say
if I got in your way
if I put you in the middle of
a birthday cake

you’re making a mess
but I’m a little impressed
how you spread it
all over your face

little bit of honey
little bit of rain
a little bit of sugar
is the name of my game

put it all together
and you got yourself a little bit of
put it all together
and you got yourself a little bit of
put it all together
and you got yourself a little bit of... LOVE
Track Name: How You Fly
How you Fly
© & Ⓟ 2015 Claire Chamblin Holley/Olivia’s Attic Music (ASCAP)


Van Gogh’s yellow
streaked in black
now what about that
made you look back
this is how you fly

fluttering around makes the faintest sound
we’re gonna make you better than you are now
this is how you fly

some give a sigh
say time rushes by
but we’re gonna stay here
til you fly away


like paper in the wind or a tissue for your eyes
such bright colored wings for such a fragile thing
this is how you fly

you can make the rounds
you might draw a crowd
come back around when the wind slaps you down


Van Gogh’s yellow
streaked in black
now what about that
made you look back
Track Name: Kudzu
KUDZU (lyrics from a poem by Beth Ann Fennelly. Used by permission) Music © & Ⓟ 2015 Claire Chamblin Holley/Olivia’s Attic Music (ASCAP)


Listen, kin and stranger
when I go to the field and lie down,
let my stone be a native stone (tag)


Let the deer come at dusk
from the woods behind the church.
and let them nibble acorns off my grave.


Then let the kudzu blanket me,
for I always loved the heat,
and let its hands rub out my name,
for I always loved


Let the deer come at dusk
from the woods behind the church.
and let them nibble acorns off my grave.

ooooohhhh

Listen, kin and stranger
when I go to the field and lie down,
let my stone be a native stone.
Track Name: Time in the Middle
Time in the Middle
© & Ⓟ 2015 Claire Chamblin Holley/Olivia’s Attic Music (ASCAP)

kettle boils a window steams
the day is coming down on me
too much time
in the middle

make me feel raw and rare
or a little too well done
too much time
in the middle

a wildflower to your wind
take me to that place love again
inside voice
leaving like a boat out of troy

make a fire melt your ring
make a vow on a frozen sea
too much time
in the middle

like a fader like a meter
wants to rise and fall
too much time
in the middle

a wildflower to your wind
take me to that place love again
inside voice
leaving like a boat out of troy


kettle boils a window steams ...
make a fire melt my ring ...
Track Name: Bone
BONE
© & Ⓟ 2015 Claire Chamblin Holley/Olivia’s Attic Music (ASCAP) Written by Claire Holley, Chad Holley & Jonathan Kingham


you lost me
when i lost him
bone of my bone
skin from my skin

i kneeled at the bed
i kissed the hallowed ground
i waited for a sign
but i never heard a sound

rows of stone
white as bone
buried by the weight of these bones

you made me
when I made him
bone of my bone
skin from my skin

i kneeled at the grave
i shouted your name
i waited for a sign
was my love in vain

rows of stone
white as bone
buried by the weight of these bones

do you hear me
do you hear me
do you hear me
oh God are you blind?

you lost me
when i lost him
bone of my bone
skin from my skin

i kneeled at the bed
i kissed the hallowed ground
i waited for a sign
but i never heard a sound

rows of stone
white as bone
buried by the weight of these bones
Track Name: Be Still
Be Still
© & Ⓟ 2015 Claire Chamblin Holley/Olivia’s Attic Music (ASCAP)

You run away you push me aside
but I gave you breath I gave you life

come into my arms and be loved
give me your heart and be still


you give me half but i want the whole
all of your body all of your soul
will you trust me, trust me


wonderful pleasures waiting for you
but you’re choosing to fight and have your way too

come into my arms and be loved
give me your heart be still


you give me half but i want the whole
all of your body all of your soul
will you trust me, trust me


You run away you push me aside
I gave you breath I gave you life


come into my arms and be loved
give me your heart and be still
Track Name: Saturday Sale
SATURDAY SALE
© & Ⓟ 2015 Claire Chamblin Holley/Olivia’s Attic Music (ASCAP)

don’t let the dust slow you down
been years since you had me around

get back to crawling on all fours
back when you first did explore


climb the stairs and open the door
you could find what you’re looking for

saw that old radio
clocks with arms that stopped long ago

I always loved a bargain for
what somewhere else was a little more / good deal


what do you find when you light up the room
what do you find when you light up the room


save me in a box upstairs
what’s it gonna mean to someone else


I’m hoping to be opened
I’m your treasure on a saturday sale


what do you find when you light up the room
what do you find when you light up the room