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Hold On Love

by Azure Ray

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about

As a departure from 2001's self-titled debut and 2002's Burn & Shiver (both released on WARM Records), as well as 2002's November EP on Saddle Creek, Hold on Love was built on a bold approach taking the ethereal aspects of Azure Ray's past work and mixing them with a more upbeat and enlivened technique. Still so visceral and intimate you can hear lips pulling apart and piano hammers striking, Hold on Love travels the aurally deeper road with layer upon layer of all-encompassing sound. And where love and loss dripped from each word on past albums, Hold on Love finds hope to round out their message.

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released October 7, 2003

2003 Saddle Creek

Special Thanks
eric bachmann, andy lemaster, mike mogis, everyone at saddle creek, brian causey at warm, everyone at mct bold, matthew kaplan, eric dimenstein, chris lawson, lori lovoy and jason, ian the intern, rob laroche, todd and conor, the taylors and the finks, justin oberst and heather green (for the cribs), 6 feet under (the best show of all time), hassan lemtouni, leslie (for the website), clark baechle, ben armstrong, scott and jacque, elizabeth dixon and fam, david golden!, and all of our friends everywhere...thanks!
Credits
all songs written by Azure Ray
Azure Ray is Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor

produced and arranged by Eric Bachmann
recorded at Presto! in lincoln, nebraska
engineered by Andy LeMaster
mixed by Andy LeMaster and Eric Bachmann
additional engineering by Mike Mogis

The Devil's Feet mixed by Mike Mogis
additional instrumentation and audio treatments by Eric Bachmann and Andy LeMaster

drum programming on The Devil's Feet and We Are Mice by Clark Baechle

live drums by Ben Armstrong
pedal steel on Look To Me by Mike Mogis

mastered at Studio B by Doug Van Sloun

artwork by Chris Lawson
photographs of Azure Ray by Lori Lovoy
layout by Jadon Ulrich

www.azureraymusic.com
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azureray@saddle-creek.com

90% Angel Music La Bloshi Songs (ASCAP)

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Track Name: The Devil's Feet
when i was a child a story was told
about the devil and a girl so bold
he offered her riches a fortune of gold
and lovers abound
but she lifted her soul
she lifted her soul clean oh clean
and like the story was told
on a dark country road
the same man appeared to me
but I reached i reached
through the rain to the devil's feet
now twenty years later to the place i return
where i scorned the angels for a passion that burned
there set in the tree a knot twisted and turned
the face of a creature hell bound
so long ago could my mind have played jokes on me
as darkness sets in unavoidable sin
the truth i try not to believe
that i reached i reached
through the rain to the devil's feet
i reached i reached
through the rain to the devil's feet
Track Name: New Resolution
follow blind
heavy eyes hold position
you were right on time
it was a lucky prediction
move on move on
it's like the clock is pacing
the break of dawn our hearts still racing
move on move on
no there's nothing changing
don't undermine
my new resolution
just to find
a different light a new direction
move on move on
now the records skipping
i won't forget i won't forget the way you said
move on move on
there's no point in waiting
Track Name: We Are Mice
it's all in the eyes
the wreckless way we dream to die
our past is our future
the present lies
somewhere between our hearts and minds
for those with no future
we'll touch hands on the street
smile and keep moving on towards the heat
so keep this a secret our lot in life
they are elephants we are mice
we'll walk this earth somnambulent kin
with broken hearts that cannot mend
losers first and second men
we'll do our best to blend in
you could reach out for my hand and i yours
deliver water to soothe the burn
we'll drink our tears and thirst for more
it's our lot in life
they are elephants we are mice
so keep this a secret
keep this a secret
we are mice
Track Name: Look To Me
lay your head in my lap
let the sound of my laugh comfort you now here in the cold
your face gets wet as the drink slips from my hand
the faster i drive the harder i cry don't worry i'll get us there
and i look down at you
you look up at me
we're a real fucked up family
we make it home this place is a mess
the smell of cologne mixed with all that we own
not much i must confess
i hold your hand as you slip from me
as i watch your breath i say to myself one day this will all end
and i look at you
you look at me
we're a real fucked up family
all night i feel it inside
but i know you're right as i begin to pack
without raising your eyes i hear you sigh oh you'll be back
because i look to you and you look to me
we're a real fucked up family
Track Name: The Drinks We Drank Last Night
riding on these waves
holding on to what you say
everything will be okay it will work out one way
but i've drifted way to far my arms my legs have grown too tired
and could you be inspired now i'm just tired
and on a swing you push me hard
so i'll come back to where you are
and you know i'm never far no decisions nothing
and i knew that it would ring tonight i'll take the bus or the next flight
i won't give up on what feels right
if you see these tears fill in my eyes
it's just the wind that makes me cry
if you could feel this pain inside
it's from the drinks we drank last night
it's from the drinks we drank last night
the shadow of our past projects on clouds of dust and gas
the ones where my eyes will rest a silhouette of loneliness
if you see these tears fill in my eyes
it's just the wind that makes me cry
if you could feel this pain inside
it's from the drinks we drank last night
it's from the drinks we drank last night
Track Name: Across The Ocean
now i've travelled across the ocean
with the same shoes just longer hair
i still carry that picture in my wallet
from the photo booth yeah it's still there
just give me some kind of sign
is this the right place
or the right time
now i've landed in the midwest
where you lived so long ago
remember i was always freezing
and now i'm covered up in snow
please give me some kind of sign
is this the right place
or the right time
Track Name: If You Fall
let's talk and we'll fill the air with imagery that lasts forever
so this is love that's a lovely thought
you have to care for it to keep it together
if you fall will you get up
you're stuck in a dream will you wake up
and if you fell in love will you hold on to it
and if it's cold will you stay warm
you drift too far will you swim towards the shore
and if you fell in love will you hold on to it
let's sing and we'll fill the air with melodies that blend together
you speak so sweet with words so delicate
a glass i hope will never shatter
if you fall will you get up
you're stuck in a dream will you wake up
and if you fell in love will you hold on to it
and if it's cold will you stay warm
you drift too far will you swim towards the shore
and if you fell in love will you hold on to it
Track Name: Sea Of Doubts
i told them all the ones i love
i'm leaving and i may not return
see lately i've been overcome
a feeling i fear has just begun
the pain i feel deep inside
that haunts us all that we will die
never really knowing how it feels
to be alive
through mountains and overseas
through misery and disease
a spectator i played my part
but nothing could move this heart
until i held the boy's hand
the little one spoke like a man
he showed me death and said
this is how you know you're alive
a kingfisher in flight
you'll rise above this sea of doubts
into a world full of clouds
alive
Track Name: Dragonfly
immovable tower come crashing down
an uncertain hour in this little town
will you step to the edge
move on in the dark
let a new man have your old heart
you could spend your life putting blocks back in place
with each trembling hand covering up the face
that seeks high places
greedy dragonfly
so show a new man your old smile
indomitable portrait that hangs in your mind
waiting to be unveiled in your darkest time
so step to the edge
move on in the dark
let a new man have your old heart
let a new man have your old heart
Track Name: Nothing Like A Song
you didn't say the words i would have said
you couldn't help the doubt that filled your head
it's just an ordinary try
we learn to live we live to die
just accept and don't ask why
my lips they form a crooked smile
giving a sign of no reply
and when you wake up freezing in a room dark and empty
well keep singing along
i'm not what you write in your books
and no i'm nothing like a song
and will you answer me i already know
i asked you to answer but i already know
and can you come back home you already know
you don't ask because you already know
it's an unfamiliar song
you said you'd like to sing along
but you couldn't change the key
i can't sing it doesn't suit me
when i wake up freezing now half believing
it was this i feared
because it's not just the words that you whisper in my ear
and will you answer me i already know
i asked you to answer but i already know
and can you come back home you already know
you don't ask because you already know
will you come back home
Track Name: These White Lights Will Bend To Make Blue
to Make Blue
drive away
just get on the interstate
and slip through this closing gate
pulled into this cheap hotel
i called just to wish you well
you said don't let love break you down
well just show me how and let me never be broken
tomorrow a new point of view
these white lights will bend to make blue
now this can all look new to you
are you still living there
walking the streets with your hollow stare
you say there's loneliness everywhere
so we have nothing to loose
and music plays all day long
and sorrow looks beautiful
and lovers seem mystical
tomorrow a new point of view
these bright lights will bend to make blue
now this can all look new to you
Track Name: Hold On Love
hold on love
even when i cry all night
even when I say i don't love you
just hold on love
so my head gets a little cloudy
and the drink goes straight to my heart
then the words come like a runaway train
in the dark
just hold on love
even when i scream and fight
even when i swear i don't love you
just hold on tight
when the darkness falls over
like a storm cloud in my head
something inside says it's easier
to push you away but stay and
hold on love
even when i cry all night
even when i swear i don't love you
just hold on love
just hold on love
just hold on love