Ill​-​Defined Lines

by Holly McGarry

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Produced and recorded by Justin Landis

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released July 10, 2012

Vocals & Guitar: Holly McGarry
Bass, Guitar & Harmonies: Justin Landis
Bass: Jen Landis
Banjo: Erin Brannigan
Percussion & Laughter: Cadie Archer
Accordion, Percussion and Speech on Undertaker: Zach Hagadone
Banjo on Wonder Why: Josh Hedlund

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Holly McGarry Boston, Massachusetts

Imagine a young folk artist with the depth of Nina Simone. Transport the storytelling talent of Dylan to a North Idaho town. Holly presents the dichotomy of a calm exterior with unbounded passion for music, a newly-minted adult with a lifetime of experiences able to lace her lyrics with profound insights, sharing her love, loss, and life through a simple six strings. ... more

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Track Name: Typewriter
Each fall of the typewriter keys
Was a beat of your heart
And each stain of ink on the page
Was a map leading me along

But the only way to keep you with me
Was to gather up all the bittersweet moments and put them into my songs

The thread from my sleeve
Where I once wore my heart Is unraveling me cause it tied tight
To your ribcage and dragging me around

And the only way to keep you with me
Was to stitch together all the memories and wear them around

But don’t worry babe, I’m not too unhappy I’m just thinking

I’ve got great self control when I’m not drinking and I’m not alone
So don’t worry babe I wont make the first move unless you want me to
And I’ll bury my heart deep down in the ground and see what grows,
if anything at all

Cause it’s all for you, for you, for you for now
Yeah it’s all for you, for you, for you, for now
Track Name: Your Ghost
I don’t want to go but I cant stay here anymore, anymore
And I never meant you any harm
But you went and stole my heart
So I broke yours

Now I’m trying to do right but I cant let go of your ghost, 3x

So say what you need to say
The cost was just too high to pay
I cant stay here
So roam where you want to roam
Some day we’ll both find a home
But it wont be ours

Now I’m trying to do right but I can’t let go of your ghost, 3x
Track Name: Board That Plane
Blue eyes cut like bayonet blades
Blood poured out from the wounds we’d made
Old scars don’t always fade
I carved out a home, you carved in your name
And lover the guilt remains breathing down my neck, running through my days

If I could take it all back would you want to forget me?
if we board that plane bound for the pearly gates would you claim me?

Eros from younger days lie broken now in a shallow grave
held you from my fingertips
when the music stopped I lost my grip
traced all the steps we’d made
when the ink ran out I lost my way

if I could take it all back would you want to forget me?
When we board that plane bound for the pearly gates will you claim me?
Track Name: Something Worth Having
Baby please lay me down in the soil
Where I can sleep for a little while
Cause I’ve been running so long that my skin’s turned to ash, my heart’s made of coal, my soul’s made of glass I’d like to grow again
Into something worth having

I’ve been watching the night
as it crashes in waves pulling me under, cleansing my soul in its own way
and the moon looks fine from where I lay, a bottle in my hands, no one left to prey from the bottom of a well, is this heaven or hell?

Cause my days are haunted by my nights
And all I’m asking you for is a light to see by
A light to see by

I’m tired of chasing shadows around
Through the dark allies of this tired town
On the sleepy west coast
But every time I try to go my eyes spill over
Like the muddy shores of this swollen river
That I call home

someday I’ll shatter that mirror in my soul
let all the shards reflect the golden rays of the sun
then time would loose it’s hold on me,
I’d be free of how the world perceives
They’d let me be, let me grow again
into something worth having
Track Name: Tomorrow's Always There
I’ll pick up the pieces when you fall apart
And I’ll patch you up after every spar
Cause you know in love and war
Someone’s bound to get hurt
But when it’s all said and done
We’ll all be sleeping in the dirt

So I won’t cry over every broken heart
Cause tomorrow’s always there for me
Even if you’re not

So you build up the nest
and honey I’ll play house
and I’ll be standing right here
when it all falls down
cause a house of cards can’t stand
if it’s built on moving parts

and I wont cry over every false start
cause tomorrow’s always there for me
even if you’re not

you may be Mr. Right Now
but what I need
is a man who’ll stick around

and tomorrow’s always there for me
even if you’re not

so when I’m out there on the road
honey let me be
cause all I really want right now is to be free
and I may come back to you someday
we’ll just have to wait and see

and tomorrow’s always there for you
when I’m gone

I may be Mrs. Right Now
But what you need
Is a gal who’ll settle down

Tomorrow’s always there for you
When I’m gone
Tomorrow’s always there for me
Even if you’re not
Yeah tomorrow will still be there
Long after we’re done
Track Name: Ill-Defined Lines
Meet me at the bottom of this well
Or meet me at the bottom of this bottle
And I hope like hell there aint no one up there
To hear my thoughts
Never felt so alive or near death
It’s all in my head

I don’t see what you see in me
Just blurs and ill-defined lines
Like time
The tie that binds us here

Stay awake a little while longer
Cause I always want
to remember you this way

but don’t look in my eyes
they’ll only turn your heart to stone,
like mine
but I’m still aching for that one kiss
that’ll lay you to rest
in my heart
it’s all in my head
Track Name: Undertaker
You are looking for a lover
But darling it ain’t me
You want someone to give your heat to
But I’m the undertaker

You think I’m hanging on a line
But darling it ain’t true
I’ll just pull you right down with me
And we’ll sink into the blue

Darling you’d like me
to pick you fresh flowers each day
but the only petals that I will collect
are white lilies to put on your grave

you’d like a silly little song
with lots of pretty little lies
to set your heat asunder
but I’ll just send it 6 feet under

cause you are looking for a lover
baby it ain’t me
you want someone to give your heart to
but I’m the undertaker
undertaker of love
Track Name: Not an End
I know that I have already lost
I know the plans we made cannot come true
But there is not a single day that’s past
Where I have not been missing you

So take me back to where it all began
Back to where all the world was new
And I will state a simple prayer for us
And keep my heart forever true to you

So when the wind is whispering your name
My reply will always be the same
And in darkness we will meet again

For death is not an end
No death is no an end
Not an end
Track Name: Patchwork Quilt Heart
I think I’ve come undone
Unraveling fast, frayed edges and seams

Would you try to fix me up,
Tie up loose ends, make me whole again
With patches and threads of old memories?
How far they seem

The pathways of our lives take us up and down like the needle and thread
But a hole still remains
Where you took out my patchwork quilt heart

So now would you try to fix me up,
Tie up loose ends, make me whole again
With patches and threads of old memories?
How far they seem

How far they seem to me now

I think I’ve come undone
Unraveling fast, frayed edges and seams
Track Name: Moskvin's Maidens
When I was just a boy
I knelt down beside your coffin
And when I saw your face,
Fair and pale I kissed your cheek

Anatoly Moskvin
Wandering the graveyards
Searching for a love he just can’t find

Your lovely bones
Lying there in the grave
Sang out my name,
“wont you come save me?”

he dressed them all in bright
colors round home,
a grim tableau of what once were
real living girls

I never could resist the stories
down below the tombstones
so don’t fret my dear
I’ll dress you up in colors red and gold

Tell me everything,
You life, your loves, your losses
Don’t want to be alone anymore

29 fair maids could never make up
for the one he lost

people they just don’t understand
that you were more
than just china dolls

when they finally capture him
a bag of bones across his back
among the dark and faded epitaphs

29 dead maids would never
make up for the life he lost
to the graves
Track Name: Wonder Why
you always wonder why
I never want to spend the night
You always wonder why
I never hold you tight

It’s not the way that you love me,
Just please say good-bye
Yeah just say good-bye

I aint one to fight
But I aint gonna let you
Run my life

You try to hold me down
When all I want to do is run
What good is life
If you can’t have a little fun?

So don’t try to win my heart
Cause it aint yours to own,
No, it’s mine alone

Well I aint one to fight
But I aint gonna let you
Run my life

So don’t write me poems
And don’t sing me songs boy
I wasn’t put here darling
Just to be your toy

Every rose has got her thorns
Well I’ve got mine
And you’re out of time

I aint one to fight
But I aint gonna let you
Run my life
Track Name: My Dear
Well I know that I’ve done wrong
But this whiskey’s strong, the moon is full
And I’m only thinking of you

So I’ll draw your lips
Imagine what you’d say
To this world we built but can never be

When the shadow comes to call me
I’ll say
Good-night my dear
I’ll see you in my dreams

Cause I know that I’ve done wrong
But I let you go and now I’ve got to make it on my own
You’re better off this way