The Island

by Hollie Sue

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This 2014 album from British singer-songwriter Hollie Sue is influenced by soul, jazz, blues, and folk. Expect sultry, heartfelt vocals and thought-provoking lyrics, accompanied by a rich varied tapestry of instruments including piano, ukulele, guitar, double bass, gentle drums, percussion, strings, and breathy vocal harmonies.

There are emotional piano ballads like “Invisible” and “I’ll Stand Alone” written with lyricist Joy Bowes, soulful numbers such as “Give It Time” and “Sweeter Milk”, quirky folk-pop songs like “Break Into My Heart” and “Who Are You?”, and more. This mammoth fifteen-song album reveals layers of angst, nostalgia, love, idealism, and spiritual searching.

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released September 6, 2014

Tracks 1 & 5 co-written by Joy Bowes (lyrics) and Hollie Sue (music). The rest written by Hollie Sue (music and lyrics). Drums by Drums on Demand, strings by Brian Morrell (track 3), Bass by Bass on Demand (track 3), Electric piano by Brian Morrell (track 7), Percussion by Drums on Demand (except Darbuka on track 8), Guitar by Steinberg Virtual Guitarist (tracks 2 & 11), All other instruments and vocals by Hollie Sue.

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Hollie Sue Doncaster, UK

Acoustic & soul songwriter from Yorkshire.

Plays piano, ukulele, and likes to layer up harmonies.

One of these days I might even show you my kazoo.

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Track Name: Invisible
Couldn’t face another face
Or visit another place
Because of you
You left me here
Forlorn and forsaken
Maybe you’ll realise
The mistake that you’re making

Unseen, unheard
I go unobserved
A transparent shroud
To escape the crowd
I become invisible

Swallowed by the dark
Pain’s cracked my heart
A gift from you
Just return to sender
Subject’s too far to tender
I want to be invisible

Unseen, unheard
I go unobserved
A transparent shroud
To escape the crowd
Want to be invisible

Let me fade away
My hurt conceal
Remain no more
Cease to be real
Blanche to abyss
Without a trace
I want to be invisible

Unseen, unheard
I go unobserved
A transparent shroud
To escape the crowd
I become invisible

Tears bring no peace
Give me no release
They stream for you
A painful reminder
Of when life was finer

Unseen, unheard
I go unobserved
A transparent shroud
To escape the crowd
I become invisible
I become invisible
I become invisible
Track Name: Give It Time
You’ve got to be brave to step this way
You’ve got to be on the rise every day
You’ve got to be out the throng
Got to be always strong
And you’ve got to be like it life-long

You’ve got to be fair to keep it right
You’ve got to be giving as you take
You’ve got to be in the zone
Got to be you full-blown
Or you’re going to be on your own

You won’t break
They can take it to the bone
Got to give it everything you own
They can laugh
But you know that this can last
Give it time, give it time
Give it time, give it time

You’ve got to be brave to step this way
You’ve got to be on the rise every day
You’ve got to be out the throng
Got to be always strong
And you’ve got to be like it life-long

You won’t break
They can take it to the bone
Got to give it everything you own
They can laugh, but you won’t cry,
Cause you know
You’ve got to be out the throng
Got to be always strong
And you’ve got to be like it life-long

Give it time, give it time
Give it time, give it time
Track Name: The Island
Take me there to that island, where it only rains at night
There’s no reasons to fight
All animals are free
And we’re equal, you and me

Take me there to the island
Where the light, breeze, and sea
So beautiful to me
Those are our only slaves
The Sun, wind, and the waves

But it’s a fiction, a fantasy
A future that will never be
We’re so hungry, that’s just who we are
Consuming everything that we see

Take me there to that island
Where there’s gay and straight and bi
All colours of the skin
You can believe in what you like
Just don’t talk to me of sin

Take me there to that island
Where it only rains at night
There’s no reasons to fight
All animals are free
And we’re equal, you and me
Track Name: Break Into My Heart
She can hear a noise downstairs in the kitchen
See the knob turn slow like you read in fiction
Oh, she knows no-one’s there
Oh, and she knows, no-one stares

She said break into my heart
Crash into my fear
Someone’s here
Someone cheers

They can find a place to meet in the middle
Break the walls, tear the flag down,
Solve the riddle
Oh, she knows no-one’s there
Oh, and she knows, no-one stares

She said break into my heart
Crash into my fear
Someone’s here
Someone cheers
Oh, she knows no-one’s there
Oh, and she knows no-one stares

She said break into my heart
Crash into my fear
Someone’s here
Someone cheers

(x2)

She said
Track Name: I'll Stand Alone
There is no good in goodbye
Or the tears I will cry
Or the hurt that it brings
But time will heal all
No longer in free fall
I’ve earned my wings

I’ll stand alone
Be fine on my own
Need you no more
The dark before dawn
Has just turned to morn
Take what life has in store

Without winter’s cold ice
Spring wouldn’t seem so nice
You were the harshest of winds
The dark brings out the stars
Love leaves you with scars
And so the healing begins

I’ll stand alone
Be fine on my own
Need you no more
The dark before dawn
Has just turned to morn
Take what life has in store
I’ll stand alone
I’ll stand alone
Track Name: Slipping By
Never flew into the blue sky
Never drew, or wrote a haiku
Never knew, or had a clue
I’d never do the things I could do

Time is slipping by, skipping by, time is ticking by
Time can testify, gratify, time can crucify

Never climbed up Berry Mountain
Never been to Ferry Fryston
Never knew or had a clue
I’d never do the things I could do

Time is slipping by, skipping by, time is ticking by
Time can clarify, satisfy, time can terrify

Never rode a motorbike
I never went to Heckmondwike
Never knew or had a clue
I’d never do the things I could do

Time is slipping by, skipping by, time is ticking by
Time can modify, magnify, time can mystify
Track Name: Questions
There’s a sense of mystery and awe
Echoed in our history and lore
We feel within ourselves there’s something more

In the gravy of the air that we breathe
Watching the lives that we weave
Is the truth a prize that we seek in vain?
We hear our questions asked again and again

If I were God, I’d be angry
At all the words put in my mouth
Nothing made me, nor can you

I’m in the gravy of the air that you breathe
Thread of the lives that you weave
And the truth’s so huge for you to understand
Ask your questions till they’re answered first-hand

In the gravy of the air that we breathe
Watching the lives that we weave
Is the truth a prize that we seek in vain?
We hear our questions asked again and again
Track Name: Don't Turn Away
Please, please, it costs you nothing
Nothing at all
Please, don’t turn away
It costs you nothing, really nothing at all

Be who you mean to be
Do what you know is right
When no other eyes can see
That’s who you are tonight

Please, please, for your own sake and for mine
It costs you nothing, really nothing at all
Please, please, think how you’d feel
If it were you
Please don’t turn away
Think how you’d feel if no-one cared at all

Be who you mean to be
Do what you know is right
When no other eyes can see
That’s who you are tonight
Track Name: Tony's Dream
Tony wanted half of us to have this day
What Tony wants, Tony gets
Did Tony want the great unwashed to feel this way?
They said Tony wants, Tony gets

Beneath our feet, a moving belt,
Above our heads, a soaring debt,
We just stood still for three long ages
And in our hands are minimum wages

Factories of ignorance were all the rage
They said Tony wants, Tony gets
Imitating glories from another age
They said Tony wants, Tony gets

Beneath our feet, a moving belt
Above our heads, a soaring debt
We just stood still for three long ages
And in our hands are minimum wages

BA Hons is nothing new, there’s a million more like you
BA Hons is nothing new, there’s a million more like you

Beneath our feet, a moving belt
Above our heads, a soaring debt
We just stood still for three long ages
And in our hands are minimum wages
Track Name: Sweeter Milk
Feeling tired and so weak
I lie here in bed, and life is so bleak
I owe too much, I’m in breach
Everything I want seems out of reach

Somewhere East of England
There’s a girl runs fabric through her fingers
She works in the light, she works in the night
Then she lies on the floor, with five or six more

I was born with gold in my hair
Breathing diamond dust for air
I was wrapped in cashmere and silk
Still I cried for sweeter milk

She and I were both born in November
The same year, but she won’t remember
She’s one child crying in her ear and two working on the floor
They’ll grow up just as poor

I was born with gold in my hair
Breathing diamond dust for air
I was wrapped in cashmere and silk
Still I cried for sweeter milk

When obstacles seem overwhelming in size,
And other people look at me with pity in their eyes
All I need to do is think of that girl
And be thankful I was born into this world

I was born with gold in my hair
Breathing diamond dust for air
I was wrapped in cashmere and silk
Still I cried for sweeter milk
Track Name: These Things
These things, well it takes time to make it work
These things, these things
These things, they’re what we need to carry on
These things, these things

These things, well it takes time to make it work
These things, these things
These things, they’re what we need to carry on
These things, these things

A purpose here, to hear no jeer,
To persevere, even to feel no fear
These things, well it takes time to make it work
These things, these things

These things, they’re what we need to carry on
These things, these things
These things, these things
Track Name: Just Another Envelope
I know what you are
I saw you coming from afar
You’re a blow to my self-esteem
You’re the death of another dream

You’re not the first, you’re not the fourth
You’re not the worst, you’re not the last
You’re just another envelope
Cause under the microscope I lack
Just another paragraph or two to knock me back

I know what you say
I can feel you, only one page thick
And suddenly my day is grey
I’m down, and you’re a kick

You’re not the first, you’re not the fourth
You’re not the worst, you’re not the last
You’re just another envelope
Cause under the microscope I lack
Just another paragraph or two to knock me back

Don’t care what they think
They don’t know me, all that I can do
And someone else will benefit
It’s gonna happen in spite of you
They won’t knock me back
They won’t knock me back
Track Name: Who Are You
Who are you? What do you need and such?
Why must you? Why must you call so much?

I want to know your name before you call
And no, you won’t get through, I don’t know you

Tell me all, say what you need to say
Here’s the beep, now you can talk all day

I want to know your name before you call
And no, you won’t get through, I don’t know you

Who are you? Why must you call so much?

I want to know your name before you call
And no, you won’t get through, I don’t know you
Track Name: In Your Embrace
Comfortable in your embrace
Feeling myself slipping away
Comfortable in your embrace I know
That no-one else is feeling quite this way

Somehow nothing else matters enough
You’re my dose, this is the stuff
Baby nothing else comes close

I’ve got everything that I need
Here in your eyes, feeling weak-kneed
Interesting how all our plans change
Love makes priorities somehow rearrange

Somehow nothing else matters enough
You’re my dose, this is the stuff
Baby nothing else comes close
Track Name: Back to the Start
Well I want to go back to the start
To a place where I was young and pure of heart
Well I want to forget all the places
Except the ones I used to know, and I used to go

Did you ever know I had dreams inside my head
Never came to fruition
I was cursed with ambition

God I want to go to square number one
Roll the dice and try again to have some fun
When I think of the debt and the worries
I want to go back to the peace I used to know

Roll the dice, try, try to have some fun

Did you ever know I had dreams inside my head
Never came to fruition
I was cursed with ambition
Well I want to go back to the start (x2)
Back to a place where I was young and pure of heart (x3)