Live Here & There

by Ben Holland

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Live performances recorded here & there...


released November 10, 2014



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Staying one step ahead of my feet.

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Track Name: Ben Holland Live in Copenhagen. Supporting Joan Armatrading at Viften 10/11/15
1. Son of a Refugee

2. Death of a Heart

3. Song of a Prisoner

4. If I ever get Sober (Annalise)

5. Your God's Wont Tell You
Track Name: Isis - Live at The Lock Tavern, Camden.
I married Isis on the fifth day of May,
But I could not hold on to her very long.
So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away
For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong.

I came to a high place of darkness and light.
The dividing line ran through the center of town.
I hitched up my pony to a post on the right,
Went in to a laundry to wash my clothes down.

A man in the corner approached me for a match.
I knew right away he was not ordinary.
He said, "Are you lookin' for somethin' easy to catch?"
I said, "I got no money." He said, "That ain't necessary."

We set out that night for the cold in the North.
I gave him my blanket, he gave me his word.
I said, "Where are we goin'?" He said we'd be back by the fourth.
I said, "That's the best news that I've ever heard."

I was thinkin' about turquoise, I was thinkin' about gold,
I was thinkin' about diamonds and the world's biggest necklace.
As we rode through the canyons, through the devilish cold,
I was thinkin' about Isis, how she thought I was so reckless.

How she told me that one day we would meet up again,
And things would be different the next time we wed,
If I only could hang on and just be her friend.
I still can't remember all the best things she said.

We came to the pyramids all embedded in ice.
He said, "There's a body I'm tryin' to find.
If I carry it out it'll bring a good price."
'Twas then that I knew what he had on his mind.

The wind it was howlin' and the snow was outrageous.
We chopped through the night and we chopped through the dawn.
When he died I was hopin' that it wasn't contagious,
But I made up my mind that I had to go on.

I broke into the tomb, but the casket was empty.
There was no jewels, no nothin', I felt I'd been had.
When I saw that my partner was just bein' friendly,
When I took up his offer I must-a been mad.

I picked up his body and I dragged him inside,
Threw him down in the hole and I put back the cover.
I said a quick prayer and I felt satisfied.
Then I rode back to find Isis just to tell her I love her.

She was there in the meadow where the creek used to rise.
Blinded by sleep and in need of a bed,
I came in from the East with the sun in my eyes.
I cursed her one time then I rode on ahead.

Isis, oh, Isis, you mystical child.
What drives me to you is what drives me insane.
I still can remember the way that you smiled
On the fifth day of May in the drizzlin' rain.
Track Name: Supporting Joan Armatrading at The Durham Gala Theatre 09/11/14
1. Sweet Scarlett

2. Bleary Eye Blues

3. One Mans Land

4. Down At The Docks

5. Black Was The Colour

6. Copper Kettle
Track Name: Supporting Joan Armatrading at The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 26/10/14
1. Hunger (half of song)

2. One Man's Land

3. Bleary Eye Blues

4. From Kane Down

5. Susanna

6. Black Was The Colour

7. Sweet Mary Jane
Track Name: Live in a dead bar 29/09/15
1. Son of a Refugee
2. Death of a Heart
3. Your Gods Won't Tell You
4. If I Ever Get Sober (Annalise)
5. Song of a Prisoner
6. One Man's Land
Track Name: From Kain Down, Live supporting Joan Armatrading at Birmingham Town Hall 25/03/15
The poison here is compulsory
The cure will kill you too
Born between two empty dreams
Under an empty sky of blue

And the loneliness can be endless
When you're buried alive alone
Buried beneath someone else's business
Buried by the roof of your home

And the boarders are undecided
New mothers all dress in black
You can take any road that you wish to
But you'll never find your way back

Some hold hope in a fiction
In the promise of a dream that calls
A place where their fears are forgotten
In a garden where the fruit never falls

From the Thames
Down to the Congo
From the Jordan
To the Nile

There's been blood spilled on every inch of land

When a shell
Steals the life away
From a mother
With a sleeping child

Look down to see if there's blood on your hands

I was born in this prison
My children will die here the same
The blind man is hanging the watchman
There must always be someone to blame
For every Abel there is a Kain
Track Name: Diamond of the Elephant Gang, Live at Vicar Street, Dublin 07/03/15
Her mother named her Annie
Her father didn't care
He once bit the lord mayor's son
And threw him down the stairs
Annie had her mothers eyes
And her fathers fangs
There'll never be another like Annie of the elephant gang

Annie saw the poor
Who lived to work and worked to live
Annie saw the rich
Who'd take and never give
She saw the chains of poverty
That ran across the land
There'll never be another like Annie of the elephant gang

In nineteen and fourteen
Annie signed for war
Not to fight in France
But to fight for her front door
When she joined that night on old kent road
All the kings head sang
There'll never be another like Annie of the elephant gang

She went from rags to riches
With stealing as her game
She stole from Oxford Circus
She stole from Park Lane
She had a brain for robbery
And a gamblers slight of hand
There'll never be another like Annie of the elephant gang

Annie hit the headlines
In nineteen seventeen
It read the roughest diamond
The world has ever seen
She liked the way that sounded
She liked the way it rang
Then she was known all over as Diamond of the elephant gang

Diamond was a natural
She soon became the boss
And gave a home to every orphan
The gang would come across
The orphans all had mother
Tattooed on a diamond on their hand
There'll never be a mother like Diamond of the elephant gang

They once arrested Charlie
Diamonds friend for life
She waltzed into the jailhouse
With just a carving knife
No one said a word
As she led him free by the hand
There'll never be another like Diamond of the elephant gang

She said the police think their kings
But they never will see
I make them
As much as they make me
When she handcuffed one inspector
He swore he'd see her hang
But they'll never catch the queen, Diamond of the elephant gang

The men were willing victims
They came from all around
She'd fool them into love
Then steal the ring and gown
She'd leave them at the alter
As the church bell rang
There'll never be a lover like diamond of the elephant gang

The landlords strangled London
They thought they owned the town
But every time they upped the rent
Diamond took it down
She couldn't stand no one
That thought they owned the land
There'll never be another like Diamond of the elephant gang

Some will rob you with a mortgage
Some will rob you with a note
Or rob you of your dignity
Or of your right to vote
But she never hurt no one
Who didn't deserve the back of her hand
There'll never be another like Diamond of the elephant gang

So the rich men got together
Decided diamond had to die
They bought the best assassins
Their money could buy
Diamond always said
She'd leave here with a bang
There'll never be another like Diamond of the elephant gang

They followed Diamond through the fog
Thought they had the upper hand
Little did they know
They'd soon be dead where they stand
There was one assassin less
As the first shot rang
There'll never be another like Diamond of the elephant gang

When the bloody day had ended
All the men were lying dead
Diamond dropped her pistols
And staggered up to bed
There she lay forever
Diamonds in her hands
There'll never be another like Diamond of the elephant gang

Every eye was filled with tears
But no one made a sound
It seemed the whole of London came
To see her in the ground
Everyone just listened
As the orphan sang
There'll never be another like Diamond of the elephant gang.
Track Name: One Mans Land, Live at The Grand Opera House, Belfast 08/03/2015
A soldier says a prayer into his gun
Don't die on me before our job is done
His fingers reach the handle of the door
But theres nothing left to die for anymore

Ruby red sparkles on the sand
As she's rolling loose her golden wedding band
She tastes the colour of her tears
Still married to a stranger after all these years

To live so long
To love so all in vain

She smiles as she steps onto the train
She knows that she'll never need home again
That smile was the last her daddy saw
Now theres no one left to cry for anymore

The priest lifts his hands up to the sky
My God gives me the right to choose who has to die
He kneels and puts his hands against the floor
But theres nothing there to kill for anymore

To live so long
To love so all in vain

I can hear the drumming of the rain
It keeps me from finding that dream again
The nightmares come steady through the door
And theres nothing left to dream for anymore.
Track Name: Down at the Docks, Vicar Street, Dublin 07/03/15
If you go down to the docks tonight
You'd better go prepared
The workers they are hungry men
They're teeth are sharp and bared
You stripped them of their means to live
Like they didn't have a right
So write your speech before you leave
Down to the docks tonight

If you go down to the docks tonight
Then wear a good disguise
It's certain you will come to harm
If you are recognised
Your pictures on the bar room wall
Complete with a kitchen knife
So take your hat, wear your coat collar high
If you go down to the docks tonight

If you go down to the docks tonight
Its surely suicide
But they'll soon find out just where you live
Then there'll be no place to hide
So take your pick, here or there
In darkness or in light
Will you take a walk with fate
Down to the docks tonight

If you go down to the docks tonight
You could take back what you stole
Give them back what they have earned
Could save your crooked soul
But if they smell another lie
Wont be a pretty sight
Fish will feed on a fat cats flesh
Down at the docks tonight.