The Real Pete Holland

The Real Pete Holland

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandCountryAmericana

Elliott Smith meets Toby Keith.

Biography

Pete Holland is influenced by Tom Waits and Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams and The Jayhawks, as well as the seasoned writers of Nashville. He lives in San Francisco.

Lyrics

There's History Here

Written By: Pete Holland/Inglath Cooper



Grandma’s is the only place on the block
With a hothouse and a cuckoo clock still clucking
Her backyard’s the only garden on the street
Now all the rest are grey concrete with a hot tub stuck in
And to the men that offer a million every day
She'll just say

There’s history here behind these doors
In the rust in the pipes and the worn wood floors
Buzzing in the copper wires in the walls
It echoes down the hall
There's history here, and I know it best
It's been a full house and empty nest
I’ll admit a million would be nice
But I can’t put a price on this many years
'Cause there’s history here

Grandma’s still got grandpa’s old car
Out in the garage with those jam jars that are always clinkin'
She only drove it once, it didn’t go too well
She should clean it up and sell it, she’s been thinkin'
For the last five years, but she never does
And that’s because

There’s history here behind these doors
In the rust in the pipes and the worn wood floors
Buzzing in the copper wires in the walls
And just down the hall
There's history here, where Grandpa died
We said our goodbyes by his bedside
What would she do with a million anyway?
When she thinks ahead it's days, and not years
And there’s history here

Grandma’s house is gonna be mine someday
I pulled my dad aside and I told him
There's too many memories I don't want to give away
And only this one house could ever hold 'em
I'd never sell that place
I'd never let it go
Because I know

There’s history here though it don’t look like much
It's nothing you could measure or touch

There's history here behind these doors
In the rust in the pipes and the worn wood floors
Buzzing in the copper wires in the walls
A house built of all
Yesterday’s joy, yesterday’s sorrow
Today's worries and hopes for tomorrow
The thick and the thin and the leanest of days
And you can’t appraise this many years
‘Cause there’s history here





What It Takes

Written By: Pete Holland

They’re brothers in name, but they bicker and fight
Ain’t seen each other in years
‘Til the teary-eyed phone call from sister that night
Makes the pettiness disappear

Is that what it takes, a loved one is gone
Is that what it takes before we get along
No two hearts are the same, but every heart breaks
So maybe, maybe, that’s what it takes

They moved to this town more than one year ago
And still ain’t got any friends
But the whole block was there, hammers in hand
To build their house up again

Is that what it takes, a home burned to the ground
Is that what it takes before we come around
No two hearts are the same, but every heart breaks
So maybe, maybe, that’s what it takes

Sometimes we’re only shown grace in the face of trouble like we’ve never seen
When our worlds seem to crumble, when we’re weak and we stumble
Only then do we know where to lean

Is that what it takes, must skyscrapers fall
Is that what it takes before we’re one for all
No two hearts are the same, but every heart breaks
So maybe, maybe, maybe

If that’s what it takes, we can all take a little
If that’s what it takes before we meet in the middle
If heartbreak’s what brings us together once more
If that’s what it takes, maybe that’s what it’s for

If heartbreak’s what brings us together once more
If that’s what it takes, maybe that’s what it’s for

Me Me Me

Written By: Pete Holland

Easy come, and hard to believe
How the time flies away until it’s time to leave
Down the road to Gerona, and wouldn’t it be good
To stay a little longer, and I’m wishing that I could

But there’s more than to lie on the warm Spanish coast
Where every meal’s a banquet and every drink a toast
And every blink a postcard and each word poetry
Stay a little while longer with me me me

The boats roll in to signal the ending of the day
And the sky bleeds pink all over Roses Bay
Been sleeping in ‘til lunchtime, been staying up ‘til five
And drinking on the terrace until the bars come alive

Don’t remind me of the States, don’t apprise me of the news
Don’t tell me a thing that might make me blue
The only words that I would care to hear or read are
Stay a little while longer with me me me

And I could spend forever talking to that man
I tell him please speak slowly so I can understand
He says this town will love you if you make it your wife
And el amor es triste, but it beats real life

And the sky is a blanket with the stars pushing through
And I’d marvel at the beauty if I were not at you
I wonder is it you or the water whispering
Stay a little while longer with me me me

Stay a little while longer with me me me

Stay a little while longer with me me me

Walking Dead

Written By: Pete Holland

You blame mistrust, you blame mistakes, the bullets and disease
Now the die is thrown, the whole thing blown apart to smithereens
And all that remains are the arrows that you sling
And just because my nerves are shot don’t mean that it don’t sting
And when I’m at my worst, I wonder why and how
But when you’re living in the past, you’re dying in the now
And you come home to find an old pine box replaced your bed

‘Cause now were the walking dead
And there’s no stopping now, the sickness that I spread
‘Cause now we’re the walking dead

To save your life, each drop in my veins I’d give to you
And if it still pulsed and beat my heart to push ‘em through
But mine is hard and heavy and still by compare
And as useless as trying to stitch such a sloppy tear
Or casting any blame for all that has occurred
When the final fact remains, we lay interred
And my body’s pushed away to edge of the bed

‘Cause now we’re the walking dead
And there’s no swallowing the poisoned things you’ve said
‘Cause now we’re the walking dead

Well if my flesh and bones and blood and eyes don’t keep
I will keep my feet from scratching on the floor when you sleep
And I’ll spend all night tearing the dirt and the grass
And maybe we’ll say hello in the halls when we pass
I’ve found us a place I think might suit us well
Before our spirits leave for heaven or for hell
It’s a six foot hole that used to be our bed

‘Cause now we’re the walking dead
And there’s no stopping now, the sickness that I spread
‘Cause now we’re the walking dead

Remember Him

Written By: Pete Holland

I know I know you but my mind can’t fetch your name
You’re a woman now, but you hand feels the same
The same as it did when you were a kid just dragging me around
And I would lift you up and spin you round ‘til you’d scream to be put down
I was your candy store and jungle gym
You loved that man- remember him?

How he would lift you in his lap and let you steer
That old Buick dinosaur they sold last year
You’d climb high in the front yard trees, smile down and wave
And when you went out a little too far and needed to be saved
He’s the one who’d pick you off that limb
Your superman- remember him?

And I know it ain’t easy
But you come and your heart breaks every day
And I can see it’s killing you to see me
When you see how much time can take away

Your mom comes to shave my face and comb my hair
Your dad he lifts me, chair to bed, bed to chair
I face out at that window at the river rolling by
Just like it did years ago when I was still that guy
That you would beg to take you for a swim
He never said no- remember him?

And I know it ain’t easy
But you come even though your heart breaks
And I can see it’s killing you to see me
When see how much time just takes

If I could do it, I’d say don’t cry
If I could kiss you back, I would a million times
And if there was just one little favor I could ask
It’s that you take a memory of that man from your past
From long before his flame began to dim
And when you think of me, remember him

From long before his flame began to dim
And when you think of me, remember him

‘Cause I know I know you but my mind can’t fetch your name

Discography

Cafe Solo- 2007
Life is Precious, Life is Cheap- 2005