Desert Owl

by Holly Arrowsmith

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'Desert Owl' is the first single from Holly Arrowsmith's forthcoming album 'For The Weary Traveller'.
It is an unequivocal reflection of her New Mexican heritage.

This memorable track commences with an evocative minor to major acoustic riff, woozy pedal steel, jaunty drum beat and Holly's captivating, earthy voice- placid one moment, plaintive the next.

Full album out 31st July

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'Desert Owl'
Written by Holly Arrowsmith

I walk a lonely road
There’s a junction up ahead
I’ve got no job, no home
Nearly all my money’s spent

I came for a resolution
A certain answer clear
But it ain’t what I need
and I will not find it here

Painting circles in the empty sky
The vultures cry, 'You’re dead!'
Snakes whisper 'Rest a while'
'Lay down your weary head'

Then the red sun bursts on the mountain high
Spills like blood down the valley dry
Peace like a river extend to me and carry my feet on by
No brother before me or behind
My mind is worn and my body’s tired
Peace like a river extend to me and carry my feet on by

I am a desert owl an owl among the ruins
Looking on, with wisdom and with sorrow
In the words of a great man 'This world is dying and it’s hardly been born'
So I, Sing to serve the ones who search beyond the shadows
The shadows

The red sun bursts on the mountain high
Spills like blood down the valley dry
Peace like a river extend to me and carry my feet on by
No brother before me or behind
My mind is worn and my body’s tired
Peace like a river extend to me and carry my feet on by

Carry my feet on, carry my feet on by

Peace like a river won't you carry my feet on by
Peace like a river, carry my feet on by
Oh peace like a river carry my feet on by

credits

released July 10, 2015
Written by Holly Arrowsmith
Engineered by Steve Roberts
Produced by Steve Roberts & Holly Arrowsmith
Mastered by Steve Fallone, Sterling Sound New York

Acoustic guitar: Holly Arrowsmith
Vocals: Holly Arrowsmith & Luke Thompson
Slide guitar: Stu Graham
Electric guitar: Stu Graham
Bass: Stu Graham
Harmonica: Stu Graham
Drums: Marc Hamilton

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Holly Arrowsmith Auckland, New Zealand

Pure and unfettered but not lacking in power or force, New Zealand's Holly Arrowsmith takes on that of a libretto, as musings bare her soul to enlighten those of her listeners. Her earthy, timeless vocals serve as a catalyst for stories of crystalline prose, offering comfort in their unique and profound delivery. ... more

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