Yannina EP

by Jake Houlsby

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    Track listing:
    1. Yannina
    2. All The Seas
    3. Fuel For The Fire
    4. Spring
    5. Beyond All This
    6. New Morning

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03:40
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released June 8, 2015

All songs written and performed by Jake Houlsby.
Drums by Greenie (tracks 2&3) and Marc Pell (track 6)
Produced by David Burn (tracks 1-3), Mick Ross (tracks 4&5) and Tom Wegg-Prosser & Marc Pell (track 6)
Artwork by Amy Dover
Design by Jake Houlsby.

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Jake Houlsby Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Having racked up over a million plays on Spotify since releasing his debut EP ‘Yannina’ in 2015, Jake Houlsby is a Newcastle singer-songwriter described by BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne as “sublime.”

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Track Name: Yannina
It’s taken all of this time to see that my childhood’s part of me
And telling tales in the hope of pleasing is not where i should be

I’m heading home to Yannina

I wouldn’t want to be made for life if it meant I had to change
I couldn’t smile with a fist clenched tight so I’ll go back where I came

I’m heading home to Yannina

Do I tread the wrong track?
Will I one day look back?
Well the sun shines either way

So save that mansion on the hill for the stone cold businessman
All I want is to live my life and be who I really am

I’m heading home to Yannina
I’ll soon be home, Yannina
Track Name: All The Seas
I’d rather stare into an eye than into a sea or into a sky, my my
I’d rather be skimming some stone than striking some string or seizing some throne, my my

All the seas, all the seas have been sailed

I’d rather chop wood for a fire than wood for a boat or wood to inspire, my my
I’d rather have a garden of flowers than a garden of gold or a garden of towers, my my

All the seas, all the seas have been sailed
And all the trains, all the trains have derailed
So pay no mind to the pleas from the sirens to leap
All the seas, all the seas have been sailed

I was wrong to leave the shore
I will stay true and burn my oar
Track Name: Fuel For The Fire
I’ve been dreaming of statues but waking to sculpt only sand
And the tide it is turning much faster than I ever planned
Everything that I see now just leaves me so empty and cold
And I long for the feeling I foolishly shut down and sold

But I won’t be slowed by dust on the tyre
Won’t be fooled by blood covered wire
And every stumble’s just more fuel for the fire

I’ve been trusting in strangers to guide me to where I should be
When they spoke from a heart far too spotless and shallow for me
All the comfort that came with my age has been taken away
And it feel likes I’m falling further behind every day

But I won’t be slowed by dust on the tyre
Won’t be fooled by blood covered wire
And every stumble’s just more fuel for the fire
Track Name: Beyond All This
I’d been drifting far too long
Just going where the sea decided to take me
My mind was worn and I was torn
Glimpses of golden crowns did nothing but pull me down

Oh but you, you were the wind that carried me back to the shore
Where I could see that love is worth suffering for
And take the risk of dropping it all just to know
What lies beyond all this

I’d been drifting far too long
Distracted by the clouds that looked down on me proud
My eyes were red, my youth was dead
And I started to become the kind of man I’d keep away from

But you, you were the wind that carried me back to the shore
Where I could see that love is worth suffering for
And take the risk of dropping it all just to know
What lies beyond all this
Track Name: New Morning
Look out of your window as the sun starts to rise
And if there is a worry weighing down on your mind
Let it lie in the new morning
There is no time to dwell or hide

Take in what has been before and what is left to say
And if there is an echo lingering on from yesterday
Let it fade in the new morning
The road is clear for you to go your way

Here’s a chance to break this tired routine
A chance to move across
Don’t just dream and never turn the wheel
Take back what you’ve lost
Face all of your demons as the fields start to glow
And if there is a yearning for a place that you don’t know
Let it soar in the new morning
Forget your fears and faults as you go

Here’s a chance to break this tired routine
A chance to move across
Don’t just dream and never turn the wheel
Take back what you’ve lost

Look out of your window as the sun starts to rise
And if there is a worry weighing down on your mind
Let it lie in the new morning
Track Name: Circus Child (Bonus Track)
Should I hold my tongue?
Should I keep you guessing?
Cause after all it’s done
I have learnt my lesson

But there’s something different about this time
Something clearer about my mind
And now I’m leaning towards your dreaming
As all my dreaming runs wild, circus child

It’s been a long, long time
Since I left my window
But what was there to find
But stacks of broken arrows?

Now I’m burning the clothes I wore
Now I’m shedding the sights I saw
And I hope no spaces can hide your aces
Cause all my aces are played, circus babe

And so I say to you:
Let’s not force a meaning
Forget the lines we drew
Forget your teenage demons

We have nothing to state or prove
We have nothing to fear or lose
And I’ll be trying to catch you hiding
Now all my hiding is seen, circus queen