Dirty Hands

by Johnny Hollow

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Johnny Hollow is Gothic chamber music for the 21st century. Like a siren’s call, their unique blend of dark electronic and orchestral sounds have attracted fans since 2003. The music has received critical acclaim from such diverse publications as Rue Morgue (Canada), Fiend (Australia), Funprox (Netherlands) and Livid Looking Glass (US). Tracks from Dirty Hands have been featured in short films and syndicated television shows.

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released January 1, 2007

Written and performed by Janine White, Vincent Marcone and Kitty Thompson. Produced by Daryn Barry and Johnny Hollow. Orange Record Label

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Track Name: Stranger
Soft like a rose, cloaked in daggers
Your grin a guise for all the anger
I'm sorry you thought that you needed to hide
The dirt from inside me
You know I'm filthy

Shut up, and listen
Why don't you give up this mission
Shut up, and look at me
I'm just a stranger who let you think you knew me

You crept up on me like a cat on a mouse
Light on the feet, and loose in the mouth
You waited until you saw me go still
The moment to break me
I'll say it simply

Shut up, and listen
Why don't you give up this mission
Shut up, and look at me
I'm just a stranger who let you think you knew me

Words on the tip of my tongue
Taking aim, cocked back, just for fun
I am not your prodigal son
No, I am not your prodigal son

Just listen
Why don't you give up this mission
Shut up, and look at me
I'm just a stranger who let you think
I'm just a stranger who let you think
I'm just a stranger who let you think you knew me
Track Name: Die 4 Love
I feel lost, do you ever get that feeling?
It's perpetual for me, It's perpetual for me
I die for love each time I feel your breath breathing
I try to hold my own, I try to hold my own breath
When you sleep beside me I count the tiles on the ceiling
One hundred twenty-two, one hundred twenty-three
When you sleep beside me I feel your falling heart crashing
And I try to pick up the debris, I try to pick up the debris
So here we are, do you ever get that feeling?
We're just not meant to be, we're just not meant to be

Set me as a seal on your arm and on your heart
They say that love is strong as death, and death will do us part

Set me as a seal on your heart and on your arm
They say that jealousy is deep as the grave
And that is what it ends on

I hold my breath each time you breathe
I hold my breath each time you breathe
Each time you breath I die for love

Set me as a seal on your arm and on your heart
They say no water, wind, or flame could tear us apart

Jealousy flashes fast as fire, love's cruel burning fire
They say no water could put out such a flame
No floods could drown it

I hold my breath each time you breathe
I hold my breath each time you breathe
Each time you breath I die for love

Passion is relentless as the underworld and love a burning coal
I hold my breath, devotion seizes me
And jealousy ripples like a river underneath me

I hold my breath each time you breathe
I hold my breath each time you breathe
Each time you breathe I die for love
I hold my breath each time you breathe...
Track Name: This Hollow World
Woke up this morning, radio moaning
Thoughts run in circles and set the day
I'm all burnt up, no resurrection
Lying here, slinging ashes at the sun
I can't find what I once knew
I can't find what I once knew

I'm worried my wires are crossed again
So worried I've lost my connection
Desperate need for more distraction
Won't you take me back to oblivion?

This hollow world is holding on to me
My soul, my mind is held magnetically
Electric friction washes over me
It feels so creepy, it feels so creepy

I'm worried I can't find what's real
Can't find any other way to feel
Blackbirds sing sad harmonies
Lost to the humming wires that feed
Useless agendas to a useless breed
All-you-can-eat in a world of need
A discount price for all your good deeds
Tell me, isn't that all you need?

I can't find what I once knew
I can't find what I once knew

This hollow world is holding on to me
My soul, my mind is held magnetically
Electric friction washes over me
It feels so creepy, it feels so creepy

Woke up this evening, television screaming
Static burns through my world of dreaming
Soothed by the light I drop my fist
And turn my cheek for a cathode ray kiss

I can't find what I once knew
I can't find what I once knew

This hollow world is holding on to me
My soul, my mind is held magnetically
Electric friction washes over me
It feels so creepy, it feels so creepy

This hollow world...
Track Name: Worse Things
Once, when I was alone, I called you, and you weren't home
My heart fell, like a stone to the ground, to the ground, to the ground
To the ground, to the ground, to the ground

Why, when morn had dawned on me, and anger grew, like ecstasy
And Leda threw the swan on me, and I fell, to the ground, to the ground
To the ground, to the ground, to the ground

Don't say “I want you”, don't stay this way
Believe me, I wasn't trying to
Play the game, where someone's to blame
I'll stay the same 'til you change your mind
And you'll change your mind

I could have broken you, I should have spoken for
you should have seen it was turning me on
Don't you know it's true?
There are worse things, perverse things
You should answer when the phone rings!
There are worse things I could do

Once, when I was all alone, I could not find the telephone
So, instead, I burned your pretty home
To the ground, to the ground to the ground

Oh, don't say “I want you”, don't stay this way
Believe me, I wasn't trying to
Play the game, where someone's to blame
I'll stay the same 'til you change your mind
And you'll change your mind
Track Name: Superhero
Do you want to save your soul?
Take back all the things that you know?
We won't resurrect the crusade now
'cause it looks like we've been betrayed

Will someone come save us from this storyline of mass destruction
Will they stay when they see what we have done just to be “free”

Waiting, we're waiting for a superhero intervention
We're waiting for a superhero intervention
I'm waiting for a superhero

The boys in charge celebrate
Their cunning game of switch and bait
Looking down at the world they created
Land of the lost and sedated

Waiting, we're waiting for a superhero intervention
We're waiting for a superhero

Will someone save us from this storyline?
I'm just standing here waiting for a sign
Track Name: Boogeyman
You touched me with poisoned fingertips
You kissed me and sucked away my breath
You fucked me and left me for dead
You've given me one hundred thousand deaths

I'm bigger now, I'm stronger now
My fingers curl, they're talons now

It feels good to be big, bigger than you
I've really enjoyed my new point of view
I've tied you up, I'm gonna love you
In every, in every hole through and through

I'm bigger now, I'm stronger now
My fingers curl, they're talons now
My weeping eyes are burning now
My cloven feet are dancing now

And now I'm dancing for the doomed and the damned
And I'm advancing unassumed with dirty hands
And now I'm prancing for the man, isn't it grand?
I've become my very own boogeyman

I must confess I've loved this from the very start
Please take a bow, you know, I am your work of art

I'm bigger now, I'm stronger now
My fingers curl, they're talons now
My weeping eyes are burning now
My cloven feet are dancing now
Track Name: Human Lullaby
And when I close my eyes, this blackened canvas falls
And darkness starts to shine, and dreams begin to call
And when I watch them float, I hold my sleeping breath
For secret hidden truths that live beyond my death

Loneliness is sweet
This paradox, this sleep
A suicide lullaby
One more reason why
Yesterday just burned away

And when I place this ear against the pebbled ground
I can feel the world breathe, exhaling earthly sounds
They hover very deep, the mechanism turns
The clockwork creaks slowly as the molten lava churns

Loneliness is sweet
This paradox, this sleep
A suicide lullaby
One more reason why
Yesterday just burned away
Track Name: Alibi
She hangs in the shadow of my dreams and whispers
“You're colourless, almost invisible, like a pale, sad shadow”
And I'm chagrined to realize I believe her
I wish that I could find a way to deceive her

She reproaches and condemns me for the things that have eluded me
And the things I've let delude me. And she sneers, and she spits until I have to admit:
I didn't even try

But baby, you don't talk to me that way
Please don't listen to a word she makes me say
When she starts her dirty foreplay it's a dangerous maneuver 'cause you know
She's a liar, and you're my alibi

When you come to me and strap me down
And your eyes are profound with desire...sets my skin on fire
You grab hold of me and your heat explodes in me 'til I'm crying
“No, no! She's a liar!”

'Cause baby, you don't talk to me that way
Please don't listen to a word she makes me say
When she starts her dirty foreplay it's a dangerous maneuver 'cause you know
She's a liar, and you're my alibi

Then your fingers and your tongue wrap around me
And colours surround me, and blaze right through me
“You can't be what you want to be, you'll never be free!”
She screams at me
She's a liar. And you're my alibi

'Cause baby, you don't talk to me that way
Please don't listen to a word she makes me say
When she starts her dirty foreplay it's a dangerous maneuver 'cause you know
She's a liar, and you're my alibi
Track Name: Stone Throwers
Some say it's a combat zone, trying to protect all the things that we own
From the dark unknown
Some say we can't complain, this favoured side of the earth our domain
While the other side shudders in pain

Some say we're all the same
Stone throwers living inside a glass cage

Some say that those who reign, with all their power should take all the blame
And our powerless disdain
It's so easy

Some say we're all the same
Stone throwers living inside a glass cage

To say we're all the same, each staggered birth born with the same love
Each weary breath worthy of the same love...

Some say we're all the same
Stone throwers living inside a glass cage
Track Name: Aegis
Each noise has a story to tell
Each sound has a whisper
Close your eyes and listen

Standing in the pouring rain, dressed in metal
Chilled and deafened, dressed in metal
Dressed in rain

No one can hurt me now...