Green Guava

by Holly Holden y Su Banda

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1.
Green Guava 03:06
Si yo soy mala mujer what does that make you? Show me the way into your world don’t fake, I know you're aching too mamacita nadie besa como tú déjame llegar por fin disfrutar de tu sabor guayaba verde, cafecito me cansé de esperar entregame tu dulce amor mi cosita me tortura tu calor you are mi guayaba verde dulzura inminente desde noviembre te busco in the shadows, in the street late in the night you turn yellow, te camelo ya te tengo por debajo de mi piel there’s no way that I can fight it no me digas know I need to make it right si yo fuera menos cobarde tú menos tarde en llegar then I would love you like I long to but there’s no way, it’s too great a leap I cant reach you where you are yo te pierdo que no entiendo como amarte you are mi guayaba verde dulzura inminente mi guayaba, green guava mi guayaba, green guava mi guayaba, green guava mi guayaba
2.
Hello Platonia Friday on Frith Street Tunnels of concrete Drag queens and deadbeats get down The band starts late I wait outside Footsteps, fast pace, long stride Corona over priced Big town And we do nonchalance Pile of possessions well-hidden Synchronising by chance Our particular rhythms Side-step religion I’ve got a vision of the way things could go that I try to suppress Eyes like a prism refract the light of the street lamp I feel my heart beat through my dress Holes in the soles of my boots let in late summer rain Your black rubber bottoms are new You dance on the cobbles you’re drawing me in Hello Platonia Hinterhof balcony where Vitamin vapours don’t reach us You sign to the neighbours it’s three, three, three in the morn Take it back to the roots, early Wailers and Toots I don’t know what to do with my hands Who am I? Who are you? What’s a bad girl to do with a hat-wearing man? Purpley haze I’m avoiding your gaze Having caught it a mere two days before I wore my new jacket Half mile from where I was born Hello Platonia Unfamiliar room Our red-velvet cocoon keeps out the light and the lives of the others It’s too late, too soon I sleep over the covers No I’m not high, No I don’t like the thought of your skin against mine No I’m not lovely, I’m trouble I do what I want and I take what I like Fever All through the night Let me hold you at least Put my face in the cease of the skin ‘tween his jaw and his shoulder Elegant beast settles down to her feast I guess I‘ll be good when I’m older Fuck it here goes God only knows when I’ll eventually stop it I say ‘I’m horrible’ You say ‘girl, it’s not our fault that we fit’ Hello Platonia Someday ambrosia I would recall twelve hours later Replay, reduce And put down on paper… Hello Platonia
3.
To Lose 03:21
To Lose Warn the town the beast is loose Amsterdam, Berlin, Toulouse She’s out to bewlider and abuse anyone that’s in her way Warn the town the beast is loose Amsterdam, Berlin, to lose Is to try when you know you can’t refuse her wicked way And she says hey (why dont you come out and play) Come out and play Hey (don’t you know that it’s OK) It’s OK Warn the town the beast is loose Looking for a little fun, a litle rum and juice She’ll have you dancing on the roof until the night is day Some may say you have to choose But nothing hurts more than the truth And love is larger than two hearts There’s no-one to blame It’s always the same So hey (baby won’t you stay with me) Why don’t you stay? Hey (don’t you know that it’s OK) It’s OK There aint no better way There aint no better way There aint no better way to lose Warn the town the beast is loose Amsterdam, Berlin, to lose Is to try when you know you can’t refuse her wicked way Warn the town the beast is loose Amsterdam, Berlin, tu luz Se apaga like I knew it would Cuando la lluvia came But hey There aint no better way There aint no better way There aint no better way to lose
4.
Tú llorarás por mi Nunca me digas que no te avisé Tú llorarás por mi I put it clearer than the light of the day I hear the words though you don’t say nothing I I can read them in your face I fear the worst I get blurry honey I been getting high off your embrace Echate pa ca escucha bien lo que te voy a decirte yo te diré una solita vez y es que Not all that glitters is gold and I know you’ve been told by your daddy that The devil wears a dress Tú llorarás por mi Nunca me digas que no te avisé Tú llorarás por mi I put it clearer than the light of the day Tú llorarás por mi Nunca me digas que no te avisé Tú llorarás por mi I put it clearer than the light of the day I tell you no but I keep on coming through There ain’t no question that you ought to Turn and run but summer skies get hazy blue They say there’s something in the water ¿Dónde está el epicentro de el terremoto que tienes en tu corazón? You best help yourself quick or you’ll stick and you’ll cry even longer the day I get gone Oh, it gets cold Closed curtains and red wine Oh, I’m not yours to hold You’re wasting your time, don’t Don’t it get old? What are you deaf and blind? You know, you’ve been told But there’s no reason or rhyme with you Tú llorarás por mi Nunca me digas que no te avisé Tú llorarás por mi I put it clearer than the light of the day Tú llorarás por mi Nunca me digas que no te avisé Tú llorarás por mi I put it clearer than the light of the day Oh, it gets cold Closed curtains and red wine Oh, I’m not yours to hold You’re wasting your time, don’t Don’t it get old? What are you deaf and blind? You know, you’ve been told But there’s no reason or rhyme with you
5.
H.I.M. 03:49
H.I.M. He said: I wanna paint you, recreate you Fix you in colour and line Freeze you in time Early November and the weather’s benign Face in the mirror I see grey in the green eyes Won’t you write one for me? I said be careful what you wish for He thinks he’s taking the lead But I’ve been here before M E N I keep him safe I keep him hidden Half a habit I have from when our love was forbidden I said: I’ll help you if you need to forget me Realised I loved him in the backseat of a taxi Pankow bis Frankfurter Tor We told the driver we were married I woke up alone on the floor Knowing all that I needed was H I M Last week I met a long lost lover and I told him he belittled me He looked up from the table, into my eyes and said: You shouldn’t take me seriously I said: I don’t now, but you know how I did then No matter how cold you make yourself out to be Don't you ever, never pretend you don't remember Victoria Gloria There’s been a collision of head and of heart My own indecision has torn me apart And now I just feel so hollow Today I exist but I’ll be living tomorrow What have I done? If I make it through this winter I’ll run away to the sun They say the grass is always green Green is good And so is he Green is good And so is he I want to paint you Recreate you Fix you in colour and line Freeze you in time
6.
José Martí 03:15
Jose Martí Drunk on loving and wine Say it every time that we’re waiting in line at Jose Martí ‘oh cruel world, why wont you let this man just take my hand and fly away with me?’ I would stay if I could With my king of the hood We had it so good in the summertime love Then winter came And once again I’m leaving him behind me at the borderline But my heart se queda contigo That way I know we will go on and on and on, and on and on and on Just like the songs we sing And primavera llegará Tu verás mi amor, mi luz, mi sol we’ll fool them all my darling Tu verás Tu verás That I will never forget you, I’d be lost if I let you, lost if I let you go Muchos anos después recordaría la mía Aquella estrella fugaz de aquella noche, la que la partió en dos Que la dejó desorientada, que la llenó de mil baladas que aun saldrán Muchos anos después se daría cuenta Que la vida es larga y lenta Y que falta el sol a veces sí, pero ni el gris, ni la lluvia pueden ser eternos Que luz, calor y besos siempre volverán Aunque sean muchos muchísimos anos después Tu verás Tu verás That I will never forget you, I’d be lost if I let you, lost if I let you go And if you wait Darling you'll see Though we're apart, you've got my heart Tú y yo, you and me, por siempre José Martí
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Canción Imparable El odio el odio no puede ganar mientras la gente cante así así, ahí ahí Ni el malo ni el bruto lo puede negar la vibra le va a llegar ahí ahí, así así El odio el odio no va a vencer al bueno si baile usted así así, ahí ahí Canta, canta, canta quiero oírte cantar háblame de tus penas y veras que vuelas Baila, baila, baila quiero verte bailar echa todo pa’ fuera y veras que vuelas
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Don't Jump 03:01
Don't Jump Look at me surrounded by my literature Seeking out a phrase for him to contemplate a little Who are we to let ourselves indulte in this? This sweet melodic haze, Who are you to say we shouldn’t Let the music flow, oh oh Let the music flow, oh oh Look at me ecstatic at the sight of you Trying to hold it in and crawling in my skin from all the Will it takes to wait until the morning dew Can shroud us to combine ten seconds of our time so we can Let the music flow, oh oh Let the music flow, oh oh The sea was blue and the wind was warm You said ‘don’t jump or you’ll get stung’ But I was on the bottom rung With my feet in the water Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh With my feet in the water Ooh ooh ooh oh Look at me the solitary temptress Keeling myself cold I never held a hope but it’s a pity to forever give a little less of me than what I could it always sounds so good when we can Let the music flow, oh oh Let the music flow, oh oh The sea was blue and the wind was warm You said ‘don’t jump or you’ll get stung’ But I was on the bottom rung With my feet in the water Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh With my feet in the water Ooh ooh ooh oh
9.
Never Or Now 04:14
Never or Now I wait for a sign A knock or a number A way in the night Take me to wonderland I’ve been there before and I want more It’s you, it’s you, it’s you it’s you again Come in out of the blue Into this crazy thing Oooh It’s never or now We embrace this Our passionate present Sunrise we set sail To walk in your wake is so painfully pleasant I’m a fool I admit I admit I’m a fool for you What are we, what is this? What are you, what am I to do? Doooo, with you It’s early I’ll go now I know how it works I’m well versed in this shit I rehearsed for you Darling Now come on let’s prove it was worth it Be still my heart you’ll give us both away You’ve gotta learn There’s things it just ain't safe to say Like I don't ever want to let you go oh oh oh oh oh If I don’t get your love, if I can’t have your love I’ll die And it isn’t enough, and it’s never enough, it’s enough now to make me cry I guess it's all in the script so let's jam on this riff cause I feel it I guess it's all in the script so let's jam on this riff cause I feel it
10.
Santiago 03:35
Seventeen Four Five The driver closed the door Unsure of what I’ve behind I look up, I look out, I look forward All of the people walking they don't know what towards They say five days there’s been no sun On all the walls, odes to revolution Oh the rain I’m on my way Today’s the day before the day that changes everything Oh what a load to carry with such little sleep The heat All of the clouds disperse All of the hills are steep Sweet imported coffee Black for lack of appetite It might've been the change in climate but maybe it was more than that Oh again My gut aches Digame señora como llego a la Plaza de Martes He gave me twenty minutes I am fashionably late He ate and claimed the loma Met a stranger who believed believed in fate Eight stories high, two shots of rum, one drunk, one cigarette The orbit of planeta x makes it harder to detect Oh refrain We meet again You’re different now no doubt but faces change while souls will stay the same Any fool can see that you’re still mi Santiago Hierbabuena, manzanilla, cinco CUC, maní Sunglasses, sonrisa, bahía I forget who I’m supposed to be I laugh ’til I cry We buy another beer From the tined on the corner where he stopped and sang Van Van in her left ear Oh the pain Sunshine after the rain Yo me sentí tan perdida Será que me encontré? Será?
11.
I Can't See 03:35
I Can’t See Found peace between the sheets we shared a brief release a love affair like all the rest it seemed to me I like you best but I can’t see see further than the body that I lie beneath see see over these four walls it’s getting hard to breathe Persimmon skin deceives you try to wait resist your hungry eyes impatient tear the flesh apart and then the bitter breaks your Heart keep beating ain’t you heard it’s better to have loved it’s art you’re feeding so go on and share a little blood I was always chewing my bit ’til you took it out Feels so good being rid of it all of the metal in my mouth Now I am free I see Found peace between the sheets we shared a brief release a love affair impatient tear the flesh apart and then the bitter breaks your Heart keep beating ain’t you heard it’s better to have loved it’s art you’re feeding so go on and share a little blood
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Palomita 01:32

about

‘Green Guava’ is the soundtrack to a decade of musical and amorous exploration: twelve love songs inspired by people and places that Holly went searching for herself in. It’s a celebration of life in all its colour - from the danceable, dizzy heights of tropical euphoria in tracks like ‘Hello Platonia’, with its infectious, driving clave, and joyful, cumbia ‘Canción Imparable’ - to the sad, slow bottom of the blues in jazz-infused ‘Never or Now’ and RnB track ‘H.I.M.’. This album is a trip, a piece of tropical escapism from the grey London where it has its roots, and, while each song has it’s own musical identity, together they tell a coherent and intriguing story of self-discovery.

The production of physical copies of 'Green Guava' was funded by Holly's fans through a successful Kickstarter campaign in early 2020

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released August 7, 2020

Holly Holden -
Lead vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar (Santiago and HIM), cuatro (Green Guava), BVs.

Frank Clarke -
Electric guitar, bass guitar (Santiago, HIM and Green Guava), acoustic guitar (Santiago and Green Guava), cuatro (José Martí), BVs.

David Beauchamp -
Drums, percussion and BVs.

Satin Singh -
Bongos and güira (Tú Llorarás), congas, tambora, alegre and güira (Canción Imparable)

All songs written by Holly Perman Turnbull

Produced and arranged by Holly Perman Turnbull, Frank Clarke and David Beauchamp

Recorded between 2017 and 2019 by Dan Lucas at Anchorbaby Studios, Simon Trought at Soup Studios and Laurie Sherman at The Booze Cube.

All songs mixed by Matias Duarte at Strongroom Studios, London, except Green Guava, José Martí, Santiago and Never or Now, mixed by Toby Mills at Patchwork Studios.

All songs mastered by Luis Bonilla at Old Street Studios, London.

Cover photos - Andrés Gomez

Lettering - Rojizo Buendía

℗ + © 2019 Holly Holden Music

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Holly Holden is a singer, songwriter and bassist from London with a tropical soul. A long-term love affair with Latin America and many years spent music-making in the region have shaped her unique sunny, Spanglish soul-pop sound.

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