Love Holds On

by Rick Paul

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1.
Love Holds On words and music by Rebecca Hanneman and Rick Paul Love's tender when it's young and when we're lucky Lingers like a sweet kiss of desire Blazing as our passions consume us Rising from the ashes, love is fire Fear like a phantom tries to chase us And catch us when we're frail and all alone We start to lose our grasp on what's important Forget the thing that we have always known Love holds on Fear lets go Love is steady, love is strong Love holds on We sleep under the blanket of commitment We dream above the clouds of sweet romance Moving past the sting of old rejections We give our jaded hearts another chance Love holds on Fear lets go Love is steady, love is strong Love holds on Love holds on Fear lets go Love is steady, love is strong Love holds on Love holds on © 1997, 2009 Rebecca Hanneman/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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Take Advantage of Me words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul Wait a hot little minute Lady, what you thinkin' You don't know how I get When you get me started drinkin' I'm gonna want to steal A little kiss out on the dance floor I'm gonna want to sneak Your pretty body out the back door What's that You got a bottle full a whiskey in your trunk Hey now I think you're trying to get me drunk Take advantage of me, honey Let me be your one night stand I know a hotel with a hot tub We'll let things get out of hand I'll respect you in the mornin' And we can still be friends Take advantage of me, baby Then we'll go back to being husband and wife again I knew that when I saw you Across the room tonight In that sexy little red dress That I couldn't tell my wife That I'd fallen for another And it could not be contained It was love at first sight baby And de- de- deja vu again What's that You've got a husband Well, I've got a wife Hey now What they don't know won't hurt 'em All we need is tonight Take advantage of me, honey Let me be your one night stand I know a hotel with a hot tub We'll let things get out of hand I'll respect you in the mornin' And we can still be friends Take advantage of me, baby Then we'll go back to being husband and wife again I'll respect you in the mornin' We can go pick up the kids Take advantage of me baby Then we'll go back to being husband and wife again Oh, we'll go back to being husband and wife again Yeah, we'll go back to being husband and wife again © 2007, 2009 Michael J. Parker (BMI)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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A Rainy Day 03:28
A Rainy Day words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul There was a dress you never wore That didn’t fit you anymore In a box up in the attic gatherin’ dust And that little red Corvette With the old gray tarp on it You never drove but never let 'er rust There was a glass jar in your bedroom Full of money that you saved And a hundred other pick me ups you’d hidden away For a rainy day Letters that you never mailed Funny poems and fairy tales Locked for ages in a old hope chest Toys I wished for as a kid You’d bought for me and hid Forgot to give me when I’d done my best And then when I was grown up You would call and say Why don’t you bring the family out this way On a rainy day I wish it would rain I wish it would rain I wish it would rain I wish it would rain Sarah wears the dress And I gave Eric that Corvette When he finally turned sixteen last month And all their friends think it's so cool How I take them out of school Some days just for fun to catch up And, Mom, I miss you always But when the sky turns from blue to gray Tears start falling that I just can’t save For a rainy day I wish it would rain I wish it would rain I wish it would rain I wish it would rain I need a rainy day Just one more rainy day © 2003, 2009 Michael J. Parker (BMI)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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If I Could Turn the Hands of Time words and music by Rick Paul I'm sitting here alone In this candlelight He's right there by your side Holding you tight And I never loved you the way He's loving you now All we have are "could have beens" That faded somehow If I could turn the hands of time And freeze one fateful night I'd make it be the way it should In perfect hindsight If I could turn the hands of time I know just what I'd do I'd say the words you never heard The night that I lost you You once said, "I love you so" Through your butterflies I never replied at all Except with my eyes And in those silent moments We drifted apart For I didn't know a friend Could capture my heart If I could turn the hands of time And freeze one fateful night I'd make it be the way it should In perfect hindsight If I could turn the hands of time I know just what I'd do I'd say the words you never heard The night that I lost you If I could turn the hands of time I'd tell you I love you © 1996, 2001 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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You Get What You Get words and music by Rick Paul When I was a little boy, my mama said to me "You have to eat your vegetables if you want to be As strong as your daddy and get that piece of pie" So I gagged each bit of broccoli down until I thought I'd die My daddy said, "Boy, I feel for you, But someday when you're older you will see our point of view" "Oh, you get what you get I think you're gonna like it You get what you get You'll understand someday You get what you get I don't know why you fight it You get what you get You'll see it's better that way" Now I am a father and I've got a little girl She's cute as a button, and she brightens up my world When bedtime story rolls around, I'm thinking "Sam I Am" But she goes to her bookcase, and she pulls out Peter Pan I try to bargain for The Cat in the Hat But then she tells me, "Daddy, no, you can't have that" "Oh, you get what you get I think you're gonna like it You get what you get No Dr. Seuss today You get what you get I don't know why you fight it You get what you get You'll see it's better that way" Sometimes when I'm feeling down 'bout all my overtime Tryin' to pay a stack of bills too high for me to climb I think God must be looking down from somewhere up above Seeing how I've got my health and people that I love He's probably saying, "Son, I've given you Everything you really need, so why you look so blue?" "Oh, you get what you get I think you're gonna like it You get what you get You'll understand someday You get what you get I don't know why you fight it You get what you get You'll see it's better that way" © 1997, 2009 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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Elizabeth, Lately words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul Elizabeth, lately I've been staring at walls Stopping in halls And taking deep breaths Elizabeth, lately We sit watching TV With your hand on my knee Feeling less and less I look into your eyes and see the question That you look into my eyes afraid to ask And I wish that I could give an honest answer But I don't know if the fire's coming back Elizabeth, lately You go to sleep while it's still light Toss and turn all night And sleep in late Elizabeth, lately We hardly say a word at all Afraid this house of cards will fall And blow away You look into my eyes and see the question I look into your eyes afraid to ask And I know that you can't give an honest answer Cause you don't know if the fire's coming back Elizabeth, lately I want to reach out, hold you tight Say it's gonna be alright This storm will pass But I don't want to lie So I just look into your eyes Say I love you And you say it back © 2007, 2009 Michael J. Parker (BMI)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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After Us 02:54
After Us words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul You left me feeling hopeless Didn’t even see you cry I drove around for hours ’Til my Mustang found your drive You said don’t call or come by You said this time we’re through But “goodbye” wasn't good for me So I kept after you After us, after love After all I lost sight of After all, after you Nothing comes close No other love could ever be enough After us Saw you wipe away a teardrop As you finally let me in I’d already said I’m sorry Still I said it again There was pain and love in your eyes And it knocked me to the floor But I saw strength inside you Like I’d never seen before After us, after love After all I lost sight of After all, after you Nothing comes close No other love could ever be enough After us Could it be there’s hope We might take another chance Could it be neither one of us Can imagine life... After us, after love After all I lost sight of After all, after you Nothing comes close No other love could ever be enough After us © 2005, 2009 Michael J. Parker (BMI)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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Fixin' the Hole in the Wall words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul Little plaster Little paint Cup of coffee Aching brain He's hopin' the landlord don't call Fixin' the hole in the wall Cursin' his temper Nursin' his pride She's madder than hell And there's tears in her eyes He's guessin' he'd better start small Fixin' the hole in the wall He won't blame the liquor He can't blame his baby Just says he's been stressed out Angry and crazy He'd never hurt her But this time he came close He can't fix it with flowers Or little love notes Tried sayin' he's sorry He tried I love you's But she just looked scared Is this what they've come to She won't let him touch her at all So he's fixin' the hole in the wall He won't blame the liquor He can't blame his baby Just says he's been stressed out Angry and crazy He'd never hurt her But this time he came close He can't fix it with flowers Or little love notes Little plaster Little paint Cup of coffee Aching brain There's a number she wants him to call After fixin' the hole in the wall Yeah, there's a number he's sure gonna call After fixin' the hole in the wall © 2008, 2009 Michael J. Parker (BMI)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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When We Used to Hold Hands words and music by Rick Paul We were just two kids in the bleachers At a high school football game Neither of us knew the score That wasn't why we came Our eyes were never on the field But we were there each Saturday Snuggling against each other in the top row of the stands Back when we used to hold hands We were just two kids off at college A hundred miles apart Letters from you came each day On each you drew a heart But then one day I got a note That said you'd found someone new Memories were all it left us of those days up in the stands Back when we used to hold hands Now we watch the kids from the bleachers At a pee wee football game Friends are all we are today Still I'm so glad you came Though our eyes are often on the field We've got so much to talk about Spouses and those little ones that we can't live without But somehow I can't help thinking 'bout those days up in the stands Back when we used to hold hands No, I just can't help but thinking 'bout our days up in the stands Back when we used to hold hands Back when we used to hold hands © 1997, 2009 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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Portadown Rain words and music by Vic Michener and Rick Paul They call on your pride and you ask them inside And you're quick to hand over your green And when they shake your hand You feel you've taken a stand Though the Troubles you've never seen But I wish you'd been there in this morning's cold air And stood by our sides in the rain Looked into our faces And tasted the tears That we cried for what might have been It took only two to carry her through To the place where she'd stay from now on And I wish you had seen What they'd done with your green Dug a hole in this Portadown lawn And they bang the drums ever You puff your pipe Never knowing this dead March, this mock'ry of Spring You sit in your study With hands warm and bloody And my angel lies there who'd ne'er hurt a thing Just her memory remains in the Portadown Rain And if you'd walked home with me You'd have seen that old tree With the tree house we'll never complete And then might a sigh Have choked off those lies That echo with history's cheat Oh you don't wear a beret In the old IRA Never marched in an Orange parade But the money you send Turns to blood in the end And our tears in the Portadown rain And they bang the drums ever You puff your pipe Never knowing this dead March, this mock'ry of Spring And God help me for thinking The thoughts that I'm thinking But if I had my way you'd make the gallows rope sing And I'd watch as you sway in the Portadown Rain But they bang the drums ever You puff your pipe Never knowing this dead March, this mock'ry of Spring And you sit in your study With hands warm and bloody While my angel lies there who'd ne'er hurt a thing Just her memory remains in the Portadown Rain Oh, her memory remains in the Portadown Rain © 1998, 2009 John V. Michener (SOCAN)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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It Might Be Memphis words and music by Rick Paul You follow me like a puppy each time it's goodbye Then you ask me where I'm goin' And sometimes you cry The bus is here again It's right outside our door And you know that I can't stay here any more Well, it might be Memphis It might be New York London, Nice, or Rome Or anywhere a motel room is calling me back home Wherever there's an audience This troubadour will be Be it Singapore or Memphis, Tennessee So give me just one more kiss to last for awhile It shouldn't be sad like this Oh, let me see you smile This is the part of me that makes me who I am And if you love me, you will understand That it might be Memphis It might be New York London, Nice, or Rome Or anywhere a motel room is calling me back home Wherever there's an audience This troubadour will be Be it Singapore or Memphis, Tennessee You know I always will come back to you But I must have gypsy blood inside of me For no matter where I roam I never leave my home ‘Cause home is where my spirit can be free And it might be Memphis It might be New York London, Nice, or Rome Or anywhere a motel room is calling me back home Wherever there's an audience This troubadour will be Be it Singapore or Memphis, Tennessee © 1996, 2009 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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Fly 03:32
Fly words and music by Rick Paul It's been a long uphill climb And we've fallen down at times But here we stand, looking back on where we've been Each lesson learned along the way Made us who we are today And we'll never be the same again I fly On the wings you gave me Soar above all that's laid me low And I want you to know I sail toward the stars on your love If there's one thing I'm sure of With you beside me I reach for the sky And fly We've so very far to go Where it leads us who can know But I bet it'll be quite a ride Through the sunshine, through the rain Through the passion and the pain You will always be here by my side I fly On the wings you gave me Soar above all that's laid me low And I want you to know I sail toward the stars on your love If there's one thing I'm sure of With you beside me I reach for the sky And fly I was drifting before I found you You shone a light, showed the way You pulled me through I fly On the wings you gave me Soar above all that's laid me low And I want you to know I sail toward the stars on your love If there's one thing I'm sure of With you beside me I reach for the sky And fly © 2008, 2009 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved

about

"According to singer/songwriter Rick Paul’s MySpace profile, 'A song is a terrible thing to waste'; he lives by his word, generously offering twelve of them on his debut full-length CD 'Love Holds On'. With styles ranging from retro rock to Celtic folk, this Southern Californian artist has a unique whispering charm about his vocals that makes one take notice from the first warm note." - Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville

Rick Paul's full-length album debut, "Love Holds On", spans a 14-year period of the artist's songwriting career with a themed collection of songs about holding onto love in various forms. Of course, there are the inevitable unrequited love songs ("If I Could Turn the Hands of Time", "Elizabeth, Lately", "After Us"), but those live alongside a song about spicing up a long-term marriage-with-children ("Take Advantage of Me"), songs that touch on the stories of departed loved ones ("A Rainy Day", "Portadown Rain"), a song about long-term friendship ("When We Used to Hold Hands"), and even a song about the singer's love of bringing his music to an audience, wherever they may be ("It Might Be Memphis").

Catchy melodies will draw you into each song, but it is the depth of the lyrics that will touch your heart and keep you coming back to probe more deeply. Songs on the album include:

"Love Holds On" (Rebecca Hanneman, Rick Paul) - Dressed up in a bluegrass-influenced, Dan Fogelberg-influenced ballad, the album's title song also embodies its concept, which is that true love does not let go, but rather holds on and persists despite obstacles.

"Take Advantage of Me" (Michael J. Parker, Rick Paul) - If the title song is Philosophy 101, this up-tempo country rocker is Holding Onto Love 500 - Special Applications: Married With Children. It's a sexy romp through the game a married couple plays to keep the fire sizzling hot.

"A Rainy Day" (Michael J. Parker, Rick Paul) - Sometimes it takes the loss of a loved one to make us realize how important it is to live for today.

"If I Could Turn the Hands of Time" (Rick Paul) - This is the songwriter's own take on a melodic ballad that's been covered by multiple artists in the past, including Jennifer Lynn and Paul Johansen. The song shows how what we don't know can hurt us.

"You Get What You Get" (Rick Paul) - This is a fun, country-flavored shuffle about being contented with what we have, whether we want to or not.

"Elizabeth, Lately" (Michael J. Parker, Rick Paul) - Reminiscent of latter day Beatles or early Paul Simon, this ballad tells the unspoken story of a couple falling out of love.

"After Us" (Michael J. Parker, Rick Paul) - Sometimes there's a fine line between holding onto love and stalking. This modern pop ballad straddles that line.

"Fixin' the Hole in the Wall" (Michael J. Parker, Rick Paul) - This Dixieland-flavored story-between-the-lines takes a darkly humorous look at a how addressing a big problem sometimes needs to start with fixing a smaller one.

"When We Used to Hold Hands" (Rick Paul) - A twist on the usual "friends become lovers" tale, this ballad tells the story of a teenage romance that blossoms into long-term friendship.

"Portadown Rain" (Vic Michener, Rick Paul) - This hardhitting Celtic folk song depicts a grieving father addressing the faceless donor who funds the violence that claimed the child whose memory will always remain in the father's heart.

"It Might Be Memphis" (Rick Paul) - Whether it's Memphis, New York, London, Nice, Rome, or even Singapore, the singer of this retro rocker will always feel at home as long as there's an audience to enjoy his songs.

"Fly" (Rick Paul) - The album's closer is a power ballad that looks and mutual accomplishment and inspiration and could be equally at home being sung at a wedding anniversary party or graduation cermemony or coming from the lips of the latest American Idol winner in the final show of the season.

credits

released July 3, 2009

1. Love Holds On (3:04)
words and music by Rebecca Hanneman and Rick Paul
© 1997, 2009 Rebecca Hanneman (BMI) and Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

2. Take Advantage of Me (2:58)
words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul
© 2007, 2009 Michael J. Parker (BMI) and Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

3. A Rainy Day (3:28)
words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul
© 2003, 2009 Michael J. Parker (BMI) and Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

4. If I Could Turn the Hands of Time (3:47)
words and music by Rick Paul
© 1996, 2001 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

5. You Get What You Get (3:01)
words and music by Rick Paul
© 1997, 2009 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

6. Elizabeth, Lately (2:45)
words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul
© 2007, 2009 Michael J. Parker (BMI) and Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

7. After Us (2:54)
words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul
© 2005, 2009 Michael J. Parker (BMI) and Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

8. Fixin' the Hole in the Wall (2:52)
words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul
© 2008, 2009 Michael J. Parker (BMI) and Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

9. When We Used to Hold Hands (2:35)
words and music by Rick Paul
© 1997, 2009 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

10. Portadown Rain (4:50)
words and music by Vic Michener and Rick Paul
© 1998, 2009 John V. Michener (SOCAN) and Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

11. It Might Be Memphis (3:40)
words and music by Rick Paul
© 1996, 2009 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

12. Fly (3:33)
words and music by Rick Paul
© 2008, 2009 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

Performed, produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Rick Paul.
Cover artwork and photography by Rick Paul.

(P) 2009 Richard W. Paul
All rights reserved by the respective copyright owners. Used by permission.

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Rick Paul Laguna Hills, California

Rick Paul's songs combine memorable pop/rock and country melodies with mature, often thought provoking, lyrics on life and love. His singing has drawn comparisons to Dan Hill, Randy Newman, and Neil Young, while his piano playing is most frequently compared to Rick’s biggest musical influence, Elton John. Rick performs frequently in Orange County, California. ... more

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