A Collection of Creatures

by Johnny Hollow

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A Collection of Creatures is Johnny Hollow's third full-length album.
It was funded entirely by a crowd-sourcing campaign fuelled by the mantra:

No Middle Men, Just Fans!

Johnny Hollow would like to thank all of the incredible patrons who made this album possible, and continue to inspire the band with their enthusiastic support. This is your album!

To create this album, the band went back to their DIY roots; it was recorded almost entirely in-house and self-produced, with a whole lot of blood, sweat, & tears and little help from some very talented friends.

Johnny Hollow is: Janine White, Kitty Thompson, Vincent Marcone, & Steve Hiehn.

Album Art & Design by Vincent Marcone.

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released 21 January 2014

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Track Name: A Little Bit Closer
LYRICS:

Come, come a little bit closer
So I can see what you have done
I said come, come a little bit closer
Let me get a look at you

Don’t you know you want it too?

I said do, do I make you uneasy?
I bet you’d like to take a step back
I said do, do I make you uneasy?
I’ll follow even if you look back

Don’t you know you want it too?
Don’t you know you want it too?
Come a little bit closer…
Come a little bit closer….

~
Track Name: The Body Lies
LYRICS:

Your eyes can touch me
Your scent can embrace me
Your voice can graze my skin
And that’s what I’ll miss most of all

I want to believe it ~
and trust what the body can know
But the body lies

Your eyes evade me
Your silence betrays me
The lies your body told were so unkind

And I couldn’t face it ~
I was a cliche, and behold
You couldn’t save my soul

I couldn’t face it
I couldn’t face what I know

The body lies
My body lied
Your body lied
The body lies
~
Track Name: Devil's Night
LYRICS:

It’s 3 am and there’s a devil in my backyard
He gotta head full of lightning and a mouth full of thunder
It’s 3 am and the devil’s calling out my name
He gotta hot fingerprint pressed against the melting window pane

Let me in!
Go away, devilman
Stay away, devilman

Please, let me in!
Go away, devilman
Stay away, devilman

It’s 3 am and there’s an angel knocking at my door
And he goes by the dandy name “Gabriel”
He gotta big shiny grin wrapped in lips full of death
He wanna tongue and suck away my very last fucking breath

Just let me in!
Go away, devilman
Stay away, devilman

Please, let me in!
Go away, devilman
Stay away, devilman
Let me in!

Well I called my buddy Billy Blake, and he told me just what to do
To be your own man, he said, you gotta be a monster too
Don’t chase them away, god knows it don’t work
Invite them all in for a nefarious circle jerk

Please! Let us in!
Go away, devilman
Stay away, devilman

Let us in!
Don’t you know you want it too?

~
Track Name: I Am the Island
I am the island you need
My shores are here for you to sleep
My trees are here to cover you
To protect you from rain and sleet
I can make all kinds of things
For you to take, without the strings
I am the island you need

But there’s a tremor in me
It’s just underneath
It’s just underneath.
I feel a tremor in me
I want a release
I want a release

A collection of creatures
Beautiful, monstrous features
All of them here in servitude
With gratitude, you can be sure
I have placed all of them here
For you to love, no need to fear
I am the island you need

But there’s a tremor in me
It’s just underneath
It’s just underneath.
I feel a tremor in me
I want a release
I want a release

~
Track Name: Firefly
LYRICS:

I could start a fire
Inside this belly, burning bright
All my veins light up like wires
Lambent skin cuts through the night
While the stars dim behind me

A luminescent choir
Holds court inside my lungs
Your love ~ my burning pyre
Your lust ~ my mother tongue

Now I’m burning brighter
And something in the darkness starts to shine…

Burning brighter, burning bright
Like a fire in the night
Burning brighter, burning bright
Finding friends inside the light

Something has surrendered
Something’s been set free
I could start a fire
Dancing, flaming, burning wild
With phosphorous desires

Now I’m burning brighter
And something in the darkness starts to shine…

Burning brighter, burning bright
Like a fire in the night
Burning brighter, burning bright
Finding friends inside the light

~
Track Name: Temple of Love
With the fire from the fireworks up above me
With a gun for a lover and a shot for the pain at hand
You run for cover in the temple of love, you run for another, it’s all the same
For the wind will blow my name across this land

In the temple of love you hide together
Believing pain and fear outside
But someone near you rides the weather
And the tears he cried will rain on walls as wide as lover’s eyes

In the temple of love
Shine like thunder
I the temple of love
Cry like rain
In the temple of love
Hear my calling
In the temple of love
Hear my name

And the devil in the black dress watches over
My guardian angel walks away
Life is short and love is always over in the morning
Black wind, come carry me far away

With the sunlight died and night above me
With a gun for a lover and a shot for the pain inside
You run for cover in the temple of love, you run for another, it’s all the same
For the wind will blow and throw your walls aside

With the fire from the fireworks up above
With a gun for a lover and a shot for the pain
You run for cover in the temple of love
I shine like thunder, cry like rain
And the temple of love is old and strong
But the wind blows longer, cold and long
And the temple of love will fall before
This black wind calls my name to you no more

In the black sky thunder sweeping underground and over water
Sounds of crying weeping will not save your faith for bricks and dreams for mortar
All your prayers must seem as nothing, ninety-six below the wave
When stone is dust and only air remains

In the temple of love
Shine like thunder
I the temple of love
Cry like rain
In the temple of love
Hear my calling
And the temple of love
Is falling down
Track Name: Great White Shark
LYRICS:

I live in the belly of a great white shark
Black watery current, carry us in the dark
I live in his skin and he lives in my mind
Together we swim, tender morsel we find

(My body undone, wild thing come through)

Waiting deep in the murk of eagle eye
I cut through white cloud when we enter the sky
Calling into the wind ~ gold beak cries true
Steady talon unleashed ~ sky deep ~ rip through

(My body undone, wild thing come through)

Digging deep
Genome’s speak
All the seeds
Inside my core
And I can feel what I felt
A hundred million years before…

~
Track Name: I Am Stretched On Your Grave
I am stretched on your grave and will lie there forever
With your hand held in mine I’d be sure we’d not sever

My apple tree, my brightness, ‘tis time we were together
For I smell of the earth and am stained by the weather

When my family thinks that I’m safe in my bed
From night until morning I am stretched at your head

Calling out to the air with tears both hot and wild
Oh I grieve for the girl that I loved as a child

~
Track Name: Prayer
LYRICS:

If I had a god…
If I had a god it wouldn’t be hard to go on

If I had a prayer…
If I had a prayer I’d say~
God, you told us too much
You showed us too much

And I’ve fallen too far,
Fallen too far,
Fallen too far, and I fear that it’s been too long

But I, being poor, have only my dreams
I have spread my dreams under your feet

I’m a chameleon, drinking to feel again, god...
God knows I’ve tried so hard

But I’ve fallen too far,
Fallen too far,
Fallen too far, and I fear that it’s been too long...

Fallen too far…

~
Track Name: Bloodsuckers
LYRICS:

A thousand little elves
Coming up from beneath my bed
They gather round the campfire
And start singing the songs in my head
But with the wrong words!
By the light of the fire their faces
All begin to crumble
And they fall to their knees
They laugh at my expense!

Bloodsuckers!
I could crush you with my thumb
Bloodsuckers!
I’m so sick of your tricks
How I wish the sun would come

I can make lyrics rhyme
All the time
But that don’t soothe my spine
Just making a melody
Should be enough for me
But you like watching me lose my mind…

They’re crawling up my knees now
And requesting a song about love
But I know I’m being teased now
So I’m singing a song about getting squeezed by…

Bloodsuckers!
I could crush you with my thumb
Bloodsuckers!
I’m so sick of your tricks
How I wish the sun would come

~