Hard Holidays EP

by Jon Athans Project

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    'Hard Holidays' is a six track debut EP that was given as a stocking stuffer on Christmas Eve '07 by Jon Athans Project. On New Years Eve it was released as a free download on jonathansproject.com. It was downloaded over 2000 times. This free re-release of the original demo EP comes packaged with several remixes and two old unreleased tracks. jonAthan is currently writing material for a 2010 release.
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"a gorgeously understated listen" - mp3hugger.com

"a seductive combination of electronica and hushed vocals" - lostinyourinbox.com

"frequent yet never excessive beats, engaging ambient effects, ethereal guitars in shoe-gazing style, melody thrown randomly here and there and a slightly strained voice that appears every once and a while. this album is perfect for clearing your head and staring out the window at the raindrops, light, and cement." - indieforbunnies.com

"nice and relaxing - makes you feel good on a rainy day" - allthepeoples.com

"a slow burning tale of regret that I’d forgotten I had" - It All Started

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released December 25, 2007

rereleased 25 December 2009
written & recorded by jonAthan pretz
recorded in my bedroom
art by Tia Ninzeheltzer

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Track Name: Hard Holidays (Silent Night Mix)
LYRICS:
It's the last of November, the first of December
and I almost lost it today.
With you not here and this holiday cheer
it's shapin to be a hard holiday
Yeah it's a hard, yeah these hard
hard holidays.

And I keep dreaming like the movies and coloring TV
trying to make things beautiful so by new years you'll see
I'm okay and you should stay
I'm trying not to be alone on this sad hard holiday.

I'm so sorry
I'm so sorry
and I'm, and I'm, so sorry.

Silent Night
Holy Night
All is calm
All is bright
Round yon virgins mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Track Name: Humid in Town
LYRICS:
I'm falling down where my feet can't touch the ground
Like a forest full of leaning trees with no one around
All alone hit the ground, will you ever hear the sound
Think I'll never go outside cause it's humid,
Humid in town.

You told me you were in love with me
I told you you were my everything
And now we are left with nothing
To say
Or do
To make you want to stay
Won't you stay
Won't you stay
Track Name: Used Books, Torn Pages
LYRICS:
Hey how've you been
I've been thinking, about the end
and how the pages still turn
and the memories still burn.

Used books stores with torn pages
in fictional stories, of love from the ages
I'd hold the ladder while you scanned the top shelf
joking maybe someday, someday, we'd read about ourselves.

I should have kissed you that night
before that subway in the rain
If I'd kissed you that night
maybe everything would change
and we'd have a perfect start
a story for the times
bound on a bookshelf
meant always to remind us
of why we have to stay
and how I touched you that day
first kissed in the rain, used books & subways

(they just want to say, throw it away)
They say its just a memory and just to throw away
they say its just a memory its just another day
but it's not just a memory and I've my very best
it's not just the day she came
but also the day that she left.

Used books stores with torn pages
in fictional stories, of love from the ages
I'd hold the ladder while you scanned the top shelf
joking maybe someday, someday, we'd read about ourselves.

I should have kissed you that night
before that subway in the rain
If I'd kissed you that night
maybe everything would change.

And our chapters almost done
And the book stores all gone
So I must be moving on
Our chapters done.
Track Name: Nations
LYRICS:
i think its time you noticed me
i think its time you stepped into the fight
remember, november, you held yourself up to the light

i think its you opened up
i think its time you felt our memory
remember, november, december, holidays you spent with me

i think its time our nations looked
deep inside and close at what you took
remember my whole, my whole nation that you shook

oooh oooh
remember november
remember december

ba ba da ba

so tell me what you know
and tell it to me slow
i'm sorry i can't let you leave
until i can't let go
so tell me whats within
please tell me how to win
i'll interrogate you till the end
just to find out where you've been
alone.

half the reasons you've gone away
are still the ones that i would stay
and i can barely sleep at night
with pounding drums as our memories fight
i surrender here, i have no more
your treaties signed, you've won the war

you still wage war while i can't sleep
withdraw your troops its getting deeper
it's been three years since you've seen me
but i see you you haunt my dreaming
i'm begging now, i'm on my knees
come back to me or let me sleep
hold me close, or let me loose
our nations signed you have your truce
please just let me sleep tonight
stop the drums and the memory fights
im leaving you and im moving through
im rebuilding more since
since you won the war
Track Name: *Weathers Right ('04 demo)
Jerry Jack Johnson was a one man show
Sometimes people ask him why his head hangs so low
Sometimes he would answer sometimes he would just say no
But when he would answer he'd say I don't know and

This is how you hang your head
Is this what you think you said
So long I'm going to bed tonight
The weathers right.