A Promised Land

by Hugh Doolan

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4-5 years in the making A Promised Land is a collection of folk, blues and soulfully contemporary songs. There's a sense of the intimate, the DIY and - for this artist anyway - the patient dreamer lamenting time; life's too short for anything else.


released July 14, 2016

Jessica Doolan: Backing Vocals (Track 3,5,10)
Sara Jane Hughes: Backing Vocals (Track 3,7,10)
William Comerford: Double Bass (Track 8)
Derek Cornett: Lead Acoustic Guitar (Track 8)
Norman Van Geerke: Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Piano, Sampled Instruments and Arrangement (Track 6)
John McCrea: Drums (Track 3)
Daniel Doolan: Djembe (Track 9)
Lorenzo Preolani: Tin Whistle, Flute (Track 11)
Hugh Doolan: Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Harmonica, Recorder, Tin Whistle, Shaker, Sampled Instruments, Piano, Main & Backing Vocals, Ukulele.

Recorded and Mixed by Hugh Doolan, except for Track 6, where some parts were recorded by Norman Van Geerke

All songs written by Hugh Doolan, except for Track 6, part written and arranged by Norman Van Geerke

© Copyright 2016 Hugh Doolan

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Hugh Doolan Dublin, Ireland

Songwriter / Composer / Singer / Guitarist. Styles vary from acoustic to soundscapes to electronic remixes to original music for film.

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Track Name: Plain Joe Saddler
The moment it is
more certain than this
Look back at the sun
like the blinded one

Longer than his shadow
a traitor's kiss

Let's talk my son
before the hills have you run
poor time on my mind
needs attention of your kind

ship me to the treadmill
slip me that bitter pill

I'll work another day
breaking rocks for little pay

Hunter Gatherer
Plain Joe Saddler
waging war
just to even scores
for a toddler's cart
and my sweetheart</b>

sit me in the corner
I'll jump you to the door
slice my heart in half
now you've taken a score

do it twice
it won't hurt any more
than it has in the past


The moment it was
switched to die and cast
I looked to the last man
snatched his beads and ran

You're stronger than this
cool traitor's kiss

Let's walk now my son
'neath the trees a-blossom
Some things need saying
Without pride paying


But you must stand tall
at every morning's call
To work another day
punching clocks have their say.

I'll bend like tide to moon
Tin to silver will your spoon
Track Name: Cats & Dogs
Cats and dogs they fight all day
And all through the night
They bark and scratch and play some catch
That’s the life they live

Boys and girls they play together
Then they have a fight
They howl and scowl then laugh together
That’s the life they live

That’s the life they live
Nothing they wouldn’t give
To hold oh so still
every moment’s new thrill

Mums and Dads they work all day
And try to sleep at night
They hear alarms and get up from
Their beds in quiet misery

That’s the life they live
That’s the life they give
Never to be told
If it’s not shiny it’s not gold

You and me we can’t agree
On what to have for tea
We compromise so don’t capsize
That’s the life we live

That’s the life we live
That’s the life we give
Never to be told
If it’s not shiny it’s not gold