A Promised Land

by Hugh Doolan



A Promised Land is the latest album release from Hugh Doolan. Nearly 5 years in the making, it's a collection of folk, blues and soulfully contemporary songs, with a host of guest artists adding to the acoustically driven musical fabric - check out Derek Cornett’s fantastic guitar solo on Cats & Dogs @1m58s. Hugh’s voice is tinged with folk-soul velvetness with lyrics that cover the earnest, the everyday and the poetic, from one song to the next.


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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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: Just Might (Live and Let Loose)
I have been broken in two
when I'm without you
I have been seen as being mean
but that's just me to you

can you come on over to my side
kick the ball, trenches dug in the hall
with you on each side
yes, you on each side
it just might, just might
help us all

you hear me doll
I love ya such&such
never gonna be much use
'less we live and let loose
live and let loose, just a bit
Track Name: A Promised Land
On the border
where hope meets despair
A sign you see
reads: “Life's not fair”

To which you nod
Then wince to let fly
Foul expletives
To bleed your venom dry

I don't deserve this
And neither do you
It's just poor service
Busted out of the blue

let's make a stand
like brothers in a band
shake me by the hand
speed me to a promised land, where I can live or die trying

The French Revolt
They never do what they're told
For every lightning bolt
comes a sure thunder-blow

So if you can stand
in the mad rain
Then you can breakdance
all the way to Spain


On the border
where hope beat despair
A new sign you hold
reads: “Devils may care”

let's make a stand
like sisters in a band
take a brother by the hand
leave him in the promised land, where he can live or die trying
Track Name: Slow Train
I fell awake too late to realize
what the living like this it can do to your mind
I thought something bright would see the blues away
but it wasn't enough for to hear me say

I need a slow train to take me off this fast lane
Oh I need a slow train

armed with a smile to make it through the day
I suddenly remembered what had been a haze
the dumb dull lines of incomprehension
the headroom meetings I'd care not to mention

then later on it's gone by the wayside
nothing was wrong from relief I could sigh
you know though for sure you'll still keep it up
til the lid on your box it is firmly shut
Track Name: Smiley Mould (ft. Norman Van Geerke)
Framing the common man
in his living room or kitchen
where once he stood a foot higher
waves now swell around every decision

I want to pull jewels from the sky
made of hope and few regrets
that shine and blind
the seal on each envelope of threats

The cowl it near blew off
when the wind did howl in from the north
I crouched and snuck into a bush
put my ear to the ground that shook

*Bless the mess
hold the fold
Creaking at the seams
of the smiley mould
Track Name: Stone's Throw Blues
I'm a stone's throw from failure
my pockets have holes in them
I'm a stone's throw from death's door
dying for some attention
I need a prime time line to you
If it's not real then virtual will do

I'd cross the desert in a storm
skip the casbah under starry skies
I'd cross the desert in a storm
just to see your dazzling eyes
there's nothing that I wouldn't do
to push the Nile back a mile or two for you

I look for magic in the sunset
helps my soul to sing
I look for magic in the sunset
magic in everything.
The love that loves is very strong
The light of this love lingers long

I'm a fool with nothing special
'cept what I feel in my bones
I'm a fool with nothing special
no credit to call home
If I could leave all my stones behind me
with you or without you I'd be free

I'm a stone's throw from your door bell
ring ring ding -a-ling
I'm a stone's throw from your door bell
trying to win your affection
I'll be the guy for you
rough n smooth, thru and thru
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
Track Name: All My Fears
walking home alone
my head's not in the zone
where decisions come easy
can't decide if I'm goin' crazy
or if I'm just plain lazy

the dogs on the street they howl
when they see me they scowl
like a scene from the wilderness
crying out with tenderness
now all my fears are put to rest

I'll make it on my own now ...thank you
my perspective's pointing south
I've moved into the moment
where resolve just can't be broken
now all my tears aren't chokin'
and my heart's definitely no longer broken
no longer broken..
no longer broken

all my fears
all my fears are gone
even though I'm all alone
Track Name: Call Out To The Wind
I spend all day in camouflage
sitting in a little hut
wanting to break down the code
to start again on the right foot

All the tricks in this mirage
are so hard to simplify
they want to blind-side my soul
and paint my life as one big lie

Chorus 1

You call out, you call out to the wind
to blow me home
fall out, fall out of this rut
roll me into town

I'm gonna meet you after all
get up on my feet
get up on the ball

You stop the colours turning yellow to grey
you are the sunrise I see at turn of each day
I'd be on my knees without your open arms
at sea without your sirens and charms

Chorus 2

You call out, you call out to the wind
to blow me home
fall out, fall out of this rut
roll me into town

I'm gonna meet you after all
get up on my feet
get up on the ball

You crack the shield that unblocks the sun
you stamp your boots on my destitution
a lifesaver with no return favour
for you miracles are not difficult
Track Name: Green River
Standing at the banks of the green river
winding slowly to the sea.
Pacing all about me
your sorry looking soul
sweating beads of holy water

Blood flowing fast thru your broken heart
and if it slows I'll push hard to start

We landed a big fish from the green river
we were the ones left gutted!
I chanced I would ask for some new directions
I reached for her hand and I took it

She led me past the gates to her heart
then she showed me the river's ramparts

Freedom's in the flowing
Freedom's in the knowing
Green river leads me down slowly x 3
Green river leads me down slowly