Never Letting Go

by Domenic DeCicco

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1.
Faded Stone 03:14
I saw your name as I walked on by you, written on an old faded stone And as the years pass I wonder where you went On the wind travelling far away Feels like only yesterday I heard you voice as we spoke Oh how times goes by I wonder where you are within your starlight Are you back home within your souls And if you’re watching us, can you see me Can you feel me in the morning light? Feels like only yesterday I heard you voice as we spoke Oh how times goes by I stand alone in this quiet emptiness looking up at this marble wall With my father’s and mother’s name on it This is where they’ll find their lasting peace Feels like only yesterday I heard you voice as we spoke Oh how times goes by
2.
Saving Grace 02:20
I wonder what you see when you’re looking through your eyes The passing of time Memories of a young girl sitting on the church yard wall Sharing stories of life You’re singing to the sun at the end of a hard day’s work all done Now that your years have slipped away and your heart is growing tired Yet you're still smiling While your angels keep you safe in the comfort of your beliefs In the arms of your family I’m not sure all your dreams came true with all that life laid in front of you Now take my hand and let’s walk for a while, dear mother while we can And wait for the morning Let the light of tomorrow take away all your sadness and your sorrow Your saving grace
3.
Could have been so many things in this life depending on where your dice fell and some sacrifice Could have been a sailor living on the wide open sea Trying to live a simpler life away from the big city Could have been my life Could have been a farmer like my father’s father wise Working on the land day and night so much sacrifice And I don’t know what made leave it all behind and travel so far away To take a chance and follow a dream and build his family Could have been my life Now I could have been a soldier running off to war Cause I’d been sold the story of some more sacrifice To keep your family safe for your god and your country Cause taking hill 21 means so much so we all can be free Could have been my life Now I could have been a better man to the ones that I love Could have listened a little bit more and learned to compromise Could have been a better son and not stayed so far away By chasing all my dreams and running around could have spent more time instead Could have been my life
4.
Another summer has come to nurture the sun is shining down on us After months in isolation it’s time to breath in hope again Now let the light inside heal you let it wash away your pain Human touch is what we long for what we need to feel whole again Through the glass I see you waving a tired look upon your face Trying to understand and reason why we cannot share this space And you lying here beside dreaming In your arms I’m never letting go So many families have been divided separated by an unseen force But now’s the time for us to look forward a time to open up our hearts And you lying here beside dreaming In your arms I’m never letting go And you lying here beside darling In your arms I’m never letting go And you lying here beside dreaming In your arms I’m never letting go
5.
Can you hear the call for freedom? In one voice a calling for change Across the world one hand raised up in hope That the years of injustice will end A human life is too precious so stop denying And the colours that make us all are of one spirit Can you hear the call for freedom? In one voice a calling for change Can you see how they try to divide us? Because they know as one heart we can’t be defeated.
6.
Strange Year 03:59
It’s been a strange year, I keep feeling it, pulling me away from where I thought I’d want to be And I keep hearing so many people saying The world’s gone crazy not sure where to turn now See all our demi gods smiling happily As we watch them fill their hands with gold in silence Now can you imagine where we all might be If we weren’t divided by this blind faith insanity Now aren’t we all looking for that lifeline? Raise our hands up for answers in the sky Bring me back down to what I can believe in Give me a sign Let me be free It’s the same old story there’s only one way through Push back the veils to see what’s in front of you If we listen to our hearts now Stand together not apart side by side and you’ll see there’s nothing we can’t do Now aren’t we all looking for that lifeline? Raise our hands up for answers in the sky Bring me back down to what I can believe in Give me a sign Let me be free
7.
Yesteryear 04:02
I can see my house from here hard to believe it was yesteryear Riding on our bikes coming home from school Laughing all the while feeling free Yesteryear another lifetime Dreams of a boy will see you through The smile of a young girl makes your knees weak As you wear your heart upon your sleeve And the words you want to speak don’t come so easily Please take my hand and let’s dance to this song Yesteryear another lifetime Dreams of a boy will see you through My mother watches me walk up the hill To an early morning game on cold ice Before my dad arrives home from work To watch his son with sparkling eyes Yesteryear another lifetime Dreams of a boy will see you through
8.
Early morning, your eyes closed Feel the light across your face I drift away to a sunlit sea Always find peace in this place Then I hear the distant voices Of many days and nights gone by The laughter of surrender Living in the moment’s sublime Sunlight skies and sea of blue Carry me back home to you Now as your day begins and you look outside Kind of feel lost in it all Wonder how or why you’re here Always reaching deep inside Then I hear the distant voices Of many days and nights gone by The laughter of surrender Living in the moment’s sublime Sunlight skies and sea of blue Carry me back home to you Ancient eyes and tired hearts walk on water As far as your eyes can see Broken dreams and yesterday’s tomorrows It will be here when you turn away Sunlight skies and sea of blue Carry me back home to you
9.
In the days ahead where will you run for comfort when the skies turn red will we see it coming as the flame burns out it's taken by another Hold on to the one you love hold dear the truth of love let it see you through let it guide you through When your heart cries out someone’s bound to hear you stay within yourself tell them what concerns you open up your eyes see the changes happening touch their hands and let compassion guide you through Hold on to the one you love hold dear the truth of love let it see you through let it guide you through as the road turns a different way is coming take the step ahead feel your way around it the answers are within just listen to your feelings you will know deception clear your mind and see yourself
10.
It’s another day seem to have time on my hands, just trying to keep it all together See my mind keeps wandering off to a time long ago when things were a little simpler and light When those around kept you safe and happy, shielding from the hardships that they face Cause each day they work hard to make a living, so you can feel carefree like a young boy should Where Does the time go seems like yesterday, will the memories live for ever Where does the time go keeps on slipping away, got to be strong and hold on another day Now it seems that life isn’t too fair, doesn’t owe you anything you can’t earn Cause no one said this life would be easy, oh this long road, just something understood Perhaps you made a pact with yourself, before you got this long journey started But sadly you’ve forgotten and can’t start all over again Just got to make the best of things and carry on Where Does the time go seems like yesterday, will the memories live for ever Where does the time go keeps on slipping away, got to be strong and hold on another day Now when you’re young you seem invincible, there’s nothing you can’t do or take you down Until it’s not and it’s taken as time keeps ticking away as the moon smiles down at you There’s no reason to feel discouraged, think about all the beauty in your life To all the people who have shared their love and their stories and all the joy that surrounds you. Where Does the time go seems like yesterday, will the memories live for ever Where does the time go keeps on slipping away, got to be strong and hold on another day
11.
You See Me 05:23
Soul of my soul, I wait for you Heart of my heart song I sing for you You see me, You see me Light of my light, a path we share Walking together your hand in mine You see me, You see me Searching for meaning, a place of peace Sharing our heart song from life to life You see me, You see me Bridge Though we make walk through fire and rain Knowing the light will always remain You see me Our love eternal your soul will feel The passing of time will all reveal You see me, You see me, You see me I see you to
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This album came together during the lock down through 2020-21. The songs developed while watching the daily news, seeing real life tragedy unfolding, the loss of loved ones, families kept apart, unable to be with them at the end, trying somehow, to make sense of it all, knowing that life would never be the same again.
This collection of songs captures some of the profound feelings & inner reflections that were stirred while facing oneself during this period of isolation. They are intimate and moving in their essence with a sublime and thoughtful honesty driven by Domenic’s evocative and tender vocals. The album is filled with beautifully crafted songs and harmonies, and compelling performances.
The music explores emotive singer-songwriter pieces such as Faded Stone and Yesteryear to more rhythmic and upbeat songs like the title track, Never Letting Go and the riveting Call for Freedom. The album also includes two new beautiful arrangements of previously recorded songs, Sunlight Skies and As The Skies Turn..

Special thanks & gratitude to my dear friends who gave of their time to help complete this latest offering....always d

Performers Delagh King - backing vocals, Bodhran,
Mal Darwen - backing vocals, Bodhran, Paul Sax - violin
Vince DeCicco – accordion, Amanda Easton - backing vocals,
Chris Hurn – cello, Chris Ellis - piano
Domenic DeCicco - lead vocals, guitars, mandolin, Laouto, flutes, harmonica, keys, percussion.

All arrangements, words & music by Domenic DeCicco
Recorded at Twin Arrows Studios, UK.
Produced, mixed & mastered by Domenic DeCicco
Additional mastering with Will Angeloro
Cover design - dd

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released June 10, 2021

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Domenic DeCicco Frome, UK

Domenic is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer who has traveled the world sharing his music as a solo artist and as co-founder/lead of the innovative acoustic -roots group Praying for the Rain. He is a deeply soulful and compelling musician and storyteller who brings a rich, uncluttered quality to his music that fills his songs with evocative imagery and lyrical narrative. ... more

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