If You See Her

by John Holk & The Sequins

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Recorded 2008-2010, this is the debut record by Detroit-based psychedelic country act John Holk & the Sequins

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released November 16, 2010

John Holk: lead vocals, 6 & 12-string acoustic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic & electric basses, cello, mandolin, banjo, drum programming, tambourine, paper, maracas, glockenspiel, claves,
Carrie Shepard: harmony vocals
John Lang: pedal steel guitar
Todd Glass: drums
Tamineh Gueramy: fiddle
Erik Gustafson: lead guitar on "If She Were You"
Mixed by John Holkeboer
Mastered by Jessica Thompson
Photography by Liz Mackinder
Stage Jacket by Katherine Strand-Evans

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John Holk & the Sequins Ann Arbor, Michigan

John Holk writes original songs in the honky tonk, power pop, jangle-psych vein. He is a native of Ann Arbor, MI.

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Track Name: John Holk & The Sequins - No Other Way
No Other Way (E)
John Holk

V1:

E / D / A / E /
I gave you what you wanted and you were the only one
E / D / A / E /
I washed and dried the dishes and hung clothes out in the sun
E / D / A / E /
Why then does my mind keep telling me run boy run
E / D / A / A /
What's the point of living if you can't have any fun
E / E / E / E /

V2:
E / D / A / E /
Once I had a song in my heart that kept me straight
E / D / A / E /
The worst thing in this world is being told you have to wait
E / D / A / E /
A picture of your mother on the windowsill today
E / D / A /
Smiled at me and seemed to say that there's no other

Chorus:

B / B / A / E /
way - ee-ay - yay - ay
B / B / A / A /
She smiled and said that there's no other way-ay-ay-ay
E / E / E / E /

V3:
But even if I leave and act unfaithfully to you
I'll still be back tomorrow for the love I know is true
And even if you bring up all the things we said today
I'll look you in the eye and tell you there's no other way

Repeat Chorus x 2 (tell you true)
E / E / E / E /

solo over verse

V3:
Trying to recapture some of that feeling that we shared
It's getting so much harder and I'm feeling kinda scared
You break me down and Sell me short no matter what I say
& So much so I think you know that there's no other way

Repeat Chorus x 2 & 4 bars of E out
Track Name: John Holk & The Sequins. - If You See Her
If You See Her (E)
John Holkeboer

Intro: Lead Guitar riff over Full Band 4 Bars of E / A

Verse 1:

E A E A
If You See Her - Tell her that I've changed my ways
C G C - G D - A
If you see her - Tell her I was going through a phase
E A E A
I was only trying to see how much she cared
C G C - G D - A
now that I found out I feel just like I'm falling down the stairs

Repeat Intro Guitar Riff

Verse 2:

If you see her - tell her that I understand
If you see her - tell her that I'm only a man
And a man knows when it's time to move along
But if she gives me a chance I'll right the things that I did wrong

Chorus:

D A- D
And I'd do anything to see her
A- C
Try anything to reach her
G
Cause we were meant to be
C - G D - A
If you see her won't you mention me,
E A (dovetail Guitar Riff here)
If You See Her

Verse 3:

If you see her - Tell her that my world has changed
If you see her - tell her all the furniture's been rearranged
& there's an unfamiliar feeling in the air
and I know I'll never learn how to forget the times we've shared

Repeat Chorus

(Solo: Lead Guitar over Chorus)

If You See Her
If You See Her + end on downbeat E
Track Name: John Holk & The Sequins - Lady Jane
Lady Jane (D)
John Holkeboer

Intro: Solo Acoustic Guitar 2 Bars of D

Verse 1:

D Asus-A7 G E- D
we walk inside the old ruined house
D Asus-A7 G E- D
we walk inside as quiet as a mouse
D C
Met this girl by the crossing
G E- D
then I asked her for her name
D C
this old world that I was lost in
G E- D
least I found my Lady Jane

Chorus 1:

C G B- F#sus-F#7
No matter where I'm walking through thunder or driving rain
G D C G D
I know that soon I'll be home talking with my true love Lady Jane

Verse 2a: (Solo: Pedal Steel)

D D / Asus - A-7 / G - E- / D D /
D D / Asus - A-7 / G - E- / D D /

Verse 2b: (Vocal)

D C G E- D
Remember that lonesome river where we stopped along the way
D C G E- D
remember how we wanted everything to stay the same

Chorus 2:

C G
Take a picture of this moment
B- F#sus-F#7
so the memory will remain
G D
Twas the end of my roaming
C G D
the day I found my Lady Jane

Verse 3a: (Solo: Piano)

D D / Asus - A-7 / G - E- / D D
D D / Asus - A-7 / G - E- / D D

Verse 3b: Repeat Verse 2b

Repeat Chorus 2 + 2 tags & country ending
Track Name: Sea Shells
Sea Shells (E)
John Holkeboer

Intro: Vocals and Guitars

Verse 1:

I walked along the lonely streets I knew
I walked alone to catch a glimpse of you
Cracks in the pavement like the cracks inside my life
I'm walking through a dream with nothing in between, oh (Band in on beats 3 & 4)

E- A-
The water falls and flows into the stream
E- C G
I'm not at all surprised by what I've seen
C G
The last hundred miles take us to the ocean's wide
D D7
You take me to the side, make me apologize

Chorus:

C G
Say you don't believe me that I ran into a door
C E- G D
say you can't conceive that I came crashing through the floor
C C- G E-
say you'll never leave me baby - stay forever more
A C G
and I will bring you sea shells by the shore

Verse 2:

I wrote a song, I tried to make it true
I wrote a song and tried to capture you
Capture the way you soothe me, describe you in repose
you take me by the hand, we lie down in the sand

Repeat Chorus

(Solo Interlude: Bb Bb / D- D- / Eb Eb / Bb Bb / Bb Bb / D- D- / Eb Eb / D D /)

(Lead Guitar solos over 1st 8 bars then Steel Guitar solos over 2nd 8 bars)

Verse 3:

I wrote a song, I tried to make it true
I wrote a song and tried to capture you
Capture the way you soothe me, describe you in repose
you take me by the hand, and make me understand

Repeat Chorus + tag
Track Name: John Holk & The Sequins - Carry the Load
Carry The Load (D)
John Holkeboer

Verse 1 (Guitar and voice)

D / D / G / D /
Old Man says don't hurry, don't get aboard that surrey
G / D / E / A /
don't try to hide that look of surprise - don't try to tell me not to worry
D / D / G / D /
Put some money in your pocket, don't travel that lonesome road
G / D / A / D /
Everyone's glad when you pick up the tab, you gotta help them carry the load

Chorus

G / G / D / D /
Surprise Surprise - the look in your eyes - told me all I need to know
D / D / E / A /
Some folks think you can just get by - going through life as a one-man show
D / D / G / D /
Put some money in your pocket, don't travel that lonesome road
G / D / A / D /
Everyone's glad when you pick up the tab, you gotta help them carry the load

solo

Verse 2:
Once I was a loner, I rambled from town to town
Some folks let me into their homes, others saw a man that wouldn't settle down
I don't know what's better, but I know something worse
To live all alone with no one to call your own, is just another kind of curse

Repeat Chorus + vocal tag & instrumental tag & out
Track Name: John Holk & The Sequins - Autograph
Autograph (B)
John Holkeboer

Intro: Full Band plays Chorus Instrumental

B B/ F# F# / B B / E E / B B / F# F# / B E / B F#

Chorus:

B F#
Love, you give it like an autograph
B E
Love, you give it like an autograph
B F#
Love, you give it like an autograph
B E B F#
And you got nothing left for me

Verse 1:

B E
I see you through the window
B F#
I see you on the phone
B E
I see you drawing the curtains
B F# B
Baby please when you coming home

I know you're rich and famous
Your time is precious I know
But save some time for lovin'
Baby please won't you come back home

Repeat Chorus

Verse 2:

You got some time for coffee
you got some time for tea
You got some time for 'bout everybody
but you got no time for me

I know you're rich and famous
Your time is precious I know
But save some time for lovin'
Baby please won't you come back home

Repeat chorus twice (2nd time solo: Lead Gtr)

Bridge:

A E B
You took my love for granted
A E F#
You gave your love away
A E B
Now I'm sitting here stranded
A E F#
Baby please come back today

Repeat Chorus twice + 2 tags and out
Track Name: John Holk & The Sequins - If She Were You
If She Were You (F)
John Holk

(solo acoustic gtr intro)
F / Db / Eb / Bb / (x2)

V1:
Cold is creeping in again the sweeping of the train
that passes in my dream
wakes me from my slumber - try to dial your number
stop myself before I scream

Chorus:
Db / Ab / Db / Ab-C /
I wonder where she's going in that chevrolet
F / Bb / Dmin / Db /
oh what she'd say to me - oh if she'd stay with me
Bb / C / F / Db - Eb / F / Db - C /
oh what she'd be if she were you - if she were you

(Break - solo acoustic gtr intro)

V2:
Last night she was in my dream - and walking by the stream
she fell and grabbed my hand
Tried to save her from the - crashing waves around her
almost like she had it planned

Repeat Chorus
(Break - solo acoustic gtr intro)
solo over verse

V3:
She left everything and - she'd say anything to
keep me far away from her
I can't shake the thought - that she might be the one
to leave and never to return

Chorus 3:
Db / Ab / Db / Ab /
wonder where she's going in that chevrolet
Eb / Bb / Eb / Bb /
wonder if she'll take me back to yesterday
F / Bb / Dmin / Db /
oh what she'd say to me - oh if she'd stay with me
Bb / C / F / Db - Eb / F / Db - C /
oh what she'd be if she were you - if she were you
F / Db - Eb / F / Db - C /
if she were you - if she were you
F / Db - Eb / F / Db - C / (x2)

8 bar drum break
(Break - solo acoustic gtr intro)
Outro Loop w/gtr solo:

F / Db / Eb / Bb /
Track Name: John Holk & The Sequins - Cold White Water
Cold White Water (F)
John Holkeboer

Intro: Fiddle solo over Verse chords:

V1:

F / F / F / C /
Leaves, Greens, Rocks & Trees - Cold white water runs wild
Bb / F / D- / Db /
She appears upon the waves - and speaks just like a child
Bb- / F / F /
speaks just like a child

Why'd you take my heart away - and chase those dreams of gold
leaving me without a sound - this world is growing cold
this world it grows so cold

Chorus:
Eb / Bb / F / F /
And I don't want to stay here - And I'll never grow old
Eb / Bb / F / F /
And I don't want to die here - in this land so cold

Repeat Intro

V2:
Sweet dreams of frankincense - fragrant oils and myrrh
Call to mind my younger days - and all the things we were
all the things we were

Fondly I do take my leave - I'll try to keep in touch
strangely I think we both believe - these words they don't mean much
my words they don't mean much

Chorus 2:

And I don't want to stay here - and I'll never grow old
And I don't want to die here - in this land so cold
And I promised to send for you - and one day I'd return
That day I'd stand by you - and we'd watch the world turn

Repeat Intro

She appears upon the waves
and speaks just like a child
speaks just like a child
Track Name: John Holk & The Sequins - That Was Now
That Was Now (F)
John Holkeboer

V1:
F / F - Bb / F / F- Bb /
Just for tonight lets make believe
F / G / C / C - Bb /
we're still in love like we used to be
F / F - Bb / F / F- Bb /
Forget today, & let's just pretend
F / C / F / F /
That that was now and this is then

Chorus:
That was now and this is then
This way you can go back again
Don't worry your mind about where or when
Cause that was now and this is then

V2:
Just yesterday, when evening fell
Recalled the life I knew so well
surrounded by brothers and friends
what wouldn't I do to bring them back again

Chorus 2:
That was now and this is then
Seems you can go home again
Don't worry your mind about where or when
Cause that was now and this is then

V3:
I lost my faith in God above
I bit some hands, and scorned their love
I'd trade my life to make amends
Saying that was now and this is then

Chorus 3:
That was now and this is then
bring me back back home again
I'd trade my life to make amends
Saying that was now and this is then
Track Name: John Holk & The Sequins - It's Not True
It's Not True (D)
John Holk

Intro: gtr solo

D / Emin - G / D / Emin - G /

D / Emin - G / D / Emin - G /

V1:

D / Emin - G / D / Emin - G /
It's not true what you say - it's not true
You're a fool for saying the things you do
I've had this feeling a long time - you don't even know
The things you're always saying - they're not true

chorus:

A / Emin - G / A / Emin - G /
You panic and I entreat - you to just accept defeat
A / Emin - G / A / A /
You blow up and I repeat

V2:

D / Emin - G / D / Emin - G /
It's not true what you say - it's not true
You're a fool for saying the things you do
I've had this feeling a long time - you don't even know
The things you're always saying - they're not true

A / Emin - G / A / A /
don't panic and run away - I'm aware of all your hiding places, crowded spaces
A / A /
Taverns and other peoples' rooms

solo over half verse

A / Emin - G / A / Emin - G /
don't panic and run away - I'm aware of all your hiding places, crowded spaces
A / Emin - G / A / A /
Taverns and other peoples' rooms

solo till out
Track Name: John Holk & The Sequins - The Mountain
The Mountain (Ab)
John Holkeboer


Ab / Ab / Ab / Ab /
You and I come a walkin down - we're walking down the mountain
Ab / Ab / Ab / Ab /
the mountain is a shotgun shack - the shotgun shack is a place in the back
Eb / Eb / Eb / Eb /
where the sunshine flows completely -completely and discreetly
Eb / Eb / Eb7 / Eb7 /
Discretion is the name of the game - the name of the game is to feel no pain

Ab / Ab / Ab / Ab /
and the river's wide and mysterious - mysterious and delirious
Ab / Ab / Ab / Ab /
delirious because it flows uphill - when we're coming down it's going uphill still
Eb / Eb / Eb / Eb /
And the still's just around the corner - with every step you're getting warmer
Eb / Eb / Eb7 / Eb7 /
it's the warmest day of the warmest year - so just fill up your jug, don't you have no fear

Db / Db / Ab / Ab /
And I - I wish I had your soul
Eb / Eb / Ab / Ab7 /
you never waste a day - you give it all to rock & roll
Db / Db / Ab / Ab /
And I - I love it when you say
Eb / Eb / Ab / Ab7 /
Come on and let the good times roll - Come on and let the good times stay

solo over half verse

V2:

Give me a mountain with nothing to do
Give me some good friends with something to prove
give me a pencil and something to write on
lift the latch on the fence, go in and then turn the light on
that's the place we used to flop on weekends
weekends when we went off the deep end
The deeper the pool meant the steeper the climb
the steeper the climb mean the better the time

Repeat Chorus

solo over whole verse

Repeat Chorus x 2 & OUT