Holiest Witness

by Prose in Rosette

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Holiest Witness is a five track album that consists of 5 mastered cover songs worked from scratch by Douglas Jay Hertel. All songs have been recorded adhering to the same key as the original recordings. All Five songs were tracked using live instruments recorded to a metronome in real time. The full arrangements display a sense of accuracy as well as a hint of individuality as nothing was sampled for this body of work.

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released June 21, 2016

Douglas Jay Hertel 2016

The Shins
Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer
Boysetsfire
A Perfect Circle
Smashing Pumpkins
Brand New

all songs performed, tracked and mixed by Douglas Jay Hertel 2016
all songs mastered by Shaun Morris 2016
except "Sleeping Lessons" mastered by DJH 2016

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Prose in Rosette is a Modern Rock Act created and performed by Douglas Jay Hertel.

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Track Name: Sleeping Lessons (DJH)
Go without
'Til the need seeps in
You're lovin more
Collecting of the petals for the stem

And glow
Glow
Melt and flow
Eviscerate your fragile frame
And spill it out in the ragged floor
A thousand different versions of yourself

And if the old guards still defend
They got nothing left on which you depend
So enlist every ounce
Of your bright blood
And off with their heads
Jump from the brook
You're not obliged to swallow anything you despise
See, those unrepenting buzzards want your life

And they got no right
As sure as you have eyes
They got no right

Just put yourself in my new shoes
and see that I do what I do
because the old guards still defend
(pretty guards with shiny hands)
we got nothing left on which we depend
so enlist every ounce
of your bright blood
And off with their heads
Jump from the brook
You're not obliged to swallow anything you despise
you despise
that you despise
that you despise
that you despise
Track Name: Plays Pretty For Baby
I feel her smooth skin slightly
brush against the back side of my arm.

I need the song started over
Your crying made me miss my favorite part.

I hear the exclaimation point!!

Her eyes are so there [dee deee dee...]
They're greener...

Lay back, the song is almost over
I tried to hear you out but I dozed off.

I need the song started over
Your crying made me miss my favorite part.

Rachael, it's times like this I wonder!!
Track Name: My Life in the Knife Trade
How many times have I noticed that our eyes hardly ever meet?
From your judgment seat I can feel the anger for my very being.
Fill me in on when you became such a big part of my life.
That I should bother with all your lies designed to bring me down.
Wrong again don't depend on any reaction again!

I remember the icy walls that shot up from nowhere,
And I can see every lie you've ever told yourself.
You bleed me dry and I don't ask why but I'm left with the dust.
Judas kiss I dismiss thank you all for this I am untouched

Wait again I'm not through with the screaming
I contend that you've got nothing better to do
Than trade my life for a barrel of gold
Find someone else before I get too old
If I live my life for aesthetic gain
will you repay me with all your shame

I can see every light inside your brain
go on every time that I walk by
For nods and whispers


Your comfort in my suffering is no longer disturbing
I'm lost beyond your petty stopwatch in life's real time

Wait again I'm not through with the screaming
I contend that you've got nothing better to do
Than trade my life for a barrel of gold
Find someone else before I get too old
If I live my life for aesthetic gain
will you repay me with all your shame
Track Name: Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades
Keep the noise low, she doesn't wanna blow it
Shaking head to toe
While your left hand does the 'show me around'
Quickens your heartbeat
It beats me straight up to the ground

You don't recover from a night like this
A victim, still lying in bed, completely motionless
A hand moves in the dark to a zipper
Hear a boy bracing tight against sheets
Barely whisper, "This is so messed up"

Upon arrival the guests had all stared
Dripping wet and clearly depressed
He'd headed straight for the stairs
No longer cool, but a boy in a stitch
Unprepared for a life full of lies and failing relationships

He keeps his hands low, he doesn't wanna blow it
He's wet from head to toe and
His eyes give her the up and the down
His stomach turns and he thinks of throwing up
But the body on the bed beckons forward
And he starts growing up

The fever, the focus
The reasons that I had to believe you weren't too hard to sell
Die young and save yourself
The tickle, the taste of
It used to be the reason I breathed but now it's choking me up
Die young and save yourself

She hits the lights, this doesn't seem quite fair
Despite of everything he learned from his friends
He doesn't feel so prepared
She's breathing quiet and smooth
He's gasping for air

"This is the first and last time," he says
She fakes a smile and presses her hips into his
He keeps his hands pinned down at his sides
He's holding back from telling her
Exactly what it really feels like

He is the lamb, she is the slaughter
She's moving way too fast and all he wanted was to hold her
Nothing that he tells her's really having an effect
He whispers that he loves her
But she's probably only looking for

So much more than he could ever give
A life free of lies and a meaningful relationship
He keeps his hands pinned down at his sides
He waits for it to end
And for the aching in his guts to subside

The fever, the focus
The reasons that I had to believe you weren't too hard to sell
Die young and save yourself
The tickle, the taste of
It used to be the reason I breathed but now it's choking me up
Die young and save yourself

Up the stairs, the station where
The act becomes the art of growing up

The fever, the focus
The reasons that I had to believe you weren't too hard to sell
Die young and save yourself
The tickle, the taste of
It used to be the reason I breathed but now it's choking me up
Die young and save yourself
Track Name: Magdalena
Overcome by your
Moving temple
Overcome by this
Holiest of altars

So pure
So rare
To witness such an earthly goddess
That I've lost my self control
Beyond compelled to throw this dollar down before your
Holiest of altars

I'd sell
My soul
My self-esteem a dollar at a time

One chance
One kiss
One taste of you my Magdalena

I bear witness
To this place, this prayer, so long forgotten
So pure
So rare
To witness such an earthly goddess

That I'd sell
My soul
My self-esteem a dollar at a time
For one chance
One kiss
One taste of you my black Madonna

I'd sell
My soul
My self-esteem a dollar at a time

One taste
One taste
One taste of you my Magdalena
Track Name: Today
Today is the greatest
Day I've ever known
Can't live for tomorrow
Tomorrow's much too long
I'll burn my eyes out
Before I get out

I wanted more
Than life could ever grant me
Bored by the chore
Of saving face

Today is the greatest
Day I've ever known
Can't wait for tomorrow
I might not have that long
I'll tear my heart out
Before I get out

Pink ribbon scars
That never forget
I tried so hard
To cleanse these regrets
My angel wings
Were bruised and restrained
My belly stings

Today is
Today is
Today is
The greatest day

I want to turn you on
I want to turn you on
I want to turn you on
I want to turn you

Today is the greatest
Today is the greatest day
Today is the greatest day
That I have ever really known