Fact And Fantasy (Album)

by Craig Hallen

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‘Fact And Fantasy’ is a musical exposé of Craig Hallen’s determined journey as a singer/piano player through the 10 years it has taken to complete the album. In fact the title track itself is a reference to the often conflicting forces felt within a seemingly uncompromising world, but ultimately the album finds answers and resolves with unwavering optimism, all delivered via a mix of catchy rock/pop and easy listening tunes.

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released March 1, 2016

Produced by Ian Rushton and Craig Hallen

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Craig Hallen Auckland, New Zealand

Craig Hallen is a singer/songwriter and piano player based in Auckland, NZ.
He has developed a writing style which is an amalgamation of several genres of music including rock, blues and easy listening. He freely admits he ‘writes from experience’ - drawing inspiration from everyday life, resulting in an eclectic mix of catchy, upbeat rock songs and laid back ballads. ... more

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Track Name: The Light And The Darkness
Into the dark night
You walk alone
Sounds of the lost souls
Trapped out of time

The light and the darkness
That covers you
The light and the darkness
Etched in memories from long ago

Into the bright light
Sights unseen
Legends of heroes
Have always been

The light and the darkness
That covers you
The light and the darkness
Etched in memories from long ago

I build you a heaven
From sand and stone
Where you can rest
Never alone
Never, never, never, alone!

..Etched in memories from long ago

The light and the darkness
That covers you
The light and the darkness
Etched in memories from long ago
The light and the darkness
That smothers you
The light and the darkness
Etched in memories from long ago
Track Name: Virtual Girl
I sent you a letter
Several pages long
Didn’t mind waiting to hear how
You were getting on
Used to have conversations
On the telephone
Even though I could only reach you
If you were at home – now it’s

Just a virtual world
And you’re my virtual girl
Still you seem oh so real
It’s just a virtual world
And you’re my virtual girl
You may see, but can you feel?

It may be a case
Of cabin fever
Cut off from the world
Seems like forever
This crazy language
I don’t understand
Can’t help thinking it’s getting
Way out of hand – now it’s

Just a virtual world
And you’re my virtual girl
Still you seem oh so real
It’s just a virtual world
And you’re my virtual girl
You may see but can you feel?

Sitting in a café
Like robots typing away
And still we struggle trying to think of
What we should say – now it’s

Just a virtual world
And you’re my virtual girl
Still you seem oh so real
It’s just a virtual world
And you’re my virtual girl
You may see, but can you feel?
Track Name: Fact And Fantasy
It’s been a long while now
The gap is starting to close
Closing faster every day
Will it end? I don’t know
The product of man’s desire
To better the day before
Won’t stop the sun from shining
But will affect us all

Like the merging seasons
Where snow falls down in spring
The line between truth and fiction
Can no longer be seen
All the things we have in our lives
How much do we really need?
Man’s vision for a better future
A blend of fact and fantasy

What happened to the human face?
Hidden behind a mask
And a simple way of living
Just a relic of the past
Raging storms may seal our fate
Won’t ever be controlled
Why try to change everything?
Mysteries can’t all be solved

Like the merging seasons
Where snow falls down in spring
The line between truth and fiction
Can no longer be seen
All the things we have in our lives
Like some false reality
Man’s vision for a better future
A blend of fact and fantasy

Though the walls have been brought down
Many barriers still remain
We haven’t been given the choice
But to accept the change, or be left behind
Track Name: Flying
It’s a perfect world up here
Cocooned in this shell
Far away from my living room chair
This is where I like to be
Close to heaven, farewell
Wish I could stay here forever

It’s so much colder in this part of the world
But up here the sun always shines
If I get any higher above the clouds, I’ll never need to
Find another mountain to climb

‘Cause I’m flying
Free as the birds in the sky
Yes I’m flying
And I won’t be coming home tonight
I’m flying
Free as the birds in the sky
Yes I’m flying, flying

I’ll touch the earth again
Only for a while
My feet don’t belong on the ground
The freedom of the skies
Always makes me smile
Lifts me up, when I’m feeling down

It’s so much colder in this part of the world
But up here the sun always shines
If I get any higher above the clouds, I’ll never need to
Find another mountain to climb

‘Cause I’m flying
Free as the birds in the sky
Yes I’m flying
And I won’t be coming home tonight
I’m flying
Free as the birds in the sky
Yes I’m flying, flying
Track Name: She Lets Me Know
I was feeling confused
Couldn’t decide
Which path I should choose
Felt it was time to make a new start
But I was without a girl

Tried to find a reason
Kept wondering why
I was on this earth
Finally found some hope
When she came into my world

She lets me know
Which way to turn
When I’m unsure, and now
She lets me know
When to hold on
And when to let go

Just want things to be real
Trust what I see
Believe what I feel
There are many ways to get lost
And forget about life

Backed against the wall
Nowhere to run
Everywhere to fall
But at last I found hope
It came the day that she arrived

She lets me know
Which way to turn
When I’m unsure, and now
She lets me know
When to hold on
And when to let go
Track Name: Sometimes
There’s a time to dream
A time to live
When all hope is lost
There’s a time to forgive
There’s a time to rise
A time to fall
When a man is in love
He doesn’t worry about growing old

The years will pass and times will change
But some things happen all over again

Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry
Sometimes you quit, sometimes you try
Sometimes you love, sometimes you lie
Sometimes you live, sometimes you die

There’s a time to run
Time to face the truth
When you’ve left behind
The innocence of youth
There’s a time to hold on
A time to let go
A willingness to move forward
From the life that you know

It doesn’t have to be about money
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose

Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry
Sometimes you quit, sometimes you try
Sometimes you love, sometimes you lie
Sometimes you live, sometimes you die

Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry
Sometimes you quit, sometimes you try
Sometimes you fall, sometimes you fly
Sometimes you’re low, sometimes you’re high
Sometimes you love, sometimes you lie
Sometimes you live, and sometimes you die
Track Name: At One With Myself
When I close my eyes
Turn out the light
I hear the noises
That fill the night
A symphony
With an ebb and flow
Floating through my
Bedroom window

This time it's for me
When the day is done
I lose myself
In thoughts free to run, free to run
In the oneness of my mind -

Nobody knows where I go
Free to dream on my own
Put all of my thoughts on the shelf
'Cause I'm at one with myself
At one with myself

Like flicking a switch
Something happens inside
Ideas floating in tune
Music scores on a tide
Words flow on the page
Every author's delight
The song that breaks through
Will let me sleep at night

I know it won't stay
No matter how hard I try
This feeling in me
Is waving goodbye, waving goodbye
In the oneness of my mind -

Nobody knows where I go
Free to dream on my own
Put all of my thoughts on the shelf
I'm at one with myself
At one with myself

How long will this last
Should I just let it be?
Surrender my heart
As it takes over me

Nobody knows where I go
Free to dream on my own
Put all of my thoughts on the shelf
I'm at one with myself
Nobody knows -
Well nobody knows -
At one with myself
Track Name: The Best Love For You
Got someone in your life
I could be the one you really want
They don’t know the things you like
I just wanna give to you
The love you’ve never got - so

Give me a chance to show it
I swear it’s the best thing you could do
Then you’ll know this love I show
Is the best love for you

You have it all worked out
You’ve taken so long to get this far
Don’t wanna turn it all around
Something’s missin’ can’t you see it’s me
Baby please

Give me a chance to show it
I swear it’s the best thing you could do
Then you’ll know this love I show
Is the best love for you

In these eyes you’re amazin’
One day soon I hope you’ll see
It’s driving me crazy knowin’
You’re with him when you should be with me – baby please

Give me a chance to show it
I swear it’s the best thing you could do
Then you’ll know this love I show
Is the best love for you

Give me a chance to show it
I swear it’s the best thing you could do
Then you’ll know this love I show
Is the best love for you
Then you’ll know this love I show
Is the best love for you
Track Name: Holding On
You’re telling me what to do
All your advice
Designed to confuse
You think you know what is right for me
You don’t know what it’s like
To be standing up there
In the spotlight
Singing a song to an empty room

And it’s been a long road
I’ve been knocked to the ground
And I’ve run out of hope
But I’d rather hold on than let go

So I’m holding on
This gold in my hands
You say it’s pie in the sky
But I know who I am
And this life has grown richer
Knowing where I belong
So I’m holding on
Yes I’m holding on

So many ways to get lost
Giving up on a dream
Comes at a cost
Watching opportunity slip away
Because I’m living for real
I know that a man
Must follow his will
And not be discouraged by what people say

And it’s been a long road
I’ve been messed around
Left out in the cold
Still I’d rather hold on than let go

So I’m holding on
This gold in my hands
You say it’s pie in the sky
But I know who I am
And this life has grown richer
Knowing where I belong
So I’m holding on
Yes I’m holding on

And it’s been a long road
I’ve been knocked to the ground
And I’ve run out of hope
Still I’d rather hold on than let go

So I’m holding on
This gold in my hands
You say it’s pie in the sky
But I know who I am
And this life has grown richer
Knowing where I belong
So I’m holding on
Yes I’m holding on
I'm holding on
Yes I'm holding on