Allan Holdsworth song titles

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Here is a list of song titles associated with Allan Holdsworth. For his early band and session recordings, only titles where he contributed as a composer are listed. For his solo albums, all titles are listed, also the ones written by other band members.


Title Artist Writer(s) Album Meaning
0274 Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain The area phone code for Bradford.
5 to 10 Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower
54 Duncan Terrace Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Secrets The address of pianist Pat Smythe.
54 Duncan Terrace Holdsworth/Beck Holdsworth With A Heart In My Song The address of pianist Pat Smythe.
Above & Below Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth All Night Wrong
Above and Below Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain
Above and Below (Reprise) Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain
Against the Clock Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Naomi Star Wardenclyffe Tower
All Our Yesterdays Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Rowanne Mark Atavachron The title refers to an episode of the same name in “Star Trek”.
Alphrazallan Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth All Night Wrong
At the Edge Holdsworth/Beck Holdsworth The Things You See
Atavachron Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Atavachron The Atavachron was a time travel device in “Star Trek”.
Bo Peep Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire
Brothers Tempest Hiseman, Holdsworth Tempest
Checking Out Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth I.O.U.
City Nights Allan Holdsworth Gary Husband Secrets
Clown Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Sand
Curves Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire
Dark House Tempest Hiseman, Clarke, Holdsworth Tempest
Devil Take the Hindmost Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Metal Fatigue Devil Take the Hindmost is a type of bicycle run. At the end of every lap or every set number of laps the last rider to cross the line is eliminated from the race. When just a handful of riders remain, they sprint for the finish.
Diminished Responsibility Holdsworth/Beck Holdsworth The Things You See The title is a pun on the use of diminished scales in the theme of the song.
Distance vs. Desire Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Sand
Dodgy Boat Allan Holdsworth Steve Hunt Wardenclyffe Tower This title is an example of rhyming slang, explained by Steve Hunt in his interview with Rick Beato.
Don't You Know Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire
Downside Up Allan Holdsworth Chad Wackerman The Sixteen Men of Tain
Eeny Meeny Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire
Eidolon Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain
Endomorph Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Rowanne Mark Secrets ”Something that is encapsulated in something else”, referring to Allan’s expression of love for his parents.
Every Little Breeze Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth BBC session Allan played this number, consisting of several ideas that would later emerge in other songs, as a tribute to "the recent arrival of his baby daughter" Louise.
Floppy Hat Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness This song is apparently dedicated to Claire, Allan’s second wife.
Foyers of Fun Tempest Hiseman, Clarke, Holdsworth Tempest
Fred Tony Williams New Lifetime Holdsworth Believe It This song was originally titled “Kinder”, but was renamed. Fred was the nickname for Holdsworth’s first wife, Angela.
Funnels Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Atavachron The song was commissioned for Queen Mary’s Jazz Festival. The ship Queen Mary has three funnels.
Funnels Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth All Night Wrong
Gas Lamp Blues Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth All Night Wrong This is a reworking of the song “Gattox”.
Gattox Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness
Golden Lakes Igginbottom Holdsworth Igginbottom's Wrench
Golden Lakes Holdsworth/Beck Holdsworth The Things You See
Gone Sailing Soft Machine Holdsworth Bundles
Good Clean Filth Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness
Gorgon Tempest Hiseman, Clarke, Holdsworth Tempest
Hard Hat Area Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Hard Hat Area
Home Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Metal Fatigue The title refers to Allan’s native Yorkshire. The pub sounds at the beginning were recorded in a local Yorkshire pub.
House of Mirrors Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Hard Hat Area
In the Mystery Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Paul Korda Metal Fatigue
Is She Just a Dream? Igginbottom Holdsworth, Mick Skelly Igginbottom's Wrench
Joshua Allan Holdsworth Steve Hunt Secrets Joshua is the name of Steve Hunt’s first son.
Karzie Key Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness "...a karzie is an English slang word for a toilet which is believed to have origins from the British Army in India ... When Sam and Elsie lived in Hollingwood Lane, Bradford, Yorkshire their toilet was outside 20 yards from the house. the toilet door had a lock on it and the key was needed to gain entry. After a family visit, Allan inadvertently took the key back with him to the United States, hence the tune's title. (Graham Hepworth)
Kinder Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness The title refers to a childlike quality in the use of the German word “children”.
Land of the Bag Snake Soft Machine Holdsworth Bundles
Lanyard Loop Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth All Night Wrong
Last May Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness
Let's Throw Shrimp Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Chad Wackerman, Jimmy Johnson Against The Clock According to Eddie Coralnick: Allan had some drum tracks from Chad Wackerman, unused material....he needed a bonus track for Against the Clock....Allan wrote track around Chad's drum tracks....Allan needed a name for the track, Chad residing in Australia......Allan said let's throw another shrimp on the bar-b, which was part of an Australian promo for travel to Australia......I said how bout....Let's Throw Shrimp.....
Letsby Tony Williams New Lifetime Holdsworth Believe It
Letters of Marque Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth I.O.U. The title refers to the government license authorizing a person (known as a privateer) to attack and capture enemy vessels and bring them before admiralty courts for condemnation and sale, in the age of sail.
Looking Glass Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Atavachron
Low Levels, High Stakes Allan Holdsworth Hard Hat Area Holdsworth
Mac Man Allan Holdsworth Sand Holdsworth
Madame Vintage Soft Works Holdsworth Abracadabra
Maid Marion Allan Holdsworth Hunt Secrets
Material Real Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Road Games
Material unreal Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain
Mental Medication U.K. Holdsworth, Bruford, Jobson U.K.
Metal Fatigue Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Paul Williams Metal Fatigue
Mr. Spock Tony Williams New Lifetime Holdsworth Believe It The title is one of Allan’s numerous references to Star Trek.
Mr. Berwell Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Atavachron The title refers to Allan’s son Sam, although Allan was never explicit about this in any published interview.
Nevermore U.K. Holdsworth, Jobson, Wetton U.K.
Night Illusion Gong Holdsworth Gazeuse!
Non Brewed Condiment Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Atavachron Non-brewed condiment is a vinegar substitute created with water, acetic acid, flavourings and often caramel colour. It is sometimes used in fish and chip shops in the United Kingdom and Ireland instead of malt vinegar.
Not So Sweet Dreams Igginbottom Holdsworth Igginbottom's Wrench
Oneiric Moor Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower
Out from Under Allan Holdsworth Steven Robinson, Holdsworth I.O.U.
Out of Confusion Igginbottom Dave Freeman, Steven Robinson, Holdsworth, Mick Skelly Igginbottom's Wrench
Panic Station Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Paul Williams Metal Fatigue
Peril Premonition Allan Holdsworth Chad Wackerman Secrets
Please Hold On Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire
Poochini Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Tales From The Vault Poochini was the name of one of Allan’s dogs.
Postlude Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Hunt, Skúli Sverrisson, Gary Husband Hard Hat Area
Prelude Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Steve Hunt Hard Hat Area
Pud Wud Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Sand Pud Wud was the nickname of Allan’s daughter Emily.
Questions Allan Holdsworth Chad Wackerman) Wardenclyffe Tower
Road Games Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Road Games
Ruhkukah Allan Holdsworth Hard Hat Area Holdsworth According to Eddie Coralnick, “Is a term a Great Friend R.I.P. came up with as he was a Studly woman's man.....and was seemingly in the bedroom with the Ladies...per Allan....imagine a headboard of a bed hitting the wall as Barry was engaged with a Lady friend in The bedroom......RUHKUKAH , RUHKUKAH, RUHKUKAH......Sort of a Manly expression Barry Blood ......seemed to use bragging at the PUB, That is what that track is about.....Allan would just say RUHKUK....for short !”
San onofre Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain
Sand Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Sand
Secrets Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Rowanne Mark Secrets
Shadows Of Gong Holdsworth Gazeuse!
Shallow Sea Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth I.O.U.
Snow Moon Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire
So Long Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire
Sphere of Innocence Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower
Spokes Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Secrets
Sundays Holdsworth/Beck Holdsworth With A Heart In My Song
Sweet Dry Biscuits Igginbottom Holdsworth Igginbottom's Wrench
Temporary Fault Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth I.O.U.
Texas Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain
The 4.15 Bradford Executive Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Chad Wackerman Sand The song is meant to depict a train ride from Bradford to London.
The Abingdon Chasp Bruford Holdsworth One Of A Kind ”The Abingdon Chap” is a logo of a British brewery, and “chasp” is how it would be pronounced after you had a few pints.
The Castle Igginbottom Holdsworth Igginbottom's Wrench
The Dominant Plague Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Atavachron
The Drums Were Yellow Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Gary Novak The Sixteen Men of Tain This track is a tribute to Tony Williams, who would play yellow Gretsch drums.
The Duplicate Man Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire
The Duplicate Man (Intro) Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire
The Sixteen Men of Tain Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain The title is a reference to the Glenmorangie distillery, which was traditionally run by “the sixteen men of tain”.
The Things You See Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth All Night Wrong
The Things You See (When You Haven't Got Your Gun) Holdsworth/Beck Holdsworth The Things You See
The Things You See (When You Haven't Got Your Gun) Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth I.O.U.
The Un-Merry-Go-Round Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Metal Fatigue
The Witch Igginbottom Holdsworth Igginbottom's Wrench
Three Sheets to the Wind Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Road Games According to Allan’s second wife Claire, the term simply means “drunk”.
Tokyo Dream Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Road Games
Tullio Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Hard Hat Area The song is a tribute to cyclist and inventor Tullio Camagnolo.
Up and On Tempest John Edwards, Holdsworth Tempest
Velvet Darkness Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness
Wardenclyffe Tower Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower The title refers to one of Nikola Tesla’s inventions.
Was There? Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Road Games
Water on the Brain Pt. II Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Road Games
Water on the Brain Pt.II Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth All Night Wrong
Where Is One Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth I.O.U.
White Line Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Pete Brown I.O.U.
Wish Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness
Zarabeth Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower This title refers to a character in an episode of “Star Trek” called “All Our Yesterdays”.
Zone Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Steve Hunt, Gary Husband, Jimmy Johnson All Night Wrong