Once upon a time - EP

by This Temple Eden

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It was the 80s. I was young. I needed the money. It was a time of excess. Souls were sold for power chords. Epic analogue synth sounds fought against a digital revolution. A sample was made of bytes and wasn’t something the police asked for.

Five young dudes got together, and in warehouses, outhouses and garages, This Temple Eden took shape. This EP is a collection of four songs performed by the aforementioned men. Lovingly, if not accurately, reproduced for your listening pleasure.

I apologise to Nigel, Phil, Gary and Ian, the original musicians, for my rendering of what they originally played. I thought about changing the songs, re-inventing them for today, but in the end, I tried to recreate them as close to how they originally sounded when we performed them. Nostalgia is the new black.

I can’t remember the exact details, but everyone played at least some part in writing the music for Tell My Lover, This Temple Eden and Tonight. Your My Dream was from my songbook - a little black book that instead of keeping phone numbers, kept my guitar company.

So here's the four-track collection, another lo-fi recording from This Temple Eden.

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released January 24, 2014

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Track Name: Tell My Lover
Tell My Lover

Well the party’s getting older and the music’s getting loud
The people sitting round it’s the same old crowd
The video has just played, ‘It’s just a jump to the left’
And there’s blood and gore from the film seen before
Well I wasn’t even sure if I should come tonight
‘Just some friends’ I thought, hey that’s alright
But as the night has moved on I’ve realised
The feeling’s wrong. the time is wrong I’ve got to get away

It’s two o’clock and I’m gone
And as the night moves on, tell my lover I’ve gone tonight
I know that there’s something wrong, so I’ve done what i’ve thought was right
La, la, la, la, la, la, I’ll pop round and see her sometime
La, la, la, la, la, la, to the love that once was mine

Well you’ll probably never look at my face again
Because you’re the love who has been left behind
You’ll probably call me all the names under the sun
But (the guilty feeling is I’m the lonely one)
I’ve fallen in love so many times before
That the script I’m reading is such a bore
But as the night’s moved on I’ve realised
I lust for love, but that’s not love, and so i’ll get away

So now I’ll dance on my own
But I can’t crawl out the way I fell in
With my partner who steps in time
I’m sure that all things come to an end
Track Name: This Temple Eden
This Temple Eden

Adored, in awe, but out of reach the fruit tastes so sweet
So shy, wide-eyed, I couldn’t touch, proceed be discreet
The fumbled art trip, secret passion’s silent shout
Tight jeans, white jumper, spiked and doll-like sought me out

She took my hand and led me across the floor
She took my hand and led me down, darkened alleyways
Do you like what you see, she said, ‘It’s yours’
Do you want what you see, she said, ‘I’m yours’

Nobody told me what this game was called
Now I know, I miss her so and I want her back
This Temple Eden where we lie tonight
I know it’s not much but you mean a lot to me

She took my heart and told me what to do with my hands
She cried molest me and I was helpless to her command
The snakebite afternoons that we spent in the park
When we got drunk and we forgot that it wasn’t yet dark

Nobody told me what this game was called
Now she’s gone, I miss her so, but do i want her back
This Temple Eden where we lie tonight
I know it’s not much but this means a lot to me
Track Name: Your My Dream
Your My Dream

So, here we are again
Just you and I
together, dancing
But I think that something has changed
You’re not the same
I feel responses from my
sh shaky advances
Yes, I feel that something has changed

So do you feel the same?
Or are you going to fade away?

Your my dream
Now I’ve got you, I’m not going to let you go
I’m not going to let you slip away from me

it’s real, I feel your touch
My hands caress, we kiss
I’ll thank you so much
Now I’m sure that something has changed
I’m going weak
I see your eyes and I realise
This isn’t a game
Now I know that something has changed

Ad-lib
Track Name: Tonight
Tonight

I pull you in tight
beneath the moonlight
the stars are shining overhead
If I had one wish
It would be to hold you
But wishes never seem to rear their head, so

I float away on a hopeful dream to another land
The reason why i know I’m sure, i’ll never understand

And she said
Tonight, you can let your fingers do the talking
Tonight, I’ll watch the stars in the sky
Tonight, well I’ll love you and you’ll love me
Tonight, tonight I’m yours, tonight I’m yours

I know it’s helpless
To think about us
But when I hear your voice my heart hits high
With every breath you breathe
you push me further
Further to my dream, where love can try

So I’ll create this world where I can live out my fantasy of love and devotion
I’ll create this world where I can sing out my fantasy of love and emotion