Once upon a time - EP

by This Temple Eden

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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
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
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
Tonight 04:54
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


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.


released January 24, 2014


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