Vibrant Memories

by Mahouts

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about

This began to take shape in the middle of 2015, while I was aimlessly recording songs. A band name came courtesy of Laura George of Red House Music, an independent record store in Aberdare, and this officially became a thing.

These songs were recorded very basically at various points over a period of 18 months in my bedroom and my basement.

This is an album for my friends, family & loved ones.

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released September 13, 2016

Written, performed & recorded by Dorian Richard Holmes.

All songs were recorded directly to my beat-up old Tascam.

Cover artwork by Lizzy Bassett

Respect to Chris Cartwright, Chris Davies, Tim Jones, Dom Castree & Carl Harvey for propelling this foward live.

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Track Name: What Happened 2U
What happened to you once you made it, son?
You're still filling all them letters
With what you wanted to say

When you're feeling alright
When you're feeling alright
When you're feeling alright
When you're feeling alright

I don't read the news 'cos I'm so afraid
People run in circles
Arguments the same

But I'm feeling alright
But I'm feeling alright
But I'm feeling alright
But I'm feeling alright

What happened to you once you made it, son?
You're still filling all them letters
With what you wanted to say...
Track Name: Changes, Yeah!
Too much coal, when the fire's burning down below
So we suffered in the heat 'til it was done
You joked and said the bedroom was hotter than the sun
We had to stay in there 'til it was time to run

Yeah!

No love left, you'll be old before you even know
But them stories won't keep writing themselves
Brother you're a charmer but things ain't what they seem
You better get on track my friend and trust in me

I've watched you go through changes
I've watched you go through changes

Too much coal, when the fire's burning down below
So we suffered in the heat 'til it was done
You joked and said the bedroom was hotter than the sun
We had to stay in there 'til it was time to run

I've watched you go through changes
I've watched you go through changes
I've watched you go through changes
I've watched you go through changes

Changes, yeah!
Track Name: The Boys Are Asking
Hey, what became of you
Some of the boys were asking
Did you plot out a grand escape?
I know some others went that way

When are you coming home
To check them old connections
Back to the battleground
All of the boys are asking

I've started wondering aloud
About the old heartbreakers
Are they still hanging out
Picking up the same old faces

The heart's a cruel mistress
It plays a solitary tune
And we know all the dances
And she's still got the moves

Yeah, what became of old friends?
The ones that drifted from the shore
That spend the years surviving tides
And found new lands and something more

When are you coming home?
All of the boys are asking.ft
Track Name: Why, Oh
Take your hands off the steering wheel
And then we'll see if we've got God on our side
I know that most of the time you shouldn't deal in those lies
But sometimes the truth ain't nice

Why, what kind of mystery is that?
If there ain't no telling you
There's one less thing to prove
And that's alright

Close the door
Open up
There's no such thing as smoke and mirrors anymore

I've been waiting to come around baby
Yeah, it feels like I've been waiting all night
I know that most of the time we wouldn't listen to lies
'Cos sometimes people ain't nice

Why, what kind of mystery is that?
If there ain't no telling me
There'll be no telling you
And that's alright

Close the door
Open up
There's no such thing as smoke and mirrors anymore
There's no such thing as smoke and mirrors anymore
There's no such thing as smoke and mirrors anymore
There's no such thing as smoke and mirrors anymore

Why, oh why
Why, oh why
Why, oh why
Why, oh why
Track Name: Several Hundred Years
Some days it feels like I've lived for several hundred years
Where I've lost all that I've ever known
And found it all again

In the cradle of creation where the mountains used to move
I'm seeing you in places brought up from my memories
Of catacombs and villages
And bustling city streets

Do you feel like it's drifting away, sometimes?

Some days I realise it's been several hundred years
Since we saw Constantinople
And we watched them kill the kings

I hear that now you never speak of the beauty you have seen
The darkness of the oceans in those vibrant memories
The hedonistic parties
In those crowded ancient streets

Do you feel like it's drifting away, sometimes?

Sometimes.
Track Name: Safe With Me
Despite all the things you've seen
You're safe with me
And all those places you have been
You're safe with me

Safe with me
Safe with me

Baby you've been trying to find me
And you can't see through
So deep and dark before the dawn
It get's you so confused

Safe with me
Safe with me

Despite all the things you've seen
You're safe with me
And all those places you have been
You're safe with me

Safe with me
Safe with me

These days are getting brighter, you're safe with me
These days are getting brighter, you're safe with me
These days are getting brighter, you're safe with me
These days are getting brighter, you're safe with me

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