Memories & Ghosts

by Mark Ayling

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released January 2, 2011

All songs written & performed by Mark Ayling 2009

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A lifelong drummer, Mark Ayling has branched out into the world of acoustic music. Discarding the usual folk/acoustic influences such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, Mark takes his inspiration from artists as diverse as The Jam, New Model Army, The Specials, Motorhead and Joy Division, creating a sound that has the energy of punk whilst retaining the melodic elements of the acoustic guitar. ... more

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Track Name: Warzone
YOU INFLICT PAIN, YOU WEAR THE CHAINS
CONFLICT IS TOUGH
NON-CONFLICTING THOUGHTS ARE JUST ENOUGH
TO MAKE YOUR NAME STAND OUT FROM ALL THE OTHER PAWNS

IN THIS NEVER ENDING WARZONE

SHOOT TO KILL, YOU KNOW THE DRILL
KEEP PUSHING FORWARDS THROUGH THE TREES
THERE ON THEIR KNEES, SURRENDERED
WAITING FOR THE COWARD'S DEATH YOU THINK THEY DESERVE

IN THIS NEVER ENDING WARZONE

THE CHEERING CROWDS TO WELCOME HOME
THE HEROES BRAVE, THE WALKING DEAD
THE WOUNDED, FED ON LIES
AND THE SWELLING NATIONAL PRIDE

YET STILL THE SCREAMS CUT THROUGH YOUR DREAMS
YOU'LL NEVER REST, YOU WERE THE BEST
NOW YOU ARE FADING LIKE THE REST
CAN BARELY MOVE TRAPPED IN THIS NIGHTMARE

IN YOUR NEVER ENDING WARZONE

IN YOUR NEVER ENDING WARZONE
Track Name: By Those That Pass Before Me
THROWN INTO MY LIFE LIKE A STRANGER ON A TRAIN
ONCE YOU STEPPED OFF, WE WENT OUR SEPARATE WAYS
AND I NEVER GOT TO SAY GOODBYE

I REALLY WISH I'D TRIED

FOR ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT IN TIME
THE WORLD WAS AT OUR FEET, FLYING SO HIGH
WE WERE AIMING FOR THE TOP TO STAND SO TALL AND PROUD
BUT BENEATH OUR FEET, THE PAVEMENT WAS
COLD AND EMPTY
BLACKENED WITH VANITY
CRAWLING WITH FAILURE
WORN AWAY BY THOUSANDS
THAT PASS BEFORE ME

BY THOSE THAT PASS BEFORE ME
Track Name: Spirit On The Horizon
DARK ALLEYWAYS OF MY MIND
WILL BE OVERGROWN WITH TIME
BARBED WIRE FENCES HOLD ME IN
THESE SIGNATURED WALLS OF STONE

THERE SHE STANDS
SPIRIT ON THE HORIZON
SEARCHING ACROSS THE LAND

A MISTY PATH THROUGH DEAD TREES
ENCROACHING DARKNESS HOLDING ME
BLINDLY STUMBLE FOREVER ON
FOLLOWING HER LONELY SONG

THERE SHE STANDS
SPIRIT ON THE HORIZON
CALLING ACROSS THE LAND

PILES OF RUBBLE WHERE WALLS ONCE STOOD
SMOULDERING SKELETONS ALL THAT'S LEFT OF THESE WOODS
LIKE A CURSE LIFTED, THE EMPTY DREAMS GONE
AN ENDLESS COLOURSCAPE
IN THE LIGHT OF THIS NEW DAWN

THERE SHE STANDS
SPIRIT ON THE HORIZON
TAKING ME BY THE HAND
Track Name: The Ballad Of Logie Buchan
THIS QUIET DESOLATION
SEETHING DESPERATION
WITH UNFULFILLED DISCONTENTMENT
A GROWING RESENTMENT
A PATTERN FOR LIFE
WITH EACH USELESS GENERATION

THIS DARK TWISTED LANDSCAPE
AN ARMY OF BROTHERS
HOLD NO SENTIMENT FOR STRANGERS
THE BITTER LOOKS
A CURSE ON THE WORLD
FROM BEHIND FRIENDLY EYES
NOT LEAST TO ONE ANOTHER

BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
A LONE CANDLE FLICKERS
A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER
WRAPPED ROUND BARBED WIRE
JUST ONE MORE REMINDER
OF EVERYTHING WE HAVE LOST
JUST ONE MORE REMINDER
OF EVERYTHING THAT YOU'RE TO BLAME FOR

HERE LIE THE REMAINS OF EVERYTHING THAT'S DEAD TO ME
Track Name: Perfect Raging Storm
TIME DRIFTS BY SO SLOWLY NOW
TIME, AT THE SPEED OF SOUND
BUT I KNOW NOW THAT YOU ARE WAITING
A DREAM TO CLING TO, FOREVER BOUND

I'VE SEARCHED FOREVER THROUGH MY LIFE
AND ONLY FOUND A SHALLOW AND EMPTY FORM
AND I KNOW NOW THAT YOU ARE WITH ME
WAITING FOR THE PERFECT RAGING STORM

BUT STILL THE EMPTINESS RETURNS
WHEN I'M ALL ALONE
EMPTY, LIKE A HUNGER PAIN
GNAWING AWAY DEEP DOWN

EVERY FRACTURED COMMUNICATION
RUNNING ME INTO THE GROUND
AND EACH SOFT LITTLE WORD YOU SAY
SPINNING ME AROUND

SOMEDAY SOON WE'LL BE TOGETHER
ONCE WE'VE SHED THE WEIGHT OF THE PAST
AND I KNOW NOW THAT YOU ARE WITH ME
FOREVER IN MY ARMS
Track Name: Circle Of Life
THE NEON LIGHTS REFLECT OFF ROWS OF SHOP WINDOWS
LIKE RATS IN A MAZE, THE RELENTLESS MARCH OF DESPERATE FEET
ROW UPON ROW OF NEVER ENDING TRINKETS
A THOUSAND BLANK EXPRESSIONS, SPOILT FOR CHOICE

GIFTS FROM THE GODS OR A SWEAT SHOP IN TAIWAN?
A CHILD LABOUR FACTORY HELD AT GUNPOINT BUT THAT'S OK
JUST SO LONG AS WE HAVE EVERYTHING THAT WE WANT

ON SKELETON BROADWAY THE OFFICE BUILDING GLOWS BLUE
SO MANY BLOODIED HANDS OUR MONEY HAS TO PASS THROUGH
TO BE PLACED IN THE POCKETS OF TERRORISTS AND REBELS
AND ONWARDS TO FUND MASS EXECUTION AND THE RAPING OF

THE BLACK BLOOD THAT RUNS THROUGH THE VEINS OF THE WORLD
FROM EVERY BLAZING DESERT TO EVERY FREEZING ROCKY SHORE
FROM DALLAS TO DARFUR IT'S USED AS A WEAPON AGAINST THE POOR
BUT IN MY TOWN IT'S ALL ABOUT STATUS AND WHO'S GOT MORE

THEY'LL BUY UP ALL THE LAND AND START WARS WHERE WE WON'T SELL
THEY'LL TURN SCHOOLS INTO DUST AND SEND THE FUTURE TO HELL
THEY'LL BUY PEOPLE'S LIVES, OR TAKE THEM FOR FREE
JUST TO ADD ANOTHER POINT TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

GIFTS FROM THE GODS OR PUTTING GREED ABOVE NEED?
AS THE WORLD STANDS BACKS TO THE WALL, BLINDFOLDS ON BUT IT'S STILL OK
JUST SO LONG AS THEY HAVE EVERYTHING THAT THEY WANT
AND THEY SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT IN THEIR SELF IMPOSED PRISONS

IN A ROOM WITH A VIEW OVER ROWS OF SHOP WINDOWS
THE RATS IN THE MAZE NOW HOPELESSLY LOST
THE SHALLOWNESS AND SHAME OF THIS SHIT I SEE AROUND ME
CAN ALL BE YOURS FOR THIS MODEST FEE
Track Name: Tragically Shit
A MILLION PUBLIC FRIENDLY SOUNDS
SO FAR FROM THE UNDERGROUND
TRUE REBEL WITHOUT A CLUE
I JUST CAN'T STAND TO BE A
PART OF THIS SCENE YOU SAY IS 'COOL'
4/4 TEENAGE ANGST TO DISGUISE
A FASHION STATEMENT OVER ALL

SEE YOURSELF AS SOMEONE ELSE
70'S/80'S IN REVERSE
WEAR THE DISGUISE AND PLAY THE PART
YOU USED TO PLAY WHEN YOU WERE
SAFE IN THE KNOWLEDGE WHEN YOU THOUGHT
THAT YOU WOULD BE THE NEXT BIG THING
NOW ALL THAT'S LEFT IS JUST A SHELL
AND ANOTHER BUTLINS SUPPORT SLOT

SO WHERE IN ALL THIS DO I FIT
AMONG THE TRAGICALLY SHIT?
STAND IN LINE OR DISAPPEAR
AND JOIN THE REBEL FACTION'S SNEERS?
UNCONDITIONED TO THE DIRGE
OF YOUR GENERIC LAZY SURGE
BLIND ACCEPTANCE, PUBLIC VOTES
REPRODUCED AS THE SAME FEW NOTES
Track Name: 3597
AS I STAND AND GAZE AT THE STARS
THE SAME STARS THAT WE USED TO WATCH WHEN I WAS YOUNG
I GET TO THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING, AND HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN
I KNOW IT WON'T BRING YOU BACK
I'VE TRIED IN MY DREAMS SO MANY TIMES
BUT THERE'S NOTHING THAT CAN FILL THIS VOID THAT'S LEFT
AND KNOWING WHAT WE'VE MISSED

WE SAT AND WATCHED YOU FADE AWAY
ON THOSE BEAUTIFUL WARM SPRING DAYS
BUT THE COLDNESS IN OUR HEARTS COULD NEVER WARM THE SOUL
AND MELT THE TEARS
WE WERE SO BRAVE AND I JUST WISH THAT
WE COULD HAVE SHOWN TRUE EMOTION
ONCE IN OUR LIVES
BUT NOW IT'S TOO LATE

NOW EVERYONE HAS SAID GOODBYE
GONE THEIR SEPARATE WAYS, GROWN UP AND GOT THEIR OWN LIVES
THE OLD HOUSE LEFT ABANDONED FULL OF MEMORIES AND GHOSTS
OF OUR PAST, ARE YOU STILL WAITING THERE?
LOST AND ALONE, NOT KNOWING IF ANYONE REMEMBERS YOU
OR IF THEY EVER CARED

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