The Vaults of Consciousness

by Me Auld Flower

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The Vaults of Consciousness, once believed to have been squandered on the rocks of the mind and forfeited to the god of relinquished time, have been salvaged and are here recorded in nine vignettes of wilderness and the west.

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released January 14, 2020

Produced and mixed by Eoin Dolan.
Fiddle and Arrangement by Darren Concannon.
Double Bass by Neil O'Loghlen.
Vocals and Guitar by B.P. Nally.
Vocals by Eveanne Slattery.
Banjo by Alan Walsh.
Piano by Conor Deasy.
Drums by Geoff French.
Electric Guitar by Dave Curtis.
Brass by Brendan Dolan.
Liturgy of the Word (VOC 5:5-6) by David Boland.
Additional Vocals by Iníon Ní Chaimpín.
Gangs of Gypsies mixed by B.P. Nally.
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering.
Additional Engineering by Jonathan Callaghan at Swell Audio.
Recorded in An Spidéal, Galway City, and the Inagh Valley.
All songs written by B.P. Nally © Redemptress Records 2020

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Me Auld Flower is a songwriter based in Connemara, Ireland

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Track Name: Claddagh Palace
There's a lady at the train station
The railroad goes skyward on platform one
Wearing a pencil skirt and a peacoat
The ones received, dressed in skins far from their own

In the Claddagh Palace as children
The screen before us apparitions to heathens
Before Beauty and the Beast, I loved you so
There's innocence but we can't dig up that gold

At witching hour the firmament fell on our lawn
But all the angels in the snow are long gone

Your Mam put 50p in the collection
For Joseph's forgiveness, Mary's protection
Skate out Galway Bay, the horizon,
The village of LA burning in the sun

At witching hour the firmament fell on our lawn
All the angels in the snow are long gone
A most savage crime when the grownups forged our Valentines
I was a long, long way out of earshot by teatime

There's a lady at the train station
Her suitcase a device of transfiguration
Track Name: Get Out of California
All the day from beach to beach
Wondering if any will be safe to sleep
The devil dwells in the desert deep
They got Jesus crawling, walking, running, coming in from the sea

No I never loved not one
Simple heart beneath the sun
All crooked kinds of chemistry
Binding them to these bodies
This is the world to my regret,
The more you think, the more distressed you get

Came the first bang, don't say we didn't warn you
Came the next bang, get out of California
Every mortal through the portal had come in peace

I put my hand into your purse
I crashed your car in the desert
I guessed the combination for the astral vault
But I couldn't carry any of it off
This is the world, I do despair
Each passing day we're only getting uglier

I made a pact with a sailor
Who said that he'd been everywhere
He wished there was somewhere new to dream
He wished home was even a memory
This is the world I am afraid,
The more you seek the less that you retain
Track Name: Aleksandra
Trouble came and trouble went
My pretty nose got long and bent
Often you spoke but rarely I knew what you meant

Til I broke vows of silence, obedience, and lent,
Your mother thought I was a gent
But she only lights candles for the innocent
Who'd never even need them

Aleksandra
A redhead and a Scorpio
And all I ever wanted
Tall and thin
The meanest little girl I know

I never felt the same again
Once I dressed up like a skeleton
No train here arrives without the dawn of time as its origin
Could never get away from

Aleksandra
A redhead and a Scorpio
And all I ever wanted
Tall and thin
The meanest little girl I know
The defiant and the vanquished
Aleksandra
Passing through the dreamcatcher
I remember the Brother
Trying to cane the devil out of every left-hander

Strange news came lately eastward
The banshee's call that everybody heard
And still ignored

I'd not regret, repent, or hate
For all the stout in Dublin 8
The hops that haunt we corruptibles in the orbit of St. James's Gate
Near but never close was

Aleksandra
A redhead and a Scorpio
And all I ever wanted
Tall and thin
The meanest little girl I know
The defiant and the vanquished
Aleksandra
Passing through the dreamcatcher
I remember the Brother
Trying to cane the devil out of every left-hander

The redemptress Aleksandra.
Track Name: Gangs of Gypsies
Fables and stories
The auld ones told me
When I was just a baby

Their words washed o'er me
No gods adore me
A boy takes that as his own duty (A girl takes that as her own duty)

See all the angels in a dream, none of them to comfort me
All the love I used to know, living in a town where I can't go
The Pharaoh and Moses go twelve bareknuckle rounds for your mind

I consorted freely
With gangs of gypsies
Poets, wastrels, condemned winos

Who took nothing from me
I gave it all willingly
Before it even comes then it goes
Speak the name and it's gone upon the wind

See all the angels in a dream, none of them to come for me
All the love I used to know, living in a town where I can't go
The Pharaoh and Moses go twelve bareknuckle rounds for your mind

A Reading from the Book of Exodus:
Open your hand that you may find the river in the wilderness and forest in an emptiness,
Open that you may see the snows fall on the sands of the sun.
And both men drew long into labouring lungs
And no one could tell the blood of one from the blood of the other once it was spilled and forsaken.
This is the Word of the Ghost.

Be done with waiting
There's no soul for saving
Sing no song of goodbye

Life replayed in flashes
Then long reels of sadness
Ashes scattered long before I died.
Speak the name and it's gone upon the wind

See all the angels in a dream, none of them to come for me
All the love I used to know, living in a town where I can't go
Through parted sea come riding gangs of gypsies
The Pharaoh and Moses go twelve bareknuckle rounds for your mind
Track Name: Twentieth Century Lovesong
Was a beautiful
Baby boy
You wondered what I'd become
Jesus Christ
In a fistfight
With Iron Mike Tyson

Good at school,
Almost cool,
But so, so, so nervous
Behind each smile
The frightened eye
Reservoir of helplessness

Give me some good twentieth century
Cooking, loving, radio, TV

I drove her car
All the way
Across the sand dunes and beach
In the mirror,
Couldn't be clearer,
The Mexican police

From a hospital bed
Virtually dead
The soul untethered in the air
You watch the kite
Flicker out of sight
Before falling back to earth

Give me some good twentieth century
Cooking, loving, radio, TV

1980s
Maternity ward
Dream of days to come
A new decade,
A new age,
A new millennium

For all the love
You gave to me
I could have been anything
Arthur Guinness,
Georgie Best,
But I amounted to nothing

Give me some good twentieth century
Cooking, loving, radio, TV

I shared your breath,
I shared your blood,
I shared your body first
The new age came,
Love stayed the same
For the old timers
Track Name: Back to the Country
The Catalan was old and frail and wise
Saw darkness in you, he knew the kiss of life

Weeping beneath Arc de Triomf
Counting every stone it took

If only we were but we are familiar
Is there a sweetheart you could call
Shut up shop and take the draw,
I'm going back to the country

It used to be kindness couldn't be stopped
A superhero in every telephone box

You and the kids marooned and divisible
Wireless love might as well be invisible

If only we were but we are familiar
Is there a sweetheart you could call
Shut up shop and take the draw
I'm going back to the country
He saw the substitution board
The baby-faced assassin scored
The goal of the century
I'm going back to the country

A ledger he kept in binary
For the days he loved, and the 1s lost to envy

If only we were but we are familiar.
Track Name: An Apparition in Connemara
I've been spending all my days at an unknown address
At the foot of the mountains with a darkroom and a printing press
And love I can withstand because I wake up to a land under darkness

I saw an apparition moving through the fog and yes
Every featured assembled and measured in her likeness
And at nobody's command she moves across a land under darkness

And the yellow moon beaming down on Galway bay
I see the silent body carried weightless on a wave
I come down to receive you, come to shed you of the sand
But I found nothing but footprints leading towards a land under darkness

Comes to me throughout the day or calls me from my rest
A statue of Mary winked at me and told me to confess
She can summon any man through a portal to a land under darkness
Track Name: Down the Bunny Trail
Hobble the beach road, covered in fur
The known gods' last day of summer
Phantom ship setting sail
It's easy, it's easy to go
Down the bunny trail
It's easy, it's easy to go

There's a tune to keep through the winter
The white horse in thick bell heather
Phantom ship setting sail
It's easy, it's easy to go
Down the bunny trail
It's easy, it's easy to go

There is a reason none of us know
The man who brings the hashish on the boat
Phantom ship setting sail
It's easy, it's easy to go
Down the bunny trail
It's easy, it's easy to go

There was a house a hundred miles south, fastened to the summer
On a cliff top, where the world stopped, I know we're still living there
Phantom ship setting sail
It's easy, it's easy to go
Down the bunny trail
It's easy, it's easy to go

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