What Once Was

by The Lost Souls

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I haven't been sleeping, but I've been dreaming About a better time when you were around I see you when you're not there, I hear you when the silence blares Your name is whispered with my every prayer I'll draw a circle around every promise I made So it remains unbroken because so much is at stake And I won't back down, no my love will not fade Because it's all I have to give at the end of the day I'm wandering all alone, been searching for my soul And I don't think I'll ever make it home Remember when you said "I love you" or was it in my head? Well, it's not easy living like you're dead
I had a vision by the willow tree In the garden I made for you and me Colours surrounded in shapes so clear I could've sworn that you were there I reached out to caress your skin And run my fingers through your hair But you were gone, and I was out there on my own I tried to feel, but my heart had turned to stone Heartless I walk, soulless I cry These days just seem to pass me by I moved past a million faces Looking for your smile With every step I take I vow to add another mile Until you are there and I'm drawn into your stare An ignited vision enchanted by your flair
I tried so hard to let you go But what I have to forget, is all I know So I retrace my steps towards days gone by I'm moving into the past to find the reason why My soul is purged by a consuming fire Since my heart fell for frivolous desire My thoughts are scattered in the residue Of what once was only me and you Now it's late at night and I'm all alone With my head in my hands and so much left to atone for
Your eyes tell me all I need to know Who you were with when you said you were alone There's no need for words for what I have to say Because not even your smile will keep me from walking away Baby, I'm not the one for you You treat me like I don't have a clue Baby, I'm not the one for you You already gone and found somebody new Apple of my eye, your beauty is poisonous Whoever falls for you will fall under your curse I have always known you were more than a pretty face You have that evil mind to construct deceitful ways
The heartless who dwell among us Once cared and gave to much Because when love's returned lightly, you get stuck in a rut That's why it's easy to hate you, baby Because I gave you my all - now I'm the one acting crazy? But when the good is gone there's nothing left to save me So I let you be, you can do what you want Because it seems to me that our time is done And when you call my name, baby I'll be on the run Yeah, I'll be on the run and I'm never coming back You can say goodbye, girl, to what we used to have
I spent my life looking for a girl like you But what I found kept me searching for something new Is there a way of knowing you really exist? Because I'd take you into my arms - how could I resist? Searching for your light Searching for your light through ever crack Searching for your light To the other side of the world and back A million loves could never stand to compare And I won't feel a thing until I see you there If I could somehow let you hear my plea Baby, you'd understand that you're the one for me
When she looks into my eyes It's like I'm taking my first breath of life I must be the envy of jealous men Because I found a love that'll never end People can't help to stop and stare She must be the answer to all their prayers Because a girl like her is hard to find And when she leaves, she stays on your mind She's my girl Am I awake or is this a dream? She has perfection bursting at the seams To hypnotize she has no need to try Well, I can't explain and she's the reason why Because she never goes out of her way to impress Honestly, I don't think she could care any less I never knew a girl like this before And when you meet her you will certainly fall for my girl Let me tell you about my girl
There she goes, can't help to notice The way she moves is like she knows this When she walks by Blinding light, beauty ignited She'll never be mine, I am reminded When she walks by I'm just trying to save myself from drowning in her eyes While her beauty drags me down, until I'm paralyzed Here she comes, I'm so excited Although I know it's best that I should hide it When she walks by
You try so hard to put me down Honey, I guess it's out of bounds Because I've been moving, yeah I've been around And when you need me, I won't be found at all You will wake up and find I'm gone "You're gonna miss me" when you hear that song And think about how you treated me wrong Then realise I no longer belong to you I am walking on my own again I have nothing left to defend Don't ask me to change, because I've been spent And I won't stop until I reached the end of me


This is The Lost Souls' debut album in which we appreciate the past to shape a new sound. Take a trip from visions of ignited romance to desolate euphoria in 10 original groovy, garage bangers.


released November 28, 2016

Heino - Bass, Vocals & Backing Vocals
Chris - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Theunie - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Mel - Organ
PJ - Drums

Photo: Grant Payne
Artwork: Luke Canon

All songs and lyrics written by Heino Retief. All songs performed and recorded live at Phantom Sound by The Lost Souls over the weekend of 16 and 17 July 2016. Mixed and Mastered by Phil Kramer.


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The Lost Souls Cape Town, South Africa

Creeping from the shadows, The Lost Souls have risen to take garage rock back to the grave. Calling up the forgotten names, the unknowns and the outcasts to show the way – they channel the spirit of ’65 to bring you a fuzzed out psychedelic freakbeat. They are the loves you never had, the smiles you always frowned and the sound you never heard. ... more

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