Everything I See (EP)

by Monte Dons

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The first official release from the eclectic folk, punk, Americana six-piece The Monte Dons; incredible melodies driven by the supercharged rhythms of ex-Hot Rods/Damned bassist Paul Gray.


released October 31, 2015

Written by:
Everything I See (Gray/Lewis)
Any Given Party (Gray/Lewis)
Lighthouse (Allender/Lewis)
Don's Reel (Blight/Gray)

Performed and Produced by Monte Dons.
Recorded at Acapela Studios, Cymru and Firebird Studio, Ross on Wye, UK.

Monte Dons are Chris Allender (guitars), Paul Gray (bass), Anthony Lewis (vocals), Geoff Llewellyn (mandolin, harmonica, dobro, lapsteel), Anthony Thickett (drums), Phoenix J (vocals).

Monte Dons are currently gigging in Wales, Midlands, the South West and the World Wide Web.

This EP is dedicated to the memory of Monte Dons co-founder and great friend Phil Blight.



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Original Alternative Americana, Country, Bluegrass, Psychedelic, Rock/folk, Gypsy/punk, full-on. Driven by the bass of former Damned/UFO/Eddie & the Hot Rods legend Paul Gray, this wild, brilliant, incredible band features lapsteel, guitars, drums, vocals, harmonica, mandolin, bazouki and doc marten boots!! The six piece band that sounds like an eight piece!! We are the Monte Dons. Are you? ... more

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Track Name: Everything I See
Never let go, light up the sky
This time I’ve not for gotten anything
The murder cage, five golden hours
A change of light and this projector on

It’s all over town and hot enough for June
This is every thing I see
Do you know this voice?
Catch it if you can

The man outside and the reckoning
The southern star and the high bright sun
I was happy here but night must fall
Girl on a motorcycle, negatives
It’s all over town, this journey into night
It is everything I see
Such a strange affair
For this projected man

It is shadow
It is light
It is movement
It is time
It is all
Let it run
Let it run
Track Name: Any Given Party
They are playing that stupid song
The one about trees and surfing
They play it endlessly
It goes on and on and on and on

The room is upside down
Everything tells me to leave
My mind is all mixed up
There’s nothing I choose to believe

They are playing those stupid games
They are hiding each other’s possessions
Sometimes they bury them out in the yard
And everyone is grabbing the shovels

They are telling all those meaningless jokes
You know, the one’s that go on forever
There are no punchlines and nobody laughs
They make all the noises you mistake it for laughter

They are tasting that blood in the air
They are sensing the weakness in others
Fall on their prey and devour them whole
They are stealing all the coats from the bedrooms

You take all this in and keep on taking it in
And the party can go on forever
It is a shiny spinning circular thing
It goes on and on and on and on
Track Name: Lighthouse
I stand on this land
Scan my horizon
I stretch out my hand
Trace a shape with my hand

I will be the lighthouse for you

Wait for your signal
Watch for change in this sky
I sense you out there
I stand and watch and I wait

So I'll be the lighthouse for you
And I'll be the lighthouse for you

When navigation lets you down
Just open your eyes and you’ll see my sign
When the night falls all around you
Eyes wide open and see my sign

When you’re out of your depth and out of reach
Rise above the waves to find the shoreline
Throw away your compass and your chart
Eyes wide open and see my sign
Track Name: Don's Reel
My babe she won’t go down where the cactus grow
Oh no she won’t go down near Mexico

My babe she don’t croon, howls to the silver moon
My babe shouts her tune, gonna be home real soon

My babe my oh my, hides from the bluest sky
My babe she won’t cry, till the sands of time run dry

My babe she’s so fair, ivory skin and a chocolate stare
Heaven knows she’ll take you there, when she lets down her hair