Paul Hourican

Paul Hourican

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Musically i confess to being 'all over the shop'!The sound can range from loud rock'n'roll songs to more reflective and thought provoking lyrically driven songs. Aggressive guitars are sometimes substituted for delicate string arrangements and melodious piano. Very much emotionally driven music.

Biography

Paul Hourican's musical palette eloquently spans the spectrum from boldly convincing rock anthems that have been a likened to the likes of U2, The Doors, Coldplay and T-Rex to delicately heartfelt, magnificently crafted tunes the music world has compared to those of Damien Rice (whom Hourican has supported), Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, and David Gray. The critics have unanimously proclaimed that Hourican is indeed that rare artist who posses such natural talent he can pull off the rock, folk, and even pop genres wholeheartedly and with undeniable conviction. 2008 saw the release of Hourican's debut album 'Let The Enemy In', released on March 7th in Ireland through Hourican's own record label Hurricane Records and with exclusive distribution from Warner Music Ireland. It has been described by critics as 'unapologetically confident...exceptional' and 'Indestructible...as superb a debut as we've had', and has very much established Hourican as a musical force to be reckoned with.
Hailing from Dublin, on the album as on stage, Hourican is joined by some of Ireland’s finest musicians including legendary guitarist Conor Brady (The Blades, The Corrs, Jerry Fish), bassist Shane Fitzsimons (Damien Rice, Paddy Casey), drummer Steve Hogan (Hal, The Carnival Saloon) and keyboardist Derek Cronin (Sinead O'Connor). With live performances promising authoritative, emotionally arresting, honest and soulful delivery of, as of yet, untouched gems, and every throaty syllable surrendering to and serving the song, not just the singer, Hourican is one not to be missed!

Lyrics

New York city lights

Written By: Paul Hourican

I gave you time
you gave me eternity
I gave you space
you gave me the United States
I feel out of place
lost with no peace of mind
I can’t see your face
you know i want it here next to mine
Coz I’ve never been so down
I’m so down, I’m so down
And I’ve never sank so low
I feel low
Honey, don’t go…

To myself i was a stranger
dancing late into the nite
white lines beneath the neon
of New York city lights
To me she was a dancer
who passed along my way
Lord knows that i’m a chancer,
fell to my knees and i prayed

Oh it’s only rock’n'roll
Oh it’s only rock’n'roll
Oh, girl i don’t care for your eyes

She was a pretty baby
I wanna be your man
But you a little crazy
Sometimes i can hardly stand
Still i been dreaming about her
and how she let me go
I took a trip to the doctor
I never felt so low

Oh it’s only rock’n'roll
Oh it’s only rock’n'roll
Oh, girl i don’t care for your eyes

I feel the blood in my veins…

One day i’ll take a journey
deep into the heart
and i will find the truth
that sets great men apart
Oh, she tears great men apart…

Oh it’s only rock’n'roll
Oh it’s only rock’n'roll
Oh, girl i don’t care for your eyes
no i don’t care for your lies
Oh it’s only rock’n'roll
Oh it’s only rock’n'roll

don’t even know my own name…

Alive

Written By: Paul Hourican

I tore the wall down,
let the enemy inn
I found my salvation
in the shadows of sin

I didn’t feel nothin’
sometimes i don’t feel a thing
am i alive?

I cursed your body baby
when you touched mine
i felt your sweet lips sugar
runnin’ down my spine
and i felt alive

I didn’t feel nothin’
sometimes i don’t feel a thing
am i alive?

Slow down child…

Dive a little deeper girl
move a little closer girl
I wanna be the only one
I wanna be the risin’ sun

I didn’t feel nothin’
sometimes i don’t feel a thing
am i alive?

Slow down child…

I let the enemy inn
I let the enemy inn
I found my salvation
I found my salvation
I found mine

Slow down child…

Even though you're gone

Written By: Paul Hourican

Your memory’s still with us
though you are not here
Your voice we still hear it
though your face has dissapeared
I know they want to talk with you
Well, what was on your mind?
There’s questions on all our lips
no answers will we find…

I heard you felt your world was cracking up
when nothin’s right it’s wrong
I don’t believe in giving up
you’ve got to have hope and be strong
I don’t believe your cracking up
and even though you’re gone
your memory will live on

The laughs that you gave us,
well that’s what really saves us
the tears that we cry for you
will cleanse your spirit clean
Memories you gave to us,
a love that will stay strong
reach out and save us
now even though your gone

I heard you felt your world was cracking up
when nothin’s right it’s wrong
I don’t believe in giving up
you’ve got to have hope and be strong
I don’t believe your cracking up
and even thougn you’re gone
your memory will live on

I know they want to talk to you
don’t you want to talk to me
I really wanna to talk to you
and even though you’re gone
even though you’re…

Sometimes i feel my world is cracking up
and all i need is a song
I don’t believe in giving up
I know there’s a place we belong
I don’t believe i’m cracking up
and even though you’re gone
you’re memory will live on
even though you’re…

Ohh ohh doll,
ohh ohh save me
Ohh ohh doll,
ohh ohh save…

One step forward

Written By: Paul Hourican

Never was what you wanted of me
I couldn’t look to you cause you’d see through me
I always said that i’d never believe
It just takes too much time to explain what i mean

And it takes one step forward
so i take two back
one step forward
my heart isn’t crushed it’s cracked

Whoever thought things would turn out this way
oh no i never thought i’d be here today
sometimes i wish that i could say what you said
sometimes there’s fire in my heart and in my head

One step forward
i take two back
one step forward
my heart isn’t crushed it’s cracked

my heart isn’t crushed it’s cracked

there’s many things i need to get off my chest
yes there’s many thoughts i’d like to put to rest
there’s many people to whom i should confess to
i’d take the time but you all know how it is …

one step forward
i take two back
one step forward
my heart isn’t crushed it’s cracked

one step forward
just one step forward
one step forward
just one step forward
one step forward
let me take one forward
one step forward

my heart isn’t crushed it’s cracked

one step forward

All I ever wanted

Written By: Paul Hourican

all i ever wanted was to see you smile
all you ever gave me was a troubled while
all that i ever needed was a word from you
all you never brought me, now I’m broke in two

And I’m out in the rain again
I can see the sun
Where are you when your not my friend?
I’m not the lonely one
And I’m out in the rain again
I can see the sun
I hope you had your fun

Sweet, sweet little lady of the night
sweet, my sweet little baby likes to bite
i, i will remember what you did to me
you, you know your gonna regret it
how you set me free

And I’m out in the rain again
I can see the sun
Where are you when your not my friend?
I’m not the lonely one
And I’m out in the rain again
I can see the sun
I hope you had your fun

hope you had your fun
and everybody sing …

faith, lights, a city bleeds in the heart of a summers night
fate, lights, I’m down on my knees in the chill of a winter’s light

Do you wanna play me for a fool?
I’ll be your fool
Sweet thing oh my little sweet thing likes to bite

And I’m out in the rain again
I can see the sun
Where are you when your not my friend?
I’m not the lonely one
And I’m out in the rain again
I can see the sun
I hope you had your fun

all i ever wanted was to see you smile

Lost at sea

Written By: Paul Hourican


I watch the waves roll on the sea
it’s just the moon myself and me
and my soul longing to be free
to fade into the night, into it’s mystery

my shadow circles on the sand
as i dream of foreign lands
and i reach out to touch your hand
coz i’m lost at sea
who’s gonna rescue me?

And oh your lights shining through now
love you got to me somehow
lonely eyes just stare out to sea
and your green eyes just stare back at me

the years are slowly slippin’ by
and i just want you by my side
close your eyes and i’ll close mine
if we get lost at sea
won’t you drown with me?

and oh your lights shinning through now
love you got to me somehow
i was lost and low without you how
lonely nights not sleeping with you
when your green eyes just made mine blue

She's gotta be (the one)

Written By: Paul Hourican

Mary mother mercy
have mercy on me.
Help kill my desire
it’s sacreligious you see.
Now i’ve started a fire and
now i’m burning down this town.
I climb higher and higher
but only to fall down

I remember she said i had a way with words
I turned my head and then i made for the door
She grabbed my leg and then she knelt on the floor
and she said, touch me, tease me,
take me, please me

yeah,
She’s gotta be the one
we made love just for fun
she barely knew my name
sure, sure then we were young
man i had my fun
now i feel the shame

Help me coz i’m hopeless
in the light of your eyes
and tell me you don’t notice
what i can’t deny
and show me you don’t see me
while i pretend to be blind
I can’t stop what i’ve started
your love just isn’t that kind

I remember she said i had a way with words
I turned my head and then i made for the door
She grabbed my leg and then she knelt on the floor
and she said, touch me, tease me,
take me, please me

Yeah
She’s gotta be the one
we made love just for fun
she barely knew my name
And sure, sure then we were young
and man i had my fun
but now i feel the shame

ohh ohh oh oh
ohh ohh oh oh
ohh ohh oh oh

She’s gotta be the one
we made love just for fun
you barely knew my name
sure, sure then we were young
man i had my fun
now i feel the shame

Forget yer blues

Written By: Paul Hourican

I met a girl who could be my queen
the hottest operator that has ever been
she walked up to me and said
‘hey you, you gonna take me out’?
What was i gonna do?

So i said, God damn!This woman is fine
gonna take her and gonna give her a good time
showdown, there’s fire tonite
i wanna be the man who makes your fire light

Ohh she wants it
like i need it
Ohh she wants it
i can feel it!

I met the girl i never thought i would
now i’m a bad boy and i don’t wanna be good
we drank the whiskey then we fell to the floor
i’ll be your poison if you’ll be my cure

So i said ‘God damn!This woman is hot’
she’s leavin’ me lost with everything she’s got
I wanna hold her and never let go
baby your parents will never know that
i’m a mean man i’ll hurt you still
leave you at the table to pick up the bill
and i’m a tough guy, hard as nails
leavin’ broken hearts in my trails

Ohh she wants it
like i need it
ohh she wants it
i can feel it

so sue me, i want more
baby your a player and you know the score
laugh loud, kick off your shoes
have a little dance and
forget yer blues

Ohh she wants it
like i need it
ohh she wants it
i can feel it!

She still haunts me

Written By: Paul Hourican

You broke through
you pierced my skin
but baby that’s all over now.
You speak to me
a storm begins
but baby it’s all over now
you held me to help me
but baby that’s all over now.
My heart starts poundin’
when your around and
still i know that i can touch your heart

It’s been over for all those years
and so this penance is mine
i did the crime.
All i caused you was pain and tears
with the secrets i kept
they’re never yours they’re mine

And still she haunts me
she haunts me through the night
why does she hurt me?
This torture don’t feel right.
And still she haunts me
she haunts me through the night
why does she hurt me?
I know i don’t feel right.

You touch me
i’ll break free
but baby that’s all over now
old days are gone
now you moved on
well i suppose it’s all for the best
and i was wrong to lead you on
through that tunnel towards a dark tempest
I fucked up baby
you drive me crazy
I’m so sorry that i made you cry

It’s been over for all those years
and so this penance is mine
i did the crime.
All i caused you was pain and tears
with the secrets i kept
they’re never yours they’re mine
my crime, my time

And still she haunts me
she haunts me through the night
why does she hurt me?
This torture don’t feel right.
And still she haunts me
she haunts me through the night
why does she hurt me?
I know i don’t do right.

It’s been over for all those years
it’s about time
have i served my crime?

Don't know if I do know

Written By: Paul Hourican

Don’t know if i do know
don’t know if i do know
what i should know
what should i know
if i don’t show what i do know
don’t know if i can see
don’t know if i can see
what’s in front of me?

I’m a man who won’t amount to much
but baby i can learn to touch you
wait and see

Don’t know if i should go
don’t know if i should show
what i don’t know
what do i know
if i don’t show
what i don’t know?
Don’t know if i can touch
i don’t know if i will amount to much

What’s in my heart is in my hands
what i can see i understand
but it’s not so clear

It’s gets hard to breath
when the water get’s so deep
I’m down on my knees
I wanna be what you want
You stand above me
lady i’m crazy save me
don’t you see that
were in love!

Don’t know if i do know
don’t know if i do know
what i should know
what should i know
if i don’t show what i do know
don’t know if i can see
don’t know if i can see
what’s in front of me?

I’m a man who won’t amount to much
but baby i can learn to touch you
wait and see

It’s gets hard to breath
when the water get’s so deep
I’m down on my knees
I wanna be what you want
You stand above me
lady i’m crazy save me
don’t you see that
were in love!

It’s gets hard to breath
when the water get’s so deep
I’m down on my knees
I wanna be what you want
You stand above me
lady i’m crazy save me
don’t you see that
were in love!

Discography

May 2006
'Intro' E.P
Hurricane Records
Released for sale at gigs through Hurricane Records 'Intro' is a 4 track EP of early demos including One step forward, All i ever wanted, Let it go and live favourite 'Happy Anniversary'.

October 2006
One Step Forward (single)
Hurricane Records
Irish radio release only!

One step forward enjoyed a good 4 months on Irish radio being played in abundance by top national radio stations and praised by top presenters Tom Dunne and Ray Darcy. It also received a glowing review in Ireland's highly respected music magazine Hotpress!

August 2007
New Single - 'All i ever wanted' (single)
Hurricane Records w/ Warner Music Ireland

A new single is set for release in August from Hourican's forthcoming debut album and a video is being made to be directed by Belfast man Stephen Mullan and to star the beautiful Cora Venus Lunny in the female lead role.

October 2007
New single - 'Even though you're gone'
Hurricane Records w/ Warner Music Ireland

Another single to be released ahead of the but album through Hourican's own Hurricane Records and distributed by Warner Music Ireland.

March 7th 2008 -
Debut Album Launch!!! 'Let the enemy in'
Hurricane Records w/ Warner Music Ireland

Paul Hourican's 12 track debut album is to get a full Irish Release through Hurricane Records and distributed by Warner Music Ireland.
To be made available in very special book case limited edition including a behind the scenes documentary DVD which features exclusive interviews, footage and the recording of 'Let it go' in Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral. Also to be made available in standard package and digitally through all online stores.

Set List

Here are some choice cuts from the live arena!

Set List!

1) New York City Lights
2) Alive
3) Even though your gone
4) One step forward
5) Forget yer blues
6) All i ever wanted
7) Part-time lover
8) Lost at sea
9) She's gotta be (the one)
10) The kitchen floor
11) Still she haunts me
12) In a funny way
13) Let it go
14) Only a fool
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15) In a time (when i had freedom)
16) Happy anniversary
17) Instant Karma (we all shine on!!)

Cover's Repertoire

Ryan Adams – New York, New York/When The Stars Go Blue/To Be Young (Is To be Sad, Is To Be High)/Oh My Sweet Carolina/Come Pick Me Up/World War 24/Avalanche
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
The Beatles – Help!/Julia/Here, There And Everywhere/Eleanor Rigby/For No One/Girl/Good Night/Michelle/Strawberry Fields Forever/Ticket To Ride/Twist And Shout/Yesterday/All My Loving/BlackBird/Dear Prudence/Don't Let Me Down/Across The Universe/In My Life/Come Together/The