Amber Lantern

by Timothy Monger

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $7 USD  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Amber Lantern on limted edition 12" opaque orange vinyl w/ insert featuring lyrics & credits. Sounds great, looks great!

    Includes unlimited streaming of Amber Lantern via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      $15 USD or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Amber Lantern on the industry's most reliable medium. Packaged in a creamy blue digipak. Looks great, sounds great. Clementines not included.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Amber Lantern via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      $8 USD or more 

     

1.
03:10
2.
02:54
3.
03:25
4.
5.
03:31
6.
7.
01:58
8.
9.
10.
03:15

credits

released February 10, 2017

Produced by Timothy Monger
Mixed by Geoff Michael and Timothy Monger at Big Sky Recording - Ann Arbor, MI
Mastered by Eric Conn at Independent Mastering - Nashville, TN

Recorded between 2012 and 2016 at:

Hollywood House - Saline, MI by Timothy Monger
Big Sky Recording - Ann Arbor, MI by Geoff Michael

Additional recording at:

Brablec Farms - Britton, MI
Horton House - Northville, MI

Performed by Timothy Monger with:

Christian Anderson - bass (2, 5)
Matt Collar - trumpet (2, 5, 8)
Cathy Franklin - violas (7)
Ryan Gimpert - pedal steel (3)
Patrick Herek - piano (3, 5, 8), electric piano (7)
Brian McCoy - hurdy-gurdy (1)
James Christopher Monger - high strung guitar (8)
Chad Sturdivant - drums (2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10)
Serge van der Voo - bass (3)

Cover art by Timothy Monger
Design and layout by Jenny Harley
Additional design by Dan Shepelavy

All songs written by Timothy Monger © 2017
Except for "Let Night Surround You" lyrics by Timothy Monger, music traditional

Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI)

Northern Detective
Case # ND-002

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Timothy Monger Michigan

Timothy Monger is a Michigan-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who first established himself as co-founder of seminal Ann Arbor folk-rock outfit Great Lakes Myth Society. Over the course of three albums, his concurrent solo career has extended as a natural outgrowth into explorations of chamber folk and jangling power pop. ... more

contact / help

Contact Timothy Monger

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Track Name: Plough King
Plough, ripping up the canvas out my window
I'm so tired
Everything is changing all the time
Now, the things I want to stand for have been claimed
By my friends
Everyone is changing, I am being left behind

But I could be the plough king
Cutting through the hard things
I should be the plough king
Making new roads

Plough
Digging up the drifts
Dreaming worlds into existence
I'll make one for us to have
Down a lonesome white path
For a plough king

© 2017 Timothy Monger / Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI)
Track Name: Power Trio
In my heart a power trio's
Banging out some blue-eyed noise
And everyone outside the practice space
Is someone to avoid
I'm tired of feeling shitty all the time
So tired of feeling shitty all the time

Beneath the satellites a 'blinking
Where beer is cheap and easy drinking
And pretty girls line up to see the band
With black bra straps and cigarettes
Credit cards and student debts
I'm dying just to make one of them mine
So tired of feeling shitty all the time

Pub crawl
Every abandon frozen in amber
Fearing last call
The sound of an empire's fall

In my heart a power trio's
Banging out some blue-eyed noise
And everyone outside the practice space
Is someone to avoid
I'm tired of feeling shitty all the time
So tired of feeling shitty all the time
Let them have their day as long as I've got mine

© 2017 Timothy Monger / Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI)
Track Name: Everything
Everything has pain
Stretching like a tendon
Underneath the shale and lakes
And in between those things
Are moles and snakes
Dreaming what there is to dream
Down below our feet
How would they counsel us
Before we turn to dust and join them

So let's get this straight
Our love can be saved
Even though everything has pain
Everything has pain
Everything has pain
Everything has pain
Everything.

© 2017 Timothy Monger / Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI)
Track Name: Requiem For a Ramp
August burning like a lamp
The sun is murder on our backs
Nearing summer's end
And nearly every hour spent
Among broken decks and friendships that got bent

Reverberating through the trees
The hollow throb of wood and wheels
I've been dropping in
Only to slam and try again
Impatient for the rest of life to begin

It will be September in a week
The summer slides into its sleeve
Then we're off to school
And the start of something new
Try not to let it make a fool of you

Now there's nothing but bramble and weeds
Where that old halfpipe used to be
Only whippoorwill
And the old Penosha Trail
Ground zero for path I'm seeking still

© 2017 Timothy Monger / Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI)
Track Name: Hayward
On our map, this northern place
Long ryegrass where summer waits

All our days going la, la, la…
Your sunburned face
Tells me it loves me

Evening falls on strange wild lakes
Blue stars rise and constellate

La, la, la…
Your sunburned face
Happy and lovely

August moon in harvest phase
From our backs fall shadows

© 2017 Timothy Monger / Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI)
Track Name: Let Night Surround You
Sound your instruments of joy
Let dusk receive them
May all your fears depart
Your sorrows with them
Be not afraid to harm
Nor to decree them:
Be gone and govern no longer my heart's freedom!

And when the sun has gone and set
Let night surround you
The cooling of the earth
Strengthen and ground you
The call of evening birds
Soothe and remind you:
Be free and open to the changes all around you.

© 2017 Lyrics by Timothy Monger, music traditional / Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI)
Track Name: Sleepless
Moon over my shoulder,
Pale on the garage
While I try not to think about
Where I am going or where I've been.
Two paces out of my back door,
The collar of my dog
Jangling out from the shadows,
Is the world really so small?

Soon, night will be over.
I'll hear it in the chorus of birdsong,
While the neighborhood
Warms in the light of
The coming day.
What seemed so overwhelming?
What passed across my soul
To make me feel undeserving
Of a world so rich and full?

And as the day reveals its missions,
Tasks get done, miles get driven.
Plans are made, things are tough
Things are great, but soon…

That moon over my shoulder,
Beckoning me out.
Will it bring peace and slumber
Or another night of doubt?

© 2017 Timothy Monger / Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI)
Track Name: Outside the Venue
Outside the venue
Everything's so strange
Outside the venue
I don't even know my name
There are conflicts and changes
And troubles I can't mend
Outside the venue
I can never be myself

There's no protection
No stage where I can hide
It's full of roads left untaken
And songs I could not write
My coat is thinner
My spirit is less bright
Outside the venue
All my fears seem justified

Inside the venue
I know what to do
Unpack my gear
Meet the soundman, order food
Here I'm respected
I'm given three free drinks
It's where the day gets disconnected
It is where my work begins

So come and see me
Five will get you in
And for an evening
We can become friends
This is the life
There's nothing to it
Inside the venue
I can always go through with it

© 2017 Timothy Monger / Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI)
Track Name: Amber Lantern Theme
Amber lantern, guide me in the darkness
Leave your candle burning through the night
Keep me from despair when times are hardest
Help me see things kindly in your light
Amber lantern, amber lantern

© 2017 Timothy Monger / Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI)
Track Name: Grey's End
Grey's end, where colors begin
Is where I'm going
Where it's seldom overcast
And the long green grass is calling

Grey's end, like salt on the wind
Sets my heart wandering
Wildflowers on the path
Telegraph where light is falling

I've been down so long
I thought my colors were gone
But it was just a port of call
I am a traveller, travelling to
Where there is no grey at all!

Grey's end,
I'll see you again
Before the gloaming
With the wind against my back
And your road laid out before me

© 2017 Timothy Monger / Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI)