Amber Lantern

by Timothy Monger

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

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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

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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

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