Monarch (2006) (Remastered 2014)

by Clatter

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    Originally released in 2006, "Monarch" was remastered in 2014 and is now available for high resolution download in the format of your choice. Included in the download are 34 bonus photos from the recording, mixing, and promotion of the album. Also included is the bonus track "Butterfly," which was a hidden track on the original CD.

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released September 18, 2014

Amy Humphrey: bass and vocals
Joe Hayes: drums and percussion

Recorded by Christopher Rowe at Blackbird Studio and Love Shack Studios, Nashville
Assistant Engineer at Blackbird: John Netti
Mixed by Christopher Rowe at Love Shack Studios and “The Mix Room” at Masterfonics, Nashville
Assistant Engineer: Sean Truskowski
Mastered by Brent Lambert at The Kitchen Mastering

Produced by Christopher Rowe and Clatter

Music and Lyrics by Clatter for She-Pa Publishing (ASCAP) ©℗2006 & 2014, except:
Limelight (Lee/Lifeson/Peart) Published by Core Music Publishing (SOCAN) ©1981 Anthem Entertainment

Dialogue on "For Her" by Grant Sharkey and Karl Evans
Quotes on "House of Trouble" by Prof. Tom Burke
Monologue on "Monarch" by Jazz Ad
Piano on "Nighttime" by Don Tanner

Photography and Design by Clatter

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Track Name: Monarch
Monarch
Lyrics by Joe Hayes


Life is a jet stream
We are a monarch’s wings
Hover above the water
Guided by a moonbeam

Life is frail and withering if you waste it
A desert or a paradise is waiting
Life is what you make it
You can save it all for a rainy day
But some droughts are never ending

Strands of silver strings
Billowing in the wind
Caught in the spiral
And you will not transcend

Life is frail and withering if you waste it
A desert or a paradise is waiting
Life is what you make it
You can save it all for a rainy day
But some droughts are never ending

Étend tes ailes
Sens-toi porté
Laisse-toi aller

Seasons are eternal
We are made of stars
The strength of a life most lived
Is written in the scars


Life is frail and withering if you waste it
A desert or a paradise is waiting
Life is what you make it
You can save it all for a rainy day
But some droughts are never ending
Track Name: Far From Romance
Far From Romance
Lyrics by Joe Hayes


Afraid to fly
Afraid to sing

Who do you cry to
When you’re afraid
Who do you confide in
Where is your trust
What dreams do you have
Do you dare
These fears they keep you
Far from romance

Afraid to breathe
Afraid to live

Who do you cry to
When you’re afraid
Who do you confide in
Where is your trust
What dreams do you have
Do you dare
These fears they keep you
Far from romance

Wellspring a prison
I drown my sorrows
Oasis of which I dream
Is unobtainable

Afraid to be
Afraid to dream

Who do you cry to
When you’re afraid
Who do you confide in
Where is your trust
What dreams do you have
Do you dare
These fears they keep you
Far from romance
Track Name: House of Trouble
House of Trouble
Lyrics by Joe Hayes


Deep roots hold onto the soil
Shallow thinking a dust bowl
No prophets for the future
Heirs to claim a broken kingdom

House of Trouble
Sliding down
Weak constitution
Holds no sway
House of cards
Is blowing away

Stacks unload on the blue sky
Full speed into the black
Coffers are overflowing
But we are choking in the darkness

House of Trouble
Sliding down
House of Trouble
Cracked foundation
Shift in the clay
House of bricks
Is crumbling away
Weak constitution
Holds no sway
House of cards
Is blowing away

Heavy water wash away
Scar the bed and feed the bank
Strip the land - erode the clay
And the heavy water eats away

Caustic reign is trickling
Roar of a silent spring
The ships have all come in
Funny that now the fleet is sinking

House of Trouble
Sliding down
House of Trouble
Cracked foundation
Shift in the clay
House of bricks
Is crumbling away
Weak constitution
Holds no sway
House of cards
Is blowing away
Track Name: Somewhere Inside
Somewhere Inside
Lyrics by Amy Humphrey


Inverted gaze
Fire rushes in to your soul
The fever inside washes over you
Hand in a fist holding tighter now
Wanting to let itself go
Let it go

Somewhere inside
There’s the light and the dark
And you’re struggling in between

Filaments blaze
Firing the flow of contempt
Feeling the weight of the ambiguous
Everyone has a shadow
Wanting to see the light
See the light

Somewhere inside
There’s the light and the dark
And you’re struggling in between

Live in a daze
Chained to a wall of lament
Held in the grip of indecision
Circle around anger and solitude
Trying to fill yourself in
Fill it in

Somewhere inside
There’s the light and the dark
And you’re struggling in between
Track Name: Nighttime
Nighttime
Lyrics by Joe Hayes


Years of my life
Sitting up on a fence
Hiding in a daydream
Biding my time
Breathing in the ether
Swaying with the breeze
Head in the clouds and
Waiting for a perfect day

The earth spins slowly
And the landscape is rolling
Night is descending
And I’m gently pulled away
Starlight is flowing
And the moonshine is glowing
Lights up my shadow
And I’m gently pulled away

Enchantment in disguise
When I’m closing my eyes
Animated in my dreams
Sleeping in the present
No future or past
Fully unaware and blissful to the last

The earth spins slowly
And the landscape is rolling
Night is descending
And I’m gently pulled away
Starlight is flowing
And the moonshine is glowing
Lights up my shadow
And I’m gently pulled away

Do I save the candle
Or play the game
Try as I might
I can’t hold on to the flame

Sleeping in Nocturne’s arms
Lucid reverie
Stroll through the constellations
I’m adrift in the sea
The hourglass quiets
The last grain falls
I open my eyes
Above my pall
Idled away my day in the sun
Wide awake now that sleep has come

The earth spins slowly
And the landscape is rolling
Night is descending
And I’m gently pulled away
Starlight is flowing
And the moonshine is glowing
Lights up my shadow
And I’m gently pulled away

The breadth of our lives
Is a gentle flame
Nurtured day by day
To be kept untamed
Down wild paths we roam
To find what fortune may
Or keep yourself at home
And dream your life away
Track Name: For Her
For Her
Lyrics by Amy Humphrey


You can see her standing there
She’s a vision in long black hair
You’re trying not to stare
But it’s more than you can bear
Her smile sweeps you away
But you don’t know what to say
So she laughs and turns away
And you’re alone another day

You know not to live for her
And you know not to die for her
You know what denial’s for
You sink down in it anyway
You know not to live for her
And you know not to die for her
You know what denial’s for
You sink down in it anyway

She’s got another man
You can see them hand in hand
Try hard to understand
Feel like you’re drowning in the sand
Your obsession turns to greed
And you’re consumed by jealousy
Just a fish in her sea
You’ve got to face reality

You know not to live for her
And you know not to die for her
You know what denial’s for
You sink down in it anyway
You know not to live for her
And you know not to die for her
You know what denial’s for
You sink down in it anyway

You can see her standing there
She’s a vision in long black hair
You’re trying not to stare
But it’s more than you can bear
Her smile sweeps you away
But you don’t know what to say
So she laughs and turns away
And you’re alone another day

You know not to live for her
And you know not to die for her
You know what denial’s for
You sink down in it anyway
You know not to live for her
And you know not to die for her
You know what denial’s for
You sink down in it anyway
Track Name: Charm
Charm
Lyrics by Amy Humphrey


Don’t blame the barrel
When all you pick are bad apples
Don’t blame the wine
When all you drink is vinegar

Come from behind
And no one knows that you’re slinking
Four thousand lies don’t equal one apology

Charm stings only the fragile
Dressed in evil skin
Mistakes come together
When you invite them in

You stick around
All twisted and dismembered
If there’s a doubt
You’ll see that it’s been realized

Thoughts trickle down
It’s your brush and everyone’s painted
Forget the ones who gave you everything you need

Charm stings only the fragile
Bathed in evil sin
Mistakes come together
When you invite them in
Track Name: Turn Away
Turn Away
Lyrics by Amy Humphrey


Under the Sun
Lightning strikes everyone

In the space of a day
You find happiness in flames
Turn away from the pain

Ache lie awake
Levity gravitate

In the space of a day
You find happiness in flames
Turn away from the pain
In the place of a name
You find emptiness to blame
Break away from the chains

Brave face is gone
Travel to Avalon and on and on

In the space of a day
You find happiness in flames
Turn away from the pain
In the place of a name
You find emptiness to blame
Break away from the chains
Track Name: Tenuous
Tenuous
Lyrics by Amy Humphrey


We’re born to this world alone
Unsympathetic
We live as we dream alone
And don’t you forget it

Into loneliness
Reach out
Reach out
Into oblivion
Tenuous

Freedom is mine alone
Now you regret it
Simple but hard as stone
Forged in the desert of my heart

In loneliness
Reach out
Reach out
Into oblivion
Tenuous

We’re born to this world alone
Still empathetic
Wandering far from home
Wounded and fettered

Into loneliness
Reach out
Reach out
Into oblivion
Tenuous

Into the brink
Looking over everyone

Into loneliness
Reach out
Reach out
Into oblivion
Tenuous
Track Name: Martyr's Cry
Martyr's Cry
Lyrics by Amy Humphrey


Landlocked on the ocean
Adrift on the desert
Flying through the molten core
Chained to an illusion imprinted on a star
Falling up the other side

The cave is so bright
And the thorn is so soft
And the pillow is so hard
Martyrs cry

The pain is the pleasure when we’re torn apart
Awaiting the end to begin
We welcome discomfort, we’re beating our hearts
Cheating our favorite friend
The fire that freezes the hope that despairs
Chipping away at the air
We’re making the peace come apart at the seams
Where are the selfish dreams?
No one is quite as they seem

Gridlocked in a meadow
Awake in a nightmare
Speaking in the perfect tense
Floating on the quicksand, a devil in the snow
Clear skies on a cloudy day

The sun is so dark
And the water so dry
And the quiet is so loud
Martyrs cry

The pain is the pleasure when we’re torn apart
Awaiting the end to begin
We welcome discomfort, we’re beating our hearts
Cheating our favorite friend
The fire that freezes the hope that despairs
Chipping away at the air
We’re making the peace come apart at the seams
Where are the selfish dreams?
Nothing is quite as it seems

In the sunshine
In the moonlight
In the twilight
Always in the dark
In the sunshine
In the moonlight
In the starlight

The smile is too tight
And the laughter too dark
And the sour is too sweet
Martyrs cry

The pain is the pleasure when we’re torn apart
Awaiting the end to begin
We welcome discomfort, we’re beating our hearts
Cheating our favorite friend
The fire that freezes the hope that despairs
Chipping away at the air
We’re making the peace come apart at the seams
Where are the selfish dreams?
Nothing is quite as it seems
Track Name: Death's a Wall
Death's a Wall
Lyrics by Amy Humphrey


I wait for the time to pass
A breath of air, a blade of grass
For all the days I thought would never end

Death’s a wall
With a door in it
You just have to find the key
Death’s a place
That we all must come to
It’s not where we cease to be

Instinct takes a hold of me
I fought to live but not to breathe
It doesn’t matter when you start or end

Death’s a wall
With a door in it
You just have to find the key
Death’s a place
That we all must come to
It’s not where we cease to be

Don’t leave me
Don’t follow
I’m empty and hollow
In silence I slip away

Death’s a wall
With a door in it
You just have to find the key
Death’s a place
That we all must come to
It’s not where we cease to be