SUMMER CHERRY GHOSTS: Lyrics & Credits



Release Date: 7/3/04
Label:
No Bitings

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ALBUM CREDITS:


Produced by Timothy Monger
Engineered by Geoff Michael
Mixed by Geoff Michael & Timothy Monger
Mastered by Eric Enjem

Recorded at Big Sky Recording - Ann Arbor, MI
Additional recording by Benjamin Ridley Jr. at Windfall Recording - Hammondsport, NY
and by Timothy Monger at the Original Chotz Stronghold - Brighton, MI
and assorted locations in Ann Arbor, MI

Strings on "Cleveland Heights" and "Metropark" arranged by James Christopher Monger
All other arrangements by Timothy Monger

CD Design & Layout by Rachel Gutek
Photography by Doug Coombe

Released July 2004.
No Bitings Records

All songs written by Timothy Monger Copyright 2004
Published by Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI) except where noted

LYRICS & INSTRUMENTAL CREDITS:

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS

(T. Monger)

Hurrah, this is my last dollar
And my baby's waking up
And the moon is breaking up with the sun
This is our last hour
What a joy to see the Maumee rolling by
Like chocolate milk
Past its hulking mills

And I love you
And the band we saw just blew my mind
And this car is fun to drive
And Cleveland Heights is fun to find

Hurrah, this is my last dollar
And my darling's waking up
And the moon is breaking up with the sun

TM - vocals, guitars, bass, organ
Patrick Herek - piano
Benjamin Ridley Jr. - drums
Natania Monger - violins
Cathy Franklin - viola
Emily Stoops - cello

LAUNDRY GO ROUND
(T. Monger)

Laundry go round
Like demons I cast out
And paths I've damned
To join this band
I was soft, but now I'm sound

Down to the bar
For Miller Lite in jars
And Pabst in cans
As summer can leave you soft
When you were hard

You can't go back, just turn your shoulder
Just write a lot you'll feel much older
With cherry ghosts in our guitar
Stage blood and skeletons
Litter halls once haunted while your

Laundry goes round
Like demons I cast out
Those long white hands
Grab summer plans
Once you walked, but now you bound
Once you walked, but now you bound

TM - lead vocals, guitars, bass, sleigh bells
Patrick Herek - piano
Benjamin Ridley Jr. - drums
Natania Monger - violins
Ben Bracken - glockenspiel
Elliot Bergman - tenor saxophones
Elisabeth Auchinvole - backing vocals

METROPARK
(T. Monger)

Long ago and seasons past
In a town far away
I knew the world threw Metroparks
And mix tapes I had made
I would ride uneven grounds
Warped and buckled bike paths
And every harsh cicada sound
Blew alarms in my past

And the summer walked all over me
As I rolled over it
I was 19 fighting in the work force
And I didn't give a shit

I fled in tears my college town
Leaving untaken paths
I found the youth lust smothering
And urgent did seem my tasks
When at last October came
And I had started a band
The lonely birds or Kensington
No longer ate from my hand

And the autumn's honeyed entropy
Made haste my welcome guest
I was 19 moving to the city
Making love with trust and debt

TM - vocals, guitars, bass, piano, accordion, loops, snare, sample, glockenspiel, bowed saw, synths
Natania Monger - violins
James Christopher Monger - high-string guitar
Elliot Lawes - bassoon
Al Di Blassio - congas

CRIME ON A SUMMER DAY
(James C. Monger)
Copyright 1996 (BMI)

I could pull off a crime on a summer day
Borrow a car and break a wishbone in two
Long end I head back to Charleston
Short end I take all my friends to the zoo

And drinks are on me
The dinners are free
I'm Ricardo Montalban
And you're my Tattoo
We'll sail to Belize
Follow the breeze
Life is so easy when nothing is true

I could pull off a crime on a summer day
I could pull off a crime on a summer day

TM - vocals, guitars, synth, wurlitzer, flute, sleigh bells, piano

THE MARGARET LETTERS
(T. Monger)

Margaret, Margaret on a San Diego beach
Loosens collars on the waves of water priests
And calls the schools of fish on holiday
Margaret writes me

Margaret, Margaret is a late at night time wish
A sun-kissed California longshot
With a man at sea
And time to gratify my whimsy
Margaret writes me

Margaret, Margaret I've read maps for you
I know you live just South of Cardiff By the Sea
But do you go to Scripps Aquarium?
That's where I'd be

TM - vocals, guitars, accordion
Patrick Herek - piano
Scott DeRoche - bass
Benjamin Ridley Jr. - drums
Emily Stoops - cello

RADIO HARVEST
(T. Monger)

Radio harvest
Aggressive sunsets bake the radio
And murder conflict

Radio harvest,
Two feet forward at the light you go
Radio harvest,
Reception clear, Motown is here

Radio harvest,
Soundtrack to sublime summer nights
Radio harvest,
Hey Tonight... Piano Man
Radio harvest

TM - lead & backing vocals, guitars, bass, percussion, crystal, hand claps
Patrick Herek - piano
Benjamin Ridley Jr. - drums, tambourine
Natania Monger - violins, hand claps
Cathy Franklin - viola
Emily Stoops - cello
Dave Boutette - backing vocal, hand claps
Aziza Ulaby - backing vocal, hand claps
Joslyn Layne - backing vocal, hand claps
Gregory McIntosh - hand claps
Toby Stone - hand claps
James Christopher Monger - hand claps

SUNDAY NIGHT SWING DANCING LESSONS
(T. Monger)

It's the anniversary of my stupid little war
And everybody's eyes are at half mast
Lonely and dogless
Half-vicious, naked
It's Disneywheel, it's biscuitwheel

Never been that much for dancing
Musicians just don't dance
They listen, they wish they were playing
And swish and swish gin
Musicians don't dance
They wish they were playing
They wish they were playing

It's the anniversary of my stupid little war
All the ladies' shirts are at half mast
Insert cold cocktail
Cry hard on church steps
Hot August Night
God bless you, Neil
Musicians don't dance
They wish they were playing
God bless you, Neil
I tried and she forgave me
It's Disneywheel, it's biscuitwheel

TM - vocals, guitar, mandolin, hammond organ, synth
Patrick Herek - piano
James Ilgenfritz - double bass

SUMMER IS OVER
(T. Monger)

Raise the roofbeams
Autumn harvest
The cherry ghosts murmer in the orchard
While I walk into town
Moon wrapped in wales of brown

Summer's over now
Summer's wonder how
Glad I am that some of it
Stayed in your bright face
Summer's over now
Summer's over
Bury deep the bikes and roman candles

Raise the roofbeams
You are immodest
Like so much salt you clear the lanes between us
As we shoulder the day
Wind hauls the leaves away

Summer's over now
Summer's wonder how
Glad I am that some of it
Stayed in your bright face
Summer's over now
Summer's over
Hurry in the flower frost has handled
Frost has handled

TM - vocals, guitars, wurlitzer electric piano, accordion, piano, percussion, glockenspiel
Scott DeRoche - bass
Matt Collar - trumpet
James Christopher Monger - hand claps
Natania Monger - hand claps
Toby Stone - hand claps
Aziza Ulaby - hand claps
Gregory McIntosh - hand claps
Joslyn Layne - hand claps

SELF SOUNDS
(T. Monger)

A dozen records in my arms
Whisper "Tim, don't be afraid
Without regret, just pay."
And I paid

When you were overseas
I wasn't alone, I wasn't alone, I wasn't alone
When you were working late
I wasn't alone, I wasn't alone, I wasn't alone

Too weak to tell you face to face
All night I prayed for you to ask
Misguided hopes fell fast
And were...

When you were overseas
I wasn't alone, I wasn't alone, I wasn't alone
When you were working late
I wasn't alone, I wasn't alone, I wasn't alone

When you found out I heard your crying late
Just listening to your tape
But then at last you had to deal with me
And when the morning broke
The tears were on my sleeves

A dozen records in my arms
Whisper "Tim, don't be afraid
Without regret, just stay."
And I stayed, and I stayed...

TM - lead & backing vocals, electric guitars, high string guitar, bass, accordion, sleigh bells
Patrick Herek - wurlitzer electric piano, toy piano
Fido Kennington - drums, tambourine
Matt Collar - trumpet
Liz Auchinvole - backing vocals
James Christopher Monger - slide guitar solo
Natania Monger - violins
Cathy Franklin - violas
Emily Stoops - cellos