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Monarcana

by Diane Cluck

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““Monarcana” is a collage of spontaneous song-sketches, collected from 2001-2004. My habit was to record fresh ideas into a Korg 8-track digital workstation. I had more ideas than i had time or ability to work with fully and so they began building up -- first on a hard-drive, then onto cd-rs, which I kept around for reference.

Over the years, I gave out various collections of these songs as love-letters and tokens of intimate friendship. One friend in particular, Chad Dugas, was tirelessly helpful in the process of editing a few hours' worth of material into a collection which could be presented more formally.

Very Friendly, former label imprint of Cargo Records distribution, approached me about releasing my next album and agreed to take on the “Monarcana” project. It was released on cd in the summer of 2006: www.dianecluck.info/ordering/?item=5.

Recently, I've been rescuing material from old cd-rs as they disintegrate, the plan being to release another collection of these sketches sometime soon. Examples of found audio can be listened to from my website: www.dianecluck.info/audio/cdrrescue ."

--Diane

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released July 10, 2006

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Track Name: snake
walk up to the snake--
get bit
die.

walk up to the same snake--
get bit
die.

walk up to the same snake--
get bit
die.

walk up to the same snake--
get bit
die.
Track Name: real good time
and it was like a sigh
just a dream fading out upon waking
you grasp--let it go, let it go...

it's a place up ahead, but not yet--
yet you know it's around, so alright
let it fade with a sigh

and now all of the grass and the greens that you witnessed...
the old covered bridges...
rainwater barrels and lost herds of cattle that wander your mind...

hey...
that was one real good time...
Track Name: countless times
down on me

countless times
countless times
countless times

down on me

countless times
countless times
countless times
Track Name: countless times
down on me

countless times
countless times
countless times

down on me

countless times
countless times
countless times
Track Name: lucifer
lucifer told me that i should go easy
that i should lay back and let slackwater take me
i said ‘leave me, lucy--your stories are juicy
for some dried-out mind—but that mind is not mine

i used to be uprooted
but now i am fruited with free-flowing nectar--
it’s suiting me better’
so lucifer left me alone for the day
to continue my duties of love and of play
Track Name: ribbon-cutting ceremony
there’s a ribbon-cutting ceremony today
they’ll coronate me and send me away
champagne bottles smash on each hip
and run down my sides—i’m a newborn ship !

( and run down the sides of the newborn ship... )
Track Name: diamonds
[ oh i do not care for diamonds
to lose them or to keep them
no, i don’t trouble my man
to complicate my left hand

obey the road and follow
you’re made / your mate into tomorrow
your pairing won’t be hollow
though ringless it’s a ring ] x 2

and i do not care for diamonds
to lose them or to keep them
Track Name: my virtue's gone ( hooray hooray )
and great, bloody hunks fell off of me
and great big chunks fell into the sea
my timber is going, i can hardly sail
no longer the boat, i’m out of jail

there’s hardly anything left of me
no longer the boat, i’m only the sea
and look ! my virtue’s being swept away
look ! look ! my virtue’s being swept away

it’s that big, bloody piece, just out of reach
vultures pick it apart on the beach

the last part of me is swallowed up whole
no longer the fruit, i’m only the bowl

i hold it all, i hold & hold
( i have no use for pirates’ gold )
i hold it all, i hold & hold
( i have no use for jewelers’ gold )
i once had hands to wring for joy / sorrow
( tho all my virtue has been sold )
wrung out till there was everything / nothing left
( the sea poured in and i was told

it ate my final piece, today

my virtue’s gone—hooray ! hooray !
Track Name: dilapidalliace
when the woman struggles over the man
when she sweats & struggles over him

dilapidance
dilapidated dance
dilapidalliance

[ my neck is sore, i danced last night—
you have a parallel pain
we rest simply in this domain
simply and in the woods again

you are my altar of bone in the greenery
smoking with meat on the rack in the fire
smoking & offering up what remains
we rest simply in this domain

smoke spirals up from the char
unnoticed from afar
aspiring ash scatters
till i can’t tell what you / we are ] x 2

when the woman struggles over the man
when she sweats & struggles over him

dilapidance
dilapidated dance
dilapidalliance

dilapidance
dilapidated dance
dilapidalliance
Track Name: reveller
i ain’t sure that i ain’t been a reveller before
cuz when i sway, i sway like i know how
i danced myself into the middle of the road
but somethin’ else is movin’ me now

somethin’ else been up in my head
somethin’ else directin’ my feet
somethin’ else been dressin’ me up
takin’ me out and actin’ so sweet...
Track Name: modern day
kids outside are throwing rocks

modern day stonings
modern day cruelty
modern day torture
this is what fuels me
and this day’s a scorcher

how do you love me, love me, love me ?
let me count the ways
why do you shove me, shove me, shove me
underneath the waves ?

your hands in my hair,
you pull me down
is this a joke until we drown ?

modern day drownings
modern day cruelty
modern day dealings always unspool me

things arise to compliment each other
the skin, when burned, weeps its own water
the woman, now grown, gives birth to a daughter
who carries a torch of hot, white light

everything is right

the dull reflects the bright
and the bright shows off the dull
cuz the window needs the wall

we spent our time on an untamed beach
where rocks thrust up from sand
we spent our money on sun-warmed fruits
that broke open & wept in our hands

modern day,
m o d e r n d a y,
modern day

this day’s a scorcher !
Track Name: parlor trick
today i long for nothing
but the deep, ambrosial kisses
that spring only to existence
in the instances your lips come into knowing mine

shine like a parlor trick on a sunday afternoon
i cannot believe i have become bad for you

and i said, ‘oh, you beauty—
no i cannot bear you
i half wish to tend to you
i half want to tear you
no no no no no no no no no
i don’t mean i want to hurt you
i just want to love you all the way

all the way

ohhh...
Track Name: pray headaches away
when i was a kid
i used to pray headaches away

laid awhile on the bed, i did
and prayed headaches away

sunny afternoon in the springtime, summer
light curtains fill the room
lifted by the breathing window

lie awhile on the bed again
and pray headaches away
oh, when someone pops a lid & knocks ‘em back
it don’t distract me, oh, i say,
‘no, nothin’ ever did take pain away the same
i remember, as a kid, i prayed headaches away

and nothin’ ever did take pain away the same
i remember, as a kid, i prayed headaches away’
Track Name: nothing but god
[ we are, lord, nothing but god
nothing but god in the way of itself ] x 5

we are lord, nothing but god—
try to get out of the way of yourself