Hawthorne Morning Sound

by Monte Pride

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Focusing on honest storytelling and vivid lyricism, “Hawthorne Morning Sound” blends swelling cello, shimmering electric guitar, wistful piano riffs, and mellow acoustics with delicate, stirring vocals to bring songs of love, loss, and longing to life.

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released November 18, 2016

All songs by Monte Pride © 2016

Performed by:

Monte Pride: Acoustic guitar (1,7,8,9,10,11), classical guitar (2,4,5), electric guitar (3,6,8,11,12),
lap steel guitar (2), bass (1,3,6,7,8), banjo (8), backing vocals (1,3,6,8).
Elan Dantus: Piano (5,12), backing vocals (3,6,11).
Benjy Joung: Cello (1,3,5,10).

All songs mixed, produced, and engineered by Elan Dantus.
Recorded at Elan Studios and Big Sky Recording
Mastering by Geoff Michael at Big Sky Recording

Cover Artwork by Zane Kemper
Design by Zoe Pride
Photography by Monte Pride

www.montepridemusic.com

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Monte Pride Lansing, Michigan

Monte Pride is a Michigan-born, Michigan-based singer-songwriter & fingerstyle guitarist whose songs recall the delicate & stirring vocals of Simon & Garfunkel, with guitar-work reminiscent of James Taylor and The Tallest Man on Earth. He blends haunting melodies with vivid lyricism, bringing stories of love, loss, and longing to life in a complex array of song. ... more

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Track Name: Wordsmith
This morning when I woke
I couldn’t help but sing
from a dream so lucid that I could barely think
So distinct, now extinct, my memory lapsed and turned and I can finally link
A pink moon’s reflection, a south pacific connection
Just running on fumes en route home from Portland

I’m parallel to you
and gone to soon
three hours with the grain that already grew
Cause I’m flowing with affection
and I won’t leave this summer
without learning to write with a wordsmith’s composure

She’s transcending me
set reservation free
slowing down the sound of my mind’s stampede
Cause I normally can’t focus
It’s usually not like this
If I pen you a letter, I hope that you believe it

Blessed are the impetuous
her thought perpetuous in me, oh in me
I know this is treacherous
her thought perpetuous in me, oh in me
Blessed are the impetuous
her thought perpetuous in me, oh in me

(Monte Pride © 2016)
Track Name: Ferns & Flame
We saved one from our wheel well
Another from our window’s well
And I’m not feeling too well

See I’ve grown up with them
Their midnight chorus never ends
I buried the first outside my window
And his tombstone scribbled and worn from rain
A memory wrought in ferns and flame
And my tears when I was five years old

You’ll hear them when humidity hits
And rain floods the marsh and sits
Buzzing at the bottom of the hill
Just shed your shoes and meet me there
At the splintered bench in the evening air
Heavy with love and anxious words

We saved one from our wheel well
Another from our window’s well
And now I know all is well

They’ll be gone when the frost falls
And autumn freezes every thaw and truth is lost in the wind
I think that I’ve what it takes
To extend the summer’s stake
In hushing the worry we look after
Just to leave when robins return
And tree frogs roll from winters burn
To canopies of pine and homes of myrtle

I’ve missed you for ten years
A distance closed in irrational fear
Tumbled in the stream gin clear

We found a frog in our wheel well
Another in our window’s well
And now I know all is well

(Monte Pride © 2016)
Track Name: Bedridden
I’ve got a tank full of gasoline
a crawl space of things that I don’t need
you were right the sight would bite
it left me counting digits
on a tombstone of someone unknown
we’re losing moonlight

Your eyes ride fully glazed
reconciled in this hannah plaza haze
drink to the place you’d rather be
my lighthouse beam
my actions unseen
in an Erie morning wave
a rocky mountain high
I’m a bedridden midwesterner
Oh I’m used to these cries
I’m used to these cries

From Medicine Hat to Bad Axe
and these stoplights in between
my tank half empty
the road still whispering
I’ll be up this Iron Mountain
before dusk it dries my hopes
just cut and dried in this state of lies
we’re far from home

I’ve got a tank full of gasoline
a crawlspace of things that I might need
your mother warned best stay away
they’re nothing short of cryptic
and I’ve found myself too far south for my taste
In an Erie morning wave
a rocky mountain high
I’m a bedridden midwesterner
Oh I’m used to these cries

These bedridden folks
that I’ve come to know
their history speaks their enemies weep
but they’re far from home

(Monte Pride © 2016)
Track Name: Notes of Lavender
We’ve got lavender farms and orchid fields
And thundering nights
And crackling reels of silence
And birds in the morning
I’m lost in their chorus
Of notes bending brightly
In octaves above our shade trees
Where you first spoke to me
I’m still in disbelief

That night old mission was clear
And swarms of beach bugs occupied the air
I couldn’t find the strength to steer
Butterflies sighed and lit the year

The trouble with detaching is I didn’t know I was latching
‘Till I lit out upstate
I don’t believe you were there if only the nettles cared
For the scars and the stories and the stinging
The sad songs we danced to are slowly coming true
Are they worth more than today without you?

Your hearts are growing smaller at the ends of your letters
And I know it’s for the better
But you still send them
and I’ll be keeping them

In the box above the hammers
Black and white and shattered
From a tune so broken
And a paper so tattered
I couldn’t read the notes
Your guesses were better

The trouble with detaching is I didn’t know I was latching
‘Till you drew back
To where you have others and I need another
To forget all we had
It’s not that I blame you it’s just I’d like to see you
And walk on the same freckled land

We’ve got lavender farms and orchid fields
And thundering nights
And crackling reels of silence
And birds in the morning
Maybe someday we’ll be there again

The trouble with detaching is I didn’t know I was latching
‘Till you lit out downstate
The sad songs we danced to are slowly coming true
Are they worth more than today without you?

(Monte Pride © 2016)
Track Name: Reasons
Why did music play on Friday?
and why have I yet to make sense?
of why you were here and I was still back there
Still blurry and sadly content

I’ve got a million reasons
I believe half of them
the wayward better left
in a dream catcher somewhere
a subconscious blank stare
flying circle round my head
This firefly is fleeting it’s lit and it’s longing
to be at peace again
Just don’t stop your rambling your loving and your traveling
your heart can’t be kept

My sleep deprivation and the heat of the day
drove me straight to the lake
I want to be back there I want to go somewhere
and stop distraction from taking it’s place

If the moon is willing and the stars understand me
and you can still hear me I’ll take
the chance to be near you to write you to see you
and stare into your eyes all day

I’ve a million reasons and I believe half of them
I’m finding the words that I left
In knowing without saying
intuition’s gold day engrained in the life you’ve led
Now I’m running with affliction engulfed in affection
I’m sorting out the things that I’ve said
Just don’t stop your rambling your loving and your traveling
keep this close in Marquette

It might drive me crazy it might leave me aching
asking the same questions again
but with countless reasons and the time we’re allotted
there’s nothing left to expect

I’ve a million reasons and I don’t know half of them
I’m finding the words I left
Just don’t stop your rambling your loving and your traveling
Your heart can’t be kept

(Monte Pride © 2016)
Track Name: Gypsy Dance
You said I was a goner from the day I stepped in
Said that I'd leave the family
That I’d lie again
But I've been changing on the highway headed north
I've broken all the cages, dropped all the baggage
You know where she's going, you sense where I've been

You know I'm a loner but you're keeping me in mind
See I wouldn't take you out if you gave me a try
‘cause I tried, I tried back then
Your attempts were halfhearted, better than mine
I only used a third

See I’m real good, real good at wasting time
Give me an hour and I'll take all five of afternoon
all I did was sing the blues
Now it's getting late
let's put on our dancing shoes

We went to the ballroom, wool socks keeping time
We swung around the bar and the gypsies on the side,
You winked
Oh I saw you wink
Now the night has expired and we're still alone

We were merely musing, just musing that night
We were merely musing when ‘lina fell from sight
We were merely musing, just musing that night
We were merely musing with gypsies all night

I found the bibles
the ones they left behind
On a shelf above your vanity, tucked away so sly
The kaleidoscope stopped on red and blue and green
The lights went out softly, her ghost set the scene
The window was wide, these colors were bright

We were merely musing, just musing that night
We were merely musing when worry came up tight
We were merely musing, just musing that night
We were merely musing with gypsies all night

(Monte Pride © 2016)
Track Name: Midnight Roller
Midnight rollers
please console me
You're granted without explanation
Essentially dependent on them
sketching charcoal drawings of them
hanging without a trace then - read again

I can't believe I found Emma in Ann Arbor
Just another suburb
cinching tight to the city

Going down to the pit
where the three yards meet
and everybody looks the same
like reflections off cellophane
their feet all muddy
from vain explorations of self
Of consciousness - of someone else
I dare not rebel as I'd been
I wonder what you'd write about this
About me - about them

I can't believe I found an Emma in Ann Arbor
Again
While I’m living

In your presence under decaying marquees
you stood like silence with me
flashing every second on every other bulb
The filaments flicker
his name illuminated

I can't believe I found an Emma in Ann Arbor
Again
While I’m living

(Monte Pride © 2016)
Track Name: Millennial Bombshell Blues
I’ve got this girl I think you should meet
She left me there last fall
Out on the concrete
Her first name might be embellished
And her last name might be a lie
But you see I’ve heard there’s more shame to a man
Who doesn’t even try

This girl’s got the eyes of a thousand beating hearts
Her hair so sandy blonde your worry departs
And I know
it was probably
Always
Most definitely
Undeniably me
Oh but you see we’d just like something to keep

She’ll tell you what you wanna hear
And run away when troubles near
Millennial bombshell blues
She’s breakin’ hearts makin’ mends
She’ll call you a friend
Millennial bombshell blues

Man this girl
she’ll turn on a dime
From lovin’ to leavin’ it’s a matter of time
‘Cause sooner or later you’ll end up like them
With those wired again
Blamed again
Sifting through the lies again
To hell and back
I couldn’t tell
A truly confusing gal
Millennial bombshell blues

She’ll tell you what you wanna hear
Keep fingers crossed when others near
Millennial bombshell blues
Millennial bombshell blues
Millennial bombshell blues

(Monte Pride © 2016)
Track Name: Children on Information
I hope this is my calling cause I lost my phone
He'll be round in the morning to break this still
This still is sorting out the faulty claims
It's still pushing me around it's hurting me a lot
It took my aspiration, now we're lost

Out among the stars, the tree tops and shards of light that you make
From your fingertips they shot the moonbeams down
Now they're dancing on your head real close to the ground
There's no escaping now, the cycle is vicious
it left me blowing 100 hopeless kisses your way
Through the signals, the radiation to me

All the sudden we knew everything
We’re children on information
Laying waste to what's around you
We’re children on information

He stole the sight from my right eye
he put it under glass, shot through its side
We're still running from the sun
Do you think I'm alright with the way you stopped mid stride?
Like the muscle that trailed so slow from the weight of your body, from the the weight of your soul
This cog maintained despite our silence
‘Till bricks finally broke In twos in threes
in the crumbling of the lee that always more than weak
The sinners laid down so sweetly next to me
I sang to them so softly
We thought of you, of how I’m in decay like you

All the sudden we knew everything
We’re children on information
Staring at our palms till our eyes turned bloodshot
We’re children on information

(Monte Pride © 2016)
Track Name: Tenth of June
I can feel the dark of the downstairs
As heat lightning sparks the sky
With your eyes bright like accordions
Dilating into night

My mug was half full of maxwell in the morning
So I wouldn’t spill on the drive
And I’m sure you can read my mind dear
On a wavelength ripe
A wavelength ripe with signs

I’m learning the sounds your house makes
As it’s aching past midnight
I’ve memorized the lines of your face
From a past life left behind

Your eyes that swell with a similar soul
They match mine
They match mine

I know you need some time now
To heal what’s on your mind
But with these days and unthreatening space
I’ll see you soon
I’ll see you soon
Sometime

Your eyes that swell with a similar soul
They match mine
They match mine

(Monte Pride © 2016)
Track Name: Harmony
This dual excess harmony
it catalyzed the way I’d sleep
Next to overflowing bottles
and dew drop blues stained blotchy portraits of all three

The moment you woke you headed north
East Lansing’s surely seen it before
You left a light on in passing
My frost teared breath screamed a fire engine’s roar

Sure I’d spit off balconies and parking structures
Seeping rage
But see my blood won’t flow anymore
They let me dry the rest like this bore

I can’t see it’s too bright above
I can’t see
You’re falling like a sputtering star past me

What will goodness really win you
When subconscious action solely rules you
I looked you straight in the eye
Felt close to nothing, it’s more than I’ve seen in awhile

If only you were still deserving
You’ve found a circuit that’s tripped and yearning
I looked you straight in the eye
When the river was high, buzzing with cicada’s cries

I can’t see it’s too bright above
I can’t see
You’re falling like a sputtering star past me

(Monte Pride © 2016)
Track Name: Hawthorne Morning Sound
There was no sign of stopping
Your frosted window drawings
Paint tales unimaginable
The beauty undeniable
Your canvas floats Michigan avenue
Your brother he floats beside you
Counting all the stickers smuggled
As the doc’s receptionist wades in trouble

I felt the love in every single curl
Every single tear and every furl
My bedhead hair made evident
In my favorite reflective ornament

There was no sign of stopping
Your frosted window drawings
Paint taxes and the debt you’re seeding
Through empty pockets warm and seething
Your canvas floats Michigan avenue
Your brother floats cashiers checks
Forged again and quarreled again
You laid down in your bedroom

I felt the love in every single curl
Every single tear and every furl
My left hand’s ring
It swept the burden
Magnetic fields
Dark shades of warmin’

See I’m worn down I’m breaking down
The reasons I’ve finally found
To live on through my ages
To the crisp
Hawthorne Morning Sound

(Monte Pride © 2016)