We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Monarcana

by Diane Cluck

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Your purchase directly supports my work as an independent musician. Thank you! Download of full album includes song lyrics and high-resolution artwork from original cd release (6 images). --Diane
    Purchasable with gift card

      $8 USD  or more

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 13 Diane Cluck releases available on Bandcamp and save 50%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Otters, Common Wealth, Four Friends, Original Face, Boneset, West Coast Tour 2008, Monarcana, Countless Times, and 5 more. , and , .

    Purchasable with gift card

      $39.25 USD or more (50% OFF)

     

  • Buy CD

1.
snake 00:21
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.
2.
3.
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...
4.
down on me countless times countless times countless times down on me countless times countless times countless times
5.
down on me countless times countless times countless times down on me countless times countless times countless times
6.
lucifer 01:11
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
7.
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... )
8.
diamonds 01:30
[ 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
9.
gardenovena 01:10
10.
11.
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 !
12.
reverly 03:24
13.
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
14.
reveller 02:16
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...
15.
( untitled ) 01:31
16.
modern day 03:36
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 !
17.
parlor trick 02:56
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...
18.
( untitled ) 02:07
19.
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’
20.
21.
[ 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
22.
( untitled ) 01:21
23.

about

Monarcana is a collage of spontaneous song-sketches collected from 2001-2004. I'd been recording ideas on a Korg 8-track digital workstation and while some would become finished songs, there were many of them and I wanted to share the inspired quality of what music feels like when it first comes through, joyous and unrefined.

My friend Chad Dugas encouraged me to release these song bits and was supportive in my process of editing a few hours' worth of material into a collection that could be presented more formally.

Very Friendly, former label imprint of Cargo Records, released the collection on CD in the summer of 2006: dianecluck.info/store

Some folks tell me they like to drift off or fall asleep to this album, or to listen on long drives...

-Diane

credits

released July 10, 2006

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Diane Cluck

Singer-songwriter in Charlottesville, VA

contact / help

Contact Diane Cluck

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

Diane Cluck recommends:

If you like Diane Cluck, you may also like: