Lady Monday

by David Alan Thornton

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released December 2, 2015

Music, lyrics, vocals, acoustic guitars, keys: David Alan Thornton
Drums & percussion: Vincent Presite
Bass: Justin Goldner
Electric guitars: Adam Stoler
Piano: Karl Saint Lucy
Bassoon: Taylor Smith
Cello: Jeanette Stenson
Violin: Rita Dottor
Trombone: Dan Thornton
Additional vocals: Rita Dottor, Sally Eidman, Molly Hager, Lauren Marcus, Kaitlin Niewoehner, Sue Thornton, Darrell T. Joe, Scott Montgomery, Aaron Spivey, Dustin Sullivan & Jared Weiss

Recorded by John Davis & Todd Carder at the Bunker Studio
Mixed by John Davis
Mastered by Scott Hull

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David Alan Thornton New York, New York

Alaska-raised, NYC-based, singer-songwriter David Alan Thornton has has been called "too open-minded for the Midwest and too open-hearted for New York." As a performer, his "soulful vocal stylings compliment confessional lyrics that border on literary greatness." With a sound in the middle of David Bowie and Cat Stevens, you might call him an alternative-folk-rock singer, but who really knows? ... more

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Track Name: Any Little Girl
Any little girl, that's a nice little girl, is the right little girl for me
She don't have to look like a girl in a book if a good cook she should be
She don't have to wear rats in her hair or a straight-front XYZ
Oh, any little girl, that's a nice little girl, is the right little girl for me
Track Name: So Much to Conceal
So much to conceal
Well, two can play that game
The sentiment is real
The music knows your name
You hate to show your hand
The cards are rearranged
I swear I understand
I will not be changed
I will guard your bow
I will catch your leaves
I'm stronger than you know
Than anyone believes
And I will kiss your back
I will be well met
I will brush the lack
I'll make you forget
That he's ever been
And though he may go on
His circuitry's forgiven
His kilowatts are gone
And he can't hide from rust
Though he block his eyes
He's damned to turn to dust
To house and feed the flies
And all his greens will fade
All his gold turn black
But I will be your shade
I will kiss your back
I hate to be so right
But someone has to be
I see you in the light
You're nothing without me
Track Name: Run Run Run
You're so innocent, you're so innocent
No, your blame is in your blood
Your name is in the mud
You try to reconcile, you try to reconcile
But your uncle's always there
And you still have your father's curly hair
The other youth hide in the tower when the smoke's begin to rise
Almighty Clock rings out the hour and it lights the owl's eyes
But you can't plug into your power where your great-grandfather lies
Though you kiss the headstone

Oh, you gotta run, run like a bomb is ticking

Who me? I'm not with him
I've never seen him before in my life
I think I'd recognize someone with such shady eyes
I'm sorry but I'm no scapegoat
I'm not taking the fall for this one
You're on your own

Oh, you gotta run, run, run like the hunt is behind you
Like a bomb is ticking and you're out just in time
From the flood, from the flame
Oh, you gotta run, run, run like the hunt is behind you
Like a bomb is ticking and you're out just in time
But you go and say her name

And now it's maybe, maybe
It's maybe, maybe

I'll put my name up on the wire if you won't take it vain
They'll raise the razor ever higher till it settles in a stain
But you can smuggle out my fire and lay in on the lane
There's a pretty blonde waiting on the other side of the state line
You left her alone

Oh, you gotta run, run, run like the hunt is behind you
Like a bomb is ticking and you're out just in time
From the flood, from the flame
Oh, you gotta run, run, run like the hunt is behind you
Like a bomb is ticking and you're out just in time
Before you go, say her name

Say her name, say her name
Before you go, say her name
Say her name, say her name
Before you go, say her name
Say her name, say her name
Before you go, before you go
Before you go, say her name
Say her name, say her name 'cause she's so innocent
Track Name: The Bees & the Spoils
To the bees, to the bees go the spoils
To the bees, to the bees go the spoils
And the fireweed, fireweed crawls
To the bees, to the bees, to the bees

Oh the dogs', oh the dogs' wild howlin'
Oh the dogs', oh the dogs' wild howlin'
Gives the mountain lion, mountain lion pause
But the bees, but the bees, but the bees

Oh the hind, oh the hind hears 'em callin'
Oh the hind, oh the hind hears 'em callin'
By the River Run, River Run falls
And the bees, and the bees, and the bees

So she waits, so she waits by the water
So she waits, so she waits by the water
For the final kill, final kill calls
And the bees, and the bees, and the bees
And the bees, and the bees, and the bees
She knocks down a stone

Black clouds, black clouds and black honey
Black clouds, black clouds and black honey
The canines rise, the canines swell
And the canine lies where that canine fell
And the hind, and the hind, and the hind
The hind walks away

To the bees, to the bees go the spoils
To the bees, to the bees go the spoils
And the fireweed, fireweed crawls
To the bees, to the bees, to the bees
To the bees, to the bees, to the bees
To the bees, to the bees, to the bees
Track Name: Something About Her
There's something about her
I can't describe
It's in the air around her
And down deep inside
There's something about her
And she doesn't see
So how can I help her
When she won't listen to me?

She won't listen to me
She won't listen to anyone
And all that she trusts is a mirror
It's broken

There's something that hates her
And she doesn't know
It teases and baits her
And won't let her go
There's something about her
It sleeps quietly
So how can I wake her
When she won't listen to me?

She won't listen to me
She won't listen to anyone
And all that she trusts is a mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who's the fairest one of all?
Mirror, mirror, would you tell her?
There's something about her
Something about her
Something about her
Track Name: Cepherda
Don't take the door
Don't let the frame deceive you
Been here before
The end of the game I leave you
You're on your own
I mapped the way for you

Cepherda, didn't I save you?
Cepherda, didn't I save you?

I go to bed
I see the lake and boat there
Ice in my head
Ice, it can break and float there
I pull you up
You breathe, I wake for you

Cepherda, didn't I save you?
Cepherda, didn't I save you?
Cepherda, didn't I save you?
Cepherda, didn't I save you?

Those eyes looking at me
The lies looking at me
Despise looking at me
But what can I do?
What can I do?
I already saved you

Cepherda, didn't I save you?

Cepherda, didn't I save you?
Cepherda, didn't I save you?
Cepherda, didn't I save you?
Cepherda, didn't I save you?
Track Name: Cepherda Part II
Cepherda, did I save you?
Did I save you, Cepherda?
Did I save you? Did I save you, Cepherda?

I thought you had me.

Cepherda, did I save you?
Did I save you, Cepherda?
Did I save you? Did I save you, Cepherda?

I thought you had me.
Track Name: Fun City (feat. Molly Hager)
Hey girl, watch your name
You don't want no gossip about ya
Hey girl, what a shame
I got top ten reasons to doubt ya
Pick up the tab with your, pick up the tab with your millions
Hey girl, whatcha think of my collar?

Every time you turn around you're talking to a ghost
Pick a magic marker, mark the name you miss the most
Walking home is looking down the barrel of a gun
Ain't this city fun?

Hey girl, better be dressed
I got forty-five minutes to meet ya
Hey girl, give it your best
I wanna know I won when I beat ya
Pick up the tab with your, pick up the tab with your millions
Hey girl, whatcha think of my Rolex?

Never been a fighter but you're polishing your claws
Never had a heart, you're like the Tinman to my Oz
Never lose your count, you're looking out for number one
Ain't this city fun? No.

Hey girl, hey girl, hey girl, hey girl

Hey girl, in the bag
You ain't got no paper or plastic
Hey girl, whatcha think of my diamond?

Biting at your bottle but you're better in a glass
Puppy ate your homework and you're praying that you pass
Cut the tape, your great escape is over, said and done
Ain't this city something fun?

Hey girl, hey girl, hey girl, hey girl
Track Name: Drown
I feel the lead
Lead in my body
Lead in my head
Lead in my body
Sink like a stone
Holy and heavy
Metal for bone
Holy and heavy

She takes me down
She takes me down
Lead in my body
Sink like a stone
I'm gonna drown

I feel the rush
Rush in my body
Deaf in the hush
Rush in my body
Deep in the vein
Crystalline lightning
Heat of the rain
Crystalline lightning

She takes me down
She takes me down
Rush in my body
Deep in the vein
The pain, I drown

She takes me down
She takes me down
Lead in my body
Sink like a stone

She takes me down
She takes me down
Lead in my body
Sink like a stone
I'm gonna drown
I'm gonna drown
I'm gonna drown
I'm gonna drown
Track Name: Broke
You broke my bow- there goes my arrow
You broke my gun and now my bullets don't fly
You broke my plow- I'm lying feral
You broke my well and now my bucket is dry
You broke my knife- I can't cut it
You broke my ax and now my timber don't fall
You broke my door- I can't shut it
You broke my window now it's only a wall

Tell me what I gotta do
Tell me what I gotta say
Tell me what I gotta do and what I gotta say
For it to be the way that it used to be
The way it was before you broke me

You broke my map- I can't follow
You broke my cage and now my birdie won't stay
You broke my drum- no longer hollow
You broke my trumpet- no more reveilles play
You broke my wheel- I can't steer it
You broke my track and I'm a runaway train
You broke my dog- I can't go near it
You broke my bumbershoot- I'm stuck in the rain

Tell me what I gotta do
Tell me what I gotta say
Tell me what I gotta do and what I gotta say
For it to be the way that it used to be
The way it was before you broke me

If only you'd learn how to pick up after yourself
How to follow the rules and get along with others
If only you'd learn how to take better care of your things
Well maybe my shit wouldn't be strewn cross the floor
Maybe my fruit wouldn't be cut to the core

You broke my nail- there goes my hammer
You broke my ruler now my lines are both crossed
You broke my glass and so my glamour
You broke my trunk and all my Legos are lost
You broke my jar- I smell the honey
You broke my seam- now my stiches unwind
You broke my back- I feel funny
You broke my skull and now I'm losing my mind

Tell me what I gotta do
Tell me what I gotta say
Tell me what I gotta do and what I gotta say
For it to be the way that it used to be
The way it was before

Tell me what I gotta do
Tell me what I gotta say
Tell me what I gotta do and what I gotta say
For it to be the way that it used to be
The way that it used to be
The way it was before you broke me
Track Name: Lady Monday
Lady, Lady Monday
She's onto you
She's on her knees
She'll run you through
Lady, Lady One Day
That jealous girl
She'll rip your cord
She'll wreck your world

Do you doubt? Do you feel like running?
Work it out- baby, you look so stunning
In the bright light, you're dissatisfied
But you make a beautiful bride

Lady, Lady Fun Day
Ms. Fischer-Price
She'll take your toy
She won't play nice
Lady, Lady Monday
In all pastel
She'll break your knees
And wish you well

Do you doubt? Do you feel like running?
Work it out- baby, you look so stunning
In the bright light there's nowhere to hide
But you make a beautiful bride

Air traffic control
Dig a deeper hole
Read between the lines
In your Valentines
Cause once you leave the ground
Earth comes back around
And where Lady Monday, Monday goes
Sunday follows

Do you doubt? Do you feel you're falling?
Stick it out- I hear a good man calling
In the bright light, you'll know what to do
So baby, I raise a glass to you

To the dark, to the running water
To the spark, to the people's daughter
To the bright white light, to your Father's pride
Oh baby, you make a beautiful bride
Oh baby, you make a beautiful bride
Oh baby, you make a beautiful bride
Track Name: On Your Side
Every figurine, every dark closet
Every velveteen, every deposit
Every fairytale, every bad ending
Every empty sail, every pretending

I'm on your side
I'm on your side
I'm on your side
You've got me

Every hand-in-hand, every unlearning
Every gently tanned, every sunburning
Every early call, every rude waking
Every icy fall, every back aching

I'm on your side
I'm on your side
I'm on your side
You've got me

Every drop of blood, every derision
Every cake of mud, every new vision
Every burning doubt, every distressing
Every turnabout, every good blessing

I'm on your side
I'm on your side
I'm on your side
You've got me

I'm on your side
I'm on your side
I'm on your side
You've got me