How The Spark Loves The Tinder

by Monk Parker

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The first full-length solo release by Monk Parker. Available on vinyl or CD from Bronze Rat Records (www.bronzerat.com) and most major retailers.

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released May 26, 2015

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Monk Parker Austin, Texas

Pitchfork says "Mournful & elegant, big & brassy... the exquisite dejection is almost celebratory", Rolling Stone France calls his most recent release “perfect, just perfect”, and El Pais declared a recent Madrid performance "monstrously sad & brilliantly anachronistic”.

The new full-length solo release "Crown of Sparrows" comes out on LP & CD in April 2016 on Grand Jury Records.
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Track Name: Sadly Yes
Sadly yes I know
just where to go, where to go
Sadly yes, we can all three see
the bright writing on the marquee
Sadly no, I don't want to
Sadly no, I don't want her,
I want you

Past your shoulder & porchlight lies
the bright sea of Illinois.
Floating pleasure palaces
light the sky beyond the buoys
Sadly no I don't want to go
Sadly no I don't know how to say no

Sadly every sweet thing ends
in the end, in the end
Sadly yes, it's a cold world
& favors cold men
Sadly no we can't be still be friends
Sadly I'll never kiss you again
Track Name: I Am A Gun
shoot me
i am a gun
you need a lover
and i am not one
i am not one

you think that
flowers are pretty
but they're just hungry for sun
& it's true
I'm a lousy man
but I'm a real good gun
I'm a real good gun

shoot me
i am a gun
you need a lover
and i am not one
i am not one
I am a gun.
Track Name: The Happy Hours
slow nights in rapid city
so bright the tiny stars
strobe lights twining
slow & pretty
in rapid city

Darkly darkly the happy hours
sparklingly sparklingly the bar lights
smiling hidingly
shy & inviting
anything,
anything,
anything.
Track Name: Wanna Be Forgotten
The sound of cars
& the wound-up stars
All stall & stop eventually

So noon declines to blue
& night rains to dull morning dew
So dawn goes down to day they say.

The wind wants to batter,
& clouds like to drift & scatter
& the sky is high & bright & glad & empty

I wanna be forgotten
I wanna be forgotten
I wanna be free, free, free
I wanna be forgotten
I wanna be forgotten
Track Name: Idle In Idlewild
chapter one,
& the warm stars are shining
& light the sky with their long dying
Some strange April,
when all the stars stall and stay still

& the days fly by
idle in Idlewild
idle in Idlewild

chapter two,
soft like kittens & hidden
& New York’s as far off as China.
The ghosts of you and me
are so pretty & so sweet
& it’s bright for Spring

The days fly by
idle in Idlewild
The days fly by
idle in Idlewild
Track Name: Raining In Eva
It’s raining in Eva
& damp flowers bloom
Black waters rise where
her long legs lie

Pond weeds twine on couch legs
& clouds glide by
in bright-edged files
across her ceiling tiles
& hide her starry houselights

Behind her bangs
behind her bright bangs
an uncloudy day
shines & fades
& shines & fades again
but Eva rains
Eva rains
Track Name: The Great Fires
How the spark loves the tinder
How the fuel the spark
How the night longs to not be so dark

Such a lovely fire
Such a pretty light
All the things that we burned sure burned bright

the great fires
leave nothing
but the endless skies
all blue & no green
& the strangest dreams

Sure it all fades to black & grey
Sure it all banks to coals
Still the great fires are only sleeping you know

the great fires
leave nothing
but the endless skies
all blue & no green
all blue & no green
& the strangest dreams