Stop Saying I

by Monahan

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Full length album by debut artist Monahan --> Hear what critics are calling "Indie Pop's Best Kept Secret" (Washington Express). Steady, dense, and moody - the tracks that make up Stop Saying I carry a detailed weight that commands patient listening. A cast of talent ranging from NYC’s IDM-artist Insik Sate, members of Athens’ own Venice Is Sinking, Dark Meat, and MISFORTUNE500, the sound combines elements of indie, folk, ambience, noir, southern grit, and world music to create a synthesis of organic pop-rock.

"Stop Saying I is a unique and multi-layered dark jazz, alt-pop gem." - Flagpole Magazine

FULL READ: flagpole.com/Weekly/Features/RyanMonahan-16Feb11

"What took Monahan years to create needs just 19 seconds to leave a lasting impression." - Abandoned Couches

FULL READ: www.abandonedcouches.com?p=2247

Debut album by Monahan
Revolving Doors Media
Copyright ©2011

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released 01 January 2011

Ryan Monahan - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Keys, Drums, Bass, Production

CAST & CREW:

Josh McMichael - Bass
Lemuel Hayes - Drums
Chris Monahan - Drums
Eric Friar - B. Vox, Tambourine
Jon Mizrachi - Trumpet, Production
Ben Lewis - Mandolin, Banjo
Aaron Jollay - Trombone
Charlie Estes - Trumpet
Karolyn Troupe - Viola
Danielle Albert - Vocals

Produced by Ryan Monahan & Eric Friar. The Pendulum's Heart Co-Produced by Jon Mizrachi.

Mastered by Colin Leonard at Glenn Schick Mastering.

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Track Name: Moving Targets
I’m not useful these days
Always moving sideways
Small lies are the worst kind

I’m not seeking shelter
Cause I’m not out to sea
Well, my mind won’t let me change my mind, won’t let me change my mind

Were you let down by your expectations?
Were you let down by your expectations?
It’s not a difference of opinion, anymore

Nothing makes me cave in
Losing my impatience
Oh, my moving target

Help me to mislead you
Keep my losses close I
Make a difference

I never said I’m nothing
But I’m getting close to losing

And to my troubles - a warm invitation
And to my world - you’re a thing which can’t speak for itself
And I regret to inform you, with slight hesitation
It’s not a difference of opinion anymore

We won’t be let down by our expectations
We won’t be let down by our expectations
Without a difference of opinion anymore
(I’m a hungry ghost, at most I’m gonna drag you down into cycles of reason)
Track Name: The Pendulum's Heart
The pendulum’s disguise will confound you
Make the sorrow grow in size
Even to yourself…
There is nowhere left to hide

The wretched and the blind may despise you
Make the rhythms all divide
One last addition to the test…
You can swing, but can you rest?

No one in your life will remind you
No one patiently beside you
No other soul can quench the fire
Cause no one warned you ‘bout the flood

Loathing towards the light like the horsefly
Are the ones who claim the “bright side”
Whatcha know about desire?
Flip the coin before you smile

Woe unto yourself, ye double-minded!
The one that always needs reminding
I’ve seen you struggle for survival
Just sign this contract on the line

The one you hold most dear will deny you
The light of your reflection will blind you
The weight upon your soul will only drown you
No, no one meant to bring you down

Come on, Katalina see the bright side
Your southern charm should not confine you
Your public services will define you
Now’s not the time to let your guard down

Thunderous applause may surround you
Blinded by the light that shines upon you
But when your heart’s on fire
That’s when the smoke gets in your eyes

The poetry, you’ll find, will defy you
You’ve never felt so uninspired
But you didn’t choose this by design, no
Your racing heart cannot resign, no

When all the world is always smiling
You’d never know if there’s a crisis
The two of us have got the know how
The other turns the searchlight on the sun

from Stop Saying I, track released 01 January 2011
Originally released 01 March 2009
Featuring Jon Mizrachi, a.k.a. Insik Sate
Track Name: Offset
Get your cameras away from this scene
They were born before you fell asleep

It didn’t really have to come to this
I know sometimes we’re getting desperate

And we’re burning down, burning down cathedrals
And I don’t know why, I don’t know why


It’s getting heavy if you know what I mean
Sometimes its better if its left unseen

Take a minute to find some relief
Tell me things that you never believed

We’re given out what we don’t have left
I give my money to the public theft

And they’re burning down, burning down cathedrals
And I don’t know why, I don’t know why, I don’t know why

I thought I had you but there’s nothing left
Everything I’ve got is just a second guess

A million little pieces scattered up inside
Tell me a story, better tell it right

Everybody’s going to the movies tonight
Gonna wait in line for the ticker tape life

I’ll tell you something in a wasted breath
I give my money to the public theft

There was a feeling that I tried to regret
To be a part of the public theft

And you focus on
Focus off the helpless
And you focus on
Focus off the helpless

None of us stand a chance here
None of us stand a chance here

We’ll grow into it
We’ll grow into it
Track Name: Love Me Sober
And maybe I’ve been lost
But at what cost?
You’re selling me out for a lesser loss

And wouldn’t you have guessed?
Your mother’s depressed
She’s taking this worse than expected

It’s been a long, long day
What can I say?
Will someone make these children go away?

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again
There’s nothing left here to defend
The earth is sinking in the sea
There are bigger things than you and me
I’m counting sheep for invisible children

Love me sober as I console her
For some other reason in our some other hell
Love me sober
I can’t control her
I really think she’s given me the wrong idea…

What is it now? Are you really there?
Can I accidentally help you?

I’m just a statue of a burning man
To edify your country

There is no movement in your step
There’s no persuasion in your heart
The youth was wasted on the young
The earth is crashing towards the sun
And everyone seems colder than warmer, so…

Love me sober, as I get older,
Invisible gifts in our invisible world
Love me sober, I can’t console her
I really think I’ve given you the wrong idea…

That’s why I had to leave you then
To save you from embarrassment
From photographs we never took
Of condescending nauseous looks

Someone direct me please
Where can I pay these dues?
Of shredded weathered truth
To chase away these blues
No consolation here for such an awkward heart
Track Name: Criminals (ひとつだけの)
I wanted to ask you
But I didn't bother

I was lost in the woods
Was not my intention

And I wanted to help you
But I didn't bother

Gave you a head start, you started running
You had your hands tied up then

…Just like the time when
you took me to visit

Snow covered mansions
Out near the glaciers

They listened intently
They listened intently

I folded my hands up
I failed not to mention

It didn’t hit me right away -
There’s weeks in a moment some days
But something so strange in reminiscing

It’s this kind of thinking
That gets me in trouble

Keep telling myself
What I fail to mention

It’s a criminal mindset
A criminal mindset

I listened intently
But I was too young then

Maybe I’ll offer myself the time
Force me to rethink these crimes

I hear them through the walls again
They’re thinking that something’s wrong

And I heard your boat was sinking then
but I was so far from jumping in
I wanted to fall down gently
Track Name: Dirty Talk
DIRTY TALK

Well I couldn’t help but notice
It was barely even afternoon

I’m pretending not to notice
Makes it easier to talk to you

Are you sizing up the world,
Are you sizing to the world?

Are you scared, are you s c a r e d,
In your tiny little head?
Are you scared, are you s c a r e d?
Well you better be prepared

All this dirty talking
Makes it easier to talk to you

All this dirty talking
Makes it easier to talk to you

Have you * lost your mind?
Have you lost your * mind?!

One more dull plain white reaction
Just might turn into a fraction of a headstone

Are you scared, are you s c a r e d,
In your tiny little head?
Are you scared, are you s c a r e d?
Well you better be prepared

Some miss the patterns, but I see them so well
Ms. Understandin’ had them fall into the wishing-well...
Track Name: More Familiar Words
The simple things I’ve ever said
The only ones that made most sense
I need you,
Maybe I can’t leave you

I’ll take you in when you’ve gone too far
When you say nothing, I can hear you call
“El idioma, no es importante”

No, I won’t understate the truth
In more familiar words, it’s true
I guess that I won’t hold this back
I need you, I want you, I love you everyday

I’ll never lose you to an open sea
The river’s deep and the ocean sees
I’m blinded,
Slowly I’m reminded

I led you there without a touch
To a place where there’s no more memories…

No I won’t understate the truth
In more familiar words, it’s true
You left me here with no excuse
I need you, I want you, I love you anyways

Unto the road that leads into the night,
We walk a crowded mile
We're not alone, but lost in the silent words that bring me home
Not alone, but lost in your arms
Into the blinding light
Though I tire of sight
Every once in while
I know you’ll be there too
Open up your eyes
You’re the spaces in between the light
Where everything fades to view
As it’s rising up
You're the distant falling
Ocean’s calling
The waves come crashing on your shore
It comes without a warning
Forgive you in the morning,
Forgive you in the evening
I need you
I want you
I love you everyday
Track Name: Mr. & Ms. Understanding
Mr. and Ms. Understanding
Do you know where you’re landing this plane?
You’ve taken the stage
You’ve given the grades
Just promise you’re not here to stay

Mr. and Ms. Understanding
Do you know if we’re calling this home?
You’ve made up your mind
You’ve taken your bride
Now what do I owe for your time?

I can’t stare in your eyes for too long
It’s hardly becoming of me
I never asked you for this
I was just a houseguest
I won’t miss you at all when I am gone
When I am gone

Mr. and Ms. Understanding
Do you know where you’re standing in time?
You looked straight ahead, then you come from the sides
You’ve got yours,
But damn,
Where’s mine?