Clare And The Reasons

2 albums

Brooklyn-based Clare and the Reasons, fronted by collaborators Clare Manchon and Olivier Manchon, released their sophomore album, Arrow, in October 2009 on Frog Stand Records. Arrow features a special guest appearance from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, and is the follow up to their acclaimed debut LP The Movie, which included contributions from Van Dyke Parks and Sufjan Stevens.
Clare and the gang have spent the past two years touring around the world in support of Arrow. Live, they have a steady list of contributors, with a lot of instruments– cellos, violas, things to hit, kazoos, baby kotos, saws, recorders, and a bass drum that says "Kaboom" on it. It took a bit of wood, nails and many blankets to make Arrow in a recording tent built in the Ditmas Park apartment of Clare and the Reasons' neighbor, friend and engineer, Alex Venguer. Clare and the Reasons deliver an assortment of meticulously constructed and arranged songs, most written by Clare in her very own kitchen, arranged by Olivier in the living room with two cats by his side, and recorded with surgical precision with the help of "Reason" Bob Hart. Walking the line between musical maturity and sophistication and primal, childlike musical instincts, Arrow floats in both worlds, comfortably.
In the midst of nothing but glowing reviews of both "Arrow" and live shows, Clare and the Reasons toured the US and Canada 3 times for "Arrow" with Van Dyke Parks, Vic Chesnutt and Nouvelle Vague. They did an extensive euro tour in March 2010, and returned to Europe last summer to play some festivals (including Primavera Sound and Meltdown Festival in London). Clare and the Reasons toured the USA again in the fall with Van Dyke Parks, and traveled to Japan twice in support of Arrow.
Van Dyke Parks says, "Clare is the Reasons' raison d'être. Melodious et mysterieux–(the group) defines esprit de corps. (wrapped in) elegant arrangements for your dream escape— Chamber music with edge. Get this Visa to real musical adventure. Totally transportive!"

Music

25 songs
Song
Length
Actions
1
All The Wine Arrow
02:08

Lyrics:

I haven’t much I want to do would you like to come and do that too we got all the wine the weather’s fine let’s turn this bad day right around to good even when the rain is coming down my hair feels dry when you’re around and I got a feeling I’m not missing a thing it’s a joke so just laugh and look up at stars lay and be lazy in the grass or the sea on a rock in a tree it’s our time no trouble is our trouble now if we don’t care then no one will we have done our deed it’s all we need now put your arm around me like you want even when the plan is dead and gone our money’s short but love is long and I got a feeling I’m not missing a thing it’s a joke so just laugh and look up at stars lay and be lazy in the grass or the sea on a rock in a tree it’s our time
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All The Wine (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:26
2
All The Wine (Instrumental)(:30)
:30 Cutdown
02:26
3
All The Wine (Instrumental)(:60)
:60 Cutdown
01:02
2
Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears Cover - Master Rep) Arrow
More: Lyrics
03:55

Lyrics:

Welcome to your life There's no turning back Even while we sleep We will find you acting on your best behavior Turn your back on Mother Nature Everybody wants to rule the world It's my own design It's my own remorse Help me to decide Help me make the most of freedom and of pleasure Nothing ever lasts forever Everybody wants to rule the world There's a room where the light won't find you Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down When they do, I'll be right behind you So glad we've almost made it So sad they had to fade it Everybody wants to rule the world I can't stand this indecision Married with a lack of vision Everybody wants to rule the world Say that you'll never, never, never, never need it One headline, why believe it? Everybody wants to rule the world All for freedom and for pleasure Nothing ever lasts forever Everybody wants to rule the world
3
Kyoto Nights Arrow
03:07

Lyrics:

Why do I keep writing songs you can’t hear, my lips will move are you listening? Why do I always keep righting your wrongs we’ve grown so tired and we hurry Give us back Kyoto nights where all is good and all is right nothing hurts nothing hurts where will we wake up and who will we be I’ll be your hat you can be my coat Run through the London streets nameless and free can’t even tell if it’s raining
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Kyoto Nights (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:20
4
Mellifera Arrow
04:04

Lyrics:

Caught in the middle of keeping us alive keep the order keep the pace and every day we race the race apis melifera lives and look at all we get to give leave behind a bit for us we work this hard and want to trust our time is short we cover ground live it hard and die so proud And then there was the time when all of us did well and all the flowers bloomed and all of us have jobs and all of us have grace nothing is to hard ooh ooh Caught in the middle of keeping us alive keep the order keep the pace and every day we race the race apis melifera lives and look at all we get to give leave behind a bit for us we work this hard and want to trust our time is short we cover ground live it hard and die so proud in spring we have to move to where we all decide every vote will count and we will make a home that’s neat and strong and full lets hope the weather holds Caught in the middle of keeping us alive keep the order keep the pace and every day we race the race apis melifera lives and look at all we get to give leave behind a bit for us we work this hard and want to trust our time is short we cover ground live it hard and die so proud keep the order keep the pace and every day we race the race apis melifera lives and look at all we get to give leave behind a bit for us we work this hard and want to trust our time is short we cover ground live it hard and die so proud
1
Mellifera (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:14
5
Murder, They Want Murder Arrow
04:24

Lyrics:

Here we are in Ditmasville the night is quiet on this hill the porches and the gardens make us stay where simple is but simple goes away She hears her neighbors yell and scream she’s crying tears and thinks she’s seen or was it just a killing in her mind now heavy is this heavy handed time they will talk about you over breakfast talk about you they will talk about you in the back yard talk about you The next day facts and fiction blur did mrs. white kill him or her? but there’s no blood, the cops were never called perhaps it was the telly after all streets are colored beautiful if you move here then you’re a fool cause voices in your head will get you down and murder, they want murder in this town they will talk about you over breakfast talk about you they will talk about you in the back yard talk about you they will talk about you at the market talk about you they will talk about you in the back yard talk about you they will talk about you at the market
1
Murder, They Want Murder (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:37
6
Ooh You Hurt Me So Arrow
03:54

Lyrics:

Everyone is watching me they can see my face is getting flushed even though anonymous this is getting public ooh you hurt me so you hurt me so I could never stay away something in you makes me want to try radios are playing loud someone ought to stop me If I knew the answer I would never tell something seems appealing in the lost and found where we all come from wouldn’t you agree I would never tell
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Ooh You Hurt Me So (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:02
2
Ooh You Hurt Me So (Instrumental)(:60)
:60 Cutdown
01:01
7
Our Team Is Grand Arrow
06:12

Lyrics:

Our team is grand don’t separate just beyond the big grey rock keep your back pressed to the sun and we’ll find it keep your back pressed to the sun our colony has so few drones we will eject them in the fall keep your back pressed to the sun and we’ll find it keep your back pressed to the sun open wings are better things than what the people have and god just save our queen so we don’t just all die in the grass open wings are better things than what the people have and god just save our home that we made on our own with our own hands and own blood we need you to need love she will do a circle dance just to show the measurements keep your back pressed to the sun and we’ll find it keep your back pressed to the sun open wings are better things than what the people have and god just save our home that we made on our own with our own hands and own blood we need you to need love our team is grand though we’ve lost along the way and our team is grand
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Our Team Is Grand (Instrumental)
Instrumental
06:27
8
Perdue a Paris Arrow
03:46

Lyrics:

Perdue A Paris il y a pleins de petites rues et un arc en ciel et une fromagerie au musee picasso il y a un chat qui court apres un pigeon j'entends de la musique mais tu n'es pas la il y a pleins de p'tits cafes ou on parle de politique il commence a pleuvoir et tout est ferme Rodin il est mechant avec Camille Claudel je file sur mon velo mais tu n'es pas la
1
Perdue A Paris (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:52
9
Photograph Arrow
02:35

Lyrics:

she didn’t want to say goodbye money comes and money goes you stick around and it’ll show that the same things that always got you down still will life on her avenue was was easy if you never knew that it all was just one photograph she didn’t want to say goodbye and why should she anyway speaks of the trips she’s had that woke her up and made her mad living young seems to keep her from ever growing old we have debates about the difference between luck and wealth and I can’t see through her warm weathered eyes
1
Photograph (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:39
10
That's All (Genesis Cover - Master Rep) Arrow
02:58

Lyrics:

Just as I thought it was going alright I find out I'm wrong, when I thought I was right s'always the same, it's just a shame, that's all I could say day, and you'd say night tell me it's black when I know that it's white s'always the same, it's just a shame, that's all I could leave but I won't go though my heart might tell me so I can't feel a thing from my head down to my toes but why does it always seem to be me looking at you, you looking at me s'always the same, it's just a shame, that's all Turning me on, turning me off, making me feel like I want too much living with you's just putting me through it all of the time running around, staying out all night taking it all instead of taking one bite living with you's just putting me through it all of the time I could leave but I won't go it'd be easier I know I can't feel a thing from my head down to my toes but why does it always seem to be me looking at you, you looking at me s'always the same, it's just a shame, that's all Truth is I love you more than I wanted to there's no point in trying to pretend there's been no-one who makes me feel like you do say we'll be together till the end I could leave but I won't go it'd be easier I know I can't feel a thing from my head down to my toes so why does it always seem to be me looking at you, you looking at me s'always the same, it's just a shame, that's all Jjust as I thought it was going alright I find out I'm wrong when I thought I was right s'always the same, it's just a shame, that's all I could say day, you'd say night tell me it's black when I know that it's white s'always the same, it's just a shame, that's all That's all
1
That's All (Genesis Cover - Master Rep)(Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:03
11
This is the Story Arrow
05:16

Lyrics:

And underneath the stairs filling up old crates and rusty boxes an overflowing drawer carelessly concealed and left ignored ooh never mind this is the story ’bout a girl who was afraid of the light this is the the story ’bout a boy, who didn’t turn out quite right this is the story of the ribbon and the skeleton key this is the story ’bout the story of you and me A dixie cup outside seems to stop and sigh then change direction A letter’s on the way from the mailroom of a mind that’s blowing kisses oooh never mind this is the story ’bout a girl who was afraid of the light this is the the story ’bout a boy, who didn’t turn out quite right this is the story ’bout the ribbon and the skeleton key this is the story of the story of you and me
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This Is The Story (Instrumental)
Instrumental
05:28
12
Wake Up (You Sleepy Head) Arrow
03:30

Lyrics:

listen to birds talk they want to invite us another day crawls in another day needs us we need it too spot of light hits you makes a shape on your face looks like a tug boat that’s pulling an airplane across your nose wake up, you sleepy head you sleepy head wake up, you sleepy head you sleepy head morning comes just in time we will have omlettes there will be parties and there will be people who make us laugh you don’t have to be better or have to be greater or have to be charming or have to be all of the other things wake up, you sleepy head you sleepy head wake up, you sleepy head you sleepy head
1
Wake Up (You Sleepy Head)(Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:37
13
You Getting Me (Alt) Arrow
03:10
1
You Getting Me (Alt)(Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:21
14
You Getting Me (Main) Arrow
04:17

Lyrics:

you getting me they have high hopes for us put down your drink and pick me up I’ll make that funny face lets just be good and dance you getting me ooh you’ll make me want to live ill be home for you dear we’ll be the bright young things mid century happiness you are getting me! you getting me ooh
1
You Getting Me (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:24
2
You Getting Me (Instrumental)(:30)
:30 Cutdown
00:34
15
Alphabet City The Movie
05:52

Lyrics:

In the beginning there was In the beginning we never Considered an ending Where we would settle for anything short of ridiculous We didn’t have New York or Paris But you had a thumb hole in your cardigan And I give your camels to the vagabonds Immaculate mustache on our man in Hollywood I loved you when I was a waitress And I remember how the clock ticked Three a.m. in alphabet city A B C D just you and me Now we think in New York And in gray skies We think the same thing At the same time And we think too much And far too hard And now I’m talking too much About thinking I loved you when I was a waitress And I remember how the clock ticked Three a.m. in alphabet city A B C D just you and me I loved you when I was a waitress And I remember how the clock ticked Three a.m. in alphabet city A B C D just you and me
1
Alphabet City (Instrumental)
Instrumental
06:18
16
Cook For You The Movie
04:09

Lyrics:

I like to cook for you In my underwear 'cause our kitchen points to a wall and I like to talk to you while I brush my teeth cause I have so much to say I want to hear you talk to me in any funny voice you please it all pleases me I want to hang off every word you say and even thought it's in my head it all pleases me Little white lies tied in a bow keeps me poised all day reflections of me in the pictures of you makes me forget that you rest in peace I want to hear you talk to me in any funny voice you please it all pleases me I want to hang off every word you say and even thought it's in my head it all pleases me I want to hear you talk to me in any funny voice you please it all pleases me I want to hang off every word you say and even thought it's in my head it all pleases me
1
Cook For You (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:09
17
03:27

Lyrics:

Go back to your other life Before you even knew me at all 'Cause we tried, we tried and we tried But something wouldn't keep us alive Go back to your other world Where thoughts have no consequence 'Cause we've talked, we've talked and we've talked But somehow we never made sense And thoughts of you Stir in time And thoughts of you Relieve my mind They come and then they go Go back to you other bed Where you win all your fights 'Cause we loved, we loved and we loved Somehow something wasn't right And thoughts of you Stir in time And thoughts of you Relieve my mind They come and then they go
1
Go Back (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:27
18
Love Can Be A Crime The Movie
More: Lyrics
03:04

Lyrics:

I was wrong I'm the first one to admit it I did to you When I gave you love But it wasn't mine for giving Or living with you I moved too soon On like the moon 'Cuz nights Seem long in the head Like mine Knowing love can be a crime And I couldn't be What I should have been for you And I drew a false picture in your head And I live inside An idea, an idea, an idea And I ... And I know it's all my fault I moved too soon On like the moon 'Cuz nights Seem long in the head Like mine Knowing love can be a crime Knowing love can be a crime Knowing love can be a crime
19
Nothing Nowhere The Movie
05:00

Lyrics:

Here I am It is I Here I stand Nothing, nothing Out of nowhere Here I am Nothing, nothing Out of nowhere Nowhere I present to you Nowhere Nobody’s new who’s who Nowhere kick the same old can Nowhere Nobody gives a damn If you’re free then come with me to Nowhere, that’s where Nowhere, that’s where, you’ll find me Nowhere Just bring your comb and shoes Nowhere That’s all you’ll ever use Nowhere You know I’m leaving soon Nowhere Just let me know by noon If you’re free then come with me to Nowhere, that’s where Nowhere, that’s where, you’ll find me
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Nothing Nowhere (Instrumental)
Instrumental
01:48
20
03:30

Lyrics:

Pluto I have some frightful news dear in the New York Times They've just reported you've been overthrown (aah ahh ahh) from your solar throne for good Pluto they say that you can't handle your own gravity well how can you overcome your body force to clear the path for your own orbit Now all the planets will gather around and have a thing for you They'll wrap their orbits warmly around you and send you off with love Chin up pluto the stars still want you and we down here do too you know what to do, just keep on keeping on Pluto I have some frightful news dear in the New York Times They've just reported you've been overthrown (aah ahh ahh) from your solar throne for goo
1
Pluto (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:29
2
Pluto (Instrumental)(:30)
:30 Cutdown
03:29
21
03:43

Lyrics:

Pluton… J’ai une mauvaise nouvelle, j’ai lu dans le monde, ils t’ont demis de ton titre planetaire du systeme solaire pour toujours Pluton… cent trente quatre mille trois cent … quarante… c’est ton nouveau nom tu n’es meme plus une planete naine…comme Eris juste un numero… c’est triste (Translation) Pluto I have some bad news I read in “Le Monde” (french very popular daily newspaper) They took away your “planet” status, from the solar system. For ever Pluton One hundred thirty four thousand three hundred and forty (134,340) Is your new name… you’re not even a “dwarf planet” like Eris Just a number that’s sad
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Pluton (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:40
22
04:35

Lyrics:

Rodi likes your pearly whites and she wants to talk in the basement of her place, place Rodi takes all the time in the word to smell the flowers and walk in heals with grace grace everyone is wanting her the way that she wanted to be wanted in the first place, place everyone is needing her in the way that she needed to be needed in the first place, place Rodi walks her dog in style she makes sure that you notice her sweet face, face Rodi has us up for drinks and she makes us laugh and she makes us think all day, all day everyone is wanting her the way that she wanted to be wanted in the first place, place everyone is needing her in the way that she needed to be needed in the first place, place Rodi's doesnt tell us where she's from Rodi doesn't tell us where she goes she won't reveal it no, no way jose you know that would cause a lot of talk cause a lot of talk
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Rodi (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:33
23
Science Fiction Man The Movie
05:08

Lyrics:

You told me about an ending Pages turn themselves Space and time were only bending and I thought it was only fiction I’ll meet you in the middle of the street Science Fiction Man You didn’t tell this was really happening Universes crash painting a color I have never seen before I am with you I adore you Will you join me in the story written in your head And I don’t want you to feel sorry take me with you I’ll be waiting In the middle of the street Science Fiction Man You didn’t tell this was really happening Universes crash painting a color I have never seen before and I am with you I adore you
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Science Fiction Man (Instrumental)
Instrumental
05:07
24
Sugar In My Hair The Movie
More: Lyrics
04:26

Lyrics:

waffles on the beach sugar in my hair well I got a lot to tell you i was in a dream that wouldn’t wake me up it must have been the sun it must have been the sun I forgot to laugh at your joke i forgot to hear when you spoke I forgot to give and to get I haven’t really cared not quite yet light makes flowers in your eyes and shows your smile and you make me want to do the same kiss my freckled lips and then my sunburnt skin and then let me lie and dream again then let me lie and dream again
25
Under The Water The Movie
03:41

Lyrics:

I roll over twice and find i haven’t moved blank tv screen fills my mind with love this was astonishing my dear manhattan figurine walking here to there is where i am and where i want to be under the water under my foot print under the big sky under the bright stars everyone’s sleeping and this is the place where we come from and this the space growing and away never meant there was a better place your hand in mine and know i’d rather be be without the which makes us understandthis was avoidable my dear subway car speeding right across your face it lets me know I’m only waking now…
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Under The Water (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:48