Hopeful Monster

by Hopeful Monster

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released March 22, 2002

produced by Jason Ball
mixed by Brenndan McGuire
mastered by Noah Mintz

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Hopeful Monster Toronto, Ontario

Pyschedelic chamber pop

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Track Name: River Reflexive
It streams and you latch onto it and off you go
And all that you know is half witted

Someday when the stereotypes come true
I'll surprise you honey
One day when the stars are all in line
I'll make gospel of the cliches

So come on over baby paint my eyes
Oh you're illustrious
You know every body hurts until it cries
And if its everybody it must be us

I came up empty
Like an open string of pearls
You know a line is not a loop
It can't contain you

It streams and you latch onto it and off you go
And all that you know is half witted
Believe in everything that you see
Know what you know, commit to it

It streams and you latch onto it
It streams and you latch onto it
It streams and you latch onto it
It streams and you latch onto it
Track Name: Daily Electric
Dressed daily in electric light, I’m a yellow jacket
Don’t pull the plug, but I just might—
It keeps me static—
Get rectified and quit this racket

I woke up late but I’ve got two strong legs for running
Chased midnight into the afternoon
It’s been a long time coming
Gearing up and counting down to something

We climb down on the hook and hang together
A coronation and the whole town shook
But we just shivered
Lift the ground and fly off into the river

My crown broke through the shell, now I’m a free electron
Swinging on a flying trapeze
It looks so easy
Electrifying, death-defying
I dropped the crutch and kept on standing
Track Name: Instructions For Winter Lovers
Pour some water over me, it makes me come alive
For every one you owe to me I bet I owe you five
Racing candles to the sea in half a walnut shell
Just look at where it's gotten me — off like a shotgun

How could I know this would come true?
Would you surrender even when pursued
To the centre of your halo?
Cuz baby I've been slow to realize
You're not my pillow
You make me come alive

I shook all the pollen from the tree and like chlorine it stung my eyes
The last gift from a honey bee is one kiss and then it dies
Anyways I love you deeply and you know it all too well
There's too many systems running me and just one saline solution

This time it's now or never
We're out shopping for a new forever
And ever after all we've been through
So don't wake me if I'm dreaming
You're where I come to
You wake me up inside

I'm trying not to pass the buck
So hand me my take out cup
With one last taste of brandy
Since I spilled the bottle

I don't like to be so melodramatic
But I'm wrapped in plastic
And I can't feel you
Track Name: Universal Donor
The wind swept the sand dunes
We taped up the doors and windows
In the dust and the darkness
Our footprints were lost

In the Garden of Eden
Our sins were worth repeatin'

Now I'm always pouring water
But I missed the cup
Now it seems like I spend all my time
Mopping up

The guard at the mission
Lay blind with cyclops vision
And I hid on the outside
And watched through the glass

As he slipped in among them
In a flash, his blade had undone them
And I just waited
Hoping he'd pass

Now I'm always pouring water
But I missed the cup
Now it seems like I spend all my time
Mopping up

The same old fear resurrected
My own blood would be rejected
And my love would fade before it flashed

So I raised my hand up to heaven
Now I wish that I'd never asked

Cuz I'm always pouring water
But I missed the cup
Now it seems like I spend all my time
Mopping up
Track Name: Trilobite
Don't we mythologize
Left and right lobotomized

Three daughters in a boat
Two will sink but one will float

This frozen trilobite
Shook its frozen head with all its might

But now its set in stone
Even though you only crawled across it once
A million years ago
Track Name: Goldmine
Oh darling why can’t you be mine?
I see you all the time
And every day you touch me like an angel
I want you so bad I damn myself to hell
Don’t make me clarify myself

Why can’t I take my own advice?
Even when I know I’m right
I can’t seem to help myself from falling into lies
I need you in ways I can’t even hope to recognize
But you make me start to fantasize
Oh yes you do darling
Oh darling bury me alive

Cuz baby you’re a goldmine
And you make me so happy sometimes
But you know I’ll rob you of your wealth
And you know, you don’t have to break out
Just because the door’s on fire
And I’ve taken all I needed for myself
Left you an empty shelf
I took just what I needed for myself

So come on darling, show yourself to me
And lift me with your fingers from this well
If only my soul and senses could agree
You’d make me clarify myself

Cuz baby you’re a goldmine
And you make me so happy sometimes
But you know I’ll rob you of your wealth
And you know, you don’t have to break out
Just because the door’s on fire
And I’ve taken all I needed for myself
Left you an empty shelf
I took just what I needed for myself
Track Name: Stepping In
If you survive the friction of the sky
Your pod will reach the earth with all that it contains
If you escape your orbit round the moon
Upon reentry you are wrapped in flames

So cool off your skin
You float beneath the waves
And let the change begin
With a phosphorescent glow
You bring forth the spark you know

As you approach the limit of your landing
Collect your gyroscope and step in on the fly
It's just a dream that flutters on your shoulder
So shake it off and hang it out to dry

So cool off your skin
You float beneath the waves
And let the change begin
With a phosphorescent glow
You bring forth the spark you know

If you survive the friction of the sky
Upon reentry you are wrapped in flames
It's just a dream that flutters on your shoulder
So shake it off and hang it out to dry
Track Name: Stars Are Photomagnets
When glitterbugs are waving from the sky
Waves are all around us, everything is rushing by
We're canonized, forgetting where we are
And stones are leaping up towards photomagnetic stars

Everything that's scattered will come home
Brand new and unused
All the forces will gather in the free zone
Unmoved and unknown

We're joining bodies, casting webs around
Matter's great in difference when light distorts to sound
Because we see them we resist the call
But one day I'll wake up flying skywards — anchor, ship and all

Everything that's scattered will come home
Brand new and unused
All the forces will gather in the free zone
Unmoved and unknown
Track Name: Cobra Wings
Cobra wings break my fall and lay me down gently
Dream bellows collapse and lie empty
I reached out to touch the prize — well where is she?
He looked back with spinning eyes, made me dizzy

Caroline! Carolina!

I threw my balance to the wind — I thought I was flying
So let me feed the earth this empty skin cuz I'm dying
Cast me off this naked bough — the fruit is rotten
And lay me gently in the leaves where all is forgotten

In Caroline! Carolina!

These cobra wings won't break my fall
Track Name: Silver Lining
Red is what I look for when I'm blue
And gold is the only thing that glitters
It makes me so lonesome here without you
That I'm overcome with shivers

I'm sleeping inside a silver lining
Colours drifting, the sun is shining
The sun is shining

Is it what I wished for or just what I found?
I see myself in shiny things
My head is so heavy I fell to the ground
I closed my eyes, woke up weeping

I'm sleeping inside a silver lining
Stirrups ringing, the sun is shining
The sun is shining

Now the lights from the street sweep the ceiling
And the bells are ringing twenty nine times in the morning
Oh in the morning