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High Hopes was produced in the winter of 2012-13 in Anchorage, AK at Tri-Tone Studios and features of some Anchorage's finest musicians. All songs on this record were written on piano and it features prominently.

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released November 1, 2013

Produced by Matt Hopper
Executive Producers: Paul Jacks & Phil Voorhees
Mixed by James Glaves
Mastered by Bryan Garfinkel
Recorded at Tri Tone Studios (Anchorage, AK)

Musicians:
Matt Hopper - guitar, bass, piano, vocals
Paul Jacks - piano, keyboard, synthesizer, vocals
James Glaves - drums, guitar
Eric Neet - drums, piano
Derek Mangrobang - drums
Emma Hill - vocals
Bryan Daste - pedal steel guitar
Corwyn Wilkey - trumpet

Cover Painting & Logo by Peter Piek
Back cover photograph by Lindsey Bell

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Track Name: High Hopes
HIGH HOPES

C WHAT IF YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO SAY ANYTHING THAT YOU Dm WANTED TO THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD
BUT YOU COME FROM A C LITTLE TOWN AND SUDDENLY THE WORLD IS YOUR Dm STAGE
C WHAT WOULD YOU SAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO
SUDDENLY Dm ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU
YOU'RE A C BIG FISH BUT YOU'RE SWIMMING IN A BIGGER Dm POND

F ARE YOU GONNA COME C BACK Dm ALIVE?
F TAKE MY NUMBER HAVE A C BITCHIN' Dm RIDE
THEY HAD C HIGH HOPES FOR Dm SUNSET KID
THEY HAD C HIGH HOPES FOR Dm CARIBOU BILL

I'M TRAVELING, I'M WRITING THESE SONGS AND I'M SINGING THEM HARD CAUSE ALL THAT I KNOW
LIKE A SUNRISE I'M ALWAYS GETTING STUCK IN YOUR HEAD
WITH FUNNY THINS MAKE YOU LAUGH
TAKE A PART OF ME BABY NOT MY AUTOGRAPH
IF I'M A BIG STAR, THEN SOMEONE'S NOT DOING THE MATH

IS HE EVER GONNA WRITE THAT SONG
THE ONE WHERE EVERYBODY SINGS A LONG
PUT A BET DOWN ON CARIBOU BILL
GET A WEEKS PAY ON SUNSET KID

SOLO

THE KID GOT A TIP AND A HELL OF A PITCH FROM A BLACK TELESCOPE
WHO SAID "NEVER QUIT, YOU'RE A STORY, WITH A BIRTH, BEGINNING AND END
JUST PLAY THE MUSIC IN YOUR HEART, MAKE IT LOUD MAKE IT SOFT
MAY YOU NEVER PART WITHOUT KNOWING THAT YOUR VOICE IS INFINITE

AND ONE DAY YOU'RE GONNA HOP THESE RAILS
AND FIND SOMETHING THAT WILL FILL YOUR SAILS
AND A SUNRISE FOR SUNSET KID
AND A HIT SONG FOR CARIBOU BILL

F THERE'S NO COMPETITION HERE
YOU EITHER G LIKE WHAT YOU SAW
OR HATE WHAT YOU HEAR
BUT AT Am LEAST YOU BELIEVE...... Am BELIEVE IN F MUSIC

Tempo: 138 Key: C
Track Name: Happy Girls
Happy Girls

D WHEN THOSE CALENDAR Dmaj7 DAYS WELL THEY JUST KEEP PASSING Bm BY
AND THERE’S NO TIME FOR A A DRINK WHEN THERE’S NO TIME FOR IT ANYMORE
D WELL YOU GOT TO RELAX Dmaj7 KEEP YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR Bm LAP
YOU CAN TURN IT AROUND A YOU CAN TURN INTO A
G HAP A PY D GIRL Bm

WHEN THE ICICLE MELTS AND THE PARK IS TURNING GREEN
AND YOU’RE IN SOME KIND OF HEALTH YOU’RE A SUNKEN MACHINE
SHE’S OUT RUNNING HER LAPS OUT OF BREATH HER LUNGS COLLAPSE
YEAH SHE’S GASPING FOR AIR I HEAR HER BODY THINKS THAT SHE’S A
HAPPY GIRL

SOLO

HAVE YOU GOT TIME FOR A SMOKE? ARE YOU TIRED OF WINTER COATS?
AND NO SUN IN YOUR TEA YOU COULD BE LOSING ALL YOUR ENERGY
WELL YOU GOT TO RELAX KEEP YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR LAP
YOU CAN TURN IT AROUND YOU CAN TURN INTO A
HAPPY GIRL

DON’T G CHANGE FOR NO ONE ELSE
A HAPPY Asus GIRLS
YOU DO IT FOR Bm YOURSELF x3

Tempo: 132 Key: D
Track Name: The Absentee
The Absentee

Am You wear your G hair tied up in F knots
You don’t know really what you’ve got
To hold onto something you love
Then watch it slip out of your grasp
You’re on your back when you find out
The absentee from all your dreams
Is waiting there for you
Somewhere in the world
But they are not the type to come around
You cried yourself to sleep
Just waiting for the call
That never came to save you from your fall
You found an answer
You found a light
And your life’s worth living
You found a reason
You found disaster
You found that love is giving
And maybe you’re alone
And maybe you’re in pain
And I am all that’s left to sort you out
You cried yourself to sleep
Just waiting for the call
That never came to save you from your fall
You’re not alone now
You’re not alone now
You’re not alone now
You’re not alone now
You’re not alone now
You’re not alone now

Tempo: 84 Key: Am

Notes:
Track Name: Getting Over You
Getting Over You
Am-G-F x2

Am It’s getting G hard so hard to F breathe
Am I feel so G dark and sick and F weak in the knees
And I’ve falling out of Am your click bitten by my G own tricks and I F bleed
I’ve got those Am blue lips cold away from G your kiss honey F hold on to me
Am Cause I don’t really G want to feel this F way
Am I already G told you that I’d F love you to stay
But I’m getting G worried now A
I’m getting G looks from your eyes F telling G me we’re Am through

I’m such a bore I scare myself
My feelings work so well that I’m overwhelmed
And you catch me on a wire, tell me that you’re tired, I listen
And I feel like a big wreck waiting for a paycheck that I’ll never cash in
And I don’t really want to feel this way
But you already said those things that were on the way
Gonna need some time alone
I like you way too much to step foot in your home

C Guess where Am I will G be C tonight
I’m not gonna Am answer phones or G make it right
C Don’t you sit Am crying on a G shoulder pad
F Cause a broken heart is G nothing new
F And I am not de G pressed I’m just F getting G over Am you

Tempo: 112-120
Key: F
Track Name: My Bible
My Bible

When you C feel it in your gut, who you are and what you want
And then F dynamically pursue it
C Don’t back down, and don’t give up
Then you’re F gonna mystify a lot of folks

That’s what G Dylan Am said in a F book that I once G read
It was G written in the Am pages of his novel F G
And I G know he’s just a Am man, but he’s F doing all he G can
So I’m G pulling off his Am pages for my F bible G

I’m running down a dream that never would come to me
Said a blond haired kid named Petty
And he took aim and he staked his claim
With an album full of hits, Damn The Torpedos

He had big ideas and formulas that worked
From hit song to the next town, ghost to bayou
Now he’s filling up the stands in arenas where he lands
and I’m pulling off his pages for my bible

I could C read it Dm every Am night this G book of F songs
and C just like Dm Jesus Am Christ your G words will F get passed G along
They’re gonna F get passed G along... solo!

I’m rolling up my sleeves and tucking in my jeans
Springsteen took that look strait to the cover
of Rolling Stone, they chewed his bone
And the proof was on the streets in Pennsylvania
It was up and down the boardwalk of his town
This guy and his guitar hailed as a savior
Just a boss and all his plans with or without a five piece band
He could give em hell this soldier and his army
Praying loud and cursing when he needed
Writing songs that made other people famous
Putting pen to paper like this bible

Tempo: 138 Key: C
Track Name: Wailing Songbird
Wailing Songbird

E I’m a songbird wailing in the C#m air (how you holding up x2)
I’m an E ashtray snubbed in your C#m affair (how you holding up x2)
I’d take the G#m pain for you but I will never really under C#m stand
What G#m gets you through the frozen void that slips right through your C#m hand

I’m a fever burnt between your lips (how you holding up x2)
I’m the nine months stuck between your hips (how you holding up x2)
I’d take the pain for you but I will never really understand
What gets you through the frozen void that slips right through your hand

C#maj7

B Help, I’m falling C#m down x 6

Tempo: 184 Key: E
Track Name: Stick It To Your Man
Stick It To Your Man

E Everybody wants to B know if you’re gonna come E around
Cause we’re sick of seeing B you all over town
E Hiking up your B pace wearing making on your E face
Cover up’s not B fooling anyone
G#m Wait up for good till F# you see the light, E it’s on tonight you know that I’m waiting for you
G#m Gotta pretend that F# you aren’t the only one E waiting on a teardrop waiting till the sun comes up

Well the stars around your / head they’re getting in your eyes /
And they’re blowing your disg / uise all over town /
He’s the kind that hit you / once now he’s doing it again /
Sympathy could be a / crutch but not for him
Can’t you under / stand that it’s tearing me a / part
As you fall to pieces / on the floor to / night wishing you weren’t a / lone

E Don’t you wanna live B too afraid to try C#?
I’m so sick of seeing G#m you with a tear in your E eye
Do you wanna be a B bused or even C# die?
You could stick it your G#m man you could do it if you E try (F#, G#m, B) x2 E

Won’t you get into the / car gonna drive you far a / way
We can talk about the / night or even pray
I don’t care as long as / you see that you are loved by / me
Don’t you know that it / hurts me to see you / down
I’ve got news for / you your friends are on your / side
No one needs a / solitary / man when he’s beating you / down
Girl it’s time to go

E Don’t you wanna live B too afraid to try C#?
I’m so sick of seeing G#m you with a tear in your E eye
Do you wanna be a B bused or even C# die?
You could stick it your G#m man you could do it if you E try (F#, G#m, B) x2 E

buildup

Give me too much and I’m gonna get it through to you tonight
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It’s all you need tonight
All you need tonight is a little courage
It’s all you need tonight

Tempo: 58 Key: E
Track Name: Watch Me Cry
Watch My Cry

Chords:
1st. gtr E - F# 2nd. gtr E - D#m - C#m
Pre Chorus: B- D#m - E x3 G#m - C#
Chorus chords same as verse
Breakdown is same chords just played up high with flair.

Lyrics:
intro
If I could back to where we were
I could show you how my mind works
But it’s much too late and I’m fading now
And I’m going to bed without you around
Giving it time could mean it’s over
You’re no longer mine for your reasons
Watch me cry
How did we get this far off track
You’re on your own now I want you back
It seems as if it comes in waves
The need for space and a job that pays
Giving it time could mean it’s over
You’ve got a rhyme to your reasons
Watch me cry
breakdown / outro

Written by Matt Hopper & Paul Jacks
Track Name: Holding On
HOLDING ON

E You’re 29 thinking ‘bout all of the B7 ropes
E Some you can climb some that just shatter your B7 hopes
E Pardon me dear, is it life on a string that you Am7 love?
E And is that a tear, are you dealing with loss from B7 above?

I keep on A holding on, B holding on, A holding so E tight
I keep on A holding on, B holding so E tight

I kissed her lips in the bedroom
We were unlit then a spark and a fuse to the moon
Please call my name tell me tell me what I need to hear
Silver and gold put the poetry into my ear

I keep on A holding on, B holding on, A holding so E tight
I keep on A holding on, B holding so E tight
I keep on A holding on, B holding on, A holding so E tight
I keep on A holding on, B holding so E tight

Gonna F#m reach out to you mama hold you G#m close and hold you tight
I can A hear the battle calling, won’t you B help me through the E night
B Help me through the E night F#m

All my dreams are visions of darkness and pain
I haven’t slept, day after day it’s the same
My occupied mind is in tatters from taking your calls
My knees are all scraped and my back and my bed against the wall

I keep on holding on, holding on, holding on tight
I keep on holding on, holding so tight
I keep on holding on, holding on, holding on tight
I keep on holding on, holding so tight

Gonna reach out to you mama hold me close and hold me tight
I can hear the pressure calling, won’t you help me through the night
Help me through the night
Help me through the night
G#m Ooooh ooooh ooooh ooooh F#m ooooh ooooh oooooh E

Tempo: 88
Key: E
Track Name: Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia

Chords:
Intro F# - D#m - A#m - C# x2

F# Schizophrenia D#m don’t mind me
I’m going out of my A#m head this C# time I’m overwhelmed F#
I am losing talk, losing voice, losing my reasons to care that object isn’t there

And if you D#m reach the C# bottom of the A#m barrel F# stop
And if you reach the bottom of the barrel stop

Voices talk to me and fingers touch
they’re showing me ways through the wall through here or not at all
Situations run over me bury me deep in the ground I can’t figure it out
And if you reach the bottom of the barrel stop
And if you reach the bottom of the barrel stop

Tempo: Key: C
Track Name: Missing The Mark
Missing The Mark

I thought you were C brilliant, the head of the F class
All your C ideas, they made perfect F sense
If you could C show me, well I’d like to F grow
How do you C do it? I’m dying to F know

C I’ve Dm got Em a F question that F I’d like to Dm ask
How do you C cope? I don’t F/C wanna know...

What of your failure and shots in the dark?
Tears that need drying when you fall apart
How do you handle missing the mark?
Who do you turn to, to get a new spark?

I’ve got a question that I’d like to ask
How do you cope? I don’t wanna know...

Dm Everybody C needs G help F sometime
Dm I’m C waiting to G hear from you F now
Don’t be G afraid to F call, don’t be G afraid to F call

Tempo: 120 Key: C