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HUSKY is a powerful blend of tunes mostly written by Matt Hopper and recorded at multiple studios in 3 different states with a host of musicians including Richard Swift, Bryan Garfinkel, Bruce Maurey, Jeremy Coverdale, Justin Kunesh, James Dommek Jr., Jeff Bail, William Prescott, Kipp Riley and Andrew Vait. Mixed and mastered by Roy Swice.

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released December 26, 2013

All songs written by Matt Hopper except "H.S.L.A.C.C.B." by Matt Hopper & Evan Phillips and "A Major Part" by Matt Hopper & T.J. Pedriana

Engineering on this record mostly by Bryan Garfinkel, along with Richard Swift, Jeff Morgan, James Glaves and T.J. Pedriana.

Mixed and Mastered by Roy Swice, unless otherwise noted.

Album artwork by Bryan Anthony Moore of BAM BAM ART

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Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles

Hopper; a musical misfit/jack of all trades, student of hard blues, pop rock, jazz-jam, noise & loops, a folk songwriter and lover of music from around the world. Guess the name says it all.

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Track Name: H.S.L.A.C.C.B.
They tried to give me a ticket
But I'm not gonna pay
Cops got me running in circles
I'm gonna give 'em something to talk about today
You'll see me live on the breaking news
I've got these high speed Los Angeles car chase blues

I got a full tank of gas
Were on the surface streets
Grey fuzz all around me now
Eventually they'll be on me by feet
You see my live on the nightly news...
I got those high speed Los Angeles car chase blues

Helicopters are flying
News crews get in line
My friends call me on my cell phone
but I don't got the time
They saw me live on the breaking news
I've got these high speed Los Angeles car chase blues

It's not like I'm running cocaine
Or even robbed a bank
My cars a Camry 1991
They're trying to bleed me to an empty gas tank
But I'm here to win I'm not here to lose
I said I'm here to win I'm not here to lose
I said I'm here to win I'm not here to lose
I've got those high speed Los Angeles car chase blues

Lyrics & Music by Hopper/Phillips
Track Name: Wolf Eyes
let me tell you about a dream that I had last night running with the devil and the law / You were at a party full of headless sheep I was smoking with a pack of wolves / Introductions easy as 1-2-3 I’m Caribou Bill from the AK scene it’s really nice to meet you / Do you smoke or could I buy you a drink / Couldn’t help but see you’ve got style / If dancing with me’s gonna make you stick around gonna have to give me a little time / I’m just not fast like I used to be / my feet don’t work like I’m 17 but I think I could catch up / just needed a reason to exist and to feel like I’m alive / just needed some person to slap me in my face and steal all my pride
/ you said wolf eyes sweet lies you got in my dream tonight
wolf eye sweet lie you got in my dream tonight / I’m so scared my body's shakin' and I’m flying inside a great lagoon / she’s batting wolf eyes and with a handshake she leads me to her room / Oh my little baby swallows me whole til I am sleeping so soft inside her womb / And then I hold on / just needed a reason to exist and to feel like I’m alive / I just needed some person to slap me in my face and steal all my pride / I just needed a home / I just needed a home / I just needed a home / And then I woke up from my dream / where usually I’m dying when I get to the end / and then I woke up from my dream / where usually I’m dying when I get to the end
Suddenly I awoke from my dream and I am sitting in my room
Gone are those wolf eyes just my lover and the moon
And then I woke up from my dream, where usually I’m dying when I get to the end / and then I woke up from my dream, where usually I’m dying when I get to the end
Track Name: Dreams (Are All I Have)
Dreams Are All I Have
by Matt Hopper


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Watch out for that trap / where someone had a dream but they let it slip away / and then they drowned // when you’re operating at a loss / it'll grab you by the heart til your nerves are shot / go back to start / were you out of your mind? / it’s what she said to me
/ and if you’re taking your time / well, you might last alone ///
Tell me now what would you say / if a man he took your dream and he flushed it down the drain / and stole your heart beat / mama I miss you follow my trail / I’ve gotta go and I’m rolling out of town / this is gonna be hard / You’re out of your mind / it’s what she said to me / and if you’re taking your time / well you might laugh alone / dreams they’re all I have to get me out of my bed / So won’t you wake me up before I forget / Oh my dreams they’re all I have to get me out of my bed and with
a face like that how could I forget with
a face like that how could I forget with
a face like that how could I forget
Track Name: Entertainer
IF YOU NEEDED TO WRITE
BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THE WAY
WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE UP?
WHAT WOULD YOU PAY?
ALL YOUR DAYS TO BE AN ENTERTAINER
ON YOUR KNEES BEGGING FOR SOME KINDNESS NOW WON’T YOU HELP ME OUT?
SOME WOULD TELL ME THIS OTHERS TELL ME THAT
MAYBE I WOULD DIE AS A FOOL
BUT AT LEAST NOBODY’S PERFECT
I THOUGHT IT’D BE EASIER
IT’S A MOMENT IN TIME PASSING IT BACK AND FORTH
TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH
COULD YOU SPEND A DAY NOT ENTERTAINING?
STAY WITH ME DON’T YOU KEEP ME WAITING NOW
WON’T YOU HELP ME OUT?
DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO CAUSE
SHE’S CRYING ALL THE TIME
IN AND OUT OF THOSE LOVING ARMS
AND THE WHEELS KEEP TURNING ROUND AND
I THOUGHT IT’D BE EASIER
I THOUGHT IT’D BE EASIER
I THOUGHT IT’D BE EASIER
Track Name: Jake's Pants
(instrumental)
Track Name: Compass Point
Call my name when you get scared before you crawl in a hole
I’ll catch you and your little soul
I’d move around to any old town as long as I could hold your hand
And walk you and your little dog
Playing my games telling you things wishing out the top of my head
Cut me slack only look back to remember all the songs that you said
I will never find a lover quite like you oh oftentimes it makes me wonder
Which one of us will break down first
Drop me off at my car in downtown east L.A.
Where I lost you and it bit me hard
I’m holed up now tracing my steps trying to collect my map
Without you as my compass point
We got lost as we left the path we thought was right in our heads
But look at us now pacing the floor wishing we were in each others’ beds
I will never find a lover quite like you oh
Oftentimes it makes me wonder which one of us will break down
Which one of us will break down?
Track Name: Come On Like A Light
I saw you on the corner of D and 53rd
You were walking we were talking now we’re stalking you
I thought I saw I little romance in your eyes
I swam across your view your ocean your earth and your skies
Suprise-suprised when you come on like a light
I’ll never turn you off, I’ll turn you on, I want to turn you on
You keep me cool when summer’s hot
And you keep me warm when winter sets in, you keep me warm
Sometimes I have to pinch my cheek
When I see those green eyes looking at me
Is this a dream where you come on like a light?
I’ve been down this road before and I never want to be left alone in the dark I need your arms to hold me, I need your love, I need your love, I need your love to come on like a light, come on like a light I want to turn you on, I want to turn your on, I want to turn you on
Track Name: Figure It Out
Why do you wail about all your problems
You seem to believe life can’t get harder
Stop closing your eyes
Open and look they’re all around you
Those tired and weak
Worse problems surround you
Wake up and realize you have got the choice to make up your mind today
To get up out of bed and chase your blues away
You can shake all day you can dance and sway
Like you’re walking on water or kissing on my face
So insecure about your body
You’re lying indoors watching the TV
Those models don’t lie
Well it’s time for a change, to blaze out a new trail
Make up your own version of heaven or hell
Yeah ya ya la la la
You can shake all day You can dance and sway like you’re walking on water
Or kissing on my face
Track Name: Working Overtime
Today is the last day that I’m working over time
I made my last call, I watched the sun fall and from me this is your last extra dime
I’m confident, not arrogant, that in me I see a great light
And if I work at doing what I love I’m gonna leave your greedy ass in the dirt
And I’m not gonna work for the man
And I’m not gonna do what you want
I’m gonna do what I have to do
To get as far away from you
As a man has got to do for his self worth
Track Name: A Major Part
I never lied at all when it was love
But now I put up walls where there was none
Honey all I feel is your eyes
Burning across this great divide
Oh, I shake and quiver from the fear
That you are quick to judge and slow to hear
Face yourself somehow
A mirror to cast a light
On the shadows that you hide
You’re a major part of my problem
You’re a major part of my problem
I’m a minor heartbreak waiting for you
I never sing outloud when you’re around
And if I get too close, I might let you down
Honey, all I hear is your breath
Mouthing the brightest kiss of death
Oh, I shake and quiver from the fear
That you are quick to judge and slow to hear
Face yourself somehow
A mirror to cast a light
On the shadows that you hide
You’re a major part of my problem
You’re a major part of my problem
I’m a minor heartbreak waiting for you
Track Name: Yr Full Attn
He's always standing in the park
Waiting for one sunny face
Gonna get off the bus stop at Belmont
There you'll find me waiting patiently with with open arms, Harvey Scott
I'm always talking to myself and my girlfriends always on my case
Gonna get off the bus stop at Belmont
There you'll find me waiting patiently with with open arms, Harvey Scott
I want to know your opinion but you never seem to want to talk
But you always listen and sometimes that is all I need
Just someone who listens
Baby listen to me
I'm talking to a statue in the park, come and find me cause it's getting dark, baby listen to me, I need your eyes I need your ears, your full attention c'mon bring it here, c'mon bring it here
Gonna get off the bus stop at Belmont there you'll find my waiting for you, there you'll find me waiting for you, there you'll find me waiting for you
Track Name: My Love
Step outside the open door, taking my love
Climb up above a mountainside, taking my love
Hold out your hand, take what I got, take in my love