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Outskirts Of My Mind

by Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles

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Heather Galloway
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Heather Galloway A true story teller, wedged somewhere between the remote and the intimate. Matt Hopper has the ability to transport you to another time, nostalgic and romantic this album is like a visit from an old friend you’ve been missing. The music is clean and it feels so complete. Often with other artists I’m left wishing a song went on or cut off differently but Matt’s music always feels perfectly timed and polished. Favorite track: Firecracker (feat. Brock Lindow).
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1.
(AM) STARING DOWN THE MOUTH OF A GREY GHOST SKY (F) TRYING TO SEE IF SHE WILL PICK UP THE LINE (G) TELEPHONE WIRES HOLDING (AM) HAND TO (F) HAND (G) PASSING MY VOICE ACROSS (AM) DIVIDED (F) LAND TRYING TO GET A HEEL ON SOLID GROUND TAPE DECK PASSING ON A WESTERN SOUND I SHOOK HANDS WITH TWENTY YEARS GONE LOST A LOT OF FRIENDS BUT I KEPT THIS SONG...YOU ONLY NEED (G) ONE YOU GOTTA (C) LOSE YOUR (Am) HEAVY HEART (G) SOMEHOW BABY I'VE GOT TIME BUT I DON'T GOT TIME NOW (F) I WANT TO TELL A (G) STORY (C) BUT YOU'RE GONNA HEAR A (AM) LIE (F) I'M LIVING ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF MY (G) MIND THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THE RAIN FILLED MY SHOES BUT I WALKED IN 'EM ANYWAY TO DROWN THE BAD NEWS RATTLESNAKE EARLE IS ON HIS DYING BED PLAYED HIS LAST CHORD IT WAS MINOR I BET MAYBE HIS COFFINS ON A TRAIN CAR HEADING WEST I WANT TO LIE DOWN YEAH I AIN'T GOT NOTHING LEFT MAYBE WHAT'S LEFT IS A BULLET IN A GUN YOU ONLY NEED ONE YOU GOTTA LOSE YOUR HEAVY HEART SOMEHOW BABY I'VE GOT TIME BUT I DON'T GOT TIME NOW I WANT TO TELL A STORY BUT YOU'RE GONNA HEAR A LIE I'M LIVING ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF MY MIND
2.
Oooooh la la ooooh la la oooh Sentimental Love Oooooh la la ooooh la la oooh Sentimental Love Do I make your heart fly, up to the sky? Do I make your palms sweat, when we’re holding hands? I am just a teenager for your love Oooooh la la ooooh la la oooh Sentimental Love Oooooh la la ooooh la la oooh Sentimental Love When we start kissing, do you feel the shock? When I see you smiling, hope you never turn it off I am just a schoolboy waiting at your bus stop Do you do you do you get butterflies, when I pick you up? When we’re together time just flies and I can’t get enough Put your arms around me and hold on I can’t believe you found me and it’s on Oooooh la la ooooh la la oooh Sentimental Love Oooooh la la ooooh la la oooh Sentimental Love Oooooh la la ooooh la la oooh Sentimental Love Oooooh la la ooooh la la oooh Sentimental Love
3.
[G] RED LIPS ARE NOTHING NEW HOW COME THEY LOOK SO GOOD ON YOU? HOT HIPS CAN REALLY SHAKE I WANNA KNOW WHAT IT’S GONNA TAKE [Am] WHAT’S IT GONNA TAKE? [G] WHAT’S IT GONNA TAKE? TAN LINES FAKE N BAKE YOUR BIKINI IN THE LAKE JET BOATS WATER SKIIS I WANNA KNOW WHAT IT’S GONNA TAKE? WHAT’S IT GONNA TAKE? [D] WHAT’S IT GONNA TAKE? WHAT’S IT [Am] GONNA TAKE? SIX PACK SUN BURNT FACE YOUR FLIP FLOP CAUSED A TIDAL WAVE ROPE SWING BETWEEN MY LEGS I WANNA KNOW WHAT IT’S GONNA TAKE? WHAT’S IT GONNA TAKE? [D] WHAT’S IT GONNA TAKE? WHAT’S IT [Am] GONNA TAKE? [C] IS THIS THE WRONG TIME? [D] IS THERE A RIGHT WAY? [G] I WANT YOU TO KNOW [Em] I LOVE YOU TODAY COME ON MY LADY DON’T DRIVE ME CRAZY LET’S DANCE SOME MORE LET ME BE YOUR SWAYZE
4.
Waiting for that sunrise to happen again One day you find you’re lonely then you get a new friend I don’t mind getting tossed into my luck mi corazon sangra but I’m on the mend That setting sun gives way to moonlight And when it’s full you know the vampires feel alright I don’t mind getting tossed into my luck Sometimes it takes a sound for the blind to see Soon I love it when I get my hands on you Like you were a big balloon let’s blow it up til it pops Come on baby make me swoon Spinning your tongue around my tongue And up and down my neck I love it I want it I need it taking in the view No one set a limit on how long you have to wait Looking for a fortune on a spinning wheel of fate I don’t mind getting tossed into my luck You can down a chaser or you can drink it strait Soon I love it when I get my hands on you Like you were a big balloon let’s blow it up til it pops Come on baby make me swoon Spinning your tongue around my tongue And up and down my neck When you gonna come around? CHORDS: Mi Corazon Sangra by Matt Hopper G - F - Am - Cm Waiting for that sunrise to happen again One day you find you’re lonely then you get a new friend I don’t mind getting tossed into my luck Mi corazon sangra but I’m on the mend That setting sun gives way to moonlight And when it’s full you know the vampires feel alright I don’t mind getting tossed into my luck Sometimes it takes a sound for the blind to see (Bm) Soon I love it when I get my (Cdim) hands on you Like you were a big ba (Bm) lloon let’s blow it up til it (Cdim) pops Come on baby make me (Bm) swoon Spinning your tongue (Am) around my tongue And (Bm) up and down my (Cdim) neck D - Em - C - D x3 I love it I want it I need it (Cm) taking in the view No one set a limit on how long you have to wait Looking for a fortune on a spinning wheel of fate I don’t mind getting tossed into my luck You can down a chaser or you can drink it strait (Bm) Soon I love it when I get my (Cdim) hands on you Like you were a big ba (Bm) lloon let’s blow it up til it (Cdim) pops Come on baby make me (Bm) swoon Spinning your tongue (Am) around my tongue And (Bm) up and down my (Cdim) neck CHORUS D - Em - C - D When you gonna come around? x7
5.
I don’t know what I’m supposed to be A firecracker or a character in history I’m here for the party oh sleeping all day Dropping out like a vampire in the sun decay I don’t know what I’m gonna do Am I part of a hurricane or in the wake of something new I’m here for the party oh I’m staying all night Snorting like a warthog running till we’re out of sight Lighting the fuse no more sitting on the shelf Counting to two, babe I’m gonna need your help I don’t know where I’m supposed to go Come home darling let’s take it nice and slow I’m here for the party, oh, sleeping sideways Gonna burn like a mad man in a fiery blaze Lighting the fuse no more sitting on the shelf Counting to two, baby gonna need your help… Who’s got a wave to ride who’s got a garden I can walk in? Who’s gonna step inside and hear the shit that I’ve been talking? Give me all your truth and knowledge Working on my brain just like I went to college
6.
Listen to the sound of the city Wondering where you are Blinking like a fading star In a room on the twelfth floor of a building I want to go outside See the world through no lens just my own eyes But this city will kill you If you try to do all the things that you want to I’ve got this feeling that I’m meant for something more Not sitting around waiting for something to come to my door Beatbox, street walks, everybody’s moving To the sound of the city Late night feels right everybody’s grooving To the sound of the city I want to go slumming Window shop happy hour guitar strumming Freestyle at the Bowery diva receptions for the daughter of a queen Ooooooh, she was looking mean Oooooooh, will I ever see your face again? Street walks, big talk, everybody’s moving to the sound Of the city, The city, come on over to my place and rest your head Street walks, big talk, everybody’s moving to the sound Of the city, come on over to my place and rest your head Over to my place and rest your head Over to my place and rest your head CHORDS 15th fret 3 note drone [15] I listen to the sounds of the city Wondering [10] where you are Blinking like a [8] fading star In a [D#] room on the [Dm] 12th floor of a [Cm] building... A# - D# - Dm – A – D# - Dm - Cm I want to go outside / See the world through no lens just my own eyes But this city will kill you / If you try to do all the things that you want to F - A# - Dm I’ve got this feeling that I’m meant for something more Not sitting around waiting for something to come to my door A# - Cm (D# - Dm - Cm) Beat box, street walks, everybody’s moving To the sound of the city (la ooooh oh-oh ooooh ooh) Late night feels right everybody’s grooving To the sound of the city (la ooooh oh-oh ooooh ooh) I want to go slumming / Window shop happy hour guitar strumming Freestyle at the Bowery / diva receptions for the daughter of a queen Ooooooh, she was looking mean Oooooooh, will I ever see your face again? Street walks, big talk, everybody’s moving to the sound Of the city, (la ooooh oh-oh ooooh ooh) The city, come on over to my place and rest your head (INSTRUMENTAL BRIDGE) A# - F - D# - - G - F - A# - Cm (just vocals outtro) Street walks, big talk, everybody’s moving to the sound Of the city, come on over to my place and rest your head Over to my place and rest your head Over to my place and rest your head
7.
It’s hard to find this place in the dark Bring your light to a quiet park Lay down underneath the stars The night is young, the night is ours This grave is marked with a cross A little sign to prove your loss Maybe he’s up there in heaven You lost him when you were seven Passing through time to a new day Pushing through rhyme for a new way She never wanted for him to leave Now she’s looking at an effigy But our love will never die Late at night you can hear her crying Sometimes she feels so alone He’ll never get to see his daughter grown She leaves a prayer and 7 stones May peace be with your weary bones Passing through time to a new day Pushing through rhyme for a new way I can feel your spirit moving over me No one really knows when death is planned We can make a new life in the morning Reincarnate this man Reincarnate this man CHORDS The Night Is Ours by Matt Hopper Capo 7 (chords are written in standard tuning) [Bm] It’s hard to find this place in the dark [Bm] Bring your light to a quiet park [Em] Lay down underneath the stars [Bm] The night is young, the night is ours This grave is marked with a cross A little sign to prove your loss Maybe he’s up there in heaven You lost him when you were seven [F#7] Passing through time to a [Em] new day [Bm] Pushing through rhyme for a new way She never wanted for him to leave Now she’s looking at an effigy But our love will never die Late at night you can hear her crying Sometimes she feels so alone He’ll never get to see his daughter grown She leaves a prayer and 7 stones May peace be with your weary bones Passing through time to a new day Pushing through rhyme for a new way [D] I can feel your spirit moving [Em] over me No one really knows when death is planned We can make a new life in the morning [F#7] Reincarnate this [Em] man Reincarnate this man …ohhhhhhh [Bm]
8.
Working my way up the ladder again Turning that seven into a ten And I’m trying to be happy doing what I do Lady in red welcome to my blue world I’ve got time on the weekend to hang out Let’s climb higher than a fiery flame I love kicking my feet up on my bed Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em Relax slow down when it’s sunny The time trap is working for the money but where I sleep costs a lotta dollar bills I keep on meeting beautiful girls But they are so wrapped up in their own worlds I can’t pin a tail on a donkey today can’t find a way to make myself stay I’ve got time on a weekend to hang out? Align romance for an aching head I love rollin’ back to your place To put a smile onto your face I need some of your attention Come on give a little mention Of me to your family and your closet crew
9.
There’s no place that I have to be I’m picking out a song from the melody tree In the sunshine, awaken my heart Floating through life like a hummingbird Just blowing up smoke to the sky Trying to make love in so many words Between the hellos and goodbyes It’s another midnight moonride Hitch a ride on the sun, take me away I’m never gonna take it slowly I’m never gonna waste my time You and me are just a little bit lonely... If I am here then I can’t be there My reality could be anywhere that the wind blows Just playing my part Spending my winter in the desert sun And summer in the last frontier Felt my day had just begun but now it’s the end of the year It’s another midnight moonride Hitch a ride on the sun, take me away I’m never gonna take it slowly I’m never gonna waste my time You and me are just a little bit lonely I’m never gonna take it slowly I’m never gonna waste my time You and me are just a little bit lonely I’m never gonna take it slowly I’m never gonna waste my time You and me are just a little bit lonely I’m just a little bit lonely I’m just a little bit lonely I’m just a little bit lonely
10.
An athlete smoking up a pack Outside in the cold in the corner Waiting for her number one man to get into her bed She’s got to get outside of it before the sun rise He’s working when the sun goes down Do your thing, baby, see you around You got a fixation on your prize That is why I love you That is what i see your eyes All the love, all the love, all the love The musician getting loud, getting wilder Dance party til there’s blood in my face You’re gonna need it down in your corner Before it’s dark and colder Until you’re free and bolder You got a fixation on your prize That is why I love you That is what i see your eyes All the love, all the love, all the love You could be the very best if you want to You could be the very best do you want to? Do you want to? Do you want to? Come on on baby let’s get out of town Lace up them booties with a howl and a growl Come on on baby let’s get out of town Lace up them booties with a howl and a growl Growl Growl Growl Growl
11.
When you look at me you don’t see nothing Except a vessel to hold your roses That you pluck with wild abandon From random gardens in the city Down the rabbit hole I turn my back and there you go You were a wild one Always chasing your own tail You’re scaring me and you’re Going off the rail Always taking pictures when you’re angry You’re like a fire that surrounds me This riff is good when it’s alone that’s the only thing that brings you home Down the rabbit hole I turn my back and there you go You were a wild one Always chasing your own tail You’re scaring me and you’re Going off the rail Calm down and hold onto me You couldn’t be more cynical I am not your enemy Now it’s getting cold And you can’t fight growing old CHORDS WILD ONE (M. Hopper) D-A-G When you look at me you don’t see nothing Except a vessel to hold your roses That you pluck with wild abandon From random gardens in the city F#m-G-F#m-G-A Down the rabbit hole I turn my back and there you go... D-A-G You were a wild one Always chasing your own tail You’re scaring me and you’re F#m - G Going off the rail Always taking pictures when you’re angry You’re like a fire that surrounds me This riff is good when it’s alone that’s the only thing that brings you home F#m-G-F#m-A Down the rabbit hole I turn my back and there you go... D-A-G You were a wild one Always chasing your own tail You’re scaring me and you’re F#m - G Going off the rail A-Bm-A-D-Bm-A-Bm-F#m-G-F#m-A Calm down and hold onto me You couldn’t be more cynical I am not your enemy Now it’s getting cold And you can’t fight growing old

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All songs written by Matt Hopper (c) 2021 Bright Orange Flare Music (ASCAP) except "Outskirts of My Mind" by Matt Hopper & Cameron McGill and "What's It Gonna Take?" by Matt Hopper, Chad Reynvaan and Derek Mangrobang
Engineered by Brad Laina at Strange Earth, Seattle, WA
Additional engineering by Scott McDowell at Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA, Mark Rains at Station House, Los Angeles, CA Chad Reynvaan at Wattage Studios, Anchorage, AK, Dave Dewitt, Knoxville, TN and Eric DeWitt, Boise, ID
Mixed by Shawn Simmons, Seattle, WA except "What's It Gonna Take?" mixed by Bryan Daste in Portland, OR.
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering, Seattle, WA

Special Guests: Cameron McGill, Shelby Earl, Gary Sloan, Tracey Holland, Chris Tye, Courtney Jaye, Charity Rose Thielen, Matt Gervais, Brock Lindow, Andrew Vait, Charles Wicklander, Eric DeWitt

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released November 11, 2021

Executive Producers:
Matthew VanDenburghe
Matthew Hopper

Producers:
Vivian Burk
Claude Bachman
Ryan Collis
Virginia Mau

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