brief interviews with suffering artists

by mrs. hopewell

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mrs. hopewell's first album. Originally released May 22nd, 2014 now being reissued physically for the first time on Human Sounds Records.


released January 16, 2015

all songs written, recorded, and performed by Chris Nicastro. Chorus vocals on "nubble" and lyrics on "bill thomas killman" by Ashley Pecorelli.

-"lucid dream" borrows lyrics from Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again"
-"gundam" contains a sample from Jean-Luc Godard's film "Breathless"
-"dante" borrows lyrics from Clive James' translation of "The Divine Comedy"


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Track Name: on the day you stole home
a phantom ball trick
and a summer smile
"we'll get 'em next year!"
was october's sentiment

but jackie,
where'd you go?
why'd you let your anger
get the best of you?
don't let dimaggio
or red barber know
that your burdens got too heavy

let the sym-phony
that set brooklyn free
ripple through your blood
you bleed red
same as the other men
Track Name: you came to me in a lucid dream
Alas! Poor notebook!
I knew you well.
Hold my thoughts how abhorred they were.
bridge into the river: say hello to Valhalla for me.
We'll meet again
don't know where
don't know when
but i know we'll meet again some sunny day

meet me on the porch
we'll joke and
kick old times over cigarettes.
discuss Borges
through the caffeine shivers
until we find ourselves in another day
like our fathers
we're just like our mothers
fifty's not so far away

Alas! Poor Patricia!
I knew her well.
This anaphora leaves vacant
space for all i wish i'd said.
where are those lips i kissed so oft?
and where is my sense of "me"?
We'll meet again
don't know where
don't know when
but i know we'll meet again some sunny day
Track Name: baker's dozen
you’re lost i’m sure
that’s all you’re really good for
playing victim
as though you really were one

it’s tough i’m sure
to have to go to rite aid
oh no you poor thing
you’re always having back pains

if you know where your money is
go ahead invest it
if you think he's not a fighter
go ahead and test it

it's hard i bet
to always be a martyr
your father always had been
but never really was well
guess what i think:
i think if you were educated
instead of spouting nonsense
you wouldn't be so dreadful
Track Name: reading forster on a beach
passage to india
from the shores of israel
you told me forster was a beach read
but now i'll drown my self in the proselytizing coasts
and put this squabble to rest

and you'll sing:
what a way to go!
Track Name: bill thomas killman
I went to Wichita today
and I wrote another letter
another girl, another letter
I think I’ll send it this time

They said my name today
the one that I created
it’s the moment I’ve awaited
now I’m finally on the news

I went to church today
and I wrote another letter,
another girl, another letter
I’ll write you one more time

I went to jail today
and now, Paula, you’ll be better
another girl, another letter
we all run out of time
Track Name: mobile fighter g gundam
Underneath Fenway lights you once told me
"everything is falling apart"
beer in one hand
and vial in the other
i said "I guess you have to suffer for art"
and you said "Oh."

Took a hit from your bowl
your sleeves fell down
saw you had a couple of scars
"the cats scratched me last week, I jumped a fence last night, got my arm caught between a couple of cars"
and I said "Oh."

(Burning, burning at the twilight, kill myself to know I'm still alive/Drinking, drinking in the morning, fuck my life up know I'm still alive)
Track Name: talking nubble lighthouse blues
woke up in a basement
in a hospital in maine
stitches in your sides
claw marks on your belly
nurse from the other room
he says "it’s self inflicted”
why’d you want to die?
please write back soon

dear friend i write you back
with impetus: remorse
not for me for you
and all the shit you went through
no longer in the basement
they had to let me go
i’ve thrown out all my razors
i thought that you should know

i thank you for your presence
you were what got me through
auf wiedersehen my friend
to the boy that you once knew
Track Name: like the inferno if dante were a lazy millennial hellbent on getting stoned every tuesday thursday and sunday

forget your backyards
forget your house
forget your home
you're with me now

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