The Mops

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The Mops are...

Charlotte Hill- vocals, guitar, viola, songwriting
Gregory Hunter- vocals, bass, guitar, songwriting
Zoe Santo- viola, violin (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6)
Luis Angel Ballesteros Apodaca- cello (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6)


This album was recorded live using the built in microphone of a Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder. All recording sessions for this album took place at a summer camp called Music At Port Milford, in the iconic and conveniently sound proof General Store. The Mops, being the overbooked orch dorks they are, often woke up bright and early or managed to squeeze in some sessions right before curfew.

Released by Charlie Hoyt at Arrowhead Tapes, 2016

Cover art by Emily Harter

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released August 21, 2016

special thanks to our parents for letting us live the dream, Zoe and Luis for jumping on board and being such beautiful human beings and musicians, the 2015 PHS sock hop for forcing Greg and Charlotte to start making music together, and all of our friends who encouraged us or helped us to release this!

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The Mops Pleasantville, New York

Charlotte and Greg are orch dorks & like to make music together.

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Track Name: Sound Check
Sound Check! Checking the sound!
Sound Check! Is my microphone on?
Track Name: Beach Mop
I will breathe your salty breath on some sacred beach beneath the waves,
Then we'll lie down, calm down
And I will teach you how to sing this song,
You'll teach me how to get along

But leave me alone,
I've gotta know I'd last a day
Leave a message at the tone,
And I'd probably run away.

Maybe we will leave this town to teenage lovers and their brothers,
I'm afraid of bad memories- of being enemies
So let's leave this stupid town
to all these lovers and clowns.

But leave me alone,
I've gotta know I'd last a day
Leave a message at the tone,
And I'd probably run away.

I don't want to kiss you,
Cuz I know I'll miss you.

But leave me alone,
I've gotta know I'd last a day
Leave a message at the tone,
And I'd probably run away.
Track Name: Folk Rondo I (Carried Away)
Skies of surprise have been faded to grey
wouldn't you like getting carried away?
Till all that remains is but reckless disdain
Wouldn't you like getting carried away?

Beyond your control is an island
let the flood waters carry your soul to the place
Look around take a stroll on the hot sand
sun burning a smile on to your canvas face

and I can't be contented with the promise of wealth
what is it like being kind to myself?
and I must explore for my personal health
what is it like being kind to myself?

And no great oppressor, no holy saint
will have power over me for a servant I ain't
I'll walk through the swamp with the mud in my shoes
but I'll plod right along it's the life that I choose

and in this very moment I do not feel okay,
so I wouldn't mind getting carried away,
and I don't see no reason to settle and stay
so I wouldn't mind getting carried away.
Track Name: Cry
Sore soles and aching toes,
lie me down.
Chapped lips and your cold nose,
We'll be 'round.

We're left new moon babies,
We're left feeling dumb,
and I won't call you lazy
cuz we're just out of luck.

I just wanna cry with you,
so why am I always crying?
I just wanna die beside you,
so why am I just left trying?

I got your old pocket,
a pocket full of change.
I was gonna steal your wallet
but that seemed kinda strange.

And I am always guilty and I am always full,
And I won't call you baby
cuz you're my bird and I'm your bull.

I just wanna cry with you,
so why am I always crying?
I just wanna die beside you,
so why am I just left trying?
I just wanna cry with you,
so why am I always crying?
I just wanna die beside you,
so why am I just left trying?
Why am I just left crying?
Track Name: Liquid Song
Your semitransparent form was beautiful
Your breath it was still warm
As if an ever changing shape
were covered in a glossy coat of paints
Tried to reach out with my hand,
but what I felt I couldn’t understand
Contemplating to no end,
on where your face begins and where it ends
Reached too far and to my surprise,
I found that I was drowning in your eyes
Our two bodies would converge,
within your liquid skin I was submerged
Track Name: Camelot
I saw the great king of Camelot, sleeping alone in a van
That was rolling around in a parking lot. He looked like a broken down man
He woke up and told me he loved me and was sorry I saw him like this
But I told him quite soft (I may have said ‘low’ instead of soft by mistake on record) we could not be, betraying his cheek with a kiss
I walked away from the asphalt field, It would be our last goodbye
For that night he was swallowed by misery, and I made him shrivel and die
I tore his heart from his chest cavity, I threw his warn crown on the ground
I broke his frail sword overtop my knee, I’d say sorry if he were around
I never meant to usurp him, from his great throne of pride
But truly I say I’d not loved him, and how can I change what’s inside
I wish that he never had fallen for me, I did not want to break him in two
But truly the pair couldn’t ever be, I did not feel the same and that’s true
Track Name: New Tattoo
I got a new tattoo of you, it's written on my face
With its searing black red and blue, I know it can never be erased
I had it made for you, you see so I could do my part
To remind you what you mean to me and immortalize you in art
I got a new tattoo of you, still you put me down
And turn your eyes away you do, whenever I am standing round
As If your pupils seek to land on any present place
Except the image of your hand that’s present on my face
I got a new tattoo of you, for I wanted you to see
Gestures I extend I do, and what you mean to me
But now that you have left your image printed on my face
Reminds me all too well that you can never be erased
Track Name: Best Friends
Best friends love each other longer than we do,
And best friends hold each other tighter than we do.
But we do what we do.

Your cat forgets to let us in,
And my dog lies about where we've been,
But we do what we do.

Marry me in front of your lockers,
I'll buy new stickers we'll invite punk rockers
I'll say I do, yes I do.
I'll do what I've got to.
Track Name: Summer's Over
Friday dies without your help,
Monday cries you left her on the shelf.

Summer's over, I cried on your porch.
I've never myself wanting so much more,
This is for now- this is for learning how.

Tuesday's mean you leave it's no surprise
Wednesday's hard you looked him in the eyes

How am I supposed to know what I need
when you're so fucking far away from me?
This is for now- this is for living in this lovely town.
Track Name: Come With Me Be Merry
Waking from a dream and releasing another big sigh,
I went to bed with a wonderful promise but awoke with a beautiful lie
Its shape was indented on the pillow; I hadn’t caught one single sighting
But I knew it was there cos it left me a note that was written in my own handwriting
It said “come with me, come with me be merry”
And I read it each day, again and again
tracing the words with my finger
Put my hand on the place where it used to lay
For hours my digits would linger
The note was written in #2 pencil
And each day was eroded by fate
Why couldn’t I keep it alive
I don’t know but now it’s too late
“please don’t leave, stay with me be merry”
Track Name: Pervigilo (First Aid Kit)
Is it your fear of losing
That makes you go further
What makes me wonder friend
Is how you get away with your lies
'Cause maybe you have noticed
That I appreciate your company
And every time you have to go
I regret I didn't let you know
I could love you

And when you hung up the phone
I realized I was alone
And I can't help it
You're just so beautiful
I can't help it
You're so beautiful

You may have seen the world dear
But you don't know me
That's why all of this
Seems so absurd
I lie awake at night
Picturing me and you
I wish I could make it
All clear you see
I could love you

And soon the fall is here
Turning us cold
And I can't help it
You're so beautiful
I can't help it
You're so beautiful

Oh the morning light
But the demons they come at night
I want to be your appetite
I want to be your good dreams,
your bad dreams
I can't help it
You're so beautiful