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Hopefuls

by The Harriets

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Cafe Disco 03:24
Lyrics: Tell me all your guilty pleasures I’ll tell you mine I’ve been singing a little song I like it’s called Summer of ‘69 You don’t like it And if I say how you’re doing you say you’re doing fine You were just a complex kid; you hadn’t done the things you did We’ve got that one track that my god takes us back To when summer went so fast, but those nights went on forever And hearing your headphones ring out music on the school bus You were a big fan of The Cure you were heaven Down on the corner, they all know us, ‘cos they’re all like us Down at the disco, Café Disco, just the place to stay Yeh it’s all about the time you came down to the show You said when we’re on stage, that more than the lights go Oh you’re so romantic and I’m just across the room I look at you with long hair and that cliché teenage stare School, was so cruel to us But something I’ve heard says that you’re pretty good with words And the songs we made, had some harmonies made ‘Cos you were a big fan of The Cure you were heaven Down at the disco, Café Disco, just the place Down at the disco, Café Disco, just the place Jenna and John got married, and this became their wedding song Our parents said we should be outside on a sunny day But we just kept dancing Down on the corner, they all know us, ‘cos they’re all like us Down at the disco, Café Disco, just the place to stay
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Lyrics: Jeanne DeLemar, golden age star, died last night All the A-List, once wished for a kiss from that leading light It’s never been clearer, it’s the end of an era, we expect this kind of news But the word’s gotten round, everybody’s gone down with the 21st century blues There are some things we can’t stand to lose And you’re older than me, and cooler than me, that much is true But the way that you dress, I’d wager a guess that you feel it too There’s an old cinema on the corner near mine, and the pictures play until late And a single lamppost in a pool of light, you can swing around after your date ‘Cause they’ve a showing in our heroine’s honour, this Sunday at eight So won’t you come Take a trip to the moon The roll of the projection reel will teach you how to feel again No postmodern heart is immune And as we’re hooked to the screen Life will feel like what we’ve seen Or could it actually be That we’re in love? And you’re older than me, and cooler than me, that much is true But the way that you dress, I’d wager a guess that you feel it too Oh, you feel it too So won’t you come Take a trip to the moon The roll of the projection reel will teach you how to feel again No postmodern heart is immune And as we’re hooked to the screen Life will feel like what we’ve seen Or could it actually be That we’re in love?
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Darlin' 03:27
Lyrics: Darlin’ I saw you around town today Darlin’ (with your friends) You were looking so cool in your Darlin’ (denim shirt) But when you saw me you looked away Darlin’ I know we’ve had this talk before but Darlin’ (I don’t think your) Friends would care if we were seen Darlin’ (together) I wish you weren’t so popular and cool at our school Cos baby when you look into my eyes And when you come round and we play music through the night until sunrise I don’t care what’s outside your bedroom door Cos the fact is you’re the only one darlin’ that I could adore Darlin’ Darlin’ romantics like us love to dance Darlin’ (in the rain) But you told me that you love the sun Darlin’ (all the same) and then you said goodbye once again Darlin’ I’m tired of hiding what we have cos Darlin’ (I‘ll be waiting) For the day to say that we can stay Darlin’ (together) I just wish I was popular and cool and no fool Baby when you look into my eyes And when you come round and we play music through the night until sunrise I don’t care what’s outside your bedroom door Cos the fact is you’re the only one darlin’ that I could adore Darlin’ Darlin’, there’s something about you my darlin’ That I struggle to say with words darlin’ A look in your eyes that says something Oh baby when you look into my eyes And when you come round and we play music through the night until sunrise I don’t care what’s outside your bedroom door Cos the fact is you’re the only one darlin’ that I could adore Darlin’
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Lyrics: You are eyeing up your plastic mac But me, my shirt is sticking to my back Have fun, have fun, have fun in your workplace Lick the paper and you'll understand Why I told you they're my favourite band Have fun, have fun, have fun in your workplace You are eyeing up your plastic mac But me, my shirt is sticking to my back Have fun, have fun, have fun in your workplace
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Lyrics: This last year I’d quit my gambling Shed my tears and closed the show But then she came in wild and rambling And speaking low, ‘You’ve been getting slow’ ‘Boy, you’ve been getting slow’ Made me clear On rules for travelling: Check the bed for what’s in tow The flag you drag, it keeps unravelling Meaning you can go Where you want to go Wherever you want to go You might hear from places we have been On your squadron radio Things appear that you can’t believe you’ve seen The mighty glow lighting up your road Right outside your home I hit the joint She makes the getaway, and that’s the way it is And a light shines on the soul as we bicker over how to share the gold Yeah she came in to fear and trembling But now we go Where we want to go Wherever we want to go Yes we go Where no-one’s meant to go
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Johnny 04:38
Lyrics: I've got a place near town away from the city Somewhere I like to stare out, to the warm streetlights But I think this town is closing down I get the train to my new job, cos I was told it's not far But what does money mean, when all that you are, is grey spare rooms and a car It's a cruel harsh world, but Johnny always smiled on through We said, "there's nothing we'd rather do, than sing along with you" Johnny, six feet tall with his long black hair Johnny, his soul is out in the streets tonight Johnny, you know that I hate to see you cry Johnny, his life was singing in the streets all night It might seem strange when I talk about the past But Johnny used to wander round, clutching 'katy lied' in his hand oh what a band It's been hard it's been tough, it's been miserable and rough so maybe we should just take care of ourselves let's make sure we look after each other When we lost Johnny, he was just 23 I overheard some people saying, 'well he looked happy to me’ He wrote a lot of his songs with an American accent in mind And so this story was a song, and the song was always going on - and on and on and on Johnny, six foot tall with his long black hair Johnny, his soul is out in the streets tonight Johnny, you know that I hate to see you cry Johnny, his life was singing in the streets all night There's nothing, here to help, all of us stay, and I won't be going to my job today The tall buildings, they got knocked down, to build some taller ones, closer to town Now Johnny's gone, we don't want to stay, so we'll move out, and move away
7.
Come Home 02:38
Lyrics: I’m looking up at the moon tonight You’re working away and my god it’s been a long day You call to say you’re looking up When I answer the phone So I’ve decided to tell you to admit it to myself I can’t get to sleep tonight without you I woke up today And you’d gone away Now you’re all I seem to think about Won’t you, come on home Won’t you, come on home We know we’ll be together tonight Later today when the sun’s gone away It wouldn’t seem that much to some Just to be together at home And I know that you have to go to work Like I do too But when you’re gone all I think about is you I woke up today And you’d gone away Now all I seem to think about is you Won’t you, come on home Won’t you, come on home
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Lyrics: I used to sing in church in my hometown People came to watch and pray from miles around I guess I kinda miss it, but I tend to play it down I mean it’s 2019 Now I’m writing in a pub nearby, built 1705 Took 300 years for all these people to arrive The bar girl tells an old man ‘we don’t serve food til 5’ And I’m as glad as him to be alive If you should fall out of grace (fall out of grace) Don’t let the moment slip away Just take a stand For prayer over poison Thinking, not drinking And we’ll be okay And it’s taking me a little time adjusting to a straight line After this traffic jam of the heart A north London schoolboy acting like a cowboy Who slept through the audition for the part And I’m writing in a flat somewhere, And I love a girl who’s sweet and fair And I only took this job on for a stupid dare The winter’s finally breaking, I can feel it in the air Come Easter-time I might just get back there Chorus repeat And so on with the show But if you really want to know Then I’ll tell you I used to sing in church in my hometown The people shaking hands when the man came ‘round Remembering things you did in the way back when And feeling like you’re doing them again
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Lyrics: I’m over here On the other side Can you hear me I’m scared to let it out Love that you’re about Want you near me Like a bird that never flew I may never get it right But you will see the boy you knew If you’ll fly me home tonight And I’ll never carry My Love to your door And I’ll never bury my love I’ll sing it now once more I’ll play the lead But I can’t be what you need And I’m sorry If I get sometimes kinda down I’ll always get back up Don’t you worry Like a bird that never flew I may never get it right But you will see the boy you knew If you drive me home tonight If you drive me home
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about

Hopefuls (noun.)

1. A group of individuals who aspire to success or who show promise of succeeding: a group of young hopefuls.
2. The first full-length collection of songs by The Harriets.

Hopefuls was recorded between January 2019 and March 2020, at home.

Its songs are about love, escape, nostalgia and the places of our lives. We hope that you enjoy it.

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Exclusive to Bandcamp is 11 extra tracks of original demos, live versions and rehearsal recordings.

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released July 24, 2020

The Harriets are; Ben Schrodel, Daniel Parker-Smith, Jess Womack and Ryan Bailey

All songs written, recorded and produced by Ben Schrodel and Daniel Parker-Smith. Mastered by Pete Maher. Artwork by Or8 design.

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The Harriets Leeds, UK

The Harriets are a Leeds-based alternative pop and rock four-piece fronted by Daniel Parker-Smith and Ben Schrodel. With accomplished songwriting, unmistakable three-part vocal harmonies and a live show that lifts the soul.

'Irresistible' ★★★★, Rolling Stone Magazine DE

‘I challenge you not to instantly fall in love with The Harriets!’, Glastonbury Emerging Talent
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