Souvenirs and Astronauts

by Nick Pope

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about

"Souvenirs and Astronauts" is a six-part compilation of music recorded over the past three years in my bedroom and at Cowboy Technical studios in Brooklyn.

Co-Produced and Mixed with Kyle Joseph
Artwork by Nick Pope
Shoutout to Pony Christ Studios

Released on Odd Gift Records, Brooklyn, NY

OGR014

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released November 22, 2016

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Track Name: Souvenirs and Astronauts
Nothing left to do today—
OK for now, whatever.
List a thousand things together,
holding hands and taking pictures.
Now, I'll be fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine.

Well, at least complete.
It's got eyes and ears and pirate feet,
a wolverine and tight wire, tequila.
I'll be fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine.

Yeah, I feel better by the minute.
Just got one big thing with other things in it,
a bag of drugs and cactus, flyers.
I'll be fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine.
Yeah, cloud jar money.
I'll be fine, I'll be fine.

The way it ticks, just a list is all it is—
it's also all that.

Lazy Susan, pocketbook, artichoke,
Oklahoma plates and candy cane, decanters.
I'll be fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine.

Concrete and a reindeer, sodas,
tupperware and mistletoe,
peanut brittle, rubberbands,
barley, mino, marzipan.
OK I'm fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine.
Yeah, cloud, jar, money.
Fine, I'll be fine.

The way it ticks, just a list to have it—
ceiling fans and traffic, motorways
and wells.
I was in the woods.
Now I'm souvenirs and astronauts.
Ice cream, button, monster, tongue,
a wooly mammoth, acorn, bikini.

I'll be fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine.
Yeah, cloud jar money.
I'll be fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine.
Fine, I'll be fine.
Cloud jar money.
Fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine.
Fine, fine.
Cloud jar money.
I'll be fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine.
Fine, I'll be fine.
Track Name: Pup Chow Loo
Pup Chow Loo I've been barking too.
I've been watching what you're doing—
Pup Chow Loo-ing.

Earlier we were hungry for lunch,
so we ate a bunch,
so we're tired now.

You look like a cow but you prowl like a cheetah.
You learned a couple tricks that I didn't really teach ya.
Sleeping on the couch for now, ya Pup Chow Loo.

I've been barking, too, Pup Chow Loo.
Track Name: Saturday Night 12/5/2009
Saturday night, Nicole told me she loved me,
we were both drunk on gin,
and I cried in her arms
as I confronted my flaws
and thought about Mom.
Track Name: Everyone Move With Ease
Have you noticed they all are staring at you now?
Will you do something to keep them pleasantly caring?
I wonder how.

Have you noticed they all are staring at you now?
Will you do something to keep caring now?
How I wonder what.

Do they like big lights and loud sounds?
Or do they desire lavish robes and gold crowns?
How I wonder if they want to see me chasing what I'm after.
And I wonder if they want to see me catch that which I wish to capture.

Are they after me now?
Now that it's so clear.
Are they after me now?
Now that I don't fear anyone.
Are they after me now?
Now that the whole world can hear?

Are they after me now.
Track Name: Dig
Your face,
your eyes,
your shotgun shell.

Your fate,
shut everything out,
and so I fell.

Wanna jump your bones.
Track Name: Living Breathing Things
I'm so happy you're alive, baby.
I'm so happy you're alive, so we can share our time together.
I'm so happy you're alive, baby.
I'm so happy you're alive, so we can share our time together.

Oh I'd be sad if you're gone, but you're not, so I'm happy.
I'm so happy up and down up and down up and down up and down.
So happy I can see your chest moving up and down, down up and down.
I can see it up and down.

Happy just to see it, up and down.
Track Name: Good Friends
If you were to cut in,
remind me of a life
sold out for comfort,
small talk and cookies—
so get the knife.

Does a good friend
make it easy?
Or cry at the door—
please.

Surrounded,
waiting,
quiet,
anxious.
Track Name: Two Bad Bitches
I sleep with two bad bitches,
and they give me mad kisses
cause my love's vicious,
and I do the dishes.

And the meal was delicious.
So Kim, what the sitch is,
pup, man, and Mrs. ?

And I'm rappin but I ain't malicious,
or concerned with riches,
or Abercrombie and fitches.
Naw I'd rather be
takin a bath with splash splishes,
or toastin up a loaf
and makin sandwiches.

Every time our path criss-cross
or cross-crisses
man it pops and it fizzes
till we all up in stitches,
it's nutritious cause she
hella ella expeditious—
with any trace of glitches
man she squashes and squishes.

Such a sweetie, she loves syrup,
but I ain't suspicious
cause she ain't surreptitious.
This is where my niche is,
in between the sketches and skitches,
in between the tough love
of my two bad blitches.
See mom I'm watchin my cursin,
but I could use some listerine
for some swashes and swishin.

Find me in the kitchen
mish-mash and mishin,
cookin up a rhythm
for some self-publishin,
cause I'm chillin on a hook,
but I ain't catchin fishes.
That's right I'm chillin on a
hook
with my two bad bitches.
Track Name: Stumbling
C'mon down, down by the river.
Get your head right in until you shiver.
It's alright it's okay
to get a little bit off your mind today.

C'mon down, down by the river.
Get your head right in until you shiver.
It's okay, it's alright
to get a little bit off your mind tonight.

It's okay, it's alright cause

if I'd known,
if I'd known better I'd
still be here,
still be here,
still stumbling.

C'mon down, down by the river.
Get your head right in until you shiver.
It's alright it's okay
to get a little bit off your mind today.

It's okay, it's alright cause

if I'd known,
if I'd known better I'd
still be here,
still be here,
still stumbling.
Track Name: Call Me Maybe
I was hoping you would call me
by the time I reached the door.
Sure, I was hoping you would call me,
and maybe call me back for more.

I was hoping you would call me
by the time I reached the door.
Sure, I was hoping you would call me,
and maybe call me your baby once more.

And now, you and your silverware
get up and go
you and your love
can walk out the door.

I was hoping you would call me
by the time I reached the door.
Sure, I was hoping you would call me,
and maybe call me your baby once more.

And now, you and your silverware
get up and go
you and your love
can walk out the door.

I was hoping you
would call me
and maybe call me back,
call me back
and call me your baby once more.
Track Name: Till I'll Be With You
Just last week she would tell me where we'd meet.
I could go and say hello, but now I'm on my own.

She said don't call—I don't want to hear your voice at all.
I moved on to someone new and I think you've ought to.

Say the words that I long to hear,
"It will only be a day or two till I'll be with you."

But no.

Just last week she would tell me where she'd be.
I could go and say hello, but now I'm on my own.
Track Name: Robot
I feel like a robot programmed in a knot—
I can't get anything done.
I planned for the future when I was stupider—
man it ways a ton.

I feel like a robot who forgot how to walk—
cause all I do is run.
My plans for the future are falling from heaven
trying to remember the sun.

I feel like a robot choking on moments—
man I miss the fun,
and man it ways a ton,
and I can't get anything done.
Track Name: Alright
Oh to sing without my heart on the line,
just a sweeter way to pass the time.

And when the words fall out it's the craziest thing
what thoughtlessness can bring.

Oh how'd it become so sweet to be
so deep inside your melody and rhythm.

And when I feel alright it's the easiest thing
I can play guitar and sing.
Track Name: All I Can Do
Said it's all I can do to just sit and watch the day roll by,
now that you're gone.
and it's all I can do to just sit and watch the day roll by,
now that you're gone.

Baby please don't look my way,
you're memories.

Just memories, I don't want to be
just memories now that you're gone.

And she screams softly let me in,
I've been counting while I walk
to keep my balance.

I don't want to be just
memories anymore.

I said it's all I can do.
Track Name: Love You and See You Tomorrow
Soon, child
wonders will fill up your room
mild pintos and bays
golden, wild-eyed
and over the moon
rushing away.

Goodnight
love you
and see you tomorrow
after your dreams
after the sun
fills up your window.
Track Name: The Trying
No matter how much
how many or what
or when or where.
No matter how wide
or how clearly aligned
or how long I can stare.
No matter how tightly
or gently.

No matter how much
how many or what
or when or where.
No matter the things from before
or the words or sounds
or lights or motions
or temperature.
No matter how messy
or clean.
And no matter the trying
it stands between
what I do and what I mean
and you and me.

It's happening I'm back
I'm stuck I'm caught
it's the same fight I fought
the same lesson I taught myself
over and over again
it's too late, it's shaking
and broken and breaking and taking me
farther and farther away.
I'm completely arrested
she's already guessed it
nakedly racing around this old place.

I'm at it again
wish I'd rather not
I'd rather not.

No matter how tightly
or gently.
Track Name: The Hours
You want to sit up and speak
but your tied down,
and so the weight is on me
yeah, it's mine now.

I'm in the middle of three
I couldn't lie down,
and so I pull up my sleeves
and I cried out.

Since I saw you there
in that moment
there's no turning back,
and with all that's
needless to say
it's all wrong
any other way.

It's a bitter relief
but we're tired out.
Yeah a hit of release—
been awhile now.

Since I saw you there
in that moment
there's no turning back,
and with all that's
needless to say
it's all wrong
any other way.

I can be the one.
You don't have to say.
I can tell you're done.
I can be the way.
C'mon I can tell.
You don't have to say.

You don't have to stay,
counting on the hours.

You don't have to stay.
I can tell you're done
counting on the hours.

You don't have stay.