Hawthorne EP

by The Hopeful Giants

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These songs were written in a small, studio apartment on Hawthorne Blvd in Portland, Oregon during a year-long hiatus from our home state of California. It was a journey well spent.

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released February 25, 2017

Ryan Skove - Guitar, vocals, piano
Kelly Skove - Bass, vocals
Greg Kent - Drums, percussion

Mixed and mastered by Red Gate Recorders

Album artwork and design by artandhammerdesign.com

All songs written by Ryan Skove and The Hopeful Giants

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The Hopeful Giants Riverside, California

The Hopeful Giants are a three-piece, indie folk band from the Inland Empire composed of husband and wife, Ryan and Kelly Skove, and long time friend Greg Kent.

Cut from the same cloth as the Lumineers, Bright Eyes, and SaintSenneca, The Hopeful Giants bring a simplicity and straight-forwardness to their music, writing modern folk ballads with easy to sing melodies.
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Track Name: Again and Again
I tried so hard to help you
But you stay hidden in dirt
You say your words don't define you
That don't mean that they won't hurt

Again and again you say I am the one
Who knocks, knocks you down
Why can't you see that you're the one who pushes away

I tried to find a purpose
A way that this could work
But you stay content in darkness
Blinded by your worst

Again and again you say I am the one
Who knocks, knocks you down
Why can't you see that you're the one who pushes away

The thought of you runs through me
It stays and haunts my heart
But you won't let go of your anger
And you let it tear us apart

Again and again you say I am the one
Who knocks, knocks you down
Why can't you see that you're the one who pushes away

Again and again you say I am the one
Who knocks, knocks you down
Why can't you see that I'm the one who chose to stay
Track Name: Change of Heart
I don't understand
Why'd you change?
We had a plan
All arranged

Then you chose to go a different way
I didn't have a choice
No I didn't have a say

We've grown apart
Since your change of heart
We've grown apart
Since your change of heart

You act differently
Than you once did
Back when we were friends
How I loved it

Then you chose to go a different way
I didn't have a choice
No I didn't have a say

We've grown apart
Since your change of heart
We've grown apart
Since your change of heart

Find me a way to move on without you
Find me a way to move on without you

We've grown apart
Since your change of heart
We've grown apart
Since your change of heart
Track Name: The Fall
She said, “I want it all.
Skip the springtime, bring the fall.
I want to be with the yellow leaves,
Yeah, they don't come easily.”

She said, “I want it all.
Money, kids and a man so tall.
So skip the springtime, bring the fall.
Yeah, they don’t come easily.”

It’s all the same
Working with the time that you are given
You are given
Oh no

She said, “I lost it all.
I bit the apple, brought on the fall.
Paradise never looked so small
And it’s lost too easily.”

It’s all the same
Working with the time that you are given
You are given
Oh no

Lord said, “You can’t have it all.
You skip the springtime, quicken the fall.
Move too fast and you’ll miss my call
And I don’t call easily.
No, I don’t call easily.”

She said, “I want it all.”
She said, “I gotta have it all.”
Don’t you know you’ll bring on the fall?
And it don’t stop easily.
No, it don’t stop easily.
Track Name: One at a Time
Whispers stay on her trail
As she goes home to check the mail
Whispers stay on her trail.

Whispers sing to her as she sleeps
All those secrets that she keeps
Whispers sing to her as she sleeps

Her mind swims through the ocean of
Gossip that she hears
Everyone’s burdens and their worries
And all their silly fears
Drowning ear to ear

It’s such a shame, yeah she knows
All the lies will start to grow
And turn into the truth in time
Whispers change into a shout
When she tries to block them out
They’ll creep back into her mind
One at a time

Whispers turn all her friends
Into enemies again
Whispers turn all her friends

Whispers sing to her as she sleeps
All those secrets that she keeps
Whispers sing to her as she sleeps

Her mind swims through the ocean of
Gossip that she hears
Everyone’s burdens and their worries
And all their silly fears
Drowning ear to ear

It’s such a shame, yeah she knows
All the lies will start to grow
And turn into the truth in time
Whispers change into a shout
When she tries to block them out
They’ll creep back into her mind
One at a time
Track Name: Great Escape
You can’t face the way you are
You hide behind those walls
I tried to balance all the pieces
But they always seem to fall
You’re scared of losing what you have
Look at what it’s cost you
Suffering and the weight of grief
Is this what you want?

Oh, you’ve planned a great escape
Well, that door’s always been there for you
Oh, you’ve found a different way
Go down that road if you have to

You say you feel like you’re trapped
Like you’re going nowhere fast
Well, I can’t say I feel bad
Your story’s not that sad
There is something you need to know
Before you choose to go
You put yourself before everyone
You say you love

Oh, you’ve planned a great escape
Well, that door’s always been there for you
Oh, you’ve found a different way
Go down that road if you have to

Oh, you’ve planned a great escape
Well, that door’s always been there for you
Oh, you’ve turned and walked away
Go down that road, if you have to
Track Name: Repentance
I push away all of my friends
And when I do that, I’m alone again
It’s such a shame when I think I’m right
I pit all my loved ones against my pride

You took the short road and when you got back
You weren’t even tired, you smiled in fact
I took the long road and dealt with my pain
Oh, how ironic that I’m still the same

‘Cause I, I tried to change the way I am
And I, I tried to change

Oh, Mr. Preacher, I might make you scream
But you won’t get any repentance from me
I’ve fallen too far, oh can’t you see?
Heaven ignores my calls, blissfully

‘Cause you, you tried to change the way I am
And I, I tried to change

Get on a boat and sail far away
Find me place where I can be this way
Help me to fight the urge to change

I push away all of my friends
And when I do that, I’m alone again
It’s such a shame when I think I’m right
I pit all my loved ones against my pride
You took the short road and when you got back
You weren’t even tired, you smiled in fact
I took the long road and dealt with my pain
Oh, how ironic that I’m still the same