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New Romance

by THE CARROTS

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Honey, I saw you hanging around the other day And I know what you’ve been trying to do Trying to talk to my boyfriend Trying to get him to love you I don’t want a fight But you’re annoying me With the things that you say About my... about my boyfriend and me Telling people that we’re breaking up But we’re going strong So you better shut up ‘Cause baby, you don’t know (no no no) Baby, you don’t know (no no no) Better watch your step ‘Cause I’m watching you I, I, I, I don’t know why you do the things you do Now you’re spreading lies about us You want him for yourself So you better cut it out ‘Cause baby, you don’t know (no no no) Baby, you don’t know (no no no) Hey, girls So, you know that I just got out of the pen, right? (Yeah, we heard) Well, you know what we’re gonna do tonight? (What’s that?) Time to wild out Now you’re spreading lies about us You want him for yourself So you better shut up You better cut it out You better watch your mouth ‘Cause baby, you don’t know (no no no) Baby, you don’t know (no no no) You better shut up You better watch your mouth You better cut it out ‘Cause baby, you don’t know (no no no) Baby, you don’t know (no no no) No, no, no, no, no, baby, you don’t know I said baby, you don’t know (no no no) No, baby, you don’t know (no no no)
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Tell me again why it has to end ‘Cause I don’t want to believe Tell me the truth ‘fore it makes the news That I won’t ever read Say, say, say, say Say, say it ain’t so Say, say, say, say Say, say it ain’t so How much time will remain Before it’s all down the drain? How many days in a mindless haze Will I have to complain? The sun is on the horizon Oh, yes, we used to be a perfect team But now we say goodbye Say, say, say, say Say, say it ain’t so Say, say, say, say Say, say it ain’t so Oh oh oh Oh oh oh Oh oh (oh oh oh) Oh oh oh (oh oh oh) Oh oh oh (oh oh oh) Oh oh (oh oh oh) I’ve faced disaster before My heart has been trampled on and ignored Your lies don’t mean a thing How can this huge planet stop each time you speak? Stop pretending my world’s ending What did I ever see In your webs of deceit? If you wanna break up, break up with me Do it honestly The sun is on the horizon And now I think of all the fireballs Behind its warming rays Say, say, say, say Say, say it ain’t so Say, say, say, say Say, say it ain’t so Oh oh oh Oh oh oh Oh oh (oh oh oh) Oh oh oh (oh oh oh) Oh oh oh (oh oh oh) Oh oh (oh oh oh)
3.
When I needed you most You turned into a ghost And disappeared from my company When I asked you to stay You had nothing to say I can’t imagine that you care for me Oh, what now (now) What is the difference Between quiet And your cold kisses? No, now, let’s be honest I could try But you can’t promise You know, saying we’re through Was the least you could do Instead of leaving on the telephone No, I’m not upset Not an inch of regret I just want you to leave me alone You left (you left) I cried (I cried) Now go (now go) Don’t you think twice I’m not that nice You quit (you quit) With ease (with ease) I’m fine (I'm fine) Do what you please I’m feeling free
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Crystal Lake 02:03
I don’t believe he fooled around on me Tells me that he loves me Shows me that he needs me, needs me And he’s with me all the time You say you saw him down at Crystal Lake (yes, we did) Are you sure that it was him? (It was him) He told me he’d be working late And he never learned to swim They were laughing (huh?) They were splashing (what?) They were working on their tans They were talking (no way!) It was shocking They were even holding hands (oh yeah) I should have seen this from a mile away I could read it in his eyes I didn’t think that it would end this way But I shouldn’t be surprised Just last weekend Saw him speaking To a girl with big brown eyes They were flirting And now I’m certain I’ve getting wrapped up in his lies, oh, yeah I should have seen this from a mile away I could read it in his eyes Didn’t think that it would end this way But I shouldn’t be surprised I shouldn’t be surprised No, I shouldn’t be surprised
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Roping Me In 02:50
In the face of being alone I’d take the tears and the sorrow I’d stay at home If I thought that you were the one (the one) I’d take a moment, the weekend, I’d stay at home I’d give you these things All of my hopes and my dreams Without an intention to steal Your heart just for me It’ll be how it should be Without ever knowing, we’ll see ‘Cause you (you) Keep on roping me in And you just wont see it to the end ‘Cause you (you) Keep on roping me in And you just wont see it to the end In the face of being alone I’d take the tears and the sorrow I’d stay at home If I thought that you were the one (the one) I’d take a moment, the weekend, I’d stay at home I’d give you these things All of my hopes and my dreams Without an intention to steal Your heart just for me It’ll be how it should be Without ever knowing, we’ll see ‘Cause you (you) Keep on roping me in And you just wont see it to the end ‘Cause you (you) Keep on roping me in And you just wont see it to the end Your heart just for me It’ll be how it should be Without ever knowing we’ll see ‘Cause you (you) Keep on roping me in And you just wont see it to the end ‘Cause you (you) Keep on roping me in And you just wont see it to the end It’s you (you)
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New Romance 02:30
It was a new romance Night at the club And that’s where I saw you And I saw your glove Love The fog was thick I moved to the music towards you I put my hand on your hip And we dipped Tripped Painted a pentagram On your bedroom floor You never noticed, 'cause 'Cause you never came home You really knocked me out With your gloomy eyes And now, I’m in love with you Come on and dance I’m in the mood Spinning in a circle Like I do Come on and say Say the words Say "I love you" Took a walk in the park Well after dark I wanted to buy some pills cause I was sick over you But it made things worse When I knock on the door, oh please, let me in I’m walking up the hill and I’m spinning Lock me out or lock me in Oh, my head is still spinning Lock me out or lock me in Oh, my head is still spinning
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Walking down the street I see everyone I’ve ever known Walking down the street don’t see anyone I really know (It’s fine, It’s fine) I don’t really wanna go (It’s fine, It’s fine) I don’t really wanna know You talk of leaving home, they say: “Girl you’d better beware, these problems that you see You know, you’re gonna see them anywhere” (It’s fine, It’s fine) I don’t really wanna go (It’s fine, It’s fine) I don’t really wanna know (It’s fine, It’s fine) I don’t really wanna go Do you wanna runaway runaway runaway? Oh Ooooh, oooooh I could stick around, I’m as happy as I’ve ever been But I could leave town and I’d never feel this sad again It’s fine I’m bored and I’m tired I’ve heard everything you have to say I feel I’m wasting time and I cannot wait another day Don’t ask too much. You will feel much better And tell me why do we trust to leave these things for later? And maybe one day we can find a place and we can go there And sure, I’d like to stay, 'cause there’s no other place That I could feel so, home
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Over 02:09
Over over over over over over over over It’s all done now Don’t think that she’ll ever call me back She put me down Thinking she should make the first attack She’s gone and still I’m quiet We’re too far to fail to speak I want your love, why can’t you see it now? I’d dream of you if I could sleep The crazy hours I keep to say hello And you’re so far away And it’s hard to bear When I want you everywhere Over over over over over over over over Love and light Travel through the phone wires from her house Old questions asked Hanging in the air and in my mouth Oh, well, she says Goodnight We’re too far to fail to speak I want your love, why can’t you see it now? I’d dream of you if I could sleep The crazy hours I keep to say hello And you’re so far away And it’s hard to bear When I want you everywhere Sorry to say that I was a fool No one’s after me girl, I was after you I was just thinking of any excuse To get you over
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You tell me Our love is true So much we gave as two It carried inside my heart I hope we’d never part Oh, in time Nights would go by I'd close my eyes And start to cry Memories, oh So deep within me I felt I had it all I was happy for awhile You touched a feel in me Could this really be? It was a moment in time I thought I’d have this all my life The months passed I went away Without you, I couldn’t stay Where is he? Is all I hear (So hard) It makes it so hard to deal Pieces of me had gone astray Your shadow lingered every day Endlessly missed The lips I once kissed So the pain begins And tears start to burn And all the love you gave Took away with me But you left me so low How could you leave me so low? I don’t want to hear What you have to say And all the feeling is drifting away It was a moment in time I thought I’d have this all my life The moon’s cold light Fell from the sky The night you left And said goodbye Everything changed Nothing stays the same I don’t want to hear What you have to say And all the feeling is withered away It’s very hard to bear And I don’t want to stay our love is drifted away
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When I’m beyond it I’m despondent like the world is ending And that’s a feeling you have difficulty comprehending You only come to town so you can put it down You feel such hatred but it’s beautiful in my opinion Must you criticize the majesty of my dominion? I do not want to hear another jealous smear Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh Oh oh Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh Oh oh We just disagree on Sault Ste. Marie We just disagree on Sault Ste. Marie Don’t bother calling me I’ll only be remote and distant Say it all again and I will hardly even listen I’m half a mile away from every word you say I’m in a frozen wood and muffled by the falling snow Pleasant thoughts of you were buried very long ago I’ll wander aimlessly until I start to breathe Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh Oh oh Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh Oh oh We just disagree on Sault Ste. Marie We just disagree on Sault Ste. Marie Winter replaced your warm embrace I will never thaw Atmosphere, crystal clear Time passed us by
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Beverly 02:13
Beverly stay away from me You break my heart every time you leave Remember last Sunday you were gonna call me? Never did hear the phone Next time I see you You’re out dancing and you wanna take me home But remember that last time I saw you You really did make me cry You were standing with all your friends and You wouldn’t even poke me in the eye Beverly stay away from me You break my heart every time you leave Every time you talk to me I can’t think and I can’t breathe Beverly stay away from me You break my heart every time you leave You can’t take me home You can’t call my phone I’d rather be alone Reading crappy poems Beverly stay away from me You break my heart every time you leave Bah bah dah buh duh bah bah duhp buhp buhp
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I still can’t believe That no one’s going home with me I can’t even conceive There’s no baby for a girl like me Why should there never be a baby for me? Ohh, why should there never whatsoever for a girl like me? I can’t enjoy that special boy That every girl deploys and annoys me greatly No laugh No crying No hug, no kiss from my very own guy and All I need is a boy to squeeze When I wake up from sleep There’s no one in the room with me It feels so incomplete Without the patter of little feet All of the others look like mothers to me Ohh, is it apparent that I’m barren when they look back at me? Oh, doctor, please I’m on my knees They’re Siamese I’m not obese You gotta help me Everyone stop staring At the dress I’m wearing It isn’t fair It isn’t fair I’m desperate to deliver but my Baby’s unborn He’s up inside me Quietly hiding Baby’s unborn No, I’m not tricking I feel him kicking Baby’s unborn If I release him I will decrease then Baby’s unborn He’s not obstructed He’s just reluctant Can you really blame that boy? Baby’s unborn

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FORMATS: LP [Numbered Limited Edition of 500 copies] / CD-Digipak [Limited Edition of 1000 copies] / Digital Album

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Five years ago, they left us longing for so many more songs, with those incredible, fun singles, “Doing Our Part” and “Beverly” (which were put together for an exclusive-edition CD in Japan). Since then we haven’t heard a lot about THE CARROTS, who have been busy with the countless parallel projects they’ve put together. But suddenly, they’ve finally finished everything up and their first full length, “New Romance”, is here. And with it, the Austin sextet is back to show us their special way of understanding “girl groups” through great songs and marvelous arrangements.

With a line-up solidified by Jason 'Chef' Pittman, Veronica Ortuño, Chris Lyons, Jason Pearson, Shelley McKann and Rose Russo, this album is fresh, with Veronica Ortuño’s versatile voice, capable of carrying songs from the sweetness of Diana Ross to the strength of Dionne Warwick. These past years of waiting have not been in vain, the group has increased their audience in the States, appearing in the media, touring all over the country, playing in some of the most prestigious clubs and bars in their city, like The Continental Club and Antone’s. They’ve played in SXSW, opened for Calvin Johnson (BEAT HAPPENING, K Records), and above all they’ve been preparing a practically perfect collection of songs that remind us how much we like THE RONNETTES, THE VELVETTES, SHANGRI-LA’s, THE MARVELETTES, and THE CRYSTALS, and they link them with contemporary artists like THE SCHOOL, GIGI, THE BANDANA SPLITS and THE YEARNING.

We have proof of this in “Baby, You Don’t Know,” the album’s first track, which puts the cards on the table right away: playful choruses and perfect pop melodies, but this time working with the efficiency of a tighter and rawer instrumentation, without strings or winds, letting the majority of the weight fall on the vocals. That’s why songs like “You Can’t Promise (Boys)” stand out with their more soul-styled spirit, somewhere between an early Marvin Gaye and a Martha Reeves in all her glory. Patiently, letting the excitement slip back into Veronica and Shelly’s soft inflections, songs like “Roping Me In” and “Sault Ste. Marie” softly caress us. “New Romance,” the album’s title track, lets the rhythm & blues spirit tear loose, and is one of the biggest surprises on the album, with echoes of Arthur Conley and Rufus Thomas. “Crystal Lake” is absolutely fantastic, with lyrics about youth, love, infidelity, jealousy… It’s repeated again and again throughout the album, but always situating the love stories in the golden age, when young people began to reveal themselves and decided that love, fun and music were the most important things in life. “Moment In Time” has that free but deeply melodic spirit of HERMAN DÜNE’s best pop songs and BELLE AND SEBASTIAN’s sweetness, with phrasing that is both so open and at the same time so tremendously catchy. And we couldn’t leave their first two singles out; the delicious and contagious “Doing Our Part” and a different version of their perfect teenage anthem, “Beverly”. The album closes with a surprising “Baby’s Unborn,” a delicious piece of minimalism, with scarce guitars, tambourines, and vocals. Because of or in spite of this, it’s probably one of the most beautiful songs on the album, with celestial harmonies and lyrics that wrap the song up in a play on words.

It’s a highly comforting album that flees from the stereotypes and tricks of the style to stand up tall and proud with its own personality and momentum. It was definitely, definitely, worth the wait.

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released March 18, 2013

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