The Diary Of Valerie Hutchinson: A Collection Of Acoustic And Live Recordings from 2000​-​2005

by Mortimer Nova (2013)

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An early set of all acoustic dark indie songs recorded and performed over 5 years that were thought to be lost with a haunting sound that helped shape the band into what they are today.

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released January 1, 2013

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Mortimer Nova Tampa, Florida

Mortimer Nova is an experimental indie / anti-folk / indietronic group fronted by Michael Vilches based out of the Tampa Bay area in Florida. Mortimer Nova was ranked #14 on Non-Hollywood's "25 Indie Music Artists Worth Paying For" poll in 2014.

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Track Name: Beware Of The Leopard
CAPO: 2

on verse: at the end of each chord, pluck strings 2,1,2,3 and move on
on intro: 0>2 is a fast up and down break

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verse intro bridge chorus


of course we wear the branded a, we're nailed to a t
you can only persuade me to do what i already want to

so many memories of you under my sheets
and i fight with a melee of repression
uncomfortable rising to the surface to despising
anxiety causes a breakthrough of impression

you can't make me compromise anymore
you can't trap and suffocate me anymore
stop guessing, stop wondering anymore
your halo will someday dissolve

i always suspected we were never exclusive
and i trusted as far as you'd let me
you separated in july and let me in you
no open legs are worth an execution

you can't make me compromise anymore
you can't trap and suffocate me anymore
stop guessing, stop wondering anymore
your halo will someday dissolve

i'll miss you zion
your heart beats true

of course we wear the branded a, we're nailed to a t
you can only persuade me to do what i already want to do

i keep playing the same movie over and over in mind
watching you gasp for breath and fall back motionless and pale
while the doctor took what i had made out of you
it would have been a great day if it wasn't only 6 weeks old

you can't make me compromise anymore
you can't trap and suffocate me anymore
stop guessing, stop wondering anymore
your halo will someday dissolve

i'll miss you zion
your heart beats true
Track Name: The Children's Crusade
capo 6
drop d low e

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the internment of lovers is strong
two bodies, bewildered for so long
your breathing, excited all along
the steam of vibrations is gone

but i'm dreaming cos that was far away
and's the last thing i remember today
Track Name: Caligula's Senate
CAPO: 3

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millions will follow the orchid
when the flock follows their shepard
it's not feeding, it's not feeding your mind
it's not feeding, it's not feeding your mind
once believing, once believing inside
it's not feeding, it's not feeding your mind

and we know
half below
where we go
and we show

too many placate the order
and fall head first in the water
it's not feeding, it's not feeding your mind
it's not feeding, it's not feeding your mind
once believing, once believing inside

and we know
half below
where we go
and we show

naked and cold

liste noire
enfin
ca va sans dire
Track Name: Hide
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sometimes i don't know what i want
i just know i can't handle this
but i can't stand that i'm not enough for you
and other guys have to help fill my shoes

i wish i could be enough for you
but i cant
so i give up

you seem to be able to move on so fast
like i never mattered at all
i tried to move past my jealous instincts
but it never seemed enough

i wish i could be enough for you
but i cant
so i give up

there's nothing left to do but hide
Track Name: The Acrobat
capo 2

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i can't hold out so long and you don't seem to care
i drove to your dorm but your room was rented out
and i know you can survive without me
it's been 3 years and i should be used to the feeling by now

circumstances change for the better
in your pragmatic scheme
central arbitration
watch, the sky

writing in your journal is only keeping
a record of my defeats and inadequacies
when there's no difference between acting and living
a square is never round

circumstances change for the better
in your pragmatic scheme
central arbitration
watch, the sky
Track Name: Parachute
drop d both e
capo 4

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i can smell you on my bed, on my pillow
in the bedroom, we once shared
i turn my face to hide my head, from the background
and the vision, of you there, woah oh oh

what's the point of breathing if you can't enjoy what you should be living
but you're living and you're living and you're living

i pull the covers over tight, and start hiding
from the feelings, i once had
if i could just suffocate, and be lifted
to existence, without pain, woah oh oh

what's the point of breathing if you can't enjoy what you should be living
but you're living and you're living and you're living

these cuts are from you, from my hand that you forced

and these cuts are from you
from my hand that you forced

parachute, let me go
Track Name: Sieves
i emptied a bottle of pills down my throat
how many there were i don't know
whether i choked or swallowed is all the same
it's getting the job done by any means
i can feel my lids gaining weight and getting weak
the empty bottle beside me brings me sleep

and we scream from frustration at pictures on the wall
i'm torn, i'm ripped, i'm broke, i'm stripped, i'm bald
left with a picture of the girl of my dreams
the tenement is clean

i was digging through my books and found a card
i opened it up and read all the lies you had said
love me forever, you'll never leave, you'll never be alone
you're a god damn liar, i'm sure you know
if you're here to see me today
then you'd see me walking away

and we scream from frustration at pictures on the wall
i'm torn, i'm ripped, i'm broke, i'm stripped, i'm bald
left with a picture of the girl of my dreams
the tenement is clean

none of us
Track Name: Plastic Coating
i wake up and my clothes are soaked
i assumed you understood
soak up the fallen sky
to drop your tears in wine and drink you all away

chew through denial and come to terms with the self
fingers touch and complete the hand that's been apart
and we turn and face that open door and fall away
when she can't hurt anymore, april falls apart

to visit my love by satellite
exist so cold and loveless
and you walk away to save yourself
but i still fight with this heavy conscience

chew through denial and come to terms with the self
fingers touch and complete the hand that's been apart
and we turn and face that open door and fall away
when she can't hurt anymore, april falls apart
Track Name: Luna And The Silver Sunset
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capo 3 capo 3 capo 3
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unsubstantial misinterpretation
a glimpse of infinite reflection
consequential failed alleviation
rehearsed in the mirror of my shadow

gather up your heart and go
the sweeter fruit still has to grow
gather up your heart and go
the sweeter fruit still has to grow

barren and empty untreaded water
is no place for a fool to walk
mischief and wonder hidden in the bushes for a
shattered whisper from an angel

gather up your heart and go
the sweeter fruit still has to grow
gather up your heart and go
the sweeter fruit still has to grow

confessions lead to misfortune
and creation only leads to treason
wandering over, over your footsteps
serenading your fragmented figure

gather up your heart and go
the sweeter fruit still has to grow
gather up your heart and go
the sweeter fruit still has to grow
gather up your heart and go
the sweeter fruit still has to grow
gather up your heart and go
the sweeter fruit still has to grow

exhale and breathe in the silver sunset
Track Name: The Secret Life Of Mark Bristow
drop d both e

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the perfect life
the white picket fence kind
the upstanding type
the perfect lie
we've all got demons inside
that tear out the pilgrim dressed in white
they stop us from doing what's right

we can only apologize for
our meaningless sighs that
lack empathy for attempted cries

the perfect life
the perfect life

he clears his throat and smiles
he washes his hands and walks away
from the only woman he ever loved
besides his wife

torn from the hand
of his gone father
hates to have to
let his mother go
brought to life
watching her die

he clears his throat and smiles
he washes his hands and walks away
from the only woman he ever loved
besides his wife

he thinks of how he never
wanted to kill her more
than when he was
watching her sleep
knowing all the while
she had betrayed him

the meek will inherit the earth
Track Name: Up On Trial
wise man say; it's better to walk away then fall on your face
share today 'cause nothing bad is gonna stay for longer than it should
kids will play and nobody should take away their drive for youth
people may walk on you most every day but don't break your stride

don't make me cry when I want to smile
don't wake me up when i'm up on trial

shake and toss and tell the world to go get lost 'cause you're stealing third
call your boss and tell him that you think he is a hoss so you can't come in
it's their loss if by the grace of jesus they just can't play along
life aint just but you know that you can always trust to be kicked around

don't make me cry when I want to smile
don't wake me up when i'm up on trial
Track Name: Tuesday Night Mixers
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no redeeming qualities but far too overqualified
providing nothing more than the own duality of design
weight is measured by status and empty promises
reputation's riding on the edge of the rail

fall mindlessly in line
notice short comings
anticipate
his selfish design

the audience twisted squeamishly in their metal seats
the volunteers fell to the floor, collapsed and then cried
he swindled everyone and fed their anticipation
said he'd send a postcard of the view of the island, the sea and beyond

i can't understand
our mission was his
i can't explain

and the secretary got off her knees when the news came on the radio
and realized what she was doing and called her husband on the phone
but did he get you going? that doesn't explain, when can i see again
it didn't mean a thing and it's not clean and things have changed that's how it goes

sometimes that's how it goes
Track Name: Ice Sculpture
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you are such an angel
whisper and tell me its ok
there's a beautiful sound of silence
far from the noise and rush of the city
i'll be waiting
relinquish my heart

sometimes i don't love you at all

i'm so very fragile
i'll never be your hero
i'm almost there
but i'll never make it
Track Name: Declaration
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as i look through my windshield
i beat my fists on the wheel
and slam down on the pedal
and drive right off the edge
i'm driven, i'm driven, i'm driven
i'm driven, i'm driven, i'm driven

i pray for my attention, redemption
awaiting my recollection, relentless
blood loss, in your eyes
blood loss, in your eyes

trailing smoke like a runner
the tangled like unwinds
my clothesline is not
for your dirty laundry
forgiven, forgiven, forgiven
forgiven, forgiven, forgiven

i pray for my attention, redemption
awaiting my recollection, relentless
blood loss, in your eyes
blood loss, in your eyes

put the mask back on to hide the truth
Track Name: Monument
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in the mid night we look out towards the broken water
and we learn through convulsion of our imperfections
sitting in the rain on this desolate beach
fingers crossed, soft eyes breathe the fog
and this simple love can be a ballad for dancing
stolen breath to touch your inner thighs
arching up and reaching towards the sky
i can melt my hands into your skin
then you look at me like some sort of martyr
sent down from above to pull you from the fire

you float so softly and with that the curtains close
we never had a chance

so we sat back on my car and gazed out all the while
watching the fire engulf the city of ants
now our drives just waste the miles and never clean the stains
but we try to fix the pain with a needle and some thread
to form a patch which can't withstand a bending at the seam
and for what? to be wishing on a star?
so i found one empty page in your 2 page book
and the others filled with hate that can't be understood
so here's my toast to us with shattered broken glass
to 17 more years of holding me back

on the day i die i'll have just one request left for you
hold up the sea
to keep you far from me

you float so softly and with that the curtains close
we never had a chance
Track Name: The Right Time For The Wrong Question
capo 2
step everything up 2 steps if using capo on 2 (check this)

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she walks with her head so high she can't even touch the ground
her scholarship didn't provide wisdom beyond college now
her parents feel funny, they know what's best for her
she wouldn't listen now she's crying right beside them

*ooh's and aahs for the first chorus*

all it takes is just one night to turn yourself into a whore
intoxicated hazing's to ruin 18 years or so
her father can't help crying from the loss of his little girl
he tried so hard to warn her now it's too late listen

one young poet walks away and another won't believe your shame
realize we fade away and embrace the dawn of a coming day
let go of the volatile and hope someone comes to your grave
if you didn't impact someone's life believe me you've wasted your own

we need to break down and accept fate as it is dealt to us
we're always too busy trying to cheat the obligatory
it's funny how we seem to feign so much sincerity
and prolong with hope and love, living artificially

one young poet walks away and another won't believe your shame
realize we fade away and embrace the dawn of a coming day
let go of the volatile and hope someone comes to your grave
if you didn't impact someone's life believe me you've wasted your own