Whatever Happened Happened

by Scamper

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"Whatever Happened Happened: The Complete Collection" packages together all 16 tracks from Scamper's debut "Leave Your Glasses On" (2004) and the two follow-up EPs "The Boulevards EP" (2005) and "The Skylines EP" (2007).

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released February 7, 2014

All songs by Scamper
Produced by Tom Polce
Kay Hanley: guest vocals on "Barcelona"
Recorded at Q Division Studios, Somerville MA

Scamper is: Keith Michel, Nate Rogers, Mike Mirabella, Brendan Boogie, Marc Roderick

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Scamper Boston, Massachusetts

"Boston's Local Rock Heroes"

Delivering catchy-as-hell, polished power pop with driving guitars and sweet harmonies to the sugar-hungry masses of the brusque American Northeast, 2001-2008

Approach with caution. These handsome strangers will seduce you into submission and legally change your name to "Barry." How's it going, Barry?
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Track Name: Stunner
Modest to a fault and how
You play the Fugue so perfect now
I know
My luck just to
Have you here in front of me
Flashing your eyes up to see
The show
To show you how I feel

You I know to be
The stunner you are
I have so many dreams
That begin and end with you

Time and time again we find
The same thoughts running through our minds
All night
We wait through the
Day to day we always say
If only things could be the way
We want
I want to make you mine

You I know to be
The stunner you are
I have so many dreams
That begin and end with you

I can't hide
No I can't hide my love

You I know to be
The stunner you are
I have so many dreams
That begin and end with you
Track Name: Sophie
Saw her sitting in front of me
Taking in all she could see
Cracking on her sugar cane
I leaned in and I caught her name

Sophie
Sophie

She ran her hands through her autumn hair
Silver hands, though she's unaware
Had to hurry, or she'd've been gone
Oh, Sophie leave your glasses on

Sophie
Sophie, it's real you know

She's starting over now
And I feel so old
She's looking longer now
So I've been told

Sophie
Sophie, it's real you know

And once again I've watched her go
Down the stairs to the next big show
I felt the sand draining from my glass
Time was slipping, so I had to move fast

Caught up to her and I said hello
She said her name and I said I know
She gave a smile and we talked 'til dawn
Oh, Sophie leave your glasses on

Sophie
Sophie, it's real you know
Track Name: Wait Wait
I know she likes it when I'm gone
'Cause that gives her time to forget me
She said she needs me to be strong
'Cause sometimes she feels a little weak

Like right now, she says
She's thinking of leaving
Well maybe for a little while
But I know, if she goes, if she goes
Then she's gone
And she ain't ever coming...

Wait, wait
Don't you go away now
Can't you just stay now
We could make it last for just a little while

She came to me in the night
Telling me she hates to sleep alone
And when she looks me in the eye
I swear I am on my own
And right now, oh,
She's thinking of leaving
But I know, if she goes, if she goes
Then she's gone
And she ain't ever coming...

Wait, wait
Don't you go away now
Can't you just stay now
We could make it last for just a little while

I don't know what I did to drive you away
I don't know what I could do to make you stay

Wait, wait
Don't you go away now
Can't you just stay now
We could make it last for just a little while
Track Name: The Proof Is Altogether Too Late
Polaroid, paranoid
Pictures of me on the street
Single flash photograph
Frames the case; throes of defeat
Tragically incomplete
You're all wrong

Drop me at the hotel bar
It's not far; it's not far

I'm not who you think I am
This is not my government van
But I thank you for your attention
I just thought I needed to mention
I'm not your man

Argument, no consent
Leaning on the art of debate
Mickey Finn, closing in
There's little time for me to escape
The proof is altogether too late

Drop me at the hotel bar
It's not far; it's not far

I'm not who you think I am
This is not my government van
But I thank you for your attention
I just thought I needed to mention
I'm not your man

Twenty-two degrees
Separates you from me
It's a mistake; I'm the real fake
So I'm letting go

I'm not who you think I am
This is not my government van
But I thank you for your attention

Drop me at the hotel bar
It's not far; it's not far
There's a girl in a waiting car
It's not far; it's not far

I'm not who you think I am
I didn't author the master plan
But I thank you for your attention
I just thought I needed to mention

I'm not who you think I am
I didn't author the master plan
But I thank you for your attention
I just thought I needed to mention

I'm not who you think I am
This is not my government van
But I thank you for your attention
I just thought I needed to mention
I'm not your man
Track Name: What a Shame
It's all been made clear in the last half year
From where I stand your words don't sound so sincere
For what you pine I cannot divine
But sadly I know things won't be just fine

What a shame
To lose such support
What to say?
We've come up short

We've tried this before, and I see more and more
There's little use in trying anymore
The last act is on; if I seem more withdrawn
It's likely up here I'm already gone

What a shame
To lose such support
What to say?
We've come up short

If you wanted to
We could have carried on

But it's all such a shame
Burden and blame
I learned it from you
To me it's one and the same

To lose such support
What to say?
We've come up short
Track Name: Longshot
You stand by the window looking down
Don't want to touch me though no one's around
Hands in your pockets, words kept inside
behind the wall behind your eyes
I didn't know it could ever be
People like you, people like me
If you won't share another smoke
I don't need you

And you know
I'm still standing by the door
Say no more
And you know
You're just a longshot anyway
Another day

Hard to believe that circumstance
is gonna deny me another chance
One more promise, one more lie
In your nervous quiet eyes
Every step I take to get closer
Pushes you farther away
Must be someone just like you
Who dreams like me

And you know
I'm still standing by the door
Say no more
And you know
You're just a longshot anyway
Another day

You know
Track Name: Over and Over
There was a time before I knew your smile
Your voice, your hands, your eyes
It must have been like being deaf and blind
To the sun, the moon, the sky

Listen to her on the tape now, she gives it away
Play it over and over again, I swear she knows the way
She's got a lot to say

So now we know our love can be sublime
Surpassed our dreams abound
Your accent gets me every time
I'm an addict to the sound

Listen to her on the tape now, she gives it away
Play it over and over again, I swear she knows the way
She's got a lot to say

We know we're not alone but
Little do they know
It's impossible to paint a picture
The way we feel

I cannot find the words or eloquence
To tell them all I know
But I guarantee, in my defense
That light for you aglow

Listen to her on the tape now, she gives it away
Play it over and over again, I swear she knows the way
She's got a lot to say
Listen to her on the tape now
Track Name: Escaping Flatland
Something very common happened
Something very ordinary
I'm living stories written
In a voice a song could carry
Let us fall today
Let us fall today

Fall in love with you as we say
Escaping flatland
Fall in love with you as a way

Not a shock to our systems
Even such a revelation
For the state of mind we live in
Taking time for elevation
Let us fall today
Let us fall today

Fall in love with you as we say
Escaping flatland
Fall in love with you as a way

And I know we'll keep it up for the life of the world
And I know we've got it right

Let us fall today
Let us fall today

Fall in love with you as we say
Escaping flatland
Fall in love with you as a way
Fall in love with you as we say
Escaping flatland
Fall in love with you as a way
Track Name: Needless to Say
Shotgun, backlit by the streetlamp
Drizzle on the windshield; now you glow like an
Eclipse, look directly at me
Now whose eyes are burning? Probably mine

I kept you in my arms
You kept me at arms length
Sounding off alarms
Guilty and quiet

No words could ever say everything your eyes did
No words could ever say everything you wanted to say
I heard what you never said

Water on the bedside table
On a beach of sugar, bittersweet like the
Drinks that don't help me forget you
Oh, I need more sugar to mask the taste

You haven't been here in so long
But I am still breathing you
Stringing me along
I'll take it, I'll take it

No words could ever say everything your eyes did
No words could ever say everything you wanted to say
I heard what you never said

I swear I never asked for a goddamn shooting star
But you know i'm not gonna deny that's where we are
Just burning up, like sand in a suburban sky
Why?

No words could ever say everything your eyes did

Stop calling it off
Stop calling me
Stop crying wolf
Stop crying shame on me

Stop letting it go
Stop getting to me
Stop getting me off
'Cause I can't breathe

I can't breathe
I can't breathe

I heard what you wanted to say
Needless to say
Track Name: Another Time
All these words bombarding you
Ring grade school bells; you've heard this all before
Now I'm pushing you away
Missed calls and all's forgiven; nothing's changed

It's too late
It's so uninspired
Upon a time; upon a time
It's too late
Forever expired
Upon a time; upon another time

Drained of passion, free of grief
Emotions spilled; salt on your sleeve
Raising glass to empty words
Happy content complete and so absurd

It's too late
It's so uninspired
Upon a time; upon a time
It's too late
Forever expired
Upon a time; upon another time

Now you flash those bedroom eyes
Belatedly and out of style
The irony; my shadow stretches miles

It's too late
It's so uninspired
Upon a time; upon a time
It's too late
Forever expired
Upon a time; upon another time

It's too late
It's over and too late
It's true
Track Name: Barcelona
I'm there
In a Swiss rock tower
On the hour
That I heard

Red
My ears are burning
The world is turning
Away from here

So take me back now across the sea
We'll meet in Barcelona
'Cause I'm the one who needs my baby here

Read
My journal empties
A hundred entries
Calling for you

So take me back now across the sea
We'll meet in Barcelona
'Cause I'm the one who needs my baby here
I'm the one who needs my baby here

So take me back now across the sea
We'll meet in Barcelona
'Cause I'm the one who needs my baby here
Now all we want
Is what we've got anyway

'Cause I'm the one who needs my baby
I'm the one who needs my baby here
I'm the one who needs...
Track Name: Bruised by You
Words to steady
You're asleep already
Thought for sure you'd be crying
Held out hope you might finally catch me
But I'm waiting in line

Now that a thousand are bruised by you
Count to a thousand, I'm losing you

Like we're royalty
Whiskey-flavored worries
You project on to me
When my chin rests in late summer curls
and your lip bleeds for me

Now that a thousand are bruised by you
Count to a thousand, i'm losing you
Tired of falling
Tired of calling you baby
Goodnight baby
You can decide where we'll go

I'll never make it through the winter
with hollow cheeks, hollow heart
I cannot keep on chasing and facing false starts

Now that a thousand are bruised by you
Count to a thousand, I'm losing you
Tired of falling
Tired of calling you baby
Goodnight baby
You can decide where we'll go

Where will we go?
Track Name: So You Know
Call off all waiting stars
Now that I know who you are
The planets have aligned
Consequence and our fate
Coming in, I could hardly wait
Begging for a sign

So, so you know
I'm your da da da da da
I will never go
Never leave you alone

Let me take you around
Show you things petty and profound
Let me be your guide
I can sense what we'll do
Given all the days I'll spend with you
By your side

So, so you know
I'm your da da da da da
I will never go
Never leave you alone

Couldn't imagine how this feels
Brought into a world where our paths have been revealed
All in a flash
Or so it seems, every day that rushes by
Rushes by

So, so you know
I'm your da da da da da
I will never go
Never leave you alone
So, so you know
I'm your da da da da da
I will never go
Never leave you
Never leave you
Never leave you alone
Track Name: Disaster
Let the phone stay off the hook for a while
And wait a day before you call
Then when all is said and done in the end
You may just avoid the fall

Listen what's it gonna be
I'm waiting on you
Don't keep looking back at me
You're moments from

You have one more chance to find me
I can't always be around
There's never been a better time to shake it off
Lift your head up from the ground

Listen what's it gonna be
I'm waiting on you
Don't keep looking back at me
You're moments from disaster
I will get you home safe tonight

And despite the words you said
You kept it all locked in your head

Let the phone stay off the hook
And wait a day before you call
Is this what you had in mind, to drown it out?
Buried deeper than you know

Listen what's it gonna be
I'm waiting on you
Don't keep looking back at me
You're moments from disaster
Moments from disaster
I will get you home safe tonight
Track Name: The Truth Divides
Tell me the way plays out in your mind
Spinning the wheel that keeps the fiction aligned

(It's) slight of hand that I'll never understand

Try to impress the world with your deeds
Would that you knew there never was a need

(It's) slight of hand that I'll never understand

The truth divides; everybody takes the side
The sun shines on
You can't deny everybody walks the line

Beaten, sifting through the latest fraud
I appeal but the argument is flawed

(It's) slight of hand that I'll never understand

The truth divides; everybody takes the side
The sun shines on
You can't deny everybody walks the line

That's the way it's gonna be
That's the price of hanging on

(It's) slight of hand
(It's) slight of hand that I'll never understand

The truth divides; everybody takes the side
The sun shines on
You can't deny everybody walks the line

The truth divides, torn apart; the worlds collide
The sun shines on
You can't deny everybody walks the line

The truth divides; everybody takes the side
The truth divides; everybody takes the side
Track Name: Coughing Up Roses
All these roads that lead to New York City, yeah
I did it all for you
What's the point in changing skylines?
This ain't gonna work at all

I wish I didn't have to say this again
(no no no)
You should already know

It's really not so complicated
I'm older now but still can't act my age
All the roads have turned to freeways
I've come disengaged

I wish I didn't have to say this again
(no no no)
You should already know
(Don't come running back to me)
I wish I didn't have to

Is there a chance you're coming back for me?
Is there a chance you're still alone?
Now that I've found you...

I wish I didn't have to say this again
You should already know
I wish I didn't have to say this again

Everyone's coughing up roses