First Set Fire To The Stars [2016 Remaster]

by Night's Bright Colors

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I know where we could begin With the stolen moment that you’re in On the other side of love Far from what you’re dreaming of You could burn a candle, catch the light Make a wish, and follow through At the end of everything, You always do what’s been done to you Life spins around you a flashing light Paint your pictures in the dark There’s a light behind your eyes And it shivers with the stars Throw your arms around your cares and hold your fingers tight There are words that break your bones that only come at night You steal a shadow’s breath a slip away, quiet on the wing And take the diamond shards, a memory the early morning brings Life spins around you the light and dark Give it hope where there should be none There’s a light behind your heart And it sparkles like the sun
Little Lies 02:13
Little lies of a true false nature you can bend Bitter tries too soon I bet you're going to spend All your time moving around your town They say goodbye when you come around If you're never lost then you'll never be found All your day you spend your money on a debt A winner's trade that's only hanging by a thread They tell me that you've lost your nerve You never had it from what I’ve heard Quiet desperation from the second word go There's a cost to the lost-cause order you defend And the boss of a holy-roller I intend To put them back all the things you took A crooked smile with a sideways look I can read your cover like an open book Like the voice of a lost child crying in the woods There's a choice and a conversation that you could Save an image that is black and blue But all you tried was trite and true There's a final bell and it rings for you
Collide 02:48
You stole this heart of mine It beats no second time One cold alone forgotten day In the most casual way A strand of hair across my face In an otherwise crowded place The trace you left a fragrant spill you tried to hide I keep it still Many years have passed away It took too long to say And you were gone before you heard And took the breath that formed the words Since that night I’ve had to wait Wondering if it’s too late To say the stars that hide and steer you Collide when I am near you And anyone can tell you have eyes so soft they hardly ever see And it just might be that the world adores you
Crushed between, only in a dream Oh when the thought caressed me Touched my eye, caught me by surprise But then like a bomb you dropped me You are the one star saint Always coming around With secrets that you found You could stop the day With the lovely way You wink and tear apart Before it even starts Pillow winds, everything depends On how misunderstood your smile is Hopes that fly and shift against the sky Remind me of the time before this Finding ways of slowly keeping pace The clouds give depth to the sky Brings a tear then familiar fear Absence makes your hear too shy
This Romance 02:07
With your heart in your hands That kind of grip is hard to find The girl that cries with the heaven stained eyes every night If you had to do it all again The choices that were mine Would you feel the same or try to forget your name try another life Well I’m still thinking of I can’t get you out of my head just plain design Can’t breathe, weak knees, walking down your street Every moonlit night I’m trying to see it all The color your hair, I stare, and stay this great divide I hear those strings and my heart sings Every line I mean I’m dying to see you all I remember the day we met And how you stood against the line I could spell every last detail like a crime You were stealing all You carried my heart away When you said your second line A smile in place lighting up my face And now I just follow you
It’s a far drive to a southern town Just to bide your time in a southern town You’ll find your face in a southern town But mind your place in the southern town A voice that will follow through A choice that comes back to you Every plan you put away with all you said to me Save it for another day but I can’t let you be A plan to walk to a southern town Can’t stand the talk in a southern town
Portland 04:08
And my surprise and delight was clear when you called today You could picture my amazement and frame it from 400 miles away And the rain on your face, a trace of some forgotten tear And the skies are grey, they'll stay until you find me here There’s a kind of feeling you know so well between your smile and tears You find the weight of detail and you tell it before it disappears And if the weather would change for you there’ll be another choice to make You’re writing empty pages, a book about the promise I will break to see You
The weight upon the world that keeps you down Is all around It's light and like the veil you're lifting now Just like you found it The things that take you by surprise (before you start realize) And try to walk in a new light (toss the coin and one more try) Throw the dime and cast your lot with me Wearing out your heart on broken sleeves Tie your wrist to me the callers watch the sea To be the captain when the sea is calm Is all wrong And casting glances when the line is strong To keep the song The thing that takes your heart and hides it (before you start realize) Watching storms in teacups start and rise (toss the coin and one more try) Its play the game of giving what you get And the day is what you make of it Tie your wrist to me the callers watch the sea Oh analyze all our lies
From far away, still like diamonds, These blue eyes shining for you And every day you try to find them But something hides them from view You know there was a time, a faded memory Before the pills, and halls, and bells Now the world is night and calming fantasy And full of stories I can’t tell The bars and gates in windows keep us in and put away The stars are drifting, brightly shining through the spaces anyway And I’ll find a way to turn it back in wonder Save your pills at night and hide Now it’s time for the next one Across the hall I hear your voice and as I whisper The faces on the wall disappear and scatter And I’ll find a way to turn it back in wonder He’s coming back to see, quiet now It’s time for the next one The golden moment that the twilight mirror named Into the evening window soft the half light came Paints like stained glass, red, yellow, gold, and green And makes instead the world something from your dream
Staring them down The stars that come out at night Catching the ray the light upon skin Memories of moons From a thousand and one fears ago The trip to your room To let it begin Soft smiles and teeth Scuttle and scatter Sway from your feet To proceed along Past hanging sheets The clothes lines and gold mines Of transparent heat And slow motion songs Stay awake, why feel, the next time hoping to see The same weight, its high still, the next find, hey hey hi Wind sweeps the day That forever binds hand to heart Admiring the way The shutters all spin Outside the world Is slowly breathing alive Open the grey And let it all in Like leaves, pre-storm, that fall down to flutter again The white trees, free form all around
Like the way the snow is falling down you’re falling now to sleep (the blowing and calming the winds begin to fall, the winter softly calls “you’re home now”) Lonely winter in the distance Try to find a way to listen The snow falling in the clearing A different way and softly hearing (no one around, the dead leaf echoes to the ground) The dead leaf finally is blowing To find a different kind of knowing The snow is breaking through the branches The different ways of taking chances (and all I’ve seen has fallen from a dream) I can watch the way you leave And finally believe


Night's Bright Colors #2

"Excellent indie-pop, very intimate songcraft, whispered boy vocals, a shy sense of folk poetry" -Komakino

"Hypnotic" -Russel's Reviews


released October 14, 2008

songs by jason smith
recorded by matthew mauney
cover by paul schattel

lauren brown: violin
josh rhinehart: bass, trumpet
addison brown: drums
darren stroup: drums


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Night's Bright Colors Asheville, North Carolina

Night’s Bright Colors is the recording project of Asheville musician Jason Smith. Active since 2003, NBC has released 8 albums and 3 EPs of original music that combine elements of pop, electronic, folk, classical, and experimental music. Palette, a career retrospective containing 12 newly remastered tracks from previous albums, was released in the Fall of 2017. ... more

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