Late Night By Lamplight [2016 Remaster]

by Night's Bright Colors



Night's Bright Colors #3

"A fascinating DIY production...a soundtrack for bittersweet happiness..." -kOMAKINO

"...the gorgeous stand out track Bottle Scars. It has delightful finger picked guitars and whispered vocals, its Simon & Garfunkel updated with tender care. Late Night is a satisfied but world weary sigh, which closes a fine album." -Russell's Reviews


released March 20, 2009

songs by jason smith

josh rhinehart: bass, trumpet, guitar
paul schattel: accordion, percussion
darren stroup: drums
mike alexander: bass


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Night's Bright Colors Asheville, North Carolina

Night's Bright Colors is the recording project of Asheville, NC-based musician Jason Smith.


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Track Name: Blush
Wanted to say before you leave
Don’t wear your heart out on your sleeve
Keep it safe and hide
It on the inside

They say the rain is colder there
Skies are grey this time of year
Clouds that never rush
From the first blush

Keep your secrets safe with me
And take mine with you across the sea
lock them up to find
For the next time

Landing with the city lights
Diamond shards against the night
Everything you’re shown
On the way home
Track Name: The Popular Girl
You made an entrance of extraordinary intent
Elegant and so refined
Caught every heart up in your waving hand
And in the end you know it those
That you’ll leave behind
Who scramble around your court
To bring you to your crown
And then it all falls down
You spent a long time with the thought of leaving the life
That you’ve gorgeously defined
So polish every crack and darkened corner
Of a well-bred, well-kept, well-spent mind
And every silver lining
Also has a cloud
You slowly slip to now

This picture paints a thousand words
Apparently you've never heard
That most of all the world loves you
And all the girls they wish they were
But why are you so popular?
It must be something that you do

Birds of a feather flock together
So say them all
There is room forever
Up against their wall

Oh you are a mystery
The kind of girl plays hide-and-seek
With feelings and securities,
You dance where angels fear to tread
You shock the world and go to bed
The ends justify the means

Never judge a book by its cover
At least till it's over
And then you discover
You were right anyway

"Enjoy every moment"
They say with a laugh
But suppress the smile
The coy opponents
Of everything you are, your heart, your style

Idle hands the devil rules
And fashions into jealous tools
That seek to undermine your kind
But no one believes that you'll fall
Because you're just above it all
And out of sight is out of mind

Birds of a feather flock together
So say them all
There is room forever
Up against their wall
Track Name: Late Night By Lamplight
In the room the lights begin to dim
(there are shadows on the ceiling)
You can draw a line across your skin
(map the contours of your feelings)
Close your eyes until the sunlit skies
So wrong, so long
Track Name: Minor Love Story
What a life this is
Finding out how to feel
Through lonely lessons
And don’t you find it strange
The way you rearrange your hands
To count your blessings

We’re caught up in a dream
So quiet at the seam
a word would break it
Lonely in a crowd
Breaking thoughts out loud
I’ll use a smile to fake it

Now I’m wide awake
I find there are no surprises left
Now I’m wide awake

I was shuffling through the world
Without heart without hope
When I saw you
Recall a rainy day
And every sad cliché
That I can scrape through
Felt it everywhere
Static in the air
Your palms were open
And still I can’t believe
There’s someone else like me
a little broken

Now I’m wide awake
These days there’s always some surprise
Now I’m wide awake
Track Name: Shining Moment
There’s a shining moment when
The day calms down and night begins
A single star wakes in the sky
A perfect time to say goodbye
Good night, Goodbye
Track Name: Turn Your Thoughts
Once you found the perfect space
The only place you long to be
Now it's gone you don't know where
It's only there in memory

You find
Turn your thoughts back
To the time
Open hearts that shined

Now you build a house of sand
That barely stands
On what you feel
Falling walls shift everyday
More falls away
To reveal

Turn your thoughts back
To the time
Of open hearts that shined
Track Name: Lightsleeper
So much it seems the path’s unmade
The lantern sparkles near
The light begins to fade
It’s always quiet here
I can see you once again
In your starry bed
Wishing I could speak
But listening instead

So long we kept ourselves awake
Deep into the night
The dawn begins to break
The early morning light
And I see you go away
To be alone again
I almost start to say
But stop myself and then
After the evening fell
Track Name: Family House
From the backseat the open road
That falls away with every post
You turn around to see
The family house you have to leave

And all the things you wanted to say
Twist and come out some different way
You ask your mom to please
Take you back to where you know so well
It still comes in dreams
Track Name: Kiss Kiss Oh
Lonely days
Hanging around
Thoughts and arguments
Bringing me down
the way we miss each other
And high anxiety
The way you see the forest
That's blind to the trees
Is there no end
To the pettiest things?
You have to be the one
With the prettiest rings
I could come around
If I saw it in you
The slightest hint of feeling
That you wanted me to
It never really works that way

Tell me tell me kiss kiss oh
Try it and see
We're not dancing hard steps
Like we could be
One way, highway
No time, your way
And I say goodbye

Lonely days
Hanging around
Distracting myself
To quiet the sound
Try to understand
My anxiety
I guess I’m never where
You want me to be
It never really works our way

Tell me tell me kiss kiss oh
Try it and see
We're not dancing heart steps
Like we could be
One way, highway
No time, your way
And I say goodbye
Track Name: Bottle Scars
Take the medal down
To the dying sound
Of all the things
That I once dreamed
None left to me
The traces in between
That I can’t see
Make this fading light
Take this fading life

You said
‘Shall we dance’?
And brought this
Final chance
To show me
A world of love
Was not enough
cause I can never be
What I want to be
Awake to fading light
Take this fading life
Track Name: Late Night
Late night I’m walking past your door
Some song I must have heard before
Is spinning around my head as I look up to see
You send down a whisper to me

I could stay all night under a starry sky
Or I could sing in the rain just dreaming how I may
Catch your silhouette cut across the window shade
To think I had it made

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