Palette (2002​-​2017)

by Night's Bright Colors

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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
It's always the same a stranger sits down at the game Quick always to blame a danger nobody can name He begins with luck and warm reception And ends abrupt with cool deception It's always the same a stranger sits down at the game Here's the art of misdirection The slightest sleight escapes detection And everybody's recollection stirred, and then it gets turned Go down with the ship all the tight smiles and loose lips And cracking the whip, knuckles white as they lose grip Deceives and lies like a sailor's morning Well-red skies and without warning Go down with the ship, all the tight smiles and loose lips Fake a fall for sympathetic vote An apology on a parenthetic note Now you see it now you don't Believe The lie within belief Charms everyone One hand culling the wreck and the other is stacking the deck And if you should check, there's just enough there for your neck A line of soft and easy invention Draws and quarters your attention One hand combing the wreck and the other one's stacking the deck Here's the art of misdirection A flashing smile completes the lesson And getting up in full possession Leaves A dazzling leave
Secret Smile 02:23
It comes in waves you recognize the sound it makes When you feel its falling down With the scented summer rain A soft parade of light That bends the flight of a casual line Try to spend the right kind of valuable time There’s a place the city dreams of ocean side And moonlit miles There’s a face so pretty lonely seeks to hide A secret smile and I can see you brave against the sparkle of life Why cut ties that bind a philosophical Knife Luck defends the promise that you try to break And makes it strong A trip against the fortune that you try to make And makes it wrong A fine cruise feels and falls and oh what a surprise Its time to seal the wall on what the lottery buys
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
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
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 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 Finding ways of slowly keeping pace The clouds give depth to the sky Brings a tear and then familiar fear Absence makes your heart too shy 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
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
I’ve seen the world in all of its rare beautiful disguise Will I be the one that’s out of sight or out of mind? I feel my thoughts, emotions racing fast You tell me that it’s never going to last I know it always seems to disappear from here Before I ever let it get too near I’ve seen the sky come crashing over and cover everyone Still somehow left you standing, staring at the sign It’s picturesque they’ll jump your coattails and ride And circle around the ones you divide You speak to them in so many ways, they say They’re hoping that you never go away Now with head and feet back firmly on the ground They’ve found because of you a better world around
Swing girl Looks just like Penelope Tree Flared skirt The kind you find on Carnaby Street Sweet bird Buys the latest sensible thing See her (Sparkle on the tip of her wing) Finding all the prettiest rings Crushed red velvet at Chelsea her Northern eyes will stare Leaves alone by Lambretta says she wasn't there Swing girl Fashions in the style of Quant See her Dancing to amphetamine dawn
Sallisaw 04:24
Where the sun dims yellow Paints like picture day glowing Out in the fields A red head cartwheels His back a silhouette black And eyes on the next tract Says this too will pass and Nothing can last And I can break your big wall down Break your big wall down This man that goes before me And cradles his story In powerful hands Drug through the sand Says i can fill with stars your crown Fill with stars your crown Still the latest night Dreams of early light Circle again and when it stays to morning into Sudden change in weather Breaks us untogether And everything Covered in green Falls away too soon A forced hand to move He turns again And speaks of when He will fill with stars your crown Fill with stars your crown
Woke Up 04:29
Woke up above a deep blue summer day We’re swimming in the golden rays Like lights caught in the clouds Don’t stop we’ll catch the stars like fireflies We’ll cast the net across the skies We’re slowly floating down Shine rings around the sun Time and space undone Woke up I was counting angels on your head While you were dreaming in the bed And find it doesn’t end The gold cup watering the holy ground The tears are shimmering the oldest sound The kingdom that’s within Shine rings around the sun Space and time undone
Snow Day 02:08
Family House 02:46
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


released November 7, 2017

songs by jason smith

strings on 'Secret Smile' and 'One Star Saint' by Lauren Brown
bass and ukulele on 'One Star Saint' by Josh Rhinehart
drums on 'Beautiful Disguise' by Darren Stroup

mastered by Adam McDaniel, Drop of Sun Studios Asheville, NC


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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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