From The Dark

by Denny Smith

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1.
FROM THE DARK WHEN ALL THIS TIME SEEMS WASTED ALL THESE NIGHTS IN VAIN THIS DREAM I’VE HARDLY TASTED OF MAKING PLEASURE FROM MY PAIN I’D PUT IT ALL BEHIND ME BUT I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START CRAWLING MY WAY BACK HOME FROM THE DARK IT’S ENDLESS WAKING HOURS SLEEPLESS IN MY BED HELPLESS TO THE POWERS THAT RUMMAGE THROUGH MY HEAD THEY SING TO ME LIKE ANGELS THEY’RE TURNING ME AROUND ’TIL I GET LOST, ENTANGLED IN ANOTHER LONG SUNDOWN BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND ME WHEN THIS WORLD JUST BREAKS MY HEART AND SHOW ME MY WAY BACK HOME FROM THE DARK SOMEHOW YOU REMIND ME YOUR EYES KICK UP A SPARK THAT LIGHTS MY WAY BACK HOME FROM THE DARK
2.
GLASS SLIPPER DO YOU MISS THE LAUGHTER, IN THE FIELDS OF YOUTH HAVE YOU COME TO FIND SOME VERSION OF THE TRUTH THAT’S NO EVER AFTER, JUST A CROOKED LINE THROUGH AND NOTHING LIKE THE DREAM THEY SOLD TO YOU THAT IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT, GONNA BE ALRIGHT LIKE A BROKEN LADDER, A MAP TO THE MOON OR A LUCKY STAR WHOSE WISHES DON’T COME TRUE WHEN YOUR PRAYERS DON’T MATTER EVERY SONG’S SONG BLUE IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT, GONNA BE ALRIGHT THERE ARE SOME FIGHTS YOU’RE GONNA LOSE YOU’LL BE TALK OF THE TOWN ’TIL YOU’RE NOT AND YESTERDAY’S NEWS ‘CAUSE THE SPOTLIGHT, IT CAN’T ALWAYS SHINE ON YOU BUT IT’S ALRIGHT, IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT SO YOU THINK YOU’RE SHATTERED YOU’RE SHOT RIGHT THROUGH AND THE BEST OF TIMES IS FADING FROM YOUR VIEW WHEN THE PIECES SCATTER, THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE IT’S ALRIGHT, IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT THERE ARE SOME NIGHTS, YOU LIGHT THE FUSE YOU’RE THE NEXT BIG THING ’TIL THE PENDULUM SWINGS, AND THE CRITICS TURN THE SCREWS WHEN THE SHINE WEARS OFF, THE GLASS SLIPPER’S JUST A SHOE BUT IT’S ALRIGHT, IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT THOSE STICKS & STONES, THAT’S LIFE, WHAT CAN YOU DO IT’S ALRIGHT, IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT IT’S ALRIGHT, IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT IT’S ALRIGHT, IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT
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I Will 04:26
I WILL I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU, HERE IN THIS BED SEEMS LIKE HOURS, I’VE SPENT LOST IN MY HEAD TALKIN’ MYSELF DOWN, FROM ANOTHER FINE LEDGE WITH A VIEW OF THE CITY, THAT I’D RATHER FORGET AND I HOPE I’M JUST SPINNING’ WHEELS THAT GO NOWHERE I CAN’T HELP MYSELF BUT WONDER I KNOW, I KNOW I’VE HAD ALL NIGHT TO TAKE IT THERE AND LET IT PULL ME UNDER WHERE THE WATER’S TOO DEEP AND THE SECRETS YOU KEEP, THEY SPILL WHEN YOU TALK IN YOUR SLEEP AND YOU’RE TELLIN’ ME THINGS THAT KILL I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU’VE DONE IF YOU’RE READY TO RUN, I WILL YOU’VE BEEN BREAKING RANDOM HEARTS ALL OF THIS TIME I’VE KEPT MYSELF BUSY JUSTIFYING YOUR CRIMES AND LOOKING FOR ANSWERS THAT I KNOW I WON’T FIND ‘CAUSE THERE’S NO GOOD REASON FOR WHAT YOU’D LEAVE BEHIND THE OLD ME USED TO THINK THAT WE WERE BOTH ONE & THE SAME BUT NOW THAT SOUNDS CRAZY WHEN I LOOK BACK AND REALIZE THAT I WAS NOTHING BUT A PLAYER IN YOUR GAME A PAWN THAT YOU COULD SACRIFICE AND LAUGH WHEN THE WATER’S TOO DEEP AND THE SECRETS YOU KEEP, THEY SPILL WHEN YOU TALK IN YOUR SLEEP AND YOU’RE TELLIN’ ME THINGS THAT KILL WHEN YOU’RE LEFT WITH THE GUN AND YOU’RE READY TO RUN, I WILL BE THE HAND THAT YOU HOLD WHEN THE BODIES GO COLD, AND STILL LET THE STORIES GET TOLD LET THE RUMORS UNFOLD, UNTIL I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU’VE DONE IF YOU’RE READY TO RUN, I WILL
4.
The Bruise 04:17
THE BRUISE CHASIN’ LIGHT, LEFT OR RIGHT MAYBE SOMEWHERE SAFE LONG NIGHTS OF FEELIN’ LIKE A D.O.A. WHEN, LIKE THEM, YOU’RE SO ALONE NEVER MIND, I’LL BE FINE AIN’T IT WHAT YOU’D SAY BLIND EYES SEE NOTHING TO EXPLAIN AWAY WHEN, LIKE THEM, YOU CAN’T LET GO I’M DYIN’ TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TRYIN’ TO PROVE HE’LL NEVER BE OVER YOU ARE YOU LYIN’ TO ME, OR JUSTIFYING A TRUTH THAT YOU ALWAYS KNEW ARE YOU TOO GONE TO SEE THAT YOU’RE BUYING IT USED INSTEAD OF SHINY & NEW WHAT KEEPS YOU TURNING A CHEEK AND HIDING THE BRUISE MADE A LIFE, PLAYED HIS WIFE PAID FOR HIS MISTAKES A HIGH PRICE, BROKEN WHERE YOU SHOULDN’T BREAK WHEN, LIKE THEM, YOU COULD’VE KNOWN FIGHT OR FLIGHT, OUTTA SIGHT THERE’S A FIRE ESCAPE A DEEP DIVE, A MOVE YOU’LL SWEAR YOU’RE GONNA MAKE THEN, LIKE THEM, YOU’RE CRAWLING HOME
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THE WHOLE WORLD’S CLOWN WAKE ME WHEN THE WAR’S NOT LOST, AND YOU’VE FOUND YOUR PEACE A RIVER YOU CAN STAND TO CROSS ON YOUR OWN TELL ME IF I SOUND TOO COLD, AND I’LL TRY SOME HEAT ‘CAUSE KID, YOU COULD BE SOLID GOLD TO THE BONE BUT YOU TAKE FROM THE GIVERS AND NEVER LET IT BRING YOU ‘ROUND RATHER BURN, RATHER SHIVER THAN EVER PUT THE GOOD FOOT DOWN YOU’D RATHER BE THE WHOLE WORLD’S CLOWN THEY TELL ME I SHOULD SWEAR YOU OFF, LET YOU ACT YOUR AGE BUT I CAN’T LEAVE YOU LYIN’ IN THIS LONELY OPEN GRAVE IT’S KILLING ME TO SEE YOU WALK, WATCH YOU WASTE YOUR DAYS ‘CAUSE THEY’LL NEVER COME LIKE THIS AGAIN ALONG THE WAY WHAT YOU TAKE FROM THE GIVERS YOU NEVER LET IT BRING YOU ‘ROUND RATHER BURN, RATHER SHIVER THAN EVER PUT THE GOOD FOOT DOWN YOU’D RATHER BE THE WHOLE WORLD’S CLOWN LET’S JUST PRETEND THIS DOESN’T THIS DOESN’T GET YOU IN THE… END UP LIKE YOUR FRIENDS THE ONES THAT YOU DEFEND WHO LEFT YOU WHEN YOU NEEDED THEM TO FIND YOURSELF ALONE AGAIN
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TRYING TO BREAK YOUR HEART I THOUGHT I KNEW THE WORDS TO MAKE YOU SMILE AND BRING BACK THE FIRE BUT TAKING YOU HIGHER, IS GETTING ME DOWN I GUESS I DON’T HOLD THE ANSWER TO YOUR PRAYERS OR MAKE YOU BURN WITH DESIRE NOT LIKE THE LIARS, WHO’D SCREW YOU AROUND I’M JUST A MAN WHO’S ON A MISSION NOT SOME CRIMINAL AT LARGE THERE’S NO NEED FOR SUPERSTITION IN THIS DARK IT’S NOT ALONE IF WE’RE TOGETHER ONLY PIECES WHEN WE PART IT’S JUST TONIGHT, IT’S NOT FOREVER IT’S NO FLAME, IT’S JUST A SPARK BUT I’VE BEEN DYING TO CHANGE YOUR WEATHER I JUST DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START ‘CAUSE YOU WON’T NOTICE ME TRYING TO BREAK YOUR HEART I THOUGHT IF I COULD CHIP AWAY THE STONE AND TRIP THROUGH YOUR WIRES BUT FAIL TO EXPIRE, I COULD TURN YOU AROUND BUT YOU DENY EVERY PETITION YOU’RE STOIC LIKE A GUARD IT KEEPS ME TIED TO THIS POSITION IN THE DARK IT’S NOT ALONE IF WE’RE TOGETHER ONLY PIECES WHEN WE PART IT’S JUST TONIGHT, IT’S NOT FOREVER IT’S NO FLAME, IT’S JUST A SPARK BUT I’VE BEEN DYING TO CHANGE YOUR WEATHER I JUST DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START ‘CAUSE YOU WON’T NOTICE ME TRYING TO BREAK YOUR HEART IS IT FEAR, IT IT SUSPICION YOU’RE A RUNNER ON THE MARK AND I CAN FEEL YOUR INDECISION IN THE DARK
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WHEN THE DARKNESS COMES YOU SAY YOU’VE SEEN IT ALL THE WAR, THE PEACE, THE RISE, THE FALL SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT’VE MISSED THAT YOU JUST CAN’T ADMIT ARE WRITTEN RIGHT THERE ON THE WALL YOU CAN’T GET UP UNTIL YOU’VE BEEN LET DOWN YOU CAN ONLY SET RIGHT THE THINGS YOU GOT TURNED AROUND YOU WON’T ALWAYS FIND A LIGHT, WHEN THE DARKNESS COMES TO TOWN YOU SAY YOU FEEL ALRIGHT AND THEN YOUR EYES GO BLACK AS NIGHT YOU SLEEP FOR DAYS ON END AND I CAN’T FIND THE BREAK TO MEND SO I JUST DO MY BEST TO HOLD ON TIGHT WHEN YOU CAN’T GET UP UNTIL YOU’VE BEEN KNOCKED DOWN YOU CAN ONLY GET RIGHT WHEN THE PILLS TURN THINGS AROUND YOU DON’T ALWAYS FIND A LIGHT, WHEN THE DARKNESS COMES TO TOWN WHEN THE DARKNESS COMES TO TOWN NO ONE EVER HEARS YOU, ‘CAUSE YOUR TEARS DON’T MAKE A SOUND WHEN THE DARKNESS COMES TO TOWN YOU SAY IT’S JUST THE BLUES BUT YOU CAN’T GET STRAIGHT ENOUGH TO SEE THE TRUTH YOU DON’T KNOW UP THE WAY YOU KNOW LOW DOWN YOU MIGHT GET RIGHT, BUT IT ALWAYS TURNS BACK ‘ROUND EVERY TIME YOU FIND A LIGHT, THEN THE DARKNESS COMES TO TOWN THE DARKNESS COMES TO TOWN
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These Blues 03:05
THESE BLUES I GET LOST SOMETIMES, AND I DON’T WANNA BE FOUND I JUST DRIFT AWAY OR GO UNDERGROUND AND IF I DON’T COME UP, IT PROBABLY MEANS THAT I WANNA STAY DOWN IT’S NOTHING NEW I DON’T ALWAYS SMILE I MIGHT WEAR A FROWN I’M SO TIRED I WANNA CRY, BUT I KNOW YOU NEED A CLOWN SO I LIFT YOU UP, AND I PUSH THINGS DOWN TO PULL US THROUGH I HOPE YOU NEVER KNOW JUST HOW DEEP THIS SADNESS GOES IT’S ALL I’D EVER KEEP FROM YOU I HOPE YOU NEVER FIND THAT LONELY CORNER OF YOUR MIND AND THAT YOU NEVER SING THESE BLUES YOU KNOW, I USED TO FLY THESE DAYS I KISS THE GROUND AND THOUGH I WANNA TRY, I FEEL MY HANDS ARE BOUND I SAY I WON’T GIVE UP, AND THEN I JUST BACK DOWN BUT THAT’S NOTHING NEW I HOPE YOU NEVER KNOW JUST HOW TALL THIS SADNESS GROWS I PRAY IT NEVER COMES TO YOU I HOPE YOU NEVER FACE THE COLD DIVIDE, THAT EMPTY PLACE A THING YOU CAN’T UNDO I HOPE YOU NEVER SING THESE BLUES
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LIKE GOD’S ASLEEP I REMEMBER YOU WERE DRIVING I FORGET WHERE WE GOT LOST I WAS TIRED, BUT YOU WERE DIVING WIDE AWAKE, INTO MY THOUGHTS AND THEN WE STARTED GAINING SPEED THE EVENING TOOK A TURN WE RAN THE BARRICADES AND WATCHED THE BRIDGES BURN BUT NEVER STOPPED TO ASK OURSELVES WILL WE EVER LEARN THIS TALK IS CHEAP SAVE YOUR PRAYERS IF NO ONE’S LISTENING OUT THERE NO LIGHT, NO HEAT JUST DEAD-END STREET LIKE GOD’S ASLEEP THE TIES WE SWORE WERE BINDING THEY’VE BECOME AN ALBATROSS WHAT WE CALLED A SILVER LINING NOW WE CAN’T AFFORD ITS COST ‘CAUSE SOMEONE HAS TO BLEED THE WORLD STILL NEEDS TO TURN SO WE SET FIRE TO THE SEAS AND WATCHED OUR KINGDOM BURN BUT NEVER THOUGHT TO SAVE OURSELVES THIS TALK IS CHEAP SAVE YOUR PRAYERS IF NO ONE’S LISTENING OUT THERE NO LIGHT, NO HEAT JUST DEAD-END STREET LIKE GOD’S ASLEEP YOU HANDED ME THE KEYS THE IGNITION WOULDN’T TURN I COULD SMELL THE GASOLINE BUT I COULDN’T MAKE IT BURN SO AFRAID TO ASK MYSELF WILL I EVER LEARN
10.
ONE MISSISSIPPI JUST TELL ME WHERE I WENT WRONG ‘CAUSE RIGHT NOW I’M FEELING EVERY WORD, EVERY SONG HOPE YOU’LL FORGIVE ME FOR SINGING ALONG WITH THE BLUES BUT IT’S LONELY WHERE I COME FROM THAT SAME PLACE YOU FOUND ME, YOU LEFT ME TO RUN WHEN YOU PLANTED THE SMOKING GUN LIT A FUSE I WASN’T READY FOR IT SOMEBODY MADE MY BED AS I WAS COUNTING BACKWARD IN A GAME THREE MISSISSIPPI TWO MISSISSIPPI ONE MISSISSIPPI LET IT RAIN THERE’S A LINE NO LOVER SHOULD CROSS BUT EVERY BODY GETS TEMPTED, EVERY SPIRIT GETS LOST AND THERE’S NOTHIN’ THAT COVERS THE COST BUT THE TRUTH NOW, WOMAN, I HANG MY HEAD WHAT YOU DID LEFT ME BROKEN, AND NEXT DOOR TO DEAD YOU CAN BURY THE NEEDLE IN THE RED, WHEN THERE’S NOT MUCH TO LOSE I WASN’T READY FOR IT NOBODY WAVED A FLAG BUT I WAS COUNTING BACKWARD JUST THE SAME THREE MISSISSIPPI TWO MISSISSIPPI ONE MISSISSIPPI LET IT RAIN I WASN’T ASKING FOR IT NO, NOT A WORD WAS SAID ’TIL I WAS COUNTING BACKWARD IN THE FLAMES THREE MISSISSIPPI TWO MISSISSIPPI ONE MISSISSIPPI

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"Smith is a soulful, rustic rock `n' roller who's turned out a consistent string of fine records over the past couple of years. All delivered with a passion and desperation that demand attention. No frills. Not sappy, not loud...just oozing with great energy, good songwriting and a powerful voice." - Kool Kat Musik

 Denny Smith is a Nashville, TN-based singer, songwriter, and record producer. In addition to work with his bands The Great Affairs and The Die Youngs, he’s written and produced material for other acts and had his music featured in film & television.


On his second solo LP ‘From The Dark’ ; a departure from his band’s slightly harder-edged output, he employs a more subtle, nuanced approach to the production, and a lyrical bent that makes frequent comparison to artists like Tom Petty & Butch Walker a credible observation.


“I wanted to strip away some of the artifice that can go along with doing the straight-up Rock ensemble thing, and maybe see if I could cut a little closer to the core, and tell stories that seemed less like they’d been viewed from a distance or through some lens, lived vicariously. In fact, I didn’t really want to “tell stories” at all, what I wanted to do was get some things off my chest as truthfully and un-self-consciously as possible.”


The followup to 2016’s ‘An Overnight Low’ was co-produced with Grammy-winning Mixer/Engineer Michael Saint-Leon(Buddy Guy, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram), and Smith calls it “10 songs about untimely passings. unexpected diagnoses, unrelenting addictions, and the unfortunate reality that such is life sometimes, when a younger man’s days are behind you. “


TRACK LISTING:
From The Dark
Glass Slipper
I Will
The Bruise
The Whole World’s Clown
Trying To Break Your Heart
When The Darkness Come To Town
These Blues
Like God’s Asleep
One Mississippi


“Another top-shelf collection of kick-ass material which begs to be featured within any play list that includes Kings of Leon, Counting Crows, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and their ilk. Thought provoking lyrics coupled with Smith’s raspy voice invite you inside the album as it often harkens back to the kind of grit and raw emotion of Rod Stewart’s 'Every Picture Tells a Story'.” -Popmart Zoo

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released December 13, 2019

PRODUCED BY DENNY SMITH WITH MICHAEL SAINT-LEON

ENGINEERED, MIXED, AND MASTERED BY MICHAEL SAINT-LEON AT THE SWITCHYARD

RECORDED AT:
THE SWITCHYARD, ANTIOCH, TN
PASTRY PARK AUDIO CONFECTIONERY, HERMITAGE, TN

THE PLAYERS:
DENNY SMITH: VOCALS, GUITARS, PIANO, SYNTHESIZER, HARMONICA, EBOW
DAVE WEBB: BASS GUITAR
CRISS CHEATHAM: DRUMS & PERCUSSION
KENNY WRIGHT: PERCUSSION, MANDOLIN

ALL SONGS WRITTEN AND ARRANGED BY DENNY SMITH
©℗ 2019 TOONSMITH TOONS(ASCAP) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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