An Overnight Low

by Denny Smith

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about

'An Overnight Low'

When the idea of doing a solo record first came up, I think the initial discussions centered around more of a "get some of these things out of your system" vibe than necessarily becoming invested in a full-blown production. Now, had I simply cherry-picked a dozen acoustic demos to recut in a proper studio, that tack might've worked out alright, but I honestly didn't see the hypothetical finished product appealing to many people, including myself, so I took a different approach.

I started sorting through all the material my band (The Great Affairs) had amassed in the 2 years since we released our last album, even going back to the stuff we'd shelved in favor of the songs that ultimately made the cut for that record, just in case there was something in the archives that might've been unfairly benched in the interest of observing the democratic process. I mean, let's face it, if I'm the only one with their wallet out this go 'round, I should be able to vote a few castaways back ONTO the island, right? Since there were no bandmates or label involved to veto my choices, I took full advantage of this newfound executive power, and rescued a few of these "lost" numbers for inclusion, along with 7 or 8 new ideas I'd been tinkering with.

In the process of liberating those overlooked selections though, the scope of the record expanded quite a bit, and any notion of it being a low-key acoustic outing pretty much took a hike. Instead, I had a batch of songs that ran the gamut from subtle, finger-picked balladry to caveman-fisted power chord chuggery(a word?), and all the stuff in between that makes up what I love about Rock n' Roll music, and that was just fine by me.

…..because…..

In my world, there's no good reason why The Raspberries and Jason Isbell can't get spun on the same radio station, or Cheap Trick can't break bread on E Street with the Boss. Butch Walker would be a millionaire (Well, he probably is, but he'd have a bunch of hits to go with his outstanding bank balance and an assumedly exemplary credit rating.), and John Hiatt would be a household name.

Stevie Nicks, Jellyfish, and Paul Stanley walk into a bar. Bartender says….

Anyway, you get the picture. This is a record I made for me, and if I'm lucky, people like me, who don't get too caught up in putting labels on everything, or making sure it's in the "correct" box. It ain't hip, or cool… at least I don't think it is, but then I'm not sure I'd be aware if it were, so I'll just assume it's not, and that's OK.

Still, I'm too old to have grown up in the Tee-Ball generation, and I believe in earning my trophies, so don't think for a second I didn't bust my ass on this thing, because I sure as hell did. I DO want people to like it. Cool or not cool, I know I made a good record, All I can do now is turn it loose, and hope it gets listened to…but I guess that part is up to you.

Cheers,
Denny Smith

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released October 21, 2016

All songs written and arranged by Denny Smith
Produced by Denny Smith with Michael Saint-Leon
Recorded, mixed, engineered, and mastered by Michael Saint-Leon at
The Switchyard, Antioch, TN
Additional recording at Pastry Park Audio Confectionery, Hermitage, TN

Denny Smith: All Vocals, Guitars, Ebow, Strings, and Programming
Criss Cheatham: Drums & Percussion
Dave Webb: Bass
Michael Webb: Piano
Kenny Wright: Percussion, Mandolin, and Mandola
Michael Saint-Leon: Slide Guitar

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Track Name: Silver Lining
SILVER LINING

I'D TAKE THIS BACK
IF I HAD ONLY KNOWN I'D MAKE
THE RIGHT TURN DOWN THE WRONG TRACK
I NOTICED NOTHING OUT OF PLACE
YOU HAD ME, I WAS TAKEN
SOUL STIRRED, HEART SHAKEN
ALL ALONG I THOUGHT I'D MINED A VEIN OF GOLD
A SILVER LINING

STAY
YOU'LL THROW THIS ALL AWAY
IF YOU SAY
YOU CAN'T FORGIVE YOURSELF
WHEN YOU COME TO FIND OUT
WHAT YOU'VE STARTED WON'T WAIT
ARE YOU IN, ARE YOU OUT
BUT DON'T CHAIN ME
TO THIS FATE

I DRANK ALL NIGHT
I'VE TAKEN MYSELF TO THE BRINK
I LEARNED, NO FIGHT
JUST MAKES IT EASIER TO SINK
AND LET THE WORLD FORGET THINGS
I'M ALREADY STONE REGRETTING
EVERY TIME YOU CROSS MY MIND
I BURN THE BRIDGE NOT FAR BEHIND YOU

THESE ARE COLD, LONELY HOURS
FEEL I'M HANGIN' BETWEEN
LETTING YOU GO OR ON WITH DISASTER
'CAUSE I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS
IF YOU STAY

HAVE YOU COME TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU STARTED WON'T WAIT
ARE YOU IN, ARE YOU OUT
IS THE WHOLE WORLD AT STAKE, YOU COULD SAVE ME
WHEN YOU COME TO FIND OUT
WHAT YOU'VE STARTED WON'T WAIT
ARE YOU IN, ARE YOU OUT
BUT DON'T CHAIN ME
TO THIS FATE
Track Name: Hard Stop
HARD STOP

I LOST THE PLOT
YOU MADE A SCENE
AND SOMETHING TELLS ME THIS AIN'T OVER YET
ONE LUCKY SHOT
AND A FULL HEAD OF STEAM
LEGS ASKEW, AND ARMS AROUND MY NECK

I NEVER LET IT BOTHER ME
THESE THINGS YOU DO THAT I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE

TO THE LAST DROP, UNTIL THE BIG SLEEP
WHEN IT'S GOODNIGHT, AND BAD DREAMS
IT'S A HARD STOP THAT MAKES THE HEART BEAT
AND YOU'RE A GOOD TIME, BUT YOU'RE BAD FOR ME

WHEN YOU LOST YOUR MIND
I FOUND MY FEET
WHEN YOU TURNED THE CORNER, I MADE MY RETREAT
LIKE TUMBLIN' DICE
LUCK, REIGN OVER ME
LOVE, TROUBLE THE WATERS IN SOMEONE ELSE'S SEA

THEY NEVER USED TO CUT SO DEEP
THE THINGS YOU'D DO TO GET ME ON MY KNEES

TO THE LAST DROP, UNTIL THE BIG SLEEP
WHEN IT'S GOODNIGHT, AND BAD DREAMS
IT'S A HARD STOP THAT MAKES THE HEART BEAT
AND YOU'RE A GOOD TIME, BUT YOU'RE BAD FOR ME

THIS, THIS IS WHERE IT ALL WENT WRONG
I LOST THE PLOT
YOU MADE A SCENE
ONE LUCKY SHOT
Track Name: Leaving L.A.
LEAVING L.A.

I CAME HERE IN SEARCH OF SALVATION
TURNS OUT THERE'S NONE TO BE FOUND
IN THIS CITY OF ANGELS
THE DEMONS KEEP DRAGGIN' ME DOWN

BUT I THOUGHT I SAW JESUS ON SUNSET
WHO KNOWS, I MAY HAVE BEEN RIGHT
OR MAYBE I WAS SLEEPWALKIN'
DREAMING IN BROAD DAYLIGHT

JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN THIS CIRCUS
I'VE BEEN WAITIN' AROUND FOR MY DAY
BUT THE TIME MARCHES ON AND A SADNESS
STEALS THAT AWAY
SO TONIGHT I'LL BE LEAVING L.A.

YEAH, I THOUGHT I HAD ALL OF THE ANSWERS
I CAME TO THIS TOWN WITH A PLAN
BUT I FOUND OUT THAT NONE OF IT MATTERED
WHEN YOU SLIPPED THROUGH MY HANDS

I WAS TOO BUSY TO NOTICE
HIGH ON OZONE, HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
YOU WERE LONG GONE
BY THE TIME I CAME BACK DOWN

I DON'T KNOW HOW I'M GONNA FIND YOU
HELL, I CAN'T FIND MYSELF IN THIS HAZE
BUT I'VE FINALLY RUN OUT OF ANY GOOD REASON TO STAY
SO TONIGHT I'LL BE LEAVING L.A.
I'M LEAVING L.A.

WHEN I LOST YOU YOU, LOST ME, WE LOST IT
OUR SHIP RAN AGROUND
I DON'T KNOW WHO I AM HERE WITHOUT YOU
JUST SOME FOOL HANGIN' 'ROUND

JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN THIS CIRCUS
I'D BEEN WAITIN' AROUND FOR MY DAY
BUT TIME MARCHES ON AND THE SADNESS
IT STOLE YOU AWAY
SO TONIGHT I'LL BE LEAVING L.A.
I'M LEAVING L.A.
Track Name: All In The Livin'
ALL IN THE LIVIN'

MIDNIGHT, CRAWLIN' THROUGH MY WINDOWS
AND MY DASH LIGHTS ARE ALL THAT KEEP ME WARM
I NEVER THOUGHT ALONE WAS GONNA FEEL LIKE SOMETHING GOOD
I KICKED AND FUSSED AND FOUGHT IT
BUT I KNEW I NEVER COULD

I'M TELLIN' YOU THAT SOMETIMES
YOU WON'T UNDERSTAND IT
GO AHEAD AS IF YOU PLANNED IT ALL ALONG
STOP FOLLOWING THE STRAIGHT LINES
THEY'LL LEAVE YOU EMPTY-HANDED
HAVE YOU TAKIN' LIFE FOR GRANTED 'TIL IT'S GONE
YOU WON'T FIND YOUR FORTUNE IN A SONG
IT'S ALL IN THE LIVIN'

ALRIGHT, HERE WE GO AGAIN
ANOTHER LONG NIGHT THAT JUST KEEPS WINDIN' ON
I WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING ABOUT IT EVEN IF I COULD
AS LONG AS I'M STILL SWINGIN' , THEN I GUESS I'VE GOT IT GOOD

THIS MIGHT BE THE LONG WAY 'ROUND
STRIKE A MATCH LIGHT, FIND MY OWN WAY HOME
MAYBE I DON'T FOLLOW ALL THE RULES THE WAY I SHOULD
BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN A LITTLE BEND MIGHT DO YOU GOOD
Track Name: A Little Bit Broken
A LITTLE BIT BROKEN

WHEN YOUR HEART ACHES
'TIL THE TEARS COME
WHEN THE DAM BREAKS
AND WE'RE LOST IN THE FLOOD
OF ALL THESE THINGS
WE TRIED SO HARD TO OUTRUN
IT'S LIKE WE'VE STARTED BACK AT ONE
LOOK AT ALL THE DAMAGE WE'VE DONE

YOU'RE A LITTLE BIT BROKEN, BABY
I'M A LITTLE MISUNDERSTOOD
THIS FIGHT AIN'T GONNA GET US NOWHERE
OR DO US ANY GOOD
YOU'RE JUST THE KINDA CRAZY
THAT I CAN ALMOST BE MYSELF
IF I COULD ONLY MAKE YOU HAPPY
I WOULDN'T WORRY 'BOUT NOTHING ELSE
BUT YOU AND ME, WE JUST CAN'T HELP OURSELVES

SO WE CUT DEEP
AND WE SWING LOW
AS WE LOSE SLEEP
THE DIVIDE GROWS
IN THE DISTANCE FIRES BURN
IN EFFIGY
THE GHOSTS OF WHO WE USED TO BE

YOU'RE A LITTLE BIT BROKEN, BABY
I'M A LITTLE MISUNDERSTOOD
THIS FIGHT AIN'T GONNA GET US NOWHERE
OR DO ANYBODY ANY GOOD
YOU'RE JUST THE KINDA CRAZY
THAT I CAN ALMOST SEE MYSELF
THE GUY THAT FINALLY MAKES YOU HAPPY
'TIL YOU DON'T WORRY ABOUT NOTHIN' ELSE
BUT YOU AND ME, WE JUST CAN'T HELP OURSELVES
Track Name: Rider
RIDER

OOH, RIDER
TELL ME HOW WE MAKE IT HOME
OOH, RIDER
CAN WE MAKE IT ON OUR OWN
'CAUSE THE NIGHT, AND THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD'S
GOT ME DOWN
EVERY TIME I THINK BACK TO THE GIRL IN THAT TOWN

OOH, RIDER
TEACH ME HOW TO KNEEL AND PRAY
OOH, RIDER
TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO SAY
FROM MY LIPS, TO THE EARS OF THE GODS
UP ON HIGH
AND MY WISH
IS A PLOT WITH A TWIST
WHERE THE HERO'S THE FIRST TO DIE

OOH, RIDER
TELL ME HOW WE MAKE IT HOME
OOH, RIDER
TELL ME ARE WE ON OUR OWN
Track Name: Missing You
MISSING YOU

HERE WE ARE AGAIN, ME ALL BLACK AND BLUE
THERE YOU GO AGAIN, YOU PASS RIGHT BY AND THROUGH
I TRY NOT TO TOUCH
IT HURTS ME TOO MUCH TO FEEL WHAT'S TRUE
SO I JUST KEEP MISSING YOU

IF THE WORLD REFUSED TO SPIN, I'D FIND SOME WAY TO
TO BRING US BACK AGAIN
TO THE PLACE WE CAME UNGLUED
I'D BE ALL IN
THIS TIME WE MIGHT WIN
I HOPE WE DO
OR I'LL JUST KEEP MISSING YOU

THERE'S NOTHING LEFT TO SAY
WE HAVEN'T SAID A THOUSAND WAYS
THAT MAKES IT ANY EASIER
TO LOSE OURSELVES ALONG THE WAY
IN SEARCH OF SOMETHING WE CAN'T SAVE
THAT LEAVES US WITH NO BETTER THAN A BRUISE

I TELL MY WORRIED FRIENDS THAT I'LL BE ALRIGHT SOON
AND WHEN THE NIGHT SLIPS IN, I CRAWL INTO MY TOMB
I PRAY NOT TO WAKE UP
IN DREAMS I CAN MAKE UP SOMEWHERE NEW
WHERE I'M NOT MISSING YOU
Track Name: Hyde
HYDE

HERE'S A NOTE FROM THE SORRY ME
FOR THE ONE WHO KEEPS YOU ON YOUR KNEES
PRAYING FOR SUNLIGHT TO PART HIS CLOUDED SEA

HE'S ALL TALK WHEN I SELDOM SPEAK
PUTS THE PEN TO PAPER HEARTS TO WATCH THEM BLEED
'TIL SOME NIGHTS, I DON'T FEEL A THING

I KNOW IT'S NOT ALRIGHT
BUT I MIGHT LOSE MY HEAD
AND WAKE UP LIKE A STRANGER IN OUR BED
WHO CAN'T BELIEVE THE THINGS THEY SAY I SAID

HERE'S A TOAST, YOU'RE THE CATHY'S CLOWN
NO NEED TO ASK WHO'S CRYING NOW
WHEN IT'S LONG AFTER MIDNIGHT
AND I'M OUT LOSING SLEEP

I'M SEEING RED AS I PAINT THIS TOWN
I ALWAYS FORGET YOU 'TIL I COME BACK DOWN
CHASING DAWN WITH MY HEADLIGHTS
TO CRAWL IN LIKE A CREEP

I KNOW IT'S A HARD RIGHT
BUT I'LL TRY LEFT INSTEAD
UNWINDING UP A STRANGER IN OUR BED
WHO CAN'T BELIEVE A THING THEY SAY I SAID

YOU CAN CHANGE THE LOCKS AND TOSS THE KEY
BUT HERE IT COMES, THE APOLOGY
THEN THE WRECKAGE OF LAST NIGHT
LYING AT YOUR FEET

I'M THE CULPRIT, YEAH, I'M TO BLAME
BUT YOU'RE THE VICTIM WHEN I TOUCH THE FLAME
IT'S ALWAYS THE SAME RIDE
THE SAME FAMILIAR STREETS

AND I KNOW THESE ARE LAST RITES
GOODNIGHTS, TORN TO SHREDS
SUDDENLY THE DANGER'S REAL AHEAD
I KNOW I'M NOT ALRIGHT
SO I'LL FIGHT TO KEEP MY HEAD
DONE WAKING UP A STRANGER IN OUR BED
WHO CAN'T BELIEVE A WORD THEY SAY I SAID
Track Name: Fall To Me
FALL TO ME

THE ROOM CAUGHT FIRE
AND THE AIR GOT THIN
I WATCHED YOU RAGE
INSIDE YOUR SKIN
'TIL I FELT HELPLESS
WITH THE HANDS OF A CHILD
AND EYES WIDE OPEN, BUT NO WORDS SPOKEN
MY FIRST TASTE OF THE WILD

IF I'M NOT ABLE TO SAVE YOUR HEART
OR SPARE YOU FROM THE TRUTH
WHEN THINGS GET BROKEN
THE WAY THEY SOMETIMES DO
JUST FALL TO ME
AND I'LL CATCH YOU

I LET YOU CRY OUT
AND HELD MY TONGUE
BUT I CAN'T LIE NOW
WHAT'S DONE IS DONE
SO I JUST HOLD YOU
AND HIDE MY FACE
SO YOU WON'T SEE, WHAT IT'S DONE TO ME
THIS FALL FROM GRACE

IF I'M NOT ABLE TO SAVE YOUR HEART
OR SPARE YOU FROM THE TRUTH
WHEN THINGS GET HEAVY
THE WAY THEY OFTEN DO
JUST FALL TO ME
AND I'LL CATCH YOU

I'LL BE THERE WHEN THE TIDE RUSHES IN
I'LL BE THERE IF ITS ALL WASHED AWAY
WHEN YOU'VE TAKEN THIS LIFE ON THE CHIN
AND THE SMILE IN YOUR EYES STARTS TO FADE
I'LL REMIND YOU OF MEMORIES WE'VE MADE

WHEN THE ROOM GETS QUIET
THE AIR GOES STILL
AND YOUR FAVORITE FLOWERS
LINE THE WINDOW SILL

IF I'M NOT ABLE TO SAVE YOUR HEART
OR SPARE YOU FROM THIS TRUTH
THAT THINGS GET BROKEN
YOU KNOW THEY ALWAYS DO
IF I'M NOT ABLE TO LIGHT THE DARK
OF NIGHT TO SEE US THROUGH
AND WE GET LOST, DEAR
THE WAY WE SOMETIMES DO
JUST FALL TO ME
AND I'LL CATCH YOU
Track Name: My Father's Son
MY FATHER'S SON

MY OLD MAN HUNG A MISERABLE SKY
KEPT US UNDERNEATH HIS THUMB WITH THAT LOOK IN HIS EYE
EVERY NOW & THEN HE'D LET THE SUN SHINE THROUGH
SO I HELD OUT HOPE 'TIL I HAD TOO MUCH TO LOSE

AT 22 I HAD A SON OF MY OWN
SWORE I'D SHOW HIM BETTER THAN THE LIFE I'D KNOWN
BUT IF THERE'S ONE THING I'VE LEARNED IS TRUE
SOMETIMES YOUR PAST, IT CATCHES UP WITH YOU

AND IT AIN'T EASY, IT AIN'T EASY
TO LET IT GO
IT AIN'T EASY, IT AIN'T EASY
TO LET IT GO

I'D CLOSED THE DOOR, AND FOUND MY ROAD
TORN OUT THOSE PAGES, YEARS AGO
WHEN THE CALL CAME IN THE SKIES WERE BLUE
I WASN'T SURE WHAT I SHOULD DO

SHOULD I LAUGH OR SHOULD I WEEP
A SINGLE TEAR ROLLED DOWN MY CHEEK
I OWED HIM THAT MUCH THEN I GUESS
'CAUSE I'M STILL UNTANGLING HIS MESS

TEN YEARS NOW HE'S BEEN GONE
AND I STILL FEEL THIS WEIGHT
TEN TONS OF QUESTIONS
ALL I NEVER GOT TO SAY

SOMETIMES HE FINDS ME IN MY DREAMS
HE SMILES AND TRIES TO TELL ME THINGS
I CAN NEVER QUITE MAKE OUT THE WORDS
BUT I CAN FEEL HIS HEARTBEAT LIKE I NEVER HEARD

AND ALL MY ANGER COMES TO PASS
THINKIN' MAYBE HE'S FOUND PEACE AT LAST
I'M STILL HERE, THE SKY'S STILL BLUE
AND I SAY "I'M ALRIGHT, JUST MISSING YOU."
Track Name: Dust
DUST

IT'S THE DRIVE HOME
IT'S THE RAIN
IT'S THE FEELING THAT IT'S ALL BEEN DONE IN VAIN

IT'S THE LIGHT ON
AT YOUR PLACE
IT'S ME SICK WITH ALL I CAN'T SAY TO YOUR FACE
AND THE FEAR THAT WHAT I LEAVE HERE
IS A THING I CAN'T REPLACE

SO I HOLD ON, JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER
'TIL I'M A LITTLE BIT LESS THAN NUMB
BUT UNAFRAID OF WHAT I'VE BECOME

WHEN I'M GONE, AND THE DAYS GET HARDER
PLEASE REMEMBER ME AS I WAS
BEFORE THE NIGHTS TURNED ME TO RUST
BEFORE THE LINES WENT DOWN
AND EVERYTHING FELL TO DUST

COULD YOU FEEL IT COMIN'
LIKE A SUMMER STORM
I ALWAYS LEFT THE MOTOR RUNNIN'
TO KEEP THE ENGINE WARM

'TIL THROUGH THE CROWD
I COULD MAKE MY GETAWAY
AND CONVINCE MYSELF THERE'S NOTHING I COULD SAY
WHILE I WORRY YOU MIGHT FIND SOME WORDS TO MAKE ME WANNA STAY

AND HOLD ON…

OVER MY SHOULDER
KEEP IT TO MYSELF, PUT IT ON A SHELF
NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW, I'LL BE SOMEBODY ELSE

OR HOLD ON…
Track Name: To Call This Home
TO CALL THIS HOME

I'VE GOT A TICKET TO SOME PLACE I HOPED I'D NEVER SEE
I'VE GOT A POCKETFUL OF DREAMS THAT NEVER CAME TO BE
I'VE GOT A HEART SHOT OF HOLES, AND ALL THESE MEMORIES

I'VE GOT AN HOURGLASS THAT DOESN'T MOVE UNTIL I SLEEP
I'VE GOT AN AVALANCHE OF TESTIMONY BURYING
I'VE GOT MY REASONS, BUT MY REASONS TEND TO TURN ON ME

THE TIDE IS HIGH AND I KNOW
THAT I CAN'T BE SURE RIGHT NOW
IF I SHOULD STAY OR JUST LET GO
HAVE I WORN OUT MY LAST WELCOME
HAVE I TURNED THEIR HEARTS TO STONE
HAVE I WHISPERED THINGS IN CONFIDENCE
THAT BURNED THE FLAGS WE'VE FLOWN
HAVE I LIED, ONE TOO MANY TIMES
TO CALL THIS HOME

I'VE GOT A PHOTOGRAPH I KEEP TO KEEP REMINDING ME
'CAUSE I'VE GOTTA FEEL THAT I WAS ONCE MORE THAN THE MAN YOU SEE
I'VE GOT A LONG LIST OF OVERDUE APOLOGIES

I'VE GOT A STRING OF DISAPPOINTMENTS AND A CROOKED WRIST
I'VE GOT NO TRICKS LEFT UP MY SLEEVE BUT ONES YOU MIGHT'VE MISSED
I'VE GOTTA WONDER WHY YOU LET ME GET AWAY WITH THIS

THE TIDE IS HIGH AND I'M LOW
'CAUSE I CAN'T BE SURE RIGHT NOW
IF I SHOULD STAY OR JUST LET GO
HAVE I WORN OUT EVERY WELCOME
HAVE I TURNED THEIR HEARTS TO STONE
HAVE I WHISPERED THINGS IN CONFIDENCE
I NEVER SHOULD'VE KNOWN
HAVE I LIED, ONE TOO MANY TIMES
TO CALL THIS HOME