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by Phil Smith & The Lights

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    The latest full length album from Phil Smith w his backing band the Lights. Recorded Nov 2015 over 3 days, in a studio set up in an old dairy barn, and influenced by artists such as Dylan, Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse, the Stones and Creedence. Mastered by Matt Gray, and pressed at Zenith Records right here in Australia. Sounds awesome!!!

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1.
Straight & Narrow Found a lot of pain in the county jail, But he put it all behind him now And he’s living on the straight and narrow Love’s been good and love’s been bad Now he’s flying true like an arrow, Straight to the holy land Heartbreaker, think you know the score Break it down like a wrecking ball Devastator, think you seen it all But one day the rain’s gonna fall, down on you Well you had love, call on you When there was nothin’ good you could find to say or do When you had love, walk out on you You tried to start a war, with that black heart You got beating inside of you, but it didn’t work. Little hater, who ya gonna call? When no-one wants you anymore Guess you better run, a country mile You can’t bring him down anymore ‘cause he’s living on the straight and narrow Love’s been good and love’s been bad Now he’s flying true like an arrow, Straight to the holy land Rpt/ solo/ chorus/ solo to end.
2.
Mountain Sound Strong words from a stranger keep me going through the day Keep me loving in the night, when I wanna stop this fight Kind words from a lover keep me working without pay Keep the darkness from the night when I wanna stop this fight CHORUS And I do recall something going down In the heavy stillness of that mountain sound Solo Five days on the hammer I was runnin’ out of steam I was runnin out of dreams And high up in the mountain where the music flows like wine I was runnin out of time I was losing my own mind CHORUS And I do recall something going down In the heavy stillness of that mountain sound Solo CHORUS And I do recall something going down In the heavy stillness of that mountain sound
3.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE IN ANYMORE I don’t know what to believe in, anymore, Everywhere I look there’s people dyin' And love’s been shown the door Don’t know what to believe in anymore Don’t know what to believe in anymore I have no faith in the things I been taught I don’t know what I’m looking for anymore, The people that I used to now They don’t live here anymore, where did everybody go Right before my eyesI They snuck out, behind my back, and turned out the lights I seen him, come in the front door, leave out the back With a smile on his face, and a tippin of his hat I feel like I been robbed, so I take my wallet out The place where I used to keep my soul, is just an empty black hole / has been cleaned right out. SOLO I know that you been cryin, I can see it in yr eyes, No point in sayin any different, ain’t no point in denying What is true, between me and you, Ain’t nobody’s business, what you decide to do/ And it’s a tired old morning, that ain’t got nothing to say I walk these streets, but everybody’s staring at their feet I wonder what they’re looking for, I wonder what they lost I could offer (you) a solution, but at what cost?
4.
Ruby's Song 04:08
Ruby's Song Ruby lived on Brunswick St, took what she could get Slept underneath the railway bridge, When the nights got too wet The cops were pryin’, and they’d come down hard When they were feeling it? She called to me as I walked on by “Mister, you got a cigarette?” Big Jim was a gamblin’ man Lady Luck would hold his hand But never take him further than the door Seduce him with temptation you could see the hope Burning in his eyes Big man with a big old plan but he just a rolling dice Can you tell me what it's all about? Can you help me underdstand? River keep on running, I watch it pass me by, Sometimes it’s a long way to the other side Wheels keep on turning, rollin down the line Ride on through the darkness to the other side Mary lives on the outskirts o’ town, in a one room country shack Filled w nothing but memories (so sad) She was a wife and a loving momma, But one night the old man just snapped Put the kids in the back of the car, and he drove into the lake Can you tell me what it's all about? Can you help me underdstand? River keep on running, I watch it pass me by, Sometimes it’s a long way to the other side Wheels keep on turning, rollin down the line Ride on through the darkness to the other side I was loaded down with a memory, it was all heartache and pain, Funny how you can get on the heavy side of everything I was countin on the break of day, to get me through the night My mama said just get back up on your horse, and keep on riding My mama said just get back up on your horse, and keep on riding My mama said just get back up on your horse, and keep on riding My mama said just get back up on your horse, and keep on riding
5.
Living In Sin Had a little pony called matrimony, Used to ride her into town every day. But the girls at the bar, became too hard to resist so I threw it all away Now I’m livin’ in sin, happy just to be that way Now I’m livin’ in sin. Honey won’t you go my way Had a little jam with the golden man, But the sky fell down today Flooded all the streets w moonlight We just laughed and began to play A (little) 12 bar man and it was loud Then I rolled a little number 9 We sat out on the front steps, Drinkin’ cigarettes and smokin’ wine And the people passing in the street All shook their heads in disbelief We really don’t understand how you can Live your life this way Breakdown, followed by dble time solo Found a little lover to keep me warm at night And hold my hand, Told me everything was gonna be alright She was my woman and I was her man
6.
Blue Hotel 04:32
Blue Hotel She went west with the sun and the gold And left me standing here all alone Like a dead end road, with nowhere left to go Count the stars as they come out one by one Let the darkness swallow me up whole Everybody’s trying to forget something At the blue hotel Met a girl in the middle of the night, she said she’d love me But first I had to let her go So I took her love, and her wine but I still feel so empty Now I walk these halls movin’ from door to door Everybody’s trying to forget something At the blue hotel Everybody needs someone they can count on, needs someone to love I hit the city hard, with nothing left to lose Walking thru this valley of souls, and I know you’re out there I can smell your perfume on the (cool night) air, Everybody’s trying to forget something At the blue hotel
7.
Restless And Sad The city lights shine easy and yr young again inside There ain’t nothin’ like the night to set you free And the bars all shout yr name out, say mister where u been Come in from the cold and grab a drink. Come in and settle down, You know it ain’t that bad But you’re restless and you’re sad You know it ain’t that bad You know it ain’t that bad, but you’re restless, and you’re sad The restless heart is beating grab your jacket and yr smokes And hail a cab and head downtown The city lights shine easy and yr young face gives u up But it ain’t always that bad The rain slides down to meet you moving easy thru the night You light a cigarette and step out into the street But you’re restless and you’re sad You know it ain’t that bad You know it ain’t that bad, but you’re restless, and you’re sad
8.
Drop Dead Susie Was drop dead Susie who told me what happened to H The police caught him hidin’ out in a hotel on a Tuesday See the housemaid saw him in the paper and she called the cops They stormed his room like he was dangerous, but he was not They took him to the station said ‘tell us everything you know Left him with some bruises then they threw him in the hole The judge gave him 7 years for robbin’ a casino They came for me on a Monday night it was late Held me down put a shotgun in my face They told my mama they was takin’ me away In the name of justice’ (they said) ‘everybody has to pay’ So I went quietly, told ‘em everything I knew But I said ‘if you’re trying to make sense, then who ya trying to make it to’ ‘cause there ain’t no point in trying to understand See some men are born, and they’re whole lives are laid out before them, and for some, it just don’t ever go to plan One day Susie just upped and drifted away I never saw her, or none of them boys again A lifetime later I was drivin on the Newell, heading north through Gilgandra I saw his name on a gate, I thought about turnin’ round and getting’ some answers But in the words of a great man, ‘life is sad, and life is bust’ And you gotta keep on movin’ forward or else you’ll just turn to rust So I put her into gear, and I put the hammer down And I found someone to keep me warm and I kept on keeping on And some days are hard, and some days I wish I was dead But most of the time I manage to keep my head Yeah - eah - eah, whoa oh. And I hope those guys made it out alive and they’re doin’ ok Cause they were friends of mine, and when you’re young it’s easy to lose your way And I pray to God that Susie found someone to have a family, and grow old with Cause this load’s a little easier if you got someone to share it with ‘cause this roads a little easier if you got someone to share it with
9.
I Won’t Be Back This Way I pawned my case for ten bucks, though I didn’t know my luck had changed ‘til a cold wind blew in from the south and brought the driving rains There’s sadness where I’m goin’ to and grief from where I came And I won’t be coming back this way again. (once more without lyrics) From the time the sun sets, until the break of day I will think of you my love, and miss you all the way​ But the long road keeps a callin’ me callin’ me away, ​ ​ And I won’t be coming back this way again No I won’t be coming back this way again Bridge Down this lost highway I’ll be rambling, Like a rolling dice I’ll be chancing everything to luck Like that final hand you play, when you got nothing left to lose And you’re down to your last buck So from the time the sun sets, until the break of day I will think of you my love, and miss you all the way But I won’t be coming back this way again to end No I won’t be coming back this way again No I won’t be coming back this way again Oh baby no I won’t, I won’t be coming back this way again You know I won’t be coming back this way again..end w/ harp ​

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Recorded live over 3 days, in an old dairy barn w/ a 6 piece band, this album is a direct throwback to the '70's. Influenced by bands like The Stones, Creedence, Bob Dylan and Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse, and utilising the classic instruments of that era - Hammond Organ, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer Organ, honky tonk piano plus a killer rhythm section and some bulletproof songs - Phil Smith & the Lights have created an album full of grit and character.

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