Dark Gives Way

by Smith & Jones

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released March 3, 2017

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Smith & Jones Bathurst, Australia

Smith & Jones are a duo hailing from Bathurst and Tamworth respectively. Made up of keyboard player and vocalist Abby Smith, with guitarist, harmonica player and vocalist Sophie Jones. Part classic country ballads, part sweet jazz standards, their beauty is in their harmonic simplicity and lyrical power. ... more

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Track Name: Baby Blue
Baby Blue

Upon the wind, winds the voices of the boys she’s loved
A whispered song that weaves it’s way into her heart
If she listens close, surely she will recognise
The one that stands before her in the dark

She thinks of home while he is taking off her party dress
She thinks of high school friends, of lovers sweet and kind
Well it’s a long road between home and this hotel room
Between a tv tower and somewhere left behind

Oh baby blue, why do you cry?
Baby blue, why do you cry along?
In the moonlight all the voices sound the same
Now he’s gone

From the window she can see the fog come creepin
Risin up from it’s river grave below
Like a bride veiled white on her wedding day
The cities lights are veiled underneath white snow

What’s a woman to the ways of an ugly world?
What’s a man if not to deal out death and doubt?
Well shethinks it as she pours herself a strong one
She turns away; another one takes the easy way out

Oh baby blue, why do you cry?
Baby blue, why do you cry along?
In the moonlight all the shadows look the same
Now he’s gone

Upon the wind winds the voice of the man she loved
A whispered song that weaves its way into her heart
Well she’s listenin close
And she can recognise
The ghot that stands before her
In the dark

Oh baby blue, why do you cry?
Baby blue, why do you cry along?
In the moonlight all the shadows look the same
Now he’s gone
Now he’s gone
Now he’s gone
Track Name: Your Achin' Heart
Your Aching Heart
There aint nothing sadder
Than a Saturday on your own
Folk in the street,
They’re so careless, so cold
And lovers holding hands
Smile, then they pass away
Yeah you’d give the world
For the one that was gonna stay

You’re a stranger in this town
You’re a stranger to yourself
The hand holding your cigarette
Feels like it belongs to someone else
You let the smoke rise
Watch it fade away
Wishing you could hold it back
Longing to

And your achin heart
Your achin heart
Oh your achin heart
Goes on

You’re trynna hold on to something
A remnant of your past
But the old days are gone
And the new ones they slide by so fast, so fast
You scuff your feet
Drag your heels down the road
Oh if only she were here
You know she’d lighten up this heavy load

And your achin heart
Your achin heart
Oh your achin heart
Goes on
Goes on

She said ‘love comes and goes like the tide,’
Bloody mary in her hand as you watched her dancing by
She said ‘love comes and goes like the tide, goes like the tide’
She said ‘love comes and goes like the tide,’
Bloody mary in her hand as you watched her dancing by
She said ‘love comes and goes like the tide, goes like the tide’


The light it is fading now
There’s a silence in the streets
Darkness in your hotel room
And pity in everyone you meet
Ah to hell with them you're thinkin
What do they know about me and you?
Yeah they’re wasting their time
Trynna pity a fool
And your achin heart
Your achin heart
Oh your achin heart
Yeah your achin heart
Oh your achin heart
Oh your achin heart
Goes on
Track Name: Small Town Woman
Small Town Woman

Sometimes I get to thinkin
I oughta take up drinkin
Just to drown out all these memories
Maybe I could down a whiskey bottle
And head out on the highway
Just to see if it’ll bring some peace

But I aint a drinking girl
I’m just a small town woman
Trynna find my way in a lonesome world
And I aint a whiskey girl
I’m just a small town woman
Trynna walk a straight line in a crooked world

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning
My mind it starts a-wanderin
Wanted to roam its way right outta my head
And I get to thinkin bout that man
Wonder if he’s headed south again
Maybe I’ll follow where that booted-baby led

But I aint a wanderin girl
I’m just a small town woman
Trynna find my way in a lonesome world
And I aint a south-bound girl
I’m just a small town lady
Trynna walk a straight line in a crooked world

Sometimes I get to thinkin
I oughta take up drinking
Self medicate ya right offa my mind
Or may be I could take some morphine
Lord knows it’s pain relief I need
Works better than waitin for some holy sign

But I aint a medicatin girl
I’m just a small town woman
Trynna find my way in a lonesome world
And I aint a morphine mama
I’m just a small town lady
Trynna walk a straight line in a crooked world

I’m just a small town woman
Trynna walk a straight line in a crooked world
Track Name: Mama Don't Cry For Me
Well my baby, he’s been gone, seven weeks and seven days
He took my old brown dog, took all my pay
But nobody’s gonnna find that man where he now lays
Cos this woman put him in the ground
I know some day I’ll pay

Well I heard the screech of tyres, on that winter’s afternoon
I heard the dog howlin, searchin for the moon
I went to grab my shot-gun but my baby he’d cut out
I heard him round the corner givin one last wicked shout

Swing low little children
The devil’s on his way
He’s gonna find this sinning soul on some cold lonely day
But I’ll go with him so quiet, I’ll go so peacefully
Cos I meant to kill that sorry man
Mama don’t cry for me

I asked his mama for him, I asked his papa too
His brother said that he’d split town, weren’t nothing I could do
So I went to see a gypsy, just to have my fortune read
She said that he was miles away with a pretty young red-head

Swing low little children
The devil’s on his way
He’s gonna find this sinning soul on some cold lonely day
But I’ll go with him so quiet, I’ll go so peacefully
Cos I meant to kill that sorry man
Mama don’t cry for me

I searched the cities for him, I searched all through the towns
But it seems my man was cunning, he left no scent around
Til I chanced upon a drifter proppin up a bar
He said he’s seem him just last night
He can’t have gone too far

Well I caught up with my man
It was dark along the road
I shot one of his tyres out
Weren’t nowhere he could go
I took him to the river
Where I sealed my fate
The last I saw he was sinkin down
To his watery grave

Swing low little children
The devil’s on his way
He’s gonna find this sinning soul on some cold lonely day
But I’ll go with him so quiet, I’ll go so peacefully
Cos I meant to kill that sorry man
Mama don’t cry for me
Track Name: How Could I Forget
How Could I Forget

The first time I saw you, your skin was brown
You wore your cap just like a crown
I’d be your queen even for a day
You’d kiss me once and then you’d say
‘I wanna be alone with you tonight
I wanna be alone with you tonight’

Well those were the days of heart and soul
You were the rock, I was the roll
And if we danced to our own beat,
We’d always land back on our feet
I wanna be alone with you tonight,
Cos baby I am missing you tonight

Remember how we’d go down by the river on a Saturday night
When the moon was layin low and the stars were shining bright
Oh your baby blues
Sparklin in the light of your cigarette
He said ‘how could I forget?’

Well I loved you then and I love you still
You’ve got a hold on me that time won’t kill
If you’re ever coming back this way
Won’t you come around and stay
I wanna be alone with you again
Cos baby I am missing you again

Remember how we’d go down by the river on a Saturday night
When the moon was layin low and the stars were shining bright
Oh your baby blues
Sparklin in the light of your cigarette
He said ‘how could I forget?’

What it was to be held by you
How could I forget
What it was to be loved by you
By you
The last time I saw you your smile had changed
You weren’t so young and unafraid
All you wanted was to be free
Come be free with me
I wanna be alone with you again
I wanna be alone with you again

Remember how we’d go down by the river on a Saturday night
When the moon was layin low and the stars were shining bright
Oh your baby blues
Sparklin in the light of your cigarette

We could go down by the river like those younger days
With the world at our feet, lady luck smiling our way
And oh your baby blues,
Laughin in the face of regret
He said ‘how could I forget?’
Track Name: Wash Me Clean
Wash me clean
Lay my head upon the pillow
Wash me clean
Cos all my thoughts are of you
And I don’t wanna dream tonight
I just wanna lay my body down
I just wanna lay my soul
Down

Hold out your hand
I’d give it all if you asked me
Hold out your hand
I’d give it all if you asked me
But you never asked me so
I’m gonna lay my body down
I’m gonna lay my soul down
I’m gonna lay my soul
Down

Oh beauty come to me, I’m feeling restless again
Hold me in your arms and let me fall
Beauty come to me I’m feeling reckless again

Oh beauty come to me, I’m feeling restless again
Hold me in your arms and let me fall
Beauty come to me I’m feeling reckless again

Wash me clean
Lay my head upon the pillow
Wash me clean
Cos all my thoughts are of you
And I don’t wanna dream
Tonight
Track Name: Don't Tell That Boy-Oh
Don’t tell that boy-oh
Hey sister I’m talking to you!
Don’t tell that boy-oh
Hey sister I’m talking to you!
Don’t tell that boy-oh
Hey sister, don’t ya whisper what I told you
Don’t tell that boy-oh
I’m gonna love him oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh

Down at the schoolyard Saturday night
All the girls dancing, boys ready to fight
Little sister talking to the one I love
I said shh sister shh

Don’t tell that boy-oh
Hey sister I’m talking to you!
Don’t tell that boy-oh
Hey sister I’m talking to you!
Don’t tell that boy-oh
Hey sister, don’t ya whisper what I told you
Don’t tell that boy-oh
I’m gonna love him oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh

Don’t tell that girl-oh
Hey brother I’m talking to you!
Don’t tell that girl-oh
Hey brother I’m talking to you!
Don’t tell that girl-oh
Hey brother don’t ya tell another what I told you
Don’t tell that girl-oh
I’m gonna love her oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh

Down at the pool hot summer’s day
Bikini girls, they’re looking our way!
Little brother goes over to the one I love
I said shh brother shh

Don’t tell that girl-oh
Hey brother I’m talking to you!
Don’t tell that girl-oh
Hey brother I’m talking to you!
Don’t tell that girl-oh
Hey brother don’t ya tell another what I told you
Don’t tell that girl-oh
I’m gonna love her oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Track Name: Forever Weeping Willow Tree
I went to sit beneath the willow tree
I watched it swaying to and from
I saw the moon rise through its lazy leaves
I heard it whisper soft and low

And as I sat beneath that willow
And heard the river sailing by
I wondered why we ever had to part
Why we ever said goodbye

Ooo-wee-oo
Ooo-wee-oo
Hear that lonesome song

Ooo-wee-oo
Ooo-wee-oo
Sing it all night long

If you’re passing by that willow
Won’t you shed a tear for me?
For that’s the place you left my broken heart
Forever weeping, willow tree

Ooo-wee-oo
Ooo-wee-oo
Hear that lonesome song

Ooo-wee-oo
Ooo-wee-oo
Sing it all night long

If you’re passing by that willow
Won’t you shed a tear for me?
For that’s the place you left my broken heart
Forever weeping, willow tree
Track Name: Long Way Home
It’s a Friday night
And I got nowhere on my mind
I’m just humming a tune
And swallowing the white lines
What a friend I have in emptiness
Turning wheels
What a friend

It’s a hell of a lie
Oh it’s a wicked one too
When I told myself
Baby I was over you
But every now and then
My words betray me
Every now and then
Every now and then

I’m taking the long way home
I don’t wanna talk to nobody
I just wanna be alone
I’m taking the long way home

I’m a shadow of myself
Oh there’s a shadow on my soul
It’s a cold hand leading
Down to where I don’t wanna go
Well I dug myself out before
I’ll do it again
I dug myself out
And I’ll do it again

I’m taking the long way home
I don’t wanna talk to nobody
I just wanna be alone
I’m taking the long way home

Goin home
Oh home
Yeah I wana go home

It’s a Friday night
And I got someone on my mind
I’m just thinkin down that road
Back to when we were lovin and kind
Well I took it to heart
My body left reeling
Yeah I took it to heart
Why’d I take it to heart

I’m taking the long way home
I don’t wanna talk to nobody
I just wanna be alone
I’m taking the long way home

I’m taking the long way home
There’s a heart that’s beating
In the wheels on the road
I’m taking the long way home

Going home
Take me home
Track Name: My Friend
My friend I know what it is that hurts you
What it is that troubles you
My friend I know what it is that pains you
What it is that calls sorrow home

My friend you say you’re doin just fine
You’ve been keepin busy, trynna lose the time
But you can see the fire, feel the flames
From the ashes
Life comes again
From the ashes

You’re just trynna live your life on the square
You painted over the cracks again
But oh those walls are lookin bare
Oh hammer and nail won’t fix it
When it comes crumbling down
I wanna see you light a fire
Drag this house to the ground
I wanna see you light a fire
Oh drag it to the ground

I know you feel like you lost your way
But you’re the best in me, I aint afraid to say it
May he give you life, happiness
May he hold a light
For you in the darkness
May he hold a light
Track Name: Childless Mother
There’s a light here inside
I don’t kow who lit it
Dark gives way to a new beginning

I am a childless mother
I am a childless mother

Loves raises a question inside my soul
Do you run, do you hold on
Or do you let it fall

I am a childless mother
I am a childless mother

And everything I am
They’re just a holy lie
They’re a holy lie

And all these broken hearts
They’re just a waste of time
They’re a waste of time
Mmmhm

Can you reach out and touch me
Can you take my hand?
I’m willing to jump
But I’m afraid to love, afraid to love again

I am a childless mother
I am a childless mother
I am a godless daughter
I am a childless mother

And everything I am
They’re just a holy lie
They’re a holy lie

And all these broken hearts
They’re just a waste of time
They’re a waste of time
Mmmhm
A waste of time
Mmmhm

There’s a light here inside
I don’t kow who lit it
Dark gives way to a new beginning
Track Name: Hole Through Heaven
Everything is sweet when you’ve got a hand to hold
Everything is right at the come in from the cold
Well that ancient-earth daddy's got his fire up bright
Still the shadows are looming before his red-stained eyes

He stopped believing in heaven on the day she died
When he took a shot of hell in the waiting room light
When all the nurses know your name you know it’s been too long
Of needles and the humming of a hospital song

He’s been holding on to love
For nothing
Trynna find some truth
In the lies he told himself
But now he knows
The only truth left to believe in
Are the stars
In the darkness

Everybody wants a piece of immortality
We're all just searching for meaning in life’s finality
Now he knows there aint no meaning and there aint no cause
Just a little headstone upon the manicured lawns

And now he’s staring right up at the painted sky
Talking to god and getting no reply
Well if he was a praying man, lord he’d pray so good
He’d pray a hole through heaven if he only could
He’d pray a hole through heaven if he only could

He’s been holding on to love
For nothing
Trynna find some truth
In the lies he told himself
But now he knows
The only truth left to believe in
Are the stars
In the darkness