You Shine So Bright

by Brighter Shades

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recorded by the band in the summer of '09, independently released. made with love

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released July 21, 2009

produced by trevor simpson and brighter shades.
recorded and mixed by trevor simpson @ right right recording, finksburg, MD.
mastered by joe lambert @ joe lambert mastering, NYC.

addl. instrumentation from: max kuzmyak - trumpet, trombone, mandolin. tyler wheeler - tenor sax. dave makowiecki - trumpet. adam schuman - trumpet
layout and design by christopher muccioli

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Track Name: How To Keep You Around
I figured it out, I'm writing it down
It seem like I'm always too vague
and letting you down
I'm letting you down.

So I'm taking my time, I'm dotting my i's
this time I mean it...
I figured out how, how to keep you around:
I'll just keep my mouth shut and be a nicer guy

SO now that it's out, I'm kicking myself for not saying sooner
the way that I felt and feel I'll always feel
but you're running out of fingers to count
the times I've been sorry and left you without a reason, not to say

"Just keep your mouth shut and be a nicer guy,
'cause you're the only one so far that I've liked"

I can explain, I swear, just hold on, there's a reason that's not true,
I belong to you

You're the only one so far that I've liked
Track Name: Pick A Day
I can't say that I've lasted all this time by being strong
'cause I've played the victim when I knew it all along
that I was guilty by association, who knew...
...that I could be so tired

pick a day, find a reason,
give me something to believe in
'cause everyone I know is in disguise
pick a day, find a reason,
make it something you've been needing
cause' I can't be the only one alive

I spent so much time self-medicating
I just got so sick and tired of waiting to see
that no one can fix what's wrong with me
'cause I've got aches and pains clear through my veins
I need someone to inspire me to change
'cause I'l stay the same

pick a day, find a reason,
give me something to believe in
'cause everyone I know is in disguise
pick a day, find a reason,
make it something you've been needing
cause' I can't be alone

so go on and make the first move,
its worth it to believe that I'd lose
if anyone that mattered ever knew
'cause I don't believe that I have to think about my reactions
until they're through
Track Name: Roots
I never asked for this,
you know that all I ever wanted was a reason to exist
I needed something to grow,
I would've watered you more if you had only let me know...

that your roots had dried up
and the search for water had become
a search for a love without bind
'cause the confines of this container had been limiting your life

there is something you should know
I would have given you more room to grow
I could have changed, replaced and rearranged my life
If you had only let me know

If I could count
the times that I've been riddled with self-doubt,
then I'd find
at least one hundred percent of the time you were never mine

there is something you should know
I would have given you more room to grow
I could have changed, replaced and rearranged my life
If you had only let me know

I just wish there was a way that I could know
If you've been sleeping alone
Track Name: Replaced
I couldn't face how your head got replaced
'til I read the notes
'cause the light of your face was a beautiful place
before I found out
that all the time I spent wasn't worth much in the end,
there's so many places and faces I could have touched by now

you didn't ask me if I'd mind if you gave up
you didn't take the time to add the figures up
I was the sum of all that you loved,
you can multiply the times I was true and you lied,
but I know, I was always alone

If I could take the time to explain to you both why
I could never live with the mess you've made
then I would let you know,
I was ready to let go before I knew...

you didn't ask me if I'd mind if you gave up
you didn't take the time to add the figures up
I was the sum of all that you loved,
you can multiply the times I was true and you lied,
but I know, that you'll always be alone

you would have always been the one who got away
but now you remind me of and unwanted, unsightly stain
'cause i've been so ashamed
and you can't stand to stay
away(ke)

ask me if I'd mind if you gave up
take the time to add the figures up
I was a face too easily replaced
in your bed, all that space was too much for friends to waste
but I know,
I'm not the one who's alone
Track Name: Senses
I know you can't help what you feel
but you can sure help who you feel
I'm tired of acting like I could salvage something real
I'd say I'm alright but I'm unstable at best,
I'm subject to influence

I've waited for ages to find I'm still debating
I gave in to the consensus,
I know better than to ever trust my senses

I've tried time and time again
to think for myself, but I've got friends
to determine my best interests
I'd say i'm alright but I'm just trying my best
to avoid any chance to rest
I know when I'm alone in my bed
I was too quick to judge, I'm under the influence

I've waited for ages to find I'm still debating
I gave in to the consensus,
I know better than to ever trust my senses

against the grain?
no I'd take the easier path
to avoid more mistakes

I've waited for ages to find I'm still debating
I gave in to the consensus,
I know better than to ever trust my senses
Track Name: There's Nothing, Stranger
It's hard to imagine there was ever a time
when your face was more familiar than mine
and we'd lay for hours and waste the whole day
we'd shut the blinds, forget what time it was
and sleep our troubles away

but that all feels like a dream now
nothing like we used to dream about

'cause there's nothing stranger than how
you're just a stranger to me now
and if I saw you around
would there be anything to talk about

I heard through the grapevine that you found someone new,
I couldn't be happier for you
but sometimes I wonder
what happened to our love?
although I tried I was unsatisfied
but did I try hard enough...


but that all feels like a dream now
nothing like we used to dream about

'cause there's nothing stranger than how
you're just a stranger to me now
and if I saw you around
would there be anything to talk about
or would we stare to the sky to avoid each other's eyes
in hopes we'd pass the other by
so we can carry on with our new lives

theres nothing, stranger
its been so long, stranger
but I don't even miss you, stranger
there's nothing, stranger than how
we ended up exactly how we started out
Track Name: You Shine So Bright
well it's taken thirteen months to find a decent way to say
that you're the reason I'm done searching for a reason not to stay
when all I wanted was to feel a part of the lives my idols knew
to get messed up and sleep around always breathing something new
but I found you...

and I cant help but feel that I'm alive for the very first time
and every lie I ever told was another man in a different life
you shine so bright that I can't believe my eyes
it's like technicolor must have seemed in the days of black and white,
i'm so surprised

I'm overhelmed, I'm sinking in
to every breath that you breathe in
as you sleep tonight
but I'm awake, 'cause I can't take a chance
that something so complete could break in half
and leave me chasing the past
I need this to last.

'cause I cant help but feel that I'm alive for the very first time
and every lie I ever told was another man in a different life
you shine so bright that I can't believe my eyes
it's like technicolor must have seemed in the days of black and white,
i'm so surprised

I'm never on my own
a thousand miles from home

you shine so bright that I can't believe my eyes
it's like technicolor must have seemed in the days of black and white,
i'm so surprised.