Flash of a Smile

by Scotty Houston

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Flash of a Smile excerpts songs recorded at ChezFly in 2016/2017. Remixed Fall 2017.

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released January 1, 2018

All songs by Scotty Houston, Ⓒ 2018 Melodious Thump Music (BMI)
Extra special thanks to Cherie Chavez: lyrics on Bow and Unbreakable, vocals on Bright Blue, photography.

For Pam. We miss you. <3

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Scotty Houston California

Since getting a Vestafire 4track in 1987 Scotty has been writing and recording songs. Until recently he's worked diligently to ensure few would hear them. A key member of Bay Area bands 100 Watt Smile, The Verms and The Mighty Lynch-Pins, in recent years he's supported and/or recorded with the likes of Bernie Jungle, High Diving Horses, J Kleinberg, Guy Capecelatro III, and Val Esway +El Mirage. ... more

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Track Name: Bow
Flash of a smile
Sitting still for a while
or turning soil
after a first rain

Smoke in the air
The smell of his hair
breathing shallow
to hold in pain

Hold it like - hold it like this
Tie the bow while I hold it like this

The present is always a gift
it comes, it goes, like the caws of a crow

Blue of the sky
The sound of her cry
Counting the stars
A swing and a sway

Hold it like - hold it like this
Tie the bow while I hold it like this
Track Name: Fly
In the spring, she burned all her money
Dingaling! And the bees burned their honey
And I thought that I heard the flap of a wing

Then the sun went down
And everybody got high
And the chance we took
Made my insides fly

If you think you can tell me a story
If you did, I think it would bore me
Cuz I’m old, and I’m smart, and I know everything

Hey, what’s the matter?
Is it bad that I’m badder? Huh.

If you take your map and you burn it
Take a lake, then jump in cuz you’ve earned
And I thought that I felt a bit of a sting

Then the sun went down
And everybody got high
And the chance we took
Made my insides fly
Track Name: Bright Blue
Had enough of the radio news
Lady pulled a Britney choosing the wrong shoes

Out of the dark blows a black balloon
Took you to town crying Papa Calhoun

Whatever happened to
The time we burned bright blue?
Had a good bickering
But what about the truth
What about it?

Fill up your tank with a cold despair
Sputtering engine sputters hottest air

Whatever happened to
The time we burned bright blue?
Had a good bickering
But what about the truth
What about it?

My baby don’t care about the horse race
My baby don’t care about the horse race

What about truth? What about justice?
Track Name: Hope You've Given Up
You caught it anyway, despite your attempts
At being better than anyone at building a fence
Now your xenomegaphonia has tied you up
And all the air inside the room has given up
And gone back up to the stars

Now you’re the disease that you sought to serve
Everyone is running from you and your boomerang curve
Sitting on a lawn chair, dreaming of god
All the air inside your heart has given up
And gone back up to the stars

Hope you’ve given up
Have you given up?
Track Name: Birds in the Black
Time makes you stronger
Crying makes you weak
The scars on your hands from the fire make you weep

Try to control it
The shaking of your voice
Five minutes to showtime
You’ve run out of choice

You know it’s a fact
You’ll open your mouth, it’ll turn up slack
The birds in the black, they always fly back for more
Again and again

They say they’re going to promote you
With a plan they have conceived
Oblivious to injury, the problem they can’t see

Time makes you weaker
Crying makes you strong
The shock from the microphone
Will clip you if you’re wrong

You know it’s a fact
You’ll open your mouth, it’ll turn up slack
The birds in the black, they always fly back for more
Again and again

You know it’s the truth
You’ll open your mouth and it’s full of hoof
The birds in the black, they always fly back
Track Name: Promise of Brevity
Cards on the table
in the Monday morning light
A game left unfinished
from the previous night

I never meant to hurt you but
I took some delight
That's the very worst part of
a very good fight

I’m not going to tell you
That I did everything right (‘cause I haven’t got the right)
All I’ve got to levy is a promise of brevity

All my bones are aching
My heart is dusty-dry
We’ll count the same stars
Til the day that we die

If a cockroach can survive
a nuclear war
Then you can hang on
just one year more

What’s it going to be?
All the billions in the sea?
This is it. If you choose, could be sorrow for days, sorrow for days

You can be so free and name all the birds in every tree
That’s a promise baby
That's the promise of brevity
Track Name: Something Stronger
Up and away alone
Zeppelin with hydrogen bones
Lightning bothers the sky
Clench your teeth
Everybody’s learning to fly

Every day gets longer
We need to take something stronger
Between you and I
It’s quite a venture
A thirst to break
A quiet quencher

Can’t remember much before
Longest hallway, darkened doors
Somebody whispered your name
Clench your teeth
You get three tries in the game

Every day gets longer
We need to drink something stronger
Between you and I
It’s quite a venture
A thirst to break
Loudest quencher
Track Name: Unbreakable
Daddy died from too much love
In an avalanche of snow
Ma's around but they don't talk
Stepdaddy took a toll

She asked me to write a letter
To myself, as if she were me
I did it, and in it I drew her my chart
Showed her how I longed for love to be

She's got glass in her blood, this woman of mine
She's got glass running through her in vines
Forever endeavor

She's stubborn as they make 'em
Can't do enough right
She springs back with a smile
After a fight

And when there is a darkness
In the middle of the night
We lay up, stay up, to well come, welcome
To welcome the light

She's got glass in her blood, this woman of mine
She's got glass running through her in vines
Forever endeavor
Track Name: No Receipt
My conversation skills are a mess
I attribute this to many broken words
I’ve memorized the length of your address
And all its curls

Someday, maybe
We’ll talk about the way we used to laugh
Count it down, baby
Fill the list with anything you lack
One by one you know I’ve got your back

We stayed up late and talked about the past
Put a spin on anything too dark
Our memories no longer what they were
Amber sparks

When you feel a cold dark forming
No glare to mark your way
Out of spite, the sun is going to find you
Burst and blind you

We figure out our method to survive
Tangled knot tied tight with baling wire
Stride to stride much shorter than before
Feet to floor

Someday, maybe
We’ll talk about the way we used to laugh
Count it down, baby
Fill the bag with anything you lack
With no receipt, there’s nothing to take back
Track Name: Slapback Echo
When I lift my feet up
In my swivel chair
Both feet up off the floor

I can spin around
A wave that’s churning backward
Bring me back to town

If I could pull in closer
Get the timing right
Jump and land upright on shore

Got a slapback echo
And a strobing light
Drop the shadow to the floor

There’s always time to travel
But there’s no time travel
My only wish is one wish more

I’d ask for brighter lights
A more careful process
A gentle start, a better day

If I could pull in closer
Get the timing right
Jump and land upright on shore

Got a slapback echo
And a strobing light
Drop the shadow to the floor
Track Name: The Summer You Went Blind
Gonna take a green ride, a ride rode in silence
Stacey on the passenger side, wine in the cupholder
I should explain

Been a crazy long time since we drove up to Boulder
Bag of rocks at your side to skim the edge of the water
Nearest the brain

Playing all those oldies in the mezzanine of your mind
No one there remembers
the summer you went blind

You can swim to the island, or throw a stone from here
So close you can see it, or put an eye out on it
Blind in the rain

Playing all those oldies in the mezzanine of your mind
No one there remembers
the summer you went blind

The summer you went blind
Track Name: Stacey's a Peach
There was a day full of sun, just a week ago
Went by the Bay, down by the beach, girl with a radio

Blasting it loud, dancing around, drinking Clicquot
Straight from the lip, put in a spoon to save the bubbles, like this:

I took her to town to see how she’d play with her shoes on
Christmas lights in her eyes, gaze of the neon

Blasting it loud, couldn’t slow down, there was a problem
Policeman’s advice was to call Condi Rice to play piano, like this:

Back at the beach, Stacey’s a peach, running barefoot
We eat sticky rice, it tastes very nice with some vinegar

Blasting it loud, dancing around, drinking Clicquot
Straight from the lip, put in a spoon to save the bubbles, something like this:
Track Name: Coffee
What if I reached out
To get my hand slapped once again
For all the years that I put in
Down payment on a friend

But that friendship never sailed
Or it only sailed one-way
That’s always been a problem
I don’t know who to pay

Wake up, wake up
Someone’s making coffee

I wonder what you think
Because thinking is your thing
But you’re not big on solving problems
And you’re too afraid to sing

What if I reached out
And got that hand slapped once again?
You know I’ll probably do it
It’s a script that never ends

Wake up, wake up
Someone’s making coffee
You wouldn’t take another day
Track Name: Midnight Bagel Baker
Working every hour of the night in the flour and the SAF yeast
Poppy seed and cream cheese

The knocking at the backdoor is distracting
It’s fast acting, I am rising
Visitors surprise me

I'm a midnight bagel baker
It's what I do and thank you please
You hold the lox and I will sing off key
There’s no escaping
This hole-y moly love

I’ve never seen the sun rising cuz I’m always in your heartbeat
Stomping on my aching feet

Boil it and bake it, double whammy got a Grammy ™ for this bagel song
Bitter doughnut, savory breakfast bomb

I'm a midnight bagel baker
It's what I do and thank you please
You hold the lox and I will sing off key
There’s no escaping
This hole-y moly love

Got to sleep sometime
Track Name: Conspiracy
You’ve got to bake a mystery
Before you can convince the judge
You must allow for conspiracy
If you poke your finger into the heart

You don’t have to believe, you don’t have to believe

Please apply your instinct
When you’re tugging at the edge of a rug
Once they know you’re onto them
There’s going to be a call for your blood

You don’t have to believe, you don’t have to believe

Only you have the power to change
Only you don't have the power to change anything

If they didn’t do what they did
But didn’t not do it at all
You’ll have to prove that insanity
Is the sanest proof after all

You don’t have to believe, you don’t have to believe

Only you have the power to change
Only you don't have the power to change anything

It’s got to be a conspiracy
It’s got to be a conspiracy
Track Name: Joan
Hey now lady get what you wanted
Hey no 50 cents on your dollar

You know, no one flourishes
You go where no one courages

Hey now tell them there’s no tomorrow
No more living on what they borrowed

You know it’s time to take the risk
Walk in, slam down the coldest dish

Welcome
Welcome to
Welcome to your life
Track Name: Nobody's Dreaming
They came to tell you something
That you already feel
All turn down together, to make room

All of your problems are gone tonight
The city is empty
There’s nobody dreaming

We haven’t had the mischief
We haven’t had the strife
There’s a sudden lack of paper in your unreported life

All of your problems are gone tonight
The city is empty
There’s nobody dreaming

The things we are changing
Are filled in with grey
We left all our money out on the street

All of your problems are gone tonight
The city is empty
There’s nobody dreaming

All of your problems were magical errors
The city is empty
There’s nobody dreaming

Nobody.