Lights (feat. Ellie Goulding & Dubé) - Single

by Black Smith

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In this offering from Black Smith's upcoming mixtape 'Out of Season', the Publish or Perish labelmate gives Ellie Goulding's ubiquitous smash an even darker twist.

The track also serves as a prelude to Smith's future LP "GALAXY," currently slated for release in late summer of 2014.


released November 16, 2013

Vocals: Black Smith (@LongGoneJess), DJ Doo-Bay (@PoPdube). Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding)
Mixing and Mastering: Black Smith
Production: Ellie Goulding, Bassnectar, Starsmith, Black Smith
Single Artwork: Tyberspace Designs

"Lights" samples the Bassnectar version of "Lights," itself a remix of the sound recording of the same name by Ellie Goulding off 'Bright Lights'. This recording also interpolates additional vocals by Goulding from "Starry Eyed." All samples used with attribution.

J. Smith, G. Dube, E. Goulding, R. Stannard, A. Howes, L. Ashton



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Track Name: Lights (feat. Ellie Goulding & Dubé)
[Intro - Ellie Goulding]
I had a way then
Losing it all on my own
I had a heart then
But the queen has been overthrown
And I'm not sleeping now
The dark is too hard to beat
And I'm not keeping up
The strength I need to push me

[Hook - Ellie Goulding]
You show the lights that stop me turn to stone
You shine it when I'm alone
And so I tell myself that I'll be strong
And dreaming when they're gone
Cause they're calling, calling, calling me home
Calling, calling, calling home
You show the lights that stop me turn to stone
You shine it when I'm alone

[Verse 1 - Black Smith] we go again...
Successful once more when the pad connects with pen
Somethin' 'bout the bass and kick unleashin' all my talent
A po' man but still rich in thought; call me Edgar Allen
Poetic with intent, in the vein of Langston Hughes
Meets W.E.B. du Bois --- souls shaded different hues
Through the darkest times of life, I got guidance from my crew
Now as I pray for safe voyage, the lighthouse signals out my cue, true!

[Hook - Ellie Goulding]

[Verse 2 - DooBay]
Now I lay, down to sleep
To the Lord, my soul to keep
Eyes closed, darkness creeps
Driftin' lower, Devil's retreat
In his clutches, in his heat
Can't escape, can't believe
I'm his slave, strapped in chains
Never can I ever see
My children, my friends, my motherfuckin' family
Death -- hopeless
Despair -- broken
Thoughts filled my head,
When I awake from my bed
See myself in the mirror
Can't describe the fuckin' picture:
Body burnt, body torn
Demon eyes, demon horns
Blood spilled, on the floor
Turn around; there my girl
Dead on the floor -- this ain't right!
I'm the demon from my mind
Not a dream, this is life
Gun loaded, my time to go is now
Now, need to do it now
How, can I live my life without my girl now?
How? Nah, gun cocked, now
Ka... Pow!

[Hook - Ellie Goulding]

[Verse 3 - Black Smith]
Voices in my head, I need choices in my bed
... AWWGGHHH!!! Get out my fuckin' head
Shadows of my ghosts follow everywhere I tread
Now when I step out in the light, all I only feel is dread
But my only fear is death, and I taste it on my breath
Plus I'm askin' every night why I didn't die instead
How'd the blackest of these clouds become the coziest of spreads?
Now I only hope this fire chases down the tar I'm fed
Through these many wounds I've bled, why am I peelin' at the scars?
And if all my dreams are dead, why am I gazin' at the stars?
Lonely at the top, but I led this fuckin' charge
Like the art's my only love, but my game ain't up to par
The agony prescribed, without the ecstasy to start
And the pills I've tried to pop can't dull the sharpness of these darts
Poison in the tips of every hollow, every barb
So I pray my heart ain't infected from my affair with all this dark
Told the roomie "leave my door cracked" before he hit the switch
Maybe not the best idea--- my entire body starts to twitch
My eyelids won't even touch--- what kind of nightmare am I in?
But I sense it in the air: my hellish Matrix hit a glitch
And there in front of me, sat the figure of a witch---
A black and hazy mass of a woman with a grin
Whose grey and empty pupils sent me shivers deep within
And the tremors only heightened when her fingers gripped my chin
As I'm fightin' for my life, a hiss of hot air whiffed my nose
And my chest is tryna heave, but my lungs won't even blow
Would shrill the loudest scream, but my vocal chords are closed
And I wonder, why's this always happen when I'm all alone?
But as my corazon thumps its final desperate roll
A discovery is made, coldest one I'd never known:
My mind broke down to pieces once I saw my Mother's go
And the final question is: will I ever again feel whole?...