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The Gift

by Lianne Smith

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editions vaché Lianne Smith is one of America's great 'dark americana' songwriters- her songs are fantastic. She keeps a low profile, yet has such a reputation as someone who is unnervingly good.....check out her "Two sides of a River" and be astounded........ss/tm/am
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This song was inspired by a book chosen by The Bushwick Book Club and performed at Barbes in Brooklyn, NY. Thank you Susan Hwang for including me. And thanks to Charlie Nieland for his support -- both at the shows and in the studio.


November’s chill, and the leaves fall everywhere
With lights aglow, season’s songs that fill the air
I pass the stores, the lights, the colors we all know….

Down crowded stairs, & the train I see appears
Sounds subway bells, of the closing doors, stand clear
I see the face, and hands, of someone I once knew

And there you are, on the downtown side of A
And here am I, on the uptown, cross the way
Two glances, brief, a movie scene, that fades, a blur

The train moves on and on, the tracks, just like a river
So like the song we used to sing off key, but sweet

In slumber sleep, Go my dreams into the night
For this to keep, I remember now what’s right
Another time, a place, the words we said, and then.

December’s end, when the darkness fills the sky
What can we give? Broken hearts we can’t deny
This story told, forgotten, remembered, growing old…

Don’t wish too much for the glitter of the gold
This moment now, that we have, forever hold
a friendship link, When you hear the glasses clink ….
I wish you well ….


released December 18, 2023
Music and Lyrics - Lianne Smith
Guitar and Vocals - Lianne Smith
Guitar, Synth, Electric Piano, Glockenspiel - Charlie Nieland

Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Charlie Nieland
Recorded at Saturation Point Studios, Brooklyn, NY

© Lianne Smith; BMI


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Lianne Smith New York

I write songs about standing in the middle of the road and wondering which way to go, about how others cheat us and how we cheat ourselves, about free-wheeling, bicycle riding, look-ma-no-hands exhilarations, and how it feels to say goodbye to summer.

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