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Bright Smile

from Island of the Dolls by American Sinner

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"After years of haunting me, I gave up fighting her. I got used to the cold."

The line ‘her bright smile haunts me still’ is from an old sailor song. Otherwise, the lyrics and melody are wholly rewritten. It had loved the song as a child, but by the time I wrote this, I couldn’t actually remember it, or find a copy easily. Also, I have no experience being away at sea. But I am continually haunted. –Scott


My coffee grows cold as I turn to face
A shadow shift, a five foot mist
I could swear that a sip from my cup was gone
And the rim I find was cold as ice

Again I hear the hardwood floor
With descending creaks like smallish feet
Walk out there, just like before
They're all asleep except for me

With her firefly eyes guarding me
Her voice comes faint on a chill
In the midnight moon through the trees
Her bright smile haunts me still

A single flower, magnolia, each night
She leaves beside my bed
You see in this way, she broke me in time
Now I don’t sleep, I only dream

In the southern summer’s tired heat
I don’t so much mind the chill
When the sunlight spills through the leaves
Her bright smile haunts me still


from Island of the Dolls, released November 22, 2014
Lyrics S, Music S w/ N P
S - Main vocals, guitars, synths & extra percussion
N - Bass, backup vocals, synths & extra percussion
P - Drums, backup vocals & extra percussion


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American Sinner is a rock n' roll stiletto switchblade dance along the edge of a knife that opens up for stabbing. They are not your run-of-the-mill musical tricksters in harlequin unitards holding bouquets of flowers behind their backs. No!...they got it all -manliness like Bowie and femininity like Tina Turner. They got it all so when these boys are randy to rock, you better let 'em. ... more

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