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Carl Smith - Guitar/Vocals

Mixed, Mastered, and Produced by Carl Smith at Smith Studios in Eldersburg, Maryland between the months of November and December of 2014. Written between the months of March 2014 through December of 2014.

Stay Hopeless.

Cover Art by Carl Smith / Brandon Kucharek

I would like to thank the following: Daniel Schultz, Keth Higgins, Michael Stello, Cody Harrod, Josh Boyer, John Boyer, Lance Donati, Charm City Art Space, The Sidebar, Metro Gallery, The Coven, Mother Moon, Sharptooth, Flagship, Black Mask, Funeral Chic, Soundial, A MARC Train Home, Lazy Foxes, and Associations.


released March 15, 2015



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Carl Gene Baltimore, Maryland

Est. December 2012

"Smith is very open about using the music as a conduit for dealing with his depression, but the gentle nature of the music and the melody coming from Smith’s voice create a healing narrative that take the ugly and force it out of the shadows. Even on the darkest days there is sunshine after the rain." ... more

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Track Name: Rain
Alone on the pavement, gazing at the stars ; The world is empty, the world is dead and rotting.
Track Name: Crying
I remember crying back on the steps of my front door. Nobody got along and everyone kept fighting. You came outside and promised me everything would be okay....Yet here I am back on the steps crying. I'm sick of this.
Track Name: Bleed
I carved your name into the tree. Cut me up make me bleed. I will suffer for you. I will give you peace and I will give you warmth. Make me bleed, I will suffer. I no longer feel alone in an empty room. I felt alive.
Track Name: Give
I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about you. I gave and left everything. I let you take it all. I'm dead to you. "I miss you" the three words I'm used to. I let you take it all. But I'm dead to you. I don't want it back, just leave me with some dignity.
Track Name: Hopeless
No longer do I feel alive. The wind is the only thing pushing me. My soul is broken. My voice is hoarse from the screaming. I've given up, I no longer feel the pain. I'm hopeless.
Track Name: Fog
I've been sleeping the pain away. My thoughts have been clouded for weeks. It's been getting harder to pay attention to the things that matter most. The suffering is only getting worse. I'm another wasted youth waiting for the end. I'm dead inside.
Track Name: Burn
I heard that your house burned down. I feel so numb it hurts me. I remember the sight when we drove by. The boarded windows and the ashes of your porch still haunt me. I stood motionless ; How could such bad things happen to such a good soul?
Track Name: Numb
I grow cold and my eyes wont shut. Five years and my hands are numb. Numb like that night. Still sleepless, still cold. I am ready to come home.