Hummingbird

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released December 7, 2015

All songs written by Will Sturgeon
Mixed and Produced by Will Hollis and Will Sturgeon
Engineered by Keith Armstrong at MixLA
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, N.Y.C.
Layout and Cover Photo by Stephanie Kuse (@sckuse)

With performances by: Logan Shrewsbury • Cary Singer • Caitlin Notey • Brandon Bae • Mia Minichiello • Scott Heiner • Eric Radloff • Juan Uribe • Alex Rogers • The Argus Quartet

A Huge Thanks to:
My Kickstarter Supporters • Will Hollis • Keith Armstrong • Chris Sampson • Stephanie Kuse • Andi Inadomi • Matias Mora • My loving family • My musical family • My lady muses

Without you, this record would not exist. Thank you.

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Track Name: When I'm Not Around
I wanna know what you say about me
When I'm not around
When you're alone, do you say I'm funny
Or do you knock me down?

Do your friends think I'm the one
Or do they think I'm dumb?
What do you say to them
When you think I'm not around

Tell me that you can't do this even if I'm in town
Say you don't feel it enough and you won't be tied down

But you say goodbye and notice that you feel it now
It makes your heartbeat pound
When you think I'm not around

And I won't know what do to about you when you don't come 'round
Can you feel me coming into you
I need it now
But you need me most
When you think I'm not around

When you think I'm not around
Track Name: Filters
I've been thinking I am worse off wishing
And then I told you so
Speak then regret, that's the best chance I'll get
And I guess I take chances with you

I should have just left instead
Took a walk back to my door
But at the edge of your bed
You hang your head
And throw your flowers at me, again
Throw your flowers at me

Filters turn off, I don't know where to speak
That's stuff I never learned
I'd rather just hang my head
On your shoulder, solid bone
And maybe my words won't drip slowly
Off my tongue and maybe I won't mean it this time

Maybe I won't mean it this time
You're covered in blankets
And you won't stop crying
Would you tell me to get out

I could be true
I could be free if
You were no one
Listen to me

I could be true
I could be free if
You were no one
Listen to me!
Track Name: Morning Light
Softly, slowly
How am I feeling one thing?

So take my hand
and feel your toes in the grass

Take my hand, take my hand...

And if it's working then
Maybe I could get you to
Go on the town with me
Out underground with me

And if it's working then
Maybe I could get you to
Drive in a car with me
Kiss in the backseat

Where have you been
My dear?
Sitting right in front of me, silent

But you'll be gone soon anyway
So why not

Take my hand, take my hand...

And if it's working then
Maybe I could get you to
Go on the town with me
Out underground with me

And if it's working then
Maybe I could get you to
Drive in a car with me
Kiss in the backseat


Maybe I'm confusing the two
Growing old, or do I like you?
Maybe I don't know

And I'm only telling the truth
And I don't wanna scare you off
We don't have to pair off

All I need from you
Is to look me in the eye
And like me too
Track Name: Little Bird
Tell me something little bird
Sing a song for me
Tell me what you did today
Have you thought of me?

And with open arms
I've been caught waiting for you

Would you fly away
if
i
were
to
come
nearer?

Wet your feathers little bird
No need to be meek
Are you scared to even try
At your own defeat?

Would you open your eyes
I've been caught writing for you

Please don't fly away
if
i
were
to
come
nearer

Peck at my brow
And sit at my feet
Would you fly in on your feathered wing

Wouldn't you stay
To listen to me
Are you just scared of falling for me?

Or is this how you look in a dream
Track Name: Remote
In the script
that you've got
in your hands
Do I come out alive?

With a flick
and a nod
of your head
Will my body survive?

Like a life remote
Does a life connote
A man and a mind or both
My remote control


And our days
are not separate affairs
Is it me in these eyes?

If I'm lost
will you maybe pretend
To control from inside?


Like a life remote
Does a life connote
A man and a mind or both
My remote control


In the script
that you've got
in your hands
Do I come out alive?
Track Name: Going Nowhere
Turn another page
Write myself into a sleep again
Words begin to fade
Blue turns into grey
I drift into my head

I get lost out there
In my own dreaming
Flowing overtones when I start thinking
Of you

going nowhere

Color back again
My mind flooded with old thoughts of you
You've been gone for years
You suddenly appear
So tell me where you've been

You were la la la
So much potential
But you've become a different person
Where's your answer
Cuz now you're

going nowhere
Track Name: (In)sane
When I wake up and you're looking back at me
The back of your eyes look so happy

I don't know what to say
With you looking at me that way
Anything I could say to you
Is it true?
Is it true?

And when I go home, you wait in the dark for me
Fuck if I think you're too naive

I don't know who is sane
If it's me I don't feel that way
But if you think that it's untrue
Well what can I do?
What can I do?

It's up and it's down
You're down or you're out
I'm losing my faith
I'm drifting away

I wanted you near
If your head was clear
I'm losing a friend
Is this how it ends?
Track Name: Don't Say My Name
When you call out my name again
I don't wanna know the way you say my name

When you're gone and I'm alone

Don't need to say my name
If you still say it the same
Please call me by my full name


Notice you, look away, I can't
We already know, no need to try again

When you're gone and I'm alone

Don't need to say my name
If you still say it the same
Please call me by my full name
If you still say it the same
Track Name: Islands
I drove to the winner's estate
With a sash on my arm
In the car
With the snow falling down

While I planned my greatest escape
The driver won't know in the snow

All my time
I find my mind fly
To islands of silence
I'll sing till morning comes


I plowed through the snowy charade
Till the snow on the ground turned to brown
And the clouds went their way

Horizons and still golden lakes
Oh I'll make it somehow


But all my time
I find my mind fly
To islands of silence
I'll sing till morning


I've been wondering
If I should fight but I'll flee
I've been traveling
For miles and miles

I've been wondering
If I should fight but I'll flee
I've been traveling
For miles and miles
Track Name: Sisterly
Sister, I apologize for what I cannot say
And I'll speak my mind a thousand times if you hear me today

And I'm sad I'm not in love with you but
I love you more than anyone
And I wish you weren't a girl and that I wasn't a boy
That seems to ruin all the fun

But time keeps on moving so I guess I'm moving too
If that's what you want
And I'm killing the time but I think that it's killing me too

So I don't mind you taking time
To figure out our love
And I'll give you everything I can
Even if it's not enough

Because it's my fault for losing you
I've got my own issues, but I'm working them out
And I'm quite optimistic my mind will be fixed soon enough

So I'm sad it had to come to this
Because it looks like we are through
And it seems the rest of your days are waiting for you, waiting for you

But the sky will stay open and I'll never close it
The roses we planted will never be frozen
The driveway is road and there's places all over
To run and to smoke and to eat frozen yogurt

And the bed will be made, the pillows are chosen
You can sleep in my bed if you want
And the roses I will send you when I think I'm ready for growth will be red

So I'll wait I'll wait I'll wait


But maybe I'm just blind
We might have crossed the line
My hope in my best friend I loved you then
Cuz my heart is strangely breaking