• Artist: Mercury City String Band
  • Title: A Flash of Brilliance
  • Genre: Country - Bluegrass
  • Mood: Laid Back/Groovy
  • Speed: Slow (45-63)
  • Instruments: Acoustic Guitar (Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin), Strings
  • Track type: Lyric - Full Length
  • Date added: 4/19/2012
  • Lyric themes: Family
  • Lyrics: It’s the 1st week of November 1973, my mother sits quiet and lonely while my daddy’s asleep. She hears my sister moving in the room down the hall. She gets up ever so slowly, doesn’t disturb him at all. Mother sits down and tucks her back in and then says a few words, next thing you know she has fallen asleep, mother didn’t ask what she heard. (Refrain.)A flash of brilliance and you see it all and you try to look away. There are just some things that you’ll never know accept them and be on your way. Dad’s on the back porch some late August Sunday he’s sitting all alone. He’s smoking a cigarette and quietly wondering how bad that his worry shows. So I walk up and I sit on his knee and he looks me right in the eye. He says, “Son you’re too young to listen to me, but you’re not a man till I die. But I know that you’re willing to try.” (Refrain.) And now I sit 5AM on a Monday the weather man hands me the news He says, “after 12 days of nothing but cloudy, we’ll soon return to the blues.” And I look outside as the sun slowly rises and realize there’s no sun at all. No matter how hard I try to disguise it I give in and give you a call.Well, you answer so quiet that I cannot mention why it is that I’ve called. But you know that I know, the answer is simple I’m tired of being alone. And that’s why I wrote you this song (Refrain.) ‘Cause a flash of brilliance and we see it all and we try to look away. There are just somethings that we’ll never know accept them and be... we’ll be on our way. we’ll be on our way.
  • Keywords: simple, acoustic, americana

About Mercury City String Band

Mercury City String Band

Syracuse, NY United States

Photo: Beth Weinstein

Taking their call from such luminaries as Wilco, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Hank Senior and Johnny Cash, The MCSB has composed a diverse battery of songs and performed them from Indiana to New York, occasionally even showing up to open-mics or busking for free beer somewhere on Main Street. Their sound is down home, unapologetic and raw.

The members of the band evolve over time with the only consistent member being songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Sean Conrey. Other members ...

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