Hearing In The Bardo

by Deborah C Smith

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    Deborah's second full-length release is a soulful and poetic collection of acoustic songs which delves deeply into the emotional landscape of letting go of the past, moving boldly through the emotional storms of change and embracing a peace within. Eco-friendly cardboard sleeve with artwork and design by Shawn DosSantos.

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Hearing in the Bardo was recorded at IsoKon Studios in Woodstock, NY. The vocals and additional instruments were recorded at Galaxy Smith Studio in Brooklyn, NY, co-produced by Colin Brown, engineered and mixed by Jim Bertini and mastered by Kevin Blackler.

All of the artists involved are friends and musical inspirations to me and I am grateful to have each and every sound recorded here to share with the world.

“Bardo” is a Tibetan word that literally means “intermediate state”, and is also translated as transitional or liminal state. It is the realm of the afterlife when a soul has left a body and is in-between two different phases of incarnation, but can still see, feel hear and communicate things.

The songs collected here were written in the bardo of my father, William H Smith, RIP. I dedicate this work to him and thank him for teaching me to listen.


released October 6, 2016

Vocals, Guitar / Deborah C Smith
Piano, Organ, Rhodes / Colin Brown
Bass / Brian Kesley
Drums / Chauncey Yearwood
Fiddle, Vocals / Liz Hanley
Electric Guitar/ Lucas Papaelias
Flute/ Domenica Fossati
Bari Sax/ Morgan Price
Electric Guitar/ Scott Metzger
Trumpet/ Shammarr Allen
Vocal Choir on Rejoice/ Matt Whyte, Mayteana Morales, Elenna Canlas, Udi Barlev, Chauncey Yearwood, Colin Brown, Deborah, Sierra Carrere

Special Thanks:
Colin Brown, Dan James Goodwin, Jim Bertini, Mike & Sharon Graff, Bob & Jessica Basil, Stacy Grisinger, Jeffery Glass, Matthew Hepinstall, David Willis, Now Hear This, The Cosmic Womb, the goddess tribe of divine alignment and all of the many great songwriters who have helped me understand the world a little better through music.


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Deborah C. Smith is an American singer-songwriter from Brooklyn NY whose acoustic guitar playing and storytelling have roots in country and folk music. She has performed throughout the U.S. as a solo folk artist and with the female roots ensemble Medicine Woman. Hearing In The Bardo, explores the depths of personal loss and letting go, and illustrates her study of jazz, soul and lyrical poetry. ... more

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Track Name: HOME
well I'm floating through the city
like a ghost ship in the night
surveying all the damage
the last decade's worth of fights
and the buildings are looming
like the bones of the skeleton
of a giant that was slain there
then fell dead on the pavement
and i'm carrying my bag made of leather
and inside my leather bag
are rocks and stones and feathers
i'm walking alone
by my feet are on the earth so I am home

now I'm one of many millions who would sacrifice their happiness
their comfort and their safety because we had a dream
but I painted on my warpaint thick tonight
before I headed out into the night
because my tribe is still alive
and we are hungry
so I'm walking in boots made of leather
and I'm gliding over all the precious rocks and stones and metals
I'm walking alone
by my feet are on the earth so I am home

I am nothing more then a witness to
these times are a-changin'
there are leaders who understand
the limitations of the human race
there are healers who understand
we are nothing more then a trace
a trace of the energy flowing through this place
no, not a sold "hot commodity"
we are just souls wearing bodies
just souls wearing bodies

so now I'm walking down on Wall Street
I see so many people I recognize
I see so many people I sympathize with
and I'm just as hungry as the next guy is
to see something finally changing
and revolution is in my nature yeah
revolution is in my nature yeah
revolution is in my nature but
Change don't come from screaming louder
it don't even come from making signs
change comes when we finally, siliently, close our eyes
take a deep breath and then go inside and I
I realize the Goddess I am
and I am creating everything I see
yes I am creating everything around me
So i begin behaving differently
begin behaving differently
I Begin Behaving Differently
I begin behaving DIFFERENTLY
Begin BEhaving differently begin behaving differently
I begin behaving


so I'm walking in boots made of leather
and inside my bag I'm carrying these rocks and stones and feathers
I'm not walking alone
cuz my feet are on the earth so I am home
Track Name: SHAME
Roses are where red velvet comes from
there's nothin wrong with that
Laughter is where pain is erased from
nothin wrong with that

Shame, shame, shame
I'll have to change my name
I'll have to run away
shame, shame, shame

40 days and 40 nights
you were the only one
sleeping beneath the sun
you waited until that feeling was gone
but your shame, it never left
I never could get free
oh what a waste of time

Oh, what a waste
Oh, what a waste
A waste of time...

I thought you'd know by now
I thought you knew my game
I can see you've been suffering too baby
I bet you feel the same

Shame, shame, Shame
I'd have to change my name
I'd have to run away
Shame, Shame Shame