Jason Campbell-Smith

Jason Campbell-Smith

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Biography

Jason Campbell-Smith was awarded 1st and 3rd place in the rock/indie category at the 2008 Australian Songwriter Association Awards. He also took out ‘Songwriter of the Year’ the highest honour for new original songwriters. Jason performed live at the highly prestigious event which has since been broadcasted on Australian TV.
The band has also received:
- Airplay on Australian and International Radio.
- Song placement on the ‘ASP International Surfing Tournament 2007’ broadcasted to 275 million people worldwide, including Free-To-Air & Cable TV in Australia, as well as the US, Japan, Europe and South Africa.
- Several top 5 positions in international Song Contests.

Lyrics

Chasing the Sun

Written By: Jason Campbell-Smith

Here’s to distant sorrow and today
Old pictures in my mind are packed away
Here’s to new beginnings
Moving forward without fearing
All the things that life could throw my way

I’m chasing the sun
My time here is done
I’m chasing the sun
Standing still here long enough
I’m chasing the sun
I’m chasing the sun

In this bar I’ve served my time
I’ve filled your glass
I’ve cleared tables where relics collect dust
And in the eyes of weathered faces
I see them mourn a dream that died
Well I’m not stranded here and mine’s alive

I’m chasing the sun
My time here is done
I’m chasing the sun
Standing still here long enough
I’m chasing the sun
I’m chasing the sun

Here’s to my good friends
Our paths will cross again
I hope you never lose belief
As we roam we grow we change
All the things we say we’ll do but don’t
Will haunt us with regret
I’m doing all I said I’d do
So here’s to falling down then standing up again

I’m chasing the sun
My time here is done
I’m chasing the sun
Standing still here long enough
I’m chasing the sun
I’m chasing the sun



Daily Grind

Written By: Jason Campbell-Smith

Early morning scenes in Melbourne
People rushing by my side
I need another cup of coffee
To bring me back to life

Some are running through the motions
Some are satisfied
And some are just like me
They made a promise in the mirror
They’d never give up trying

I’ve always felt that life is more
Than simply getting by
I can act like I am happy
Don’t you know I’m paid to smile
But days like this drag on and on
Like someone slowed down time
Someday I’ll quit this day job
Escape the daily grind

I want passion in my day
Not a headache and a wage
It’s like I force myself awake
Just to feel the hours strip away
At the spirit in my soul

I’ve always felt that life is more
Than simply getting by
I can act like I am happy
Don’t you know I’m paid to smile
But days like this drag on and on
Like someone slowed down time
Someday I’ll quit this day job
Escape the daily grind

So many drones who act like emperors
Perched up on their thrones
I couldn’t count the times
I’ve sung that same old ode
And sung that same old ode
And sung that same old ode

I’ve always felt that life is more
Than simply getting by
I can act like I am happy
Don’t you know I’m paid to smile
But days like this drag on and on
Like someone slowed down time
Someday I’ll quit this day job
Escape the daily grind

Tightrope

Written By: Jason Campbell-Smith

All day you dread the moment he gets home from work
Because you never know what kind of mood his in
Will it be an evening when the table’s overturned?
Will he yell and shout and clench his fist again?
You hope no one knows but bruises show
So you call them accidents

And it’s every day you walk the tightrope
You hope that no one sees you looking down
And its everyday you walk the tightrope
Broken shadows of yourself cast to the ground

Like a wreck you sit there staring at the kitchen floor
You jump up as he rages down the hall
It starts again you’re shoved into the bench you can take no more
Your trembling hand reaches for the drawer
You’re struggling the knife goes in
You’re left calling out for help

And it’s every day you’ve walked the tightrope
You’ve hoped that no one’s seen you looking down
And it’s every day you’ve walked the tightrope
Broken shadows of yourself cast to the ground

No one should ever have to live like this
No one should ever have to live like this
You’ve got to get out
You’ve got to reach out
You’ve got to get out

Within Our Reach

Written By: Jason Campbell-Smith

Feels different this time
Yeah this time it feels right
Been waiting all our lives
Been waiting all our lives

Look out to the horizon
It’s never felt so close

Come on and run with me
Hold on tight
Feel all our dreams
Within our reach tonight

It’s not theirs to decide
Place limits on our lives
This time is yours and mine
And tonight the North Star shines

Come on and run with me
Hold on tight
Feel all our dreams
Within our reach
Within our reach
Within our reach
Tonight the North Star shines

Forget the jaded times
The doors that closed throughout your life
Forget the sombre skies
The howling bitter winter nights
It’s not for us this time
So leave those thoughts behind

Come on and run with me
Hold on tight
Feel all our dreams
Within our reach tonight
Come on run with me
I won’t let you fall behind
Feel all our dreams
Within our reach tonight

One More day

Written By: Jason Campbell-Smith

One more day until the weekend
Yeah you and I will step out of the grind
You and I we’re going to leave here
Escape these city walls and blinding lights
Yeah!
One more one more
It’s only one more day
One more one more
It’s only one more day yeah!

One more day until we meet them
With good friends we’ll fill our cups and free our minds
We’ll crash out on the floor of the beach house
We’ll shake the dust off of our lives
Yeah!

One more one more
It’s only one more day
One more one more
It’s only one more day yeah!

Work feels like an endless haze a tired song reverberates
Tell me when did we lose ourselves?
Crazy dreams should never fade I want to reignite the way
Make it known to the world
One more day until the weekend One more day until we drive

Yeah!
One more one more
It’s only one more day yeah
One more one more
It’s only one more day yeah

Crashing Down

Written By: Jason Campbell-Smith

You take a running jump into the sea
Close your eyes you're sinking deep
As kids we see a straight line running to our dreams
No thought of anything getting in between
So now you run
Into the comfort of the bar room light
So now you run
Until the spirits lift your spirits up tonight
So now you run
Just far enough to leave yourself behind

My friend why don't you take a look around
I see a lot of people trying to help you out
But no one here can stop you Crashing down
Crashing down

The tides have got you now you're struggling
The waves are washing over who you used to be
I know it's hard you've got to grit your teeth
There's no easy cure can't you see
So now you run
Into the comfort of the bar room light
So now you run
Until the spirits lift your spirits up tonight
So now you run
Just far enough to leave yourself behind

My friend why don't you take a look around
I see a lot of people trying to help you out
But no one here can stop you Crashing down
Crashing...

You're a good friend of mine hope you know it
You can get it right this time you can overthrow it
All you need is to believe

My friend why don't you take a look around
I see a lot of people trying to help you out
But only you can stop you crashing down
Crashing down