Solstice 2014

by Raymond Arnold

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released July 6, 2015

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Track Name: Bring the Light
Bring the light...
Bright the li-ight...
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Bring the light (Bring the light)
Bring the li-ight (Bring the li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Drive your chariot (Bring the light)
Pull the flame (Bring the light)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Eat the sky (Bring the light)
Make it bleed (Bring the light)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Speak the word (Bring the light)
Make it be (Bring the light)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Crucible Rising (Bring the light)
Pressure and Heat (Bring the light)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Bring the light (Bring the light)
Bring the li-ight (Bring the li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Bring the light (Bring the light)
Bring the li-ight (Bring the li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.
Track Name: Bitter Wind Lullaby
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Little one, little one, bitter wind blown
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Sun barely rising above the horizon
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Flowers are withering, naked bark brittle oh,
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Don't understand why the light would abandon us,
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

(And) I don't know how much more he may demand of us
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Sun, sailing away.
I don’t know where. I don’t know why…
Sky, Darkening grey, wishing there
weren’t so many goodbyes…..

...little one, little one why...

Asking me questions I don't have the answers to,
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Watching you shiver, and I don't know what to do
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Maybe if we did the dance, said the words just right
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Maybe he'll come back maybe things'll be alright
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Sun, sailing away.
I don’t know where. I don’t know why…
Oh... sky, Darkening grey, wishing there
weren’t so many goodbyes…..

...little one, little one why...
Track Name: Chasing Patterns
Chasing patterns in the sky
Trace the line from star to star
Look around and wonder why
Where we going? Who we are?

Vernal flower, summer breeze
Cricket wings and autumn leaves
Fractal patterns, golden mean
Whispers of a world unseen.

Looking for a signal... hidden in the noise
Where we come from, where we going?
Where we come from, where we going?

Looking for an answer... to give the girls and boys, asking:
Where we come from, where we going?
Where we come from, where we going?

Oh,

Where we come from, where we going?

Chasing patterns in the sky
Feeling lost, alone and small
Birds depart and crickets die
Frost encroaching, winter falls

Track the omens, year by year
Fit the pieces, best you can
Tell a story they can hear
Something we can understand

Looking for a signal... hidden in the noise
Where we come from, where we going?
Where we come from, where we going?

Looking for an answer... to give the girls and boys, asking:
Where we come from, where we going?
Where we come from, where we going?

Oh,

Where we come from, where we going?

Chasing patterns in the sky
Seasons turn and stories change
Weather vane and satellite
Rising tide and hurricane

Spiral Arm and Golden Mean
Trace the line from star to star
Seeking worlds yet unseen
Where we going, who we are?
Track Name: When I Die
They may bury my body when I die
Near some graveyard I'll be found
Simply rotting in the ground
If they bury my body when I die

They may burn my body when I die
As that fiery furnace flashes
II'll be nothing more than ashes
If they burn my body when I die

They may use my body when I die
As the doctors ply their arts
I'll be in a hundred parts
If they use my body when I die

They may freeze my body when I die
Though I may well be mistaken
I would hope to reawaken
If they freeze my body when I die

They may eat my body when I die
If a zombie horde remains
They'll be hankering for brains
As they eat my body when I die.

I'd prefer to never die at all
Cheating death is such a rarity
It would take a singularity
To permit we never die at all

They may bury my body when I die
Near some graveyard I'll be found
Simply rotting in the ground
If they bury my body when I die.
Track Name: Bitter Wind March
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Little one, little one, bitter wind blown
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown


Sun barely rising above the horizon
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Flowers are withering, naked bark brittle oh,
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Good folk are gonna die, sun-god ain’t shedding tears
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

I just stare at the sky, digging the graves each year
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Sun, sailing away.
I don’t know where. I don’t know why.

Oh…. sky. Darkening grey,
Wishing there weren't so many goodbyes...

...little one, little one why...

Maybe if we looked a while and found a stone,
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Dragged it a hun-der-red miles and got it got it home,
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

(We could) dig us a henge, raise those bluestones up high,
Little one, little one, bitter wind blowin.

(And in) two hundred years when we looked at the sky, oh,
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Our children would know just when winter would come, oh
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown

Looking and laboring, doing what must be done
Little one, little one, bitter wind blown


Sun, sailing away.
I don’t know where. I don’t know why.

Oh…. sky. Darkening grey,
Wishing there weren't so many goodbyes...

...little one, little one why...
Track Name: Beneath Midwinter Midnight
Beneath midwinter midnight moon
Told you I'd be coming soon
I wish somehow, I wish you knew
that you are not alone.

You are not alone.

Beneath midwinter midnight snow
There's no sign pointing where to go
No single sign that life could grow
But still, you're not alone.

You are not alone.

Beneath midwinter midnight sky
Sometimes people say goodbye,
And no one's here to tell us why
But we are not alone.

But we are not alone.


Beneath midwinter morning light
Getting hard to know what's right
But take my hand and hold on tight
Cause we are not alone.

We are not alone
We are not alone
Track Name: Brighter Than Today
(Chords include a slight adjustment to the first verse's live instrumentation, to give the 3rd and 4th stanzas more forward momentum)


D
Countless winter nights ago,
A
A woman shivered in the cold.
Bm
Cursed the skies, and wondered why
G
The gods invented pain.

D
Aching angry flesh and bone,
A
Bitterly she struck the stone
Bm
Till she saw the sudden spark
G
Of light, and golden flame.

Bm
She showed the others, but they told her
G
She was not fit to control
D
The primal forces that the gods
A
Had cloaked in mystery

Bm
But she would not be satisfied,
G
And though she trembled, she defied them
D
Took her torch and raised it high
A
Set afire history.

CHORUS:

G Bm
Tomorrow can be brighter than to-day,
Bm
although the night is cold.
D A
The stars may seem so very far a-way...

G
But courage, hope and reason burn,
Bm
In every mind, each lesson learned,
D
Shining light to guide our way
A Bm
Make tomorrow brighter than to-day...

G
Oh................
Bm
Oh................
A D
Oh... Brighter than to-day.

D
Ages long forgotten now,
A
We built the wheel and then the plough.
Dm
Tilled the earth and proved our worth,
G
Against the drought and snow.

D
Soon we had the time to fathom
A
Mountain peaks and tiny atoms,
Bm
Beating hearts electric sparks
G
So much more to know.

CHORUS:

G Bm
Tomorrow can be brighter than to-day,
Bm
although the night is cold.
D A
The stars may seem so very far a-way...

Bm
But courage, hope and reason grow
G
With every passing season so we’ll
D
Drive the darkness far away
A Bm
Make tomorrow brighter than to-day...

G
Oh................
Bm
Oh................
G
Oh................
Bm
Oh................
A D
Oh... Brighter than to-day.

D
The universe may seem unfair.
A
The laws of nature may not care.
Bm
The storms and quakes, our own mistakes,
G
They nearly doused our flame.

D
But all these trials we’ve endured
A
The lessons learned, diseases cured
Bm
Against our herculean task
G
We’ve risen to proclaim.


CHORUS:

G Bm
Tomorrow can be brighter than to-day,
Bm
although the night is cold.
D A
The stars may seem so very far a-way...

Bm
But courage, hope and reason bloom
G
Across the world and one day soon, we’ll
D
Rise up to the stars and say:
A
Make tomorrow brighter than today

G
Oh................
Bm
Oh................
G
Oh................
Bm
Oh................
G
Oh................
Bm
Oh................
A D
Oh... Brighter than to-day.
Track Name: Find My Tribe
Hey oh hey, hey oh hi
(Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)
Singing,
Hey oh hey, hey oh hi
(Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)

Steering through a stormy sea (Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)
Sailing solo, thinking free (Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)
Tangled memes and dreams abound (Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)
Don't know where to settle down (Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)

Wanna find a tribe to call my own
Wanna find my kind wanna build a home

Hey oh hey, hey oh hi
Hey oh hey, hey oh hi

If I found some folk who always try (Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)
Question why and understand (Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)
Always striving, optimizing’ (Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)
Building something grand (Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)

Gonna find a tribe to call our own
Gonna carve a cultural cornerstone

Hey oh hey, hey oh hi
Singing,
Hey oh hey, hey oh hi

Not afraid to stand alone (Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)
Seek the truth where’ere it lies (Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)
But if you would sail beside me (Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)
We could chart a path into the skies

Hey oh hey, hey oh hi
Hey oh hey, hey oh hi
(Hey oh hey, hey oh hi)
Track Name: Move the World
Archimedes said if I wanna move a load, gotta
get myself a lever, lay it on a fulcrum. ]]]]1
Little bit of effort over quite a bit o’ distance.
I can move a load as big as I wish. I can:

Move the World (Move the World), if my lever's long enough, I'll
Move the World (Move the World) if I got a place to stand, I can
Move the World (Move the world), making myself strong enough to
Move the World (Move the World)
Move the world, if I got a good plan yeah
...
Move the world, if I got a good plan yeah

But I gotta’dmit that the world’s pretty big
And all I got here in my hand is a pitiful twig.
But if I met a friend with a great big beam,
I could say “Hey Friend!” if you share my dream, you can:

Move the World, if your lever is long enough
Move the World, and you’ve a place to stand, you can
Move the World, make yourself strong enough to
Move the World, if you have a good plan,
Move the world, if you got a good plan yeah
...
Move the world, if you got a good plan yeah

But it seems the beam is still not long enough.
Simple tools a pretty cool but this is kinda tough (But maybe)
If we work together we can build a bigger lever,
We can make the world better if we give it a shove. We can:

Move the World, if our lever is long enough
Move the World, and we’ve a place to stand, we can
Move the World, we can make myself strong enough to
Move the World, if we have a good plan, we can

Move the World, if our lever is long enough
Move the World, and we’ve a place to stand, we can
Move the World, we can make myself strong enough to
Move the World, if we have a good plan, we can
Track Name: Bring the Light (Reprise)
Bring the Light (Bring the Light)
Bring the Li-ight (Bring the Li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Bring the Light (Bring the Light)
Bring the Li-ight (Bring the Li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Filament Glow'n (Bring the Light)
Heart and Home (Bring the Li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Bridle the Wind (Bring the Light)
Harness the Sea (Bring the Li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Sunder the Atom (Bring the Light)
Thunderin' Power (Bring the Li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Sun arisin' (Bring the Light)
Shining free (Bring the Li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Bring the Light (Bring the Light)
Bring the Li-ight (Bring the Li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Bring the Light (Bring the Light)
Bring the Li-ight (Bring the Li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Feel it beat (Bring the Light)
Feel it's heat (Bring the Li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.

Snap the synapse (Bring the Light)
Seed the dream (Bring the Li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me.
Track Name: Stardust
A moment outside space and time
Bounded boundless energy
Unsurrounded, undesigned
Tiny singularity

Not quite certain how or why
No one yet alive to see
Suddenly a burst of light
Endless possibility

Stardust, all of us are stardust...
Stardust, all of us are stardust...

Clouds amassing in the dark
Hundred billion miles wide
Eons pass until the spark
Dust collapsing, stars ignite

Atoms churning, torn apart
Searing hot and shining bright
Born anew within the heart
Bursting forth into the night

Stardust, all of us are stardust...
Stardust, all of us are stardust...

Silent lights across the black
Luminescent and sublime
Countless generations pass
No one there to see them shine

But then a cosmic happenstance
Circumstances just align
Somewhere on a fragile dot
Some tiny molecules combine

Stardust, all of us are stardust...
Stardust, all of us are stardust...

A simple drive to grow and thrive
Cradled on a tidal shore
Struggling to stay alive
Paving way for so much more

Not quite certain how or why
No one living yet could see
Suddenly a spark of life
Endless possibility
Track Name: Uplift
Hands chip the flint, light the fire, skin the kill
Feet move the tribe track the herd with a will
Mankind struggles in the cellar of history
Time to settle down, time to grow, time to breed

Plow tills the soil, plants the seed, pray for rain
Scythe reaps the wheat, to the mill, to grind the grain
Towns and cities spread to empire overnight
Hands keep building as we chant the ancient rite

Coal heats the steam, push the piston, turns the wheel
Cogs spin the wool, drives the horses made of steel
Lightning harnessed does our will and lights the dark
Keep rising higher, set our goal, hit the mark.

Bridge
Crawl out of the mud,
Ongoing but slow,
For the path that is easy
Ain't the one that lets us grow!

Light to push the sails, read the data, cities glow
Hands type the keys, click the mouse, out we go!
Our voices carry round the world and into space
Send us out to colonize another place¸

Hands make the tools, build the fire, plant the grain.
Feet track the herd, build a world, begin again.
Track Name: Five Thousand Years
A possible child,
Dreamin’ through the longest night
A possible smile,
Wakin’ to a distant light

A possible world,
Tell me what you wanna see.
Where’s that child going? Tell me,
Who’s that child gonna be?

In five thousand years…
(Whatcha wanna do, whatcha wanna see, in another)
Five thousand years…
(Where we wanna go, who we want to be, in another)
In five thousand years
If we boldly set our sight,
Journey through the coldest night
In five thousand years…

We’ll build ourselves a brand new home,
Raise the glass domes high.
And in a century or three
Our children might look at the sky

And then at last they’ll see
That distant yellow sun.
The cradle of humanity,
And all the things we might become.

In five thousand years…
(Whatcha wanna do, whatcha wanna see, in another)
Five thousand years…
(Where we wanna go, who we want to be, in another)
In five thousand years…
If we sailed across the stars,
Unimaginably far
In five thousand years...

(Instrumental break)

And maybe good folk still might die,
But maybe not, we gotta try
I don’t quite know what shape we’ll take
I don’t quite know what world we’ll make

I don’t quite know how things might change
I don’t quite know what rules we’ll break
Our present selves may think it strange
But there's so many lives at stake

Oh, entropy is bearin’ down
But we got tricks of sticking’ ‘round.
And if our children see the day
That yellow fades to red then grey,

We’ll take a moment, one by one
Turn to face the dying sun
Bittersweetly wave good bye -
The journey’s only just begun....

In five thousand years…
(Whatcha wanna do, whatcha wanna see, in another)
Five thousand years…
(Where we wanna go, who we wanna be, in another)
In five thousand years…
When all that we once knew is gone,
We’ll find a way to carry on
In five thousand years.
Five thousand years…
Whatcha want to do, whatcha wanna see, in another
Five thousand years…
…..

Where we wanna go...
who we wanna be...?
Track Name: Bonus: Studio version of Five Thousand Years (2013)
A possible child,
Dreamin’ through the longest night
A possible smile,
Wakin’ to a distant light

A whole world of possibilities,
Tell me what you see
Where’s that child going? Tell me,
Who’s that child gonna be?

In five thousand years…
(Whatcha wanna do, whatcha wanna see, in another)
Five thousand years…
(Where we wanna go, who we want to be, in another)
In five thousand years
If we boldly set our sight,
Journey through the coldest night
In five thousand years…

We’ll build ourselves a brand new home,
Raise the glass domes high.
And in a century or three
Our children might look at the sky

And then at last they’ll see
That distant yellow sun.
The cradle of humanity,
And all the things we might become.

In five thousand years…
(Whatcha wanna do, whatcha wanna see, in another)
Five thousand years…
(Where we wanna go, who we want to be, in another)
In five thousand years…
If we sailed across the stars,
Unimaginably far
In five thousand years...

(Instrumental break)

And maybe good folk still might die,
But maybe not, we gotta try
I don’t quite know what shape we’ll take
I don’t quite know what world we’ll make

I don’t quite know how things might change
I don’t quite know what rules we’ll break
Our present selves may think it strange
But there's so many lives at stake

Oh, entropy is bearin’ down
But we got tricks of sticking’ ‘round.
And if we live to see the day
That yellow fades to red then grey,

We’ll take a moment, one by one
Turn to face the dying sun
Bittersweetly wave good bye -
The journey’s only just begun....

In five thousand years…
(Whatcha wanna do, whatcha wanna see, in another)
Five million years…
(Where we wanna go, who we wanna be, in another)
In five billion years…
When all that we once know is gone,
We’ll find a way to carry on
In five billion years.
Five billion years…
Whatcha want to do, whatcha wanna see, in another
Five billion years…
…..

Where we wanna go...
who we wanna be...?