Solstice 2015

by Raymond Arnold

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released November 17, 2016

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Track Name: Bring the Light
Bring the light
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

(Two more cycles of “Bring the Light”)

Bring the light and let it shine,
Bring it back just one more time,
Bring the light and let it shine...
Let it shine on me.

Drive your chariot (Bring the Light)
Pull the flame (Bring the Li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me

Battle the moon (Bring the light)
Learn its name (Bring the li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me

Speak the word (Bring the light)
Let it be (Bring the li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me

Stardust gather (Bring the light)
Fusing matter (Bring the li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me

Bring the light and let it shine,
Bring it back just one more time,
Bring the light and let it shine...
Let it shine on me.
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 wing 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, we we going?
Oh...

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, we we going?
Oh...

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?

Where we going, who we are?
Track Name: The Book of Truth (Time Wrote the Rocks)
From desert cliff and mountaintop we trace the wide design,
Strikeslip fault and overthrust and syn and anticline. . .
Wegaze upon creation where erosion makes it known,
And count the countless aeons in the banding of the stone.

Odd long vanished creatures & their tracks & shells are found
Where truth has left its sketches on the slate below the ground.
The patient stone can speak, if we but listen when it talks.
Humans wrote the book of earth...
Time wrote the rocks...

There are those who name the stars, who watch the sky by night,
Seeking out the darkest place, to better see the light.
Long ago, when isolation broke his weary will,
Galileo recanted, but the Earth is moving still.

High above the mountaintops, where only distance bars,
The truth has left its footprints in the dust between the stars
We may watch and study or may shudder and de-ny
Humans wrote the book of night…
Light wrote the sky

By stem and root and branch we trace, by feather, fang and fur,
How the living things that are descend from things that were
The moss, the kelp, the zebrafish, the very mice and flies,
Tiny, humble, wordless things how shall they tell us lies?

We are kin to beasts, no other answer can we bring.
The truth has left its fingerprints on every living thing.
Winnowed by an aimless game of birth and blood and strife.
Humans wrote the book of names...
Death wrote life

And we who listen to the stars, or walk the dusty grade,
Or break the very atoms down to see how they are made,
Seek new stories, seek new song to better guide our hand,
The profoundest act of worship is to try to understand.

Deep in flower and in flesh, in star and soil and seed,
The truth has left its living word for anyone to read.
So turn and look where best you think the story is unfurled.
Humans write the book of truth...
Truth writes the world.
Track Name: Stopping in the Woods
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Track Name: Brighter Than Today
Countless winter nights ago,
A woman shivered in the cold.
Cursed the skies, and wondered why
The gods invented pain.

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

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

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

CHORUS:

Tomorrow can be brighter than
today, although the night is cold.
The stars may seem so very far
away...

But courage, hope and reason burn,
In every mind, each lesson learned,
Shining light to guide our way (Bm)
Make tomorrow brighter than to-day...
...
Oh................
Oh................
Oh... Brighter than to-day.

VERSE 2

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

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

CHORUS:
Tomorrow can be brighter than to-day
although the night is cold.
The stars may seem so very far
away...

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

Oh................
Oh................
Oh... Brighter than to-day.

VERSE 3

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

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

CHORUS:

Tomorrow can be brighter than to-day
Although the night is cold.
The stars may seem so very far
Away...

But courage, hope and reason bloom,
Across the world and one day soon we'll
Rise up to the stars and say...
Make tomorrow brighter than to-day...
..................
Oh................
Oh................
Oh................
Oh................
Oh... Brighter than to-day.
Track Name: Here and Now
Grandma told me stories, 'bout life from way back when
Walking uphill both ways through the snow

Rugged people trudgin' down the narrow path ahead
Going where their daddy said to go

Way back when, everything seemed simple baby
Some day soon, maybe it'll all make sense again
But here and now, got a world to explore
Got some riddles to unravel, baby
What'chu waiting for?

Here and now, here and now
We got choices all around
Here and now, here and now
WE got int-er-est compound-ing
Taking things for granted tbat'd shatter Newton's mind
What'll we find in to-morrow's here and now?

(8 bar Instrumental break)

Way back when, everything seemed simple baby
Some day soon, maybe it'll all make sense again
But here and now, got a world to explore
Got some riddles to unravel, baby
What'chu waiting for?

Here and now, here and now,
We got pens instead of swords,
Here and now, here and now
Turning ploughshares into tract - ors
Taking things for granted,
Superstimulous galore, what's in
Store for tomorrow's here and now?

Way back when, everything seemed simple baby
Some day soon, maybe it'll all make sense again
But here and now, got a world to explore
Got some riddles to unravel, baby
What'chu waiting for?

Here and now, here and now
(Here and now, here and now)
Here and now, here and now
(Here and now, here and now)

Here and now (here and now)
We got smallpox locked up tight
Here and now (here and now)
Brand new star wars out tonight!
Here and now, here and now
Gotta run and catch my flight
But I'll see you in tomorrow's here and now.

Here and now, here and now
We got robots driving cars
Here and now, here and now
Elon's colonizing mars

Here and now, here and now,
We got smart philanthropy,
With some scientific rigor,
And some metanalyses.

Way back when, everything seemed simple baby
Some day soon, maybe it'll all make sense again
But here and now, got a world to explore
Got some riddles to unravel, baby
What'chu waiting for?
What'chu waiting for?
What'chu waiting for?
Track Name: Uplift & Five Thousand Years
Hands chip the flint, light the fire, skin the kill
Feet move the tribe track the herd with a will
Human-kind
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 over - night
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...

Crawl.. out.. of... the mud.
On... go... ing... but slow.
For the path... that is easy.
Aint the one... that... makes us grow...

Light 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, light fire, plant the grain
Feet, track the herd. Build a world. Begin again...

-

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…

VERSE 2

We’ll build 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,
Our legacy could 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: [Demo] Endless Light
Mama's been waiting, huddled outside.
Brother is quietly holding her tight
Hurrying home and I hope there's still time for
One... more... night...

Slowly she turns... opens her eyes
Struggles to stand, and point to the sky
Barely can breathe but she's telling the stories
One... last... time...

And she whispers of hunters and dragons and gods
Wanderers roaming the stars up above
Holding her hand in that moment I wonder,
Can't help but wonder at all... those...

Endless lights, burning with untold stories,
Each of them one more reason to wonder
Is anyone out there, is anyone out there?

Anyone out there tonight?

Father is waiting for sister and me
Thousands of miles away, over the sea
Flying as fast as the Boeing'll carry us
One... last... time...

Thinking of stories he told from the war
Terrible jokes that he made us endure
Daylight is ending, the plane is descending
Just... in... time...

As the clouds part around us, a dazzling city
Appears like a jewel in the night.
And I look at our home and its lights all a glow'n and I
can't help but wonder at all... those...

Endless lights, burning with untold stories,
Each of them one more reason to wonder
Is anyone out there, is anyone out there?

Endless night, cradling countless voices,
Reaching across the vastness...
With beautiful stories, lasting as long as they can...

...lasting as as long as they can...

Grandma's been waiting for clues in the dark, and I'm
Journeying millions of miles to take part.
And finally I see her glint in the viewing port,
Right... on... time...

Weightless embrace as the airlock reseals,
Space station turning and slowly reveals:
Rows upon rows of her telescopes listening
Deep... through... time...

And maybe there's some kind of somebody out there
Listening in on our radio calls
Or maybe there's not there's just one pale blue dot to give
Meaning and beauty and worth to it all.
But holding her hand in that moment I wonder,
Can't help but wonder at all wonder at all... those...

Endless lights, burning with untold stories,
Each of them one more reason to wonder
Is anyone out there, is anyone out there?

Endless night, cradling countless voices,
Reaching across the vastness...
With beautiful stories, lasting as long as they can...

...lasting as as long as they can...
Track Name: [Rehearsal] 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…

VERSE 2

We’ll build 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,
Our legacy could 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: [Rehearsal] Bring the Light
Bring the light
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

(Two more cycles of “Bring the Light”)

Bring the light and let it shine,
Bring it back just one more time,
Bring the light and let it shine...
Let it shine on me.

Drive your chariot (Bring the Light)
Pull the flame (Bring the Li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me

Battle the moon (Bring the light)
Learn its name (Bring the li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me

Speak the word (Bring the light)
Let it be (Bring the li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me

Stardust gather (Bring the light)
Fusing matter (Bring the li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me

Bring the light and let it shine,
Bring it back just one more time,
Bring the light and let it shine...
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)
Thundering power (Bring the li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me

Sun arising (Bring the light)
Shining free (Bring the li-ight)
Oh bring the light and let it shine on me

Bring the light and let it shine,
Bring it back just one more time,
Bring the light and let it shine...
Let it shine on me.
Track Name: The X Days of X-Risk
On the first day of X-Risk I suddenly could see:
The end of humanity

On the second day of X-Risk I suddenly could see
Nuclear War!
And the end of humanity

On the third day of X-Risk I suddenly could see
Pandemic Plagues
Nuclear War
And the end of humanity

On the fourth day of X-Risk I suddenly could see
Bioengineering
Pandemic Plagues
Nuclear War
And the end of humanity

On the fifth day of X-Risk I suddenly could see
Unfriendly AI...
Bioengineering
Pandemic Plagues
Nuclear War
And the end of humanity

On the sixth day of X-Risk I suddenly could see
One nanite making
two nanites making... (repeat 16 times)
Unfriendly AI...
Bioengineering
Pandemic Plagues
Nuclear War
And the end of humanity