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This song is an exploration of some of my most vivid winter-holiday memories from childhood, woven through with the phenomenon of light and its power to guide and illuminate, both without and within. MAY PEACE, LOVE, HOPE AND LIGHT BE WITH YOU AND YOURS, AND ALL SENTIENT BEINGS, THIS SEASON AND ALWAYS.

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THE LIGHT
copyright 2012 Charity Kahn

VERSE 1
my daddy liked the colored lights
so whimsical and joyful
he’d make them cozy-misty
nestled in the hair of angels
my mama liked the simple ones
just tiny, pure and white
she said they brought
the whirling galaxies inside

VERSE 2
and on the mantle special candles
burning clean and bright
I’d sit and stare for hours
traveling through the rainbow light
amazed at how the fire could dance
outside of space and time
I sensed it pointed
to the mysteries of life

CHORUS
where the light shone for hope
and the light shone for truth
and the light shone for the good
inside of me and you
and everyone

and the light shone for joy
and the light shone for peace
and the light shone for the love
inside of you and me
and everybody

VERSE 3
the night was deep
the snow shone sparkly
‘neath the mellow moon-glow
we walked the streets through starry air
to the quiet, candled room
our only task to send our songs
into the twinkling dark
and listen to the silence
with our deepest hearts

CHORUS
where the light shone for hope
and the light shone for truth
and the light shone for the good
inside of me and you
and everyone

and the light shone for joy
and the light shone for peace
and the light shone for the love
inside of you and me
and everybody

VERSE 4
and in the long dark nights of winter
all across the earth
people celebrate with songs, traditions,
stories of rebirth
and though we grow from different roots
there’s one thing that’s the same
we’re all lookin’ to the light
to shine the way

CHORUS
‘cause the light shines for hope
and the light shines for truth
and the light shines for the good
inside of me and you
and everyone

and the light shines for joy
and the light shines for peace
and the light shines for the love
inside of you and me
and everybody

and the light shines here
and the light's shining now
and the light shines for the chance
to come together

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released December 12, 2012
Written by Charity Kahn
Vocals and piano: Charity Kahn
Guitar, engineering and production: Daryn Roven

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Fermenting fun amidst the organic and inspirational environment of San Francisco, Charity and the JAMband have spent the past decade-and-a-half serving up delightfully groovy tunes for young ones and their big people. Come join the JAM! www.jamjamjam.com ... more

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