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Bring the Light

By Alex Federici and Raymond Arnold

We call out to the sun with imagery of different eras

The simplicity and call-and-response structure of this song make it very easy to learn. They also risk making it tedious.

Early versions of this song explicitly taught the response pattern. This has been found to be unnecessary. A few hand gestures, the slides, and an audience a third of whom know the song are sufficient.

There really isn't a canonical version of this song. The chord chart here is from NYC2016, and the sheet music from NYC2017 (reconstructed from Daniel Speyer's memory). Verses come and go easily. The chorus, which NYC2017 banished to the reprise, can be inserted after any even numbered verse. Furthermore, the melodies that go with the lyrics have been whatever seemed right to the singer, and that has varied from year to year. And when the written chords don't fit the sung melody, the instrumentalists have followed the singer. In short, nothing on this page necessarily matches any given performance.

Treat this page as containing examples of this song, not as containing the song.

This song is available for sale via bandcamp in all three albums.

Lyrics

     
     
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
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)
Darkness looms (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
      let it
shine on me
      let it
shine on me

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