A River of Light 

A river of light cuts through the night 
How deep the depths, how high the flight 
Reclaim your life by losing all you've kept 
There's a ladder to climb one rung at a time 
There's a path to follow however it winds 
A thousand miles start with a single step 

You may be workin' one day, baggin' burgers for pay 
When a voice on the squawk box has this to say 
"How long you gonna be hypnotized, my friend?" 
And you look 'round and stare 'cause no one is there 
You don't see a car, only thin air 
But all at once you know you've reached the end 

"The old way is dead" — that's what the voice said —
"The moon is blue, the sea blood red 
Remember what you long ago forswore 
A pawn must push on to be more than a pawn 
You've lived like a chick, now become a swan 
Do once again what has never been done before" 

[repeat] A river of light cuts through the night 

The Queen of Swords stands by the door 
Wind and water don't dance no more 
The King of Wands is waiting at the gate 
Fortune and Death both hold their breath 
But you know there's no time left 
It must be now or forever be too late 

So throw down your hat and pick up your crown 
Become a verb, stop being a noun 
Put on your boots and head on out the door 
Just follow your nose wherever it goes 
Keep on goin' through rain, sleet or snow 
What else do you think you are livin' for? 

[repeat] A river of light cuts through the night 

A voice from the blue is calling to you 
It only tells you things that are true 
Hear it and heed what it has to say 
Don't try to flee from what you may be 
Even if nobody else can see 
There's more to life than a shabby shadow play 

A river of light cuts through the night 
How deep the depths, how high the flight 
Reclaim your life by losing all you've kept 
There's a ladder to climb one rung at a time 
There's a path to follow however it winds 
A thousand miles start with a single step

- lyrics by Alexei Panshin, music by Joshua Wachtel

Josh Wachtel - vocals and acoustic guitar
Kim Wachtel - vocals and shaker
Ben Wachtel - keyboards

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