Light to the World

December 24, 2019

It was winter solstice, the longest night of 2010. I felt that familiar energy palpable in my veins, like an intense vibration, of a song wanting to emerge.  

Mary.  
   The story.  
      The archetype of every human...being completely vulnerable and outcasted while carrying the spark of divinity within. Terrified by that spark, yet going forth on faith to fulfill the quest to bring that spark into the world.  

It was this story, the longest night of year, sirens outside of my house, and headlines of our war-torn world that inspired my writing “Light to the World.”    

Three weeks after writing this song, the tragic shootings of January 8th, 2011 occurred in my town of Tucson, Arizona. Three days later, I played “Light to the World” outside of Gabrielle Giffords’ office at our community vigil. There were many people, many stories, many faiths and many differences. Yet we had one mission: to grieve in Unity, and in Unity, heal. That night, this song took on a much deeper meaning as we gathered, lighting candles and invoking light into an extremely dark situation.  
 

"She wanders through the valleys and the hills 
On this dark, dark winter’s night. 
The leaves left the trees, 
The townspeople cast her to the waning light. 
Searching for a home, searching for a place to rest her head 
There is something inside of her wanting release 
On this dark, dark winter’s night. 
The star in the heavens reminds her of Light Divine 
Where there is no fear, no separation, no suffering, only One. 

And the angels sing,
"Glory, come lay your head,
Glory, and you shall be fed 
As you bring forth 
Light to the world 
On this dark night."

I walk through the streets of the desert 
On this dark, dark winter’s night. 
Treading with a heavy heart 
Broken by the war raging around me. 
Red and blue sirens are singing in the key of tragedy, 
Yet the Peace that passes all understanding 
Is standing here, holding me. 
The star in the heavens reminds me of Light Divine 
Where there is no hunger, no hate, no greed, only One. 

And the angels sing, 
"Glory, come lay your head, 
Glory, and you shall be fed  
As you bring forth  
Light to the world  
On this dark night."

We wander through the valleys and the hills
On this dark, dark winter's night.
I reach for your hand and walk beside you, 
my lantern grows bright. 
The star in the heavens beckons us to light divine, 
Where there is no fear, no separation, no suffering, only One. 
And the angels sing, “Glory, come lay your head. 
Glory, and you are fed, as you bring forth  
Light to the World,  
As WE bring forth Light to the world,  
As we bring forth Light to the world  
On this dark night.”


~Amber Norgaard lyrics from “Light to the World”

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