New Light Choir

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John Niffenegger: Vocals, Instruments
Chris Dalton: Drums

Produced by John Niffenegger
Committed to tape at Baucom Road by Scott Solter
Mastered at Studio B by Dave Harris

All songs by John Niffenegger (BMI) 2010
Pine Box and Hunter lyrics by John Niffenegger and K.L. Thigpen
Morning Star and Sticks upon Stones lyrics by K.L. Thigpen and
John Niffenegger

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released December 24, 2010

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Track Name: You Who Ride the Sky
You Who Ride the Sky

Hear my prayers you climbing on the clouds above;
Send your light to show the way.
Hear my prayers you riding in the sky above;
Send your light to show the way.

Yes, I really need you,
Down below.
Yes, I really need you,
Let your light flow.

Hear my prayers you riding in the rain above;
Shine your light to show the way.
Hear my prayers you riding on the storm above;
Send your light to show the way.

Yes, I really need you,
Down below.
Yes, I really need you,
Let your light flow.

As heavy clouds descend from heaven down to earth,
I walk this winding path alone.
Now the hour’s growing late, and I cannot find my way;
I look to you above; to you, my queen, my love.

Hear my prayers you climbing on the clouds above;
Send your light to show the way.
Hear my prayers you riding in the sky above;
Send your light to show the way.

Yes, I really need you,
Down below.
Yes, I really need you,
Let your light flow.
Track Name: Over the Mountains
Over the Mountains

Over the mountains, they ride on the wind;
Heralding morning, a new day begins.
See how they ride; majestic and proud;
At one with the day, and the earth, and the sky.

Hear them singing, with beautiful voices,
Glorious songs, in praise of the morning.
Overhead, in the sky they are riding;
And with them comes the light of the sun.

You who’ve wandered these mountains alone,
Searching for something, what you don’t know;
Open your eyes, the night is behind
The cloak of sun, the light of the day.

Hear them singing, with beautiful voices,
Glorious songs, in praise of the morning.
Overhead, in the sky they are riding;
And with them comes the light of the sun.

Take heed of the warning:
You never will find
The answers you’re after,
If you’re searching outside.

Over the mountains, we ride on the wind;
Heralding morning, a new day begins.
See how we ride; majestic and proud;
At one with the day, and the earth, and the sky.

Hear us singing, with beautiful voices,
Glorious songs, in praise of the morning.
Overhead, in the sky we are riding;
And with us comes the light of the sun.
Track Name: Pine Box
Pine Box

Six by six, and six feet deep,
Into a pine box we lay,
All of our fears, we’ll bury our tears,
Beneath a mound of clay.
The headstone will read:
Here lies one who was saved;
Where once there was fear, where once there were tears,
Now only ashes remain.

Signal in the sky,
I read you five by five;
Through the open door,
I see the way before.

Seven by seven by seven they sound,
Trumpets heralding dawn.
I think that this time, I’ll leave it behind,
And step into the day.
The headstone, will read:
Here lies one who was saved;
Whose soul saw the light, spread its wings and took flight,
And flew into the day.

Signal in the sky,
I read you five by five;
Through the open door,
I see the way before.

Lyrics by John Niffenegger & KL Thigpen
Track Name: Hunter
The Hunter

The songbird awoke, let ring from her throat,
Her song filled the air.
In the field by the brook, the hunter mistook,
Thought his lover was there.

So the story goes;
Nobody knows;
Another day unfolds,
With our eyes opened or closed.

The wolf in the glen thought, “Oh, not again,”
For the young man was near.
But the hunter was lost, so deep in his thoughts,
Of his beloved, so dear.

So the story goes;
Nobody knows;
The world goes round the sun,
With our eyes opened or shut.

The girl in the dell thought, “I might as well;
For my hunter’s grown cold.”
From a tree in the grove, she swung from a rope,
As her song filled the air.

So the story goes;
Everybody knows;
Another day unfolds,
As the world is sleeping,
Dreaming underneath the sun.

Lyrics by John Niffenegger & KL Thigpen
Track Name: Choral
Choral

These heavy hearts are weighted like stone;
And all around me the sadness it grows.
Truth be told, I need her to shine
With the sun, in her goodness I find.

It's all around me, but this I've been given:
Look and see, I'm not dying, I'm living!
And when I need her, I'll open my eyes;
Standing there with the sun she will rise.

And she sings like an angel,
My darling girl.
Said she sings like an angel.
Can you hear!

Row after row, the headstones remind:
Dust and memories are what's left behind.
And all around me, like iron they ring;
She comes to me, and it's flowers she brings.

And she sings like an angel,
My darling girl.
Said she sings like an angel.
Can you hear!

These heavy hearts are weighted like stone;
And all around us the sadness it grows.
But when I need her, I open my eyes;
Standing there in the sun we will rise.

And she sings like an angel,
My darling girl.
Said she sings like an angel.
Can you hear!
Track Name: Golden
Golden

In the golden light of morning,
On bended knees, she sings her song;
Praying for some sign of salvation,
Deliverance from all that’s wrong.

As the light shines through the wood,
She can see the way before.
And the golden light of dawn,
Will lead her to the sun.
Track Name: Ostara
Ostara

So you thought you’d do a bit more looking,
Overhead you heard the angels singing,
Always searching for a way back to the morning.
You thought perhaps that the wind was lying,
All its stories, away you were flying,
Always looking for a way back to the sun.

Now the hour’s growing closer;
You see her in the light of dawn;
So radiant in all her glory;
She shows the way to the sun.

All you sleepers and dreamers awaken,
Look and see: a new dawn is breaking;
All around, the light of the morning is growing.
After all these years we’ve been waiting,
Centuries of dust we’re collecting;
Always looking for a way back to the sun.

Now the hour is upon us;
She’s standing in the light of dawn;
So radiant in all her glory;
She shows the way to the sun.
Track Name: Morning Star
Morning Star

These days are sweet and so free.
The birds are flying from tree to tree.
When boats are on land and churches at sea,
The blooming flowers will stalk the bees—

Then I will receive her.
Like an angel in the dark.
That is when I will see her.
Oh, my morning star.

The east wind comes, it sweeps clean the land,
Makes clean the ground upon which she stands.
The star comes up and she lights the rows,
I love the ground upon which she goes.

Then I will believe her,
Like an angel in the dark.
That is when I will see her.
Oh, my morning star.

Lyrics by KL Thigpen & John Niffenegger
Track Name: Sticks upon Stones
Sticks upon Stones

Down in the valley so low,
Where you can hear the wind blow,
Over and over and over it goes—
Down in the valley, the valley so low.

Where all the flowers want sun,
And the blue river wants sky.
Over and under and out again, too.
Angels from heaven, they know I want you.

Hang your head over and hear
In time with the beat of my heart.
These sticks upon stones. These sticks upon stones.
For you, I sing this song, the words ever more true.
Your world is beautiful; my world is beautiful.

The lavender’s blue and it’s green;
When I am king, you’ll be queen.
I’ll build me a castle, forty feet high;
So I can see you, as you ride by.

But I’m down in the vale,
Where I can hear the wind tell;
Ever and ever and ever it cries,
All through the valley, the valley so wide.

Hang your head over and hear.
In time with the beat of my heart.
These sticks upon stones. These sticks upon stones.
For you, I sing this song, the words ever more true.
My world is beautiful. Our world is beautiful.

Hang your head over and hear.
In time with the beat of my heart.
These sticks upon stones. These sticks upon stones.
For you, I sing this song, the words ever more true.
My world is beautiful. Our world is beautiful.

Lyrics by KL Thigpen & John Niffenegger
Track Name: Into the Light
Into the Light

As quietly, we march toward
The golden light ahead;
Not a word or sound we heard,
Except the blowing wind.
Is this what you were dreaming of,
Below the starlit sky above?
Now open up your eyes,
And you will see:

Universal light revealed
To the sleeping world below.

Now it’s time to leave;
Need more air to breathe.
Think it’s time to go;
Toward the sun we make our way.

Now see the stars are shining down;
Their light will show the way.
There’s nothing left to keep us here;
Let’s leave it all behind.
This is what they were dreaming of,
Prophets drunk on dreams of love;
Now open up your eyes,
And you will see:

Universal light revealed
To the sleeping world below.

Now it’s time to leave;
Need more air to breathe.
Think it’s time to go;
Toward the sun we make our way.