Pillars

by New Light Choir

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In honor of Record Store Day 2016, we present an offering in the form of a demo. “Pillars” first came into being back in early 2011, as one of the first batch of songs that actually ended up comprising the bulk of material for “Volume II.” The song has gestated and morphed in many directions since that time. This current practice room demo displays its most recent personality. A bit of additional creative license has been taken with the melodic theme of the track, providing the outline for an accompanying intro and outro. We hope you enjoy!
– John and Chris, April 16, 2016.

John Niffenegger - Vocals, Strings, Keys
Chris Dalton - Drums, Keys

Recorded and mixed at Studio 775 by John Niffenegger
during February - April 2016
All songs by John Niffenegger (BMI) 2016
Photo by John Niffenegger

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released April 16, 2016

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Track Name: Pillars
Pillars

My heart was beating, ringing loudly in my ears;
I never heard a single word, I was lost within the years.
And I opened up my tired eyes and watched the midday sun
Beating down upon the sand, reddish orange in hue.

And I remember in the past, when she used to say:
It’s only for a moment, and then it fades away.

But I still can see her there between the

Pillars of Iram,
Standing tall in the desert sand;
Endless colonnades,
Where we used to play.
Pillars of Iram,
Swallowed by time and the desert sand;
Countless centuries.
Never more to see…

I stood upon that rock and watched the landscape change,
Endless waves of golden brown, forever rearranged.
And I watched the sun in the sky above sink lower in the west,
Casting shadows all around, reddish orange and blue.

And I remember in the past, when she used to sing;
Solemn promises remain, I find myself remembering

When I used to see her there between the

Pillars of Iram,
Standing tall in the desert sand;
Endless colonnades,
Where we used to play.
Pillars of Iram,
Swallowed by time and the desert sand;
Countless centuries.
Never more to see…

And I heard the voices calling
From the city far away.
Bells were ringing, night was falling,
In the east, rose a newborn star…

Forty days and forty nights, I wandered through this land,
In this empty quarter, naught but the transience of man.

Pillars of Iram,
Once rose above the desert sand;
Endless colonnades,
Where we used to play.
Pillars of Iram,
Buried by time and the desert sand;
Countless centuries.
Never more to see….

Lyrics by John Niffenegger