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"He who forgets, will be destined to remember..."

Josh Ritter - Lantern

Be the light of my lantern, the light of my lantern, be the light
be the light of my lantern, light of my lantern tonight
be the light of my lantern, light of my lantern, be the light
I need light of my lantern, light of my lantern tonight

It’s a hungry world out there — even the wind’ll take a bite,
and I can feel the world circling, sniffing around me in the night
and the lost sheep grow teeth, forsake the lambs and lie with the lions

And the living is desperate, precarious and mean,
and getting by is so hard that even the rocks are picked clean
and the bones of small contention are the only food the hungry find

I’ll need light from my lantern, light from my lantern tonight
light of my lantern, light of my lantern tonight

Where the thistles eat the thorns, and the roses have no chance,
and it ain’t no wonder that the babies come out crying in advance
and the children look for shelter in the hollow of some lonesome cheek

And the sky’s so cold and clear the stars might stick you where you stand
and you’re only glad it’s dark cause you might see the Master’s hand
you might cast around forever and never find the piece you seek.

I’ll need light from my lantern, light from my lantern tonight.
Be the light of my lantern, light of my lantern tonight

For every cry in the night, somebody says Have faith,
be content inside your questions — minotaurs inside a maze.
Tell me what’s the point of light that you have to strike a match to find?

So throw away those lamentations — we both know them all too well;
if there’s a book of jubiliations, we’ll have to write it for ourselves,
so come and lie beside me, Darling, and let’s write it while we’ve still got time

So if you’ve got a light, hold it high for me
I need it bad tonight, hold it high for me
‘cause I’m face to face, hold it high for me
in a lonesome place, hold it high for me

With all the hurt that I’ve done, hold it high for me
that can’t be undone, hold it high for me
light and guide me through, hold it high for me
I’ll do the same for you, and hold it high for me

I’ll hold it high for you ‘cause I know you’ve got
‘hold it high for you, your own valley to walk
I’ll hold it high for you though it’s dark as death
I’ll hold it high for you and then gets darker yet

I’ll hold it high for you though your past seems lost
I’ll hold it high for you through the thieves and rocks
I’ll hold it high for you, I’ll keep you safe from harm
I’ll hold it high for you, until you’re back in my arms

Be the light of my lantern, light of my lantern tonight
be the light of my lantern, the light of my lantern tonight
be the light of my lantern, light of my lantern tonight
be the light of my lantern, light of my lantern tonight

These lyrics are by Josh Ritter, from Lantern. Posted at 3:05am on 27 April 2010.

Comments on Josh Ritter - Lantern

  1. Eric

    Great song. I was looking for the lyrics and found them nicely posted here. Thanks!

    commented Thu 14 Apr 2011, 09:07:38 PM :: link
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