The Light Inside You

by Waterwitch

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about

The name of this album, “The Light Inside You, comes from a line in “Prometheus.” Most songs were written in the past few years, though a few are older. This song cycle is about transformation, transitions, healing, the survival of our species, and love. Some, like “Fishes in the Water,” and “Cheshire Moon” are about the joy of being alive in simple moments. There are also splashes of whimsy and fun.

We are seeking the common thread of our humanity outside our limited cultural beliefs. How do we move past dogmatic and narrow thinking about reality, to see other people and other beings on the planet as precious, as part of us?

In Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to mortals—to us. He was then brutally punished for this transgression—the gods did not want us to have such power, because they didn’t think we would use it responsibly. Admittedly, they were right about that.

Fire is one of the most powerful technologies ever harnessed by humans--and fire is every bit as much a technology as a computer or a gun. Mastering the use of fire changed the game of survival (and comfort) enormously for our early ancestors. But like all technological breakthroughs, it brought new and unexpected problems as well.

Technology has the power to destroy us, and yet holds keys to the ultimate survival and thriving of our species on this beautiful planet. This is the deep truth the Greeks understood. In “Prometheus,” I imagine another path moving forward, with a willing return of some of our destructive technology back to the “gods”. As a species with such enormous power at our fingertips, it takes another level of maturity and consciousness to knowingly relinquish such destructive power. Can we do it? I don't know, but we can imagine.

We are by nature hierarchical so in some ways it feels "unnatural" to let go of power...but we are also by nature social and cooperative and loving. It takes nurturing the seeds of wisdom passed on through generations and through so many of our diverse human cultures to grow an understanding that we are all interconnected, that there never was any separation after all. Moving beyond the dangerous demonization of others and into acceptance, tolerance, and the love that all religions, spiritual paths, and non-religious humanistic traditions speak about.

The Golden Rule is a kind of "Holy Power" I think most of us can understand.

These are unstable and dangerous times. Our beautiful planet is being made uninhabitable, by human choices. Democratic institutions are crumbling in our country, the United States of America, and elsewhere. None of us know what the future holds, but to some degree the future is up to each of us. We must cultivate inner peace and we must also do our part to solve our real problems.

As the refrain to "Free Heart" goes:

Are we at the end?
I don’t know
I just know I don’t want to go out
Without a Free Heart
I love you

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released May 19, 2019

All songs composed by Elizabeth Hummel © 2019
Recorded and mixed by Brian Castillo
Mastered by Chris Hanzsek

Elizabeth and Brian: multiple instruments and vocals
Jon Green: bass
Robin Toye: percussion
Tyrrell Sweetman: cello
Gary Boswell: flute
Reva Wittenberg: back vocal on Free Heart

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Track Name: Lovers from Mars (for David Bowie)
I try to explain
Without holding back
But all that I do is wreak havoc with you
I try to love you
But the message gets lost
The devil is laughing his devil’s head off

But I ain’t gonna keep on
Trying to change
If you never love me
Well, I’m good just the same
Cuz it’s love gets us here
And back to the stars
So I’ll reach for the peaches and poets and lovers…

Lovers from Mars
Oh yeah
Lovers from Mars
You know who you are

Oh tenderly
Love at the door
Golden light
Rose petal night…oh night…
Rose petal night

There’s a hole in my head
Where the wind likes to sing
About mermaids and broken
And beautiful things
And I’ll try to love you
And not get it wrong
The devil, he can git back
To where he comes from

Cuz I ain’t gonna keep on
Trying to change
If you wanna love me
Well, I’m here just the same
Cuz it’s love gets us lost
Then back to our hearts
So I’ll reach for the peaches and poets and lovers…

Lovers from Mars
Oh Yeah
Lovers from Mars
Oh Yeah
You know who you are
Track Name: Prometheus
You can taste it as a miracle
You can chase it into a forest glade
We are living on a precipice
Don't you know how precious this life is?

And the light inside you
And the dark defiant
Are vying
To purify your mind

Who can say what
Is called a fairy tale?
Who can linger till the first fingers of light
We are dreaming of a vast eclipse
In our cages of hope and ignorance

And the light inside you
And the dark enshrined
Are trying
To clarify your mind

There's a story
About a cursed thief
Takes the fire back into the sky
And the people
Who are finally free
Currents changing
Electricity

And the light inside you
And the dark entwined
Are dancing
To illuminate your mind
Track Name: Stars of Orion
Out here in the stars of Orion
I can see you are flying
Anywhere you want to go
Any place you want to be
Anyone you want to see
Who do you wanna see?

Floating light as a feather
Free, finally untethered
Anywhere you want to go
Any place you want to see
Anyone you want to be
Who do you wanna be?

Way down by the river
Down where the tall pines grow
Soft and warm in a field of clover
With the river rushing below

Way down by the river
Down where the sweet sap flows
Breezes in a blanket of clover
With the river rushing below
With the river rushing below
With the river rushing below
Track Name: In the Moment
Blurring the edges
Dissolving in air
Bliss comes and bliss goes
I try not to care

Watching the breathing
Feeling the breath
Over my upper lip
It's life and death

In the moment
In the moment

Explore and examine
Body and heart
Start at the top and move
Part by part

Birdsong pierces the skin
To the bone
Bursts into blooming
I am not alone

In the moment
In the moment

Love is a secret
Will we ever know
Hold the river
Let it go
I want to go out dancing
Would you dance with me
Here is eternity


Blurring the edges
Dissolving in air
Pain comes and bliss goes
I try not to care

Watching the breathing
Feeling the breath
Over my upper lip
It's life and death

In the moment
In the moment
Track Name: Free Heart
When someone else’s god
Pushes someone else’s god
Down into the muck and the mire
And we’re quivering with fear
What’s going on here
Are we gonna die by the flood or the fire?

And I see loving in your eyes
And I see hurting
So many people tried to cut you down to size
Can we remember
Part by part?

Are we at the end
I don’t know
I just know
I don’t wanna go out
Without a free heart

When someone else’s pain
Is someone else’s gain
It goes round round and around like a wheel
But I believe it’s not too late
To rid ourselves from hate
I know the love that I feel is for real

I see courage in your eyes
I see sadness
You see the world as it is the truth and the lies
We can remember
Part by part

Are we at the end
I don’t know
I just know
I don’t wanna go out
Without a free heart
(I love you)
Track Name: Blue Blue Sea
Where we headin’ now..to the open ocean
How do we get by on just our wits?
You hand me an oar, and I can dip in
To the floating blue, blue, blue, blue, sea
To the floating blue, blue, blue, blue, blue sea

Island up ahead, mountains rising
Water falling down the black stone cliff
We put up a sail made from a slip of mine
Floating through the blue, blue, blue, blue, sea
Floating through the blue, blue, blue, blue, blue sea………….yeah
Ba da da…

Little Buttercup, what will become of us
If we run out of provisions?
I don’t know, I don’t know
I don’t know—but I know we’ll still have our love
Our love

We make it to the shore and though we’re weary
You play a small guitar and I sing to the sea
Mango juice is sweet on your lips
So close to the blue, blue, blue, blue sea
So close to the blue, blue, blue, blue, blue sea………….yeah
Ba ba da…

You unroll the map saved in a leather pouch
I take out the spade with an oak handle
Today may be the day we find our treasure
Buried near the blue, blue, blue, blue, sea
Buried near the blue, blue, blue, blue, sea
Buried near the blue, blue, blue, blue, sea
Ba ba da…
Track Name: Cheshire Moon
Live in the moment, I hear you say
Live for today
Forget all the worry, just be here now
Rush in your veins

The tide is turning, it eddies and swirls
Sun slips away
Beyond the tree line, I’m watching with you
As indigo plays

We’re holy rollin’ today
It’s lovely like falling in love
All the way…I see you now
Clouds on the water
Cheshire moon…I hear you now
Cheshire moon…I’m watching with you
Cheshire moon

Cheshire moon
I hear you now
Clouds on the water
I see you now
All the way
So lovely, we're falling in love
We’re holy rollin’ today
Rush in your veins

Just be here now
Forget all the worry
Live for today
I hear you say
Live in the moment
Track Name: Holy Power
Is there no rest for the wicked
Is there no food for the righteous
Is there Holy Power
We all can share….share

Will this ball of lead turn to Golden
With the alchemy of fire and air
Will the holy people
ever appear?

We hold the world like a trembling drop of oil
From the Heavens to the Soil

And there’s no time like the present
For the children’s children’s children to appear
Is there a Holy Story
We all can hear
Track Name: Fishes in the Water
Such a lovely day
With you down by the river
We’re finding mushrooms
Such a sweet delicate flower
In your hat’s brim

And I see so clearly
The fishes in the water

When you play your tune
Sounds like music made in heaven
The echoes are awesome
Let’s linger with the vines a-hanging down
Like slumbering snakes

And I see so clearly
The fishes in the water

When I wear my goggle-woggles
And dive in deep
While you stay warm
Track Name: Light of our Love
Light of our Love

How will we survive
If we will not find peace
We must look inside
The only real way to release

The explosive fire we all carry
And the waves and warp of desire
We can see as clouds passing
Across a mountain’s face

We’re all afraid of the dark
And we’re all blinded by the light
We must slip between shadows
To see what is really here

I sing of science, and of song
I sing of the Golden Rule
Into the dark days of winter
We bring the Light of our Love
Track Name: Like a Child
Letting go
Of the fear and the pain
Pulling up by the roots
the grief and the rage
Feelin’ it move
Feelin’ it change
I dance in the golden light
Like a child again

Letting go
Of the stories and blame
Destroying the walls
Of doubt and shame
Feelin’ it move
Feelin’ it change
I dance in the golden light
Like a child again

Walking by myself
With you so nearby
Sometimes we touch

Stones beneath our soles
Looking overhead
Grapes on the vine

Letting go
To the love and the light
Listening to the secrets of the night
Feelin’ it move
Feelin’ it change
I dance in the golden light
Like a child again
Track Name: Universal Language
What a warlike people
Shooting from the steeple
With the mysteries and labyrnths of peace
Every idealization
Is a holy vision
Or a trap set to hold us in place

And the peaceful people
Who are the peaceful people?
Most of us are boiling, bitter with rage
Is there a solution?
Any new religion?
We are passing through an hourglass of faith

Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba…

It’s a dream
Better breathe into it
It’s a task
Better roll up your sleeves

In a conversation
Or a meditation
Circle back to the love
Oh the love
Universal language
How I yearn to sing it
From the heart rising up
Rising up
Track Name: Santiago
Step by step we walk to Santiago
Oaks above and chestnuts
Rolling under feet
Eucalyptus sweet and pungent
Peeling away to mystery

Open our hearts, open our understanding
Ancient songs dance
Through every leaf
Paths of stone and loving peregrinos
Strengthen our blood
On the Camino

Cloud crush in holy rage
You need to take it slow
One foot after the other will take you
Where you need to go

It’s a maze into the night
The darkest night
What did you see that away your sight
All your light?
When all the time
You were being held in love

Vines of grapes hang over the doorway
For the blood red wine
We drink with our bread
Tears from heaven wash away
All of our pain and suffering