Brighter Than Today

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This song celebrates human achievement and progress.

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Many winter nights ago a woman shivered in the cold
Searched the sky and wondered why the gods invented pain
She bitterly struck rocks together
Wondering why our lives aren't better
Suddenly she saw the spark of light and golden flame
She showed others but they told her
She was not meant to control these primal forces
The gods were cloaked in mystery
Proud and angry, she defied them
She would not be satisfied
She lit a fire and started history

Tomorrow can be brighter than today
Although the night is cold and the stars may seem so far away
But every mind can be a perfect ray of courage, hope and freedom
Surely we can find our better way

Ages long forgotten now built the wheel and then the plow
Tilled the earth to prove our worth
Against the drought and snow
Soon we had time to ponder
Look into the sky and wonder,
"Could there be some deeper meaning we should know?"
The universe may seem unfair
The Laws of Nature do not care
Plagues and storms and our own evils
Nearly dowsed our flame
But through it all we have endured
Lessons learned, diseases cured
All Herculean tasks
But we can still proclaim:

Tomorrow can be brighter than today
Although the night is cold and the stars may seem so far away
But every mind can be a perfect ray of courage, hope and freedom
Surely we can find our better way!

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from Phase Transition, released October 21, 2013
words and music: Raymond Arnold and Glen Raphael
guitar and voice: Glen Raphael

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Glen Raphael New York, New York

Glen Raphael is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who performs songs on such nerdy and diverse topics as quantum physics, bedbugs, and the Statue of Liberty's mid-life crisis. Glen has won Best Original Song awards at NCSA events and is the current organizer of the New York City Folk Music Meetup. ... more

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