Cold Light of Day

from by Lisa Forkish

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Music and Lyrics by Lisa Forkish and Erica Stenquist


Six years on the farm, your mother watchin' bees makin' honey
Carefree, you make-believe Cowboys and Indians
Papa's books caught your eye, the horses and the gunning
Little boy, you were good, you were human
In the cold light of day.

Back at home after school, you felt the sting of brass and leather
Papa's nod you never got and your brother left you lonely
They said you couldn't make your art and stole your hope forever
Young man, you were good, you were human
In the cold light of day.

Running fast, fleeing fire underneath the gunpowder skies
You took to heart all the hate and sent it back out there
All the lives in your hands droppin' hard like flies
You denied they were good, they were human
In the cold light of day.

Isn't it true we begin knowing love in our hearts?
Can we keep it from falling apart?
Would your war have unfolded if you hadn't been scolded for making art?


from Bridges, released May 31, 2012



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Lisa Forkish San Francisco, California

Lisa Forkish is an award-winning songstress, composer and arranger, originally from Eugene, OR. She is a recipient of Portland's "Songwriter of the Year" award and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Lisa is a faculty member in the Vocal Department at Oakland School for the Arts where she directs the Concert Choir and founded the a cappella group Vocal Rush. ... more

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