The Lamp of Welcome

by Chris O

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The Lamp of Welcome ~ Chris O (APRA)

A dreamless night, under fields of stars,
the blankets bind our bodies warm and tight.
A sleep of peace, of innocence, for all the family.
Certain of the way it was, and is, and will forever be.

We all love to lead a gentle life.
We all long for the simple life.

A cold restless night under an absent moon,
When hunger strikes and water's gone too soon.
Cities turn to dust, and children play no more,
The last threads of hope are thrown out,
thrown out, to this foreign shore.

They all want to live a gentle life.
They all try so hard for the simple life.

"From a distance you can only see my light, but move in a little closer.
Come close and you will see that I, I am you" (Rumi)

See it with your mind, it could be you or me.
Hear it with your heart, the song of exile.
Just hold out the lamp of welcome, to the refugee.


released April 8, 2019
Song, music & production by Chris Okunbor (APRA) 2019


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Chris O Australia

An Australian, who plays with a real roots flavor.

Chris had three blues tours of Europe recently. She was Solo Blues Performer of the Year for NSW, at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA.

"Chris is a gifted songwriter, understated singer and wicked multi-instrumentalist with catholic tastes and a penchant for inspired and creative collaborations." Sing Out Magazine, USA.
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