Compassion

by Jon Perl's Dark Light

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1.
"Pay attention" said your teachers "Pay attention" said your shrink All those guidance counselor notebooks All that guidance counselor ink But you could not do their bidding You would close your eyes and sail (Cuz there were) New worlds to be discovered New seas, uncharted & wild How easily you went there You were an unusual child You were a daydream machine, daydream machine Daydream machine, daydream machine You can never tame a stallion (You can) Never catch the wind You tried to squeeze into the box But nothing ever kept you in Cause you had your world of beauty Where love ruled all the land (Cuz there were) New worlds to be discovered New seas, uncharted & wild How easily you went there You were an unusual child You were a daydream machine, daydream machine Daydream machine, daydream machine You heard a song, it was so lyrical lyrical You closed your eyes and it was magical magical Felt the vibrations at the heart of life The walls were grey and dreary The future 9-to-5 But your mind was full of color, Psychedelic and alive Cause you had your world of beauty You could close your eyes and sail (Cuz there were) New worlds to be discovered New seas, uncharted & wild How easily you went there You were an unusual child You were a daydream machine, daydream machine Daydream machine, daydream machine You heard a song and it was lyrical lyrical You closed your eyes, it was so magical magical Felt the vibrations at the heart of life That was the art of life...
2.
The Well 05:37
I’m going down Down to the well There is no time to waste I’ll drink until I know I’ll be around Breaking that spell No time to hesitate I know I know I know I know - it’s true I know I know I know I know, there is a reason for these blues I know I know, I know I know, I do It’s simple, love will get you through So I went down Down to the well I drank the water there It felt so pure & cold, A quiet song A tender touch A sweetness everywhere I know I know I know I know - it’s true I know I know I know I know, there is a reason for these blues I know I know, I know I know, I do It’s simple, love will get you through Only love will get you through I took my friend Down to the well We drank the water there We felt it quench our souls A gentle breeze Washed over us Sweet music in the air I know I know I know I know - it’s true I know I know I know I know, there is a reason for these blues I know I know, I know I know, I do It’s simple, love will get you through Only love will get you through Oldest lesson in the book – Only love will get u thru Come on people take a look – Then you’ll know just what to do Oldest story ever told – We’re still learning how to be You’d think by now we would know – Give it up and you’ll be free I’m going down Down to the well There is no time to waste I know I know I know I know - it’s true I know I know I know I know, there is a reason for these blues I know I know, I know I know, I do It’s simple, love will get you through Only love will get you through
3.
You send out a message - You get no reply Just a smiley face - But emojis can lie World moving fast - Heart moving slow You can’t seem to start - Or make anything go Invisible man You don't think that you can Find the touch of a hand - to hold No, that wasn't the plan Can anyone hear? Is anyone near? What passes for news - Doesn’t make sense at all It’s keeping you down - When you need to stand tall Trash your device - Give someone time Hearing their stories - Touching your mind Invisible man You don’t think that you can Find the touch of a hand - to hold Alone in a crowd You need someone to say Hey, I can see you, can see you, can see you… And it’s OK, oh yeah Oh no Invisible Man, Don’t be invisible man (2x) Man in a jail - The walls are your own Made out of fear - Not mortar or stone In cells all around - There are more just like you Reach thru the wall - Your hand goes right thru Invisible man You don’t know that you can Find the touch of a hand - to hold Alone in a crowd You need someone to say Hey, I can see you, can see you, can see you… And it’s OK, oh yeah Invisible man Here is my hand The world barrels on, barrels on… But I can see you, oh yeah I can hear you, oh yeah
4.
In this moment, a quiet breeze In this moment, a touch of ease Lay your worries to one side A friend to talk to, a simple smile The sounds of life are all around Feeling my feet touch the ground In this moment Alive and strong Holding steady Calm or storm Feeling grateful That’s the key Let this moment Carry me Keep on singing in spite of fear Keep the heart of laughter near World's gone crazy, different tribes We shed the same tears when we cry Light beats darkness if you choose We've got everything to lose In this moment Alive and strong Holding steady Calm or storm Feeling grateful That’s the key Let this moment Carry me I make my plans and keep on working for a better day Trust and let the future be, that's the only way Eyes are open to loss and pain Heart absorbing every change Hate is weakness, anger strong I'll stand my ground and sing my song I get my strength right from the source My life has been my toughest course In this moment Alive and strong Holding steady Calm or storm Feeling grateful That’s the key Let this moment Carry me
5.
Life’s too short to fight and argue It's too hard without a hand I'm too soft to take these punches Been too long without a friend Honey be my friend Days flow and I won't fight it Way to go Father Time I slow down, but life goes faster I don't drown, I’m floating fine I'm floating fine I want you To float too Been so long Same old song I'm not one for running I stick around, I'll take the heat Every spark a blaze of glory Every life so short and sweet Short and sweet

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EP2 by Jon Perl's Dark Light. Forget about yourself to strengthen yourself.

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released October 18, 2019

Grayson McCarthy, Kevin Osborne, Vickie Russell - Lead + Background Vocals
Amy Fradon - Additional Background Vocals
Jonathan Perl - Piano, Organ, Synths
Premik Russell Tubbs - Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Adam Kornreich - Guitars
Guito Galindo - Rhythm acoustic guitars
Andy Hess - Bass
Anthony Cavallo - Bass
Tony Mason - Drums
Jon Shiffman - Drums, Percussion

Recorded at the Sonic Arts Center @ The City College of New York and Split Rock Studios
Jonathan Perl - Writer, Arranger, Producer, Recording and Mix Engineer
Vickie Russell - Co-writer Time to Heal
Paul Special - Additional mixing and drum recording
Jason Sarubbi – Recording additional vocals
Scott Hull - Mastering Engineer
Miles Blue-Spruce, Alex Benjamin, John Marron, Ben Lehoullier, Noble Thomas, William Fischer - Recording Assistants

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Jon Perl's Dark Light New Paltz, New York

Jon Perl: human, songwriter, keyboardist, producer, teacher. Jon Perl's Dark Light took a long time to germinate & over three years to birth. Songs of real life–mine & friends. By the way, the songs are lonely & need a home! Like in your film, on your own record, or in your playlist. Contact me about licensing, covering or remixing any Darklight songs, or, just stream or download & enjoy! ... more

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