A song for the winter solstice: “Beacons in the Darkness.” Copyright 2010 Gary McGath. All rights reserved.
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Beacons in the Darkness
Music and Lyrics: Gary McGath, Copyright 2010
We have learned to live by reason
And our knowledge guards us here,
But the caves still live within us,
We still know the ancient fear.
When the cold and dark are growing
And the light shrinks day by day,
It is time to make our own light
That will drive the dark away.
Lighting beacons in the darkness
To await the sun’s return,
Keeping hope against the winter
Let the solstice fire burn,
We fight cold with celebration,
And we answer gloom with light,
As we keep the beacons burning
Through the winter’s longest night.
In our stories and our legends
Comes the tale of death and birth,
Of how light and warmth escape us
Then return again to Earth,
Of the heroes who regain it
Or in trying fail and die,
Of the sun that falls in weakness
Yet still climbs back to the sky.
Every culture in the north world
Has its version of the tale.
Something dies, yet life continues,
It will not forever fail.
So we raise our lights defiant,
Each one in a different name,
And whatever we may call them,
All our hopes remain the same: