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They come from miles and miles
From the sunny lowlands
And from snowier heights
And you said to me
As I switched on the headlights:
"I always thought that winter kind of bites."
We came to see the difference
If the land I loved once
Was waiting still
But I saw God
And I think I knew his will
In the light from the city on the hill
We drove through smoke and snowdrifts
By the dancing dreadlocked
In the shortest jeans
And he yelled to us
That the world's run by machines
I laughed, 'cause I know what he means
The snow came down in torrents
Driving out the homeless
Making drunk boys spill
Into the night
We danced and ate our fill
Bathed in light from the city on the hill

We jumped from gorge to gorge
And gorged on fruit of the valley below
If a man downtown asks to show you magic
Let it go
Here the prep-school hacks
And be-in refugees are ordinary men
In this den of sometime-sinners
I am home again
We parked where the lake froze over
Where the squatters' daughters
Whispered such sweet lies
And you said to me
And it caught me by surprise --
"This is where you grew up.  I can see it in your eyes."

And no matter where we go, you always will
It's the light from the city on the hill


from Ten Square Miles, released May 5, 2015
Music and Lyrics by Samuel B. Lupowitz
Copyright © 2014 KUGEL MUSIC (ASCAP)

SBL - piano, bass, lead vocal
Mandy Goldman - harmony vocals & "ahs"
Will Gelder - slide guitar
Drew Serafini - acoustic & electric guitars
Will Sigel - drums
Jeff Chilton - trombone
Jimmy Rose - trumpet
Alec Staples - tenor saxophone, flute



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Samuel B. Lupowitz Ithaca, New York

Musician, composer, arranger, food enthusiast, and bad pun aficionado. Rock and soul revivalism with elements of jazz, blues, and Americana.

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