The Preamble

by Elijah Ray

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+Elijah-'s very first album release, The Preamble sums up his early work: a soul infused, coming-of-age album, blending concepts of spirituality with a youthful zest for musical exploration. The Preamble really shows +Elijah- coming into his own as a singer, producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist.

For further information on +Elijah- and the Band of Light please visit bandoflight.ning.com for all the latest news on new releases, upcoming shows, videos, merchandise, & more. Welcome to the Band!

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released January 1, 2005

Composed, Produced, Arranged, and Performed by +Elijah-

with special guests:

Members of Tower of Power (Horn Section)
Michael Carabello (original member of Santana on Congas)
Jay Bird Koder on Guitar
Howard Wales on Hammond B3 organ
Jesse Molloy on Saxes

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Elijah Ray Kilauea, Hawaii

From a young age, +Elijah- (aka Elijah Ray) knew it was his yestiny to bring more light into this world through music. And so it is that +Elijah- and the Band of Light's music is a balm for the soul, the sound of sunshine, insanely positive and uplifting... What's not to love? The Band of Light sound goes straight for the joy button and presses it really hard. Get on the YES Wave. Band Together. ... more

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Track Name: Angels (intro)
Angels, keep shining on me
Just keep shining on me
Keep shining on me
Angels, keep shining on me...Oh!
Angels, Keep shining, shining your light on everyone
Angels, you set me free
Track Name: Free?
I wake up
I go to work and I pee in a cup
And I begin to think: what the hell am I doing>
I'm gonna write a song
I feel stuck
It's getting harder to breath, I give up
Oh, will I ever be free?
I can't take it any longer
I'm gonna write a song, yea

I'll sit down (wonder what will come out?)
A groovy Sound
And I'll play it, and I'll play my song for you
And I'll play my song for you
And I'll play my song
For You
For You

So I've Heard:
You say your life really sucks, how absurd
Because you dig your own ruts
I'm not digging any longer
I'm gonna write a song
Now these words
Are meant to open your eyes to this curse
That we've all been hypnotized
By a culture that's failing
So I write my song

I'll sit down (wonder what will come out?)
A groovy Sound
And I'll play it, and I'll play my song for you
And I'll play my song for you
And I'll play my song...

I'll make it beautiful
I'll make it beautiful
I'll make it beautiful
I'll make it beautiful


For You...

(i'm free as a bird)
And I'll play it, and I'll play my song for you
i'm free as a bird)
And I'll play it, and I'll play my song for you

(repeat out)
Track Name: Time
I Knew a girl
Who used to run from life
She used to worry about everything
And she was so damn sad inside
Ooh, you could feel it, you could feel it
If you look into her eyes
But what she didn't know is her fears were starting to show
I said, "C'mon girl, let's wave that shit goodbye"

Don't you let your time slowly waste away
Don't you let your time slowly waste away
(repeat)

I feel like I'm runnin'

I knew a guy who used to run from pain
He'd sedate himself until he killed his brain
He let his best years slip by
What a damn shame
Well, do you even know what you're trying to find?
Is there a clear vision of it in your mind?
Well, maybe you should go and kick your own behind into gear

Don't you let your time slowly waste away
Don't you let your time slowly waste away
(repeat)
Track Name: Rythym Revolution
You think that you have won the battle
But you haven't won the war
You've got us lined up like a bunch of cattle
But we don't need you anymore

I didn't know if we could make it any longer
But I found a way, yes I found a way
I didn't know if we could make it any longer
But I found a way, yes I found a way

I love, I love, I love, I love, I love, I Love
The rhythm revolution
It makes me feel high
I love, I love, I love, I love, I love, I Love
The rhythm revolution
It makes me feel high

You'll hear us say: I'm a survivor
It doesn't matter what you think
This establishment will sink
We're almost on the brink of revolution

I didn't know if we could make it any longer
But I found a way, yes I found a way
I didn't know if we could make it any longer
But I found a way, yes I found a way

I love, I love, I love, I love, I love, I Love
The rhythm revolution
It makes me feel high
I love, I love, I love, I love, I love, I Love
The rhythm revolution
It makes me feel high
(repeat)
Track Name: We Are All One
Too many people
Ignorant to things that could save them
But it ain't too late, no there's still time
To learn about these things, oh we could teach them
About the Earth, where do we fit it? (right now)
Time to take a look at what we're doing
Think about the little ones, the little boys, the little girls
I say: gotta teach them love, gotta teach them love, yea
Gotta teach them love, gotta teach them love, yea

We gotta learn to live together
Learn to love whatever comes into your life
Because you put it there yourself
We gotta learn to live together
Learn to love whatever happens in your life
We are all one

All these illusions, twisting people's minds and intuitions
But the time has come, it's time to come back
Be yourself again cause things are changing
And you know that's true
See every soul yearns for the same thing
I think you can feel it, feel it just the same
Every soul knows that we are all one
It's time to remember y'all, remember everyone


We gotta learn to live together
Learn to love whatever comes into your life
Because you put it there yourself
We gotta learn to live together
Learn to love whatever happens in your life
Because you made it happen by yourself
We gotta learn to live together
Learn to love whatever comes into your life
Because you put it there yourself
We gotta learn to live together
Learn to love whatever happens in your life
My life, your life, it's our life
We are all one
Track Name: Life is Magic
spoken:
"In this game we call life, we're all looking for answers...and if we're lucky, we might even find some.
But with a pure heart, and a clear mind...the answers find you."

You hit me like a bag of bricks
I think it was a Sunday
But the extent of your voodoo tricks
really didn't hit me till Monday
I think you put a spell on me
You got inside my head, girl
And yet I've never felt so free
Like I could fly around the world

Life Is Magic (are you with me?)
It ain't half as tragic as you make it out to be
Life Is Magic (are you with me?)
It ain't half as tragic as you make it out to be

People can you hear me?
We gotta make a change now
You've gotta set your minds free
And if you listen, I'll tell you how
You make your own reality
We gotta make it a good one
You could choose to be helpless, on your knees
Or you could choose to see the sun

Life Is Magic (are you with me?)
It ain't half as tragic as you make it out to be
Life Is Magic (are you with me?)
It ain't half as tragic as you make it out to be

Oh! I'm talking bout life (are you with me)

We can make a brighter day, think about life in a different way
Track Name: Slegna
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Track Name: Little Bird
A little bird once told me
That the end is drawing near
I said no way, how could this be?
He chirped and said: "You've been getting signs for years"
Getting signs for years
Getting signs for years

A little bird asked me, am I gonna die?
I told him no, no, no, no, no
You'll be back in another life
A little bird asked me, am I gonna die?
I said there ain't now such things
You'll be back in another life

To say the least, when I heard this
Well, it broke my heart
The little bird landed on my shoulder and said
Here's a good place to start...
Why not abandon your dying culture
and find another way to live
I said that would take a lot of work
But in the end, we'd be glad we did, oh

A little bird asked me, am I gonna die?
I told him no, no, no, no, no
You'll be back in another life
A little bird asked me, am I gonna die?
I said there ain't now such things
You'll be back in another life
(repeat)
Track Name: Have a Little Faith
Baby, you're so far away
And yet I believe
Someday, you'll be here with me
I can't find how to say
Please, won't you have a little faith in me?
Oh no, don't you leave me now
I need your love, and your strength, baby
Somehow, I'll be there with you
Won't you start today?
Please can't you have a little faith in me?

I know it gets cold sometimes
Even gets hard sometimes
I know it gets lonely sometimes
But when you wake up in the morning

Just have a little faith
Have a little faith

I know it gets cold sometimes
Even gets hard sometimes
I know it gets lonely sometimes
But when you wake up in the morning

Just have a little faith
Have a little faith
When you wake up in the morning
Just have a little faith
Have a little faith

Have a little faith
(repeat)
Track Name: The Look
I don't know who you are
But I wish I did, I wish I knew
Even just your name
Even just your sign
Even just your favorite place to go
I don't know what it is
But you make my stomach do somersaults
Maybe it's your eyes
Or your angel face
Maybe it's the way you hold yourself
I've met a thousand girls
But you make me feel like singing
Every time you smile
Every time you don't
Every time you look the other way
Look the other way, girl...

The other way, the other way,
The other way, the other way,
The other way...
(repeat)
Track Name: Inner-Mission
So many times I've searched for
All the reasons why (the reasons why)
Pain, hatred, war and suffering exist
It seems that we've devised
A culture that creates these things
A prison only in your mind

spoken:
"A wise man once came to me in a dream
he said: 'Elijah, pay no mind to these illusions
That humans have created for themselves
Illusions like need, disunity, and ignorance
Instead you must focus on the truth.'
'What truth?" I asked.

'We Are All One.'

WE ARE ALL ONE
Track Name: Angels (outro)
Angels, keep shining on me
Just keep shining on me
Keep shining on me
Angels, keep shining on me (angels)
Won't you keep shining your light on everybody
Every everybody, every every single One (angels)
Angels, yea, just shine, shine, shine your light (angels)
Angels, you set me free
Angels
Angels
Track Name: The Other Side
I hate to say it, but it's time
For us to go our separate ways
We spend too much of our lives
Trying to play these silly games

It's time for you
to make your way to the other side
The dream is true
I'll see you there on the other side
It's time for you
to make your way to the other side
The dream is true
I'll see you there on the other side, yea yea

I'm so tired of feeling this way
Lord, we've got to make a change
We can't have too much more of this
Let's let our minds rearrange
Maybe this time, we'll get it right
And let our hearts guide the way
Ain't no reason for war, no more, no fights
In the end only love will reign
(let it rain on you)

It's time for you
to make your way to the other side
The dream is true
I'll see you there on the other side
It's time for you
to make your way to the other side
The dream is true
I'll see you there on the other side, yea yea

It won't be long before my people rise again
Open up their eyes again
To the other side, amen
It won't be long before my people rise again
Open up their eyes again
To the other side, amen
It won't be long before my people rise again
Open up their eyes again
To the other side, amen
(repeat)