JoAnn Abbott - Candle In The Dark (Shadow)

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We hold these truths to be self evident
But before a child can know the truth, he has to learn the way
The way to shape and form the letters
The way to know the fathers plan
He needs someone there to guide him
To become the best he can
For it takes a patient hand to form the man

She showed him how to hold the chalk and slate
Used a Bible and a hornbook to teach values writ in stone
She taught virtue with those letters
Printed faith upon his heart
And a reverence for liberty
And justice got its start
Formed the course of a new nation with her art

It only takes a spark to light a candle in the dark
A single light can help to show the way
That small flame in turn
Helped the brushfires to burn
Set by determined men
Whose dream still lives on today

She taught him as he grew to use a pen
And to use his mind as well to build upon the base she laid
As grammar led to logic
He learned how to speak and act
Arithmetic, geometry
Each had their impact
And were used to form the nations great compact

She never knew just where her actions led
That the child she taught to read and write
Would someday lead her land
She just gave him love of learning
Love of God and liberty
She set his feet upon a path
That stands in history
And the Constitution is her legacy

It only takes a spark to light a candle in the dark
A single light can help to show the way
That small flame in turn
Helped the brushfires to burn
Set by determined men
Whose dream still lives on today

credits

from SpinTunes #2: Round 3, released November 9, 2010
Words & music by JoAnn Abbott
Arrangement & instrumentals by Caleb Hines
Additional vocals by Tyler “The Grandson” Lawler & Scott “The Husband” Abbott

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