Survival Of Joy

by Light Warriors

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released May 13, 2016

All songwriting, production and instrumentation by Erik Rabasca, aka Light Warriors, except drums on Step Into The Free by Ryan Camenzuli

Mastering by Howie Kaufman

Special thanks to Moira Coffey, Erin Dunlevy, Greg Coffey, Adam Rabasca, Drew Moss for continual support and encouragement over the years

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Light Warriors New York, New York

In today's onslaught of negative information and soul destruction, we need a warrior mentality to remain positive. Light Warriors takes conscious music of singer-songwriters to the next level by fusing multiple styles, from pure experimentalism and improvisation to dub reggae, indie, jazz and folk, into delectable song formats. ... more

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Track Name: The Devil's Angels
The Devil’s Angels hover
Lift off to victory smothered
Lengthy competition signals
Old ways dying and brittle

Power conceived by a master
Gorging on it faster and faster
Reverence turns cold in an instant
Shackles strangling resistance

Security strikes at the fearful
Under guise of protecting people
Who by rules they’re creating
From this axis in time proliferating

Survival of joy is the mission
From mountains to ocean and between them
Evolving from next generations
Learning faster than those who create them

Tomorrow’s questions go unanswered
Glory of past we wish to capture
Meaning we seek through existence
Is challenged continually and frequent

So all goes to hell and to heaven
All cries from laughter or wailing
All suffers misinterpretation
And all the Angel’s devils simply hope for…
Track Name: Truth Exists Inside The Moment
We’re neither black or white, brown, yellow or red
All human beings live to be instead
I’m standing before you willing to die
For the chance you’ll catch yourself in my eye

Truth exists inside the moment
Forces at work never know them
Heavenly souls never own them
Truth exists in
The moment

All this talk of killing make me shout and scream
Blood on your hands never gets washed clean
Industry creates poverty then turns hearts mean
This fragile policy killers fight to keep

Truth exists inside the moment
Forces at work never know them
Heavenly souls never own them
Truth exists in
The moment

But they keep building tall barriers
Keep focusing on those hate carriers
Intentions are clear, they keep prejudice near
Because, because, because
Harmony, harmony is truly what they fear

There is failure to negate vision blinded by hate
All this human to human colorization of state
Why carry such heavy weight when opposites can relate
To when stolen dreams make many hearts break

Truth exists inside the moment
Forces at work never know them
Heavenly souls never own them
Truth exists in
The moment
The moment
The moment
Track Name: Times Are Hard
Look for higher ground
Get stuck in the mud
No matter where we turn
Riots are going to run

Times are hard
Times are hard
Times are hard
Times are hard

People get desperate
When every penny’s been spent
Too long in a silent way
Gives us what we get

Times are hard
Times are hard
Times are hard
Times are hard

Times are hard, harder than stone
In a hundred years we’ll all be gone
What we do, why we care
What we need won’t always be there

Times are hard
Times are hard
Times are hard
Times are hard
Track Name: It's Just...
It’s just another rain fall down
It’s just another stumble and a bump on the head
It’s just another crossroads now
It’s just another bend in a windy path ahead
Toward a new direction
Away from all these unneeded thoughts
Holding us hostage
Choking all the progress toward our common goals
Blocked by egos
Blocked by terror
Blocked by those grand self-delusional dreams
All the hope now is buried in the struggles of the day
All the hope now just buried in the struggles of the day
All the hope now is buried in the struggles of the day

It’s just another con man now
It’s just another smile and a promise of the world
It’s just another lie told now
It’s just another desperate situation unfurled
Of incompetence
Out of control and in need of a solve
Begging for saviors
Begging for their fix of adoration to feel whole
Oh so lonely
Oh so fearful
Oh so outrageous how cycles repeat
We’re so hopeful living moments in these struggles of the day
We’re so hopeful living moments in these struggles of the day
We’re so hopeful living moments in theses struggles of the day

It’s just another calming sound
It’s just another repeat of acknowledging our pain
It’s just another fight come ‘round
It’s just another cycle of releasing the shame
Awakening feelings
Of discovery just like when we were kids
Oh so joyful
Jumping waves in oceans like when we were kids
Going deeper
Going further
Going the furthest that we’ve ever been
Make us whole now so we conquer these struggles of the day
Make us whole now so we conquer these struggles of the day
Make us whole now so we conquer these struggles of the day
Make us whole now so we conquer these struggles of the day
Track Name: Outrage
Hope’s over blown
Our habits have shown
Stagnation prone
This life we all own and are given

Decades on end
Weakness distends
A tumultuous blend
From now until then we are living

What can we do
We all look to you
Who twists the truth
Moods red turn to blue and are bleeding

The lawful are denied
Outrage grown tired
No place left to hide
Downward we ride from uniting

Trust bought and sold
Both new and bold
To the soft and the old
A cover up to hold their misgivings

Decode rituals
Of societal ills
Bought with bloody bills
For someone’s thrills and their feeding

It’s just a game
The bold take the fame
The weak take the blame
It’s everyone’s shame, it’s repeating

Where there is smoke
Exists a cruel joke
An immovable oak
A death grip of rope, life receding

The heart aches and bleeds
Pain cries and screams
Hate bursting the seams
Love flies with dreams we’re reliving
Track Name: Step Into The Free
What if your humanity
Is my humanity
And we found it was the same

It’s all the same illusion
It’s all the same dream
It’s all the same fantasy

There’s abandoned homes
And broken dreams
And life reborn
With whimsical glee
Strength through hard times
Step into the free

What is their ability
Was the same as our ability
And we joined together to raise the game

Join in the positioning
Join in the same dream
Join in what we want to be

There’s tribal wars
Territories
Execution of flawed strategies
Let go this mind
Step into the free

What if our humility
Was everyone’s humility
That levels expectations and kills all blame

Blame for all the secrecy
Blame for failed dreams
Blame for double standards and for the greed

There’s oppressive laws
Hypocrisy
And selfish motives of which we’re all guilty
Leave it all behind
Step into the free
Step into the free
Step into the free
Step into the free
Track Name: Soul Breaks
Soul breaks
Time fades
As we’re living
Soul breaks
Time fades
Time’s everlasting

Spirit struggle, feel the thunder
Cryptic thoughts revealed deep under
Portals open shut down by reason
Spring of one-mind soon to be in season as the

Soul breaks
Time fades
As we’re living
Soul breaks
Time fades
Time’s everlasting

Decode actions, let go of this traction
Loss we feel from love concealed is only subtraction
All is wanted and all can be had
But you can’t fake out desire misguided or sad

Soul breaks
Time fades
As we’re living
Soul breaks
Time fades
Time’s everlasting

Deepest spirits, surrounding within us
Watching and waiting for love to infuse with
Every story that’s remixed and bold
Like the pain that we’re born with that dies when we’re old

Soul breaks
Time fades
As we’re living
Soul breaks
Time fades
Time’s everlasting

Deepest spirits, surrounding within us
Watching and waiting for
Love
Track Name: So Goes The Story
So, so goes the story
Of how times have been
Here, here is your glory
It's yours, yours to begin

Necessity of breath we take
Intentions uplift or make
Positive flow if you can take
Or suffering when you break
Many places led to go
Consumed by image torn and shown
Absorbed within when you don’t know
Instead of running away we can always grow and

So, so goes the story
Of how times have been
Here, here is your glory
It's yours, yours to begin

Currents blow on winds of change
Constantly and without names
Climb within and face the shame
While learning how to embrace these games
Of choice or circumstance that binds
Choose to engage or leave behind
Hurt cries out then falls in line
What do we do when we run out of time and

So, so goes the story
Of how times have been
Here, here is your glory
It's yours, yours to begin

Time’s an illusion used as a crutch
What we put out don’t always yield much
If we’re only seeking personal gain
Those misguided efforts bring the pain
So reach deep and search for strength
In spit of sorrow thrown by fate
Hold on for the sake of this race
We just need to know that it’s never too late and

So, so goes the story
Of how times have been
Here, here is your glory
It's yours, yours to begin