Let Me Shine

The light has sunk into the earth:
The image of DARKENING OF THE LIGHT.
Thus does the superior man live with the
great mass:
He veils his light, yet still shines.
The I Ching

 

…A shadow limps off among the trees.
Already sentenced into wilderness,
As if born wounded, he must stand
Between man & what shines.
Yusef Komunyakaa

Let Me Shine

Paint me as an angel, if that’s what you need to see
Put me on a pedestal, you never will meet me
Ambition pulls you closer, a moth come to a flame
But you’re bouncing off the window
And you think that I’m the blame,
Oh no, how many times I gotta hear it? One I love has to say:
“I just can’t live in your shadow,”
Then you turn and walk away

Let me shine, what’s it to ya
You got your light, baby I got mine
Let me shine, Hallelujah
I am alive

Paint me as a devil, if that’s how it has to be
Say misery and trouble, all you ever got from me
Disappointment justifies you, it’s no surprise you’d throw the game
When the glory that you borrow
Turns to bitterness and shame
Oh no, how many times I gotta hear it? One I love has to say:
“I just can’t live in your shadow,”
And another one walks away

Well let me shine, what’s it to ya
You got your light, baby I got mine
Let me shine, Hallelujah
I am alive
Everybody wants to shine

Everybody trying for the spotlight, for the lead line, on the big-time
Well, keep your eye on your own piece of pie
You’ll be alright, you’ll be just fine
The shadow you fear was never really mine
So shut the fuck up, and let me shine

Let me shine, what’s it to ya
You got your light, baby I got mine
Let me shine, Hallelujah
I am alive

Let me shine, what’s it to ya
You got your light, baby I got mine
Let me shine, Hallelujah
Oh yeah, Hallelujah
Let me shine, Hallelujah
I am alive
Why don’t you let me shine