Let in the Light

by Emily Barnes

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released March 10, 2017

All songs written by Emily Barnes
Produced by Emily Barnes and Mike Herz
Mixed and mastered by Don Sternecker @ Mix-O-Lydian
Banjo, Mandolin, Lead Guitar- Joseph Palmisano
Cello- Loni Bach
Violin- Rebekah Stickler
Piano- Mike Herz

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Emily Barnes

Tucked away in a town so tiny it isn't found on most maps, singer-songwriter Emily Barnes can be found sitting on the stone steps of her 200 year old home stitching together the latest melody from the fabric of her mind. T

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Track Name: Into the Dawn
I can't turn off the switch, when the light bulb goes off, it feels just like this. A jubilant high, but the plaster is set, and my weary bones are on the mend again. Come feed me serendipity. Keep coming for me because I am hungry. For good morning sun, good morning moon, good morning sweet Adirondack loon. Sing me your songs high up into the dawn as the fog is lifted from this journey I'm on.
Track Name: Uncertainty
I pour a cup of coffee, hope I made it strong
Leaves a ring on the counter top that will probably sit too long
I'm drinking from my flowered cup but all the flowers died
Now all that's left are thorns there sitting by my side
Will the sun still rise in the East each morning?
Will it leave me lonely without a warning?
I don't know, I don't know
Another day spills together leaving dew drops on my feet
I can't shake this feeling of impending uncertainty
and I'm painting it by numbers but all the paint has dried
Now all that's left are scales of monochrome black and white
Will the sun still rise in the East each morning?
Will it leave me lonely without a warning?
I don't know, I don't know
Everything changes, this much I know is true
I'm still banking on my same sky being blue
Will the sun still rise in the East each morning?
Will it leave me lonely without a warning?
I don't know, I don't know
Track Name: Alongside Lonely
Nothing ever comes easy
Everything always comes slow
Waiting for the break in the waves
But you’re stuck in the undertow

Nothing ever comes quickly
Everything’s quietly numb
Waiting on the right side
Of the swing of the pendulum

But it’s not all it’s cracked up to be
When your only friend is lonely
It’s quiet company
When you’re living alongside lonely

Nothing is ever certain
Everything is over you know
Waiting to catch up in the game
But the pace is never slow

Nothing is ever steady
Everything breaks and then mends
Waiting for the film to keep rolling
To see if you make the end

But it’s not all it’s cracked up to be
When your only friend is lonely
It’s quiet company
When you’re living alongside lonely

Waiting for the wind to pick up the wind to pick up the wind to pick up
I am waiting for the wind to pick up the wind to pick up it must

But it’s not all it’s cracked up to be
When your only friend is lonely
It’s quiet, quiet company
When you’re living alongside lonely
Track Name: Not Good Enough for Me
You're like a bouquet of flowers
That died yesterday
You're like a rain cloud that's hovering
Over my sunny day

So now I am walking away
I don't need your love to validate me anyway

I have learned to love myself
I have learned I am worth more then your wealth
You've become a sickness
That's no good for my health
You're overrated too complicated
Dysfunctional and inebriated to see
That your love is just not
Good enough for me

You're like a snow storm on a humid
July morning, July morning
You're like the perfect dress but the seams
Already been torn

So now I am walking away
I don't need your love to validate me anyway


I have learned to love myself
I have learned I am worth more then your wealth
You've become a sickness
That's no good for my health
You're overrated too complicated
Dysfunctional and inebriated to see
That your love is just not
Oh your love is just not
Oh your love is just not
Good enough for me
Track Name: Let in the Light
I have been counting
The steps I’ve been taking
To keep you an arms distance away
I have been tracing the floors I’ve been pacing
Trying to keep this at bay


Baby ooo, maybe I want to love you right
Baby, ooo maybe we all need cracks to let in the light


Who am I kidding
I have been falling
All the way from the highest branch
I must refrain from the sound of your name
I fear I want to take hold of your hand

Baby ooo, maybe I want to love you right
Baby, ooo maybe we all need cracks to let in the light


I have to keep part of me tucked away
Lock and key
Throw my worries to the wind or lose them at sea
I am in trouble now darling don’t you see?
That you have found the key

Baby, I think maybe that I want to love you right
Baby, ooo maybe we all need cracks to let in the light
Track Name: Midnight Moon
I can’t wait for your holy breath to
Come on in and tickle my neck
Your soft glow is touching my skin
I can’t wait to take you in again

I’m putting that pen to those blank slate pages
And I can’t wait to escape all this craziness

Midnight Moon
You’re always gone too soon
How I’m always longing for
My midnight muse

Your profound beauty is the only thing I see
It’s taking every single piece of me
Like the waves just rising to fall
I’m going to break I’m going to break down your walls

I’m writing it down
Note by note
I’m going to catch you before I croak

Midnight Moon
You’re always gone too soon
How I’m always longing for
My midnight muse


Like the church bells ring on Sunday morning
I fall to my knees and pray
I never live to see the day you’re slipping from my window pane
Never to be seen again

Midnight Moon
You’re always gone too soon
How I’m always longing for
My midnight muse
Track Name: Linger Longer
Just a little girl of merely four
Waiting patiently for you at the back door
But you're late for our date again
No you were not there to tuck me in

Now I'm flipping through the pages
Of my well worn family album
Hoping that you'll dance across my mind
I wish that you would linger longer
I wish you had spent a little more time

My hairs in curls and it's up in a great big bow
Here's to hoping you're the only one who knows
Watching squirrels at the Whitehall Inn they're
Harvesting their crops again
It's a great big world that I'm living in
It's filled with contradiction

Now I'm flipping through the pages
Of my well worn family album
Hoping that you'll dance across my mind
I wish that you would linger longer
I wish you had spent a little more time

But the weight is heavy on my fragile shoulders
and I think it's too much for me to bare
I'll always love you and I know I've told you so
But it's time I stop meeting you there

Just flipping through the pages
Of our well worn family album
Hoping that you'll dance into my life
I don't want you to linger any longer
here's to hoping I can leave this pain behind
I'm just hoping I can leave this pain behind
Track Name: Conviction
I am shackled to these chains that are weighing me down
A bird inside a cage begging to be found
When my feet hit solid ground

I will wait for you like the dove for morning dew
Outside my window view
I will hold onto every note every word
That we wrote that we spoke
With such conviction

Smack dab on the reality runway
Sometimes I want to be a runaway
When I find a place to lay

I will wait for you like the dove for morning dew
Outside my window view
I will hold onto every note every word
That we wrote that we spoke
With such conviction

Every promise that was made was not meant to be broken
Every youthful fountain, every magic potion
The waves in the ocean, fall with my emotions
If I don’t take the west bound train

I will wait for you like the dove for morning dew
Outside my window view
I will hold onto every note every word
That we wrote that we spoke

I will wait for you like the dove for morning dew
Outside my window view
I will hold onto every note every word
That we wrote that we spoke
With such conviction
With such conviction
Track Name: Let Love Win
Now you listen here
You’re not fooling me my dear
All your worries and your fears
They will disappear
When you let down your guards

Just hold me tight
Everything will turn out right
If you just stay the night
Turn down the lights
And let me get inside

Now just follow through
Stop contradicting you
And the words your body reads
And the heart my body needs
Won’t you just give it up?
Won’t you just give it in?
And let love win

I can’t go on
With the notion you’ll be gone
And one day you’ll change our song
Your heart will belong
To somebody new

So please let me in
Let this chapter begin
Don’t keep me wondering
Where you’ve been
And where you’re heading to

Now just follow through
Stop contradicting you
And the words your body reads
And the heart my body needs
Won’t you just give it up?
Won’t you just give it in?
And let love win

I am done explaining myself to you
I need an answer and I need it soon

Now just follow through
Stop contradicting you
And the words your body reads
And the heart my body needs
Won’t you just give it up?
Won’t you just give it in?
And let love win
Track Name: What are you Waiting For?
You can keep collecting rocks but
One by one they'll weigh you down
You can keep each penny tossed that's
Spinning round and round
The dreams you have are many so don't
let them fade
They'll disappear just as quickly as they're
Being made

And the birds don't wait for the snow to fall
and the sun don't quit for the rain
and the flowers they still bloom
Even through all your pain
So what are you waiting for?
Oh the birds they're heading North
They're weathering through this storm
So tell me
What are you waiting for?

You can spend your whole life building
That house of sand
One gust of wind could come and
Rip it from your hands
Stability is slipping through your
Fingertips
You can never get back all the
Time you've missed

And the birds don't wait for the snow to fall
and the sun don't quit for the rain
and the flowers they still bloom
Even through all your pain
So what are you waiting for?
Oh the birds they're heading North
They're weathering through this storm
So tell me
What are you waiting for?

Oh the birds they're heading North
They're weathering through this storm
And tell me
What are you waiting for?
Tell me
What are you waiting for?
Track Name: Don't know who I'll be
I don't know who I'll be at 28
Will I desire finer things
Hope I've gotten there too late
Will I still have the hope that I'll make those pearly gates?
Is that who I'll be at 28?

I don't know who I'll be at 33
Will I have more bills and less time being free?
Will I buy a plot of land or move back to the sea?
Is that who I'll be at 33?

I know I've got a lot to get to
Many more roads and cities to pursue
I hope I give a lot and take a little less each time
Close tight my eyes and enjoy the ride

I don't know who I'll be at 45
Will I still spin records just content with getting by?
Will I still enjoy the simple things that money just can't buy?
I hope that's who I'll be at 45

I don't know who I'll be at 64
Will I stare into a TV screen until I start to snore?
Will I talk with my children about when our country was at war?
Is that who I'll be at 64

I know I've got a lot to get to
Many more roads and cities to pursue
I hope I give a lot and take a little less each time
Close tight my eyes and enjoy the ride

I know exactly who I am
I don't spend my time penning perfect plans
I've got just what I need inside of these two hands
I know exactly who I am

I like this person I've become
It took me many years to learn to be young
I know my time here as only just become
and I like this person I've become

I know I've got a lot to get to
Many more roads and cities to pursue
I hope I give a lot and take a little less each time
Close tight my eyes and enjoy the ride
Close tight my eyes and enjoy the ride