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Burn bright and learn to shine. I can still hear my mother’s voice in my head every morning as she would wake me for school with the words “Rise and shine” I suppose that could be the original inspiration for where this one came from. While I let the guitars remain in the rock vibe, the groove of this one is all about a bit of reggae. Let your love light shine!

©2011 Blue Room Digital Music.


speak your mind
don’t read between the lines
leave it all behind
with words you can’t define
burn bright and learn to shine
shine, to shine, shine

draw the line
and keep your love alive
in the rising tide
go on and take a dive
it’s the love that’s there
to shine
shine, to shine, shine

valiant warriors roll
on burning tanks of gold
while dreamers stop and stare
reasons to be free
in all that we receive
with tender loving care
the dream is theirs to shine

travel far and wide
stand up and fire away
searching all divides
forever and a day
divide and stand to shine
shine, to shine, shine


from Lighthouse (lp), released August 9, 2011
words and music by John Orr Franklin


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John Orr Franklin Austin, Texas

Musician and composer John Orr Franklin currently resides in Austin Texas, where he composes and records in his private home recording facility. His genre spanning compositions have been featured on radio and television around the globe.

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