Sunlight Washin' Over Me

by Elisa S. Keeler



This song was released on March 5th 2021, but the concept began in the Spring of 2020 during the confining and pressurized circumstances of the world-wide pandemic. I had been feeling "stuck inside" with my family. I managed to pry myself away for a walk in the woods just uphill from my home in Ithaca NY.

The song is meant to inspire us to get outside, even when the weight of the world is on our shoulders. It's meant to invite us into the present moment, to tap the beautiful and replenishing aspects of nature. And last but not least, to remind us of our resilience and the sunlight within, even in the darkest of times.


Verse 1:
There’s heavy weight in this lonely town (I will rise)
The streets are empty without a sound (I will rise)
Stuck inside all the world is hushed (I will rise)
But I go out, I will not be crushed (I will rise)

Oh when I wake up in the morning (sunlight washin’ over me)
I see the sunlight in the east (sunlight washin’ over me)
I see it glisten in the puddle (sunlight washin’ over me)
I feel it washin’ over me (sunlight washin’ over me)

Verse 2:
I head to the woods, a mile away (I will rise)
Determined to get there, I clear the way (I will rise)
The smell of spring calls to my soul (I will rise)
If only I get there, I’ll be made whole (I will rise)


Verse 3:
That steady tree, sacred and strong (I will rise)
To no other, to her I belong (I will rise)
She reaches far, she reaches wide (I will rise)
I too will reach with tremendous strides (I will rise)


Verse 4:
The sun goes down, the day is done (I will rise)
I reach my hand out to call someone (I will rise)
She’s always there, that whisperin' wind (I will rise)
She’s there at the start and there at the end (I will rise)


released March 5, 2021
Elisa S. Keeler - all vocals
Jon Petronzio - keyboard and bass
Ian Cummings - drums
Nate Richardson - mix and master
Stefan Myers - cover art


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Elisa S. Keeler Ithaca, New York

Elisa S. Keeler is a singer and composer from Ithaca NY. She is the founder of Freeing Your Voice program for adults and the Music for Unity and Social Change program for public schools. Elisa facilitates retreats at Light on the Hill Retreat Center. She lives with her family in Ithaca NY.
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