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One Light in a Dark Valley
by Kenneth Burke (Harry Chapin's grandfather)

One light in a dark valley
And the mist is falling like rain
One light in a dark valley
And I'm alone again

One light in a dark valley
And I am all alone
One light in a dark valley
Is all I can call my own

One light in a dark valley
And the darkness is moving about
One light in a dark valley
And now that light has gone out

No light in this dark valley
Nothing but the darkness and me
No light in this dark valley
For all eternity

Light it up, Lord,
Let it shine

Come on and make the heavens so
brightly mine
Look through all the windows
Open all the doors
There will be such brightness round me
I won't want for anymore


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In 1972, Harry released Sniper & Other Love Songs. Thirty years would pass before the album would ever reach the CD format. Sniper was finally re-released in June, 2002.

Originally given a working title of Sweet City Suite, the album tells the story of various characters one might run into in a city. The album features the original studio versions of Chapin classics "A Better Place to Be" and "Circle." But perhaps more importantly (as those songs are already well-distributed on compilation CDs), the album features seemingly lost Chapin stories, including "And the Baby Never Cries," "Burning Herself," "Barefoot Boy," and "Woman Child."

Sniper is for the seasoned Chapin fan. New fans would do better to check out Greatest Stories Live. But for Chapin fans who have reached the level of the Dance Band on the Titanic album, this is the next step. Slightly over-produced and having a little of the "forced" feel that some of Harry's studio albums possess, this album does not capture the powerfully live Harry Chapin. Nonetheless, it captures Harry's great iconoclastic songwriting--Harry takes the story song to new heights here. But the album works best for those ready for it; don't buy it until you are ready to appreciate it!