"Looking East" as written by Luis Conte, Jackson Browne, Mauricio Fritz Lewak, Kevin James Mccormick, Scott Troy Thurston and Jeffrey Young....
Standing in the ocean with the sun burning low in the west
Like a fire in the cavernous darkness at the heart of the beast
With my beliefs and possessions, stopped at the frontier in my chest
At the edge of my country, my back to the sea, looking east

Where the search for the truth is conducted with a wink and a nod
And where power and position are equated with the grace of God
These times are famine for the soul while for the senses it's a feast
From the edge of my country, as far as you see, looking east

Hunger in the midnight, hunger at the stroke of noon
Hunger in the mansion, hunger in the rented room
Hunger on the TV, hunger on the printed page
And there's a God-sized hunger underneath the laughing and the rage
In the absence of light
And the deepening night
Where I wait for the sun
Looking east

How long have I left my mind to the powers that be
How long will it take to find the higher power moving in me

Power in the insect
Power in the sea
Power in the snow falling silently
Power in the blossom
Power in the stone
Power in the song being sung alone
Power in the wheat field
Power in the rain
Power in the sunlight and the hurricane
Power in the silence
Power in the flame
Power in the sound of the lover's name
The power of the sunrise and the power of a prayer released
On the edge of my country, I pray for the ones with the least

Hunger in the midnight, hunger at the stroke of noon
Hunger in the banquet, hunger in the bride and groom
Hunger on the TV, hunger on the printed page
And there's a God-sized hunger underneath the questions of the age
And an absence of light
In the deepening night
Where I wait for the sun
Looking east


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"Looking East" as written by Jackson Browne Fritz Lewak

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    General Comment"Some songs are maid to be sung in the darkest of times, "quipped JB on his Solo Acoustic Vol.1 CD. "And this is one of them."
    Tmo2199on May 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThough it's not mentioned directly in the song, it's not hard to see that looking east from Los Angeles, where Jackson lives, the furthest point is Washington, where "power and position are equated with the grace of God." A great companion song to "For America" and "Soldier Of Plenty"
    detailrichon October 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe sun rises in the east. He is looking toward the east to see the sun finally rise in his life. I love the artist and I love the simplicity of this song. So poignant...very moving.
    SweetCheeks2on February 25, 2012   Link

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