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More about Charles E. Davis:
Charles E. and Maria A. Davis are songwriters living in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Charles has been a piano teacher and musician for many years. He currently teaches privately, and with Musicland. Maria has been writing lyrics and poetry for several years. Both Charles and Maria enjoy writing music in English and Spanish, and have published several vocal, choral, and instrumental works commercially. They are Award of Merit Winners in the LDS Church 2014 Church Music Submission Awards.
More about Kara E. Trotter:
Kara E. Trotter and Charles E. Davis are father-and-daughter songwriters. Kara currently serves as an Assistant Choir Director for her ward in Panquitch, Utah. She also writes lyrics and plays the flute. Charles has been a piano teacher and musician for many years. He currently teaches privately, and with Musicland in the Inland Empire of Southern California.
Song background:

This anthem, written for SATB Choir, expresses the thoughts and feelings of abandonment and despair felt by those waiting in Spirit Prison, and the intense joy felt upon being delivered.  The text was given by inspiration and is presented in total within this song.  Selected single voice parts or unison parts may also be sung by soloists.  This song may be used at home, church, or in public performance.  

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Lyrics: Verse 1:
I sit here alone in the darkness
I’m waiting to hear my name.
The years keep on turning,
No less is my yearning,
For light to enter this place.

I’m trapped in this prison of darkness,
I’m lost in this pit of despair!
The days keep on flying.
I've given up sighing.
There’s no one out there who cares.

I've begged and pleaded to all who’d hear
For someone to find my name!
And yet, here I sit,
Alone in this pit,
Unwanted, unknown, forgotten.

Verse 2:
I used to anxiously await the day
When someone would claim me with joy.
I used to envision
The greatest reunion,
Elation we would all share.

How long has it been since I gave up that dream
So precious to me for so long?
How long has it been?
The pain does not end:
Unwanted, unknown, forgotten!

But what is this light that
Moves through the darkness?
Can it be coming towards me?
After all this time, can it be true?
Can that light really be you?

Bridge:
My name! My name! You called my name!
The shackles have crumbled away!
I am found! I am known!
I am wanted and loved!
The waiting is over at last!

Verse 3:
I reach for your hand, but then stop short.
Another face I see.
Our light barely reaches,
But I still can see
The longing hopeless.

I try moving towards them, but can’t take a step.
It’s then I realize why.
I don’t know their name.
I can not reach them.
I can not set them free.

With tears in my eyes I look around me
And see others shackled and chained.
My heart breaks in two
As I search for a clue
That lets someone else go free.

Verse 4:
You shake your head sadly as I look to you.
And then I understand more.
You came here for me.
I alone you could free.
And you motion me towards the door.

But I can't just leave them with nothing!
I raise my voice calling to them.
“My brothers and sisters
You’re not alone,
Unwanted, unknown, or forgotten!

I’ll find someone who can find your name!
I’ll find someone who cares.
You shall be free,
And no longer be
Unwanted, unknown, or forgotten!”

Verse 5:
My time here is done,
It’s time to go,
But my heart is broken still.
For people are waiting
Just like I was waiting
For someone to set them free.

I look to you who set me free
And wonder how many you have helped.
Then I look back
And wonder again
How many can you help yet?

And so my mission new begins
To help those I left behind.
My brothers and sisters
Deserve not to be
Unwanted, unknown, forgotten!

Coda:
And so our mission new begins
To help those I left behind.
Our brothers and sisters
Deserve not to be
Unwanted, unknown, forgotten!

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