guiding star

in the days when the old sailing ships
      crossed the ocean
             and sometimes got lost
   between the continents
         without computers to steer their course
there were certain bright stars
       in the sky
            and the mariners knew
   if they sailed towards their star
        it would lead them home again
thus was born the expression
       guiding star

when i was lost
        out on the open road
              my heart filled
      with nothing but battle
           you were the guiding star
                   which led me back home
whenever my direction
       has been buffeted by the wind
                i've always seen you shining
     in my sky
for you are a star from heaven
      which fell
              into this world
  and lit my way


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