From the recording One House

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This song is a true story about Ernest J Lutes who was a scoutmaster to my co-writer, Dean Madonia. Ernest J got to hear this song shortly before passing away from complications due to Parkinson's Disease.


Doesn’t Take Much Light

©Dean Madonia/Soft Monkey Music/ASCAP; David G Smith/Alrose/BMI

Called my old scoutmaster Ernest J out of the blue
His wife said he’s having a bad day he’ll be glad to hear from you
Ernest J came on the line and I talked about
Me growing up poor and not having my dad around

I figured out where the money came for summer camp
Because of you those were some of the best days I ever had
I haven’t forgotten and I wanted to tell you that
It’s why I called

The smallest gesture can spark a life
Kindle the courage to fight the good fight
To get the picture look up at any star
It doesn’t take much light to shine in the dark

Ernest J your wife tells me you’re not feeling well because
You’ve got something doctors think is Parkinson’s
Yeah, he said, I’ve had it for a few years it’s been rough (like they say)
Some days you’re the windshield, Some days you’re the bug

Sometimes I tell myself I’m gonna win
Sometimes I just wanna toss the towel in
On days like today it’s good to get help to
Remind me who I am


Hey Ernest J I’m meeting with my scouts tonight
Gonna set up a telescope and point it at the sky
Put it into focus
Gonna tell em what you always told us