Be a Light

by Melissa Simonson

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released December 8, 2011

Production and Engineering: Jake Johnson at Paradyme Productions
Mastering: Bill Maynard at Paradyme Productions
Artistic Direction & Design: Bill Maynard & Melissa Simonson
Photography: Abigail Wanserski

Melissa Simonson: Vocals
Joe Harris: Guitar
Jake Warne: Bass & Backing Vocals
Nate Gauger: Mandolin
Pete Calgaro: Percussion
Chris Wagoner: Fiddle
Mary Gaines: Cello
Leroy Deuster: Pedal Steel
Jeff Olson: Bodhran
Anthony Cao, Leslie Cao, Toya Robinson, Michael Gruber, & Annie Haight Welsch: Backing Vocals

©2011 Melissa Simonson. All Rights Reserved

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Melissa Simonson Monona, Wisconsin

Through her one-on-one coaching that combines Life Coaching and Astrology, her playful, down-to-earth style of speaking and writing, and her gift as a Singer/Songwriter in people's homes, churches, at spiritual retreats, conferences and workshops, Melissa Simonson is inspiring people to claim their birthright: To boldly love and CELEBRATE the beautiful, powerful beings that they are. ... more

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Track Name: My Voice
I used to lie awake at night, dreamin’
That I could be somebody else.
I used to stare up at the sky.
I used to wish that I could fly away.
But there’s a whisperin’ in my heart,
A silent song from deep within,
Tellin’ me that I was born a star.
All I need to breathe is who I am.

Chorus:
This is my voice. This is my soul.
This is my freedom as part of the whole.
This is my voice. This is my soul.
This is my journey. I’m on my way home.

I’ve tried to stay inside the lines, believin’
That I’m either right or that I’m wrong.
Believin’ that beauty’s hard to find,
I forget the rhythm of my song.
But even in my darkest times,
There’s a light ignited deep within.
There’s somethin’ in me I can’t hide,
Tellin’ me that I was born to sing.

Chorus

I’m goin’ home. I’m goin’ home. I’m goin’ home, home. I’m goin’ home.
‘cause this is who I am.
Track Name: Dancing
A door opens, and you walk in with a smile
Feeling open, I wanna linger here for a while
It’s a smile that I can’t ignore
And I’m wonderin’ how it is that we’ve never met before?

Chorus
And we’re dancing in the moment
La da da, La da da, La da da da da
And you’re looking at me with those passionate eyes
Baby, lead the way.

I speak and you hold onto every word that I say
Words unspoken, you’re watching every move that I make
And I don’t wanna close this door
The discovery’s been made, we have a new world to explore.

Chorus

La la la la la, La la la la, La la la la la la la la la

Chorus
Track Name: Changing
We build our castles on the sand,
And when the water comes to wash away,
What matters most are the hands we hold.

Seasons bend and illusions fall.
We fear the end of what we know,
But as we grow, there’s a truth that lives within.

Chorus:
We’re changing. We’re changing. We’re changing.
And yet, through it all, there’s love
breathing life into us all, ooooh.

Even when it hurts,
There’s wisdom in impermanence
The lamplight flickers, even in an empty room.
And so I’ll thank the past.
I’ll say yes to possibility,
Let love be my guide, and surrender to the mystery.

Chorus

Love breathing life into us all, ooooh.
Love breathing life into us all.
Ooh, ooh, ooh.
Track Name: Marry Me
Marry me like a mandolin is married to its strings
And I’ll marry you for love.
Carry me to an island where we’ll laugh and learn and sing
To the stars up above.

Chorus:
You are my sunrise. You are the rain on a hot summer day,
And I’ll be your woman. I am your girl.

Take my hand and we’ll live to see the beauty life can bring
When we give the world our love.
Share my life, and we’ll dance and see the joy in simple things
As we’re blessed from up above.

Chorus

You were my biggest surprise.
I could feel the ocean breeze when I looked in your eyes,
And I want to spend my whole life
Growing young and wise with you at my side.

Chorus 2x

Marry me like a mandolin is married to its strings, and I’ll marry you for love
Track Name: Purple Sky
Purple sky, oh how I long to be a star tonight
Above the clouds, I’ll shine into my love’s sweet eyes
Then maybe he will finally see
this flame inside my heart.

Purple Sky, oh how I long to spread my arms and fly
Above the clouds, I’ll dance as all the moonbeams rise
Then maybe my love would notice me
And hold me in his arms.

Sittin’ in this tired old hickory.
Dreamin’ that he’s sittin’ here with me.
Wonderin’ what would I do?
If he climbed on up here and said “I love you?”

Purple Sky, Oh how I long to be a star tonight
Above the clouds, I’d be a shooting star
I would fly high above the earth
And land within his heart.
Track Name: Never-ending
Where does the frog begin and the pond end?
Where does the river bend become the sea?
When I look at the sky, I see the ocean.
When I look in your eyes I see a part of me.

Chorus:
It’s never-ending. It’s never-ending.
It’s never-ending. It’s never-ending.

And birds fly from tree to tree
just like cottonwood seeds are floating on a breeze.
I feel the sunshine when you smile at me,
And love flows down like rain.

When the sun and moon and the earth align,
The water shines and the tide moves in.
As we watch the stars, blessed by the night.
Your breath and mine becomes the wind.

Chorus 2X
Track Name: Winter Song
Winter peaks around an old oak tree
Geese search for summer homes
Water forms like drops of glass beneath bare branches
Leaves let go.

And where does living end and where does life begin?
The darkness and the light?
‘cause if I listen closely I can hear the earth singing
Underneath it’s bed of white.

Chorus:
It’s sings Om, Om, Om, Om.

Repeat Verse 1

Chorus
Track Name: It's Alright
I’m gonna close my thoughts
And open my heart
I’m gonna own my part
And let it go

I’m gonna cry it out
And breathe on in
I’m gonna scream and shout
Until the silence wins

Chorus
And it’s alright, it’s alright
It’s plain to see we’re only human
When we forgive ourselves and love despite
our frailities, we are divine

And the truth is we’re all trying to be good
And all of us just want to be understood
And when we seek the truth through another’s eyes
We realize that we are all the same.

Chorus

And so I’ll close my thoughts
And open my heart.
I’m gonna own my part
And let it go.
Track Name: Be Here Now
My bills are late. I’m underpaid.
I’m on my way to work again,
And I can’t seem to find my way out of this.
My thoughts are tired. My body aches.
I’m climbin’ up without a break.
And I can’t seem to find my way out of this,
But somehow I’ve gotta get out of this.

Chorus:
So I’m gonna be here now.
Yeah, I’m gonna be here now.
All I need is here right now.
So I’m gonna be here now.

I gave my heart and watched it break.
There’s not much more that I can take.
And I can’t seem to find my way out of this.
I’ve tried to sleep. I’m still awake.
I’m plagued with thoughts of yesterday.
And I can’t seem to find my way out of this,
But somehow I know I’ll get out of this.

Chorus

The moment before me is all that I need
The fear and the sadness, my guide
The more that I open to all that I see
The more I see it all dissolve into love
Love. Love. Love. Love.
Love. Love. Love.

Chorus
Track Name: Mr. Shame
There’s this voice inside my head,
It’s telling me I shouldn’t say what I just said.
And there’s this feeling, it’s awfully small,
It’s telling me I shouldn’t be me really at all.

And then I feel so sad,
I didn’t know that I was that bad,
But maybe that voice was wrong,
Isn’t it true that I belong?

Chorus:
Hey, Mister Shame, oh yeah, I know your name,
We played this before and I know you keep score,
But, Mister Shame, I’m not playing your game,
No matter how far you go, to make me feel so low,
I know when I speak my truth I’m free and then,
You don’t have the power over me.

But there’s that voice, the one I dread,
It’s telling me I should’ve stayed at home in bed.
And there’s that feeling, t’s deep and low,
It’s telling me I shouln’t play another show.

And then I feel so blue.
How could I know I was s’posed to be you?
But maybe that voice was wrong.
After all, I’m the one that’s writing this song.

Chorus

But there’s that voice, I thought it was gone.
It’s telling me that this song is awfully long.
And there’s that feeling, it’s cold and tight,
It’s telling me I couln’t possibly do anything right.

And then I feel so mad.
How could I know I wasn’t s’posed to feel glad?
But maybe that voice was wrong.
After all, being me has been fun all along.

Chorus
Track Name: Beautiful Child
Little child, you are so much more than I could dream you’d be
You’re a shining flower in life’s great mystery.
Little child, all I ever want for you to know
Is that your loved in every moment that you grow.

Chorus:
Beautiful child, when you smile at me, then I know what I can believe in.
Beautiful child, when I look into your eyes, I see a world that I can be free in.

Little child, sometimes you’ll feel as if your heart is wrong,
And sometimes you’ll feel as if you don’t belong.
Little child, if you listen to the voice that’s deep inside,
You will see that all you have to do is shine.

Chorus

You can dance up on the moon, and sing with the stars
Play hopscotch on your way to planet mars;
But your only role on earth is to be exactly who you are,
And I want you to know, you’re a wonder.

Beautiful child, when you smile at me, then I know what I can believe in.
Track Name: Be a Light
It doesn’t interest me if you can walk on water
It doesn’t interest me if you’ve climbed Mt. Everest
It doesn’t interest me if you have a million dollars
Or if you’re a big success

I wanna know if you can open up your heart
And find the fear and give it love
I want to know if you can listen to wisdom
Of you tears

Chorus:
And when the darkness comes and you’re all alone
Do you feel an aching in your bones?
Do you long to be a light in this world?
Do you long to be a light in this world?

It doesn’t interest me if you know all the rules
It doesn’t interest me how well that you save face
It doesn’t interest me how far you got in school
Or your religion or your race.

I wanna know if when you feel like you’ve got nothing left
To give, you give some more
I wanna know if you can greet a stranger with an open door

Chorus

Be a light, be a light, be a light today (8X)