Lady of Liberty

In remembrance of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I’d like to share the lyrics to a song one of my former directors wrote that our performing group had the opportunity to perform at Ground Zero when I was 17. This song has always held a special place in my heart.

I’ll always remember.

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Lady of Liberty
Written & Composed by D. Kim Clayton, Clayton Productions

The tears of our innocence flow freely through our pain,
our darkest hours where evil powers sought freedom to restrain.
A victory, it seemed, for all fears and for hate.
A coward’s tale will soon be told and seal a coward’s fate.

Images ever will remain–
shattered lives, broken hearts.
Time stood still as we watched in vain.
Towers of strength came apart.

Freedom’s voice… America.
How sweet the sound, America, a light to all of the world!

From the dust arises strength,
and a better world will grow to be our liberty.
And the lives of the lost
never again be the cost
of freedom.

Lady of Liberty, beacon of light,
lighten a darkened world.
Give hope by your sight.
We lift our eyes to you now.
You’ve always shown us the way.

The torch you bear is the grace of God,
bidding hearts and souls,
to sing liberty, our glory.
Freedom is our right.
Justice for all nations.
Mercy is our might.
All nations build our nation.
Color knows no name.
We, the people, indivisible–
one nation under God.

Lady of Liberty, beacon of light,
lighten a darkened world.
Give hope by your sight.
We follow your light.

he’s not there

These are the lyrics for my single that’s now available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD Baby, etc. :)

(PS: This is me asking you to check it out… if you didn’t already guess.)

once in every lifetime
you find the one
that’s meant to be
with you
yet still you search
forever to find that one

but now i have searched
for so long i just wanna give up
it’s so hard and
my heart has been
hurt so much
by so much

but now i see him
in my dreams and
i feel him
every day and every night
until i realize
he’s not there

once in every lifetime
the soul you love
will somehow find you
and though
they may be hard to see
you’ll know it’s them

but i have been fooled before
so i can’t trust anymore
yet still i think that
i will find him,
find him someday

but now i see him
in my dreams and
i feel him
every day and every night
until i realize
he’s not there

i know that he’s out there
or why would i ache so much
i need that part of my heart
to finally find home

but now i see him
in my dreams and
i feel him
every day and every night
until i realize
he’s not there

Kindness Lives Right Here

This is a song I used to sing in a performing group as a teenager; it’s one of my favorites that we did. Since Friday, it’s been going through my head so I’d like to dedicate this to those families affected in Newtown, Connecticut. 

Beautiful faces in a crowd of pain.
Eyes full of light shine out beyond life’s strain.
Tears filled with hope midst hunger for daily bread.
As hearts become one, our souls are fed.

Suddenly the cares of life with such weight to bear
stand without meaning when our lives are shared.
A smile, a touch, a song can brighten one’s darkest hour.
“We” becomes “us” through caring’s power.

Where much is given so much more there is to give.
Expanding the circle of our hearts helps others live.
Lord, help us be Compassion’s children, Mercy’s hands and Love’s embrace.
Let it be said … kindness lives right here,
within us all, lives right here inside our hearts.

Lyrics by D. Kim Clayton of Clayton Productions

 

Turning Christmas

Snow falls all around
Windows all aglow

Smells of pine and gingerbread
Swirl inside my head

I can feel it in the air
It’s turning Christmas everywhere

People hug and children dream
of gifts beneath the tree

Making angels in the snow
With friends who won’t let go

Praying for those that we can’t see
Holding tight to family

Around the fire we all stand
heart in heart, hand in hand

You can feel it in the air
It’s turning Christmas everywhere

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So there are the lyrics for my Christmas song so far… the music is done up to that point pretty much… now I feel like it needs a bridge to vary it up and I haven’t figured it out yet. If anyone has any suggestions, I’m open to it! ;)

Thanks for reading and happy holidays!

There’s Not Always a Tomorrow

Days seem to fly by so fast.
Why can’t time slow down
and let everything last?
I want to revel in here and now,
’cause I’ll never know when it’s time
for my last bow.

Yesterday is a day I can never get back,
so I intend to do everything I can

Find a man that will love me for me;
Travel the world and sail the seas;
Raise my own family and love with all I am;
Experience and learn everything I can.
I wanna do it all, for all I know
there’s not always a tomorrow

Rocks and slides fill everyday.
The good times tower over
them in every single way.
Giving up is not an option in this journey.
The everlasting twists and turns
is all it will be.

I don’t plan on wasting this gift of life.
No matter what, I’ll continue to fight

For a man that will love me for me.
For the world and it’s guarantees.
For my own family and the love that binds.
For the purpose of all of our lives.
I’ll fight it everyday, for all I know
there’s not always a tomorrow

So many dreams yearn to come true.
Not only is time fast, it’s limited.
Even cutting things short before
they can even say thank you.
So I never want to say there’s something
that I wanted to undo…
’cause for all I know,
there may not be a tomorrow.

Cathedrals by Jay Clifford

In the shadows of tall buildings
Of fallen angels on the ceilings
Oily feathers in bronze and concrete
Faded colors, pieces left incomplete
The line moves slowly past the electric fence
Across the borders between the continents

In the shadows of tall buildings
The architecture is slowly peeling
Marble statues and glass dividers
Someone is watching all of the outsiders
The line moves slowly through the numbered gate
Past the mosaic of the head of state

In the shadows of tall buildings
Of open arches endlessly kneeling
Sonic landscapes echoing vistas
Someone is listening from a safe distance
The line moves slowly into a fading light
A final moment in the dead of night

In the cathedrals of New York and Rome
There is a feeling that you should just go home
And spend a lifetime finding out just where that is

I know this is a cop out today, but I bought Ramin Karimloo’s debut album last night and this song really struck me (and no, it wasn’t just his astounding voice). Written by Jay Clifford. I saved the chorus to just be at the end. 

I Still Love You

I know I’ve made some dumb decisions
In the past.
I used to think there was no way for us
To last.
The time we had together was amazing
Though apart.
The moments that took you away are the ones
That broke my heart.

But baby, I still love you
More than I can say
I still love you
Even though I went astray
You’re still on my mind
More than half the time
And I still love you…
Do you still feel that way?

Gonna be a song! :)