Rise.

by Rhea Mendoza

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released June 25, 2012

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Track Name: Moment that we met
If you will hear me, I have loved you from the moment that we met.
Your eyes were sad; your words were warm;
your heart beat fast; your lips were wet.

In twenty years, I'll feel the same;
I dreamt I saw what we became.

If you will hear me, I have loved you from the moment that we met.
Track Name: Song of Ganesha
Come sit by my feet;
let my hands be your ladder.
All men start in dark,
but the light makes it scatter.
All woes rise and fall
with a crash and a clatter,
but just because it's small
doesn't mean it doesn't matter.
Track Name: Wildflowers
A rustic, wild mind,
thoughts that grow like weeds and vines,
tangled up in roots and soil,
causing all the fruits to spoil:

wildflowers

On the sloping banks and hills,
in the meadows, in the fields,
in the prairies, by the lakes
and where the rivers rush and break:

wildflowers

a worn-out, broken man
sees the sea he's drowning in;
thorns and thistles, petals sprout,
covering his heart and mouth:

wildflowers

In his heart, his hands, his face,
the memories of his mistakes,
in his sleep and when he wakes,
and where his sorrows rush and break:

wildflowers
Track Name: a Voice
I'm a voice with endless clearance;
I hold weight, but no appearance;
you can't hold me, but behold me still.

I can hide in dark and ruin;
I'm the string you knot your sorrow in;
I am empty, but, in silence, fill.
Track Name: Cage with no Bird
What would you have me do
without you?
What would you have me be?

I am a cage with no bird;
I am a thought with no words;
I am a song with no sound.

I am the air with no Earth;
I am a dream with no birth;
I am a cage with no bird.
I am a cage.

What would you have me be?
Track Name: Blue
The sky was blue
just like any day.
Oh why
Oh why
it was taken away
taken away
goodbye
goodbye
Track Name: Rise.
All you lost and all you're lacking
pierce the dark and pierce the vacuum;
Rise.

Rise to meet
all the space and sky beneath.

(Travel light--shake the shackles from your feet.)
Track Name: Death (don't come for me today)
Death, don't come for me today.
Track Name: Haunted House
See the sun rise,
see the sun set,
as you're stuck inside your head.

Watch the world turn,
as your mind burns:
can you bury what's not dead?

See the wind blow
through your window
all the emptiness of space.

Now your fear grows,
as your mind goes;
what has brought you to this place?

pushing back and burying
things you cannot speak and have not spoken;
with all the weight you're carrying,
is there something left that isn't broken?

Will you face them,
all your bad dreams,
as they scatter you apart?

Will you see them?
Can you free them?
Can you shake them from your heart?
Track Name: Goodbye, Love
Goodbye, love,
you have taken all I have to lose.
Goodbye, love,
I have nothing left to gain.

and I'm sorry for the times
when I thought I had done right
and still somehow,
someone blamed me for their pain.

Goodbye, love
I thought sorrow was a finite thing,
and somehow,
you renew it everyday.

So move over, young lovers,
for I won't have any others;
I am weary from the memories again.

Goodbye, love,
you have taken all I have to lose.
(I thought sorrow was a finite thing)
Goodbye, love,
I have nothing left to gain.
(You renew it everyday)

Goodbye, love,
I am shaken from the strain of blues,
(I've been smitten in the glow of spring)
Goodbye, love,
I am broken from the shame.
(then been broken by its weight)

So move over, young lovers,
for I won't have any others;
I am weary from the memories again.
Track Name: I Heard
I heard tomorrow would be sunshine,
tomorrow would be sunshine,
today there would be rain.

I heard tomorrow would be different,
tomorrow would be different,
today will be the same.

I heard that time keeps moving forward,
time keeps moving forward,
man keeps moving back.

I heard that time can make things better,
time can make things better,
but man keeps moving back

I heard tomorrow would be sunshine,
tomorrow would be sunshine,
today there would be rain.

I heard tomorrow would be different,
tomorrow will be different,
today will be the same.
Track Name: Smoke and Mirrors
We fight for white teeth
that are straight as a tightrope
and arms that are wound around something
that tells us we belong.

and the empty space
in our minds could fill a football field
while time marches musically on
and on.

and by the time I am able
to tell you we're alone
you'll be gone.

and by the time I am able
to tell you we're alone
you'll be gone.

We hope for the best
when the worst is bound to happen
and the Roman pillars crumbling 'neath our feet
cannot bring us to the ground.

We read about imaginary friends
with all-knowing fingers
striking down our adversaries good,
'cause we're the ones he chose to love.

and by the time I remove the smoke and mirrors
you'll be gone.

and by the time I remove the smoke and mirrors
you'll be gone.