The Lights Ahead

by MJ Lee.

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released August 24, 2016

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MJ Lee. San Francisco, California

MJ Lee. is a heartfelt and inspired pop/rock musician who crafts songs that are sincere, melodic, and alive. The Bay Area- based singer-songwriter combines honest, poetic lyrics with pop sensibilities and an expansive, imaginative sonic palette. Her sound draws from a wide range of influences, from the melancholic rock of Jimmy Eat World to the lush soundscapes of Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi. ... more

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Track Name: The Lights Ahead
I've been dreaming of the lights
of the lights ahead
Track Name: Shine
once in a while
you will wake up from a dream
and there’s dust in your eyes
from the images you’ve seen

we rise, we fall, we shine
in the colors that we dream
we run, we crawl, we climb
to the visions we have seen

what can it mean—
these hidden messages from you?
am I making a scene
trying to follow every clue?

we rise, we fall, we shine
in the colors that we dream
we run, we crawl, we climb
to the visions we have seen

I know you hear
when I’m calling out to you
my heart swells up like a choir
people filling up the pews

and I rise, I fall, I shine
in the colors I have seen
I run, I crawl, I climb
to a vision from a dream

you would rise, alight, and shine
if you’d seen what I have seen
you would laugh and shout and cry
if you knew what it could mean
Track Name: Instructions
first verse, first verse
tell a story
first verse, first verse
set the mood

words are pictures
to open the mind
and just the outline
of a plot line

second verse, second verse
a little bit louder and a whole lot worse
pass the cursed second verse
and you’re on your way out

you won’t need a map or a torch or a compass
to find your way now
the horizon is calling
with water for your drought

so if you get caught up in doubt
there is no wrong or right
you’re learning how to take these words
and breathe them into life

you can get stuck on yourself
or you can pull the knife
just listen to the music
it can bring you back to life

so go
into the next line
flow
you know that you’ll be fine
take time to write your own ending
don’t it feel more you than pretending
breathe
take the invitation
to put to sleep your hesitation
the dance begins when you arrive
so let’s get started and write

one, two, three, on your feet
can’t you see it’s a different game now?
once you get up to speed
do you want in or are you out?

your choices are staying or leaving
speaking or shutting your mouth
recall there’s joy in the sharing
of courage you have found

so if you get stuck on yourself
it's time to pull the knife
you’re learning how to take these words
and breathe them into life

you can get caught up in doubt
or you can roll the dice
just listen to the music
as it brings you back to life

so go
into the next line
flow
you know that you’ll be fine
take time to write your own ending
don’t it feel more you than pretending
breathe
take the invitation
we make believe our limitations
the dance begins when you arrive
so let’s get started and write
Track Name: A Little While Longer
they say, play it safe
don’t you wanna be safe?
who doesn’t wanna be safe
be alright?

don’t rock the boat
‘cause you never know when
no, you never know when
the storm will arrive

you’re getting tired of building lifeboats
when you never learned to swim
and you’re tired of being someone else
than who you could’ve been
they say, wait just a little while longer

come back down, they say
come back down
can’t you see
the mountain’s much too high?
feet on the ground
can’t you remember
someone tried to climb
and fell down and died?

well, you keep looking into the distance
and you can’t help wondering when
when you can give up your straight line living
and turn around a bend

you’re not trying to be someone special
you’ve just tried being everyone else
after all you’ve said and all you’ve done
it’s your own heartbeat that you’ve never felt, no
they say, wait just a little while longer

at the end of the road you can see it
it’s been waiting here all this time
it looks more like a cliff than a mountain
and it’s a hell of a way to climb
you’re still answering to those voices
you’ve been carrying through the years
they’re still shooting you down
pulling you to the ground
but you won’t stop now that you’re finally here

they said, wait just a little while longer
now might not be the time
wait just a little while longer
before your dreams and reality collide

they said, wait
they said, wait just a little while longer
Track Name: Ready
I ditch the car beside the road
just north of San Francisco
winding ‘round the coastline
as I grip the cliff side like a tightrope

kick my shoes off on the dunes
and wade into the ocean
gazing at the sunset
over lands my mothers’ fathers knew

and I can feel the waves
they drag me in the undertow
and lead me out to sea
where I will drown or swim
I don’t know, but

if I’m not ready now
I might never be
if I’m not ready
how will I begin to carry me?
if I’m not ready now
how can I ever be so sure
that it’s not now or never
if I’m not ready?

some people talk the rock and roll
and rainbow rollercoasters
I don’t know what they’ve been smoking
it ain’t like that for the rest of us

all I know is that it
hones me with a laser focus
fills me up with rocket fuel
while I’m too much in love to notice

I’m with those dreamers
rushing headlong to Los Angeles
where dreams are born and made to prosper
ever in our restlessness, but

if I’m not ready now
I might never be
if I’m not ready
how will I begin to carry me?
if I’m not ready now
how can I ever be so sure
that it’s not now or never
if I’m not ready?

if I’m not ready now
will I ever be?
if I’m not ready
how will I begin to carry me?
if I’m not ready now, well
will I ever be so brave or fool or wild enough
to take the life that’s given me?
if I’m not ready now
will I ever be the one
to make that move and take that leap of faith
and show the world what I can be?
Track Name: Meant to Be
dip your hands in the river
breathe into the fog
tune your ears to the whisper
that calls into your dark
could the voice be the same one
that knows you by your name?

isn’t is strange?
couldn’t it hurt?
isn’t it strange
who we are meant to be?

shake the dust from the cavern
step into the light
hold your faith like a lantern
you carry through the night
find the flame that can kindle
the sparkle in your eyes

isn’t is strange?
couldn’t it hurt?
isn’t it strange
who we are meant to be?

look out at the faces
walk into the fire
when they come with the cages
remember who you are
Track Name: It's Time
I am standing with my hands open
I’m right outside your door
I am wearing my heart wide open
haven’t I been here before?

and if you let me, I’ll come in
you know I will, and I won’t hesitate
I will find my way into you
and there’s no way to see the end
not in my doubt or in my certainty
but I’m not scared to get in over my head

it’s time
to bring it on to you
to beat the resistance
through it to be true
through it to be true to you
time to stop saying sorry
for the way that I’m feeling
through it to be true
through it to be true to you

I am watching my eyes fly open
each time I feel you close
you cast shadows
I see your light
and there’s nothing I want more

and I would speak it if I could
you know I would—I wouldn’t hesitate
I would cross the lines we’ve left unbroken
I wouldn’t change it if I could
it’s who I was in the first place
it’s taken long enough to find my way back

it’s time
to bring it on to you
to beat the resistance
through it to be true
through it to be true to you
time to stop saying sorry
for the way that I’m feeling
through it to be true
through it to be true to you

so if I’m singing out loud
it’s your song in me now
I hear it over and over
I will lay my hands down
let you come to me now
you know where I am

it’s time
to bring it on to you
to beat the resistance
through it to be true
through it to be true to you
time to stop saying sorry
for the way that I’m living
through it to be true
through it to be true to you

it's time
to make a connection
through it to be true
through it to be true to you

through it to be true
through it to be true to you