Lyrics to Rise Above

RISE ABOVE  © Kimberly Boyce SOCAN

So here we are baby
We’re proving it true
Love isn’t easy
Just look what we’re going through

Rise above
There’s so much to
Rise above
You’ve got to breathe into it
Rise above

Stop wrestling this angel
Don’t make a sound
Drop all this trouble
Let it fall to the ground

Rise above
Just let it go
Rise above
You don’t need to hold it
Rise above

Let’s stretch out here in the sun that shines on us
Build castles in the sand, be spontaneous
We’ll look back on this time we were delirious
And sail away.

Don’t worry baby
We’ve got what we need
Right here in this moment
We don’t need to bleed

Rise above
Just let it go
Rise above
You don’t need to hold it
Rise above

FAIR TRADE © Kimberly Boyce SOCAN

“I had a beach boy,” she said
“He gave me his necklace –
A white plastic cross
I know what you’re thinking but
I’m sure it was his”

“They’re all so skinny there,” she said
With a giggle
“It’s clear he was smitten,” he said
“Jenny you’re a man-eater,
Jen you’re a man-eater”

Café
Latte
Fair trade
Goes down
It all goes down

“The guys that I work with,” she said
“Are so square –
I hung with the natives
A pleasure for treasure
On the island they do
On the island they do”

Café
Latte
Fair trade
Goes down
It all goes down

THE BEAT OF THE BLUES © Kimberly Boyce SOCAN

Here he is, Mr. Rhythm and Blues
He’s got everyone up and dancing
To the sound of his sad tunes
Shimmy, shimmy, shimmy and shake
That’s the only way you’ll get a piece of that cake

You know, I can feel it so strong tonight
I walk in the street, you know
I can see it written up in lights
The whole world is rocking under me and you
Everybody is walking to the beat of the blues

He sing, “Come back baby, baby please come back,
Come back babe, don’t make me feel so bad”
He say, “The thrill is gone, I’m so dissatisfied
Let me come back home, I’ve been gone too long a time”

In my dreams we can fly
Spread our wings across the sky
But my dreams they don’t come true
Still I will try to come through to you

Sometimes I think he disappear
But it’s just that he’s playing so soft I can’t hear
I’m always dragging my feet to a shuffling beat
Or else I’m strung out on all of the things that I need

But tonight I can hear him so loud and clear
I almost think I could dance right out of here
I’m waiting for the day I can spin out and through
I’m just trying to keep up to the beat of the blues

He sing, “Come back baby, baby please come back,
Come back babe, don’t make me feel so bad”
He say, “The thrill is gone or I’m so dissatisfied
Let me come back home, I been gone too long a time”

In my dreams we can fly
Spread our wings across the sky
But my dreams they don’t come true
Still I will try to come through to you
Oh I will try to come through to you

SUMMERHILL © Kimberly Boyce SOCAN

Sunday morning, going downtown
People pass me by
A flock of cyclists, joggers and
Speed walkers with their dogs
A woman in hot pink and lime green
A song begins
I hum it as I walk along

Ah, sweet summer Sunday feels alright
Everyone doing what they like
Sweet summer Sunday feels alright

Underground, a different world
Church-goers take the train
Proper ladies in their hats
A father and a son
Dressed alike in shirts with an African theme
But daddy’s boy
Wears his pants hip hop, down low

Ah, sweet summer Sunday feels alright
Everyone doing what they like
Sweet summer Sunday feels alright

You work the whole year just to make it to this place
You’ve got this moment of grace at the top of Summerhill
No more clocks and no more orders to fill
You’ve got the time to look around at the top of Summerhill
The wind’s at your back at the top of Summerhill
Come on and drink at the well at the top of Summerhill

Ah, sweet summer Sunday feels alright
Everyone doing what they like
Sweet summer Sunday feels alright

WICKED © Kimberly Boyce SOCAN

I used to be a good girl, but I’m not anymore
I’ve given my notice and walked out that door
No more lies, hidden sighs
I’ve been down now just watch me rise
I’m burning and I’ll shed me skin –
I’m just trying to find a life that’s true

I used to be a nice girl, but it just didn’t pay
I’ve made up my mind boy, I’ve got something to say
Make my mark, gonna start
Speaking right from the heart
I’ll take the apple from the bough
And shine it up just for you

I’m living it up
I’m making it up as I go along
I’m wicked on the other side

The clock is ticking – I don’t watch it now
I’ve hung my uniform up on the wall
And stepped into the glorious day
With all my colours on display
All my colours on display

I’m living it up
I’m making it up as I go along
I’m wicked on the other side

I tried to be meek and I tried to be mild
I tried to hang on while I watched things slide
Take control, let it be
Shout it out or stand up for peace
I’m digging in to save my soul
Get ready now for something new

I’m living it up
I’m making it up as I go along
I’m wicked on the other side

UNDERSTANDING © Kimberly Boyce SOCAN

We’ve got to talk about it, I get so confused
Whenever we get this close, something falls between me and you
We’re coming apart can’t you see
We’re putting up walls where there should be understanding

You say you want me closer than anyone’s been before
But we only get so far and then you lock the door
I know you believe some things are better left unsaid
But I’m no magician I need to know what’s in your head

I can’t sit by and watch it fade away
I’ll try to open to you
I hope you’ll do me the same favour, baby

So come on, get closer, don’t let it fall apart
I’ll open up my feelings, don’t keep me in the dark
There’s only one thing that we need
We need to knock down these walls to find understanding

COMPADRES © Kimberly Boyce SOCAN

Alone in my room keeping track of the gloom
My world fell apart all around me
Looking for clues, and then I found you
We knew we belonged in a heartbeat
We talked with such ease
We ranged wide and dug deep
Hitched rides on each other’s digressions
I always knew I could count on you
To say “Yes!” to my crazy suggestions
Compadre

Sometimes on the road something takes hold
And you’ve got to go to it
Take off on your own sometimes, feeling alone
But you’ve just got to do it
I went down to the square and what I found there
Was beyond all my expectations
Ten thousand people and more in the street
All moving in one direction
Compadres

We’re making a date
We’re meeting at eight
I know where I’m going to find you
You’re walking beside
Though you’re ten thousand miles away
I feel you right beside me

When I fear defeat, when I’m dragging my feet
When I can’t find the point anymore
When I’ve hit a wall or I’ve spent it all
When I’m lost and I just can’t find the door
You keep moving on, lift my eyes off the ground
And my feet find their pace in the soft dust
I know up ahead there’s a table and bread
And the bottle to pass between us
Compadres

We’re making a date
We’re meeting at eight
I know where I’m going to find you
You’re walking beside
Though you’re ten thousand miles away
I feel you right beside me

LONG AWAITED © Kimberly Boyce SOCAN

Something’s come upon you, something’s settled on you
There’s excitement and a calmness in this place

Arrivals and departures, on this bridge that’s in between
You stand and look behind at what this trip has been

Hmmm…

You had no reservation and it’s such a strange sensation
To feel at home where you’ve never been before

In the dead of winter you thought nothing could survive
But something kept you on this road and now here you have arrived

Long awaited
Eyes alight
Golden sunrise
Holding up the sky
Hallelujah
Thank God for holding on
You’ve got this moment
Before you move along

There’s a piece of who you are and what you love within this space
It lifts you up and it paves your way
Who you are, what you love
Who you are and what you love

Long awaited
Eyes alight
Golden sunrise
Holding up the sky
Hallelujah
Thank God for holding on
You’ve got this moment
Before you move along