The Gate

by Candy Lee

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1.
Blue Skies 02:49
Lyrics: There is a cloud above my head, above my head. It is not white, orange, or red. These blacks and grays, they follow me. I wish they would not bother me. I try to blow them all away, but they just stay. Happy go lucky, happy is what I want to be. I’ll take what may come, but I won’t dare let it take me. Well I know it’ll all be okay. Negative things can reflect in a positive way. And I know I’ll make it through ‘Cause when I see grey skies, I look forward to blue.
2.
Experiences 04:08
Lyrics: The Past is a journey I cannot forget, Every smile, every wave, every beautiful sunset. We’ve grown apart for reasons understood. The sacrifices made weren’t good, good enough. Time will heal the wounds, but I will never forget you. I can’t forget you. You’ll never know how beautiful you are. You’ll always hold a place in my heart. We’ve grown apart for reasons understood. I wish I could save you , I wish that I could, make a mends. Time will heal the wounds, but I will never forget you. I can’t forget you. I wouldn’t be who I am today, if I had never met you. Experiences shape who we are, so I know that I’ve shaped you too. You’ve got to take the good with the bad. I know that I have. I know that I have. The Past is a journey I cannot forget--- Every smile, every wave, every beautiful sunset. We’ve grown apart for reasons understood. The sacrifices made weren’t good, good enough. Time will heal the wounds, but I will never forget you. I can’t forget you.
3.
Why 04:13
Lyrics: Often I sit alone in the corner and stare Off into a reality that’s not even there. Why aren’t this world and my world the same? Tell me why. Tell me why. Seems so easy, from my point of view. Sometimes I wonder why I utter a word. Freedom of speech doesn’t guarantee you’ll ever be heard. No one listens anymore. Tell me why. Tell me why. Why has ignorance come to be bliss? Sometimes I want to give up. Sometimes I want to give in. To take it all back and erase my memory, But there’s no going back from where I am. I must go on. I must move on.
4.
Worst Enemy 04:35
Lyrics: History repeats I find myself My own worst enemy Tell me what it takes To learn from my own From my own mistakes Well, no one knows just how to screw me over like I do Cause it’s nothing new No it’s nothing new Oh Here I go again I find myself In the same old predicament How do I do it? I wish for once That I could just be prudent Well, no one knows just how to screw me over like I do Cause it’s nothing new No it’s nothing new Oh Why does it have to be this way? Why is there a constant struggle Always happening in my brain? Why do I have to be so fickle? All I need is just a little Just a little bit of guidance But if I had it Would I take it? So see here’s the trouble Inside of me resides a little devil Who pushes my buttons And feeds my ego And makes selfish decisions Well, no one knows just how to screw me over like I do Cause it’s nothing new No it’s nothing new And no one knows just how to screw me over Quite like me ‘Cause I’m my own My own worst enemy Why does it have to be this way? Why is there a constant struggle Always happening in my brain? Why do I have to be so foolish? All I need is just not to miss The signs that are in my view But if I saw them Would I know what to do?
5.
Lyrics: I’m hanging on by my fingernails The faster they grow, it seems The faster they break I’ve no reason to stay So I’ll dismount this cliff side And fall into The ocean unknown The grass is greener, dear One the other island Far across the sea I have no boat but I I will try to swim there Maybe somewhere happiness Is waiting for me They waves, they crash and tumble and turn And pull on my body The water is so dark I can’t see my own feet below me I feel I can’t go on My eyelids have grown heavy As I fall into the unconscious Wake up, Wake up The sea monster said Wake up, Wake up You’re surely not dead I’ve got you chained here In my cave of the deep I’ll let you go when You find what you seek And I said Oh oh, oh oh, What ever do you mean? How can I find anything When I’m trapped under the sea When I’m trapped under the sea Under the sea Under the sea Well, the hours turned to days And the days turned to weeks And in the depths of my solitude I found Inner peace Mmmmm The grass is green right here And there is no island It’s all part of the same thing Everything that I want I already have and am I am it and it is me
6.
I Am 04:03
Lyrics: Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Will the sun rise? Will the songbirds sing? Will I cry, or will I smile? Make the best of it, or let life pass me by? It’s mine to decide. ‘Cause I am that I am. Not some power in the sky Or ruler from on high. I am that I am. Not some power in the sky Or ruler from on high. I am. Who is to say the wrongs that I’ve done? That I have sinned to God? When God and are one? It’s all a matter of intention. Whether mine is pure or not, that is the question. And I’ll take it on. ‘Cause I am that I am. Not some power in the sky Or ruler from on high. I am that I am. Not some power in the sky Or ruler from on high. I am. My cup overfloweth ‘cause what’s it’s made of and what I fill it with. I am.
7.
Lyrics: What makes this reality Any different from a dream? Well, maybe the truth is That things aren’t always what they seem. Is what I’m seeing really there Or just a chemical reaction in my brain? ‘Cause when I dream I see things too And I can swear that I can even feel pain. Oh is this world more real Because it’s more consistent With universal norms like time and gravity? I guess the question is, can I exist without it? Can it exist without me? The body is a suit of senses that relays Outside information to the brain How can I trust it to tell me what is true When I know that other creatures Can see and hear and feel more than I do? Oh is this world so real Because it’s so consistent With hearing, sight, and touch Smell, and taste? I wonder what’s out there That I’m not picking up on. And does it matter any way? It’s so crazy how We’re all connected But we don’t know how. Where do I stop? Where does the universe begin? I cannot clearly tell the difference. I cannot feel the cells in side my body I, I cannot feel the moon revolve around me. Or maybe I can In ways that I don’t understand. What make this reality? What is reality?
8.
Lyrics: I’m having trouble Seeing your logic In all of this I’m not stupid, no I’m quite educated, so If your evidence makes sense Then I should follow How can you ever move forward If your thinking’s always backwards How can you ever move forward If your thinking’s always backwards How can you move at all? By now you’ve convinced yourself That what you think is true Regurgitating the same old phrases, Copouts to consider anything new But if you really cared You’d open your ears And hear what others have to say Give yourself more than one option to weigh Your train of thought Has been running on The same fuel for way too long Pretty soon, you’ll just be running on fumes And well, your train’s run of the tracks Derailed ‘round all the facts Missing the scenery as you ware a ring From the circles that you’ve been running in How can you ever move forward If your thinking’s always backwards How can you ever move forward If your thinking’s always backwards How can you move at all? Tell me how can you, can you move at all?
9.
Wake Up 04:37
Lyrics: Where can you go when there’s no place left that’s free? And words written long ago, primitive ideas, Keep us from moving on, And stuck in stagnant circles. Round and round through time. When nothing is sacred, what can you keep? Paper I-owe-you notes turn everything into commodities. People sell their lives away to be able to survive. And nature is worth more when it’s dead, than when it is alive. We all just live to die. So wake up, wake up, brothers and sisters. We’ll put our forefathers away. Wake up, wake up, brothers and sisters. Start a dawning of a new day. A dawning of a new day. Too many times has injustice risen, when we could have taken a stand. With our awareness, it’s time to unite, and bring others to understand That we can live free, once again. So wake up, wake up, brothers and sisters. We’ll put our forefathers away. Wake up, wake up, brothers and sisters. Start a dawning of a new day. A dawning of a new, new day.
10.
Spider Song 04:13
Lyrics: The spider climbs down the wall I know I love him most of all Of all the people in this room Where he ended up How he got here He doesn’t know He kind of just goes with the flow Of food and shelter So it goes They’re the only Thing he needs And I hope nobody Finds him there Minding his own affairs ‘Cause he’s got fangs Eight eyes and legs Drinks blood And spins webs And we don’t do well With those different From ourselves And we don’t give a chance To what we don’t understand No we don’t No we don’t I caught the spider In a glass To spare him from The bumbling mass Of people who would smash a thing So delicate and sweet For being in their conquered space So sanitized and put in place I had to leave without a trace To set the creature free But when I got back inside They must have seen me ‘Cause I could have cried When they laughed At my act To save the little spider’s life ‘Cause we don’t do well With those different From ourselves And we don’t give a chance To what we don’t understand No we don’t No we don’t Oh… Last night I had a dream Wherein my skin was green And everybody else’s red I was mortified and so I tried to hide But they were colorblind So I got to keep my head Then a spider came And carried me away On his web of magic thread To the moon we fled And watched all the little ants Who were people Who just didn’t understand
11.
Lyrics: I wanna sleep under the shad tree Don’t wanna be bothered by anybody I wanna talk, talk to the flowers For hours, and hours, and hours And I wanna laugh, laugh like a child ‘Cause that’s what makes This life all worthwhile And I don’t care if it’s socially unacceptable And I don’t care if everyone else is a square And I’m the only circle I wanna paint a picture on the wall Even though I don’t know much about painting at all I wanna write a conscious song That makes people think when they sing along And I wanna do all the things they think I can’t I wanna live, live my life My life to the fullest And I don’t care if it’s socially unacceptable And I don’t care if everyone else is a square And I’m the only circle Well they might think I’m crazy But they just don’t understand That what is the norm Is not necessarily right Just a concept thought up by the man Oh follow your bliss Only you can know what it is Don’t pay attention To all of the distractions Bread and circus is not the way to live life Bread and circus keeps us slaves of the mind Bread and circus is not the way to live life Bread and circus keeps us slaves of the mind Oh follow your bliss Only you can know what it is Follow your bliss Follow your bliss
12.
Sweet Music 03:40
Lyrics: Mama said Grow up and be a doctor And Teacher said College is the only way To succeed in life And make it right With a car And a house And nice things to put inside But, child said I wanna be an artist Child said I wanna make music instead I don’t need all of those Things that you say Just some food And some clothes And a place to lay my head, ‘cause Wherever I go I’m gonna make that sweet music Wherever I go I’m gonna make that sweet music Wherever I go I’m gonna make that sweet music, babe Well times get rough And times get rougher but I can’t keep waiting for Things to get better All I have is this present moment And by God, I’ll be damned If I let it go wasted When I’m feeling blue I know just what to do I’ll sit back and make myself a little tune ‘cause I’ve got two hands That can make drums from tables And as long as I’m breathing I know that My voice is able Wherever I go I’m gonna make that sweet music Wherever I go I’m gonna make that sweet music Wherever I go I’m gonna make that sweet music, babe
13.
Euphoria 04:30
Lyrics: Did the city lights ever shine so bright As they do tonight? At the top of the world, they seem so insignificant Next to you, in my mind. Cold-burning-energy runs up my spine. My mind is running laps, and I am paralyzed. I want you to understand what I am feeling, But how can one describe Euphoria? Oh, oh, oh, Euphoria. On the floor, we lye face to face. We are clothed, but I feel naked. Your eyes are brown, but they burn like an ember, Through my body, and into my being. Cold-burning-energy runs up my spine. My mind is running laps, and I am paralyzed. I want you to understand what I am feeling, But how can one describe Euphoria? Oh, oh, oh, Euphoria. No, I don’t believe in fate. No, I don’t believe in predestination. But I know this is as good as it gets. And I will take the invitation. This is as close as it gets to divinity. A Euphoric connection between you and me. I don’t believe in souls, but I know that there is energy. And if we channel it, we can create love spiritually. I’ve waited for this moment for so long. I won’t let it slip away. I promise, if you promise to stay, I will stay. I will stay. I will stay. Did the city lights ever shine so bright As they do tonight?
14.
Home 03:59
Lyrics: Time goes by In the blink of an eye It doesn’t seem that long Since we first met Sang our first duet Since we first said I love you And it’s true That I still do More and more everyday I don’t believe that people are made for each other But somehow We found a way Time goes by And I will try To spend my time with you You’re my best friend My favorite person My confidence My bliss Well, they say home is where The heart is And I’ve come to believe that it’s true ‘Cause no matter where we end up My baby I’m always at home When I’m with you And it’s true That I still do Love you I do Love You
15.
Ego 07:51
Lyrics: I’m always having to Tell my ego to Shut the hell up She’s always getting in the way Trying to take All the credit for All of the creative things that I’m involved with Trying to impress Everyone else To feel good about herself She doesn’t know But I know True validation Doesn’t come from outside It comes from within And I am not my body I’m not my mind I’m only using them for a short time My ego tries to get me to Associate with my surroundings With titles and stereotypes And all kinds of material things She’s her job, she’s her car, she’s her clothes Her reflection in the mirror She’s a singer, she’s a scholar She’s a hippie, she’s a stoner She’s a middle class daughter She doesn’t know But I know True validation Doesn’t come from outside It comes from within And I am not my body I’m not my mind I’m only using them for a short time Mind, body, spirit I need all three to be fit Mind, body, spirit I need all three for a higher For a higher Consciousness And I’m gonna find the balance I’m gonna find the balance I’m gonna find the balance, the balance I’m gonna find the balance The spirit is the consciousness That’s supposed to fuel the mind The mind’s supposed to tell the body What to do in time But in this consciousless society We’re living in Time controls the body And the ego mind with in And the sprit’s just an echo on the wind I’m always having to Tell my ego to Shut the hell up
16.
Lyrics: She walked out Out of the Garden She felt afraid She felt desire But first, she felt, she was alone She was disconnected From the source from which all life flows Illusions of duality Create separate forms She walked down Down to the river She looked in Saw her own reflection And then she fell She fell in love She was disconnected From the source from which all life flows Illusions of duality Create separate forms Me and you Right and wrong Man and nature Man and God She walked down to the valley To pick some flowers for her watery love And when the darkness of night Fell upon the earth She heard mystical howls And the wolves, they came And chased her away She ran far from the scene In circles, so it seemed Out of sight and out of mind And when she came to raise her head She looked up at the gate The gate, gate to the garden Impenetrable as it was She knew the secret She shed her skin And she walked back in All is impermanent All is with out a self When she was back in the garden She was no longer afraid She felt no more desire She was one with everything

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This is Candy Lee's first full-length album. It is a project of music, art, and philosophy. This album explores the progress of human consciousness and thought, as experienced by Candy Lee. It is the story of the hero's journey to enlightenment. The album art that accompanies the music is an illustrated storybook of this journey.

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released August 26, 2010

Jennifer Graham- bass guitar
Warren Dietzel- mandolin
Dan Dean- djembe/snare
Miles Ralston- lead guitar on track 4

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Candy Lee Fayetteville, Arkansas

Candy Lee is an award winning, "golden voiced" singer/songwriter who combines her love for folk, jazz, and indie music to create her own original style. The first thing you'll notice when you hear Candy Lee is her voice- timeless, entrancing, and ethereal. She Lee pulls you in with her sweet, catchy melodies and moving music, but it is her smart, creative lyrics that deserve a second listen. ... more

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