Gratitude World

by Alek Vila

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04:06
2.
04:17
3.
03:00
4.
04:41
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03:59
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05:12
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02:41
8.
05:14
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10.
04:43

credits

released November 1, 2012

drums: Moises Padilla
bass: Jeff Eason
lead guitar: Jason Goessl (tracks 5, 7, 8, 10)
violins: Chara Hokama, Melanie Wong (tracks 4, 10)
viola: Meagan Peeples (tracks 4, 10)
cello: Leanne Riddle (tracks 4, 10)
strings arranged by: Daniel J. Miller (tracks 4, 10)
backing vocals: Karlie Markendorf (track 3)
producer: Peter Fosso
recording: Scott Ross
mastering: Steve Hall

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license

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Track Name: Beauty
Beauty surrounds me like the air.
Beauty warms my body like the sun.
Beauty meets me with a smile on her face
As she walks on by.

Beauty takes a break now and then.
Beauty changes like the
Colors in the light of day.
Beauty enters every day
Like a song.

Beauty invites me to believe.
Beauty suggests that we release.
Beauty reminds me to surrender my body
To all of my dreams,

And when one of us forgets,
Beauty happens so
Each of us can find ourselves
Blessed.

Beauty beckons us to play.
Beauty illuminates
All that we can see.
Beauty enters every day
Like a song.

lyrics by Alek Vila, ©2012 Racing Heart Records
Track Name: I Love You
One day I found such a beautiful girl.
I think she’s come from another world.
She’s giving me kisses like balloons on a string.
She’s a pouncing tiger on a coily spring.

She came to say, “I love you.”
My heart and soul say, “I love you.”
“I love you. I want you to know that I love you.”

Ah-ah-ah ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah ah-ah-ah

She appears in a plastic bubble like some future submarine.
She feels no trepidation,
Gettin’ under my skin or even making a scene.

It seems to me she could be an angel.
I see no wings, but she’s lighter than air.
Some say she’s a little crazy,
But what they mind — it’s just they wouldn’t dare.

She came to say, “I love you.”
My heart and soul say, “I love you.”
“I love you. I want you to know that I love you.”

Play the game that we call life,
And I will dance right through it everyday,
Maybe all the time.
Time, time, time!!

When she’s not here, I look inside.
I’ve got a home for all this pride.
Take it everywhere.
Yeah, yeah, yeah!!

“I love you.”
My heart and soul say, “I love you.”
“I love you. I want you to know that I love you.”

She came to say, “I love you.”
My heart and soul say, “I love you.”
“I love you. I want you to know that I love you.”

lyrics by Alek Vila, ©2012 Racing Heart Records
Track Name: Harmony
I’m seeing myself in divine light.
I can do this for myself.
Here I am all filled with love, and
I see only beauty.

Our world is a paradise.
There’s beauty in our freedom of choice.
I live just how I want to live, and
You can be just who you want to be.

I’ll make up my mind about
What I feel is right for me.
I’m grateful for your love and support, and
I don’t worry if you can’t understand, ‘cause

I’ll be me.
There ain’t nobody who can do that for me, and
You be you.
Live the life that’s made for you.

We don’t have to agree, and you
You don’t have to come around, but
We might be surprised by how much we can share if we’re
Looking for our common ground — yeah!

And I hope that when we cross paths,
We can both be love for each other,
Recognizing and inspiring, and
Taking good care of this world we’re admiring,

Happy to be ourselves, and
Happy to know each other.
Oh, let it be that, you and me,
We’ll always live in peace.

In harmony!
In harmony!
Oh, let it be that, you and me,
We’ll always live in peace.

In harmony!
In harmony!
Oh, let it be that, you and me,
We’ll always live in peace. Yeah,

Let it be that, you and me,
We’ll always live in peace.

lyrics by Alek Vila, ©2012 Racing Heart Records
Track Name: With My Eyes
I love the warm, summer breeze
— The way the air moves and rustles in the trees.
The interplay of light and shadow on the ground
Reminds me of something.

Sunlight dancing on a rock,
And all of us lifeforms moving ‘round on top,
And what are we here for? It’s a mystery to me.
What would you tell me?

Freedom,
Wisdom,
Here in the Garden while it’s happening.
I see it with my eyes.
I see it with my eyes.

Simple thoughts give me energy,
And fill my brain with curiosities.
Like what are these faces for, and am I really always
Behind one?

Freedom,
Wisdom,
Here in the Garden while it’s happening.
I see it with my eyes.
I see it with my eyes.

I get to practice going out on a limb.
I’m a monkey on a swing,
And what riches I find, I know I can bring.

Freedom,
Wisdom,
Here in the Garden while it’s happening.
I see it with my eyes.
I see it with my eyes.

lyrics by Alek Vila, ©2012 Racing Heart Records
Track Name: Sparkle
Let’s remember how it is
After the rain clears the air.
All the colors of this life seem to
Sparkle and shine.

Heaven above becomes
Heaven below.
It’s here.

Look around you.
Can you find it?
That sparkle.

It’s here.

Baby, all I want is all I have.
Look around you.

Do you love the way it feels
When the vapor lifts away.
Any pressure there was – is now
Gone with the breeze.

Ever before looks like
Ever after.
It’s here.

Look around you.
Can you find it?
That sparkle.

It’s here.

Baby, all I want is all I have.
Look around you.

Baby, all I want is all I have.
Look around you.

lyrics by Alek Vila, ©2012 Racing Heart Records
Track Name: Witness
I walked out this morning to meet you again
After so many years since we lived in that den.
You got married, and you’ve flown around the world.
You got your girl.

You seem happy, and I’m happy for you, and
You sit on the other side telling me that I’m blue.
Well, we each have our own way we’re goin’,
And our own way to show it.

“Settle down,” you used to say,
“But don’t settle,” and
My aim has taken me so far away from you.
Do you wonder where I’ve gone away to?
Passing right through.

There’s a world that I’ve found.
I’ve stepped right up to it.
I left my thoughts open to what I could do in it.
Even though sometimes you think that I’m cold,
I am the witness to our shining souls.

We go from one special place to another, and
We’ve had some good times that I’ll always remember.
I’ll savor those moments on the days I forget how to play.

There’s a world that we share.
We stepped right up to it.
We left our thoughts open to what we could do in it, and
Even though sometimes you think that I’m cold,
I am the witness to our shining souls.

In all that we do, I know there is something
That each of us gets from whatever we’re doing.
Now I don’t know where you’re going to,
But I trust that you do.

lyrics by Alek Vila, ©2012 Racing Heart Records
Track Name: Wasted
She’s tryin’ to reach me on the phone, but
When I call her there’s nobody home.

She hasn’t left the planet, but
She ain’t here.

She's wasted.

She wants me to meet her in the park.
She walks away and gets lost in the dark.

She takes my love for granted.
Makes a mess a habit.

She's wasted.

She don’t know where we are.
She wonders why everything’s so far.

She covers up her ears,
So she can’t hear me.

She’s wasted.
She’s wasted.
She’s wasted!

lyrics by Alek Vila, ©2012 Racing Heart Records
Track Name: Reflections
If I have to wait much longer until you show up at my door,
I will.

Reflections of you everywhere
Even teeny tiny sized.
I’ve seen the way you visit me in
Every clever guise.

Reflections of you everywhere.
Reflections of you everywhere.

No matter what I do, I won’t
Pretend that I don’t know
You are near.

Reflections of you everywhere
Like little, glowing lights.
I watch ’em try to be like you. Just
Living out their lives.

Reflections of you everywhere.
Reflections of you everywhere.

Here with me always
These ever-changing forms.
My life devoted
Eternally yours.

If I have to wait much longer until you show up at my door,
I will.

Reflections of you everywhere
Even teeny-tiny sized.
I’ve seen the way you visit me in
Every clever guise.

Reflections of you everywhere.
Reflections of you everywhere.

lyrics by Alek Vila, ©2012 Racing Heart Records
Track Name: Running With The Memories
I am light, and somewhere
Light falls into shadow.
I am love, and sometimes
Love gets lost.

I am free until my
Head gets stuck in a battle.
I alone must bear my cross.

Running with the memories still inside my body.
Talking to the memories still inside my body.
Working with the memories still inside my body.
Sleeping with the memories still inside my body.

Running with the memories still inside my body.
Talking to the memories still inside my body.
Working with the memories still inside my body.
Sleeping with the memories...

I’ll be joy until
Joy loses its meaning.
I am whole until I
Drop one part.

I’ll be truth until the
Truth becomes misleading.
I can only get so far.

Running with the memories still inside my body.
Talking to the memories still inside my body.
Working with the memories still inside my body.
Sleeping with the memories still inside my body.

Running with the memories still inside my body.
Talking to the memories still inside my body.
Working with the memories still inside my body.
Sleeping with the memories...

lyrics by Alek Vila, ©2012 Racing Heart Records
Track Name: You And I
There’s something I crave more than ice cream at midnight,
Something that warms me more than the sun.
There’s somebody out there who knows what I’m thinking, Someone who knows where I’m coming from.

They say it’s a life of solitude I seek.
They say my glass is half empty.
They say I’m never gonna fill this space as I’m
Drawing an outline of your face... deep in my mind.

Ooooh...
You and I, we’re meant to find each other.
You and I, we're meant to love one another.

What people say
I let it worry me too much.
I gotta wonder “What’s the fuss?”
So many times I’ve looked right through you.

You’ve compromised,
You’ve opened wide,
So many ways I’ve let you die,
And I was scratching at the surface.

Ooooh...
You and I, we’re meant to find each other.
You and I, we're meant to love one another.

Ooooh...
You and I, we’re meant to find each other.
You and I, we're meant to love one another.

You and I, we’re meant to find each other.
You and I, we're meant to love one another.


lyrics by Alek Vila, ©2012 Racing Heart Records