Hallelujah, There's a Place for Me

by Ross Wright

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released August 7, 2011

Written and produced by Ross Wright
Additional lyrics on “Play Your Belly Like A Drum” by Amanda Wright
All songs copyright 2011 Ross Wright

Ross Wright – Vocals, keys, programming, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, glockenspiel, percussion, melodica, apps (bebot, mugician, noteplex, thicket)

Jason Breneman – Percussion on “The Optimist”
Kevin Hazelgrove – Electric guitar on “Space Elevator” and “Unsearchable"
Trey Moyer – Electric guitar on “Videotapes”

To my God, family, and friends… you are in me.

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Track Name: Don't Leave Me Here, Take Me With You
Don’t leave me here
Don’t leave me here
Don’t leave me here
Take me, take me with you
Track Name: Violet
You came to find me on a dark, cold, rainy day
Nothing was going right
But you promise me that morning comes after night
Violet

You can have it all
Everything I got
Anything you want

Everywhere I go, reminded of the future
When we sat alone remembering the good times
Your little hand in mine
Everywhere I turn it’s newer than before
And nothing like I ever felt
Violet you are something else

I gave you life and you gave me what life I was missing
I didn’t know I’d fallen
But you seem to be the perfect height to lift me up
Violet
Track Name: The Optimist
I try to fix coffee in the morning
But the drive thru’s waiting with my cup
I try to run away from my problems
But they keep catching up
I try to dance when it’s raining
Sing when it’s sink or swim
It’s my hymn, amen

The optimist drove straight into a tree
The pessimist won the lottery
The world keeps turning and there’s a place for me
The sinner found God at the top of his game
The saint stopped praying in Jesus’ name
The world keeps turning

I can’t be the only one, I can’t be the only one
I can’t be the only one
Who has come down with a case of the human condition
I wanna be in with the in crowd
Wanna wear the crown at the school dance
But I wanna be the rebel out back smoking Camels
While everybody’s in class

Hallelujah there’s a place for me

Wave the banner high, we don’t have to be silent
Everybody get excited
There’s a place for you, there’s a place for me

The child had faith in what she couldn’t see
The grownup was too grownup to believe
Track Name: Suspend Disbelief
Tired, poor huddled masses
Yearning just to breathe free
Come just as you are to where we are
Just learning how to be
Lay down your arms
No need for them this evening
Let go your head
Dreaming is now believing

Suspend disbelief
For a moment we’re going where we’ve never been
Suspend disbelief
In your eyes I see a child
That could bring the child out of me

Leave your expectations at the door behind you
Close your eyes and try
Let imagination find you
Don’t let the world make you too old
This evening
Let go your head
Dreaming is now believing

Why do we get bogged down by science
Could it be the death of man
Numbers are just numbers
When I’m holding your hand
There is not one math equation
To tell us how we’re breaking free
Love is gonna win the day
Just wait and see
Track Name: You Are In Me
You’re everywhere I want to be
You’re everywhere I am
And I’m enchanted by the mystery
When it doesn’t make sense
I’m putting on all my hope
I’ve always been blind
Now I see enough to let your eyes be mine

You are in me
I am in you

There’s something in the water
There’s something in the air
I don’t always know exactly what
But there’s something there
I’m putting on all my hope
I’ve given up my heart
I’m officially sold
To the mystery you are

I’m enchanted by the mystery
I’m befuddled by the things you do sometimes
Your ways they are higher than mine
Your ways, they are higher

You are
I am
There is no doubt you are I am
Track Name: Unsearchable
A labyrinth of beauty, undiscovered grace
To close my eyes and realize I’m looking at your face
A far off glow, a spirit close enough to know my faith
Under my skin you say

Lover, I know that it’s you, you’ll be alright
I’ve got you in my sights and you know, you know
That the darkness will come, but I’ll be your light
I’ll hold you so close and I won’t let go

Unsearchable in nature, even so I found
The anchor, the liftoff, I’m steady leaving ground
A far off view of what I knew, I cannot turn back now
Under my feet you say

You tell me things
Great things
Unsearchable things
Oh, I’m so in love
Track Name: Don't Steal My Heart So Fast
I feel swell, I feel alright
And you can be my friend tonight
I look in your eyes and I see the future
I want to be right by your side

Girl, don't steal my heart so fast
Girl, don't steal my heart so fast
I'm gonna lose the beat
I'm gonna lose it, lose it
Girl, don't steal my heart so fast
Girl, don't steal my heart so fast
It's gonna get hard to breathe

I feel tall, a hundred feet tall
Like I can do anything at all
I look in your eyes, you look back into mine
All my problems feel so small

I give up, I surrender
Here's the white flag, I give in to your eyes
Here's my heart
Here's my heart
Track Name: Little Empire
I can see the writing on the wall
This little empire is gonna fall

Hold me up to the light
The cracks are evident
I’m falling apart inside
Can you find me a bandage?
I’m well enough to stand
I will fix it in time

Please don’t worry ‘bout me no more

Here’s my hand, I don’t want you giving up
I say I don’t need anybody but I’m starved for love
It complicated, I’m not who I was
But I’m not who I want to be
Track Name: Play Your Belly Like a Drum
Attention baby boys, baby girls too
Listen, I’ve got an announcement for you
If you feelin’ the music and you wanna have fun
Play your belly like a drum, play your belly like a drum

You don’t need to buy a bongo
Don’t need to ask for money from your mom (no)
All you need is a tummy, so if you got one
Play your belly like a drum

Play your belly like a drum

Boys and girls all over the land
Slam on your belly with your hands
You know we like to cut loose, have a little fun
And this daddy’s gonna play his big belly like a kettle drum

Now clap, clap, clap, clap, clap your hands
Now clap, clap, clap, clap, clap your hands
Now touch your head, touch your head
Play your belly like a drum

Now clap, clap, clap, clap, clap your hands
Now clap, clap, clap, clap, clap your hands
Now pull your ears, pull your ears now
Play your belly like a drum
Track Name: Okay to Cry
Have we been waiting for
A knight in shining armor
To ride in on his horse
And save us from the rainstorm

And so the days go by
And something goes awry
Just when we clean it up
Another mess is sure to come
To rob us of a perfect love

I know I know we’re lost
I know I know we tried
I know the road back is far beyond our sight
So baby it’s okay to cry

Please remind me what I’m doing here
Will you promise now to catch my tear
I know we’ll find a way
To live an honest day
There’s no choice but to cry tonight

I know I know we’re dyin
I know I know we’re tryin
I know the past keeps blocking the light
So baby it’s okay to cry

I know I know we’re lost
I’ve seen how much it’s cost
No matter what comes, here’s my shoulder tonight
Baby it’s okay to cry
Baby it’s okay to cry
Track Name: Videotapes
I thought I knew, but when I found out
I didn't wanna know no more
I thought I knew, but when I found out
I didn't wanna know no more
Ignorance is bliss and I’m tired of this
I don't wanna know no more

I never killed two birds with one stone
But there's a first time for everything
I never killed two birds with one stone
But there's a first time for everything
I told them birds “you better leave me alone”
There's a first time for everything

I don't care if your glass is half full
You better get to filling that glass up
I don't care if your glass is half full
You better get to filling that glass up
Optimism’s great but you need a change
So fill that glass on up Charlie!

I'd love to take you up on your offer
But I have to return some video tapes
I'd love to take you up on your offer
But I have to return some video tapes
You know I'm kind, you know I rewind
And Imma return these tapes on time

Somebody help me
Track Name: Found My Heart
I found my heart in you
Lead me wherever you want to
My pulse, the beat
Lungs advance, retreat
Your breath, I breathe anew
I found my heart in you
I found my heart in you

Man made distinctions
All I have offered
Roll off my shoulder
I’m a duck in the water
Now there is no law
Here in the bright light
I once was so lost
But I have found my

Search me over
Search me, search me
Now to your love
Stir me, stir me

Stir me, what is the chance
I could fall in divine romance
I found my heart, it was in your chest
Jesus
Stir me, what are the odds
You would give your precious blood
For this man, I’m in your hands

I found my heart in you