LYRICS
Step into the Light 
Suzee "Suchi" Waters Benjamin

1.

   Forgive Myself

I want to lay down in the shade of the ...truth  

I want to find the peace only that can do

I need to be forgiven for the times I ...slipped and fell       

But most of all I need to,

Forgive Myself

 

You know what’s done is done  

It’s never gonna change

No matter what you do or where you go

The past remains the same

I need to be forgiven and I know I need  ...your help  

But most of all I need to,

Forgive Myself 

I need … I need to Forgive Myself        

 

(Bridge)

As the river flows, so life goes

‘Til the heartland meets the sea

Somewhere along the way 

We’re bound to learn to pray

If we don’t learn nothin’ else

 

Say a prayer for me….                      Say a prayer for me             

 

I want to lay down in the shade of the ...truth

I want to find the peace only that can do

But I need to be forgiven for the times I ...slipped and fell

But most of all, I need, I need, I need to,

Forgive Myself

I need, I need to Forgive Myself

w/m Tom Benjamin    

2.

   Until the Light Returns

Sometimes grief is slow and haunting

Like a nightingale’s song

It disappears in the morning

Returns when day is done

 

On sleepless nights when dreams are ...restless

And vision fades to black,

I lie awake and I remember

To try and bring you back  

Just to try and bring you back

 

(CHORUS #1)          

Nightingale give me wings

To fly away with you

Through the darkest night we’ll sing

‘Til daylight brings refuge 

And one more night and one more day

You’ll help me make it through

Until the Light Returns ... Again       

 

Sometimes whispering your name

Can help to ease my pain

And the emptiness I feel

With every breath I breathe

 

And here I am still wanting more

When you gave ALL you had to give

‘Cause I’m half a heart without you

With half a will to live

 

(CHORUS #1 + Bridge)         

An angel in the night you are

A wish upon a falling star

A healer of my broken heart

With a song that pierces through the dark

   Until the Light Returns,

   Until the Light Returns,   

   Until the Light Returns….Again 

 

And one more night and one more day

You’ll help me make it through               Until the Light Returns ... Again

w/m  Suzee Waters Benjamin 

2.

   Know I Love You

I don’t know 

But I’ve been told

The world is round

You couldn’t prove it by me

I guess we have to take

...a lot of things on faith

Somehow we do that naturally

 

(CHORUS)

And so you ask me 

Do I love you still

And you wait on my reply

Sure as the world is round

Sure as the sky is blue, know I

Know I love you

Know I love you

 

And so I turn 

To look at you

And you to me

My true and faithful friend

The rivers we have crossed were wide 

...and sometimes rough

But safe here on the other side we stand

 

(CHORUS)

 

If you see

A distant look

There in my eyes

I’m just working through somethings

I don’t mean to turn away or shut you out

That’s the last thing that we need

 

CHORUS)

And so you ask me 

Do I love you still

And still I can reply

Sure as the world is round

Sure as the sky is blue, know I

Know I love you

Know I love you

w/m Tom Benjamin 

2.

   When the Wall Came Down

(CHORUS)

When the Wall Came Down              When the Wall Came Down

When the Wall Came Down                When the Wall Came Down

 

A wall came down in my existence     

I didn’t know was there

It was massively inclusive                      It was all I knew and everywhere

It was comfortably uncomfortable like ...wearing outgrown shoes

A little painful to walk in                    ...but more painful to lose

 

When the Wall Came Down

It was such a primal sound

When the Wall Came Down

 

The crack that brought it down must have ...been there all along

I felt its fearful trembles but thought

...it natural

When it finally crashed and crumbled  ...the roar was devastating

Reverberations Penetrating        Revelations Invigorating

 

(CHORUS)  

 

Like a giant wave it rolled over all

...in its path

It fell so hard, so deep                    ...none survived its impact

And every single prisoner was released ...without bail

Incarcerated for so long they thought

...this dream was real

 

(CHORUS)

 

Now what to do and how to go

...in this waking state

No longer just pretending   

...insanity is sane 

And wealth is all we need

...to measure human values

When compassion, trust, and freedom ...guard redemption’s gate 

 

When the Wall Came Down

 

Without this wall my knowing never knew ...my life forever changed

The seal was broken the truth revealed ...what the envelope contained

And all my plans, my purpose 

...my identity was shattered

Where on earth do we begin to rebuild ...this world of matter

Where on earth do we begin to rebuild ...this world of matter

 

When the Wall Came Down

                 

Opportunity abounds now for

...conscious communication

Sensitive observations

...loving co-creations   

Knowing separation can breed

...hatred and greed

A limited existence that excludes eternity 

 

I RECLAIM my divine birthright to be free

I RECLAIM my ability to Know 

...to Love, to Be 

The truth that lives inside hungry to feed

To act with integrity, to live in harmony

 

(CHORUS) 

When the Wall Came Down

Oh, look what I found

When the Wall Came Down 

w/m  Suzee Waters Benjamin 

1.

 Gonna Get Back Up

Ain’t given up my dreams

Long as I can breathe

Ain’t given up my ground

Gonna plant my seeds

If I get knocked down    

In the dirt and the dust

I’m gonna get back up

I’m gonna get back up

 

Ain’t given up hope

Ain’t given up my song

Ain’t  given up love

As I travel on

And if I stumble

As I surely must

I’m gonna get back up

(repeat 4 times)

 

(Bridge)

I’m gonna get back on my feet  again     ‘Cause I know where I’m bound      

I’m gonna get back on my feet again    

Won’t let nobody, won’t let nobody      Turn me around, turn me around   

Turn me around, turn me around        

 

Ain’t given up the keys

To the kingdom come

Ain’t given up the glory

'Til my song is sung

When I’m feeling down  

And I’ve lost the love

I’m gonna get back up

(repeat 4 times)

 

(Choral/bridge)                        

It’s all about LOVE…Sweet  Sweet Love 

It’s all about LOVE... Sweet Sweet Love

w/m Tom Benjamin 

2.

 The Circle Never Ends

I’ve got a dream tells me who I am

Feet on the ground tell me where I stand

I don’t want to hear old excuses again

Coming from me … Coming from me

 

I get myself thinking things are

...out of my hands

It’s the easiest way to let go my friend

Well, lately I’m thinkin’ I’m gonna

...take hold again

Take hold again … Take hold again

 

(CHORUS)

Cause you give & you take & you learn

...how to make it grow

And you laugh & you cry in between

...you may not know why

You walk then you run, oh so far

Yet it seems you’ve just begun it again

...and you’re right 

'Cause The Circle Never Ends 

The Circle Never Ends

 

This wheel keeps on turning and

...I just watch it spin

This light keeps on burning

...even when it’s dim

And I’ve got a feeling that

...I’m starting over again, 

Over again … Over again

 

(CHORUS)

w/m  Tom Benjamin 

2.

 Where You Want Me

I’ve studied the way you talk

I’ve learned all the things that make you ...laugh, and how you laugh

 

I’m not above an old line

Or turning an old familiar phrase 

To catch your gaze

         

(CHORUS)

You know you’ve got me

Where you want me (repeat)

I can tell you it’s alright

You know you’ve got me

Where you want me (repeat)

You can find me tonight

Tonight … Tonight

 

I take you for granted sometimes

Sometimes I just can’t say what I feel

And I don’t know why

 

But I’m here to tell you straight out

You’re the best thing that ever came my ...way, and I’m here to stay

 

(CHORUS)

 

Time alone tells the story

And time has been very kind to us

Like a tender touch

 

(CHORUS)

(tag)

You know you’ve got me

Where you want me

Still got me where you want me tonight

Tonight … Tonight … Tonight

w/m  Tom Benjamin 

2.

 I Believe

I believe in walks at night

Quiet meals by candlelight

Love beginning at first sight

At least, I do sometimes

 

I believe in liberty and

Backwoods philosophy

And I believe in poetry

Especially when it rhymes               

 

(CHORUS #1)

I believe that everyman

Is no more than a grain of sand          Holding mountains in our hands

 

I believe in calling bluffs

Saying no when you’ve had enough

And knowing when to talk about love

And meaning what you say

 

I believe in eternity

And keeping track of your memories

Cause every second hangs endlessly

And never goes away

 

(CHORUS #2))

I believe, I believe,

We hold the whole world

...in our hands   

I believe, I believe, I believe,                I believe … I believe   

            

I believe that a poor man’s dreams

Mean much more than a

...rich man’s schemes         

I believe that no machine 

Will ever gain control

 

I believe in setting sights

Always on the greatest heights

And being proud when you get it right

'Cause you feel in your Soul 

 

(CHORUS #1 & #2) 

 

I believe in playing fair and

Teaching children how to share

I believe in staying where

I feel like I belong

 

I believe in forgiving twice

And always paying an honest price

And I believe in Jesus Christ

When I’m all alone               

 

(CHORUS #1 & #2 + tag)

I believe that everyman

Is no more than a grain of sand          Holding mountains in our hands

I believe, I believe

We hold the whole world

...in our hands   

I believe, I believe, I believe,               

I believe … I believe   

w/m  Don Schlitz

1.

Step  into the Light

(INTRO)

There is a lighthouse shining for you       A beacon of Light, a sparkling Jewel   There is a lighthouse calling to you       The darker the night,                          ...the brighter the truth                      There is a lighthouse leading you home   Do not despair, you’re not alone                             

Watchers and Holy Ones                      Welcome those who come 

To Step into the Light

We've traveled far guided by our hearts

To Step into the Light

 

We have lost our way

We have fallen prey

To the dark side of life

Now we’ve come again 

Side by side as friends

To Step into the Light      

 

(CHORUS)

Step into the Light

Step into the Light    

Step Right Up … Accept the Love           Step into the Light ... Step into the Light                            

We are our brothers’ keepers

We are sister seekers

We are children of the light

We’ve been tossed and we’ve been torn And we are on the road back home

To Step into the Light

 

(CHORUS) 

 

Take responsibility for who              ...you want to be       

Step into the Light              

Everything you say and do 

...is really up to you   

To Step into the Light              

 

We have come to live in Peace

Plant our seeds ... Grow our dreams

To build a better life

Surrender to the truth inside

There is no greater guide              

To Step into the Light   

 

(CHORUS )

(Tag):  Leave your shoes outside the door, you won’t need them anymore 

To Step into the Light...Into the Light

w/m  Suzee Waters Benjamin

2.

Unconditional Love 

(CHORUS)   

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love

What people need,                            ...as much a heaven above

Is some Unconditional Love

 

Take the child who can't do right

Hold his motives up to the light

Does he really need the back                ...of your hand

Or your ... Unconditional Love

 

Take a woman and take a man

We expect so much and                        ...we make demands

When all we really need to understand

Is some ... Unconditional Love

 

       I look around and I know it's true

       I ask myself what can I do

       Just open up my heart 

       And let it flow through

       Open up my heart                               And let it flow through

       Unconditional Love ...

 

This world can be such a lonely place

We hide our hearts & we hide our face

When all we need is a little faith

And some ... Unconditional Love

w/m  Tom Benjamin

2.

I Want to Go There Again

 

Could it be this place

Could it be this night               

Could it be your face in the pale ...moonlight  

 

Could it be it’s been too long

Like a distant song          

Could it be there was a light left on 

 

(CHORUS)

I don’t know, I don’t know

Where we’re going  

All I know, all I know     

Is where we’ve been  

I want to go there again and again  

I want to go there again                          

Could it be a brand new start

A rewrite of a tragic part

Could it be the healing of a

...broken heart

 

Could it be what’s gone is gone          

What’s wrong is wrong

Could it there was a light left on

 

(CHORUS)

 

(Bridge)

In the middle of the dark night

I found what I could not find

And it was oh so near...

In the middle of the dark night

I saw what I could not see

And it was oh so clear                        

Oh, so clear...

 

Could it be this place

Could it be this night

Could it be this is our time to shine         Let’s go there again and again

I want to go there with you again

w/m  Tom Benjamin 

2.

Those Day Are Gone

 

Well, I woke up this morning

And it wasn’t hard to see

When there’s trouble with you baby

There’s trouble with me

So tell me your heart

There’s no better place to start 

You can carry it alone

But you know those days are gone

 

You ask me where I’ve been

And I know just what you mean

My heart's been with you baby

But my head’s been in a dream

Caught up like a fool

Like only fools can do

Thought I could carry it alone

But you know those days are gone

 

(Bridge) 

You’re feeling kind of distant

And I’m feeling ‘bout the same

We’re searching for the rainbow

That’s hiding in the rain

But it really doesn’t matter

‘Cause the feelings never change

And I just want to slow things down

And show you what I mean

 

You know I get so restless

And I forget to take the time

To tell you that I love you

And you’re always on my mind

So I’m telling you right now

Oh, I'm telling you right now

Don’t want to carry it alone

‘Cause you know those days are gone

 

You can't carry it alone 

'Cause you know those days are gone

Gone…Gone…Gone…Gone

w/m  Tom Benjamin

The Waters Edge 
 Suzee Waters Benjamin 

1.

   Open Up Your Heart

Millions of people are living on the edge

Watchin’ their dreams die 

...hearing lies and more lies

Are these the final days

...the prophets have pronounced

Or is there still time to turn

...this world around

 

Open Up Your Heart 

Open Up Your Heart

 

We’ve got a history of hate

...a history of war

Separation, segregation, bigotry

...and more

Tradition holds on tight

...we fight and fight and fight

But how can we keep score

...when loves the only door

 

Open Up Your Heart

Open Up Your Heart

 

Is nothing innocent or sacred anymore

Do we kill the fatted calf

...just to see the gore

Do we help the homeless

...or ship them shore to shore

The fact that we are one

...cannot be ignored
 

Open Up Your Heart

Open Up Your Heart

 

We are all members of the rainbow tribe

Brothers of the sun, Sisters of the light

Our Mother is the earth

...our Father is the sky

Let us dance together

...it’s time that we Unite.
 

Open Up Your Heart

Open Up Your Heart

w/m  S.W. Benjamin 

 

2.

   This Must Be Paradise

Back in the garden the spring is

...ever flowing

Back in the garden the leaves are

...gently blowing

And the birds they sing so sweetly

And my heart feels so complete

 

This Must Be Paradise

This Must Be Paradise 

 

You led us here with your heart and ...hands all knowing

We built a place to keep our

...dreams growing

Where the angels whisper in the breeze

Songs that heal and bring us peace

 

This Must Be Paradise

This Must Be Paradise 

 

(Bridge)

Listen to the distant cry

As the world goes rushing by

With too much greed and too much pride

For this simple way of life

And how long must we suffer

Before we can rediscover 

The earth she is our mother

And we must live as sisters & brothers

If we hope to return to Paradise

 

Look at how the sunshine dances

...with the trees

Look at how the moonlight reflects

...upon the stream

And every creature large and small

Lives together ‘cause nature loves them all

Here in Paradise

 

(Bridge)

Listen to the distant cry

As the world goes rushing by

With too much greed and too much pride

For this simple way of life

And how long must we suffer

Before we can rediscover 

The earth she is our mother

And we must live as sisters & brothers

If we hope to return to Paradise

 

Back in the garden the spring is

...ever flowing

Back in the garden the leaves are

...gently blowing

This Must Be Paradise 

This Must Be Paradise 

w/m   Suzee Waters Benjamin

2.

   Be At Peace

Be at peace with your silent memories

Be at peace with your own heart

Yesterday blinds you ‘cause

...he’s not beside you

But you don’t need to play that part

 

Set your dreams on new horizons

Set your mind on bluer skies

You can’t blame love for you

...can’t tame love

And you don’t need those alibis

 

(CHORUS #1)  

Be at peace with the hurt inside you

Don’t let it guide you

Don’t wear its chains

Be as one with the truth you must live

Be as one with your love inside

 

Be at peace with your restless longing

Be at home with your new life

You let your weakness have its moment

Now let your wisdom shine its light

Let your wisdom shine its light

 

(CHORUS #2)  

Be at peace with the hurt inside you

Don’t let it guide you

Don’t wear its shame

Be as one with the truth you must live

Be as one with your love inside

Be at peace with your own heart

w/m  S.W. Benjamin and Tom Benjamin 

  Empty Bowl 

He was born in a cradle of sorrow

With nothing to do but cry

He would cry for his supper

Cry for his loving

Cry for his lullabies

 

Mama she’d come and rock him

And wipe the tears from his eyes

She would try to console him

Kiss him and hold him

But he was not satisfied

 

(CHORUS)

Have mercy, have mercy on this      ...hungry child

Have mercy, have mercy on his soul

Tell me why do some have so much

While others don’t have enough

Put the bread of life into his empty bowl

Put the bread of life into his empty bowl

 

Now are we so blind that we cannot see

This poverty belongs to you and me

The ocean and the air we breathe

Connects us for eternity

We are one family

 

We’ve got silos of grain

We’ve got fortune and fame

We’ve got pedigreed cat food

...in a crystal vase

And the cost of all this glamour

Could attempt to feed the famine

If we’d open up our hearts                  ...to the human race

 

(CHORUS)

 

Now corruption and greed

...have cast their spell

And the ravages of war

...we know too well

But history will agree that

...only time can tell

Will we make this earth a

...heaven or a hell

Will we make this earth a

...heaven or a hell

w/m  Suzee Waters Benjamin 

  Please Don't Miss Me

The lyrics to this song were written by my Father, Jac A. Austin, as a love poem to my Mother, Sue.  He requested that I put the lyrics to music and sing it to my Mother after he had crossed over ... which I did at her memorial service.  The lyrics are a tribute to their undying love for one another and their belief in the eternal Light of the Spirit........

Sure the Doctors called it death

But I was only out of breath

Breathing now comes easy, dear

Up here in the stratosphere

 

They let my ashes blow

High in the sky to go

Everywhere at once to be

Set pure and shameless free

 

Forever and Forever and Forever

Please don’t miss me…I’m not Gone

 

I love you so very much

We’ll forever be in touch

You’re just as close to me

As the beach is to the sea

 

I saw the slippers angels’ wear

So I special ordered you a pair

Mine don’t work so good right now

But I know you’ll show me how

 

Forever and Forever and Forever

Please don’t miss me…I’m not Gone

 

In this air so rarified

Everything thing seems clarified

There is no time, just space,

In this Divine Heaven place

 

Everything up here’s alive

Being patient ‘til you arrive

Up here in the firmament

We’ll make a home that’s permanent

 

Forever and Forever and Forever

Please don’t miss me….I’m just

Soaring high in the sky each day

On the wind that took my breath away

             I’m not gone

             I’m not gone 

             I’m not gone.....

w/m  S.W. Benjamin & Jac A Austin

  The Waters Edge

Great Spirit above and below us

Your power is everything we see

 

Great Spirit around and within us

Your love is everything that breathes

 

May our hearts be as light

...as the winged ones

Our trust as strong as the stones

Our vision as vast as the ocean

Our truth as bright as the sun

 

And for all these blessings 

...we give thanks

Teach us the sacred and the true

Help us to find our way back home

Into our hearts with you

Into our hearts with you

 

Come to the waters edge

Where the land meets the sea

Come to the waters edge 

And dream with me

w/m  Suzee Waters Benjamin 

1.

Freedom

We build walls when we ought to be ...building bridges

We lose touch when we ought to be ...holding on

We hold out when we really should be ...giving

We hold on when we’re holding on to ...nothing at all

 

(CHORUS)

Freedom from fear of certain failure

Freedom from the bar we place across ...every door

Freedom from things we just imagine

Freedom from all that came before

 

We speak out when we could learn so ...much in silence

We think twice when we shouldn’t

...think at all

We give in when we should stand and ...speak our truth

We give up then it’s going going gone

 

(CHORUS)

Freedom from fear of certain failure

Freedom from the bar we place across ...every door

Freedom from things we just imagine

Freedom from all that came before

 

Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, Freedom....

 

(Refrain)

Freedom from fear and failure,        hunger and greed

Freedom from jealousy, pride,        anger,  and hypocrisy

Freedom from everything you want,      but really you don’t need 

Freedom from glamour, illusion,          and insurance companies

Freedom from atomic bombs, wars      and penitentiaries

Freedom from pain and sorrow          and poor pitiful me

Freedom from sickness and suffering, ignorance and poverty

Freedom from all bondages

Freedom just to BE

 

Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, Freedom....

w/m  Tom Benjamin  &  S.W. Benjamin

2.

Grandmother Moon

Cover me with your darkness

Hide me with your mystery

You keep the dreams for the dreamers

The visions for the visionaries

Lovers look to you for light

Poets rely on your insight

You control the ocean tides

The ebb and flow of life

 

(CHORUS)

When I look into your face

I see the lines of your grace

Like a road map into space

Grandmother Moon

Shine down on me

Shine down on me

Shine down on me

 

Tonight my soul is breaking

For a world lost in the dark

Maleficent forces have taken

A hold of our hearts

Reflect on us your wisdom

We are in desperate need

The ancients knew your magic

Oh keeper of Great Mystery

 

(CHORUS)

 

(Bridge)

I pray for death of the part of me

That cannot hear and will not see

The light shining from above

...to set me free

I pray for life more abundantly

For this good earth beneath my feet

For truth and for harmony to set us free

To set us free

 

And when the sun has had its day

And you peak through the night

Some say you’re just an empty shell

Reflecting someone else’s light

But do we not all come from

Grandfather Sun the radiant one

And Mother Earth gives us a form

The rainbow children we are born

(CHORUS)

w/m  Suzee Waters Benjamin

2.

When I Was A Child

When I was a child

I just wanted to be free

To run and play and live outside

Just happy to be me

 

The earth she was my friend

The stars my inspiration

Little did I know, I had it all

I had it ALL

 

So I left my true companions

The trees, the birds, the canyons

And went out on my own

To see what I could find

 

Went to school, learned all the rules,

Became bewildered and confused

While the child within sat quietly waiting

Locked in a cage of my own making

 

     (CHORUS)

     Oh, why couldn’t I realize

     All I needed was right there inside

     Call it Hope, call it Faith

     Call it Love, call it Grace,

     All I needed was right there inside

 

A time of change has come at last

The world has learned from the past

That fear and separation bring

...more sorrow and pain

And the answers lie within our hearts

Within each life there is a spark

A flame of truth to light the way

 

     (CHORUS)

 

Are you willing to change

Are you willing to try

‘Cause there’s nothing to gain

...from living a lie

Just open you heart and open your mind

Let the child inside guide you

One step at a time

 

     (CHORUS)

w/m  Suzee Waters Benjamin

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