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Stay

I wrote this song long ago with a friend. It’s about holding on to someone who is losing his/her memory.

Track 3 from the EP “Where To Begin
Words by Noella Choi & Kristina Miyasaki
Music by Noella Choi (CASH)

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When reason plays the mind 
Twist and turning 
So we go for a ride and
tumble in the air 
for a moment 
Do you see something there
a Familiar face
in a Familiar place

But when the clouds roll over 
And you can’t recall 
Where you were going or where you belong

Will you take the wheel? 
The road keeps bending 
passing golden fields but
We didn’t see the signs 
Storm’s impending 
and closing in from behind
We’re losing our stride 
And we’re losing the light

'Cause when the clouds roll over 
And you can’t recall 
and now the sun’s setting on us once more

Oh won’t you stay with me 
Stolen seasons buy time 
For unspoken words of mine
Oh won’t you stay with me 
Time’s eroding fast 
Don’t just let it pass away

We’re losing our stride 
And we’re losing the light

Oh won’t you stay with me 
Stolen seasons buy time 
For unspoken words of mine
Oh won’t you stay with me 
Drink in summer wine 
and fight the falling night
Oh Won’t you stay with me 
Time’s eroding fast 
Don’t just let it pass…

away with the memories 
that you can’t recall 
and where your scent lingers briefly 
is where you belong 
But now the day’s getting older 
Just try to hold on 
oh oh…. 
Oh won’t you Stay….

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I’m Older Now

I know that every song on the album sounds like a relationship song, But there are more to relationships than just ones between a man and a woman. 

Track 4 from the EP “Where To Begin
Words & Music by Noella Choi (CASH)

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I’m older now.
But I don’t feel much smarter than 
5 years ago.
I should know.

All that I’ve learned
Still I fear I’ll make the same
mistakes again.
It never ends.

Now I just go on
as if nothing is wrong.
A lie I tell myself.
The pain and regrets
They won’t let me be.

When I think of you,
I’m right back at the very start
when we were young
and just begun. 

Though time has gone by
But it doesn’t change a thing.
We tried our best.
We had our chance.

Now I just go on
as if nothing is wrong.
A lie I tell myself.
The pain and regrets
They won’t let me be.

Tell me…
It’s over now… oh…
It’s over now…

I’m older now.
But I don’t feel much smarter than 
5 years ago.
But I should know.

Now I just go on
as if nothing is wrong.
A lie I tell myself.
The pain and regrets
They won’t let me be.

Let me be…
But only time will tell
When the pain and regrets
will ever let me be.

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In the Perfect Light

I wrote the music for this a long time ago. 5 years later, I finally wrote the lyrics. 

Track 5 from the EP “Where To Begin
Words & Music by Noella Choi (CASH)

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In the perfect light, your silhouette in silver lining
Softly glows. Your hand so gently there caresses my face
Hours fill the glasses full. It doesn’t mean a thing
Not as long as you hold me, dear, within your gaze

When I wasn’t looking
Was when you came along
I feel myself awaking
The horizon glimmers with the blush of dawn

Carry me upon your breath just a little longer
You, with your fingertips, trace where a sigh escapes
Soon the morning dressed in gold, we’ll rise to its call
Until then just hold me close, so close in your embrace

Here we are in between the end and the beginning
Let’s forget what came before or where we are to go

I had my hesitations
I never thought it would be
Beyond my expectations
Somehow you have a hold on me

In the morning light, your silhouette against the curtains
Draw them close and leave the busy streets down below
Everything just falls aside. It’s you and me today
May this moment linger on into an afterglow.
But for now just hold me close into the day.

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Tomorrow Can Wait

This is probably my favourite track on the album. 

Track 6 from the EP “Where To Begin
Words & Music by Noella Choi (CASH)

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So many reasons we shouldn’t be here.
You make it hard to refuse.
Logic suspends whenever you’re near.
Ya I know that’s just an excuse. 

Lie here for a little while.
And colour that faded smile.
Oh please, let’s just stay this way  
Tomorrow can wait. 
Tomorrow can wait.

Why did you come here and knock on my door
When you know that I’ll let you in.
'Cause it just leaves us wanting more
In the end nobody wins.

Intertwined in our embrace.
Letting go is the hardest part.
But we soon will have to face
The truth in our hearts.  
The truth in our hearts, oh

I’m coming back down
I’m coming back down
onto the ground
I’m coming back down
I’m coming back down
onto the ground

Oh..    Oh…  

All we do is cheat ourselves. 
When we hide the truth so well
We both know how far we fell.
Now it’s time to land.  It’s time to end it. 

I’m coming back down
I’m coming back down
onto the ground
I’m coming back down
I’m coming back down
onto the ground

Oh..    Oh…  
Onto the ground

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Forgive Me, Love

Forgive me, Love 
sometimes I take too much and 
although I try to control 
my selfish heart, I’m 

Caught in between 
of my wants and my needs 
I struggle to fight it 
but still I’m divided 
and I’m weary from what I’ve seen 

Consider how 
reality meets your ideals 
try to explain 
what is there to gain when you’re 

Caught in between 
of your doubts and beliefs 
you struggle to fight it 
but still you’re divided 
and you’re jaded from what you’ve seen 

What to do when 
It’s bigger than you and me 
It’s never so easy 
We could risk it all 
and lose it all. 
'Cause nothing here in life is free. 

Caught in between 
all the worlds we conceived 
we struggle to fight it 
but still we’re divided 
and we’re bleary from what we’ve seen 

What will we find in the end 
in the face of consequences 
We struggle to fight it 
somehow we’ll survive it 
All we need is time 
As we walk down this line 
Please forgive me as I learn to live.

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Track 7 from the EP “Where To Begin
Words by Noella Choi & Kristina Miyasaki
Music by Noella Choi (CASH)


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Where To Begin

"This is the title track to my EP Where To Begin. I often find myself having trouble writing lyrics and expressing myself. So naturally, I had to write a song about it.” 

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Here I sit across from you. Where to begin 
Right now I can feel the silence crawl on my skin. 
There’s something about this that I can not shake. 
And only so much more that I can take. 
I just can’t win. 

You promised that you’d always tell me the truth. 
As I lie here listening to your words, I can’t move. 
There’s so much that I want to say. 
But all these thoughts are getting in the way 
I’m losing you 

'Cause you never really know 
what you’ve got until it all unfolds 
I’m all in knots. Unravel me, expose 
my mind is running ‘round in circles 

'Cause I'm caught up in whirl, 
in rising tides. You’re storming through my world 
And took me by surprise 
I’m lost for words deep inside 

You’re just trying to make it right and make it fair 
I’m still trying to grasp your words that hang in the air 
I stare out the window while you pace the room 
Waiting for me to speak. But i’m consumed 
in losing you 

'Cause you never really know 
what you’ve got until it all unfolds 
I’m all in knots. Unravel me, expose 
my mind is running ‘round in circles 

'Cause I'm caught up in whirl, 
in rising tides, You’re storming through my world 
And took me by surprise 
I’m lost for words deep inside 
Here inside… 
What I need 
Is just to breathe. 

As I’m trying to comprehend 
Work it out until it all makes sense 
If only I can find the words lost inside 

Here I sit across from you. Where to begin

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Track 8 from the EP “Where To Begin
Words & Music by Noella Choi (CASH)

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Won’t Back Down

One look and already 
You’re passing judgement 
What is it about me 
That you don’t like to see? 

And with a cold smile 
You spit your poison at me 
To weaken my strength 
But I won’t stand here on trial 

CHORUS 
Ya, I know it’s not easy 
But I can’t ignore the fact 
That everyone supposes 
I will back down 
But I won’t back down 

Here we go again, I’m 
Pushed to my limits 
Why must you keep track of all my errors? 
What’s my crime? 

But I’ll endure this and I 
will go the distance 
And you’ll be my witness 
as I cross the line 

CHORUS 

SOLO 

CHORUS x2

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Your Eyes

"Stalker song I wrote with my friend Kristina Miyasaki."

Locked inside the night, here I walk 
images are hanging on walls 
echoes of my steps are pulsing down these empty halls 

Watercolours dripping in tears 
on the canvas something appears 
I watch in awe of what it reveals 
in the shades of the truths that is hidden beneath 

CHORUS: 
And it’s you, with your eyes 
looking into my life 
And it’s you, with your eyes 
following me 
What can’t you let me be? 

Into the night, I can’t retire 
Curl inside my mind, uninspired 
In forbidden hours I search for my heart’s desires 

While it makes my heart skip a beat 
My reckless hands, stained in deceit 
Taints the piece I work to create 
every brush, every stroke, it still turns out the same 

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You take; I steal 
You break; I heal 
You play; I deal 

[ CHORUS ] 

And it’s you, with your eyes 
haunting me. Can’t you see 
That it’s you, with your eyes 
following me 
What can’t you let me be? 

Just let me… 
Just let me… 
Just let me be….

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Aloha

"I wrote this for when I finished my internship at RAPP. Instead of a goodbye email, I made a goodbye video to go with the song." 

I’ve been here for a while 
But it’s time for me 
to leave this place behind 
Though I try 
I can’t seem to find 
the right words to say 
how much I’ll miss you 
and thank you 
without being cliché 
It’s not goodbye today 
So instead, I’ll just say 

Aloha… 
Aloha… 
Aloha… 
Aloha… 

I will see you again 
‘Cuz you know in the end 
I’ll be your party crasher 
and your facebook stalker 

Aloha… 
Aloha… 
Aloha… 
Aloha…

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Solace

“The opening line of this song is inspired by the time I was on vacation in Cuba. I literally chased down the sun as it set so I could grab a picture.”

I chased the sunlight as it descended in the earth
And left me in shadows waiting alone until its rebirth
It’s been a while now walking with ghosts in my thoughts
It would be easy to let them haunt every moment I’ve got

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But (‘Cause) in the moonlight I dream of beginnings
And catch the stars as they fall ‘til the night resigns
Come daybreak I’ll wake without fear of doubt
‘Cause I know I’ll be fine.

It may seem I’m falling down to the place where I bleed
I will not be broken for I have faith I will land on my feet

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I’m not afraid to close my eyes
and let this closing darkness wash over me
And I won’t try to run or hide
‘cause I know that it won’t last forever.

CHORUS 2:
And in the moonlight I dream of beginnings
And catch the stars as they fall ‘til the night resigns
I’ll kindle the flame, let it burn away my sorrow
For tomorrow…

When day breaks I’ll wake without fear of doubt
‘Cause I know I’ll be fine.
‘Cause I know I’ll be fine.
Oh, I know I’ll be fine.

I am ready for when the sunlight reborns in me.

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Track 1 from the CD “In My Elements
Words & Music by Noella Choi (CASH)