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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 

[ CHORUS ] 

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

CHORUS:
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

[repeat CHORUS]

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)

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Perfect

The Red in the sky’s gazing down
with its mighty eye.
We rise and set
as the story unfolds in our minds
feeling so surreal

inside

I can change but I still won’t be perfect.
I’ll never know what I’ve got ‘til it’s gone.
Sift the sands through my life.
When the glass is empty what will I find?

We yearn for the throne
that was raise in the air.
It’ll fall and desert us all.
Like a myth, it’s a guise
for perfection can never be

outside

You can change but you still won’t be perfect.
You’ll never know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.
Sift the sands through your life.
And although the glass is filled
you thirst for something more.

Oh What seem so wrong?
We are always seeking whether to truth is here
where beauty lies within these pieces of our lives.

We know it’s right though we try.
We can change but we still won’t be perfect.
We’ll never know what we’ve got ‘til it’s gone.
Sift the sands through our lives.
And although the glass is filled
you thirst for something more.

We can change but we still won’t be perfect.
We’ll never know what we’ve got ‘til it’s gone.
Sift the sands through our lives.
When the glass is empty what will I find inside?

Inside.
Inside.

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Track 2 from the CD “In My Elements
Words by Noella Choi (CASH) & Kristina Miyasaki
Music by Noella Choi (CASH)

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How the Story Goes

In this hollow space I have been waiting
Singing songs of what could be
And if I should let my hair down
Will there be someone to rescue me?

Many nights have passed while I’ve been dreaming
Now the woods have overgrown
Wild with thorns that bleed the flesh
And leaving me here dreaming all alone

'Cause It's the same how the story goes
Always waiting to be discovered
What I want is the my own adventure, now
Break the chains that has me spellbound

Every single hour, Time comes calling
I must do what I’ve been told
Still I tried to wash this empty feeling
I cry out but no one knows
I’m fated to play this role

'Cause It's the same how the story goes
Always waiting to be discovered
What I want is the my own adventure, now
Break the chains that has me spellbound

SOLO

It’s the same how the story goes
Always waiting to be discovered
What I want is the my own adventure, now
Find a way to make it somehow
Far away out of these woods
Break the chains that has me spellbound

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Track 3 from the CD “In My Elements
Words & Music by Noella Choi (CASH)

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快樂人 (Happy People)

"Originally written as a commercial jingle for ‘Platform2 Restaurant.’ Basically it’s about living in the moment and enjoying life. Lyrics were written by my dad."

每天如所願 快樂自由你我識享受
偶因煩瑣事 知心好友我你傾心訴

與君情雙悅 快樂自由你我識遷就
放開繁瑣事 知心好友我你開心透
晚霞 雪夜浪漫 雨中散步 快樂人
秒秒想見他 天天相對暢快心花放

每天同心願 創造未來我倆不守舊
決心齊闖蕩 天生一對愛笑心開朗
晚霞 雪夜浪漫 雨中散步 快樂人
四季轉眼間 高聲歡笑暢快添新歲

每天如所願 快樂自由你我識享受
偶因煩瑣事 知心好友我你傾心訴
晚霞 雪夜浪漫 雨中散步 快樂人
你我碰上他 淺斟低嚼暢快心花放

晚霞 雪夜浪漫 雨中散步 快樂人
你我碰上他 淺斟低嚼暢快心花放
淺斟低嚼暢快心花放

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Track 4 from the CD “In My Elements
Words by Peter Choi (CASH)
Music by Noella Choi (CASH)

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Pang

"This song was inspired by the character Bree from Desperate Housewives. =P"

I once had thought you had it all.
The rainbow suspends.
But there at the end
the fool’s gold falsely shimmers in your deadening eyes.

You’ve etched a smile upon your face
and swallowed the pain.
The scars still remain
hidden and layered over truths revealing only lies.

CHORUS:
You’re just used to pretending.
But is it worth all the pang it brings?
With happiness seeping from your veins.
You’re so afraid you don’t recognize
you’ve had the chance before you all this time.
All you got to do is try.

It’s like a fire is lit beneath
your feet and your skin
boils from within.
How can you withstand the fear that’s burning you alive.

But on the surface you still seem
so calm and contained.
You can’t maintain this veil.
It’ll soon burst into flames.

[repeat CHORUS]

You’ve worked so hard to hypnotize
yourself to believe
that you should live this way.
Do you really believe it?
Don’t believe it.

[repeat CHORUS] x2

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Track 5 from the CD “In My Elements
Words & Music by Noella Choi (CASH)

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Stranded

I didn’t choose this life. It chose me instead.
I’ve been here so long I can’t remember who I am.
But I still linger here. Caught in this place
walking the same old path I’ve always tread
to nowhere. I’ve gone nowhere.

The wind is always changing
I’m stranded in my shame
I don’t know how to go
When this is all I’ve ever known.

I’ve made excuses for mistakes that I’ve done.
Now I refuse to be that someone
that I’ve become.

The wind is always changing
I’m clinging here in vain
I don’t know to let go
‘Cause this is all I’ve ever known.

The wind is always waiting
to sweep me through the rain
I’ll go deepen inside
what I’ve learned to live with all my life.
The choice is mine.

I’m fumbling in the dark to see the
horizon in sight
Guided by stars, I’ll weather through this fight
I’ll be there, I know I’ll be there.

The wind is always changing
I won’t be stuck in vain
there’s still a long way to go
to learn all the things I’ve never known.

The wind is always waiting
to sweep me through the rain
I’ll go deepen inside
learned how to live my life.
The choice is mine.

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Track 6 from the CD “In My Elements

Words by Noella Choi & Kristina Miyasaki
Music by Noella Choi (CASH)