First We Cry, Then We Laugh

by Leslie Sanazaro

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    All proceeds benefit AFESIP in Cambodia, an amazing organization that conducts raids to rescue girls from forced prostitution. They also house and care for the girls during their therapy at AFESIP centers in Cambodia and Vietnam, provide skills training and medical care for them as well as their children. It's an incredible process. It is my hope that this album will not only raise money for AFESIP but to help spotlight human trafficking around the world and the particular plight of women today worldwide.

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An album to raise funds and awareness for girls suffering from forced prostitution in Cambodia.

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released November 30, 2011

Produced by Teddy Presberg and Leslie Sanazaro
Leslie Sanazaro-vocals, keys
Teddy Presberg-guitars, casio drums, bass, effects, pedal steel
Dawn Weber-trumpet
Eric Grossman-bass
Kyle Honeycutt-drums
Chris Schutz-guitar, vocals & songwriting on "On and On"
Ryan Ashmore-bass for "On and On"
Gavin Duffy-bass on "Don't Have the Right"
Leclare Stevenson-organ on "How Could You Know"

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Track Name: These Things Do Not Define You
There are not enough tears in the world
To wash away what's happening here
There are never too many voices singing loud enough
To quiet the fears of the dark
And the moon she knows you
Let her hold your secrets there and may you
Be free to live.

'Cause These Things Do Not Define You
There's a part of you
You can always return to
A fire down inside where
The light will dry your crying eyes

Let the rain wash away
The hot and dusty night
May you rise with the flowers of the day.

May each day be blessed, may your spirit come alive
You are beauty, you are light, you are love
And possibility is shown in the ever open sky
It stretches on and on and on.
Track Name: How Could You Know
How Could You Know

How could you know what they told you wasn’t true
Why would you stay when, there was nothing left to do
How could it be that spirits could be locked down
How could you stand up with no one on your side
Believe me girl you tried

How could they not know this was never your fault
Where can you go when another language drowns you out
What are these lights for but bringing darkness in
Nothing of the earth should be for sale

How do we carry this weight?
Why does the whole world hesitate?
We are our own prayers now
Women in the world can no longer be held down

Give us the right to come alive in this life
Give us the freedom from violence and shame
We all have the love that when met with love makes more
Makes us more thoughtful than we were before

How do we carry this weight?
Why does the whole world hesitate?
We are our own prayers now
Women in the world can no longer be held down

When was it forgotten, women lead in peace
There is a wisdom that nations deeply need
We have to move forward, leaving the dark behind
Take care of each other nations side by side

How do we carry this weight?
Why does the whole world hesitate?
We are our own prayers now
Women in the world can no longer be held down

How could you know what…
How could it be that…
How could they not know…
Track Name: Connected by the Seas
Connected by the Seas

Bravely walking
Everyone’s talking
That birds are flapping their wings

Feathers falling
A silent dawning
Of freedom in the skies

Brought from the shell of a seed
Rooted in the soils of our countries
Connected by the seas

Together we’re waking
In the morning baking
The bread that is making us free

Alongside working with
Respect that is nurturing
The girls bringing natural beauty

The young they are growing
Rooted in the soils of our countries
Connected by the seas

Taking care of the
One to each side of
Us, we can all be free

Sun’s light is waiting
To be used for growing
To stop the scorching of seeds

The elders before us, the trees
Rooted in the soils of our countries
Connected by the seas
Waiting for remembering
Track Name: Dream in Blue
Dream in Blue

Sleep darling sleep
The world outside your door
Have peace darling peace
May safety be yours

Come close darling close
Protect you in your sleep
Dream darling dream
Of things you’ve never seen

The morning’s coming soon
Til then a dream in blue

Speak darling speak
My ears are yours
Hold on now hold on
Just the other side of this door.

A time’s coming soon
All of this will change
So look darling look
It’s coming any day

The morning’s coming soon
Til then a dream in blue
The morning’s coming soon
Til then a dream in blue
Track Name: Don't Have the Right
Don’t Have the Right

They don’t have the right
To say what it is you can and cannot do
They don’t have the right
They don’t have it right
To force someone to do what they would not do
They don’t have it right
They don’t the right
To judge a woman for what she’s been made to do
No one has the right

Don’t listen to (no voices of doubt)
You know what to do (don’t let them take away)
All the things you thought (you could you can do)

Sha
Sha-la-la

Wake up, turn the news down
There’s no question what it is we do now
They don’t have their rights

I wanna wake up in a place where everyone’s free
I wanna be the change, the change I want to see

Darkness in your heart (it’s time to let go)
Let your spirit (ready to grow)
We can’t wait no more (it’s time to go)
You know what to do (it’s in your heart now)
Use the things you do (to make a change now)
You create the news (you see each day)

Sha-la-la
Sha

Let the states protect the children
Let the mothers protect the children
Let the men unite protect the women
Let the girls know their power

Women hold the piece (the missing piece now)
Hold them up to see (the light, the light)
Show the children please (what the world can be)

Sha
Sha-la-la
Track Name: Leslie Sanazaro and Chris Schutz - On and On
On and On

I want you to say
But you’re not saying anything anyway
And surely the silence comes again
And I’m left wondering

What is something I said
Or someone else
That turned you off?
Something I’m sure
I’ll grow to regret
As we move

On
On
I just want you to hear this
To hear this

Counting the leaves on summer trees
They’re drifting down
And surely silence comes again
We’re out of time
So out of time

What is something I said
Or someone else
That turned you off?
Something I’m sure
I’ll grow to regret
As we move

On
On
And I
And I
And I
On
As we move on
I just want you to hear this
To hear this
Track Name: Keep on Walking
Keep on Walking

These roads go on forever
When will they find an ending
How do I go on
When I’ve seen what I’ve seen
What do I believe?

The worst things can’t last forever
But fear is so hard to master
Why can they not see
Who I am and that I want to leave
To leave

I’ll take on what I have to
Nothing could be as awful
Why was it me
And where does this anger go to be?

(Each of us, has been created beautifully)

I’m finding space to understand I have a place
But hardest still are the nights we feel

I’ve walked right through the dark
I still hold a heavy heart
I’ve been alone so long
How do I believe these things I want to see?

Now that the time has come to move on
Where will I go
And what things do I know
How do I stop the fear
Stop the fear

(You are not a mistake. I want to say that again, you are not a mistake)

I’m finding space to understand I have a place
But hardest still are the nights we feel

I will still keep on walking
These streets to help in solving those still not free
Girls are not for sale
Are not commodities
Track Name: Quietly
Quietly they walk her to the car
No one knew what to do
Quietly the world still stands there stunned
How could that be true?

What else could be
What else could be true?
What else should we, what else should we do?

Quietly she's shaped with special words
With everything to lose
Carelessly we speak without concern
Don't be so sensitive...

What else can she
What else can she lose?
What else could we, what else can we do?
What else should we, what else could we do?

Quietly we tell ourselves it's hard
How can we get through?
It's easy when there's no one there to say
You can't do that to her
Quietly she steps into the night
What else could she do?
Quietly she's fighting for her life
Like everyone she knew.

What else can she
What else can we do?
How can this be, how can this be true?
What else can we, what else can we lose?
What else can we, what else can we choose?

Quietly your friend walks to the car
What else could she do?