Lij

Lij

 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
BandJazzSoul

Soulful, honest songs paired with vintage grooves and complex musicality allure the ears and grip the hearts of those who are graced by them.

Biography

Soulful singer/songwriter, Lindsay "Lij" Lecklider pairs fresh and honest songs with haunting melodies that allure the ears and grip the hearts of those who are graced by them. The name means ‘child’, and while Lij is all woman, there is a vulnerability to these songs, to Lindsay's voice, that is clearly drawn from a place of uninhibited innocence.

Lindsay's EP with musicians Bomani and Dave, as LIJ, Intentional Man, including "Hold Out," "Midnight Hour" and "Hangman", has just been released "fair trade" on noisetrade.com/lij.

Lindsay's solo project "Lij" is also now available for download on iTunes (and pretty much everywhere else). Take it. Rip it. Burn it. Share it.

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Lij

Lyrics

Hold Out

Written By: Lindsay "Lij" Lecklider

I know you think you know me. Well you do:
You found my pulse before I knew what happened.
Didn’t take too much to see, you liked it too:
Subtle connections the rest imagined.

Took all I had, boy. But I did not show.

I’ll always hold out for love.
You had all to give but what I was dreamin’ of.
I’ll always hold out for love
I looked over the ledge but ran when push turned shove.
I’ll hold out for love.

You know I think I know you. well it’s true:
I called your bluff before disaster happened.
Wasn’t much there left to do but sink or swim,
So I jumped ship and paddled back to dry land.

If it takes all I have boy, I’ll never show.

I’ll always hold out for love.
You had all to give but what I was dreamin’ of.
I’ll always hold out for love.
I looked over the ledge but ran when push turned shove.
I’ll hold out for love.

Hold out for love, I will.
Hold out for love, I will.
I will hold out for love.

I’ll always hold out for love.
You had all to give but what I was dreamin’ of.
I’ll always hold out for love.
I looked over the ledge but ran when push turned shove.
I’ll hold out for love.

I know you think you know me.

Midnight Hour

Written By: Lindsay "Lij" Lecklider

Hangin’ by a thread, I cling
For all that I can’t see
As the darkness penetrates this room
Hinged on hands of time, I breathe
A desperation deep
Desolation cloaks this midnight moon

Though night’s closed me in
And hope has faded dim
Each broken heartbeat counts down the day new

So I will wait for the sun to rise
All through the night I’ll lift my eyes
Each day before it overcame the skies
And night’s chill gave way to the breakin’ of the light

Desperate for escape
A dream, that keeps eluding me
Shadows covering my falling tears
Gasping for relief
I sing, to rock myself to sleep
A haunting melody nobody hears

Though night’s closed me in
And hope has faded dim
Each broken heartbeat counts down the day new

So I will wait for the sun to rise
All through the night, I’ll lift my eyes
Each day before it overcame the skies
And night’s chill gave way to the breakin’ of the light

Hangman

Written By: Lindsay "Lij" Lecklider

Days are filled
As efforts spill
Like oil on the ocean floor
We draw near
But it’s so clear
The damage that’s in store

Crawling toward
Falling away
Backwards and forwards
Our love hangs

Silence kills
What words won’t heal
As we stare at the open door
With fewer tears
And smaller fears
Imagining that there’s more

Crawling toward
Falling away
Backwards and forwards
Our love hangs

If we don’t cut this rope
The tie that binds us will kill us both

Crawling toward
Falling away
Backwards and forwards
Our love hangs

Does forever mean dying so soon
Is there a grace strong enough to break this noose
How could we know that worse would be our doom
Is there a love good enough to cut us loose

If we don’t cut this rope
The tie that binds us will kill us both
If we stay on this boat
We both go down with our final hope

Crawling toward
Falling away
Backwards and forwards
Our love . . .

No Place

Written By: Lindsay "Lij" Lecklider and "Pigeon John" Dust

I’m at the bottom of a well, it seems
In limbo, between heaven and hell, in dreams
I used to think that I could never fail, really
Until I did and it made me feel silly
That I’d crush your heart in a flat minute
Mistakes on my brain and the pain’s infinite
I feel too low to even touch your grace
My spine turns cold when I see your face

Afraid to grow old with this heavy load
Don’t know where to go on this windy road

I’m a lost one, I’m a lost son
But I still hear your voice, it’s a soft one

No place so high
You can fly away and leave love behind
No place so low
You can fall that it will not go

So I still run to the morning light
Tryin’ to fix all the nicks of my old life
I can handle it; I did it before
When I heard ‘em all, walked out the door
I don’t need no one, I’m my own man
Is what I scream while I’m held in your hand
Tryin’ to fight as I’m finding my own way
So exhausted; I’m tired of the roleplay
So I collapse on my knees but I won’t pray
‘Cause I forgot how; everything’s a haze
I feel somethin’ twitchin’ deep inside
But it’s too deep and I flee, I’d rather run and hide

Afraid to grow old with this heavy load
Don’t know where to go on this windy road

I’m a lost one, I’m a lost son
But I still hear your voice, it’s a soft one

No place so high
You can fly away and leave love behind
No place so low
You can fall that it will not go

Innocence

Written By: Lindsay "Lij" Lecklider

Can I have it again
The newness that I gave you
Will I have to pretend
That I’m whole

I loved without holding back
Does this mean that I now lack
Innocence

Caution to the wind
I laid my heart before you
Believing you were the end
I let go

I loved without holding back
Does this mean that I now lack
Innocence

Can I be made whole
Can I be made whole
Restored in body
Healed in soul

I loved without holding back
Does this mean that I now lack
Innocence

Make me whole
Make me whole
Restore me body
Heal my soul

I loved without holding back
This cannot mean that I now lack
I loved without holding back
This cannot mean that I now lack
Innocence

Show Me

Written By: Lindsay "Lij" Lecklider

Smokin’
I’m sittin’ here just smokin’ away
Wastin’
Watchin’ the clock tic’ through the whole day

Silent cries sent out to you
Come through
Show me I’ve got somethin’ to look forward to

Driftin’
How much longer can this heart wait
Slippin’
Think expectations may be too great

Still I’m cryin’ out to you
Come through
Some me I’ve got somethin’ to look forward to

Show me somethin’ I can see
Give me somethin’ I can reach

Have Your Way

Written By: Lindsay "Lij" Lecklider

Spirit of God
Fall on our hearts today
Spirit of God
We seek You with a passion for Your name

Hungry for You
Nothing else can satisfy
Only Your presence will
Come through
Be glorified
We cry out to You

Fill us again
Lord have Your way
Fan our hearts into flames
Seeking You
Oh God make us new
And have Your way
Fan our hearts into flames

Holy Spirit
Heartbeat of Truth
God is with us
We welcome You
Holy Spirit
Heartbeat of Truth
God is here

Believe

Written By: Lindsay "Lij" Lecklider

Waves are breaking
You’ve been rocked to sleep
Oh the siren is calling your seen

There is no rain check
It’s at your doorstep
Just get your feet wet
Open your eyes
Open your eyes

Why waste it
Can’t you taste it now

Knees are shaking
You’ve been scared
Believe
Siren’s sounding your name
This is your scene

Today is holy

There is no rain check
It’s at your doorstep
Just get your feet wet
Open your eyes
Open your eyes

Discography

Lindsay's project with Bomani Holcomb and Dave Merkli, Intentional Man, featureshree singles, "Hold Out," "Midnight Hour," and "Hangman" are now available for download on noisetrade.com/lij.

Lindsay's solo project EP, "Lij," featuring Show Me, Innocence, and Have Your Way, is now available for download on iTunes (and pretty much everywhere else).

Additionally, Lindsay ("Lij") has two songs, Innocence and No Place (a collaboration with Pigeon John), on the "Treasures Presents: The Diamond Collection" album, a benefit for the non-profit. Lindsay ("Lij") also co-wrote and performed the song "Believe" for artist Ryan Farish.

Set List

Lij performs songs written or co-written by lead-singer Lindsay "Lij" Lecklider, including singles Hold Out, Show Me, Follow Through, No Place, Innocence, Midnight Hour, among many others, as well as new material being developed by the band as a whole. As does any artist, occasionally Lij will re-arrange and interpret a song from a different genre or era, but on the whole, Lij performs Lij.