Liz Lee

Liz Lee

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Ranging from upbeat alt-country to bluesy tunes to slow, contemplative ballads, Liz’s songs have one thing in common: passion. While her recorded music demonstrates her versatility as a writer, her live shows are full of spontaneity and soaring vocals. A Liz Lee show is an event not to be missed.

Biography

A singer since childhood, Liz Lee didn’t begin writing her own music until after college. Inspired by Sarah McLachlan and her female-fronted music festival Lilith Fair, Liz had a feeling that she could be a songwriter if she learned how to play an instrument, so she grabbed her father’s guitar and answered an ad for guitar lessons. “After my first lesson, I felt absolutely reborn,” she recalls. “I had songs backed up in my mind, and I had to get them out. I practiced for hours everyday just to get to the point where I had enough chords to start writing songs.”

Liz soon found that synchronicity supported her efforts. On her way home from a guitar lesson one evening, she stopped for coffee on the campus of her alma mater, Emory University. “I met a woman who had an extra ticket to see Alice Walker speak that night. She offered me the ticket, and of course I accepted. Before the talk, Doria Roberts, a local singer-songwriter, performed a set. Midway through a song, the strangest thing happened—we had a fire drill, of all things. We had to evacuate the building, and I ended up standing a few feet from her. I decided to strike up a conversation with her and ask her advice on how to get started writing songs. She may not remember this conversation, but she really motivated me. Alice Walker was inspiring, of course, but I knew that this conversation with Doria was really what I came for.”

After writing a few songs and fumbling through open mics and coffee house performances, she began to steadily develop her songwriting style and warm stage presence. “I realized that what was more important than nailing a performance was connecting with my audience,” she reveals. “Getting applause is great, but what really matters if having people tell me later that they were really touched by a song—that they could really relate to it.”

Friends started asking Liz when she was going to start recording, so in the summer of 2002, she created a four-song demo with producer/singer/songwriter Mic Levine, setting the stage for her collaboration with some of Atlanta’s most talented musicians and songwriters. It was through Levine that she met Michael Wynne, who would eventually produce “The Road That Leads to You.” In addition, she found herself working with such talented local artists such as Matthew Kahler, Number 99, and Chip Houston.

After releasing her demo, Liz took the next several years to refine her writing style and round out her repertoire. “I also found lots of great ways to distract myself from recording an album,” she admits. “I got a master’s degree, went to yoga teacher training, lived in Spain for two years, came back to Atlanta, and eventually had nothing left to do BUT record.”

Even after seven years of songwriting, producer Michael Wynne encouraged Liz to consider co-writing a few songs to add new energy to the record. These writing sessions resulted in the title track as well as two ballads, “Listen to Me” and “All There Is.”

“I’m really excited about the ballads,” Liz admits. “They are such a departure from what I’ve been trying to do for years, but Michael’s intuition was right on. I think people will really like what they hear.”

What else can we expect from this album? Musically speaking, they cover a broad range of styles, touching on everything from the pop-influenced “Not Dreaming” to the rootsy Tennessee mountains-inspired title track “The Road That Leads to You.” Liz carefully chose each of these songs for its contribution to the overall idea of the album. “For me,” she says, “what draws these songs together—lyrically and thematically--is a journey from complication to simplicity. We make up all kinds of stories for why we can’t connect with another person, but it ultimately leads back to ourselves and our willingness to be open. These songs have been my way of working toward this realization.”

Liz expects everyone to get something different from the album. “I just want people to enjoy it. Making it was such a joyful, creative experience, and I really hope that comes across in the songs.”

“The Road That Leads to You” is available for purchase and download through Snocap at www.myspace.com/lizleemusic.

Lyrics

All the Things I Want to Say

Written By: Liz Lee

Words creep across my tongue, ready to jump out
They don’t stay there long when I start to doubt
So many excuses I’ve swallowed, I have grown silent by degrees
So many cues I haven’t followed, many moments never seized

Can you feel all the things I want you to know?
Can you see how my impatience grows?
Do I have to save these words for another day?
Can you hear all the things I want to say?

I try to imagine what you’re thinking as you lie beside me
But I’m not gonna ask you what you’re thinking, afraid of what it may not be
I try to read your thoughts by looking into your eyes
I’m trying not to get caught, I’ve such a slim disguise

Can you feel all the things I want you to know?
Can you see how my impatience grows?
Do I have to save these words for another day?
Can you hear all the things I want to—

I want you to say you love me, say I’m beautiful
Say anything that will make me feel it’s alright to say anything to you

Well I’ve come to the conclusion I’m gonna set aside this confusion
Gonna revel in the here and now and not ask why or how
I’m not in a hurry and I’m not gonna worry
I’m just gonna wait patiently while you fall in love with me

Can you feel all the things I want you to know?
Can you see how my impatience grows?
Do I have to save these words for another day?
Can you hear all the things I want to say?

All There Is

Written By: Liz Lee and Michael Wynne

Let’s talk about something for a minute
Anything at all
Let’s talk about the weather or someone forgotten
You’ve been meaning to call

Let’s make some small talk for a minute
Tell me how you’ve been
All the things you’ve done since I last saw you
All the things you’ve seen since I last saw you

Let’s cover up the awkwardness of things unsaid
The feelings trapped inside my head behind these walls

All the things I’ve done since I last saw you
All the things I’ve seen since I last saw you
All the people I’ve met since I met you
The ones who left cause I could not forget you

And who could make me feel the way you made me feel,
So loved and cherished?
And as I float through without you
I have to wonder, is this all there is?

Let’s talk about something for a minute
Anything at all

It Could Last All Day

Written By: Liz Lee

“Easy does it, keep it simple”--words that never meant that much to me
I could find the hardest possible way to do anything
But lately I’ve been thinking this plan might not work out so well in the long run
And I’m thinking that I might want to have a little more fun

And I don’t know why the sun is shining brighter than before
And I don’t know why I’m feeling a little better than before
And I’m not asking any questions, I’ll just get out of the way
So it could last all day

What’s made me so afraid to let go of expectations?
What makes me so annoyed to hear people say, “have a little patience”?
And stubbornly I’ve held on so long to the things that held me here
I called it intuition, but really it was only fear

And I don’t know why the sun is shining brighter than before
And I don’t know why I’m feeling a little better than before
And I’m not asking any questions, I’ll just get out of the way
So it could last all day, oh it could last all day, what if it lasts all day?

I am learning how to unlearn things I’ve done all my life
that caused me strife
And I don’t need them anymore

Yesterday is clinging and I don’t know what tomorrow’s bringing
So I’ll open the windows and just wait for the breeze to rush in
And once I call myself a sage, I know I’ll have to learn again
How to begin

And I don’t know why the sun is shining brighter than before
And I don’t know why I’m feeling a little better than I did before
And I’m not asking any questions, I’ll just get out of the way
So it could last all day, oh it could last all day, what if it lasts all day
If I just get out of the way

Let It Go

Written By: Liz Lee

Swallowing yesterdays in a dewy haze
I can’t get it all down at once
Looking out for the end, gotta begin again
Never know when I’ll be done

So I’ll let it go
Breathing out so I can take it in
And I’ll let it go
Allowing the sky to touch me again

Feeling so unsettled, closing all my petals
To the things that would make it alright
The sun is outside shining, but I’m inside whining
There is no relief in my sight

So I’ll let it go
Breathing out so I can take it in
And I’ll let it go
Allowing the sky to touch me again

Floating in between, having faith in unseen
Banging on closed doors, thinking there must be more
Wholeness comes to you when you are ready
Flowing water will keep you steady

The wisest part of me says it wasn’t meant to be
But I feel like early fruit lying on the ground
I never had a chance to feel you love me
You were lost as soon as you were found

So I’ll let you go
Breathing out so I can take it in
And I’ll let you go
Allowing the sky to touch me, touch me

And I’ll let you go
Breathing out so I can take it in
And I’ll let you go
Allowing the sky to touch me again

Not Dreaming

Written By: Liz Lee

How much time did you spend hoping for the end?
And how long was I here sleeping without fear
That I should’ve had?

And I pulled a veil across my eyes, called myself clear and I called myself wise
Right up to the moment you spoke, the moment my fever broke
And you felt so bad

But I’m not dreaming anymore

And I painted us into a garden, created you with an open heart
And I left nothing else protected, painted a mirror, you were perfect
In my head

And I wasn’t digging, uprooting the weeds
Never knew I’d sown the seeds that grew and grew into my sorrow
And it’s already tomorrow
And I can’t go back to bed

And I’m not dreaming anymore
No I’m not dreaming anymore

Do you know how it feels or have you held up the wall for too long
If you’ve never bled this way, how can you call yourself strong?

So I’ve not much left to say except I’m sorry it ended this way
Just as I thought and just as I didn’t, I thought I lost you
But who am I kidding?
You can’t lose what you never had

And I’m not dreaming anymore
No I’m not dreaming anymore

Detour

Written By: Liz Lee

I took a little detour on my way home
I took a little detour to learn what I already know
To learn what I already know

I cut a few corners, took a shortcut, or so I thought
I cut a few corners, and a longer road is all I got
A longer road is all I—

I got to see more clearly next time
I’m chasing the next sign, a chance to prove I
Can see more clearly next time
I’ll know what’s mine

I drove so safely on my way here
I drove so safely except I didn’t steer
No I didn’t steer and I—

I got to see more clearly next time
I’m chasing the next sign, a chance to prove I
Can see more clearly next time
I’ll know what’s mine

And I’ll know that I’m crazy and you caught me
Doing the same thing over and over and over again
And I think maybe if you take me down that road one more time
I think I just might see the end

I thought this was different
And I’ll bet you thought the same
I thought this was different
Same road, different name
Same road, different name

And I got to see more clearly next time
I’m chasing the next sign, a chance to prove I
Can see more clearly next time
I’ll know what’s mine
And I’ll take my time
I’ll take my time

More

Written By: Liz Lee

When I have a need that’s calling me
How do I let go of it?
When you draw me near, what’s happening here?
How do I control it?
Well there’s nothing there but my soul laid bare
How can I possibly hide it?
When you take me only halfway there,
How can I possibly fight it?

And I want to know what I want
So I won’t want you
And I want to see what I cannot see
So I can see more for me
More for me

Obsessing, what was I thinking and what will become of that moment?
Been living ahead of things never said
I guess it’s time to own it
But every time I try again, just to meet indifference
I put up a fight and now I’m just tired
Tired of always wishing, wishing

And I want to know what I want
So I won’t want you
And I want to see what I cannot see
So I can see more for me
More

I saw your face and inside I was there, hiding, replaced,
A distraction unaware
That you don’t have anything I need

And I want to know what I want
So I won’t want you
And I want to see what I cannot see
So I can see more for me
More

And I want to know what I want
So I won’t want you
And I want to see what I cannot see
So there will be more for me
More

Almost a Love Song

Written By: Liz Lee

This was almost a love song
The first of so many I wanted to sing to you
And this, I’ve waited for so long
To get so close to what was supposed to be

When I met you I thought you’d be the last
Now you’re just in the past

This was almost a love song
The clouds came ‘round but nothing came down
And how could I get it so wrong?
All the words that danced above and below love

If I’d met you later would we be you-and-me?

This was almost a love song
The first I would have written to anyone
But this was never a love song
And you won’t be the first or the last one

But how could I regret you?
My heart opened enough
And now I can love

This is really a love song
And if you were here I’d sing it to you
And you would say you were so wrong
And you love me too

Listen to Me

Written By: Liz Lee and Michael Wynne

Is that you there?
I really hope it is
Cause I really want to talk to you
I’ve got so much I want to say
Can’t save it for another day, no, no

And there’s something that I see in you
Something I have to push through

Listen to me

The last time we tried to talk
You know we didn’t get very far, each trying to win
We talked in circles, not really talking
Expecting each other to give in

And I had no more to say to you
Nothing that I could push through

Listen to me

So much I want to do and
So much I want to be and
So many things to keep it from happening

So much I want to do and
So much I want to be and
So many ways to keep it from happening

Listen to me

The Road That Leads to You

Written By: Liz Lee and Michael Wynne

The purple sky fades to night
On this road I travel with you in my sight
The fog begins to roll in
And I don’t even know where I should begin

The mountains tall, in my view
Never keep me from thinking of you
So far away from this place
For so long I’ve wanted to touch your face

The moon so high lights my way
Shining sweeter than the day
Your arms will hold me soon, I’m sure
And I won’t have to drive on this road anymore

And after all I’ve been through
To make my way home to you
It makes no sense, but I know
This road leads me to you

And after all I’ve been through
To make my way home to you
It makes no sense, but I know
This road leads me to you

Discography

Liz Lee Demo (2002)
The Road That Leads to You (2008)

Set List

A typical 45-minute set would include the following songs:

All the Things I Want to Say
It Could Last All Day
Let It Go
Not Dreaming
Almost a Love Song
Beautiful Lies
Nowhere
More
Detour

When doing an hour or more, Liz adds the following older songs:

Vine
Patience
Trying to Remember
Ghost
Unbroken
Wish You Away
New Moon
Stratosphere
Terrifying