Onward Beyond

Collaborator: N/A

Associated Artists: EJ Zimmerman

Lyrics:

MY COUNTRY SAID, “UN-WAN-TED.”
MY MOTHER SAID, “DON’T SPEAK.”
MY GENERATION LEARNED:
BE GRATEFUL. BE QUIET. BE PATIENT. BE MEEK.
MY HEART, INSIDE, WAS SCREAMING
BUT STILL MY VOICE STAYED LOW.
ONE THING MY COUNTRY TAUGHT ME:
SOME PLACES GIRLS DON’T GO.

SO I PUSHED ONWARD, BEYOND.
I CROSSED AN OCEAN ALL ALONE.
I LEFT MY FAMILY, MY HOME,
IN SEARCH OF SOMETHING I HAVE NEVER KNOWN.

MY FIRST JOB HERE WAS BRUTAL
BUT SOON I LEARNED THE GAME.
I CHANGED MY ATTITUDE,
MY PASSPORT, MY ACCENT, MY CLOTHING, MY NAME.
MY HEART INSIDE, STILL SCREAMING,
BUT I SURVIVED THE WORST.
ONE THING THIS COUNTRY TEACHES:
NICE GIRLS DON’T COME IN FIRST.

SO I PUSH ONWARD, BEYOND.
LOOK FOR ATTENTION, MAKE SOME NOISE.
BUT MY SUCCESS ONLY COMES
WHEN I LEARN HOW TO KEEP UP WITH THE BOYS!

I SPOT THE GUY WITH THE BEST CAR. HE LIKES ME.
THE UP AND COMING MOVIE STAR. HE LIKES ME.
THEY DON’T EXPECT ME TO BE SMART,
BUT THAT’S THE SECRET AND THE ART:
NO ONE CAN EVER KNOW WHAT’S TRUE.
ONWARD, BEYOND!
I LEARN WHAT I HAVE TO DO!

MY TASTES ARE MORE EXPENSIVE,
MY HUNGER DOESN’T REST.
THIS COUNTRY TEACHES ME,
BE SHARPER, BE QUICKER, BE FEARLESS, BE BEST.
MY HEART WILL NOT STOP SCREAMING.
BUT NOW I PLAY TO WIN.
NO ROOM FOR LOVE OR ROMANCE.
NO WAY TO LET THEM IN.

AS I PUSH ONWARD, BEYOND,
THAT FEARFUL GIRL I USED TO BE.
YOU CALL IT DANGER, I KNOW,
I’D RATHER CALL IT OPPORTUNITY!