Onward Beyond

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 GET MY GRADUATE DEGREE. (AND ONWARD.)
WATCH MEN ADVANCE IN FRONT OF ME. (AND ONWARD.)
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!

THIS COUNTRY LOVES AMBITION.
THIS COUNTRY 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.
THE ONLY WAY IS FORWARD.
I CAN’T GO BACK AGAIN!

SO I PUSH ONWARD, BEYOND,
THE HIGHEST BARD THEY SET FOR ME!
YOU WANT TO TELL ME I CAN’T?
LET ME REMIND YOU WHO I USED TO BE.
IT’S THE AMERICAN DREAM:
THIS PROMISED LAND OF OPPORTUNITY!