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Running Red Lights

by Mina Leon

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they said a woman in my position had no place in chasin' dreams they said a woman with no education would never be taken seriously they said a woman who was beaten down could not experience a victory they said a woman with my kind of background would never overcome adversity they underestimated me they assumed i couldn't fight they only move when seein' green but as for me, I like runnin' the red light
New Day (free) 04:16
--verse 1 here we go again another sleepless night almost had me think it was the end bills were piled high up to the ceiling been on this road before... but i don't wanna travel it no more so i phone a friend, he said “relax, cool out, mina baby the sun'll shine again, all this rain is just temporary" after the rain is gone, there'll come a time when you see the sun.... and you'll know that --chorus it's a new day (time to step ya game up so you can) do things your way (yesterday is but a memory for) (you are the only one) that has the power to make that day come make that day a brand new day --verse 2 so i went out for a drive... took the i95, bass crankin' never felt alive, the way i did and i got to thinkin' man, my life is good... i got my health, my fam, my friends, my hood... yeah and i never realized... how suddenly some things appear with a different set of eyes; everything just looks so clear like a piece of a puzzle i couldn't find just when i thought i would lose my mind it all makes sense, falls into place now i got a smile up on my face cause --bridge (all my life) i just kept travelin' in the wrong direction... (all my life) i look in the mirror did not like my reflection (love my life)i made my mistakes and i'm learnin' my lessons (i'm lovin' , i'm lovin' my life) and i'm countin' my blessings... --chorus
--verse 1 i woke up this mornin' and i got myself a gun; i'm comin' after you what made ya think i would let ya get away with shootin' me down; and leave me in this room... last night was some kinda crazy, that must explain this kinda mood i'm in i can't wait for this day to be over, just so you and i can do it all again again, and again --chorus i love the way ya ____?____ me must be the way ya ___?____ me and baby when ya ____?____ me, i just can't find the words to describe this kind of love... --verse 2 sittin' at work unproductive; plottin my revenge rubbin' my hands together i gotta think, figure how to get away with workin' my plan, cause i don't have forever, no so imma have to make my move tonight; and you'll never see it comin' , no imma have to get ya from behind cause i can't have ya runnin'...runnin' from me --chorus
Hello 03:52
--verse 1 i never saw it comin' it was like heaven was torn in two, and the stars; one by one...just kept fallin' (fallin' down) and there was nothing left for me to make a wish on, cause you were gone away. (yeah) and now i'm looking up at a lonely moon... hopin' that the Lord brings a mornin' soon, so i can feel up on my cheeks the kiss of dew... (kiss of dew) oh, how i dream to press rewind; this movie to another time: when i was young, and i could fly, long as ya held me, i could touch the sky... --chorus hello? I'm callin' out to you, why can't you hear me? hello? Hello? i wave my hands in front of you, why can't you see me? Hello? I'm callin' out to you, why can't you hear me? Hello? --verse 2 daddy...i drew a picture today at school; with lots of colors, i hope you like it... it's a picture of me and you! and i even used my 'magination! I wrote a story 'bout the day i had a bad dream and i was cryin' and you said, “baby, don't be afraid...i'll never leave you, to wake from a sleep that had ya scared; i'll chase dem monsters away..” ya said to, “get back in bed” and then ya tucked me in... ya kissed my forehead, and that's end. Oh now why are things so different? Cause now when i'm alone i cry, and no one's there to dry my eye can you hear me? Hello? --chorus --bridge mommy says that i'm too young right now, to understand “sometimes you give your heart to someone, and it don't go how ya planned” she said, “but that should never change the way he feels about ya babe...just pray; that one day God will open up his heart and he'll hear ya say...hello?” --chorus
--verse 1 a gentle kiss is all it takes, and i can't breathe anticipatin' what lies ahead, i can't believe how ya got me open so damn easily; i'm slowly descending and i'm losing all sense of time, so let the hands on the clock continue to make their way around (tic tic tic) i'm addicted and afflicted ya got me feelin' so twisted... i'm sinkin' further down and i'm zonin' out on the ceilin' when i'm in your company that's when things start disappearin' --chorus here we go, go again you and me, it never ends we should tell our little secret, get it out there, in the open then again, a part of me is enjoyin' our secrecy.. let's keep it quiet, you and me don't tell 'em who ya really be --verse 2 i'm so glad i got enough of you to last me for a while go into hiding and i'll find ya, when i need to smile cause you're the only one who makes me feel the way you do when the world comes tumblin' down all around me i need a hit of you; though you're cloudy...purple hazy never cease to amaze me; such a teeny little dose of you is needed, and ya send me; on a trip, a nice vacation time for rest and relaxation prop my feet up, blow you out what would i do, do without --bridge what is this? that i'm feelin' a mix of suspicion, i listen for sounds that don't belong slight paranoia (oh how i enjoy ya) i know that this love can't be wrong no matter what they say-- i just can't let you go don't wanna be alone tonight... just wanna roll ya tightly baby --chorus don't tell 'em (shh) who ya be...
--verse 1 you lick ya lips and wink an eye, touch my hips, and whisper, “hi” and suddenly i'm drownin' i can feel it inside; i'm givin' in to you ya said, “can i steal ya for a while?” you grabbed my hand and with a smile you led me away... how could i decline? I've been dreamin' of this so maybe for the night i can let you in then...let you go only tonight; i will not be here tomorrow so you can let me in, then... let this go cause i'm taken (but this is only my imagination...) --chorus maybe... what if? hypothetically speakin' you could have me for the weekend? aybe... what if? hypothetically speakin' we can make believe, just you and me... --verse 2 so here we are, just me and you what would you like for us to do? maybe we could just improvise... exercise our right to lust (oops!) i bet ya didn't think that i could let my imagination fly but there's somethin' about ya, i just can't get these fantasies out my mind... you been pursuin' me for quite a while you and me...we need to get this movin' now. I can't wait another minute, no inhibitions...just let 'em go only tonight, i will not be here tomorrow... --chorus
Nameless 03:45
--verse 1 you who tried to take the songs i sang, and use 'em for your personal gain ya didn't think i was on to your shady schemes, to steal people's dreams and you who took advantage of my broken heart, and made playin' chicks a work of art so i flipped the script, made a record out of it, and that hit'll make me a star so tell me baby, why you cryin'? When you the one that was lyin'? Yo tell ya wifey i said “hi” one day she'll realize that you're no good so take all the money that i made ya; ya know, the bread ya thought i should've paid ya mr. incredibly fake you were a big mistake but you shall remain... --chorus (nameless) i shouldn't even say this...but i gotta get it off my chest i'll protect your identity hushed for too long; it's my time to speak (nameless) you know who you are, and though you may get far some things will never change you'll always forever and ever remain nameless --verse 2 and who could forget about you cried wolf, said he cheated, when you did it too ya even tried to start a teeny little fire but it only burned you oh my! look how the tables turned, i hope it's a lesson learned and how ya lost ya little j-o-b (ya secret's safe with me) but truth sets ya free so tell me girl, why you cryin? When you the one that was lyin? Yo tell ya hubby i said, “hi” one day he'll realize that you're no good so... congratulations on the baby; a momma's boy, daddy's maybe... hey lady don't blame me i won't say it but you shall remain --chorus --verse 3 and what about those of you who use Jesus to hide all the dirt you do? Ya dress up real nice every Sunday, and turn around and act shady on a Monday you got the nerve to list your name among the needy Daddy's preachin' and he's gettin' real greedy... askin' masses for 10% to give his little girl the means to have cash to spend what's happenin' ?!?!?!? tell the congregation where all their tithin' went!!!! but i'm on to ya ya ain't foolin' me the church supports ya whole family tree so, remember when ya said that i was wrong, When you worship your idols in Babylon? I can't wait to see the looks on their faces; they're pointing at you but for now, you'll remain --chorus
I'm Tired 03:45
--verse 1 it's been a minute and i been feelin a certain away and i can't really explain it: floating in between being in love, and throwing all away (i got a whole lot to say) i got a lot invested but see no return and now my interest has taken a turn for the worse and i'm cursed as i'm writing this verse, i rehearse all the words that it takes just to say you don't deserve me --chorus i'm tired...of carrying all these burdens you left for me i'm tired...my head is achin' my back is breakin' and i can't sleep it's such a heavy load rollin' down this windy road so i guess it's time to go cause i'm tired --verse 2 of all these situations i gotta deal with; they just blow my mind one could go down a list, of all the specific instances but i just don't have the time (it's not like you'd understand) what i do, or what i'm goin' through like the names and the numbers (yeah i called a few) so you got my permission, go ahead and do you i'm droppin' these bags off back to you cause --chorus --bridge it took some time... but i came to my senses, gathered all my defenses i feel so light (never been so free) now i can focus on taking care of me --chorus
Circle Games 04:46
you don't even have to say another word; i've heard it all the first time around for what's the use in playing these circle games? they only spin us around and then we fall down and the higher we go, the tighter we hold the rope; never letting go and the deeper it gets, only makes it harder to forget about me, bout you, bout us... and God knows where this road is gonna lead me but ya gotta leave me, for now and time will tell when you'll see me again and if it's meant to be, time will bring you to me yeah, let it bring you to me there's no need to say you're sorry it's for the best, yes? That's what you said...yeah and all these circle games people play, yet nobody wins and i never gave too much of myself to make for an easier goodbye to you there's nothin' left to say, for now, we gotta go our separate ways but it was certainly one hell of a ride with you and God knows where this road is gonna lead me but ya gotta leave me, for now and time will tell when you'll see me again and if it's meant to be, time will bring you to me and the higher we go, the tighter we hold the rope; never letting go and the deeper it gets, only makes it harder to forget about me, bout you, bout us... and God knows where this road is gonna lead me but ya gotta leave me, for now and time will tell when you'll see me again and if it's meant to be, you'll come back to me and God only knows where this road is gonna go and time will tell when you'll see me again and if it's meant to be, time will bring you to me yeah, she'll bring you to me and there will be no more circles.
i'm exactly where I'm 'posed to be it's such an overwhelming peace that's coming over me i am free to be... anything i used to walk the line but now I soar above it possibilities I never saw before an open door to do... everything a valuable lesson I learned in life is that all of us are capable of greatness if we focus on things we like, then there's no room for any limitations if we can fly to the moon, we should aim for the stars so many things we have left to do so c'mon, let's take what's ours don't worry 'bout what might have been... there's a reason it couldn't be i was in that predicament-- the same thing happened to me but i found the strength to stand i promised i'd do the best i can and when i fail, i realized all i could do was try again i'm exactly where I'm 'posed to be it's such an overwhelming peace that's coming over me i am free to be... anything i used to walk the line but now I soar above it possibilities I never saw before an open door to do... everything
--chorus music...where have you been we been lookin' all over, but can't seem to find our friend music...please don't hide from me we can't do this alone, we're surrounded by the enemy --verse 1 it's been a while since i've seen ya smile, tell me... are you disappointed with what they've done to your melody? I've seen ya grow, i can hardly recognize you anymore they took what you had to say and, threw it all away for fame (and they have the audacity to claim ya name in) vain (completely numb, oblivious to your) pain (oh, how i wish that i can make a change, but) i'm one of a few one of the few who really loves you so --chorus --verse 2 what happened to standing for something? your speaking proudly? i know it's been a long time since you've had an identity but don't be shy, please, come out of hiding out in the open there's so many hurting you but underground; we're still fighting for truth (while they weave their lies, in disguise deceivin' our) youth (got them chasin' benjamins, robbin' their innocence) you need to set them straight before it's too late music...your people really need you --chorus
Tomorrow 03:04
what's in a day? 24 hours of constant reminders of all my mistakes, the choices i made so what shall i write? Shall i sing of decisions and make some revisions to this tune called “my life” a song for this poet to tell ya, of how she has dealt with her yesterday when she loved til she was wounded and yesterday she was strong til she was weak and now today her melody speaks of sorrow and her unfailing hope in tomorrow i look to the sky the sun my example; no matter the trouble it never fails to rise reminding me that darkness never stays so while it shines it's light on me i'll sing of all my history a faded collection of all of my memories... there's so many stories, but this one, i'll call it my yesterday when i loved til i was wounded and yesterday i was strong til i was weak and now today my melody speaks of sorrow and my unfailing hope in tomorrow there's always tomorrow here i am standing before you everything inside out in the open, and i'm showing you who i really am inside just a shell of a woman, who's dreaming for, and hoping for just one more tomorrow... i just need one more tomorrow there's always tomorrow...


Solo Debut


released January 10, 2012

Executive Producers: Tef Wesley, Mike "ST/MIC" Moxham


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Mina Leon 沖縄県, Japan

A Washington, D.C. native, Mina Leon is the epitome of a versatile artist. Mixing the soothing sounds of Soul, and delivering with Hip Hop's fierce cadence, Mina Leon writes about life...and the world is listening.

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