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Agnes Chan - Forget Yourself

by Agnes Chan

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English language debut from Asian pop icon and social activist Agnes Chan. After rising to the status of multinational pop icon from successful teen artist in Hong Kong to full fledged pop star in Japan, Agnes Chan served as Japan's ambassador for UNICEF through the 2000's, traveling to war torn and impoverished regions: Sudan, The Phillipines, Iraq and Eastern Europe bringing attention to the plight of children in these areas. She helped to raise millions of dollars for UNICEF to benefit these children. This album was a diary of her experiences during those travels, giving voice to those children who's stories needed to be told.

In the interest of benefitting UNICEF several several guest artists appeared on the album including film star Jackie Chan, Dishwalla vocalist J.R. Richards, Santana singer Andy Vargas, Kay Hanley of Letters To Cleo and Warner Bros. recording artist Michelle Lewis.

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released February 14, 2006

Tracks 1 – 10
Produced by: Robbie Seidman & Michael Carey
Loops Programming: Robbie Seidman
Groove Programming: Michael Carey
Vocal Arrangements: Maria Vidal
Recorded by Michael Carey at Resonation
Drums recorded by Tony Phillips at Resonation
Keyboards and Percussion recorded by Eric Rosse
Jackie Chan vocals recorded by KLS at D&M Studio Ltd. – Hong Kong
Tokyo Logistical Support: YOSSY
Pro Tools Editing: Michael Carey
Mixed by Tony Phillips at One Good Ear – Studio City
Mastered by: Erick Labson at Universal Mastering Studios

Track 11 (“Beautiful Child”)
Produced by: Michael Carey
Recorded by Brad Cobb
Pro Tools Editing: Michael Carey
Mixed by Tony Phillips at One Good Ear
Mastered by: Erick Labson at Universal Mastering Studios

Album Layout & Design: Steven Wills
Cover Photography: Minamoto Tadayuki
Interior Photography: Steven Wills and Kaneko Tsutomu
Artist Management : Kaneko Tsutomu

Executive Producers: Agnes Chan and Kaneko Tsutomu
U.S. Executive Producer: Michael Carey

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Track Name: Forget Yourself
FORGET YOURSELF
(c) Agnes Chan, Robbie Seidman

When I was a little girl
I felt so ordinary
I was jealous of my sisters,
I thought they were so pretty
I was angry at my parents
Furious with God
How come we were not richer
I wish we had a cooler car

The more I thought about myself
The worse my situation got
The more I tried to solve my problems
The worse my problems got
Then one day I heard this voice
Coming from so far away
But then I heard it deep inside
And this is what I heard it say…

Forget yourself
Forget yourself

On the streets of Hong Kong
Hollywood and Tokyo
Inundated by billboards
That let us know
How we must have it all
And never be denied
But you know you can have it all
And still not be satisfied

Then one day I heard this voice
Like a mission bell from far away
Then I felt it deep inside
And this is what I heard it say

Forget yourself
Forget yourself

I opened my heart
To the whole human race
Everything fell into place

Forget yourself
Forget yourself…
Track Name: Loving The Living World
LOVING THE LIVING WORLD
(c) Agnes Chan, Robbie Seidman

Where I used to live
There was a small river
It was a shallow river
But it was a river
All along it’s water
There were lots of birds
Singing in the morning
When I was growing up

Loving the living world
Loving the living world
Loving the living world
We must not forget
Every little creature
We must not forget
If we’re to have a future

Where I used to live
There were so many trees
In the spring they’d blossom
We would dance around them
There was all this life
In and around the river
Now it’s like a dream
I tell my kids about it

Loving the living world
Loving the living world
Loving the living world
We must not forget
That we are part of nature
We must not forget
If we’re to have a future

One day a man came
A local state official
He did not like the river
So they got rid of it
There were no more birds
There were no more trees
Just storks that look like vultures

Where I used to live
There was a small river
It was a shallow river
But it was a river
All along it’s waters
There were pretty birds
Singing in the morning
When I was growing up

Loving the living world
Loving the living world
Loving the living world
We must not forget
That we are part of nature
We must not forget
Every living creature
We must not forget
If we’re to have a future
We must not forget
Not forget, not forget
Yeah
Loving the living world
Track Name: Sorrow Lives In This Village (featuring Andy Vargas)
SORROW LIVES IN THIS VILLAGE
(c) Agnes Chan, Robbie Seidman, Michael Carey

Soldiers come down
From the mountains
Children crying
Mothers screaming, shouting
Separated from the ones I love
Torn forever
From all I know of
Far from comfort
Far from hope
Too numb to dream
And nowhere to go
Hide myself beneath my skin
Conceal my humanity
Deep within

The last time I saw
Saw my mother’s face
Tears were in her eyes
Tears were in her eyes

Sorrow lives in this village
Where the men have disappeared
And the children are soldiers
And the women live in fear
Sorrow lives in this village

I was sent into the army
I was taught to kill
I was eight years old
I was eight years old

Sorrow lives in this village
Where the men have disappeared
And the children are soldiers
And the women live in fear

Sorrow lives in this village
Oh God I pray
Take me away from here
Sorrow lives in this village

Someday the world will see
One day the world will know
‘Til then the circle turns, repeats itself
And the tears they flow…

No one can remember
A time when there was peace
No one living can remember
A time when there was peace

Sorrow lives in this village
Where the men have disappeared
And the children are soldiers
And the women live in fear
Sorrow lives in this village
Oh God I pray
Take me away from here
Sorrow lives in this village

Oh God I pray…
Track Name: It's A Wonder (featuring Jackie Chan)
IT'S A WONDER
(c) Agnes Chan, Robbie Seidman

Where do we come from baby
Where do we go
How did it all begin
Will we ever know
How did you find me baby
Out of everyone
Living on this crazy planet
Circling the sun

It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder
Just like every creature
Breathing on this earth
Just like every star
In this whole universe
It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder

My baby boy I love you
You’re a miracle
For every precious moment
Boy am I thankful
Now that you’re in my life
My eyes are open wide
I’m filled with the wonder
Just being alive

It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder
Just like each and every thing
Upon this earth
I’m in awe of this
Amazing universe
It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder

When I’m feeling tragic
I look into your eyes
And I start to feel the magic
I realize, I realize

It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder
Just like each and every thing
Upon this earth
I’m in awe of this
Amazing universe
It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder…
Track Name: Courage And Grace
COURAGE AND GRACE
(c) Agnes Chan, Robbie Seidman

Tonight the rain kisses the window
The way I kiss my child’s face
In a world that’s so uncertain
Where there’s so much pain

I want to give a little love every day
I want to live with courage and grace
I want to give a little thanks every day
And dance with whatever may come my way
With courage and grace

Tonight I watched my husband lie sleeping
I was so grateful for the home we had made
You never know where this life will lead you
You’ve just got to go on faith

I want to give a little love every day
I want to live with courage and grace
I want to give a little thanks every day
And dance with whatever may come my way
With courage and grace

I pray to God I find the strength
To live my life and appreciate
To love my life come what may

I want to give a little love every day
I want to live with courage and grace
I want to give a little thanks every day
And dance with whatever may come my way
With courage and grace

With courage and grace…
Track Name: Thirteen
THIRTEEN
(c) Agnes Chan, Robbie Seidman

I’m thirteen
My name is unimportant
I live and I work on these streets
My day is night
Retired soldiers and tourists
They pay to play and have their way with me

I’ve seen too much
I don’t know who to trust
I’m so far from my home
From the mountains to these streets
I’m so scared and alone
From the mountains to these streets
At the mercy of these thieves

My body’s bruised
So I take shabu and sniff this glue
Anything to ease the pain
All the shame I feel
Will I ever heal I wonder
As I wander in this sad Manilla rain

I’ve seen too much
I don’t know who to trust
I’m so far from my home
From the mountains to these streets
I’m so scared and alone
From the mountains to these streets
And I know I’ve got to leave

This is not the life I could ever have imagined
When I ran away from my family

I’m so far from my home
From the mountains to these streets
I’m so scared and alone
From the mountains to these streets

I’ve seen too much
I don’t know who to trust
I’m so far from my home
From the mountains to these streets
I’m so scared and alone
From the mountains to these streets
From the mountains to these streets

I’m thirteen,
My name is unimportant
I live and I work on these streets
Track Name: One Step At A Time
ONE STEP AT A TIME
(c) Agnes Chan, Robbie Seidman

Arumeto are you awake
The morning sun is rising
Through the trees
Arumeto are you hungry
To hungry to stand
On your own two tiny feet
Like you I’ve lost
My father and my mother
I’ll be your sister,
You’ll be my brother

So look ahead don’t be afraid
So put your little hand in mine
All you’ve got to do is take
One step at a time
One step at a time
All you’ve got to do is take
One step at a time

Arumeto we must be brave
We’ll go to where
The sun never sets
Arumeto one day we will know
A land where there is
Food and happiness
Why do the grownups
Do bad things to each other
No matter what happens
We’ll always have each other

So look ahead don’t be afraid
So put your little hand in mine
All you’ve got to do is take
One step at a time
One step at a time
All you’ve got to do is take
One step at a time

They say you’ll never walk
But today we’ll prove them wrong
‘Cause I have faith in you
Though your body’s weak
Your spirit’s strong

So look ahead don’t be afraid
So put your little hand in mine
All you’ve got to do is take
One step at a time
One step at a time
All you’ve got to do is take
One step at a time

One step, one step at a time
Track Name: You Are Loved
YOU ARE LOVED
(c) Agnes Chan, Robbie Seidman

You’ve been told accept your fate
And that your caste is destiny
You’ve been told you have no worth
And you deserve this poverty

Now I’m sailing away
So far from my home
Everywhere I see your face
And I pray someday you’ll know
You are loved

Oh you ask me why is this
And why your eyes they cannot see
Why were you born untouchable
Condemned to misery

Now I’m sailing away
So far from my home
Everywhere I see your face
And I pray someday you’ll know
You are loved

Ay ay ay

I have been awake all night
I have no tears left to cry
The only thing I’m certain of
Is God can see and you are loved

Now I’m sailing away
So far from my home
Everywhere I see your face
And I pray someday you’ll know
You are loved

You are loved
Track Name: Timeless
TIMELESS
(c) Agnes Chan, Robbie Seidman

Without you
I don’t know where I’d be
Without you
I would not be me
Like a prayer on the wing
‘neath the sheltering sky
With you I have nothing to hide

My love for you is timeless
True love is truly timeless
I want to say forever and a day
My love for you is timeless

Time and space
Cannot keep us apart
Time and space
Is no match for the heart
You touch me so deep
In the trembling night

My love for you is timeless
True love is truly timeless
I want to say forever and a day
My love for you is timeless

Spring and Fall
Sunshine and rain
After all it’s only love
That remains

My love for you is timeless
True love is truly timeless
I want to say forever and a day
My love for you is timeless
Track Name: All The Days Of My Life
ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE
(c) Agnes Chan, Robbie Seidman

My close friends say to me
“Take it easy let it be”
They say be happy
But sometimes it is hard to be
When I look at the world as it is

And all the days of my life
I will try to give
Whatever it takes to make
A world where love lives

I think of what the world could be
Without hunger, war or poverty
A world where children can be free
To dream their dreams
And live in peace

And all the days of my life
I will try to give
Whatever it takes to make
A world where love lives

Ay ah ay ah ay ah ay
Ay ah ay ah ay ah ay
Ay ah ay ah ay ah ay
Ay ah ay ah ay ah ay

I believe a simple act of kindness
Has the power to change the world

And all the days of my life
I will try to give
Whatever it takes to make
A world where love lives
Whatever it takes to make
A world where love lives

Ay ah ay ah ay ah ay
Ay ah ay ah ay ah ay
Ay ah ay ah ay ah ay
Ay ah ay ah ay ah ay
Track Name: Beautiful Child (featuring J.R. Richards)
BEAUTIFUL CHILD
(c) Stevie Nicks

Beautiful child
Beautiful child
You are a beautiful child
And I am a fool once more

You fell in love when I was only ten
The years disappeared
Much has gone by since then
I bite my lip, can you send me away
You touch
I have no choice
I have to stay
I had to stay
Ooooh, I had to stay

Sleepless child
There is so little time
Your eyes say yes
But you don't say yes
I wish that you were mine
I wish that you were mine

You say it will be harder in the morning
I wait for you to say, just go
Your hands, held mine so few hours
And I'm not a child anymore

I'm not a child anymore
I'm tall enough
To reach for the stars
I'm old enough
To love you from afar
To trusting... yes
But then women usually are

I'm not a child anymore
I'm tall enough
To reach for the stars
I'm old enough
To love you from afar
To trusting, yes
But then women usually are

Even if I never hold you… again
Hold you… again