Chosen

By Zo Tobi © 2012
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Lyrics

VERSE 1
They say we choose our families,
long before we are born
Friends and adversaries,
to help us learn
all that we came to learn

VERSE 2
They say we write our story
in the stars, before we take our form
Reminders on the journey
of who we are,
so we may finally return

CHORUS 1
Do you think we have?
Do you think it’s true?
Could you have chosen me?
Could I have chosen you?
Are we here to lead
each other home again?
Could we finally
remember how the story ends?
Could we have chosen this…?

VERSE 3
They say we choose a question,
we can’t recall once we arrive
A whisper in the distance,
calling softly,
for us to answer with our lives

CHORUS 2
Do you think we have?
Do you think it’s true?
Could you have chosen me?
Could I have chosen you?
Are we here to lead
each other home again?
Could we finally
remember how the story ends?
Could we have chosen this…?
Could we have chosen this…?

BRIDGE
They say we chose this moment,
when the world was crashing down
They say we came to rise,
with swords of love and awakened eyes
Our finest hour coming ‘round

CHORUS 3
Do you think we have?
Do you think it’s true?
Could you have chosen me?
Could I have chosen you?
Are we here to lead
each other home again?
Could we finally
remember how the story ends?

Do you think we have?
Do you think it’s true?
Could you have chosen me?
Could I have chosen you?
Are we here to lead
each other home again?
Could we finally
remember how the story ends?

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Liner Notes

“Chosen” is an introspective love song about reincarnation. It might be meant for a parent, a child, a lover, a friend, or even an adversary. It asks one simple question: Is it possible we chose each other a long, long time ago?

To tell the truth, the idea for the song first came from thinking about my relationship with my parents. I’m blessed to have two parents who have loved me and nurtured me through and through. I remember one day, feeling so grateful to have been born to them — all that I’ve learned from them, all that I’ve experienced, thanks to being their child. The joys and the sorrows, the good times and the difficult times.

It strikes me as so poignant, the idea that we might have all selected one another, in some other time, in some other place, to play some particular role or another in each other’s journey, and to ultimately “lead each other home again” — whether our presence in each other’s lives appears to be supportive, or adversarial.

Credits

A&R and General Management
BONNIE MILNER
LONG VIEW ENTERTAINMENT
[email protected]

Recorded and Mixed at
SPIRITHOUSE – Northampton, MA, Fall 2012
www.spirithousemusic.com

Produced by
DANNY BERNINI
and PAUL McNAMARA

Engineered by DANNY BERNINI
Mixed by DANNY BERNINI with PAUL and BONNIE
Mastered by DANNY BERNINI

Vocal Coach and Song Doctor – KELLY WOHLFORD
There Is No Title Great Enough – KELLY SHANNON

Photography by MARK TANG
Artwork & Design by ZO TOBI

Acoustic Guitar & Vocals – ZO TOBI
Drums & Percussion – TOMMY DIEHL
Electric Bass – JOHN O’BOYLE
Electric Guitars – CALEB ROSAZZA
Keys & Background Vocals – PAUL McNAMARA
Guest Vocals – HEATHER MALONEY