176 Daughters

by Keith May

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This album was written and recorded during my three year Peace Corps service in China. It is a tribute to the young people that transformed me and inspired me beyond imagination. These songs tell our unique stories and share some of life's universal joys and sorrows. It was recorded to capture a moment in time, to celebrate something beautiful and to sometimes heal sorrow. "176 Daughters" features my voice alongside the voices of many of my students. This is without a doubt the most personal album I could possibly create. I hope that you are able to share in our connection by listening to this very special recording. Thank you very much.

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released August 4, 2016

All songs written and recorded by Keith May.

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Track Name: Zui Xiang Wang Hua Can Yang
你说,万般不及美人妆,后来,态浅意消朱颜老。

你说,秀靥总比花容貌,后来,花香载酒雅容抛。

你说,腰肢袅娜最是好,后来,柳弱折断女儿腰。

你说,春起柳丝同偕老,后来,离情且为缘渐消。

你说,风来幽兰画眉梢,后来,暮掩黄昏对空床。

你说,羞云情意终到老,后来,铅华尽销诺已荒。

你说,彩签当寄恐心遥,后来,任教昨霄音信杳。

你说,执手与归莫失莫忘,后来,醉相忘,话残阳。
Track Name: Honest
I’ll play the role of someone that you already know
When you’re far from home, I’ll know where you are
What’s new to me is the way I’m starting to feel
And how quickly you led me to a warmer light

Honest-there’s nothing in the world I know
Like this-feeling confirming what I’d hoped:
That I love you and you love me

A gesture so sweet, I tried to act professionally
But I can’t hide how I feel and I guess that that’s alright
I’m worried about all the changes looming now
And I hope you- find your way to happy life

Honest-there’s nothing in the world I know
Like this-feeling confirming what I’d hoped:
That I love you and you love me
Track Name: Something You Should Know
Oh my girl where should I begin?
I’m so proud of what I am seeing.
So patient, gentle and kind
I’d tell the world you’re mine.

Your soft words and caring hands
It takes no imagination to see where you’d land
A loving mother, a teacher I could see
Oh you’ve left no doubt in me

You’ve seen me lower than I’d like
It’s hard to show strength when you’re losing a fight
But it has shined a light—in me

It’s alright now—let me go
Our precious summer has set the tone
No more struggle---just family
There ain’t nothing more important to me

Surrounded by mountains of green,
Is a brown eyed girl I’m certain loves me
My daughter where ever you go
That is something you should know…
Track Name: Wedding Dress
I learned your secret as you walked away
He stood above you, power on display
I can see that you’ve made up your mind
I’m stuck here pretending that you’re fine

And I saw the pictures you sent
Of you beautiful, trying on a wedding dress
Please go. Find a brand new start
There’s someone who deserves your heart

There is danger right ahead
Bones to be broken-tears to be shed
There is no way to change a violent man
If you reach out I can promise someone will take your hand

When I saw the pictures you sent
Of you beautiful, trying on a wedding dress
I thought, “Run, run away!”
Please listen to what your loved ones say
I want to know you’re safe
And that happiness fills your wedding day
It’s not love-It’s not true

Please leave him-for you
Track Name: My Sunshine
Lord knows I’ve come a long, long way
Unsure of my decision, till I saw your face (yeah yeah)
Now I know that it shows, all this joy I have
Well, here in my new hometown I fell in love so fast

California can’t compete-when you’re here smiling at me
You’re my sunshine. Warm sunshine

Let’s make a memory. What do you say?
We could travel together or stay in and sing (yeah yeah)
Now I know that it shows, all this joy I have
Well, here in my new hometown I fell in love so fast

California can’t compete-when you’re here smiling at me
You’re my sunshine. Warm sunshine

(Solo)

California can’t compete-when you’re here smiling at me
You’re my sunshine. Warm sunshine
Track Name: Special Love
On the road never knowing who’ll come into your life
A Buyi girl came straight into mine
Well we’ve got something we call “special love”
Lasts for a lifetime, sent from up above

Oh my Clara…
My heart is out
You’re the one
I care so much about
Your hand in mine
Sure feels right

A Daughters love. Now what more could you need?
Open yourself and if you give—you’ll receive

Oh my Clara---
One day I will go
Our special love is something everyone will know
My girl…You were my surprise


My heart…it didn’t see you come.
And I’m… grateful to for your love
That’s what life’s about
Track Name: Wrong Wrong Wrong
Thank you for loving me, but the life I seek
I’ll choose on my own
Eyes set on victory, just you wait and see
You’ll be so proud I know…

Making you happy seems like an impossibility
It’s the great unknown
Well, your hearts in the right place, but I gotta say
You don’t know…..

What’s right for me,
This always goes on too long
Don’t take this as mean…
If you think I need your help, you’re wrong, wrong, wrong

I’m gonna love who I wanna love—Just because.
I wanna melt for someone kind and sweet , can’t get enough of me
Knows my dreams well
And when I meet my lover, you’ll discover I’m beyond help
Nobody to control me or guide my destiny. I can do it myself

What’s right for me,
May change as I go along
Don’t take this as mean…
If you think I need your help, you’re wrong, wrong, wrong


You think I’m young and foolish- am I right?
But while I was gone —I made a new life.
Let it go…
This summer starts MY life
I love you and all... but goddamn…there is a world outside
I’m gonna let my heart go---well …wherever it wants
Oh but I don’t wanna be gone from your eyes

I wanna see the pride in your eyes

Stop.
Track Name: My Angel
I once saw an angel up close
She cried on my shoulder and left like a ghost

Was it some kind of vision or trick of the mind?
'Cause she was grateful, graceful, lovely and oh so kind

You are my family
You are my friend
Love you forever
A love without end
So when the world gets rough
And she needs some love
Won't someone please take my angel home?

In a perfect world she's surrounded by love
A caring husband and a loyal son
In those moments when I miss her, what can I do?
Send her the simplest of messages: "Sunny, I love you."

You are my family
You are my friend
Love you forever
A love without end

So when the world gets rough
And she needs some love
Won't someone please take my angel home?
Track Name: Sad Song
I’ve been waiting all night, all day, but I won’t ask where you’ve been staying.
Tell me are you alright? Ok? I’ll stop talking to let you breathe.

And I wrote a sad song
It bared your name
Did it bring you down
No it made–it made my day
That’s what I’d hoped you’d say

I’ve been so down, so low. I’ve had feelings I’d never known
I knew that you were there. Trust me-I knew that you cared.

And you wrote a sad song
It bares my name
Did it bring you down”
No it made–it made my day
That’s what I’d hoped you’d say

Don’t go… Just Stay… I’m Here…
Track Name: Dear May
Yes I see you. I’m turning to greet you that’s when you lift your ring to my eyes
Trying to be witty, but there’s no hope of winning your heart from this lucky guy

Should I feign some surprise?
Or should I take all my pride
And fade into the night?

So many moments where I felt my importance
Was I a foolish guy?
Your heart is willing for a new special feeling
A love that differs from mine

Should I feign some surprise?
Or should I take all my pride
And fade into the night?

I don’t want to feel anymore
fiercely protective
It’s not what you want anyway
You do what you want.
But all that I am asking you
Is if I can be
Always seen as
Your one and only
“Dear May”
Track Name: My Dear Friend
My dear friend I miss you so much.
If you have some time I’d like to stay in touch
If you’re feeling sad I’d lay on the ground beside you and let you know how I love your smile

The day you left me oh, I can’t forget
your disappointment and my regret.
I hope that you’re happy, so far away. I wish you’d come back into my arms and I could love you again

My dear friend
I’m gonna tell the world that
We…we are hopeless
We…we both know this
Our hearts…our hearts have been broken
And I…I thought you could help this one more time

Where I live now is nice. I’ve made some friends
I tell each one about you. Do they understand?
My best years were with you, my funny one. When I look to the past I know the joy that we shared was true.

Such a great distance, is it selfish that
I want more happiness and to hear your laugh?
If one day I have money, I’d come to your door so you could pull me tight into your arms and I would feel your love

My dear friend
I’m gonna tell the world that
We…we are hopeless
We…we both know this
Our hearts…our hearts have been broken
And I…I thought you could help this one more time
Track Name: The Dark Cloud
Known for a smile. A spirit so wild.
Feels like a mask: charming but fake

Friends see the signs. Silence builds before the crying
They want to help, but their voices fade

Dark clouds seem to gather from miles and miles away
They block the sun and bring the rain. Not just for a day
I feel your pain

Seeing beauty is complex when emotions are a mess.
To hide is to protect those you love

Counting the flaws. Finding everything that is wrong
The weight of the world robs you of breath

Dark clouds seem to gather from miles and miles away
They block the sun and bring the rain. Not just for a day
I feel your pain
Track Name: Scarlet Pen
Mind if I write in scarlet pen?
The letter you requested again and again. Should I lie?? Not this time…

Wanna know the reasons for the things I do?
Can’t find this languages’ god damn use. It’s a shame. I’m always to blame.

…Apologies Mr. May
You seem nice
We’d disagree on how hard I tried, but that’s alright

Asked my daddy as sweet as I could,
“Free me from school and I’ll work real good”
An escape from this charade

He said, “No.” to save some face
But my cheating heart stayed in its place
always the same, I’m playing a game…

…Apologies Mr. May
You seem nice
We’d disagree on how hard I tried
, but that’s alright

I know all the things I should do
Studying, all night … all night through
Change my major, make things right
Hope my parents don’t put up a fight

…Apologies Mr. May
Track Name: Chinese Girls
Train ticket in my weathered hand
We need money, you understand
Promise me that you’ll stay in school
Feed your brother and tell him what to do
I miss your mother, but she’s not coming home
Across the country you’ll be on my mind
You’ll grow up quickly and soon you will find
You will cook, and you will clean
You will be tired and you will be
A good daughter, but thankless and unknown
Chinese girls need to grow up strong

If you know a boy likes you,
Tell me again, what should you do?
Run from his comforting light
the last thing you need is another life

Don’t love another till I say so
Chinese girls need to grow up strong
You deserve a life-without pain or fights
I wish the best for you-with a love so true
But Chinese girls often wait for what they’re due

Beautiful and kind
So caring with a sharp mind
Chinese girls are strong
Track Name: Again
Time has passed …so quickly
Here we are with our goodbyes
It’s natural to reflect on these
Good old times

And I’m…I’m here to tell you
And reassure you that we’ll meet again
So Don’t…Don’t be sad now
Please share your smile with me once again

Don’t reel at the thought of leaving
We all have to go
Take all these good friends with you
Wherever you choose to go

And I’m…I’m here to tell you
And reassure you that we’ll meet again
So Don’t…Don’t be sad now
Please share your smile with me once again
I wish you happiness
And the life that you get
Is filled with love

Friends. Friends never leave you
No matter how far they might go
Track Name: Letters
I lie on my bed and read your perfumed letters.
My eyes sting. My heart drops. I’m left with one feeling:
Alone… I’m all alone
Now that …I’m back home

Photographs of your smile are part of my story.
Your bright light, flooded the shadows and revealed a hole…in my life
I didn’t know
So…now where do I go?

Remember dancing slowly
Singing the songs you taught me
The mountains and valleys
Filled me with a new sense of hope

I lie on my bed and read your perfumed letters.
Track Name: Welcome Back
Smile. Smile all you want
Wherever you are - forever will be
Fill these lonely arms
With comfort and charm for all to see

So when you come back..
I’ll be the one to say….“Welcome back”…
and I’m hoping that you’ll never have to leave.

Song. Twists through the air
Gentle and soft written with care
I’ll play, play from the heart
Then we will start dancing again

So when you come back..
I’ll be the one to say….“Welcome back”…
and I’m hoping that…You’ll never have to leave.
Smile. Smile all you want