I've Been Waiting for You

by Nhojj

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It was noon, and the members of a small church in Guyana watched a 7-year-old walk to the platform. He was nervous, and it showed in the way that he avoided the eyes of the members in the congregation. His 15-year-old sister, an accomplished pianist, had witnessed her brother’s gift and had honed it into the thing the congregation would now hear. He took a breath, gripped the microphone and looked up to the ceiling. This would be his first performance.

Everyone waited.

He opened his mouth and the first sounds of his voice escaped his lips. The notes slowly drifted upward toward the rafters- simply and effortlessly. He took another breath and allowed himself to slip into a familiar trance-like state. This was his favorite place, his hideout when the world hurt him, or didn’t understand him- his safe place made up of notes, lyrics, melodies, and chords. In here, nothing else mattered- just his voice and the music. Minutes passed. A thunderous applause erupted. The boy looked up, he’d wanted to stay a little longer and play with the notes.

Years passed.

He was sitting in a tiny New York apartment, deeply depressed about his life. He had been a straight ‘A’ biology student at NYU for two years, but lately studying had become a chore and as a result his grades were slipping. He couldn’t concentrate and there was no one to reach out too… and then, there was that other matter. Life seemed hopeless. Was pleasing his friends and family worth all of this? He was tired of conforming, he didn’t want to pretend he liked studying biology, he didn’t want to pretend he was…The more he thought about it, the more depressed he became. He didn’t know what to do. He needed a break… a change. 



A year passed.

His passion for notes and lyrics was still strong. Music had always carried him high above his limitations and fears, and now he began writing melodies, lyrics, and creating arrangements… his own music. But would individuals respond to his songs?

4 years passed.

The truth began to dawn… in order to find peace, he would have to follow his heart and soul, where ever it lead him. Conforming to the norm wouldn’t do it, pretending to be straight wouldn’t do it. He would have to be true to himself. He would have to follow his dreams, and live his life. With this realization settled in his soul, he sat at his desk and penned the title track to his debut CD- “I’ve Been Waiting for You”.

2 months passed.

Nhojj walked into his recording booth, he opened his mouth and the first sounds of his voice escaped his lips. The notes slowly drifted upward toward the ceiling simply and effortlessly. He took another breath and allowed himself to slip into the familiar trance-like state. This was his favorite place- a safe place made up of notes, lyrics, melodies, and chords. In here, nothing else matters- just his voice and the music.

Music Dish Industry e-Journal
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Nhojj is one of the most unique and talented artists that I have ever heard. He may be blessed with musical genius: he wields an emotion filled falsetto similar to Maxwell's and vocal arrangements that cover the gamut from funk to Broadway show tunes, and I must also admit, that while holding my 6-month-old daughter, Cara, I was emotionally overwhelmed when I heard the beautiful title tune, "I've been waiting." I realized that I had been waiting for her all my life.

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released December 1, 2001

All Songs written, arranged & produced by Nhojj
Additional production by Adlai & Sam Archer
Mixed by Nhojj
Mastered by Discmakers
Photography Jerry James & Nhojj

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Track Name: Waiting for You
CHORUS
I've been waiting for you
Waiting for you
I've been up and down
I've been all around
I yearn the warmth of your sound
I've been waiting for you
Waiting for you
Melody passes through me
And I am born again
Track Name: Faithful
VERSE 1
You told me you're broken
Told me you’re through
So much has happened don't know what to do
You've cried your last cry said your good-byes
Don't need him around just pulls you down
Have to put it all behind you leave if love's not true
He's not the one for you
He lies cheats never loves you
Shows you no respect always leaves you sitting here
Crying in a wreck

CHORUS
I will be faithful
I will be faithful
I will be faithful

VERSE 2
Can you find it in your heart to make a brand new start
Know that I'm here for you know that I care
Look into my eyes
What do you see
What do you feel
Do you feel how I am aching sitting here watching you cry
Can you see my heart breaking hearing you say you want to die
Can you feel the pain consuming me hearing you still love him
Can you know the anguish of my soul
Knowing that I could never say
That I will be faithful

BRIDGE
I wish you could hear me… I'm saying I love you
I wish you could feel… I'm holding you tight
You're forever in my heart… I could never hurt you
I wish you could believe
Track Name: Another Day
I see you standing there
Brown as Earth
Light is drawn to u
And I… I am drawn to sound
The sound of bare feet against cool wooden floors
The sound of your voice against my earlobes

What dominates your dreams?
What controls desire?
What ignites the fire?
What takes you higher?
What brings ecstasy to your fantasy.
Intensity to your sensuality.
What combines urgency, necessity, and exhibits complexity in my humanity.

Is it song?
Is it poem?
Is it candle light, the feeling of being light
Skin pressed tight, soft nibble, gentle bite
Bodies that fight and unite.

But u pass right by
A rose, a scent, a sigh
Mother Earth breathes,
Adjective and superlative cease to be definitive
Too sweet for words, too sweet to express
Too deep to formulate, too raw to communicate
Feelings and emotions suffocate, as I stare intently
Gaze directly in hateful anonymity at the brilliance
That is vanishing before my eyes

Step by step. Emptiness consumes.
Longing reverberates thru the hollow of me.
I am as I was b4.
Track Name: Wade in the Water
VERSE 1
Every step along your way
Will lead your closer to me
And every sound my mouth creates
Will lure you closer to me

CHORUS
Wade in the water
It's really not deep
Gaze out on the ocean if only for a peak
And when you get to that side
Where you feel you have to hide
Think of cool waters- the way you made me smile
Think of soft winds- the way you felt inside

VERSE 2
In the dark where I wait for the dawn
I will say your cognomen
And when you do perceive
I'll be hear calming your fears
Track Name: Me & U
VERSE 1
There you are... loving
There you are... trusting
I do believe in this love we share
I have no fear now that you are here
In my life

VERSE 2
Here I am... near you
I only live... for you
And baby I want this way I feel to never end
You're my friend until the end
End of time

VERSE 3
So here we are... together
I am yours... forever
And up until now I never knew what love could do
It brought me you

VERSE 4
So here we are... caring sharing loving
And until now I never knew what love could do
Me & U
We'll make it through anything
Track Name: Come Back
VERSE 1
I wonder
Are u asleep tonight
Asleep while the moon gives light
And my heart don't feel so right
You're not by my side
I thought of you
As the sun went away
And I can't wait 'til my night will turn again to day
I need you in my life

BRIDGE
All the fights we had
Don't seem to be so big right now
And all the pain we shared
Is nothing like the pain I bear
So close your eyes and may you have sweet dreams
And if there's time please think of me
I'll be waiting here
'Til the morning comes

VERSE 2
Now I know I've done you wrong
I never should have left your side
But sometimes as we look away the treasure in our palms slips away
So now as I say goodnight
On my knees in this candlelight
I'm begging you
Please come back to me.
Track Name: The Sad Song
VERSE 1
Tear filled brown eyes
A look to memorize
Dark full lips
The ones you never kissed
A feeling deep inside
As dark as suicide
You run your fingers through my hair
And then you disappear-Oh

VERSE 2
Your things' still in my drawer
Your pictures line the corridor
I wish I could have known
Tonight I'd be alone
You put your hands around my heart
And then you pull apart
Blood is everywhere
But you don't even care-Oh.
Track Name: More Love
VERSE 1
Have you ever paused to look into her eyes
Have you taken the time to find out why she cries
Would you stay for a while, while he tried to remove his disguise
And showed you the fear that he found buried deep inside

VERSE 2
Everyone out there yes they too deserve respect
It's not just ones with whom you can connect
Sometimes what appears to be different in truth is the same
Truth and love together should be the aim

BRIDGE
Cause there's pain and the air
And sweet smiles hide deep despair
And you could dry a tear if you cared

CHORUS
More love
We need more love
Track Name: I've Been Waiting for You
VERSE 1
My soul has been longing
For some belonging
Searching never found
Ever spinning round
My heart has been waiting
Anticipating
Joy truly ever flowing
Peace beyond my knowing

CHORUS
I’ve been waiting for you
Been up been down been all around
I yearn the warmth of your sound
I’ve been waiting for you
I hoped and prayed then cried for days
But now you’re here in me

VERSE 2
Motion always comes to rest
Flying birds soon come to nest
Immersed in beauty void of sight
Midnight sun illuminate my night
It’s quiet here inside me
Harmony reigns over me
I come to rest within myself
Here I do belong

CHORUS 2
I’ve been waiting for you
I rest in peace my agony released
I’m sleeping in your arms
I’ve been waiting for you
Melody passes through me and I’m born again

BRIDGE
Now I don’t care what you think about me
I only know there’s peace within my soul
Now you may choose whatever Thing that pleases you
But it won’t take my love.
Track Name: The Lullaby
VERSE
Hush little one
Don't let the insanity
Disquiet you
Let it go
You have tormented self
For far too long

BRIDGE
Why do you agonize
And crucify yourself
Transcend this dormancy
Search for tranquility

CHORUS
Sleep little one
Sleep little one
Sleep little one