Chloe's Purpose

by Akina Ledbetter

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Chloe's Purpose is to provide comfort, peace, and healing to those families who are grieving the loss of a child.

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released September 13, 2018

Akina Ledbetter on vocals and piano, Shane Sibbett on guitar, Jordan Butterfield on piano. Haxton Road Studios. Mixed by Jacob Crabb.

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Track Name: Wishes
V1
I have a lot of wishes
but not enough change for the wishing well
A part of my heart's missing
but often no one can tell
I'd give all I have, all I have
for one wish to come true
I'm dedicating these wishes to you

CH
I wish I could have told you
How much I really love you
Before you went away
I wish that I could hold you
Watch what you'd grow into
Or see your smile today
I wish I could have heard you cry
I wish that I could kiss your face
I wish we never had to say goodbye
I wish we could be in the same place
I wish heaven wasn't far away
I wish I could fly there on a plane
I wish life was never cruel like this
I wish we could live in constant bliss, yeah

V2
I have a lot of wishes
God told me I had to wait for heaven
A part of me is missing
God says he'll lift all this weight in heaven
I'd give all I have, all I have
for one wish to come true
I'm dedicating these wishes to you

(CH)

Bridge
I have a lot of wishes
but my greatest wish is
you never had to leave
I have a lot of wishes
but my greatest wish is
that you were still here with me
I'm dedicating these wishes to you
cuz I can't send kisses to you
oh, I miss you
Track Name: Why
V1
I was never strong till I had to be
I had no wings till I was forced to fly
I'll never say that this has been easy
I'll never pretend I didn't ask, 'Why'
cuz why right now, why, is my favorite question
and why is, like, the only word that I can form
I ask why, I cry, oh I've
never asked him why so many times before
Why?

CH
You're not alone if you don't understand what's happening
and why
You're not alone if when you're on your on your knees to pray
instead you cry
you're not alone if you're jealous of the lives
that turned out fine
when you are struggling to simply make it by
you did your best
yeah you did everything right
you're thinking karma really got it wrong this time
you're not alone
you're not alone

V2
I was always one to stick to gravity
the winds of change were fine
just went where they took me
I never questioned anything
I was happy
now all I have is one question coursing through me
Why?
Why?

CH

Outro
They tell me I'm strong
but I have to be
That's my only choice
be strong and try to breathe
but I wake up each day
still feeling empty
cuz there's no answer
to this question lingering
why?
why?
Track Name: Perfect
V1
A beautiful creation of light & truth & love
God sent me an angel then he took her back above
He said,
She belongs to you-
but she's too pure to live here now
This world is far too cruel
her feet need not touch the ground

CH
Cuz she's perfect
Your daughter is
She's one of those few
that did not need to be tried and tested
Don't you worry
oh, I know you're sad
How could you not be
when you held one of my favorites in your hands?
You think she's gone now?
Oh, darling, you misunderstand
just cause you can't see her standing right beside you
that doesn't mean she isn't there
that doesn't mean she isn't there

V2
She got an invitation to skip this troubled Earth
I sent you an angel, then I took her back at birth
Remember that, she belongs to you
but she has a greater purpose here
When you make it back to me
You'll understand my dear

Ch
She's so perfect
Your daughter is
She's one of those few
that did not need to be tried and tested
Don't you worry
Oh, I know you're sad
How could you not be
when you held one of my favorites in your hands?
You think she's gone now?
Oh, darling, you misunderstand
Just cause you can't see her standing right beside you
that doesn't mean she isn't there

Bridge
So close your eyes and listen
she'll be by your side
She'll protect you from the darkness
wipe your tears at night
She'll teach you why you're here
she'll be your guiding light
She's a masterpiece from heaven
and she's your child

Outro
Yes, she's perfect
your daughter is
and she'll be waiting there at heaven's gate
to hold your hand & guide you in
you think she's gone now
but she's beside, behind, within
just cause you can't see her all around you
that doesn't mean she isn't there
that doesn't mean she isn't there
Track Name: Behind the Veil
V1
Hey, are you with me?
Are you closer than we know?
Hey, are you watching?
I can feel you please don't go
Although I cannot see your face
it seems today, I feel your grace
I know you're near

CH
Are you here behind the veil?
If only earthly eyes could see
There is darkness in between us
So I'm blind to the beauty
of the world that you now live in
A world not made for me
but I promise to do my best
to someday be worthy of that world
of your world

V2
Hey, will you know me
on the day we meet again?
Hey, will you show me
how love never ends?
Although I cannot hold you close today-
someday I will
But till then
Be still, my soul

CH

Bridge
Hey, are you with me?
Hey, are you listening?
I dream about the day I get to hold you in my arms
a hundred years to you doesn't seem very far
so I promise to be patient
and I promise to live right
so the heavens open up to me
and we can live in glorious light
my little child
beautiful child
Track Name: Try to Climb
V1
No way out, no way around,
no way to turn back time
once you're up, you fall back down
too many mountains to climb
Said you can't get out, you can't go around
the only way is through
through the pain, through the loss
look who you've changed into
you loved, you lost
you grew

CH
No the rain won't go away
and the fog won't clear
but with every passing day
you'll gain strength my dear
no the storms won't cease
no the winds won't change
but with each mountain that you meet
do not be afraid
to try to climb

V2
No way out, no way around
no way to change the past
once you're lost, can you be found?
How long can this last?
Cause you can't get out, you can't go around
the only way is through
through the trials, through the fear
look who you've changed into
you tried, you failed, you grew

CH

Bridge
Give it all you've got, don't stop
You can reach the top, don't stop
trying, fighting, keep on climbing

Outro
No way out, No way around
the only way is through
Track Name: Better
V1
Well, I'm up before the sun comes
Tired, but I can't sleep none
I'm alive but still feel so numb
Wondering where I messed up
and did I not do enough?
Was there something I could have done
to change the outcome?

CH
Everyone says that everything's meant to be
but I just can't seem to see how that can actually be true
Everyone says, that it's all a part of God's plan
but how could a part of God's plan include me losing you?
I've been good
I've been good
But if good isn't good enough
I swear I'll do what I gotta do to be better
better

V2
Well I've lost a part of me that
I really never knew I had
and I'm watching all these days pass
wondering where I went wrong
and how am I supposed to be strong
when you're not where you belong
here in my arms

CH

Outro
Lord, I believe that you have a plan for me
but right now it's hard to see where this road could be leading me
and I believe that you have been good to me
but it still seems so unfair, I've done all that you've asked of me
I've been good, I've been good
but if good isn't good enough
I'll do better
I'll be better
Track Name: In the Sight of God
V1
I was defeated, I was angry
I was mad at my creator
I was feeling cheated, I needed saving
Was there no grace? no right or wrong? no dictator?

Pre-Chorus
Was I just a soul in this world?
there are far too many
how can you know and love us all?
Was I just some girl you forgot to remember
when I needed you most?
Do I have any control in this world?
When the wind blows steady
tries a thousand times to make me fall
the more I search the more I realize
I know nothing at all

Chorus
See I read somewhere
that the worth of souls
is great in the sight of God
and I read somewhere
I'd find answers if I seek
So I knelt right there in that empty room
and I cried with all my heart
Lord, I'm struggling
Lord, I'm struggling
Is anyone out there?
Is anyone out there?

V2
I retreated, Lord I'm sorry
yes, I do see all the blessings you've given me
But I am pleading, I am mourning
Can you help me understand why this is happening?

PreCh
Yes I'm just one soul in this world
there are far too many
How can you know and love us all?
I feel I'm just some girl you forgot to remember
when I needed you most
Do I have any control in this world?
when the wind blows steady
tries a thousand times to make me fall
The more I search
the more I realize I know nothing at all

CH
See I read somewhere
that the worth of souls is great in the sight of God
and I read somewhere I'd find answers if I seek
So I knelt right there in that empty room
and I prayed with all my heart
Lord I'm struggling
Oh, please help me
Is anyone out there?
Is anyone out there?

Bridge
and I know you heard me
when I was crying out your name
and I know you saw me
in my hardest moment
felt my pain
and even though I doubted
you still loved me just the same

Yes I'm just one soul in this world
and there are so many
somehow you know and love us all
guide us through our darkest days
answer us when we call
no we don't have much control in this world
when the wind blows steady
seems there's nothing there to break our fall
the more I search the more I realize I know nothing at all
but I do know you're out there
I do know you're out there

Outro
See I read somewhere
that you'd never leave me alone or comfortless
and I read somewhere when we're lost
you'll find your sheep
so I thank you for all these words inside
the holy books you left
and I thank you for all these promises you keep

yeah I know that you're out there
I know that you're right here

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