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'Strings Attached' - Live

by Michael Gabriel

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    For this CD - we included an 8-panel color insert of live concert photos form the series. All of the lyrics from this album and from all of the albums are at michaelgabrielmusic.com .

    For concert footage, press articles and interviews for 'Strings Attached' - visit our press and multimedia sections @ michaelgabrielmusic.com.
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It’s been over a year Couch is where I sleep On my third car Given to me I think I’m at the end Driving back from the show Hit from behind Spinning out of control Bye-bye, so long Farwell my friends I thought I would be here forever Forever’s shown me How forever ends Bye-bye, so long I’ve seen the fall Like a broken damn I’ve watched desire Kill half the man I never thought it’d be me The one you would read about The one who was dealing with struggle But finding some answers Life chose to check out I was living hand to mouth Never knowing each week Where I would be in tomorrow But I’d always followed What always set me free Bye-bye, so long Living on the road Longer than most Sleeping under the stars But we were sleeping alone How she loved her man How I loved her back But she was loving a ghost ‘Cause now that’s all that she has
Time won’t leave me Alone anymore And I can’t seem to swim Away from your shore I have tried to right The wrong in my life Smile and bring beautiful lines Upon your face I can hear whispers From your soul Like wind through the trees You move me How I love to feel Remember when you said A flame would die in distance How that fire grows When two shores Can no longer live Oceans away Happiness Through everything that you do Selflessness Is the love I have for you Smile and bring Two bays to one shore Smile and bring Beautiful lines upon you face Beautiful lines upon your face © 2011 Michael Gabriel
Weathered tools all rusted Unforgiving sands of time Falling fast as the rain and the wind Leaves broken hearts behind I want to look you in the eyes And tell you I am fine But there have been bumps along the way And there are still hills here left to climb I want to believe We can be more Than when we’re on our own The autumn moon Fades without a sun Will you take my hand So we can let go of why we thought Strength was being alone And set sail Sail where we belong None other than love You’ve seen me sore the skies And dig my early grave There’s just a few more colours inbetween Yet to see Like your spirit next to mine I felt your warm embrace Seen the icy gate you keep In a fort you built for safety Be with me my love We’ll melt the freeze I don’t know how long these sails Will catch the wind we make From open hearts Comes the endless breeze The chance we need to take None other than love © 2011 Michael Gabriel
You’re not going crazy It’s where we are now I’ve never seen so many hands in the jar When rules have been made And blood has been paid The price of life keeps beauty below So, try a little harder Use that brick and mortar You’ve been building your whole life thus far And just a little further Don’t give up on courage There’s a reason that reason won’t always see Don’t get me wrong Love and light always win A fact that noble lives count on I don’t know about you I’m not a gambling man How many heads we flip Before tails we lose Well, I’ve heard of an open door It’s not so far away A garden gate where flowers grow Whatever weather’s made Every seed will find her Sunlight to guide her Into a bloom that’s in all of you There’s a higher law Than the one that was made By the powers with power in mind It’s the one that rises When truth has decided Enough’s enough with deception and lies So, you can never forget The joy that is spread When smiles fill over the land Because it always starts When we blanket the dark That can surround this world More than the stars © 2007 Michael Gabriel
The early days I walked away Rolled up my sleeves Never behaved I was just a fool Time wore on My heart grew strong Or, so I thought it did They were just walls Building high It’s not like me To say right now That I don’t know love And I don’t know how To make it through When I’m on fire Everytime I’ve tried before I’ve pushed away I’ve closed the door On lovers and friends Dear to me Been on planes A time or two When I arrived It was always you Standing tall You would shake my hand and say I’m the man inside of you Who takes those hearts Breaks them in two I’ve known you now For a long time But you’re not mine This part inside my heart I working hard to let go of What no longer belongs Between us Here we are Today right now And I don’t know why And I don’t know how You found me You found me Could it be That the man inside Had a plan one day For him to decide Whose heart I could hold onto Open to (c) 2012 Michael Gabriel
Shine 03:59
Rest here for a while You tired eyes sure seem sad You cannot loose what you have always had There are those who like to dream And those who learn to fly A dream is just a dream until you try Turn the page Close the door Walk away Nothing’s for sure Things you tell yourself When you’re not well You will shine You will find All the answers Just be kind To you heart The only one who knows the way You tell me you deserve To be somewhere but here Have a look at all the choices made There’s a way to happiness The smile you had It lies inside what you decide to give Turn the page Close the door Walk away Nothing’s for sure Things you tell yourself When you’re not well You will shine You will find All the answers Just be kind To your heart The only one who knows Who you are and how to get back home The next time I see you The sun might be shining strong And we will laugh at what you thought was real
Marianne 03:10
Marianne With you I stand Frighten all these ghosts away I’m haunted by one million tries Who challenge the love Shadow a ray Blinding hope Blinding faith You’ve made a wondering fool of me Marianne, how I love what you bring Every step I take I’m making for you With all of my life Heart is hurting Travel burdens I promise I’ll never burn out your light I’ll honour my will Defies the fading What I started can never depart If I welcome you into my life Marianne, hand in hand we’ll arrive Harmony Dignity You we here when I was gone I thought I would let you go When the day never came And the night was so long Blinding hope Blinding faith Guiding my every move I make And I’m aching for you And I’ll never leave Marianne, how I love what you bring
There’s a sun and there’s a moon There’s our world’s away I thought if I could shine real bright I’d bring the night to day I was wrong to love you For everything I thought we could be Shattered heart you always leave me With the feeling and believing We could be so happy If we defined the one day world Here for now I’ll go on Loving with what’s left on my sleeve Your smile lit up my life Girl, I thought we had it made In you I could see myself And I tried to reflect the same You were wrong to love me For everything you thought we could be Time to go now And I must leave I will not hold you close You will not kiss me We built our walls tall Stronger then we are We’ll keep pretending Pieces look together When we’re standing from afar
A pawn to one day be a queen Chasing distant treasures To bring diamonds To a house of gold Blinded by her diamond eyes Bounded by the chasing life She never saw what she had In her younger days she would believe In the crazy places hearts can lead But now second guesses why Live while you can Win or loss The same The ebb and flows Will come and go It’s how your heart remains Live while you can Now the wind has changed The rain washes grey And the sun lights up the ground She finds her way Through the rubble Understands why the trouble Crashed her walls on down So she could see
Far Away 04:16
On a map The distance Doesn’t seem far away I want to hold your body close to mine Feel your breath on my face When we said good-bye Bye was all we had left It’s been seven months and seven days And my far is to have regret I’m never too far away A thought away A few numbers if you dial There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t leave for you Funny how time away Can dry the rain Thoughts of you enslave me now Hear this letter from my heart For love’s return somehow Many places I have been Many people I have met I thought you were the one I thought I’d be hard to forget I’ve never heard of beautiful love without change I’ve never seen a life lived without tears But if we cannot water flowers darling Gardens we made disappear Its midnight now I hear someone at the door Could it be you heard my heart speak For loves return for us Forever more


These recordings are from a February 14, 2012 'Strings Attached' concert in Ontario, Canada. The orchestral ensemble had 7 players and were joined by the 'Shade of Blue' youth choir.

The 'Strings Attached' concert series had been performed throughout the previous 2 years - leading up to this performance. By the time this show was performed, the show had evolved to included a light show that accentuated the orchestral movements in the songs.

We had accumulated a fair amount of favorable press throughout those two years. Visit the press page and Strings attached page for more information about the series at michaelgabrielmusic.com.

All of the lyrics are at michaelgabrielmusic.com.


released March 1, 2012

Michael Gabriel: Vocals & Classical Guitar
Sandy Sebastian: Piano
Trina Nadeau: Cello
Susan Zach: Viola
Karen Spithoff: Violin
Robert Reid: Steel-String Acoustic Guitar
Cecile Monique : Backing Vocals
Shade of Blue Youth Choir – 17 Members

Mixed by Michael Reilly
Mastered by Rob Digioia & Michael Reilly


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Michael Gabriel Denver, Colorado

Michael is a troubadour who has toured and recorded extensively in North America. His vocally driven songs tell an emotional story rooted in a pop foundation. "Akin to heartfelt songsmiths Jim Croce, James Taylor... Gabriel, possesses a sage, soothing voice that instantly engages listeners." Coral Andrews - The Record. This artist's heartfelt tunes carry a timeless sound. ... more

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