'Strings Attached' - Live

by Michael Gabriel

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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 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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Track Name: Bye-bye, So Long - LIVE
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
Track Name: Beautiful Lines
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

Through everything that you do
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
Track Name: The Autumn Moon
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
Track Name: Brick and Mortar
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
Track Name: It's Not Like Me
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
Track Name: Shine
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
Track Name: 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

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
Track Name: Shattered Heart
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
Track Name: Live While You Can
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
Track Name: Far Away
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

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