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The Certainty of Change

by The Michael Gabriel Band

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    Hi Everyone! The official insert for this album is included in the bonus section. It lists the tracks and the locations they were recorded in for this three part album. The images from the insert are from High Park in Toronto, Canada! All of the lyrics are @ michaelgabrielmusic.com
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Forge on through to new beginnings New doors open when old doors can’t swing There is good and there is bad in this place Chess board pieces have there places Possessing strength within there weakness There is no pond too small to cross to the other side Always a chance for a new beginning Keeping the canvass clean is a feeling We all need to know we can unfold, uphold And bring forth the innocence taken by time The greater goal The further the distance The steeper the risk Relentless persistence Go with the flow of your own soul Surrender not to time If you are bruised and battered Shattered from the lost hope If challenge becomes drowning Reach out for the last rope Tossed from the banks Give thanks the angels never left your side The easy way will always be there Cigarillos burning, bikinis with no cares Become not polluted Delusion becomes despair And if the pain of past infliction Carries you over into addiction Time has a way to put on display Correction in need
Thirteen rounds Still haven’s gone down I’m not beaten by the padded fist To my battered soul No more mistakes to make I have made every bad choice Met every bad place in this world of ours When you’re in time of need And your hearts breaking Souls shaking Change is changing you Into everything you never ever thought you would be ‘Cause you’ve been everywhere to be And you’ve seen all there is to see Hold on destiny play that card Stripped down to the core Lying naked Sprawled across the floor With nothing to show for this life Impermanence is certain to strike So surrender your defender To what could becoming your way Friends say you’re down and out Two jabs, two hooks, one uppercut To the canvass keeping you warm Heeding warning of storm needing to come You better fight a different fight If you want to make it out alive When you’re in time of need Fought a fight I though I could win I went up to something I thought I would never ever give into My phoenix wings are weak From the fire burning embers inside me I’m sorry heaven but this penance is a penalty Too heavy a reprimanding for me ‘Cause I’m falling And my hearts breaking Souls shaking Change in changing me into everything I never ever wanted to be ‘Cause I’ve been everywhere to be Seen all there is to see Hold on destiny play that card Hidden up your sleeve
I want to feel But I can’t feel If it’s pills I’m pushing down To push away pain I look around Sometimes I have found People pleased with feeling nothing From the neck on down Break down you wall Feel fire burn Learn from the flame of your pain Break down you wall There’s an ocean waiting Dive down deep in your heart I want to love But I can’t love If I can’t befriend that demon Dwelling deep inside me I know it’s not easy But if it was easy We would never come undone Blessed by a new sun Truth is your light Light from the dark Harder when you’re smiling Pretending you are doing fine Come on live Come on and give Receive what’s coming to you Believe you are worth it too If you can’t feel All that is real Take a step back Look at choices you’ve made Along the way Break down your wall Have a sneak peak at what lives On the other side of you and me Depression a small session we all go through To break on through now to the other side
Dear Lord 04:26
Thought I had a little more left in me Thought I could swim up river to the sea My arms are tired, needing rest Body, mind and soul lost sight of shore I’m sinking slowly soon He says, Worry not I’m here Watching your every move Riding all waves you made for yourself You will find peace soon Again Thought I had everything figured out Heavy rain can be a blessing in a drought Coming home alone There’s nobody there Waking up to myself telling me I’ll make it through one more day Dear Lord, Can you send someone for me Even if it’s for one more night All of the others have all slipped away I guess I held too tight Again
I used to run wild Free with the wolves Now I’m spreading eagle feathers High from the lows Soaring into blue skies Up from below My engine been down Dipped in molasses I used to burn rubber Now I’m kicking off the ashes My transmission won’t let me below Three or four, five times a day I’m raising vibrations Flying through constellations Reflecting all thoughts Speared in my direction There’s no fire that burns Without wood to kindle the flame These new shoes feel good No gum underneath Sticking me like stucco To the thoughts I grieve This moment is the only moment I need This moment is the only moment I will forever and ever revel in I’m going to learn from the inside out I’m through with drinking poison From the adrenaline spout I’ve followed through conclusion To illusion beware I’m jumping off this self-destructive locomotive Leading me nowhere, I’m nowhere I am only lost to come around I’m going to learn from everyone before me Who wrestled with demons Tried to shake free Who went six feet below before their time It seems that artificial stimuli Is nothing more than a bore A glorified white lie
Stumble outside of your world Into a world that we all share What have we done to her She only seems to give we only take And you’re trying to fly into a world Where love is the only king that rules Borders are erased Peaceful the world outside How peaceful the world can be inside Like a bud in full-bloom I see you wings spread You leave from your cocoon It seems so hard to free The life living deep inside of me But I can’t keep holding on to fear anymore Just take one second now To see how the hurt can crumble down The one true thing that you wanted so long The heart that was strong turned coal into stone Leaving me so cold And I’m finding it hard Finding it hard to walk inside of the dark Lonely nights keep me from sleep From shattered dreams on empty streets From shattered dreams on endless streets
Some other love Another moment in time Will put to rest this memory I’m holding onto the edges of this life A crevasse from a broken heart swallows me One step at a time Is all you need to make it through this life With patience, love, faith Fate will deliver everything you wanted to be Free yourself live this life like it’s your turn to fly Tornado’s touch Hurricanes can hit Land like cat in any gale force wind Dispel the hell they told you of this place Paradise lies in the thoughts you keep Whispers of gentle blessings Warm tidings sooth the soul I feel a new beginning A world where I can feel myself fly Without the chains and ties that bind Let not the clouds forget to move It’s never too late to start all over again When that road winds alone for too long Look up ahead and there will be someone for you
If there seems like no tomorrows Dig past pain, undo sorrow Let go, keep not in What needs to dry Life experience can shake you Even when it decides to break you Broken hearts mend stronger every time There will be joy There will be clouds Who hover for too long But somehow showers Wash away the pain We feel inside Turn not back the pages of time Where you are, you’re doing fine Even if you feel that you are lost all alone And this illusion can be a cunning fox Who can bring you a star then morning frost Upon a warmth you began to feel too safe And in one moment it can change All that you thought you knew re-arranged There’s something bigger here than your will Freedom can find you anytime You’ve locked yourself from the world Behind the door the key hangs in your heart You’ve traveled so far in this world all alone No more fuel to warm this cold soul Let someone love you for who you are Be gentle with the darkness And it will only lead you to brighter days and nights Will fill with flowered fields
Into the light In from the night I saw you Spoken with ease Your eyes speak volumes I know I can feel All the is real inside With your body so close to mine I’ve searched long and hard Harmed hearts Lied to myself and everyone else But I won’t go I will stay I’ve travelled the distance The prices I‘ve paid to be here with you I can’t lose this moment with you Battles won, lost Wars fought for your arms There’s no need to run No case for alarm I know I can feel All that is real inside And I will Without trying I have let all of my horses run free Without trying You take me to that place I have wanted I have always wanted to see And to be here with you Together we have sailed through stormy seas
Trembling in darkness you came No matter how far away I was Flying lower than the ground The comfort in your voice told me more More than any words could say A candle undrownable inside of the rain You were always waiting for me Receiving not what you need And I know that you have moved on I will try and rise again I am dying to remember Why I came to this place Hope hang-on Time has left so little Time to remember dreams And I see the circle over me From the ashes Rise only to fall again My soul the only weapon Giving gravity the greatest fight of its life Hope hang-on I will try up until the end ‘Cause I’m setting my intention straight Clear of all these tears Hope hang-on
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 And 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 Beautiful lines upon your face
Angel Wings 03:53
When I close my eyes I’ll be gone from this place I will see life from the other side Cry not tears I am with you Feel my angel wings around your soul You are not alone And you, you were the best thing in my life And I pray for you over on this side Forget not I am here Look above and see my wings Peering over you You are not alone You cannot come where my soul will be Far and away Hold my hand I am so afraid I will come love you Guide protect you Wrap my angel wings Around your soul You are not alone And you enjoy the rest of your life And I save your soul on this side Only now I can see After you lay my soul to sleep How much I loved you girl I entered the night And moved toward the light You are not alone
Four Seasons 02:49
Oh, my love I know Summer has past Middle of winter came When you arose into my life My love, you must leave me Before I go into a place Of which I can’t return Oh, my love I know Something that feels so right Is so wrong Now, I must go Condition has lead me to a road That will never flow Meander me back But not to my pattern Lying lonely inside of the rain, again Trampled in abandonment and shame Life is a game Now, my love, I can’t believe I let someone like you into my life These words are now through Take them with you The next time that you fall for someone new Remember that pain Hides inside truth Love will lead the way If you keep not pain in your pattern
Thought I had a little more left in me Thought I could swim up river to the sea My arms are tired, needing rest Body, mind and soul lost sight of shore I’m sinking slowly soon He says, Worry not I’m here Watching your every move Riding all waves you made for yourself You will find peace soon Again Thought I had everything figured out Heavy rain can be a blessing in a drought Coming home alone There’s nobody there Waking up to myself telling me I’ll make it through one more day Dear Lord, Can you send someone for me Even if it’s for one more night All of the others have all slipped away I guess I held too tight Again


This album was recorded in Stratford, Lowville and Burlington, ON, Canada. On the insert - the track listings are separated by their recording location. And because each location had a different musical feel - we felt it was worthwhile to make it a three part album that ranges from uptempo songs with a full band and horn arrangements to ballads and stripped down tracks with vocals guitar and piano.

This band played live for quite a while in Toronto. Our home venue was a little jazz bar in Roncesvalles Village where we had the CD release party for this release.

The rehearsals for this band were called 'The Silent Rehearsals' because the drummer had electric drums, the keyboards bass and guitar went directly into the mixer and we all wore headphones. To anyone passing by - it sounded like a guy singing with a guitar - but - as you will hear - there was a lot more going on! These guys were a pleasure to perform and record with and Rob - as always did a solid job capturing our essence in the studio -

Enjoy the journey of this album!


released January 1, 2005

Michael Gabriel: Vocals, Classical & Electric Guitar
Matthew Reid: Keyboard, Horn Arrangements
Andrew Buntain: Bass
AJ LeDuc: Drums

Recorded Mixed and Mastered by Rob Digioia

Produced by Michael Gabriel & Rob Digioia

All songs written by Michael Gabriel (C) 2005


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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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