1. No Longer The King

Same as it always was
Shield upon shield
Swords held high
The smile lies

Will we be able to brave
Valleys of fear
Fields of hurt
Dry demons tears

But I will stay
Longer than I need
Go down on my knees
If it pleases the places I’ve run from
Be free

I do my best to find
Glasses half full
Float with sun rise
Hold on in the night

We’d be better off to find
No shelter from the storm
Be swept to a distant shore
With nothing familiar
And nothing left to control

My horses run
When high tide blocks the sun
And the moon bathes light
Into places I can no longer hide

This won’t be
Something of my past
I can try
I can make it last
No longer the king crowned For setting all love free

© 2013 Michael Gabriel

2. A Sliver Of The Sun

You hold your hand out for me
I answer yes
Can we go for a ride
Too see this place
In ways where we carve roads
Unroll fantasies with faith

Good-bye yesterday
I’m leaving you behind
Whatever mess I’ve made
Court of fate will decide
I won’t run or hear
Every doubt I made
Down and afraid
Whispered in my ear from me

Nothing left to do
But write it down
Send it off to you

If it brings you light
Hope
A sliver of the sun
I’ve done what I’ve come here to do
Sharing my eyes
Through my heart filtered truth

Waves come crashing
I’ve been lasting longer now
From every fall I fell
I’ll never leave a dream
But I’m leaving
What’s no longer me
Behind

© 2013 Michael Gabriel

3. 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
I don't know love
And I don't know how
To make it through
When I'm on fire

Every time I’ve tried before
I’ve pushed away
And I've closed the door
On lovers and friends
Dear to me

I’ve been on planes
A time or two 
When I arrived
It was always you
Standing tall
You'd shake my hand and say

I’m the man inside of you
Who takes those hearts
Breaks them in two
And I've known you now
For a long time
But you’re not mine

This part inside my heart
I'm working hard
To let go of
To let go of
What no longer belongs
Between us

So 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
The man inside
Had a plan one day
For him to decide
Whose heart I could hold on to
Open to

© 2013 Michael Gabriel

4. The Answer Is Clear

In the candlelight
I see your face
It burns
I turn the page
And face the place
That brought me to me knees
Broken on the floor

In the morning light
I see what lies ahead
The dead I left behind is me
I could be so much more
What am I now

When I feel like dying
I will remember my name
I’ll hang my head
But answer the question
Why so much good
Always came to be here
The answer is clear

In the early night
I feel the calm
Of the road I’m on
I’m not that strong
I could always imagine
The day after night falls

Choices I’ve made
Can come haunt me
Women I’ve loved
I never left as open
From what fear took away

I’m letting go now
Of a life I’ll leave behind
I will not sail upon your oceans
If it means I cannot sail in mine

© 2013 Michael Gabriel

5. Costumes For Saints

Push up to the edge and see down
How far to the ground
A final fall could make or break you

Searching for strength to feed from
Where you turn to could become
Somewhere or leave you lost inside

Walking with our wounds on fire
We’ve all been the thief and the liar
Longing so long to change

You’re flying with the wind
A freedom you have found within
You may have traveled far or not at all

Release your wings
Take flight
Fully span
Enter the night
Through a canvass black
You’re cracking daylight in now

Breaking things to heal for our sake
When pushed to the edge
The chance is to take
We’re longing so long to change
These horns for wings
Beneath these costumes for saints

We never tire of finding fault outside our own
Scared of heights from our own throne
A fear to fall
And to be alone

© 2013 Michael Gabriel

6. Turn The Page

I want to turn the last page of this book
And walk away
Repair the wrong
In myself believe again

How do you do
When you are out there on your own
Are these feelings left behind
Pushed down
Cast aside

You were my everything
And something’s I hope we can learn to hear
‘Cause it seems to me unfair
To love to let go

I did my best to share with you
And you shared to
All the troubles in our minds
But I know we’re going to make it through
Now living our own lives

I’m driving highways
Playing shows
And laying down
Tracks to hear
Mostly in a van on nights alone

I never thought my life
Would look like it looking now
But I’m grateful
For whatever had to be broken down

Destiny
Brought you to me
One more time to see
Just how we listened
How we’d speak
How we could never find
A way to undivide the line
On the nights we knew so well
So well
So long

© 2013 Michael Gabriel

7. Flying

Whisper out a word
If you can make it
Open up my ears
I can take it in
Want to know
What’s going on down below

Try to understand
I won’t claim to
What you’re feeling now
Here’s a hand
You can rest here for a while

Sometimes
Waves are far too high
Hills too steep to climb
Find your way
To a calm
To bring you home

Sometimes
Waving to say good-bye
Can feel like flying in the sky
Hard to do
But letting go
It’s where we are
Spread you wings to the stars

Just a few more hours
We have left
Here we are
Face to face
Laughing out loud
Arm and arm
In a crazy place

© 2013 Michael Gabriel

8. Castle Walls

Dream not of castles
The prince will surely fall
We can live outside castle walls

Once upon a time
I was unbothered by it all
Now I know that no one walks on this land alone

You don’t know why you’re leaving here
You think it’s me but it’s what I see in you

Why don’t you love
Why don’t you feel
Why don’t you let my heart heal you
With these eyes
We can cry those tears away

I used to live in tomorrow
Excited by what lies
The lies ahead of me

Half way through
Or almost done
Our time is not in stone
Let’s live out life beside our lives Let’s live until we grow old

We can answer to the call
That’s coming to our life
To find love our way
Not what we have learned
To find love our way
Not what we have learned

In the years when we knew
We could rise above it all
We can still be there here

Why don’t we love
Why don’t we feel
Why don’t we lend our hearts
To be healed

To find love our way
Not what we have learned
To find love our way
Not what we have learned

© 2013 Michael Gabriel