1. Marianne

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

© 2011 Michael Gabriel

2. For All Your Time

I’ve seen you brave the steepest climb
Survive it with a smile
When shadows fell
You found the sun

You never learned to give in
This I’m learning to
And when it’s right to let go

You are a gift
You will be missed
You’re always loved by what you started
You’re never on your own
On your way

You were a friend
When the highway bent
And sent me back to you
For all your time
I’ll be forever grateful

Through all the joy and laughter
Tears life reveals
You held it strong and steady
In your way
In your way

It seems a moment
So little time to be
But you gave it all
You had to give in love
Forever be at peace

© 2011 Michael Gabriel

3. Live While You Can

A pond 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

© 2011 Michael Gabriel

4. Far Way

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

© 2011 Michael Gabriel

4. Far Way

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

© 2011 Michael Gabriel

5. Underneath

I have held the hands of those
Who told me they would change
When I looked them in the eye
It was there we shared the pain

Some were lying
Some were trying
Those that never came clean
Walk these streets alone
There face forgot there name

Eventhough I know you well
I can’t tell what ails inside
But everything you’re doing
Is to push that pain aside

Well, I can’t make things better
But I promise you right now
Face this place
And you will make it through somehow

There’s a world outside your world
A new life to begin
Waiting for you to dig deep
Unearth this suffering

Those who love you
Want you to understand
How much we are with you
We know these roads can be rough

I wish I knew what was killing you
But this step you must take
Face this place
And you’ll make it through somehow
And you’ll make it through somehow

© 2011 Michael Gabriel

6. Let It Pass

Soon forgotten
The reason why we came
Into our lives
Together to be
I see you laughing
In the corner of my eye
So why are crying now
As we say good-bye

Let it pass
Let it go
Let the feelings of the soul
Remember when we used to be in harmony
But that’s not now
Far before
Close the door
And open up to where we are standing here

We traveled the planet
And once around the moon
And everywhere we went
That rock fell in our shoe

It was never a matter of if
But when and where
Two ships in many nights
When passing by love
Pass with care

© 2011 Michael Gabriel

7. 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

© 2011 Michael Gabriel

8. Penelope Rose

Penelope Rose is a riddle
Puzzle pieces will define
She strangles fear and follows love
She colours outside the lines

She found friends defending
Compromise and selling lies
They called her crazy
If she’s crazy
It was a crazy I stood by

She’s living for the only thing that matters
Giving every inch to be set free
She’s not the fallen
She’s the open
Holding on to having a dream

I’m living for the only thing that matters
I’m giving every inch to set her free
If you see her
Tell her that I miss her
Not to come home for me

She headed east to hear
A new point of view
But everyone from everywhere said
Be a good person no matter what you do

She feels so far away
She’s far too far
Oh, I’ll never be the one to be in her heart’s way

I heard she’s on life’s highways
Driven her ride her way
Stops for flowers
Sometimes lovers
She always dance and roll with the thunder

If you see her
Tell her that I miss her
I will always believe

© 2011 Michael Gabriel

9. What Needs To Dry

If there seems like no tomorrow
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 after 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 your are
You’re doing fine
Even if you feel that you are lost all alone

And this illusion can be a cunning fox
Who will bring you a star
Than 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 run 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

© 2011 Michael Gabriel

10. 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

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

11. The Damage

I’ve heard you talk of what you want
And every reason why you can’t be there
How much time do you think we’ve got
Who better for your life to steer

It might seem wrong
Feel unkind
When you’re leaving the ones
You’ve been loving behind
And the damage from this damaged life
Is fuel if you will
Remember darkness in light

I’ve seen you fill up your life
With everything
Pleasing everyone but you
What now
No more air to breathe
And there’s no one left
For you to please

Nobody’s there
Nobody can care
If you’ve decided to hide it
You’ve failed and won’t fight it
Another unpaved road unused

I’ve seen it everywhere I’ve been
Those who can
Those who cay I never could
Some thinking is like a rock sinking
So kill are your thoughts
That kill your believing
There’s an unpaved road
Waiting for you

© 2011 Michael Gabriel

12. Questions from a Lonely Man

There are ways to handle pain
Distraction’s not my long term gain
This waterfall is crashing through my damn
This wall I built is drying out the man

Can life heal mistakes I’ve made
Hearts I’ve broken on the way
Is someone there to show me all I am
A few questions coming from a lonely man

On the outside looking in
Some say you’ve made it
Don’t give in
But they don’t know this cold
That runs my night
This wall I built your running out of time

Well I’ve seen enough
Seen enough to know
I don’t want to live within walls
Live life all alone
Choices made will let water reach stone

I don’t have too much to show
Some words my bag packed ready to go
My home has always been
Where my feet roam
There’s emptiness
And then there’s being alone

© Michael Gabriel 2011

13. 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

14. 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

© 2011 Michael Gabriel