Morning Light

by Michael Cialdella

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released October 9, 2012

Written by Michael Cialdella
Published by Cialdella Songs (ASCAP)

Produced by Michael Cialdella, Chris Brooke and DrFord
Recorded by Chris Brooke and DrFord
Mixed by DrFord
Mastered by Stephen Marcussen

Piano, Keyboards, Lead Vocals: Michael Cialdella
Drums: Gregg Bissonette, DrFord
Percussion: Rafa Padilla
Bass: Leland Sklar
Guitars: Tim Pierce, Bruce Lawrence
Organ: Rami Jaffee, Arlan Schierbaum
Additional Keyboards: Troy Laureta, Arlan Schierbaum
Additional Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
Background Vocals: Sue Ann Carwell, Michael Cialdella, DrFord, Cheesa Laureta, Troy Laureta
Strings arranged by Matt DP and Troy Laureta

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Michael Cialdella New York, New York

Honorable Mention, John Lennon Songwriting Competition

Best New AC/Hot AC Artist, New Music Awards


"Michael is the real deal! It’s so refreshing to see an artist writing and producing songs that tell a positive story. Michael is a true talent who understands the craft of songwriting."

-Matthew Della Polla, Music Director/Arranger (David Foster)
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Track Name: Don't Look Down
Your life has lost its rhythm, now you’re singin’ the blues
Your head is spinnin' round and your heart is confused
You’re tryin’ hard to win and just as hard not to lose
Your way…day after day

You’re searching for the answers, but there's none to be found
You're runnin’ down a wire strung a mile from the ground
You try to yell for help, and yet you can't make a sound
Whatever you do, just don’t don't don't look down

It’s hard to keep on goin’ when the goin’s tough
The surf is risin’ ‘round you, boy, the seas are rough
Your spirits start to sink, you think enough is enough
It feels like the end, I've been there, my friend

All kinds of crazy thoughts are racin' through your head
You’re frightened of the monsters lurkin’ ‘neath your bed
You wonder how you're gonna feel when you’re dead
Did you hear what I said? Just don’t, don't look down
Whatever you do, just don’t don't don't look down

Don’t give up, don’t give in, you gotta dig down deep within
Don't let up, don't give out, push away your fears and doubts
Can't let up, can't give in, you can never let them win
No no no no no no no no, just don't don't don't look down….

Anything worth doin' takes some doin’ to do
There are no easy answers, but I know this is true
Ya gotta keep on fightin’, just keep pushin’ thru
Keep pushin’ thru, keep pushin’ thru

It’s hard to see the forest when you’re stuck in the trees
Ya gotta keep on movin’, ya gotta believe
That mountains can fall, you can walk on the seas
Oh know that it’s true, just don’t don't don’t look down
Whatever you do, just don’t don't don’t look down
Whatever you do, just don’t don't don’t look down

Keep fightin’, keep keep believin', keep fightin'
Just don't don't don't look down
Track Name: Morning Light
When I was just a boy, my heart it used to sing
Filled with grace and an easy faith, there was joy in everything
Now those good old days gone by, they seem so long ago
The inner light that shined so bright is just a distant glow

First one thing, then another, soon I lost my way
Now I’m just tryin’ to get on track, get on back to the break of day

Oh I’ll be alright
If only I can make it, make it to the morning light
I know I’ve got to hold on, hold on through the night
And if I do, I’ll make it through, make it to the morning light

It’s hard to keep the flame afire in a world so dark and cold
Through the years, the scars and tears, surely take their toll
But somewhere not so deep inside, a hopeful child remains
Lord, I pray I find a way to let him out again

First one step, then another, that’s the only way
The only way to get on track, get on back to the break of day

Oh I’ll be alright
If only I can make it, make it to the morning light
I know I’ve got to hold on, hold on through the night
If I do, I’ll make it through, make it to the morning light

One step, then another, that’s the only way
The only way to make it through, make it to the break of day

Oh I’ll be alright
If only I can make it, make it to the morning light
I know I’ve got to hold on, hold on through the night
‘Cause if I do, I’ll make it through, make it to the morning light

And when the break of dawn appears, oh what a blessed sight,
‘Cause that’s when I’ll know I’ve made it, made it to the morning light
Track Name: Meant to Be
Darlin' girl, where are you from? It’s crazy to think you might be the one It seems that it's too good to be true, you’re fallin’ for me as I’m fallin’ for you

When I see your smile, the clouds all melt away
I don’t understand how just touchin’ your hand can brighten up the darkest day

Tell me that it’s really love, 'cause we fit together so perfectly
It seems you're sent from above, I’m startin’ to think that baby we’re meant to be

I don’t know, I’m unsure,, I’ve never felt this way before
Something this time sets this apart, you’ve stolen my head, my soul and my heart

When I hold you close, the doubts all disappear
I gaze in your eyes, well up inside and pray I’ll always have you near, yes I do...

Tell me that it’s really love, 'cause we fit together so perfectly
It seems you're sent from above, I’m startin’ to think that maybe we’re meant to...

Feel as if we’re acting in an other-worldly play
Chance alone cannot explain, how, somehow you came my way
But you did, yes you did…

Oh this must be love, 'cause we fit together so perfectly
It seems you're sent from above, I've gotta believe that baby we’re meant to be

Must be love, it’s plain to see, that girl you're sent from above,
I’ve gotta believe, baby we’re meant to be

Oh I’ve gotta believe that baby we’re meant to be
So in love, we're meant to be
Track Name: Wake Up
It’s time to…shatter the illusion, pardon the intrusion, the world’s in need of a soul transfusion
So much talking, not much listening, deafened by the noise there’s a lot we’re missing

Livin’ lonely lives of desperation, always on the run, what’s the destination? Is there really any? Does anybody care?

Oh...get up, rise up, everybody open your eyes up
Get up, wake on up, the time has come to shake things up
We gotta jump on in, take that leap, life is short and talk is cheap
Rouse yourself from your restless sleep, now is not the time for counting sheep

Weighed down by…apathy and lethargy, we search for a chemical recipe
Put our faith in our prize possessions, celebrity, youth & self-obsession,

More bread, yet another circus, caught up in the drama, hung up on the surface...is there any reason? Does anybody care?

Oh...get up, rise up, everybody open your eyes up
Get up, wake on up, the time has come to shake things up
We gotta jump on in, take that leap, life is short and talk is cheap
Rouse yourself from your restless sleep, now is not the time for counting sheep

Slowly the colors are fading to gray
Dreams that we’ve shared, they’re slipping away
So put down your fiddles, come out of your shells
There’s no time to lose, let’s ring out the bells

Oh...get up, rise up, everybody open your eyes up
Get up, wake on up, the time has come to shake things up
We gotta jump on in, take that leap, life is short and talk is cheap
Rouse yourself from your restless sleep, cause now is the time to…

Get up, rise up, everybody open your eyes up
Get up, wake on up, the time has come to shake things up
We gotta jump on in, take that leap, life is short and talk is cheap
Rouse yourself from your restless sleep, now is the time to...

Get up, rise up, everybody wake up...
Track Name: Time
I wake up in the mornin’, feelin’ alright
Before you even know it though, the day becomes night
Life just moves on so fast, it’s hard to believe
Is it real, or is it a dream?

Time, it’s here and then it’s gone
Time, keeps on rolling along

Days turn into weeks, the months turn into years
We have to make our dreams come true, no time for any fears
If we stick together, it’ll turn out right
For whatever comes, I’ve got you by my side

Time, we must enjoy it while we can
'Cause time is never coming back again, no no no…

There ain’t no use in getting stuck
In what's been or what will be
Now’s our time so let’s live it up
Oh baby, don’t you see...that...

Time is here and then it’s gone
Time just keeps on rolling along
Time, we must enjoy it while we can
'Cause time is never coming back, never coming back again

Now's our time, yes, now's our time...