Morning Light

by Michael Cialdella

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
03:06
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
4.
03:29
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...
5.
02:55
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...

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released February 9, 2015

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 Nashville, Tennessee

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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