DETERMINED TO DREAM

by Mychael John Thomas

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The 2016 political climate inspired me to draw close to my deepest beliefs in order to stay at peace through the storm. In the end only LOVE is timeless and all powerful...And GOD is the author of LOVE.

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released September 30, 2016

Recorded at Thomastone Studios
between June and September 2016
Written, Performed, Produced, Engineered & Mastered by MJT except
Tommy Gilstrap, bass on "Soul"
ALL SONGS Written by Mychael John Thomas
ALL MUSIC & LYRICS (c) 2016 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
(p) 2016, Thomastone Records, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Friend me at: www.facebook.com/Mychaeljt

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Mychael John Thomas Alabama

Mychael is originally from Nashville, TN. He has been in the music industry for 40 plus years as recording artst, songwriter, musician and producer. He composed, performed, engineered and produced all of his solo bandcamp releases.

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Track Name: Determined To Dream
DETERMINED TO DREAM
By Mychael John Thomas

Don’t tell me I have to live in this hateful time
And never hope that it will change
I won’t be blinded by the things I see
Or silenced when I have to say
What is on my mind…Who is in my heart
Even when I’m just one man who stands apart

CHORUS
I am determined to dream of Heaven on the earth
Reaching out with compassion that can heal the hurt
I am a soldier in the war…The revolution of ideas
I am determined to dream until reality is…World at peace

Don’t tell me I can’t imagine Shangri-La
Where harmony binds us all as one
I won’t give up on my Utopia
Decision shaping things to come
Once you have the thought…Then it’s possible
Set your will and greatness is inevitable

CHORUS

BRIDGE
It won’t be easy (No good thing ever is)
It don’t come naturally (But love will never miss)
Just take your aim and let the arrow fly
Never stop to question why…You know it’s right

SOLO

Let the fire burn…His passion is our strength
Re-create the world like no one’s ever seen
CHORUS

©2016 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Soul
SOUL
By Mychael John Thomas

I’ve always heard that a mind is a…terrible thing to waste
But I think I’m thinking a little…way too much these days
Sometimes I think I’m dumb…It makes my brain go numb
Until I’m finally hearing my heart say

CHORUS
You gotta get out of your head and let them feelin’s roll
Dance up to the edge and let your body take control
Love flows all around you with power you don’t know
Why don’t you open your heart…Let it awaken in your…
In your…In your…Soul

My thoughts are filled with the current…issues of the day
When I think I find the answer it just…seems to slip away
I spend a lotta time…Trying to calm my mind
But then I’m captured by the music sway

CHORUS

BRIDGE
None of us are meant to suffer (we got to help each other)
But I admit there are some days (can’t stop my crazy ways)
When I have to stop and wonder (my love recovers)
Living keeps me in a haze

SOLO

BREAK DOWN

CHORUS

©2016 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Light
LIGHT
By Mychael John Thomas

I keep looking for light in a dark world…
I keep looking for light in a dark world…

Woke up coming into focus…Wondered where I am
Alone again…ain’t got no friend…remember one I had
Went to church had a good Sunday…Smiles from everyone
Went to bed with hope in my head…Then Monday comes

I keep looking for light in a dark world…
I keep looking for light in a dark world…

Went over to check on my neighbor…Nobody home
Living like the ancient Romans…But we’re not in Rome
One foot in front of the other…Stumble on with my day
Cable on…Another murder…Can’t keep the demons at bay

I keep looking for light in a dark world…
I keep looking for light in a dark world

Painted a canvas with lots of colour…Reminded me of you
Happy face only to discover that it just won’t do
Old movie…black and white picture…no leaves on the tree
Can’t recall all the words of preacher…
But they started with be…Just Be…Just Be

I keep looking for light in a dark world…
I keep looking for light in a dark world
Just be…Just be…Me

I keep looking for light in a dark world (in a dark world)

©2016 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Preacher's Lament (Swing Down Low)
PREACHER’S LAMENT
(SWING DOWN LOW)
By Mychael John Thomas

I been roamin’ up and down the street all night
I’ll be roamin’ till the first ray of sunlight
Friends say I’m out on a limb…
Takin’ chances to no end
A gamble but I ramble till it’s right

There’s an endless stream of questions on my mind
I could use some answers if You got the time
Why do good folks got it bad…
Gov talk big but we been had
It’s history but a mystery I find

CHORUS
Are You gonna swing down low?…
Pick me up when I fall down
How You gonna let me know…
If you’re gone or still around
In case You wonder I’m still waitin’ on the show
Swing down low…Swing down low Lord

I keep tryin’ but I’m so tired of the game
People dyin’ but nobody take the blame
Politics as usual…I ‘bout had a belly full
But silence? Well it’s just a cryin’ shame

CHORUS

BRIDGE
(We just need some truth…)
Everybody want a future
(If big dreams don’t come true…)
Well Baby I jus’ ain’t no stealer
(Can’t nobody say for sure…)
What is gonna happen
But I ain’t got no cure…
Uh for this wondering addiction

SOLO

My friends say I’m out on a limb…
Takin’ chances to no end
A gamble but I ramble till it’s right

CHORUS
Are You gonna swing down low?…
Pick me up when I fall down
How You gonna let me know…
If you’re gone or still around
In case You wonder I’m still waitin’ on the show
TAG
If You wonder we’re all waitin’ on the show
Why don’t You come on down and give us all a show
Swing down low…Swing down low Lord
Swing down low…Swing down…Why don’t you
Swing down low….Lord, we need ya

©2016 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Another Side
ANOTHER SIDE
By Mychael John Thomas

So many things we call love…Can you tell the difference?
Only what comes from above can see beneath appearance
And these desperate days (Call for desperate measures)
There’s so many ways (You could find your treasure)
Rise above the fray…(What you long to know)

CHORUS
You’ve got a mind for elevation
You’ve got to find your revelation
There will time for celebration
On another side of life

Too much opinion in the world…Truth so often hidden
Too much wisdom goes unheard…Still we go on livin’
Can you read the signs? (Does it really matter)
When’s the end of time? (How does Judgment happen?)
I won’t be unkind…(One thing that I know)

CHORUS

SOLO
Can we all agree? (We need a common vision)
Somewhere in between (There is a right decision)
Maybe we will see (A future down this road)

SOLO

CHORUS
CHORUS

©2016 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Keep The Faith
KEEP THE FAITH
(New Millennium Prayer)
By Mychael John Thomas

There’s so much anger in this time
How do I keep my love alive
Heaven help me when of peace I speak
Because I know the world hears it as weak

CHORUS
Help me to keep the faith…Help me to understand
Help me to find a way that I can live within your plan
I want to do things right…So tired of loosing my way
Now I’m ready shine the light…Help me to keep the faith

Some people say our hopes are slim
But I say it’s time to sink or swim
I’ve heard that only strong survive
And in the trials you know you’re still alive

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Evil wants to buy my soul at any price
Tempting me to play the fool to that device
Keep my spirit free…In this hour of need…
It’s the power of Love that I believe

SOLO

And days I feel the end has come
Is when I need Your strength to lead me on

CHORUS

©2016 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Farewell To The Boatmen
FAREWELL TO THE BOATMAN
By Mychael John Thomas

Farewell to the boatman…I won’t be coming back again
Been too close to death one too many times
Don’t wanna float away

This is my sincere hope…Whispered on the lips of a prayer
Don’t want feel no pain…On the day You take me there
Could I just walk into a cloud?
Embrace Your presence all around?
Any legend, lie, and myth…All but the Truth will I dismiss

CHORUS
Farewell to the boatman…I won’t be coming back again
Been too close to death one too many times
Don’t wanna float away
Resting in the arms of Love…Hard life but I won’t give up
Gonna see it through because I can…
Farewell to the boatman

Don’t put no coins on my eyes…The ransom is already paid
My spirit always sees…Mysteries have been explained
I have eternal life, the gift
Now there’s only one adventure left
To the next existential plane…There forever to remain

CHORUS (So farewell…)

BRIDGE
Why does it have to be such an uphill climb?
Every aging step seems harder than before…
The taunts of evil are like splinters in my mind
I want to rise above and soar…

SOLO

CHORUS
So farewell to the boatman…I won’t be coming back again
Been too close to death one too many times
Don’t wanna float away
Resting in the arms of Love…
Hard times but I won’t give up
Gonna see it through because I can…
Farewell to the boatman
Farewell to the boatman
Farewell to the boatman

©2016 Mychael John Thomas BMI
Track Name: Tears Of Love
TEARS OF LOVE

I remember a time…Of flowers and love beads
We were opening minds and hearts that longed to see
Sitting in a circle…Holding hands and we would sing
We just wanted to stop the war and live in Peace
What became of that spirit?
Listen maybe you’ll hear it
Rising from the ashes of the soul…I know

CHORUS
Somewhere there is mourning…For every life we lose
He is crying tears of love…For me…For you

I hold on to the hope…That anyone can change
In that moment you know that things are not so strange
With new understanding…Making friends along the way
Maybe at the root of it all we feel the same
Don’t give up it can happen
It’s hate we must abandon
If the human race is to survive…Bring light...Bring light

CHORUS
Somewhere there is mourning…For every life we lose
He is crying tears of love…For me…For you
Plant the seeds of healing…Bearing fruit in the universe
Watered by His tears of love…For us…For us…

BRIDGE
If we feed the violence…Blaming every circumstance
On a fault that may well be our own
We might never see the day we can put our wars away
And find each other sharing Earth our home

CHORUS
CHORUS (I feel the losing) (He is crying tears of love)
(Plant the seeds of healing)

©2016 Mychael John Thomas BMI