THE ROAD WILL RISE

by Tony O'Malley

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released October 19, 2009

TONY O’MALLEY – All lead vocals and keyboards

Love & gratitude to all the great musicians for their precious time & unique talent....

IN TBILISI:
LASHA ABASHMADZE - Bass on all tracks except ‘Fall in Love’ & ‘Enough is Enough’
ZAZA TSERTSVADZE – Drums on all tracks except ‘Fall in Love’
DATO JAPARIDZE – Percussion on all tracks
DAVID AZIRASHVILI – Rhythm Guitar on ‘Enough is Enough’
VIOLINS – Marianna Asrieva

IN O.L.V. LOMBEEK:
MARTY TOWNSEND – Acoustic & electric guitars on all tracks except rhythm guitar on 'Enough is Enough' and electric guitar on 'Fall in Love'

IN LONDON:
NEIL HUBBARD – Electric guitar on ‘Fall in Love’
JEREMY STACEY – Drums on ‘Fall in Love’
MARK SMITH – Bass on ‘Fall in Love’ & ‘Enough is Enough’
FRANK COLLINS – Backing vocals
EMANUELA PANIZZO– Backing vocals

Recorded at the Mansarde, Tbilisi, Georgia; Papa’s Studio, O.L.V. Lombeek, Belgium; Jeremy Stacey’s Shack, London, UK.

PRODUCED BY TONY O’MALLEY

MIXED BY MARK SMITH (R.I.P.)

Sleeve design by Simon Eden

ENGINEERS: Kote Dmitriev in Tbilisi, Luc Tytgat in Brussels & Mark Neary in London.

Huge thanks to Tony Glaves, Mike Henderson, François Bogaert & Steve Rubie for their invaluable support.

Special thanks to Jeannie Brooke Barnett for her loyal support, generosity, Reiki massage and ever-present California smile!

This album would not have been possible without the faith, vision, inspiration & fine home-cooking of:
Simon, Helena & Millie Eden and Femke, Joseph & Patrick O'Malley.

Thanks to:-
Tony Grant and Marcel De Jonghe in Brussels; Brooke in London for the loan of the Rambler Rebel.
From Georgia:- Givi Gachechiladze and the Tbilisi Concert Orchestra, Tamara Kandelaki, Sandra Roelofs, Dato Sulakvelidze, Valeri Kacharov, Dato & Tina Japaridze, Achiko Chotashvili, Zura Makhniashvili, Nana Kalandadze and all at Radio Syndicate.

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Track Name: THE ROAD WILL RISE
IF WE DON’T TAKE THE FIRST STEP TO HEAVEN
HOW WE GONNA GET THERE
IF WE PLAY TOO SAFE AND DO NOTHING
HE WILL THINK WE DON’T CARE

CAN’T MOVE A MUSCLE
WHEN YOU’RE CRIPPLED WITH FEAR
BUT YOU GOTTA SPEAK YOUR MIND
LET EVERYBODY HEAR
YOUR HEART MAY BE ACHING
GOT TEARS IN YOUR EYES
TAKE ONE STEP AND THE ROAD WILL RISE

TALKIN ‘BOUT A LOVE THAT IS HIGHER
TALKING ‘BOUT A SPIRITUAL DESIRE
TALKIN ‘BOUT RISING ABOVE
TALKING ‘BOUT A NEW WAY TO LOVE

SO TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH IT’S EASY
LIVE A LIFE OF LOVE AND YOU WILL SEE
A ROAD WILL RISE TO GREET YOU
A BETTER WAY TO LOVE WILL MEET YOU

IF WE DON’T HAVE A DREAM
THEN IT’S NEVER EVER GONNA COME TRUE
IF WE HEAR NOTHING SEE NOTHING DO NOTHING
MAN, I’M TELLING YOU

CAN’T CHANGE THE WORLD
UNLESS YOU’RE WILLING TO TRY
GOTTA BE A FRIEND TO A FRIEND TO GET BY
YOUR HEART MAY BE BREAKING
BUT OPEN YOUR EYES
ONE SMALL STEP AND THE ROAD WILL RISE

TALKIN ‘BOUT A LOVE THAT IS HIGHER
TALKIN' 'BOUT A SPIRITUAL DESIRE
TALKIN ‘BOUT RISING ABOVE
TALKIN' 'BOUT A NEW WAY TO LOVE

IF WE DON’T TAKE THE FIRST STEP TO HEAVEN
HOW WE GONNA GET THERE
IF WE PLAY TOO SAFE AND DO NOTHING
HE WILL THINK WE DON’T CARE

IF WE DON’T HAVE A DREAM
THEN IT’S NEVER EVER GONNA COME TRUE
IF WE HEAR NOTHING SEE NOTHING DO NOTHING
MAN, I’M TELLING YOU

CAN’T MOVE A MUSCLE
WHEN YOU’RE CRIPPLED WITH FEAR
BUT YOU GOTTA SPEAK YOUR MIND
LET EVERYBODY HEAR
YOUR HEART MAY BE ACHING
GOT TEARS IN YOUR EYES
TAKE ONE STEP AND THE ROAD WILL RISE

TALKIN ‘BOUT A LOVE THAT IS HIGHER
TALKIN' 'BOUT A SPIRITUAL DESIRE
TALKIN ‘BOUT RISING ABOVE
TALKIN' 'BOUT A NEW WAY TO LOVE

TALKIN ‘BOUT A LOVE THAT IS HIGHER
TALKIN' 'BOUT A SPIRITUAL DESIRE
TALKIN ‘BOUT RISING ABOVE
TALKIN' 'BOUT A NEW WAY TO LOVE

SO TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH IT’S EASY
LIVE A LIFE OF LOVE AND YOU WILL SEE
A ROAD WILL RISE TO GREET YOU
A HIGHER LOVE WILL COMPLETE YOU

TALKIN ‘BOUT A LOVE THAT IS HIGHER
TALKIN' 'BOUT A SPIRITUAL DESIRE
TALKIN ‘BOUT RISING ABOVE
TALKIN' 'BOUT A NEW WAY TO LOVE

CAN’T CHANGE THE WORLD
UNLESS YOU’RE WILLING TO TRY
GOTTA BE A FRIEND TO A FRIEND TO GET BY
YOUR HEART MAY BE BREAKING
BUT OPEN YOUR EYES
ONE SMALL STEP AND THE ROAD WILL RISE
Track Name: FALL IN LOVE
When you've lost all belief in your abilities
You're down on bended knees
You can't find any confidence
Nothing in your life is making sense
If you wanna know what worked for me
Try this perfect remedy
And...

Fall in love
Fall in love
Fall in love
Fall in love

Don't worry when you feel unsafe
This happens when you take a leap of faith
Your heart will flutter, you'll get butterflies
When the love-light shines from in her eyes
How wonderful life feels
When you tumble head over heals
And...

Fall in love
Fall in love
Fall in love
Fall in love
Oh, Baby
Oh, my Darling
Let's fall in love again
And again
How wonderful it feels
To fall in love

Everybody has a story to tell
Of a rogue or a sweet-tongued Jezebel
Even Cary Grant and Loretta Young
In 'Born To Be Bad' they both got stung
Ain't nothing ever gonna change a thing
When foolish hearts into their step they put a spring
And...

Fall in love
Fall in love
Fall in love
Fall in love
I'm falling falling falling
Yes, I know I'm gonna fall
Oh, Baby
Oh, my Darling
Let's fall in love again
And again and again
How wonderful it feels
To fall in love
Oh, how wonderful it feels
To fall in love
Track Name: LOSING YOU
How can I be strong
When this feels so wrong
Please tell me, do
Why I'm losing you

Shared all the same things
Always smiled in the mornings
What in God's name can I do
Now I'm losing you

Tryna comprehend
Why this had to end
Please tell me do
Why I'm losing you

I know that I'll miss you
You're my greatest friend
But I'm still in the dark
As to why this has to end

Never had to fuss nor fight
We always walked in the light
I was never untrue
Now I'm losing you

How does it feel
To be so wrong
Please tell me do
Why I'm losing you

Mmm, mmm, whoa, yeah
I was never untrue
Now I'm losing you
Track Name: THE BLACK & BLUE BLUES
I love the music of Stevie, Aretha and Brother Ray
Spent my life tryna play that kinda way
Some people love me when I sing a soulful song
Others say 'Get back to where you once belonged!'

Wish I had a dime
For each and every time
I heard, 'Not bad, White Boy
But you ain't the real McCoy'
I'm not one who's easily bruised
Oh, but like Satchmo
I go the black an' blue blues

I got the all day all night
Black an' blue blues
I got the all day all night
Black an' blue blues
I got the all day all night
Black an' blue blues
I got the all day all night
Black an' blue blues

All around the world from Kokomo to Shanghai
The brutes in suits say,' jazzers need not apply'
But by golly gee, I never let that bother me
Joy and sorrow are just branches on my tree

Layin' down a funky groove
Got nothin' left to prove
Ain't afraid of sticks and stones
I got rhythm in my bones
I'm not one who's born to lose
But like Satchmo
I got the black an' blue blues

I got the all day all night
Black an' blue blues
I got the all day all night
Black an' blue blues
I got the all day all night
Black an' blue blues
I got the all day all night
Black an' blue blues

I got the all day all night
Black an' blue blues
I got the all day all night
Black an' blue blues
I got the all day all night
Black an' blue blues
I got the all day all night
Black an' blue blues
Track Name: LIFE
Life is what happens
While were busy making plans
Destiny unfolds
Just as fate lends a hand
To colour each night
And to shape every day
Have faith it will drive your fears away

life is a journey
On a steep and rocky road
When life’s a struggle
Let me lighten your load
there’s a light that’s shining
To guide us on our way
Take my hand and share a brand new day

Life is wonder, life is pain
Life’s a teardrop in the rain
It’s a miracle, a smile
On a new born baby child
It’s a mystery life's a risk
Oh, it's heaven in a kiss
Yes, it’s beautiful, forgiving
Say it… life is for living!

You know, life is a river
Flowing deep, free and wild
Life is forever
In the eyes of a child
There’s a light that’s shining
To guide us on our way
Take my hand and share a brand new day

Life is wonder life is pain
Life’s a teardrop in the rain
It’s a miracle, a smile
On a new born baby child
It’s a mystery life is bliss
Oh, it’s heaven in a kiss
Life is beautiful and for giving
life is for living!

Life is a journey
On a steep and rocky road
When life’s a struggle
Let me lighten your load
There’s a light that’s shining
To guide us all on through
Feel it burning in the heart of all that’s true
This life, Babe, my life is you
Have faith in life
And you will feel brand new
Oh, that's life!
Yes, it is
Track Name: A MILLION DIFFERENT WAYS
I drew a line in the sand
Watched the tide roll in
And wash away my resolution
Made me realize
That I just can't stop loving you

There's no one touches me
The way you touch me, Baby
Me and my wine gonna play 'Kind of Blue'
But how long can just a memory
Carry me through?
Cos

I need you
I want you
I love you
In a million different ways
Oh, Baby you
I want you
I'll love you
For the rest of my born days

Saw you crying, I held your hand
As the tide rolled out
It washed away all my solutions
And now I realize
That I just can't stop wanting you

There's no one reaches me
The way you reach me, Baby
So me and my wine gonna play 'Kind of Blue'
But how long can a just a melody
Carry me through?
Cos

I need you
I want you
I love you
In a million different ways
Oh, Baby you
I want you
I'll love you
For the rest of my born days
Track Name: COOL THING
People say the best in life is free
But I didn’t buy it said they’re not foolin’ me
Got my fingers burned one too many times
Paid the price and learned to read the danger signs

Then my world flipped on its head
Finally got to grips
With all the crazy stuff that’s being said oh, yeah
My life spun around
Tryna put my finger on this stuff that’s going down

What is this cool thing
What is this cool thing burnin’ me
What is this cool thing
What is this cool thing burnin’ me
What is this cool thing
What is this cool thing burnin’ me
What is this cool thing

People tell you the truth's as clear as day
But I wouldn’t hear it guess I lost my way
Looking for something cool, ooh, just couldn't see
This beautiful thing right there in front of me

Oh, then my world flipped on its head
Finally got to grips with all the crazy stuff being said
Oh yeah, my life spun around
Still can’t put my finger on this thing that’s going down…

People say that the best in life is free
Better believe it honey, take it from me
All the tea in china well, it might be nice
I wouldn’t trade what we’ve for twice that price

Yeah, my world has flipped on its head
Finally got to grips with all that crazy stuff that’s being said, Oh yeah
My life spun around
Tryna put my finger on this stuff that's going around
Track Name: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
We hear nothing but the promises
From the people who we pay
To keep us safe and sound and free from war
And we listen to what they have to say
If we want to change the rules
Elect somebody who is nobody´s fool
Got to stand together and be cool
This is our finest tool

I´ve had enough
Enough of the rougher than rough
As I sing God´s children are dying
I´ve had enough
We gotta be tougher than tough
We gotta be strong
Strong like a lion!

Beautiful baby
Enough is enough!
I´ve been down and out for far too long
Beautiful darling
Ain´t we had enough?
Gonna see what I can do to right the wrong

We live in a time
When life ain´t worth a dime
Oh, such a crime!
Stand up and holler
Fight the might dollar
Oh, and walk a little taller

I´ve had enough
Enough of the rougher than rough
As I sing God´s children are dying
I´ve had enough
We gotta be tougher than tough
We gotta be strong
Strong like a lion!

Beautiful Baby
Enough is enough!
I´ve been down and out for far too long
Beautiful Darling
Ain´t we had enough?
Gonna see what I can do to right the wrong

I´ve had enough
Tired of the killing
Ain´t it time to forgive and forget?
I´ve had enough
We need love
We need happiness
We need food for the soul
We need no regrets

Enough is enough
Enough is enough
Enough is enough
Enough is enough

If we want to change the rules
Elect somebody who is nobody´s fool
Got to stand together and be cool
Co I know this is our finest tool

I´ve had enough
Enough of the rougher than rough
As I sing God´s children are dying
I´ve had enough
We gotta be tougher than tough
We gotta be strong
Strong like a lion!
Track Name: FINE & BEAUTIFUL
You're fine and beautiful
But I'm gonna set you free
To be who you wanna be
Don't you worry, Mama
Have your fun Baby, that's fine
Cos you're beautiful

You're divine and delectable
No need to justify
To the ones who want to see you cry
Don't you worry, Mama
Have your fun, Baby that's fine
Cos you're beautiful

I need you in my arms tonight
I wanna hold you oh, so tight
This could be our last day of fun
So let's spend one more night together as one

Love is free, love is beautiful
Love is the sun reflecting on the sea
It's everything you wanna be
So don't you worry, Mama
Have your fun, Baby that's fine
Cos you're beautiful

I want you in my arms tonight
I wanna hold you oh, so tight
This could be our last night of fun
You know tomorrow he'll have you back to square one

Love is free, love is beautiful
Love is the sun reflecting on the sea
It's everything you wanna be
So don't you worry, Mama
Have your fun, Baby that's fine
Cos you're beautiful

You're so fine & beautiful
So fine & beautiful