THE ROAD WILL RISE

by Tony O'Malley

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1.
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
2.
FALL IN LOVE 05:08
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
3.
LOSING YOU 02:42
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
4.
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
5.
LIFE 03:48
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
6.
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
7.
COOL THING 04:27
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
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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!
10.
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

credits

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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