Life is Beautiful

by Michael Silversmith

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...Michael Silversmith has crafted an album born of the Inland region, a driving album that could fill the space of the Badlands with its thoughtful lyrics, pretty melodies and a pedal steel..."

-Vanessa Franko, Press Enterprise

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released May 10, 2014

Produced Chris Sorem & Scott Clowes

Michael Silversmith -Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Mike Campbell -Pedal Steel
John Hanson -Background Vocals
Dallas Kruse -Piano, Hammond, Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Christine Flowers -Violin
Chris Sorem -Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Guitar (Electric)
Chantelle Paredes -Background Vocals
Noah Lamberts -Pedal Steel
Scott Clowes -Piano, Drums, Bass Guitar
Gary Brandin -Dobro, Pedal Steel

All songs written by Michael Silversmith

Aaron Giesel -Cover Photo

mixed by Chris Sorem
Mastering by Mark Chalecki

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Michael Silversmith Yucaipa, California

"Great folk rock doesn't have to mean a drive into Los Angeles to the Hotel Café.
Michael Silversmith has crafted an album born of the Inland region, a driving album that could fill the space of the Badlands with its thoughtful lyrics, pretty melodies and a pedal steel..."

-Vanessa Franko, Press Enterprise
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Track Name: Born to Hold Your Hand
up ahead little darlin' is a road that will twist and bend
through the rain through the through the hot desert sand
where the wild wind blows and there aint no one for t' call your friend
where sadness cries with a vengeance that rips through
the land

here I am I was born t' hold your hand
here I am I was born t' be your man

honest intentions lead to countless complications in the mind
doubt lingers like a smoke screen on the surface of your eyes
missed opportunities are stabin' at you like a cold knife
you see a better future but you don't know where t' go or how t' start

here I am I was born t' hold your hand
here I am I was born t' be your man
Track Name: Pictures of My Past
sifting through the pictures in my mind now and then I get caught up memories get brought up from another time
searching for the cure just a kid thinking that I was so tough I never felt is was so rough I was next in line

oh, everybody's been a victim of a broken heart
oh, everybody's been a victim of a jealous mind

self inflicted wounds I was beaten I was bruised I was kicked down but how was I t' know how was I t' know
there was hatred in my bones there was sadness in my soul I was cast out left out in the cold I was left out in the cold

oh, everybody's been a victim of a broken heart
oh, everybody's been a victim of a jealous mind
Track Name: Matter of Time
it's just a matter of time my love
just a matter of time
when all of our sadness will be far behind
just a matter of time

common sense it don't live round here no more
and we can't find the cure
let's hold each other when we're feeling insecure
it's just a matter of time

broken down mother weeping for her son
laying there in her arms
he'll come around I swear God can hear our prayers
it's just a matter of time

common sense it don't live round here no more
and we can't find the cure
let's hold each other when we're feeling insecure
it's just a matter of time
Track Name: Pasadena Song
summer nights they aint what they used t' be
city life you know it got the best of me

Nicolette says "my momma she don't want me around
she's always pushin' me away so I ran away
It's been eight years and I'm twenty years old
I aint got no home aint got no place t' go
but you see I had a boyfriend and we was doin fine
he got cleaned up found a job that payed the rent on time
you know the past always catches up so fast
police man came today and stole him away from me
now here I am another road side attraction I aint askin for much just some real love a touch"

these summer nights they aint what they used t' be
city life you know it got the best of me

let me tell you about Bill he's a guitar player
cancer survivor a born again believer
you can meet him up on Colorado street
he'' sing you a sweet, sweet love song to the Lord his savior
Nicolette are you listening he's got the truth t' tell you
he's got the truth t' tell you
Track Name: Love For Ever More
It's a hard role t' play
even Shakespeare was afraid
it's the life of a saint
it's the goal of mankind
it's food for the poor
it's a guide for the blind

it's giving without receiving
it's welcoming not rejecting
it's peace it's not war
it's an open door
it's down for the cause
it's a light for the lost

it's love, love, love, love

it's the consequence of humble actions
free the prisoners when justice cry's for it
It's a voice for the speechless
open arms for the outcast
it's love, it's love, it's love

it's love, love, love, love
forever more, forever more
Track Name: American Highway
close your eyes my sleepy head
we'll make our bed under the stars tonight
and I'll hold you, I'll hold you tight
you've got the best, the best of me
hesitation is a broken wing so don't cry
'cause I'll treat you right

it's alright we'll wake with the sunrise
on this American highway
we're drifters in the heart of loneliness

every kiss from your lips is a priceless painting
when you hold me it's bliss please don't keep me waiting

it's alright we'll wake with the sunrise
on this American highway
we're drifters in the heart of loneliness

I never want to be alone (repeat)
Track Name: I Don't Want to Fight
I feel like a dog on the side of the road layed out
broke and exposed
the hot wind is blowin' down upon my back and it warms my wearisome soul
cause I'm dyin' alone, so alone
and I know it's not my time to go

the battle fields are hungry tonight and they're cryin'
for my blood
momma I don't want to fight his war

Lay a hand on me say a prayer for me
may I make it home on time
will you stay here with me will you lay by my side
will you hold me close in your arms
cause I'm dyin' alone, so alone
and I know it's not my time to go

the battle fields are hungry tonight and they're cryin'
for my blood
momma I don't want to fight his war
Track Name: So Alone
solitude is an unwelcome friend
she comes to you through weakness and brings you back again
to a place where you don't belong all lone
and so misunderstood
I'm calling out for company someone to hold me
these walls are getting higher everyday
and this dust bowl in my soul
is stirring up a drought throughout my heart
and I'm alone, so alone

I want to know what it's like to be one of those
who aren't afraid to speak they're minds
and leave them selves exposed
to ridicule and shame and broken bones

motivation has gone and left me
now I'm drowning in my doubts and all my fears
but you captured me once and you can capture me again
I'm only waiting here to take your bate

I want to know what it's like to be one of those
who aren't afraid to speak they're minds
and leave them selves exposed
to ridicule and shame and broken bones
to exile out on the plains
and the open road
Track Name: Sedona
the books you read are falling off the shelf
you don't know how to get your self out of this mess
destructively you criticize yourself
you don't know what you lost but you know what you miss

It's a long road back to Sedona
sure good to know you
My love so far away
with you red brick and your red man
mysterious and strong
reminds me of a better day

you kneel before the icon of a saint
but you curse everyone that puts you in your place

It's a long road back to Sedona
sure good to know you
My love so far away
with you red brick and your red man
mysterious and strong
reminds me of a better day
Track Name: Tucumcari
I left my life in Tucumcari
but I'll be back again
tell my lover that I'm sorry
she's still my best friend

Kari my love
soon you'll be my queen

dig up my bones 'neath highway 40
end this Apache curse
my father raised me to be a warrior
my blood stains the earth

Kari my love
soon you'll be my queen