The Breaking

by Brandon McSwain

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released February 10, 2015

Produced and Engineered by Jay Speight & Tyrus Morgan of Lift Music Co.

Mixed and Mastered by Marcelo Pennell

Brandon McSwain - Lead Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Piano
Daniel Kinner - Drums & Percussion
Dave Coleman - Electric Guitars / Acoustic Guitar
Brian Hitt - Electric Guitars
Jay Speight - Piano / Rhodes / Keyboards / Programming / Acoustic Guitar / Bass / BGVs
Tyrus Morgan - Acoustic Guitars / Mandolin / Programming / Bass / BGVs
Matt Butler - Cello
Ife Kehinde - BGVs
Erica Stone - BGVs

All Songs written by: Brandon McSwain, Tyrus Morgan & Jay Speight
except for:
All I Need (Brandon McSwain, TK Hash, Daniel Hodges, Tyrus Morgan, Jay Speight)
Be The Change (Tyrus Morgan, Jon Lowry)
If You Can Still Hear Me (Brandon McSwain and Gabriel Bello).
Broke Down City (Brandon McSwain, Tyrus Morgan, Jay Speight, Steve Everett, Daniel Hodges, KC Clark)
Beat of our Hearts (Brandon McSwain and Jeremy Vess)

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Track Name: The Breaking
THE BREAKING
by: Brandon McSwain, Jay Speight, Tyrus Morgan

you’re fragile, you feel betrayed
you’re not who you were, and now you’re a stranger
to yourself, you’re someone else

desperate, there’s a disconnect
you can’t look away, it’s like watching the trainwreck
of your life, paralyzed
you’re broken

But there is...
Beauty in the breaking
Strength behind the scars
Poetic is the chaos
that makes us who we are
In the broken pieces
Love is waiting
In the breaking

you’re hurting, but you’re not alone
you don’t have to face this all on your own
‘cause in the end, yeah in the end
we’re all broken

And there's

beauty in the breaking
strength behind the scars
poetic is the chaos
that makes us who we are
in the broken pieces
love is waiting
in the breaking

here in the breaking
we all are beautiful
we are the breaking
we are the breaking

but there’s

beauty in the breaking
strength behind the scars
poetic is the chaos
that makes us who we are
in the broken pieces
love is waiting
in the breaking
Track Name: Opened My Eyes
YOU’VE OPENED MY EYES
by Brandon McSwain, Tyrus Morgan, Jay Speight

Ocean Cliffs on a sunset coast
the view from here so beautiful
The sights and sounds beckon me
but in this moment, you’re all I see
You have got me captivated

Call it mad, call it love
call it anything you want
you’ve opened my eyes
you’ve opened my eyes
just for now, just for fun
you’re bringing me to life
in the flashing lights - oh
you’ve opened my eyes
you’ve opened my eyes

I put my heart under lock and key
given up on that love song dream
but you’re breaking me out, pulling me close
and there’s no way I could ever say “no”
You have got me captivated

Call it mad, call it love
call it anything you want
you’ve opened my eyes
you’ve opened my eyes
just for now, just for fun
you’re bringing me to life
in the flashing lights - oh
you’ve opened my eyes
you’ve opened my eyes

I’d rather risk a heart break
I’d rather watch you walk away
I’d rather make a mistake
than to never hear you say

Call it mad, call it love
call it anything you want
you’ve opened my eyes
you’ve opened my eyes
just for now, just for fun
you’re bringing me to life
in the flashing lights - oh
you’ve opened my eyes
you’ve opened my eyes
Track Name: Home Holds On
HOME HOLDS ON
by Brandon McSwain, Jay Speight and Tyrus Morgan

Polaroid pictures
on a harvest gold fridge
Dad’s turntable skippin’
starts to sound distant
but my heart still seems
to beat to that rhythm
Home

Wood panel walls
Linoleum floor
Sat there for hours
Building tupperware towers
Now I’m learning the difference
between any old house and
Home

Stamped on your heart and soul
Etched in your flesh and bone
Home holds on, home holds on
and won’t let go
Home holds on

Our hand-me-down upright
next to the couch
the keys chipped like a tooth
it played out of tune
but those simple melodies
tend to stay with you
Home

That nick in the hardwood
on the seventeenth stair
Our youth carved in the doorframe
with inches and first names
It’s all the imperfections
that shape us

Stamped on your heart and soul
Etched in your flesh and bone
Home holds on, home holds on
and won’t let go
Home holds on, home holds on
and won’t let go

When your days are young
and your dreams are fearless
When you wake up
and wonder where all the years went
and when the end comes
and heaven calls you home

Stamped on your heart and soul
Etched in your flesh and bone
Home holds on, home holds on
and won’t let go
Home holds on, home holds on
and won’t let go
Home holds on

Dad’s turntable skippin’
starts to sound distant
but my heart still seems
to beat to that rhythm
Track Name: After Love
After Love
by Brandon McSwain, Jay Speight and Tyrus Morgan

Call me old fashioned, call me jaded whats it for, holding doors
 the chivalry if there’s nothing more

I’m so over all the chasing
 sparks that fly, being blinded by those feelings that over time subside

I fell for that before

After Love
 / Love / 
Nothing else is good enough, Nothing less is good
 / After Love, Love.

You can’t just pick up all the pieces Start again, just be friends
and pretend like nothing ever happened
But nothing feels the same
when your hearts been rearranged

After Love
 / Love / 
Nothing else is good enough, Nothing less is good
 / After Love, Love.

I’m on the other side
on the other side of broken And now I swear that I
I’m gonna keep on running

After Love
 / Love / 
Nothing else is good enough, Nothing less is good
 / After Love, Love.
Track Name: Be the Change
Hey girl you say you don’t feel the passion
And this world is wearing you down
Remember when you’re dreams were bigger
you believed then, believe again now

That a smile is more than a face you make
A prayer is more than the words you say
Love is real when it’s in the name
The name of Jesus

You can be the change
That you want to see
oh oh oh oh
You can show the love
that the whole world needs
oh oh oh oh
Light a fire, a revival
It only takes one
To be the change Be the change
oh oh oh oh
You can be the change

Hey girl look right beside you
May be somebody you know
Is hurting, searching for something
To hold onto and give them hope

Chorus
One heart, One voice
you can rise above the noise
One Life to give (In His hands)
You can make a difference

Chorus
Track Name: Broke Down City
Brokedown City
by Brandon McSwain, Steve Everett, Jay Speight, Tyrus Morgan, KC Clark, Daniel Hodges

Take a walk in her eyes
they’re the windows, they are the windows
To the rest of her mind
Crawl around take a look inside
Outside you find
tongues that rage and ears that don’t mind
White smoke and lies
mirror walls and flashing lights

We’re alive in a brokedown city
Too scared to fight so the fear keeps winning
When will we learn
taught the hate of our father's fathers
Handed the torch to our sons and daughters
We’ve got to learn before this brokedown city burns

We’re paralyzed
building walls up, scared to fall from
The truth hides behind
million-dollar blood stained lines
Blind lead the blind
down the road to darker tomorrows
Our eyes for eyes,
turning brothers, different sides

We’re alive in a brokedown city
Too scared to fight so the fear keeps winning
When will we learn
Taught hate to our father's fathers
Handed the torch to our sons and daughters
We’ve got to learn before this brokedown city burns

Let Love push us to the limit
break down the walls and we’ll fix it
let love push us to the limit
that’s the only place to make a change
Let Love push us to the limit
break down the walls and we’ll fix it
let love push us to the limit
that’s the only way to make a change

We’re alive in a brokedown city
Too scared to fight so the fear keeps winning
When will we learn
Taught hate to our father's fathers
Handed the torch to our sons and daughters
We’ve got to learn before this brokedown city burns
Track Name: All I Need
All I Need
by Brandon McSwain, TK Hash, Jay Speight and Tyrus Morgan

When I’m down and feeling low
Tired and alone
Held by fear
with a heavy broken heart
Hiding in the dark
Can’t feel you here

but Your love chose me
Your voice calls me
Your arms hold me close
I need you to guide me
Cause I can’t do this on my own

You hold my hand in yours
through the joy and the sorrow(s)
the joy and the sorrow(s)
You hide my life in Yours
My today and tomorrow(s)
my today and tomorrow(s)
so I don’t have to be afraid
Your love for me, my source of strength
You’re all I need

The beauty of your love
I’m not worthy of
No words could explain

why, Your love chose me
Your voice calls me
Your arms hold me close
I need you to guide me
Cause I can’t do this on my own

You hold my hand in yours
through the joy and the sorrow(s)
the joy and the sorrow(s)
You hide my life in Yours
My today and tomorrow(s)
my today and tomorrow(s)
so I don’t have to be afraid
Your love for me, my source of strength
You’re all I need

You are my everything
my love my life my melody
you are my everything
my joy my strength the air I breathe

You hold my hand in yours
through the joy and the sorrow(s)
the joy and the sorrow(s)
You hide my life in Yours
My today and tomorrow(s)
my today and tomorrow(s)
so I don’t have to be afraid
Your love for me, my source of strength
You’re all I need
Track Name: Called to Love
Called to love
by Brandon McSwain, Jay Speight and Tyrus Morgan

we pick and choose
the scripture that we use
the people we include
and the sins that we forgive

and we cry outrage
at the scandal of the day
but we’re all about the grace
when the scandal lies within

oh, oh, oh
whoa, oh, oh, oh
we’re not called to judge
no we’re not called to judge
oh, oh, oh
whoa, oh, oh, oh
we are called to love
yeah, we are called to love
Called to love

Hard to deny
we get swallowed up with pride
and we’re so prepared to fight
over ignorance and fear

we can’t preach faith
with no action that we take
looking down from our safe place
when our world needs to be healed

oh, oh, oh
whoa, oh, oh, oh
we’re not called to judge
no we’re not called to judge
oh, oh, oh
whoa, oh, oh, oh
we are called to love
yeah, we are called to love
Called to love
Track Name: Beat of our Hearts
Beat of our Hearts
by Brandon McSwain and Jeremy Vess

Time stands still
When you walk in the room
Tonight only we exist
and tomorrow is coming too soon

Dancing alone with you
I'll hold you the whole night through
Dancing alone with you
to the beat of our hearts

Take my hand
We will dance to the end
of our lives in time
I am yours and you'll always be mine

Dancing alone with you
I'll hold you the whole night through
Dancing alone with you
to the beat of our hearts

Falling in love again
each time I breathe you in
Dancing alone with you
to the beat of our hearts

It's just you and me here now
a breath and a heartbeat, the only sound
It's just you and me here now

Dancing alone with you
I'll hold you the whole night through
Dancing alone with you
to the beat of our hearts

Falling in love again
each time I breathe you in
Dancing alone with you
to the beat of our hearts
Track Name: Fight for You
Fight for You
by Brandon McSwain, Jay Speight and Tyrus Morgan

Even if it hurts
Even if it breaks my heart
I will fight on

Through the wind and rain
or barren desert land
I will fight on

I will fight, I will fight for you
Stand up and scream the truth
Forever I’ll carry you
Till the end, till my final breath
Believe me I’ll never quit
always I will fight for you
Fight for you

If you lose your faith
and start to hesitate
I will fight on

When all seems lost
and you feel like giving up

I will fight, I will fight for you
Stand up and scream the truth
Forever I’ll carry you
Till the end, till my final breath
Believe me I’ll never quit
always I will fight for you
Fight for you

Whatever it takes, whatever it takes
I will sift through the wreckage
As long as it takes, as long as it takes
I will be there for you

Whatever it takes, whatever it takes
I will sift through the wreckage
No matter the pain, no matter the pain

I will fight I will fight for you
Stand up and scream the truth
Forever I’ll carry you
I will fight, I will fight for you
Stand up and scream the truth
Forever I’ll carry you
till the end, till my final breath
Believe me I’ll never quit
always I will fight for you
Track Name: If You Can Still Hear Me
If You Can Still Hear Me
by Brandon McSwain and Gabriel Bello


The Christmas tree will never look the same
New years eve will come and go away
I have to face the fact you can’t return
but the man you were taught every lesson I learned

I know that you would love her as your own
She has my heart, I’ll never be alone
I wish you were still here so you could show me
How you loved through all the heartache and the struggling

If you can still hear me
I wanted you to know
Where I am today
and where my heart longs to go
If you can still hear me

Your suffering was never faced alone
I felt every tear as if it was my own
I never thought in death I could find joy
but all your pain is gone and now you’re home.

If you can still hear me
I wanted you to know
where I am today
and where my heart longs to go
If you can still hear me

I need you to know
Your life, your love taught me to live
so I can let you go
because I know you’re here
Through all the days and all the years
when the laughter fades and all that’s left is tears
All that’s left is tears.

If you can still hear me
all you need to know
I missed you today
and how I love you so
If you can still hear me.