The Breaking

by Brandon McSwain

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The Breaking 03:39
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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.
5.
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
6.
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
7.
All I Need 04:07
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
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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.

credits

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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