Peace Freedom Sanity Serenity

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15 new original songs from New England songwriter and guitarist Mike Birch.
A mix of mellow acoustic guitar, piano, and rocking electric songs. There is a message for everyone in these songs: no matter how desperate or down you may be, there is always hope - a hope for better times that can be obtained by believing in yourself, and finding supporting friends who will help bring you into the light so that peace, freedom, sanity and serenity can be yours, too.

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released August 2, 2013

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Mike Birch Methuen, Massachusetts

For Mike, it all started on a Sunday night in 1964 ... February 9 ... the Beatles took the stage on the Ed Sullivan show and while the girls in the audience screamed, his parents and grandparents exclaimed about the "long hairs", a 7-year-old boy thought, 'I'm going to learn to play the guitar one day!' ... more

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Track Name: Peace Of The Sea
Out of the pale silver sea, a time long past
A return to the warmth and the calm at last
The call of the waves beckons us so deeply to return
The peace of the water will soothe the everyday burn

The peace of the sea
Return to the sea (back to the peace)
To the serenity (back to the sea)
The peace of the sea, return to the sea

Whispering wind across the singing sands of an early morning beach
Saldy scent of the ocean calling out to all within reach
A return to the past within everyone’s soul
Back to the water we came from so long ago

The peace of the sea
Return to the sea (back to the peace)
To the serenity (back to the sea)
The peace of the sea, return to the sea

Underwater silence, bubbles drift up and away
Soft surrounding warmth makes it feel okay
Blue-green light from a diffused overhead sun
Back to the sea, return to the one

The peace of the sea
Return to the sea (back to the peace)
Sanity and serenity (back to the sea)
The peace of the sea, return to the sea
Track Name: What About The Children
Innocence and tranquility seem so easy to reach
Pleasant Valley Sunday, sunset on a golden beach
Do what you want, when you want, freedom of speech
Remember to ‘do unto others’, practice what you preech

What about the children who will never be the same
What about you and I and those who feel ashamed
What about the families – no one’ll remember their names
What about the funerals where no one ever came

From the suburbs of middle America to the dusty roads of the MiddleEast
Love-starved children left on their own to wander lonely streets
Parents working overtime to pay for family feasts
Forgetting hugs are worth so much more than all the latest treats

What about the children who will never be the same
What about you and I and those who feel no shame
What about the families – no one’ll remember their names
What about the funerals where no one ever came

Break the silence, agonies in the dark
Stop the violence, let children wish upon a start

What about the children who will never be the same
What about you and I giving them a world that’s sane
What about the families – no one’ll remember their names
What about the funerals where no one ever came
Track Name: The Weatherman And I
Monday starts with a hopeful sign
Golden sunrise, temperature’s fine
But light fades away, it gets cold by noon
What once was so hopeful is gone all too soon

The weatherman’s always wrong and so am I
Can never seem to get things right, I can’t deny
The days may start sunny but they change to clouds of gray
The weatherman and I are always wrong, every day

A gentle spring rain promising growth and more
Changes to thunder and lightning and a heavy downpour
Washing away young green growth and hope
With despair and darkness and a sharp steep slope

The weatherman’s always wrong and so am I
Can never seem to get things right, I can’t deny
The days may start sunny but they change to clouds of gray
The weatherman and I are always wrong, in every way

A clear night sky, the stars shine clear and bright
Hunter rises in the east, guarding all in sight
Storm clouds roll in hiding stars and moon
What once was so hopeful is gone all too soon

The weatherman’s always wrong and so am I
Can never seem to get things right, I can’t deny
The days may start sunny but they change to clouds of gray
The weatherman and I are always wrong, each and every day
Track Name: Freedom Song
Springtime rainstorm, summertime morning light
Sing for the new day, darling, everything’s going to be alright
We’ve lost all our cares and worries on the road behind us
The future has no meaning, the present is enough for us

We can never be free enough, we can never be free
It’s all a deceptive illusion that just isn’t real
We can never be free, we can never be free

So we hit the road again, traveling to who knows where
The road is our freedom now, we’ll stay on it as long as we dare
We’ll keep looking for our missing freedom, never knowing what we’re looking for
But the search will go on forever, we’ll keep searching for more

We can never be free enough, we can never be free
It’s all a deceptive illusion that just isn’t real
We can never be free, we can never be free

The days are bright and sunny, hope the blue skies don't turn to gray
The air seems so fresh and bright when I'm living this way
Following the sunset trails into the golden light
In real life dreams can come true, with the living that’s right

We can never be free enough, we can never be free
Track Name: Which Way To Go
Searching for answers to the wheres and the whys
Wading through piles of vague and useless replies
Looking for the truths amongst all the lies
But my tears are only from the smoke that gets in my eyes

Wandering empty streets alone with my thoughts
Mind plays funny tricks, tied up in knots
Bright lights in my face, eyes blink away spots
Explosions in my head like violent pistol shots

How can, how can we know
Which way, which way to go
Take it easy, take it slow
Don’t know, don’t know which way to go

Wondering at midnight where the stars all have gone
Where’d the light go, where’d the darkness come from
Thought that day and night had been agreed upon
But blackness is so complete, there can’t be a dawn

How can, how can we know
Which way, which way to go
Take it easy, take it slow
Don’t know, don’t know which way to go

Blue lights are flashing
But there’s no one around
Emotions are crashing
But not making a sound
Energy’s peaking
So how come I feel so down
What am I seeking?
Head is starting to pound

La-la-la…

How can, how can we know
Which way, which way to go
Take it easy, take it slow
Don’t know, don’t know which way to go
Track Name: The Beast Within
Cruel desire, internal rage drives the need
Uncertain emotions, don’t care where they lead
Forgotten learnings, no common sense
Animal instinct rules over intelligence
The dreams and visions, the call of a higher place
Running, thinking no longer part of the human race
Endless pursuit, don’t know if you’re chaser or chased
Can’t remember the look of a friendly face

The beast within us must be contained
The anger and violence kept under chain
Human compassion can’t take the strain
Beat the beast down is all that remains

Unending anger, a nagging pull down
Helpless feeling, a whimpering sound
A whispered plea for help from above
Hopeless resolution from a world without love
The feeling of freedom when at last we can see
Clarified vision no longer looking blindly
Taking it slowly, smalls steps, so carefully
Wondering thoughts, to be suddenly free

The beast within us must be contained
The anger and violence kept under chain
Human compassion can’t take the strain
Beat the beast down is all that remains

Hear the sire song’s call
It speaks to us all
Thick or thin
It’s the beast within

Middle of the night
A place without light
Purity or sin
It’s the beast within

Through the lust and the rage
Escape from the cage
Friend or kin
It’s the beast within

Impossible to resist
Like a stranger’s kiss
Heads will spin
It’s the beast within

Thick or thin, it’s the beast within
Purity or sin, it’s the beast within
Friend or kin, it’s the beast within
Your head will spin, it’s the beast within
Track Name: On The Edge
Standing on the edge of a cliff
One step more, it’s all over
And if the ground should start to shift
It won’t matter about the four-leaf clover
You’ve had in your pocket since you were a kid
‘Cause there won’t be anyone to throw you a rope
And no one will care what you did
Or that you took that step because there was no hope

Fall from the edge into oblivion
Stray from the path into oblivion

Balanced on the edge of a knife
Don’t want to go back, don’t want to go forward
Temptation is take the big dive
But sanity can prevail from a few good words
That were spoken by someone of a like mind
Who was listening when needed to be heard
And spared just a little time
To clear up the things that had got so blurred

Fall from the edge into oblivion
Stray from the path into oblivion
Track Name: Searching For The Gold
Home can seem so empty when you’re always digging for more
Too driven to enjoy the calm, too anxious to score
Even more things and more dollars, but what’s it all for?
You can’t be at peace if you’re always fighting a war

We’re always searching for the pot of the gold at the end of the rainbow
Always looking for something more – what, we don’t know
We’re searching north and south, east and west for something we can hold
And we’re always missing the rainbow while we’re searching for the gold

It can be a long long tale from childhood to dust
Seeking out knowledge and wisdom, resisting the greed and the lust
We do what we can, but it seems that we must
Let all we believe in fade or corrode into rust

We’re always searching for the pot of the gold at the end of the rainbow
Always looking for something more – what, we don’t know
We’re searching north and south, east and west for something we can hold
And we’re always missing the rainbow while we’re searching for the gold

People running here and there
Maddened lemmings don’t seem to care
Scrambling, scrounging, pulling out their hair
Crazy striving to go nowhere

When the setting sun drives you to use the last of it’s light
Why not stop and look at the colors, the silhouettes of birds taking flight?
Watch the western horizon as the pastels fade into the night
And the stars come out one by one, shining down so bright

We’re always searching for the pot of the gold at the end of the rainbow
Always looking for something more – what, we don’t know
We’re searching north and south, east and west for something we can hold
And we’re always missing the rainbow while we’re searching for the gold
Track Name: Under An Overcast Sky
Rain coming down, soaked to the bone
Fog so thick, standing in a crowd all alone
Incongruity, nothing makes sense
Past, present, future, all seem meaningless

Living under an overcast sky
Never wondering about the reasons why
A glimpse of the sun, just another lie
No sanity in a mind that’s hypnotized

Ice and snow on the ground, dark nothingness above
Frozen feelings, no hate, passion or love
Breath freezes solid in the bitter cold
Warmth and joy can’t be bought or sold

Used to living under an overcast sky
Never wondering about the reasons why
A glimpse of the sun, just another lie
No sanity in a mind that’s hypnotized

Rays of sun at last burn through the dark
Brightness and joy flood in from the spark
Rainbow magically appear
Clouds melt away, along with the fear

No longer living under an overcast sky
Knowing all the answers, no wondering why
Darkness is gone, spirits are high
All is sanity, come let us fly

Let us fly, under an overcast sky…
Track Name: Dark Street
Been out walking alone for so long
Nothing is right when everything is wrong
The night goes ever one when I can’t see the dawn
Need to get some help to see the road I’m on
‘Cause the road is paved with heartache and pain
Of everyday troubles that hit me again and again
And leave me a loss to try to explain
Why it is what it is, it’s the same old refrain

Moving down a dark street
One step further from ever being free
Dark can’t beat darkness only light will let us see
As we’re moving down a dark street

Dirt and dust in front of me hanging in the air so thick
Pain in my head makes me feel sick
Always chose the wrong path no matter how I picked
What seemed the easy way was just a nasty trick
Sick of the bullshit and the everyday lack
Of hopeful light to push away the black
Feelings and thoughts that won’t go away
No matter what is done or what I say

Moving down a dark street
One step further from ever being free
Dark can’t beat darkness only light will let us see
As we’re moving down a dark street

Moving away from a dark place
Back to living amongst the human race
Light will beat the darkness, light will set us free
Keep us moving away from a dark street

Moving away from a dark street
One step closer to being free
Light can beat the darkness, light will let us see
Keep us moving away from a dark street
Track Name: Pay It Forward
Remember when your car stopped on the road
And you pulled off to the side
And then a man stopped nearby
And offered you a ride
Remember that time at the beach
As a sandcastle-building child
That boy who just started helping
Building a wall to fend off the tide

Pay it forward, pay it back
Help when you can, take up the slack
Of those who don’t give a damn
About their fellow man
Pay it forward, pay it back

See that poor soul sitting all alone
On the dirty city sidewalk
He’s looking for someone to help him out
To find a key to the lock
That keeps him so far down
He can hardly talk
Someone to come and lift him up
Help him from under his rock

Pay it forward, pay it back
Help when you can, take up the slack
Of those who don’t give a damn
About their fellow man
Pay it forward, pay it back

One day you might be needing help, too
You may find others looking down on you
Feeling like there’s nothing that you can do
There’s always hope if you’re one of those who

Pays it forward, pays it back
Help when you can, take up the slack
Of those who don’t give a damn
About their fellow man
Pay it forward, pay it back
Track Name: Another Year
A new year starts so cold
January starts to unfold
Like an origami figure only half-made
And intricate plans not yet laid
The promise of more as springtime nears
Warmth to melt all the ice and fears
Feelings blossom like flowers in May
Swollen desire as doubts go away

Used to hate the thought of another year
Didn’t want to think of another year
Could not believe it was another year
Now I’m looking forward to another year with you

Passions flame in the summer heat
Fire in hearts at last set free
Rain-filled rivers and mountains of wonder
The shared sound of a storm’s loud thunder
The portents of an ending as autumn appears
Artist’s pallet of colors so bright you can hear
The changing of the leaves in the westerly wind
Life can be more than ever imagined

Used to hate the thought of another year
Didn’t want to think of another year
Could not believe it was another year
Now I’m looking forward to another year with you

Winter’s winds and cold again draw close
Past year’s memories hang hauntingly like ghosts
But the fire continues bright in hearts and souls
Love will fight the snow and ice, fill all the voids and holes

Used to hate the thought of another year
Didn’t want to think of another year
Could not believe it was another year
Now I’m looking forward to another year with you
Track Name: Used To Be
Used to be I couldn’t see the stars in the night
Used to be I wouldn’t look up above for fright
Wouldn’t dare to look at myself in the mirror
Couldn’t face up to the facts or the fear

The sun comes up on the eastern horizon
And I know that I really should be rising
But my mind is still dark, don’t want to wake up
Still can’t find a way to hold my head up

Used to think that I was all alone
Used to believe my actions were all written in stone
But some helpful words came like light from above
Start to believe in what I’m made of

The sun comes out from behind a dark gray cloud
Start to believe I can figure it all out
Not alone anymore, friends can help me up
Help me find a way to hold my head up

The sun’s light shines all around
No longer unsure, I can hold my ground
Friends, faith and belief has helped me up
I have learned I can always hold my head up
Track Name: Believe
When I was young I believe in truth, family and love\
What I saw and what I did, no help from any powers above
As my world expanded, I found it easy to deceive
My own sense of what is right, of what I believed

If you believe in me, I will believe in you
There’s nothing that together we can’t do
If I believe in you, will you believe in me?
There’s nothing to keep us from being free

As I grew into adulthood, I forgot what I had relied on
Pressures from every side, no time for beliefs that were gone
Life got too busy, I forgot to be strong
No time for thinking, forgetting what’s right or wrong

If you believe in me, I will believe in you
There’s nothing that together we can’t do
If I believe in you, will you believe in me?
There’s nothing to keep us from being free

Not that I’m older I’ve discovered I’ve got to believe in myself
Can’t constantly do things for others, put my own life on a shelf
I’ve got to be strong, strong as I can be
I’ve got believe, believe in me

If you believe in me, I will believe in you
There’s nothing that together we can’t do
If I believe in you, will you believe in me?
There’s nothing to keep us from being free
Track Name: Return To The Sea
At last you have won
At peace, rising of the sun
All is shining, all are one
Long past are childhood fears
Dried up are the adult tears

Return to the sea
Tranquility
Peaceful and free
Return to the sea

Despair is washed away
No cares with the light of day
Freedom attained in every way
Together, never alone
At last you are home

Return to the sea
Sanity, serenity
Peaceful and free
Return to the sea