Burning the Boats

by Mike Vial

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Mike Vial trekked across the Blue Water Bridge multiple times in 2009-2010 to record this collection of songs with Dan Achen and Michael Chambers at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Ontario. The CD displays the musical maturity of Mike's songwriting.

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released 25 September 2010

Produced by Michael Chambers and Dan Achen @ Catherine North Studios, Hamilton, Ontario in 2010
Assistant engineering by Mike Marcone & Duke Foster
Mastered by Joe Lambert at Joe Lambert Mastering, Brooklyn, NYC
Mike Vial: guitars and vocals (all tracks), piano (track 5)
Michael Chambers: piano (tracks 1 & 6) & bass (tracks 3, 4 & 5)
Mike Marcone: Hammond B3 organ (track 5)
Nick Skalkos: drums and percussion (track 4)
Dan Achen: ride cymbal (track 1)

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Mike Vial Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mike Vial is a singer-songwriter from Michigan. He drinks too much coffee, enjoys Heritage and Taylor guitars, and walks his dog Lois and teaches guitar lessons between a busy gig schedule.

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Track Name: Change Your Tune
“Change Your Tune”

I never make promises that I can’t keep now
That I’ve grown up
I try not to tell a girl that I might meet her
And not show up

If you’ve been left behind before
If you’ve been played for the fool
Depended on the undependable
It’s time to change your tune

It’s always said the good girls go for the bad guys but
I don’t believe that’s true
I think the good girls hide mistakes in their pockets and
A guy’s got a lot to prove

If you’ve heard it all before
Felt like a brokenhearted fool
Depended on the undependable
It’s time to change your tune

It’s time to see
The light at the end of the tunnel
Is a guy like me
I’ve been waiting a while
Had bad experiences too
And I think that’s it’s time
To fall for someone like you

If you’ve given up before
Even yourself you couldn’t fool
Depended on the undependable
It’s time to change your
It’s time to change your
It’s time to change your tune
Track Name: One Way Road
“One Way Road”

Maybe there’s only one way to go
If life is just a one way road
I’d rather take it fast than too slow tonight
Maybe I’m better off being alone
But it’s scary being away from home
There’s no way to know which way is right

There’s no guarantees I’ll arrive
In the mean time it doesn’t help me
That I don’t believe in love at first sight

There’s only one way to go
There’s only one way to go
There’s only one way to go
If life’s a one way road

I never, I never even say goodbye
My friends and family don’t know why
I impulsively drive, drive, drive away
And maybe it helps me get a grasp on life
For awhile my memories
Since minutes add up faster than miles

I’d better slow down
It’s only fifty-five through this town
I think I’ve been here before
Because I recognize all the faces
Coming out of the store
It’s like they’re looking for more

There’s only one way to go
There’s only one way to go
There’s only one way to go
If life’s a one way road

And maybe this long drive will help me
Maybe this long drive will
Help me find some way to settle down

There’s only one way to know
If I’m heading down the wrong way
On a one way road
And that’s to try to turn round…
Track Name: Kalamazoo
“Kalamazoo”

I never believed there was something to a slow walk down memory lane
I thought it’d all look the same, but in my eye
I noticed a change in the way I remembered you before
You said goodbye under a quiet, starry night

And even now, as I pass through this town
My Kalamazoo, I still miss you

I don’t believe I should follow my future through my past
Maybe first loves were never really meant to last in this town
I hope I can follow all of my dreams and don’t look back
Cause if I dare and you do
I might get lost here looking for you

Even now, as I pass through this town
My Kalamazoo, I still miss you like the first time I finally
Convinced my heart to leave your scenery without saying why

And even now, as I pass through this town
My Kalamazoo, I still miss you

It’s been a few years since I’ve stumble over these stones and bricks
This town tricks lost time, memories of you fall out of line
I don’t believe I should follow my own heart’s advice and look for you
A turn down memory lane must suffice

I argue now with myself and this town
Oh my Kalamazoo, I still miss you like the first time it was clear to me
You’ll always bringing me back to these streets, streets of Kalamazoo

Oh my Kalamazoo
Oh my Kalamazoo
Track Name: Only the Rain Knows Why
“Only the Rain Knows Why”

I think it’s time to close our tab tonight
To find a cab and ride
Through green and red lights
Should we turn left or was I right or wrong
To say I don’t belong
In this room that’s like a picture frame
I should be locked outside
In the rain in the night
That could wash all our tears away
I only wanted to be liked
Only wanted to be liked by you
Only planned on saying goodnight
There’s beauty in a lie
And only the rain knows why I lied.

Written: summer 2007
Guitar notes: standard tuning
Track Name: Driftwood
“Driftwood”

There’s a start to every river like an eye to every storm
A road that leads out of every town
with the patterns that are worn straight through my soles.
We’re shaped by the landscapes that we roam.

This tired town isn’t dead but these streets, too small a stage
My door’s fully open but it’s too hard to rearrange
All these boxes in my car. I can’t fit them in my four door escape.
I’m leaving half of these boxes on the road by the river bend
For someone else to take.

Chorus
I don’t know why I’m floating all alone
Mistaken driftwood for solid ground or a home
The river runs through this town, I have found
There’s nothing really here
The storm has past, the winds have calmed, alas
Now the skies are clear
The skies are clear

It’s like I’ve had one foot on the break and another foot on the gas
It’s gonna take more than a stop sign
To halt me in my task of breaking out of here
Even if I have to break a few hearts
I’m breaking out of here
You have to break first before you start to heal.

Chorus

Bridge
It’s time for me go
Take that long and winding road west, dear
And move past reflection of myself found in the rearview mirror.
The cracked rearview mirror
The cracked rearview mirror
The cracked rearview mirror
Where objects are always closer than they appear

The horizon has a golden tint, the window has a glare
There’s nonsense on the radio reminding me there’s no need to care
About how far it is, objects are closer than they appear.
And about how far it is odometer counts it so clear for me.

Chorus
Track Name: Run Beside Me
“Run Beside Me’

One day it feels like yesterday
Next it feels like an eternity
But things never seemed the same
Since you’ve been gone
Since you’ve been gone

Chorus:
Will you run beside me
When the morning comes?
When you look down on me
Are you proud of the man I’ve become?

One, two, three, four, five
Memories held inside
Each one completes the puzzle
Piece by piece.
Countless times I’ve cried
With you not by my side
And still I wonder

Will you run beside me
When the morning comes?
When you look down on me
Are you proud?

’Cos you’ve fought the good fight.
You’ve won the war
Every speech motivated me
To run on…

Will you run beside me
When the morning comes?
When you look down on me
Are you proud of the man I’ve become?