Equanimous

by Michael Paul Stephens

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ALL PROFITS FROM THIS ALBUM GO TOWARDS PROMOTING THE MESSAGE OF THE BOOK "EQUANIMOUS" WORLD WIDE

Equanimous is a remarkable collection of songs written, recorded and produced by the spiritual author Michael Paul Stephens. It was recorded as a celebration of his book of the same name, which is offered as a free bonus gift when you purchase this album.

The inspiration for this album is spirituality and the human condition and each track is intended to be be enjoyed as a learning experience.

Covering subjects as diverse as love, death, hope and freedom, the album celebrates the great journey that is life and the search for inspiration and peace that makes living worthwhile.

Having developed an acoustic sound that is balladic and anthemic, Michael's songs are tuneful and poignant, touching the head and the heart equally.

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released June 1, 2011

Written, recorded and produced by Michael Paul Stephens

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Michael Paul Stephens Bangkok, Thailand

Michael Paul Stephens is a British author, singer-songwriter, spiritual guide and corporate coach.

Over the last 10 years his music, books, workshops, retreats and corporate consultations have guided thousands of people towards practices that free their minds and spirits to cope with the rigors of daily life.

His life's work has been to inspire personal development through creative innovation.
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Track Name: I Love
LYRICS

I love my fear and hate,
My sadness I embrace,
My body creaks and my will is weak,
But I love Everything I make.

I love my guilt and shame,
The anger and the blame,
My spirit quakes as my courage breaks,
I love everything I am

CHORUS
Just rise up, elate,
There's nothing there to hate,
You are forged with love,
It's in everything you make.
You are whole and true,
There's nothing wrong with you,
And I love the love I love

Did you see the comet fly,
As it burned up in the sky?
Were you afraid or calm?
Did you load up or disarm?
It's a choice to live or die.

CHORUS
Just rise up, elate,
There's nothing there to hate,
You are forged with love,
It's in everything you make.
You are whole and true,
There's nothing wrong with you,
And I love the love I love

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Choke
LYRICS

I know you,
You promise Nothing and deliver too,
A feast of famine for my point of view,
A fall from heaven with no parachute.

You say you're biding time
More confessions of an average mind,
You go to sleep in panic and you wake up fine,
No more blisters in a race against time.

CHORUS
Ah but you choke.
You choke.
In the morning you were halfway there.
You choke.
You choke.
Now the dreams are running out of air,
You're choking there.
You're choking there.

You're made of notes.
Scribbled memories and idea boats,
Full of theories that will never float,
a ghost of action form the plans you wrote.

CHORUS
Ah but you choke.
You choke.
In the morning you were halfway there.
You choke.
You choke.
Now the dreams are running out of air,
You're choking there.
You're choking there.

And into the night,
Dreams flutter visions too,
In front of you.
Hope upon hope,
All possibilities,
Seem real to me.

CHORUS
Ah but you choke.
You choke.
In the morning you were halfway there.
You choke.
You choke.
Now the dreams are running out of air,
You're choking there.
You're choking there.
Track Name: Closer
LYRICS

I'm closer,
Closer,
Closer to my heart.
Oh sit down,
And here the silence grow in you.
Feel the world spin round.

Closer
I'm closer,
Closer to my soul.
Oh sit down,
Feel the fear snuffed out like a flame,
Feel the future fade to now.

I'm closer
I'm closer,
I'm closer to now.
Oh sit down,
Hear the universal sound,
And be here now.

Closer,
I'm closer,
I'm closer to my soul.
Track Name: Comet
LYRICS

All the cards that you hold,
It's as black as ace of spades down in that hole,
In the ground,
and there's never quite enough to go around.

In the dirt of this trade,
In the politics of money men are made,
or replaced,
by finer individuals who are...

CHORUS
Holding on to the tail of a crashing comet,
Cutting keys to a safe with your name upon it,
Breaking into a bank with nothing in it,
We're winning while we're losing every thing.

Man the pumps,
Paint the tanks,
Rain the catapults down in amongst their ranks.
Cause we're free,
To covet oil and call it democracy

CHORUS
Holding on to the tail of a crashing comet,
Cutting keys to a safe with your name upon it,
Breaking into a bank with nothing in it,
Hey, we're winning while we're losing every thing.

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Winning's Never Right
LYRICS

She knows enough about this love,
But not enough to make her want to.
Though she can never love enough,
She loves enough to know she needs to.

And in the radio she hears,
The static buzz,
Is not enough,
To make her disappear.
Into a game where winning's tough,
You may lose the fight,
but in love winning's never right.

CHORUS
In love,
In love,
In love,
In love
In love winning's never right.

He can't escape what lies inside,
Cause only truth cam give him shelter,
And every spark of dark room light,
Exposes flashes of his future.

And in the fiction of his life,
He clings to all,
He'd ever call,
What's wrong or right.
He cuts through ideas like a knife,
But in the truth he knows,
He's lost when winning's right.

CHORUS
In love,
In love,
In love,
In love
In love winning's never right.

They both took sides to play the game,
But ghosts they make the worst opponents.
You cannot hide an open flame,
That burns through every trap on conscience.

Yeah it hurts to be afraid,
Losing love is just a part of life's' charade.
With nothing ventured nothing gained
You may lose what's right,
But in love you'll find the light.

CHORUS
In love,
In love,
In love,
In love,
In love,
In love,
In love winning's never right.

In love,
In love,
In love winning's never right.
Track Name: Spirals With Life
Written, recorded and produced by Michael Paul Stephens
Track Name: Give Back All You've Been Given
LYRICS

You say you're not afraid to die,
You're just afraid to try.
What will you become,
When your body's good and done?

Don't love life,
Just love living,
One day you'll give back all you've been given.

You say won't miss all your stuff,
But you never have enough.
Smash what you love most,
and you'll see right through the bluff.

Don't love life,
Just love living,
One day you'll give back all you've been given.

CHORUS
You can hold onto me,
But let me go,
Let me go.
You can hold onto me,
But let me go,
Let me go,
And give back all you've been given.

You say you know just what is what,
You've tied the truth into a knot,
A glass that overflows,
Is holding onto what it knows.

Don't love life,
Just love living,
One day you'll give back all you've been given.

CHORUS
You can hold onto me,
But let me go,
Yeah, let me go.
You can hold onto me,
But let me go,
Let me go,
And give back all you've been given.

Don't love life,
Just love living,
One day you'll give back all you've been given.

CHORUS
You can hold onto me,
But let me go,
Let me go.
You can hold onto me,
But let me go,
Let me go go go, go

Hold onto me
And let me go,
Let me go go go go

And hold onto me
But Let me go,
Let me go
Let me go
Let me go (to fade)

And give back all you've been given.
Track Name: The Luckiest Man Alive
LYRICS

In this place you can sink or swim,
There's a man who just wades on in,
And he spits on the ice of the dawn,
While you're turning your back to keep warm.

He says "I'm the luckiest man alive",
"Cause i'm here while you just hide",
"And dream",
"Dream of coming in."

You can take what you want and run.
He'll be there when the bailiffs come.
He'll be there for a lifetime or two.
You and I are just passing through.

He says, "There's a place up there you know",
"Where no one lives and nothing grows but",
"It's the busiest place I know."

CHORUS
Throw away your shoes strings,
You won't need them where you're going,
Your boots are wearing thin.

These cracks that are in your heads,
It's just the altitude and the air,
And these maps that made your walls,
Are just a place for spiders to crawl.

They said, "You're the luckiest man alive",
"Cause you;re here while I just hide",
"And dream",
"Dream of coming in."

CHORUS
Throw away your shoes strings,
You won't need them where you're going,
Your boots are wearing thin.

There's a school on every hill,
Looking down on every land fill,
When the dragons breathe their fire,
They just clim a little higher.

I'm the luckiest man alive,
Cause I found what they tried to hide,
And now i'm coming in.

CHORUS
Throw away your shoes strings,
You won't need them where you're going,
Your boots are wearing thin.
Throw away your shoes strings,
You won't need them where you're going,
Your boots are wearing thin.
You souls are wearing thin.
Your hearts are wearing thin.
Track Name: Moments of Peace
LYRICS

He don't know what he's got,
So he just throws out the lot,
Hanging on to what's lost,
But when all the thoughts cease,
There are moments of peace.

She strings days into nights,
Turning dark from the light,
She see life as a fight,
But without prisoners released,
There'll be no moments of peace.

We all live in a world
With more oysters than pearls,
We're going fishing on a beach that's missing ourselves,
We're looking out for treasure,
But who are we to measure,
What we've got and what we need?

We live in a world,
with more oysters than pearls,
We're going fishing on a beach that's missing ourselves,
We're looking out for treasure,
But who are we to measure,
What we've got and what we need?

We're all fighting to live,
Taking more than we give,
With no alternative,
But if hearts were released,
We'd have moments of peace.
Track Name: Free Your Love
LYRICS

You've seen them all running,
The villages burning,
In countries where the hearts are full of lead.
But where is the freedom,
When home is a prison,
And when love is measured only with our heads?

Cause every bullet shot you feel within,
Every bayonet you feel cut in,
Though not your life,
Just think what really dies,
When hatred wins.
When hatred wins.

CHORUS

Free your love,
Free your spirit,
Free your soul.
Free you love,
Free your spirit,
Free your soul.

Trapped in a culture,
Where every neighborhood out there,
Thinks freedom is the right to take what's mine.
But there cannot be freedom,
When fear is our weapon,
And war is on our doorsteps and our minds.

But every iron fist can be unclenched,
To turn a punch into the hand of friends.
We all build walls,
To protect what's vulnerable,
Like this you'll never win,
You'll never win.

CHORUS

Free your love,
Free your spirit,
Free your soul.
Free you love,
Free your spirit,
Free your soul.

And though you'll hide behind your barriers of fear,
There's only more illusions waiting there.
But if it's freedom you are really looking for,
Then open up your heart,
And look no more,
Look no more.

You've seen them all running,
The villages burning,
In countries where the hearts are full of lead.

But every iron fist can be unclenched,
To turn a punch into the hand of friends.
We all build walls,
To protect what's vulnerable,
So just be strong.
Just be strong!

CHORUS

Free your love,
Free your spirit,
Free your soul.
Free you love,
Free your spirit,
Free your soul.

(Repeat to fade)