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Michael Lusk – Constrasts

Release Date: May 12, 2016
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About this album

Michael Lusk has enjoyed an incredible career as vocalist, bass player and backup singer with country luminaries from Martina McBride to Jason Aldean to the Billy Graham Crusades as well as with a Christian rock group called Forerunner that starting in 1998 worked as a backup band for Loretta Lynn.

Michael's career and recent touring with Loretta are covered extensively in this article by Chuck Yarborough of The Plain Dealer.

It was an honor and a privilege for Bobby & Leslie Sahlen and I to collaborate with Michael Lusk, whose vocal performances on this album added an extra dimension to each song I can best describe as MAGIC! And, of course, the incredible production and musical talents of Martin Young were phenomenal, as were his back up musicians Scott Nuebert on Peddle steel and Dobro, Jason Roller on Fiddle and Dennis Wage on Keyboard.

Lyrics

Ebony Eyes

You’ve got ebony eyes
That tantalize and tease
You’re the devil
And you’ll bring me to my knees
Oooh, Oooh you’re such a flirt
I know I should run cause there’s danger in your kiss
The way you love me’s too good to miss

(Chorus)

Make love to me baby
Sweet love to me baby
Make love to me baby
Rock me all night long

You’re a real heavy hitter
And you fill me with desire
The way you love me sets my soul on fire
Oooh, Oooh you’re such a flirt
I know I should run cause there’s danger in your kiss
The way you love me’s too good to miss (chorus)

I gotta watch my step and keep an eye on my heart
Cause you’re the kind of woman who could tear it apart
I know I should run cause there’s danger in your kiss
The way you love me’s too good to miss

(chorus)

Ten to Twenty

There’s some trouble in my home town with the word of my arrest
High school buddies, my old girlfriend and the neighbors failed the test
Said they never even met me, I’m not a friend of theirs
I’ll be serving ten to twenty from this whole messy affair

Chorus

Because I had been drinking, there was nothing I could do
She came bolting from the sidewalk where a parked car blocked my view
By the time I hit the brakes she was flying through the air
I’ll never lose that vision though I’m blinded by my tears

Bridge 1

Don’t you know my little darling this is how angels are made
I’m certain God in heaven helps you feel far less afraid
I am ready for my penance I will take it like a man
Though I’m only just a kid myself part of this master plan

Bridge 2

Victim – Perpetrator?
Can you tell me which I am?
I’ve got loads of time to ponder
All I know is I am damned

Chorus

Because I had been drinking, there was nothing I could do
She came bolting from the sidewalk where a parked car blocked my view
By the time I hit the brakes she was flying through the air
I’ll never lose that vision though I’m blinded by my tears

There’s some trouble in my home town with the word of my arrest
High school buddies, my old girlfriend and the neighbors failed the test
Said they never ever met me and I’m not a friend of theirs
I’ll be serving ten to twenty from this whole messy affair

Beyond Blue

The moment I saw those sparkling blue eyes
My fantasies started again
Would this time be different or more of my own lies
This time would true love begin

Chorus

I've fallen for blue eyes again
But this time it's real I can win
I've been hurt before
But I came back for more
I've fallen for blue eyes again

Our moonlight confessions revealed who we are
Now it just feels so right
At that magic moment
Our lives changed forever
As we found each other that night

(Chorus)

I finally was able to see beyond blue
To look deep within and see the real you

Poet, Prophet, Sinner, Saint

A dim lit bar, cold winter night
A young man downs a shot
A contract staring in his face
Should he sign or not
Its life or death, it’s him or her
The reaper says it’s so
A dim lit bar one winter night
To sign away his soul

(chorus)

Poet, prophet, sinner, saint
Help me find my fate
I know I left it somewhere
But life is getting late
So many turns so many falls
Were all the choices wrong?
Poet prophet sinner saint
You’ve been here all along

He saw the future in his dreams
His wife with child would die
Repeatedly it haunted him
But miracles survive
A bargain with the reaper
A contract in the bar
His signature to save her life
But he must au revoir

(chorus)

Poet, prophet, sinner, saint
Help me find my fate
I know I left it somewhere
But life is getting late
So many turns so many falls
Were all the choices wrong?
Poet prophet sinner saint
You’ve been here all along
Poet, prophet, sinner, saint
Just one and the same
His future child won’t know him
Yet he’ll share his name

(chorus)

Poet, prophet, sinner, saint
Help me find my fate
I know I left it somewhere
But life is getting late
So many turns so many falls
Were all the choices wrong?
Poet prophet sinner saint
You’ve been here all along
Poet prophet sinner saint
You’ve been here all along

Since I Found You

I was lost; now I’m found
Life has meaning now that you’re around
I’m so blessed, it’s all true, since I found you

Chorus

Since I found you my heart sings
My soul took flight, you gave it wings
I’m so blessed, it’s all true, since I found you

You let me in; you touched my heart
Now I just can’t bear to be apart (from you)
I’m so blessed, it’s all true, since I found you (chorus)

We’re at peace; we are one
Life together now is so much fun
I’m so blessed, it’s all true, since I found you

(chorus)

Justice

Nasty scars upon her back from the whippings she’s endured
Filling burlap bags through the vision sweat obscures
Her fingers dripping blood from the cotton’s thorns
She searches for the hope of a chance to be re-born

(chorus)

Justice are you looking down so sweet and full of pain
In the early light of dawn following an August rain
Where are you, I can’t see you, but I sense you’re on your way?
You’re such a long time coming, we need you here today

Marching across bridges through the history of our times
I can see your steady progress as we leave the past behind
Being dragged from luncheon counters, arrested on a bus
Paved the path toward freedom, full equality for us

(optional chorus)

Over centuries you struggle through deniers and support
Though you never have stopped trying as our history will report
Sometimes subtle sometimes bold, sometimes cautiously alone
With a hand upon your trigger life can find the seeds you’ve sown

(Chorus)

Consummate Survivor

She breathes under water, lives for days in the hot sun
Even without nourishment her life has just begun
She can fight off angry cannibals, stomp on centipedes for play
She thoroughly adapts to the anger of the day

(chorus)

Consummate Survivor tattooed across her soul
She's the essence of the species of this world we've come to know
Endurance is her forte’ my sexy Godiva
My lady is the ultimate Consummate Survivor

She walks through Central Park with a purpose all her own
Meanders down to Wall Street where she never is alone
She can hack protected websites like a dagger in the heart
They’ll never be another like this one who stands apart

(chorus)

Consummate Survivor tattooed across her soul
She's the essence of the species of this world we've come to know
Endurance is her forte’ my sexy Godiva
My lady is the ultimate Consummate Survivor

(bridge)

There's rich there's poor what's come before will never block the path
I see her spinning Lucifer then throw him on his back
She’s saint, she’s king, she’s everything, she’s got this hidden knack
My lady flies with golden wings and dem dere is the facts!

(chorus)

Consummate Survivor tattooed across her soul
She's the essence of the species of this world we've come to know
Endurance is her forte’ my sexy Godiva
My lady is the ultimate Consummate Survivor

The Great Dragon

In a room of heightened senses -Unobscured unafraid
The great dragon comes a waltzing - Through the forest I have made
With wings of golden orange - And nails of carbon steel
I’m blind but I can see you - Now your essence is revealed

(chorus)

I am blind but now I see you
Administer my fate
With the strength of 20 legions
Neither early or too late
In the fortress of the memories
Hidden deep within my mind
I can see your mighty image
The Great Dragon I will find

In the alchemy of silence - Suddenly so unaware
Lying listless in the shadows - Of the greatest of our fears
In the midnight of tomorrow - In between the here and now
Lies the predetermined pretext - Of the answer to the how

(chorus)

I am blind but now I see you
Administer my fate
With the strength of 20 legions
Neither early or too late
In the fortress of the memories
Hidden deep within my mind
I can see your mighty image
The Great Dragon I will find

(bridge)

In the shallowness of make believe - Where fantasy is truth
Underneath my salt filled tears - The dragon shows its tooth

(break)

(chorus)

I am blind but now I see you
Administer my fate
With the strength of 20 legions
Neither early or too late
In the fortress of the memories
Hidden deep within my mind
I can see your mighty image
The Great Dragon I will find

Outside the Lines

I’m snoring, downright boring
When I stay within the lines
No one sees me thru the palm trees
Weather sick or feeling fine
It's forbidden nearly hidden
When the truth comes home to roost
In a moment I will own it
When full wonder gets a boost.

(chorus)

In a world that longs for wisdom with a devil of a chance
Come the cries for precious freedom living fully in the dance
Grasping for the golden moment when we know the earth is fine
Building dreams fulfilled with vision as we paint outside the lines

Blue collar hear ‘em holler
It's the poor who must survive
All the wealthy barely healthy
In the soul of a bee hive
Left behind all mankind
It's a blessing and a curse
Fully bated satiated
Do it now or take a hearse

(chorus)

In a world that longs for wisdom with a devil of a chance
Come the cries for precious freedom living fully in the dance
Grasping for the golden moment when we know the earth is fine
Building dreams fulfilled with vision as we paint outside the lines

(bridge)

With crayons in our hand a picture in our hearts
We keep moving ever forward in a world that’s torn apart

(chorus)

In a world that longs for wisdom with a devil of a chance
Come the cries for precious freedom living fully in the dance
Grasping for the golden moment when we know the earth is fine
Building dreams fulfilled with vision as we paint outside the lines

Restring My Mojo

There's a jump start in my foot steps
Imagination in my gait
Since I saw what's in your vision
Smiling proudly into fate
I can hear your passioned pleadings as
Earth takes another spin
With the innocence of children
I can feel new life begin

(chorus)

Can you restring my mojo
Help me get back on the track
I've been chasing plastic visions
In a world turning its back
On the things that truly matter
I am lost, where should I go
I will ask you outright
Can you restring my mojo?
There's a time that's built on courage
When fear is all around
And the prophets on my TV
Think they own the Lost & Found
There's a will to keep on going
When we hollow out the blight
I stand ready to assist you to
Conquer darkness in the night

(chorus)

Can you restring my mojo
Help me get back on the track
I've been chasing plastic visions
In a world turning its back
On the things that truly matter
I am lost, where should I go
I will ask you outright
Can you restring my mojo?

(chorus)

Can you restring my mojo
Help me get back on the track
I've been chasing plastic visions
In a world turning its back
On the things that truly matter
I am lost, where should I go
I will ask you outright
Can you restring my mojo?
Restring my mojo?
Restring my mojo?