The Very Best of Michael Ball: Past & Present Album

Artist(s): Michael Ball

Tracklist

The Impossible Dream

length: 3:37

To dream, the impossible dream
To fight, the unbeatable foe
To bear, with unbearable sorrow
To run, where the brave dare not go

To right, the unrightable wrong
And to love, pure and chaste from afar
To try, when your arms are too weary
To reach, the unreachable star

This is my quest, to follow that star
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far
And to fight for the right, without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell, for a heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true, to this glorious quest
That my heart will lie, will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage
To reach
The unreachable
The unreachable
The unreachable stars

I'll always dream, the impossible dream
And yes I will reach

The unreachable
Stars

Being Alive

length: 3:21

The Prayer

length: 4:21
I pray you'll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don't know

Let this be our prayer
As we go our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe
La luce che to dai

I pray we'll find your light
Nel cuore restero
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarchi che
When stars go out each night
L'eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c'e
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace

Give us faith so we'll be safe.
Sognamo un mondo senza piu violenza

Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino
Simbolo di pace e di fraternita

La forza che ci dai
We ask that life be kind
E'il desiderio che
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amore
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a se
Another soul to love

Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child

Needs to find a place,
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe
E la fede che
Hai acceso in noi
Sento che ci salvera

Stranger in Paradise / This is My Beloved

length: 4:38

Gethsemane

length: 5:18
I only want to say If there is a way
Take this cup away from me
For I don't want to taste its poison
Feel it burn me, I have changed I'm not as sure
As when we started Then I was inspired
Now I'm sad and tired
Listen surely I've exceeded Expectations
Tried for three years Seems like thirty
Could you ask as much From any other man?

But if I die See the saga through
And do the things you ask of me
Let them hate me, hit me, hurt me Nail me to their tree
I'd want to know I'd want to know my God
I'd want to know I'd want to know my God
I'd have to see I'd have to see my God
I'd have to see I'd have to see my God
Why I should die
Would I be more noticed Than I ever was before?
Would the things I've said and done
Matter any more?
I'd have to know I'd have to know my Lord
I'd have to know I'd have to know my Lord
I'd have to see I'd have to see my Lord
I'd have to see I'd have to see my Lord

If I die what will be my reward?
If I die what will be my reward?
I'd have to know I'd have to know my Lord
I'd have to know I'd have to know my Lord

Why, why should I die? Oh, why should I die?
Can you show me now
That I would not be killed in vain?
Show me just a little Of your omnipresent brain
Show me there's a reason For your wanting me to die
You're far too keen on where and how
But not so hot on why
Alright I'll die! Just watch me die!
See how, see how I die! Oh, just watch me die!

Then I was inspired Now I'm sad and tired
After all I've tried for three years
Seems like ninety Why then am I scared
To finish what I started What you started
I didn't start it God thy will is hard
But you hold every card
I will drink your cup of poison
Nail me to your cross and break me
Bleed me, beat me Kill me, take me now
Before I change my mind

Love Changes Everything

length: 3:29
Love, love changes everything
Hands and faces, earth and sky
Love, love changes everything
How you live and how you die
Love, can make the summer fly
Or a night seem like a lifetime
Yes love, love changes everything
Now I tremble at your name
Nothing in the world will ever be the same

Love, love changes everything
Days are longer, words mean more
Love, love changes everything
Pain is deeper than before
Love will turn your world around
And that world will last forever
Yes love, love changes everything
Brings you glory, brings you shame
Nothing in the world will ever be the same

Off into the world we go
Planning futures, shaping years
Love (comes in) and suddenly all our wisdom disappears
Love makes fools of everyone
All the rules we made are broken
Yes love, love changes everyone
Live or perish in its flame
Love will never never let you be the same
Love will never never let you be the same

Empty Chairs

length: 2:57
There's a grief that can't be spoken
There's a pain goes on and on
Empty chairs at empty tables
Now my friends are dead and gone.

Here they talked of revolution
Here it was they lit the flame
Here they sang about 'tomorrow'
And tomorrow never came

From the table in the corner
They could see a world reborn
And they rose with voices ringing
I can hear them now
The very words that they had sung
Became their last communion
On the lonely barricade at dawn!

Oh my friends, my friends, forgive me
That I live and you are gone.
There's a grief that can't be spoken
There's a pain goes on and on.

Phantom faces at the window
Phantom shadows on the floor
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more.

Oh my friends, my friends, don't ask me
What your sacrifice was for
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will sing no more.

All I Ask of You

length: 3:47
No more talk of darkness,
Forget these wide-eyed fears.
I'm here, nothing can harm you
My words will warm and calm you.

Let me be your freedom,
Let daylight dry your tears.
I'm here, with you, beside you,
To guard you and to guide you...

Say you love me
Every waking moment,
Turn my head
With talk of summertime...

Say you need me with you,
Now and always . . .
Promise me that all
You say is true -
That's all I ask of you...

Let me be your shelter,
Let me be your light.
You're safe:
No-one will find you
Your fears are far behind you...

All I want is freedom,
A world with no more night...
And you always beside me
To hold me and to hide me...

Say you'll share with me
One love, one lifetime...
Let me lead you from your solitude...

Say you need me with you
Here, beside you...
Anywhere you go,
Let me go too -
That's all I ask of you...

Say you'll share with me
One love, one lifetime...
Say the word
And I will follow you...

Share each day with me,
Each night, each morning...
Say you love me...

Love me -
That's all I ask of you...

Love me,
That's all I ask of you

The Boy from Nowhere

length: 4:23
The nights grow cold
My search for gold is leading nowhere
Whichever lonely road I take it seems to go where
It's a fight to survive just until tomorrow

How can I display
What I know I'm worthy of
When they turn me away.

The doors are closed to such as I
A Boy from Nowhere
But not to those who merely buy the right to go where
There'll be men with respect not humiliation

A man's place on earth
I have come to realise is decided by birth.

So what's the future?
No matter where I go
I will still belong
In Andalusia
Where we don't know where the next penny's coming from -
Something's wrong

I vow to Spain, I won't remain a Boy from Nowhere
There has to be a place for me and I must go where

I don't fantasise, like a million others
Not a man alive
Had to beg or steal or fight for the need to survive

So what's the future?
No matter where I go, I will still belong
In Andalusia
The good honest men grow weak and the rich grow strong
Something's wrong

Another dawn, another morn
A Boy from Nowhere
My destiny will guarantee that I must go where
It's a fight to survive just until tomorrow
One more mouth to feed
And the way things are round here
That's the last thing they need

Loving You

length: 3:56
Loving you is not a choice
It's who I am
Loving you is not a choice
Not much reason to rejoice
But it gives me purpose
Gives me voice
To say to the world
This is why I live
You are what I live
This is why I live

Loving you is why I do the things I do
Loving you is not in my control
But loving you I have a goal
For what's left of my life
I will live
And I will die
For you

It gives me purpose
Gives me voice
To say to the world
This is why I live
Yes, this is why I live
Loving you is why I do the things I do
Loving you is not in my control
But loving you
I have a goal
For what's left of my life
I will live
And I will die
For you

I will live
And I will die
For you

Sunset Boulevard

length: 3:06
lyricist: Don Black, Christopher Hampton, Amy Powers
composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Sure I came out here to make my name
Wanted my pool my dose of fame
Wanted my parking space at Warners
But after a year

Of one room hell
A Murphy bell
A rancid smell
Wallpaper peeling at the corners

Sunset Boulevard
Twisting boulevard
Secret of the rich
A little scary
Sunset Boulevard
Tempting boulevard
Waiting there to swallow the unwary

Dreams are not enough to win a war
Out here they're always keeping score
Beneath the tan
The battle rages
Smile a rented smile

Fill someone's glass
Kiss someone's wife
Kiss someone's ***
We do whatever pays the wages

Sunset Boulevard
Headline boulevard
Getting here is only the beginning
Sunset Boulevard
Jackpot boulevard
Once you've won, you have to go on winning

You think I've sold out
Damn right I've sold out
I've just been waiting
For the right offer

Comfortable quarters
Regular rations
Twenty four hour
Five star room service

And if I'm honest
I like the lady
I can't help being
Touched by her folly

I'm treading water
Taking her money
Watching her sun set
Well I'm a writer

LA's changed a lot over the years
Since those brave goldrush pioneers
Came in their creaky covered wagons
Far as they could go
End of the line

Their dreams were yours
Their dreams were mine
But in those dreams
Were hidden dragons

Sunset Boulevard
Frenzied boulevard
Swamped with every kind of false emotion
Sunset Boulevard
Brutal boulevard
Just like you we'll wind up in the ocean

She was sinking fast
I threw a rope
Now I have suits
And she is hope
It seemed an elegant solution

One day this must end
It isn't real
Still I'll enjoy a hearty meal
Before tomorrow's execution

Sunset Boulevard
Ruthless boulevard
Destination for the stony hearted
Sunset Boulevard
Lethal boulevard
Everyone's forgotten how they started
Here on Sunset Boulevard

This is The Moment

length: 3:49
This is the moment!
This is the day,
When I send all my doubts and demons
On their way!

Every endeavor,
I have made - ever -
Is coming into play,
Is here and now - today!

This is the moment,
This is the time,
When the momentum and the moment
Are in rhyme!

Give me this moment -
This precious chance -
I'll gather up my past
And make some sense at last!

This is the moment,
When all I've done -
All the dreaming,
Scheming and screaming,
Become one!

This is the day -
See it sparkle and shine,
When all I've lived for
Becomes mine!

For all these years,
I've faced the world alone,
And now the time has come
To prove to them
I'll make it on my own!

This is the moment -
My final test -
Destiny beckoned,
I never reckoned,
Second Best!

I won't look down,
I must not fall!
This is the moment,
The greatest moment of them all!

This is the moment!
d___ all the odds!
This day, or never,
I'll be forever
With the gods!

When I look back,
I will always recall,
Moment for moment,
This was the moment,
The greatest moment
Of them all!

Tell Me It's Not True

length: 3:49
vocal: Michael Ball
composer: Willy Russell
lyricist: Willy Russell

Tell me it's not true
Say it's just a story
Something on the news
Tell me it's not true
Though it's here before me
Say it's just a dream
Say it's just a scene
From an old movie of years ago
From an old movie of Marilyn Monroe

Say it's just some clowns
Two players in the limelight
And bring the curtain down
Say it's just two clowns
Who couldn't get their lines right
Say it's just a show on the radio
That we can turn over and start again
That we can turn over; it's just a game

Tell me it's not true
Say I only dreamed it
And morning will come soon
Tell me it's not true
Say you didn't mean it
Say it's just the tale
Say it's just the end
Of an old movie from years ago
From an old movie with Marilyn Monroe

Tell me it's not true
Say you didn't mean it
Say it's just pretend
Say it's just the end

Of an old movie from years ago
From an old movie with Marilyn Monroe

Tell me it's not true
Say you didn't mean it
Say it's just pretend
Say it's just the end
Of an old movie from years ago
From an old movie with Marilyn Monroe

Tell me it's not true
Say you didn't mean it
Say it's just pretend
Say it's just the end
Of an old movie from years ago
From an old movie with Marilyn Monroe

If Tomorrow Never Comes

length: 3:47
vocal: Michael Ball
Sometimes late at night
I lie awake and watch her sleeping
She's lost in peaceful dreams
So I turn out the lights and lay there in the dark
And the thought crosses my mind
If I never wake up in the morning
Would she ever doubt the way I feel
About her in my heart

If tomorrow never comes
Will she know how much I loved her
Did I try in every way to show her every day
That she's my only one
And if my time on earth were through
And she must face this world without me
Is the love I gave her in the past
Gonna be enough to last
If tomorrow never comes

Cause I've lost loved ones in my life
Who never knew how much I loved them
Now I live with the regret
That my true feelings for them never were revealed
So I made a promise to myself
To say each day how much she means to me
And avoid that circumstance
Where there's no second chance to tell her how I feel

If tomorrow never comes
Will she know how much I loved her
Did I try in every way to show her every day
That she's my only one
And if my time on earth were through
And she must face the world without me
Is the love I gave her in the past
Gonna be enough to last
If tomorrow never comes

So tell that someone that you love
Just what you're thinking of
If tomorrow never comes

Not While I'm Around

length: 3:59
Nothing's gonna harm you
Not while I'm around
Nothing's gonna harm you
No sir, not while I'm around

Demons are prowling everywhere
Nowadays
I'll send 'em howling
I don't care, I got ways

No one's gonna hurt you
No one's gonna dare
Others can desert you
Not to worry, whistle, I'll be there

Demons'll charm you with a smile
For a while
But in time nothing can harm you
Not while I'm around

Not to worry, not to worry
I may not be smart but I ain't dumb
I can do it, put me to it
Show me something I can overcome
Not to worry, mum

Being close and being clever
Ain't like being true
I don't need to, I would never
Hide a thing from you
Like some

Nothing's gonna harm you
Not while I'm around
Nothing's gonna harm you, Toby
Not while I'm around

Demons are prowling everywhere
Nowadays
I'll send 'em howling
I don't care

No one's gonna hurt you
No one's gonna dare
Others can desert you
Not to worry, whistle, I'll be there

Demons'll charm you with a smile
For a while
But in time nothing?s gonna harm you
Not while I'm around

The Winner Takes It All

length: 4:59
I don't wanna talk about things we've gone through,
Though it's hurting me, now it's history.
I've played all my cards and that's what you've done too,
Nothing more to say, no more ace to play.
The winner takes it all,
The loser standing small beside the victory, that's her destiny.

I was in your arms thinking I belonged there,
I figured it made sense, building me a fence,
Building me a home, thinking I'd be strong there,
But I was a fool, playing by the rules.
The gods may throw a dice, their minds as cold as ice,
And someone way down here loses someone dear.

The winner takes it all, the loser has to fall,
It's simple and it's plain, why should I complain.

But tell me, does she kiss like I used to kiss you,
Does it feel the same when she calls your name.
Somewhere deep inside you must know I miss you,
But what can I say, rules must be obeyed.
The judges will decide the likes of me abide,
Spectators of the show always staying low.

The game is on again, a lover or a friend,
A big thing or a small, the winner takes it all.

I don't wanna talk if it makes you feel sad,
And I understand you've come to shake my hand.
I apologize if it makes you feel bad seeing me so tense, no self confidence.

Just When

length: 3:08
vocal: Michael Ball
writer: Michael Ball, Brian Kennedy
Just when I thought that I couldn't go on
Just when the sun left the sky
Just when I thought that I'd never grow old
You gave me the reason to try

Just when my body felt broken and bruised
Nothing could ease all the pain
Just when my whole world was falling apart
You put me together again

You were the only one help me to carry on
Help me find hope and desire
All that I wanna do is stay in love with you
With all that we've been through you make me wanna try

And deep in my soul I know
You gave me room to grow
Made me let go of the past
You gave me dignity
Showed me the way to be
You believed in me
You gave me wings to fly

Just when the music started to fade
Just when my words wouldn't rhyme
Just when my colours were all turning grey
You changed them and made them shine

Just when I needed the chance to believe
Just when I needed to care
Just when I needed somebody to love
You came and you answered my prayer

Just when I needed somebody to love
You came and you answered my prayer

The Show Must Go On

length: 4:27
Empty spaces
What are we living for?
Abandoned places
I guess we know the score
On and on
Does anybody know what we are looking for?

Another hero?
Another mindless crime?
Behind the curtain?
In the pantomime?
Hold the line
Does anybody want to take it anymore?

The show must go on
The show must go on, yeah
Inside my heart is breaking
My make up may be flaking
But my smile
Still stays on

Whatever happens
I'll leave it all to chance
Another heartache
Another failed romance
On and on
Does anybody know what we are living for?

I guess I'm learning - I'm learning, learning, learning
I must be warmer now
I'll soon be turning - Turning, turning, turning
Round the corner now
Outside the dawn is breaking
But inside in the dark I'm aching to be free

The show must go on
The show must go on, yeah, yeah
Uh, inside my heart is breaking
My make up may be flaking
But my smile
Still stays on

Yeah
Uh, oh, uh, oh
Uh, oh, uh, oh, oh

My soul is painted
Like the wings of butterflies
Fairytales of yesterday
Will grow but never die
I can fly, my friends

The show must go on - Go on, go on, go on - Hey, hey
The show must go on - Go on, go on, go on
I'll face it with a grin
I'm never giving in
On with the show

Uh, I'll top the bill
I'll overkill
I have to find the will to carry on - On with the show - On with the show

The show the show must go on, go on, go on...

One Step Out of Time

length: 2:30
You talked about forever,
And it scared me half to death
You used words like "commitment"
And I couldn’t catch my breath
So I turned my back on love
Must have been out of my mind
’cause everything I want from life, I left behind

Chorus:
It’s still you
If it’s not too late
Forever sounds just wonderful
I needed time to clear this crazy head of mine
It’s still you
Still you

The world is just a desert
Every day you’re not with me
In no time I discovered
There’s pain in being free
If I have the chance again
To be part of you once more
I promise
I won’t be the fool I was before

Chorus

Night after night I cried and cried
I walked out on love
But love hadn’t died

Chorus

And these days
Forever sounds just fine

You Can't Stop The Beat

length: 4:08
TRACY
You cant stop an avalanche
As it races down the hill
You can try to stop the seasons, girl
But ya know you never will
And you can try to stop my dancin' feet

But i just cannot stand still
Cause the world keeps spinnin'
Round and round
And my heart's keeping time
To the speed of sound
I was lost til i heard the drums
Then i found my way

TRACY & LINK
Cause you can't stop the beat

Ever since this old world began
A woman found out if she shook it
She could shake up a man
And so i'm gonna shake and shimmy it
The best that i can today

'Cause you cant stop
The motion of the ocean
Or the sun in the sky
You can wonder if you wanna
But i never ask why

And if you try to hold me down
I'm gonna spit in your eye and say
That you cant stop the beat!

PENNY
You can't stop a river
As it rushes to the sea

SEAWEED
You can try and stop the hands of time
But ya know it just can't be

PENNY
And if they try to stop us, Seaweed,
I'll call the N Double A C P
Cause the world keeps spinning
Round and 'round
And my heart's keeping time
To the speed of sound
I was lost til i heard the drums
Then i found my way

PENNY & SEAWEED
Cause you can't stop the beat

PENNY & SEAWEED
Ever since we first saw the light
A man and woman liked to shake it
On a saturday night
And so i'm gonna shake and shimmy it
With all my might today

'Cause you cant stop
The motion of the ocean
Or the rain from above
You can try to stop the paradise
We're dreamin' of
But you cannot stop the rhythm
Of two hearts in love to stay
Cause you cant stop the beat!

EDNA
You cant stop my happiness
Cause i like the way i am
And you just can't stop my knife and fork
When i see a christmas ham
so if you don't like the way i look
Well, i |ust don't give a d___!

EDNA & ENSEMBLE
Cause the world keeps spinning
Round and 'round
And my heart's keeping time
To the speed of sound
I was lost til i heard the drums
Then i found my way

EDNA & COMPANY
'Cause you cant stop the beat

Ever since this old world began
A woman found out if she shook it
She could shake up a man
And so i'm gonna shake and shimmy it
The best that i can today

Cause you cant stop
The motion of the ocean
Or the sun in the sky
You can wonder if you wanna
But i never ask why
And if you try to hold me down
I'm gonna spit in your eye and say
That you cant stop the beat!

MAYBELL
Oh oh oh
You can't stop today
As it comes speeding down the track
Child, yesterday is hist'ry
And it's never coming back

MAYBELL & ENSEMBLE
'Cause tomorrow is a brand new day

MAYBELL
And it don't know white from black

ENSEMBLE
Yeah!

MAYBELL & ENSEMBLE
'Cause the world keeps spinning
'Round and 'round
And my heart's keeping time
To the speed of sound
I was lost til i heard the drums
Then i found my way
'Cause you cant stop the beat

ALL
Ever since we first saw the light
A man and woman liked to shake it
On a saturday night
And so i'm gonna shake and shimmy it
With all my might today
'Cause you can't stop
The motion of the ocean
Or the rain from above
They can try to stop ths paradise
We're dreaming of
But you cannot stop the rhythm
Of two hearts in love to stay
You can't stop the beat!

Aah, aah, aah
Aah, aah, aah
Aah, aah, aah

ALL
Ever since we first saw the sun
A man and woman like to shake it when the day is done
But we're gonna shake and shimmy it
And have some fun
For today!

ALL
Cause you can't stop
The motion of the ocean
Or the rain from above
You can try to stop the paradise
We're dreaming of
But you cannot stop the rhythm
Of two hearts in love to stay
'Cause you can't stop the beat!
You can't stop the beat!!
You can't stop the beat!!
You can't stop the beat!!
You can't stop the beat!!