REAL

by MICHAEL HARDIE

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Real. That one word best describes the new CD of original songs of the same name. “REAL”. An album of songs that celebrate the promise, the struggle and the forgiveness love requires. True love never dies is the message. Michael explores this theme through a variety of human experiences. From the beginning (“Please, Don’t Call It Love”), through declarations of commitment (“True Love Never Dies”). to betrayal (You Hurt Me, Baby), to understanding (“A Love Like Mine), and love living on in your dreams and desires (“Real”).
Michael focuses most of the songs on intimate relationships but he expands the message in his anti-war chant, “War No More” where he makes an unimpeachable argument for Peace with the help of Myla Hardies passionate background vocals and Michael Martins stinging guitar riffs. He brings his message to a more personal level in “I Wonder What Is Waiting For Me”. And he revels in his early Southeast Texas roots with the lively Zydeco inspired “Cajun Music Saved My Life Tonight” featuring virtuoso San Antonio accordionist Michael Guerra.
While the record has a strong stamp of San Antonio musical identity from native Ernie Durawa (drums, now an Austinite) to the West Side Horns and Joe Trevinos many years of experience with the greats of South Texas music, Michael brought his world view, his blues soul and eclectic musical influences to the forefront with the help of his friend and mentor, Milton Hopkins from Houston. He and Milton recorded a tribute (“Kindhearted Woman Blues”) to the great bluesman, Robert Johnson, who recorded his first songs in San Antonio. Percussionist/Author Eduardo Guedes gives the work a subtle Brasilian percussive feel underneath the groove.
“Real” is the statement of an artist that has been over 50 years in the making. It is both a personal milestone and new beginning. The quest to love and to be “real” continues. In the music. And in life.
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released August 1, 2014

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Michael Hardie San Antonio, Texas

Michael Hardie is first and foremost a writer with a global view who lets his Texas roots shine through his music. He writes about a variety of subjects, focusing on the underlying love we all need in our lives. For this reason his songs are about personal relationships and the joy and struggle of sharing life with those we love. “Real" makes the message clear that "True Love Never Dies."

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Track Name: REAL
Oh, they say great love is a great mistake/ the surest way to a great
heartache

And I still dream about you

The days and weeks and years roll past/ my body slows my mind moves fast

And I still dream about you

A lover's kiss, a warm embrace/ the glow, the promise of your face

And I still dream about you

I pull you close, your body slides in/ I can smell the color of your hair
and skin

And I still dream about you

Sometimes I dream of things that might have been/ sometimes my dreams are only rememberin'

And you're still here/ and it still feels/ real / real

While my heart is sure your love is gone/ the memories go on and on

And I still dream about you

My spirit's pulled to another land/ where nothing less than love will stand

And I still dream about you

They say there's no life in the past/ and in the end this too will pass

And I still dream about you

Ah, but some things cannot be denied/ I wonder now why I ever tried

And I still dream about you

Sometimes I dream of things that might have been/ sometimes my dreams are
only remembering

And you're still here/ and it still feels/ real / real

So real, so real

Can true love last through the centuries?/ our molecules floating in the
breeze

Will I still dream about you?

Will time and space and my immortal soul/ reunite and take control

And still these dreams about you

Will I dream of things that might have been?/ Will you be here?/ will it
still feel

Real /real

So real/ so real/ so real/ so real

So real
Track Name: Please Don't Call It Love
You can call it a beautiful thing/ you can buy me a diamond ring

But please, please don’t call it love

You can say you’re glad you found me/ throw your arms around me

But please, please don’t call it love

Because the word has been so misused/ and my heart has been so abused

And I want this feelin’ to last, and last, and last

So if you really want to know me/ don’t tell me, baby, show me

And please, please don’t call it love

You can call me anytime you need me/ you can feed me/ you can bleed me

But please, please don’t call it love

You can call me when you’re feelin’ lonely/ tell me I’m your one and only

But please, please don’t call it love

Because the word has been so misused/ and my heart has been so confused

And I never want to lose the way you make me laugh and laugh and laugh

So if you really want to know me/ don’t tell me, baby show me

And please, please don’t call it love

If you really want to know me/ don’t tell me, baby, show me

And please, please, please don’t call it love
Track Name: War No More
When I was less than 17/ on my TV screen/ the soldiers and the bombs were plainly seen

I saw the human cost/ my innocence was lost/ I heard the cry/ war no more

So I’ll sing this mournful song/ ‘til all war is gone/ war no more/ war no more

I’ll sing it in the streets/ to everyone I meet/ war no more/ war no more

War no more/ war no more

Children in their graves/ mothers, daughters that were raped/ hear their cries/ war no more

Fleeing refugees/ fatherless families/ hear their cries/ war no more

So I’ll sing this mournful song/ ‘til all war is gone/ war no more/ war no more

I’ll sing it in the streets/ to everyone I meet/ war no more/ war no more

War no more/ war no more

Old men with their gold/ tempt young men to be bold/ while they hide behind the profits of their trade

Sending others out to die/ saying God is on our side/ while a bargain with the devil is what they’ve made

So I’ll sing this mournful song/ ‘til all war is gone/ war no more/ war no more

I’ll sing it in the streets/ to everyone I meet/ war no more/ war no more

When I leave this life I love/ I’ll sing it from above/ war no more/ war no more

I’ll sing this mournful song/ until love and peace have come/ war no more/ war no more

War no more/ war no more/ war no more/ war no more
Track Name: Cajun Music Saved My Life Tonight
Cajun music saved my life tonight
Cajun music saved my life tonight
I heard the Cajun music playing in the soft moonlight
My heart was breaking and I felt like crying
I felt so low, I felt like dying
“til I heard the band singing, “Ay, Ai, Ai”
And they were singing,
“Ay, ai, ay, ai, ay, ai don’t know
Ay, ai, ay, ai, ay, ai don’t know”

I’m gonna go to Louisiana, gonna party til I’m feeling right
Gonna go to Louisiana, gonna party til I’m feeling right
Gonna find a Cajun girl and dance in the soft moonlight
I’m gonna stand on the bayou let my feelings go
Dance all night at the Fais-do-do
I’m gonna find a Cajun girl and party ‘til I’m feeling right
And we’ll sing,
“Ay, ai, ay, ai, ay, ai don’t know
Ay, ai, ay, ai , ay, ai don’t know”

Oh, the woman I love is much too young for me
Yeah, the woman I love is much too young for me
I know the love that I want and need, can never be
But I feel so happy when I hear her voice
I try to turn away but I’ve got no choice
You know I love her so and I know that she loves me
So we’re singing,
“Ay, ai, ay, ai, ay, ai don’t know
Ay ai, ay, ai, ay, ai don’t know”

Cajun music saved my life tonight
That Cajun music really saved my life tonight
I heard the Cajun music playing in the soft moonlight
My heart was breaking and I felt like crying
I felt so low that I felt like dying
‘til I heard the band singing, “*Ay, ai, ai”
They were singing,
“Ay, ai, ay, ai, ay, ai don’t know
Ay, ai, ay, ai, ay, ai don’t know”

Way down in Louisiana underneath the evergreen
I was sitting there all alone, along come a Creole Queen
I said I’m going to a party, baby, do you want to go?
She said, “Ay, ai, ay, ai, ay, ai don’t know”
“Ay, ai, ay, ai, ay, ai don’t know
Ay, ai, ay, ai, ay, ai don’t know”

*Ay, ai, ai is an original traditional Zydeco song written by Clifton Chenier.
Track Name: I Wonder What is Waiting for Me
Through my window I stare/ through the trees and open air/ and I wonder what is waiting for me

Like the birds up in the sky/ my imagination flies/ and I wonder what is waiting for me

I think of signs I have missed/ the ones I should have kissed/ and I wonder what is waiting for me

I think of rivers I have crossed/ bridges that were lost/ and I wonder what is waiting for me



Yes, I wonder what is waiting for me



They say the future’s not ours to see/ it will be nothing like I picture it to be



I want to know where my life is going/ though I know I’m better off not knowing



(singing with no words)



Oh, I think about a woman/ you know I hope she’s comin’ soon/ and I wonder what is waiting for me



Will I find the love I need?/ or stay lonely and free/ I wonder what is waiting for me



They say the future’s not ours to see/ it will be nothing like I picture it to be



I want to know where my life is going/ though I know I’m better off not knowing





Oh, through the window I stare/ through the trees and open air/ and I wonder what is waiting for me



Like the birds up in the sky/ my imagination flies/ and I wonder what is waiting for me



I think of signs I have missed/the ones I have and should have kissed/and I wonder what is waiting for



Me/ I think of rivers I must cross/ bridges to be lost/ and I wonder what is waiting for me



Yes, I wonder what is waiting for me/oh, I wonder what is waiting for me



Because the future/ is like a woman/ I don’t even know her name/ I’ve never seen her face



She’s a mystery to me/ a sweet, sweet mystery to me/ a natural mystery to me



And Van Morrison said, “She’s alright with me”/ Yeah, Van said,” She’s alright with me”



Van said, ”She’s alright, she’s alright’, she’s alright, she’s alright, she’s alright, she’s alright



She’s alright / She’s alright with me”/ and I wonder what is waiting for me
Track Name: A Love Like Mine
Love like mine is hard to find/ It don’t come ‘round every day

It’s not like I get to decide/ who and when to give it away

A love like mine has its’ own mind/ its’ got to wait for all the signs

And that can take a long, long time/ with a love like mine/ a love like mine

I know you didn’t mean to say/ those hard, hard things you said to me

You were hopin’ I would stay/ you didn’t want to drive me away

But a love like mine has got a lot of pride/ and the pain inside is hard to hide

Sometimes the truth gets undermined/ with a love like mine/ a love like mine

Now I don’t want to hang around/ while you go lookin’ everywhere

Listenin’ to the empty sound of your own voice makin’ you scared

Oh, a love like mine just won’t believe/ someone like you would really leave

The very thing you really need/ a love like mine/ you need a love like mine

Love like mine is hard to lose/ ‘cause it’s got nowhere else to go

No destination without you/ no way to move until it knows

A love like mine must know for sure that you don’t love me anymore

And only words are not enough for a man like me/ with a love like mine

Love like mine has its’ own mind/ its’ got to wait for all the signs

And that can take a long, long time with a love like mine/ a love like mine
Track Name: You Hurt Me Baby
You said it was an accident/ you didn’t want to happen

You stumbled into love with him/ well I guess that’s the truth

But, you hurt me, baby/ oh, you hurt me, baby

Yeah, you hurt me, baby/ you hurt me, baby

No use makin’ excuses/ you hurt me, baby/ oh, you hurt me baby

I’ve been drivin’ me crazy/ with long explanations

Searchin’, searchin’ for you/ from a million miles away

You hurt me, baby/ oh, you hurt me, baby

You hurt me, baby/ yeah, you hurt me, baby

No use makin’ excuses/ you hurt me, baby/ yeah, you hurt me, baby

I showed you all my love/ I said, “ true love never dies”

When I think of all the things you said/ they sound like goddamn lies

Oh, you hurt me, baby/ yeah, you hurt me, baby

Oh, you hurt me, baby/ you hurt me, baby

No use makin’ exuses/ you hurt me, baby/ oh, you hurt me, baby

Well, maybe I’m a dreamer/ or maybe that’s how I heal

But I believe the day will come/ when you see love is real

Oh, you hurt me, baby/ deep, deep down where I live

Yeah, you hurt me, baby/ But I can forgive/ yes, I can forgive

Because I’m drownin’ in an ocean of my own devotion to you, baby

I’m drownin’ in an ocean of my own devotion to you, baby

I’m drownin’ in an ocean of my own devotion to you, baby

Oh, you hurt me, baby/ you hurt me, baby
Track Name: Kind Hearted Woman Blues
Kind Hearted Woman Blues
(Robert Johnson)

This is the first song that the legendary Bluesman Robert Johnson recorded.  It was recorded on November 23, 1936 in San Antonio, Texas.

Track Name: True Love Never Dies
You can tell me to go

And you can say goodbye

You can make the truth sound like a lie

But I know true love dies

True love never dies

True love never dies

True love never dies

Dreamers like me are never alone

We have our dreams for company

All the love you turn away I keep here deep inside

To make sure true love never dies

True love never dies

True love never dies

True love never dies

I’ve seen you sitting, looking at pictures of

The younger days with your first love

In that moment your heart drifts back in time

And you know true love never dies

True love never dies

True love never dies

True love never dies

Somehow things began to spin out of control

Somehow we both lost our way

It’s gotten so there’s nothing I can say

Except that, true love never dies

True love never dies

True love never dies

True love never dies

True love never dies

True love never dies

True love never dies

True love never dies