Break Free

by Mario Di Sandro

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The 11th studio album from singer-songwriter Mario Di Sandro.

Following a two year gap since the release of the dystopian concept album Watch It All Burn Down, we are greeted with a much-needed departure of negativity and chart a new course with some optimistic changes in life and thought. It's never easy to break free from the thoughts in your head and strive for what it is you're seeking in life. Break Free takes on that journey of knowing that "I just know I need to go..."and resetting the limits of life and entering into new, yet familiar territory, while starting all over in a new place and rediscovering who you were or what part of you lost along the way.

In memory of dearly departed friends, Thomas Rusnak and Jay Englot.

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released March 20, 2020

All instruments played by Mario Di Sandro
Music and lyrics written by Mario Di Sandro, ©2018-2020.

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Mario Di Sandro Los Angeles, California

Mario Di Sandro is a Singer-Songwriter from Chicago. Amassing a few hundred original songs in his personal repertoire since setting sail for the West Coast in 2011. Now living in Los Angeles, he has written hundreds more and has since released 11 studio albums in a short 8.5 year period. Mario draws his songwriting influences from the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Wilco and Tom Petty. ... more

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Track Name: Exit
Exit

I don’t know where I’m going
But I’m on the road
I just know I need to go

(If you think)
I know where I’m going
Then you’re misunderstood
(I just know I need to go)

Bearing down on the 1
Taking all these turns
(I just know I need to go)

Leave it all, walk away
I made my peace
(I just know I need to go)

You know I’m bound and ready to go
This is the part where I’m letting go
You know I’m bound and ready to go


Don’t look back, or behind
There’s no time to rewind
(I just know I need to go)

I’ve been down, turned around
Knocked on the ground
I just know I need to go...

Running free, to be me
It’s all I ever knew
I just know I need to go...

Close that door, I want more
But it ain’t here
I just know I need to go...

You know I’m bound and ready to go
This is the part where I’m letting go
You know I’m bound and ready to go
Track Name: Break Free
Break Free
Words and music ©2018-2019

Tired of digging holes
Sick of then falling in
I’m gonna break thru, I’m gonna break free

Tired of making choices
Sick of them failing me
I’m gonna break thru, I’m gonna break free

Ain’t throwing my life away
Crawling thru broken windows
I’m gonna break thru, I’m gonna break free

Loosen the grip on me
Cutting the ties that bind
I’m gonna break thru, I’m gonna break free

Escaping the voice inside
Letting my thoughts subside
I’m gonna break thru, I’m gonna break free

Dropping the vice that holds
Me to the bottle’s pour
I’m gonna break thru, I’m gonna break free

Spent my time
On sidelines
All will be changed, and re-arranged
Spend my life
Taking sides
All that has chains, as I break on free…


Removing the doubt in me
No more uncertainty
I’m gonna break thru, I’m gonna break free

I open the door for me
But not so carefully
I’m gonna break thru, I’m gonna break free

Tired of living dark
It’s time to bring in the light
I’m gonna break thru, I’m gonna break free

Spent my time
On sidelines
All will be changed, and re-arranged
Spend my life
Taking sides
All that has chain, as I break on free…
Track Name: Battle
Battle

When it hits you like a freight train
Knocking you on your ass
Didn’t see that coming
Now I’m all depressed
Control the will to not fall apart
We’ve got to get thru this day
Doesn’t leave you much choice now
But to run and hide away

You’ve got to battle it out
You’ve got to see it thru
You’ll overcome the dark
You know you always do
You’ll make it back to shore
You’ve come this far before

Day two and it’s only getting heavier
Still feelin’ alone in the world
Spinning the wheels of isolation
Blaming yourself again
Tunnel vision negativity
You cannot see the light
You can reach for the exit
But can’t get up to your feet

You’ve got to battle it out
You’ve got to see it thru
You’ll overcome the dark
You know you always do
You’ll make it back to shore
You’ve come this far before

Waking up on level ground
Now things don’t seem so bad
Felt like a different world
A world so far from you
Wondering how you even got there
Given your current mood
On a different plane now
Feeling on top of the world

It’s ok to talk to me
And It’s ok to vent
Better off with you here
Then a world without you there
This song is as much for you, as it is for me
But for everyone who battles the heaviness

You’ve got to battle it out
You’ve got to see it thru
You’ll overcome the dark
You know you always do
You’ll make it back to shore
You’ve come this far before

You’ve got to battle it out
You’ve got to see it thru
You’ll overcome the dark
You know you always do
You’ll make it back to shore
You’ve come this far before
Track Name: Reset
Reset

How many years has it been
Since you said goodbye for the last time
Staying put for comfort’s sake
Leaving your dreams to lie in wait

Talkin’ ‘bout leaving here
For as long as, I can remember
Excuses they, never die
Death by words and dismember

I need a reset
I need a reset
I need a reset of my life

Life has a, funny way of
Always making you, take the long way
And where you are, finally now
You could’ve al-ready been there

Taking turns with these moods
I never know who’s showing up
Moving fast, yet standing still
Staring longingly out the windowsill

I need a reset
I need a reset
I need a reset of my life

You used to chase a dream
Now you’re losing steam
An empty promise to yourself
Don’t put it all back on the shelf

I need a reset
I need a reset
I need a reset of my life
I need a reset
I need a reset
I need a reset of my life
Track Name: New Skin
New Skin

A snake in the desert
A wolf in the trees
Living for living
But not able to see
This way of living’s
Got a hold onto me

Break for the ocean
Won’t stray too far
This familiar safety
Of sittin’ in my car
Watchin’ the waves crash
Keeps me away from the bar

I’m shedding my past
You’ll see me in my new skin
I’m leaving my past
Livin’ in my new skin
Nothin’ ever lasts
Tryin’ out my new skin

Fillin’ these boxes
With empty/distinct memories
Open a notebook
I can still smell your sneeze
Nostalgia’s a cancer
It’s like a disease

Hold on to nothing
But the wind and the breeze
Keep yourself moving
And stop saying please
But remember who got you
Up off of your knees

I’m shedding my past
You’ll see me in my new skin
I’m leaving my past
Livin’ in my new skin
Nothin’ ever lasts
Tryin’ out my new skin
Track Name: Chasing The Good Years
Words and music ©2018-2020 by Mario G. Di Sandro

Chasing The Good Years



Saved again
I’m on a roll
You never know how low you’ll go

Bawlin’
Eyes are red
No one knows the weight of it

Never lookin’ back

I see it clearly now
As I make my way
Thru tortured days



I kept—waiting for the good years
Instead of chasing down these moments
Thinking I’d finally catch up
And get a chance to enjoy this life


Come within
Arms length
Trippin’ on my feet again

Fallin’
On my face
Only to be left behind

Never lookin’ back
I see it clearly now
As I make my way
Thru tortured days


I kept—chasing all the good years
But they were always two steps ahead
By the time I got there, damnit
They were looking back at me

Melt away
Past mistakes
You can’t move backwards, anyway

Soak it in
Let it out
You know this feeling oh, too well

Never lookin’ back
I see it clearly now
As I make my way
Thru tortured days

I kept—waiting for the good years
Instead of changing all my ways
Thinking I’d finally wake up
And make a plan to enjoy this life

I kept—chasing all the good years
But they were always two steps ahead
By the time I got there, damnit
They were looking back at me
Track Name: Two Lovers
Two Lovers

We were just two lovers that night
Enjoying thee earthly delights
Spending hours into the night
Exploring what our hearts just might
Reveal with each layer of sight

And I know now
And I know now
That the heart just might betray
And words can lead you astray

I’m sorry for what I had said
And if there was a way at all
To take this pain and sing to you
A song of sorrow and forgiveness
But would it be (good) enough for you

And I know now
And I know now
That the heart just might betray
And words can lead you astray

Who knows just where we’d end up
Or just who we might have become
Our paths entwined in drunken love
From the cup we had both drank from
Overflowing with thoughts of lust

And I know now
And I know now
That the heart just might betray
And words can lead you astray
Track Name: Necessary Change
Necessary Change

It all adds up
Racking up the years
Growing stagnant
Farther from sane

It’s time to go
You feel so used up
Nothing changes
And you’re closer to insane

A push, a pull
A vision so full
Of something strange
Brought on by a, necessary change...

Another day passes
You go down that road
That’s stuck in the past
And you’re still the same

Used to feel a fire
Burning up within
Dissipated by the rain
And you’re only left to blame

A push, a pull
A vision so full
Of something strange
Brought on by a, necessary change...

Out on my own
Full steam ahead
Leaving it all
It’s taken some time
But the path has been forged

A push, a pull
A vision so full
Of something strange
Brought on by a, necessary change...
Track Name: Great Unknown
Great Unknown

Climbing upon a rungless ladder
Going nowhere but getting there fast
Years they go past I’m just trying to last
Am I just floating In this cosmic bag of dust
Waiting on a destination That never arrives

Crawling across this highway of life
Never reaching Where I need to be
Years fly by, but where do they go
Always a few feet Short of my goal
Waiting for a designation That satisfies

How could we know?
The future was shown
You were (just) a kid
Not thinking this big
Out on your own
In the great unknown
Waiting to be shown
But now you’ve flown...
You’ve come so far
Burning, bright as a star

I’m flying
I’m flying so high
So high…
Track Name: Strange And Narrowed Path
Strange and Narrowed Path

If you always wonder
Where we go from here
You can’t know the answers
But you can find a way
To fill your life with purpose
Hope and happiness

Do you always question
How we a-rrived here
Better to be mistaken
Than to hold false court
A million more questions
A joke and loneliness

Only you can hide
A life full of mystery
Only you can find
This strange and narrowed path

Have we turned to madness?
A sickness from within
Desirous of everything
A yearning for the flame
Escaping in the night
Devoid of emptiness

Only you can hide
A life full of mystery
Only you can find
This strange and narrowed path

There’s a burning star
Shooting far
Away from here

There’s a burning star
Shooting far
Away from here