Walk A Mile

by Mario Di Sandro

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'Walk A Mile' is my 10th album, and by far my most personal one lyrically and topically. This album touches on the difficult days and moments dealing with depression and anxiety daily and even coming face to face with death, all while making some very challenging decisions and personal changes. I really hope you listen attentively to all the components of each track. Each song tells a story and is part of the collective journey. I sing all the vocals and play on every instrument. It's the most complete and honest album I've ever created. Thanks for listening.

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released September 22, 2017

All instruments played by Mario Di Sandro.
All songs, lyrics, and music ©2008, 2016, 2017 Mario G. Di Sandro

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Mario Di Sandro San Francisco, California

Mario Di Sandro is a Singer-Songwriter from Chicago. Amassing a couple hundred original songs in his personal repertoire he set sail for the West Coast in 2011. Now living in San Francisco, he has written hundreds more and has since released 11 studio albums in a short 7 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: Burning Bridges
Words and music ©2016-2017 Mario G. Di Sandro

Burning Bridges

I'm burning bridges for the very last time
No longer putting myself on the line

I'm crossing water just to reach dry land
No longer sinking below this quick sand

Don't need a match, cuz time is burning
No need for water, cuz I've been drowning
I'll steer this boat while it is sinking
Don't look back while the smoke is billowing

No longer leaving in the middle of the night
I'm seeing clearly now with my own sight

I'm leaving all my past so far be-hind
So tired of this nonsense in my mind

Don't need a match, cuz time is burning
No need for water, cuz I've been drowning
I'll steer this boat while it is sinking
Don't look back while the smoke is billowing

I'm keeping all my cards close to mine
No longer feeling overwhelmed by time

Come along and follow me on this ride
I've found a door that leads to the other side

Don't need a match, cuz time is burning
No need for water, cuz I've been drowning
I'll steer this boat while it is sinking
Don't look back while the smoke is billowing
Track Name: Writing In Cursive
Writing in Cursive
Words and music © 2017 by Mario G. Di Sandro

We've forgotten our true selves
Who'll remember our past

Forgetting our own names
While reshuffling the deck

Like a concept revealed
A mystery understood

How can we understand
what we don't even know

Today's youth don't know the past
Words on a screen touching glass
Language unfounded to their brain
Picking up a pencil sounds insane

A lit-erary tool, so perversive
So I'll keep on, writing in cursive

The blinding light
will guide you on home

Death and destruction
Is ingrained in their bone

Look up all around you
So much truth to reveal

If but for a fraction
We're a mere percentage

Today's world don't know the truth
False promises of a life so dilute
Television screams out your name
The lives of before will never be the same
A society of fools, so subversive
Meanwhile I'll keep on, writing in cursive

I might be wrong
I could be wrong
But at least I know it
And at least I show it
Enough to make it through
Enough to face the truth

I imagine the world
Blowing up in flames

We are steering the boat
We are flying the planes

We have all of the knowledge
Yet we're so off track

Is it up to us?
To change our own course
Track Name: Stuck In My Ways
Stuck In My Ways
Words and music ©2016-2017 by Mario G. Di Sandro

You sew the heart up, but it comes unhinged
You pull the thread and walk away
Spilling more than you can bear
You know this moment will come to pass

I see a change coming around the bend
I never wanted to, but you forced my hand

Now i’m still, stuck in my ways
Now i’m still, stuck in my ways

You’re a hit and run with no witness
You stick around just to see it through
You swim the ocean but you’re on your knees
Underwater, but breathing still

I feel a change coming around the bend
I didn’t want to, but you forced my hand

Now i’m still, stuck in my ways
Now i’m still, stuck in my ways…

I've been in love but it always ends
I've felt the heartaches and the pain it lends
I've been deceived, broken and bent
I've seen the hurt and the message it sends
Track Name: Wasted Stories
Wasted Stories
Words and music ©2016-2017 Mario G. Di Sandro

Building up for nothing
Told you everything I knew
What's the point of recycling
These wasted stories with someone new

It all came falling
How was I to know?
That you'd stop calling
That you'd be someone that I used to know

Picking up the pieces
Of a yesterday
Never thought I'd see this
Ending up this way
But I know that I must walk on
But I know that I must move on
For this to fade
For this to fade

Running out of luck
Chancing them dice
Trying to see the world
Before it sees me looking back

What's a boy to do?
With this lonely heart
Left it out to dry
Tried to restart this broken machine

Picking up the pieces
Of a yesterday
Never thought I'd see this
Ending up this way
But I know that I must walk on
But I know that I must move on
For this to fade
For this to fade

It don't come easy
Starting from scratch
Fumbling on your words
Catching yourself getting caught in the act

Picking up the pieces
Of a yesterday
Never thought I'd see this
Ending up this way
But I know that I must walk on
But I know that I must move on
For this to fade
For this to fade
Track Name: I Killed A Spider
I Killed A Spider
Words and music ©2016 by Mario G. Di Sandro

I killed a spider
But it don't know
Any better
Than I do

No longer suffering
But who am I
To decide on
Such a fate

How many lifetimes
Passed before it
So unbothered
Yet so free

To cast judgement
Ignorantly
Befalls humanity
And triggers a shift

Walk now lightly
For you will see
A world unsightly
Delivered unto thee

I killed a spider
Didn’t know it’s name
Or it’s story
Or where it came

Who gave the power
To take away
The hungry hour
Who said you may?

The smaller the action
The bigger the fate
Have we forgotten
Or is it too late?

Soon there’ll be nothing
But scraps at the gate
Clawing for something
No one to populate

Talk now, lightly
For you will hear
A world revolting
A hell amongst this Earth

Act now politely
For you will be
A slave of freedom
A soul with no dignity
Track Name: Walk A Mile
Walk A Mile
Words and music ©2008, 2016-2017 by Mario G. Di Sandro

Walk a mile in my shoes
Come along and sing these blues
Find the darkness inside of you
Walk a mile in my shoes

Won't find it on the front page news
Always battling those post-love blues
Never looking for the perfect excuse
Always paying his hard-workin' dues

Fighting off these post-war blues
See it playing on the breaking news
Take awhile and see it through
Singing these working man blues

You never know just what is going
On in other people’s lives
Walk a mile in their shoes
Might come away, singing the blues
But we judge, much too quick, so take a moment, and reflect

Walk a mile in my shoes
Come along and sing these blues
Find the darkness inside of you
Walk a mile in my shoes

See it happen right in front of you
Feel the pain rip right thru
It’s in a song singing to you
Feel the sadness surrounding you

See me sinking when I think of you 
All these feelings, don’t know what to do
Take a moment to find the truth
Ain’t changing, only staying true

You never know just what is going
On in other people’s lives
Walk a mile in their shoes
Might come away, singing the blues
But we judge, much too quick, so take a moment, and reflect
Track Name: Highs And Lows
Highs and Lows
Words and music ©2017 by Mario G. Di Sandro

Everywhere I go
I lose control

I just don't know
Which me will show

I just want... to run away
Oh, and I'll come back, I'll find my way.... I'll find my way

Sick and down again
How long will I last? How long will I last this time

All these highs and lows
Won't let me go
Even I don't know
If it'll let me go

I move so slow
My energy dips low

It comes on real slow
It surrounds my soul

It holds my breath real low
Forced beneath the undertow

And at once it's gone
It never stays too long

All these highs and lows
Won't let me go
Even I don't know
If it'll let me go
Track Name: Putting Out The Fire
Putting Out The Fire
Words and music ©2016-2017 by Mario G. Di Sandro

Putting out the fire
In my heart and all desire
Blowing in the wind
Confessing all my sin

Facing all the demons
Changing with the seasons
Of my past and present
Of my name I represent

I'll raise the blade
Unto the arm
That holds me down
And strangles life from me

I'll choose to live
I'll fight the will
I'm going home
To the place I've always known

Meanings take to choices
In my head there's noises
They lead me to my spirit
With a crushing blow I defeat it

Feeding into my hunger
Giving into wonder
Setting out my own path
Living thru the aftermath

I'll raise the blade
Unto the arm
That holds me down
And strangles life from me

I'll choose to live
I'll fight the will
I'm going home
To the place I've always known

Putting out the fire...
Putting out the fire...
Putting out the fire...
Putting out the fire...
Putting out, putting out
Putting out, putting out
Putting out, putting out
Putting out, putting out
Track Name: She'll Never Be Alone
She’ll Never Be Alone
Words and Music ©2016-2017 by Mario G. Di Sandro

There she was again
Sitting all alone
You know which one
She’s like a setting sun

She moves so fast
Almost calculated
Like she’s being watched
At a table reading

She always wears it well
Been through such hell
But she doesn’t show it
But she knows it

She’ll never be alone… But her heart is made of stone

She’s at the bar
She smiles your way now
While she waiting
Her boyfriend is paying

Her hair’s pulled up
And jeans are faded
like a magazine ad has
Been recreated

Her chiseled face
Your brain can’t re-place
You’ll get her number
But she’ll leave you in wonder

She’ll never be alone… But her heart is made of stone

She’s got tattooed arm
Some have faded
Like her memories
Are her only enemies

Her piercings shine
Off the dashboard radio
She’s got the time
To be anywhere now

Her radiant smile
Will drive you crazy
You’ll book the next plane home
And she’ll leave you lazy

She’ll never be alone… But her heart is made of stone
Track Name: Give A Mouse A Cookie
Give a Mouse a Cookie
Words and music ©2016-2017 by Mario G. Di Sandro

Honing in the skills to survive
Coming to age and feeling alive
Chance and opportunity knock
It's your path to take and walk

A solitary man takes his time
To shape his path on down the line
A peaceful, but lonely existence
Can lead some to resistance

Humans wish they had taken, their last step first
Leaving them with an, unquenchable thirst
If you let them in the door, no, they won't leave
Asking for more, a complexity we did weave

You're given choices to move this tide
Or you'll be living on the other side
Shuffling past the future on the street
Play your cards right and you'll have a seat

Breathing wisdom, he offers a line
A noble life with no papers to sign
Staring off deep past the ocean
His world is constantly in motion

Humans wish they had taken, their last step first
Leaving them with an, unquenchable thirst
If you let them in the door, no, they won't leave
Asking for more, a complexity we did weave

If you give
A mouse a cookie
Then it will
Ask for some milk
If you continue
Down this path
Nothing will ever
Ever last
Track Name: Deconstructing A Bomb
Deconstructing a Bomb
Words and music ©2016-2017 by Mario G. Di Sandro

We
are flying high on
better days now
crashing low
in other ways

Believe
Circumstance can be
a moment in time
Left better for dead
On the side of the road

Truth
Can't be told in lies
Disrespect the laws
of Human condition
Are you ready for this?

Thoughts are things
So don't let them live
Things manifest
Thoughts don’t rest
Just let them breathe
Or you'll be
Spending your time
De-constructing a bomb

Old
And growin' towards death
A vision is kept
Underneath the guise
of youth, I suspect

Life
Staring down a ledge
A different point of view
From the many who
silently suffer

Time
Ruminates on ghosts
An elaborate hoax
This existence we are
given, to run wild and free

Thoughts are things
So don't let them live
Things manifest
Thoughts don’t rest
Just let them breathe
Or you'll be
Spending your time
De-constructing a bomb

Hurt
the aching heart
Pounds a mile away
thru the chambers
Of now your poisoned blood

Sin
You’re praying too hard
For the chosen ones
Forgotten daughters and sons
Equal but not the same

Death
Is kneeling too close
To wicked thoughts
Flying towards the sun
Melting all your wax

Thoughts are things
So don't let them live
Things manifest
Thoughts don’t rest
Just let them breathe
Or you'll be
Spending your time
De-constructing a bomb
Track Name: Out In The Universe
Out In The Universe
Words and music ©2016-2017 by Mario G. Di Sandro

If, if you can breathe
Then why can't you see that
It's out in the universe
For us, to be, in harmony

So, if we can live
Here on this Earth only
With all that she's given to us
But we, must, give up our greed

Say, say what you want
It will not change my thoughts on
All that the world has taught me
But we, have, so much to learn

Well, if you do try
Try with your might and
You can be anything that
You'd like, it's all up to you

Live, live for each day
Like it's your last stand
Go and see everything that
There is, don't let, your life go past

Love, love with your heart
remove all the doubt and
see that forever leaves you
with a, piece, for you to hold
Track Name: The Long Swim
The Long Swim
Words and music ©2017 Mario G. Di Sandro

You, don’t know, just how it feels to be
So, a-lone, and waiting for the day
For, the pain, to fin-ally disappear
Then, and only, then will I find my peace

I won’t, give up
Livin’ on the edge of the world
I won’t, give in
Not going for the long swim
Going for the long swim
Going for the long swim
Going for the long swim

Love, is felt, but can’t compete with it
Dark, and down, making my way back up
Only, to fall, down all the steps i’ve taken
Sand, like time, erases all you’ve done

I won’t, give up
Livin’ on the edge of the world
I won’t, give in
Not going for the long swim
Going for the long swim
Going for the long swim
Going for the long swim

Heart, is heavy, from carrying all the burden
Breath, is slow, feeling so par-a-lyzed 

I won’t, give up
Livin’ on the edge of the world
I won’t, give in
Not going for the long swim
Going for the long swim
Going for the long swim
Going for the long swim

Going for the long swim
Going for the long swim
Going for the long swim
Going for the long swim