My Heart In Your Hands

by Jerry Paladino

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This album contains some of my personal favorites recorded during a very happy time in my life; the younger picture was the 'look' I had when most of these songs were written and recorded. Please enjoy this glimpse into some of the thoughts and intents of my heart at that time, as well as some of the wonderful talent I had the pleasure of working with during that period.

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released January 20, 2010

Special thanks to the various composers and singers who I had the extreme pleasure to work with on these songs. [You'll find their names in the song credits of the individual songs.]

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Track Name: Beyond Compare
I wish I had words to say
That could in some way express
The warmth of your tender love,
The thrill of your sweet caress.
Love so amazing, so divine;
Love never changing, rich and rare,
Defies any words my heart can find;
Your love is beyond compare.

Roses of fairest bloom,
Violets of purest hue;
The fragrance of sweet perfume,
Oceans of azure blue;
The radiance of a summers’ day,
White clouds floating on the crystal air--
But all pale beside your love:
Your love is beyond compare.

Beyond every song that human voices have ever sung,
Beyond any word that human tongue could ever speak,
Higher than the highest furthest mountain peak,
Deeper than the deepest ocean currents’ flow,
More than any human heart can know
Purer than the freshest driven snow.

And yet you did condescend
To travel our rugged road,
Companion of humble men,
Bearing our heavy load.
And with undying sympathy
You dry every tear, ease every care.
I worship Your majesty--
Your love is beyond compare.
Track Name: You Can Face Tomorrow
Losing someone close to you can leave your heart in pieces,
Through empty days & endless lonely nights.
The loss of one so dear, the goodbye of one you love,
A chapter closed in the story of your life.

But ends can be new beginnings, not just a reason to give up hope
Each night that passes brings another morn.
And though the loss brings pain, our hearts can love again,
And through our tears new life & hopes are born.

Chorus
You can face tomorrow & let go of your sorrow,
And thank God for the life you have to live.
Wipe the tears from your eyes & soon you'll realize
That many need the love you can give.

Now is the time to start your life all over
Don't let yesterday hold you down.
If you kiss the past goodbye, you can face today with all your heart,
Happy with the new life you have found.

Chorus
You can face tomorrow & let go of your sorrow,
And thank God for the life you have to live.
Wipe the tears from your eyes & soon you'll realize
That many need the love you can give.
Track Name: The Stranger
A few short months ‘fore I was born,
On a hot & humid July morn,
A stranger came to our Tennessee town--
It was easy to see that he’d been around:
So full of stories of varying themes,
Tales of woe, of passion and dreams--
Right then from the very start
He captivated my Papa’s heart,
& before you could whistle ‘Jimmy Crack Corn’,
Papa had invited him home.

Then I was born & filled my space,
& as I grew up I never questioned his place:
He'd sit right there in the corner & weave his stories by the hour, and no one could leave--
Hypnotized by the tales he told,
we were fascinated! Why, he could hold
our whole family spell-bound hours on end--
except for Mama, who'd recommend we all
grab a book or go outside & get some exercise.

Chorus:
Who’s he, the Stranger,
that’s molding our thoughts & lives?
Is he a danger or just opening up our eyes?
Who’s he, the Stranger,
An enemy or a friend?
One thing for sure,
we’ll never be the same again,
We’ll never be the same again.

Now, he knew the past like no other creature;
Understood the present, predicted the future;
Politics, history, science, sport--why,
He knew it all, a genius of sorts!
He took us to all his favorite places,
& filled our anxious waiting faces
With all the good things he’d been told;
Yep, he knew the world, it’s glitter & gold...
But He also knew the darker side,
and LOVED to lay it before our eyes.

Now Papa & Mamma had strong convictions,
And ran our house with loving restrictions:
No bad language was ever to be heard,
But how the stranger liked 4 letter words
That stung my ears & made’m burn,
And made dear Mamma & Papa squirm;
He'd boldly stand right there & sneer
At values that my folks held dear...
Why, to this day I just cannot perceive
Why Papa never asked him to leave.

He had some strange ideas about sex,
And constantly offered us cigarettes,
Preachin’ to us that beer & wine
Would somehow bring us peace of mind.
Gory stories filled with action,
And bloody endings were his passion...
As I look back on all those years,
I truly feel so many fears I’ve had through life
were planted then, while spending time with him!


Now 40 years have come & gone,
& both Mamma & Papa have slowed down some;
Papa's no longer so in a daze
from the Stranger’s talkative ways.
But to this day, if you walk in my parent's house, there in the den The Stranger sits,
just a’waiting for someone to listen to his stories,
& those tales he loves to weave...
His name?...

...We just called him TV…

TV, the Stranger,
that’s molding our thoughts and lives--
Is he a danger, or just opening up our eyes
TV, the Stranger,
Be careful what he has to say.
One thing’s for sure:
You'd better take control today!
You'd better take control today!
Track Name: Run To Me
Out on the streets with nothing to eat,
Hungry most of the time;
You're now on your own, ran away from your home,
Thinking you'll do just fine.
It seems better this way, couldn't stay any longer
With bitterness growing stronger;
You just couldn't stand to stay there another day.

You feel it's a fact that there's no going back,
Seems no one back home understands
What's inside of you and what you're going through,
So you took yourself out of their plans.
You're looking for love, now, the kind you've been missing,
For someone with time to listen.
Well, a good Friend of mine, He always has time,
And He sent me here today, to tell you

Chorus
"Run to Me, come to Me, when you feel alone,
If your future is unknown--I'll love you as My own.
Run to Me, come to Me, into My open arms;
Oh, I'll be there to comfort you
And help you carry on."

Tired of abuse, you had to cut loose,
You broke from the heartache and ran.
You now live on the run, chasing some fun,
Sleeping when and wherever you can.
Some nights you feel like you're not gonna make it;
Some days you get up and fake it,
Well, Jesus can help you, and walk you through the darkest times.

'Cause He had no bed, no place for His head,
He knew about life on the road.
He'd eat any place where they'd welcome His face,
Love was His guide and His code.
He knew how it felt to be cold and be lonely;
He lived a life that was lowly.
So He understands and can give us the love
That's needed to pull us through. He's calling

Chorus:
"Run to Me, come to Me, when you feel alone,
If your future is unknown;
I'll love you as My own.
Run to Me, come to Me, into My open arms;
Yes, I'll be there to comfort you
And help you carry on."

Bridge
Reach out to Him and He'll show you how you can be happy wherever you are.
He'll go with you, be with you, lighten your load,
And you won't be alone; He cares for His own.

Chorus:

Run to Me, come to Me, into My open arms;
Oh, I'll be there to comfort you,
I'll stand by you when hope is gone,
And help you carry on.
I'll stand by you when hope is gone,
And help you carry on.
Track Name: More Blessed to Give
You struggle with the truth,
Battle with your questions,
& fight to do what's right.
I pray you'll find the strength,
Wish that I could help,
Trust you'll win the fight.

They want to know your love,
Need to share their heartaches,
Long to take your hand.
And He hears our every prayer,
Waits to fill your life,
Knows you'll understand..

CHORUS:
It's more blessed to give than to receive,
I believe it.
Why try to hold on?--
There's a whole lot of livin' to do.
More blessed to give than to receive,
Can you see it?
Jesus willmeet you halfway
If you start going His way;
He'll reach out & hold you,
And lead you to a better day.

You only need to take
Each step as He shows you, one day at a time.
And I know you'll find the strength,
& Trust He leads the way,
Have faith you'll do just fine.

They will help to fill your life
As you reach out to know them
& help to ease their pain.
And He will smile down in love,
Pour his power out,
And fill your cup again.

(Repeat Chorus)

He'll meet you halfway,
If you start going His way;
He'll reach out & hold you,
And lead you to a brighter day.
Track Name: Una Noche Más
Una noche más que ha habido en mi existir,
mas no es una noche cualquiera para mí.
Cuando te miré no supe que decir
y te entregué mi alma entera y mi sentir

Estribillo:
Las horas fueron pasando lentamente
y aquel momento sin igual que vivirá eterna)mente,
no se irá y en mi alma siempre estará.

Cuando recuerdo tus labios, tu calor
y tus ojos reflejando tanto amor,
y aquel momento que nunca olvidaré
es algo que guardo muy dentro de mi ser.

Repítase el estribillo
Track Name: In the Morning...
In the morning, at the sunrise,
In the moonlight of the midnight air,
I remember walking lonely,
I remember when You were not there.

In my memories as I wander
Through the passages of times gone by,
I relive those empty moments,
When I didn't have You by my side.

I remember when You called me
And I knew You were the One,
And I sighed, deeply relieved,
So excited love had begun.

As I touch You, as I'm near You,
As I feel You in the heart of me,
I think calmly, see so clearly,
And forget the mess I used to be.

And in moments when I'm lacking
That certain power, I look to You,
And You fill me with Your lovelight,
And I start to live anew.

[instrumental]

And in moments when I'm lacking
That certain power, I look to You,
And You fill me with Your lovelight,
And I start to live anew.
Track Name: Another Year With You
What do I want & what do I need
from you on this special day?--
'Cause You've given so much,
and in such a short time,
More than just words could ever say.
Now, when I've been so blessed,
have been given the best,
What more could I hope or pray?--
Well, perhaps to go on right by your side
Would be my request this day:

Give me another year with you, a lifetime or two,
Of loving you, needing you,
and helping others' dreams come true.
Another year of life with you as my wife
Raising boys with you, girls with you,
And changing our part of the world with you.

Now, we've had our tests, our nights without rest,
But through it our love grew strong--
'Cuz it's built on God's Word & blessed by His love,
Not even Hell at it's worst could do us harm.
Yes, the future is bright with you by my side
--There's meaning in everything we do.
But now I repeat, to make this Earth-life complete
There's something I still need from you:

Give me another year with you, a lifetime or two,
Of loving you, needing you,
and helping others' dreams come true.
Another year of life with you as my wife
Raising boys with you, girls with you,
And changing our part of the world with you.
Track Name: Butterfly
Once the night looked kindly,
Once the sun did shine
On you, my gentle treasure,
That once on earth were mine.
Once you smiled to see me,
And once I held you near;
But now my eyes are misty
My treasure's far from here.

But I'm happy because you're happy,
Because you're in Heaven, safe at last.
Trials are past, pain is over,
That cocoon's no more your home,
For you, our precious Butterfly, have flown.

Thank God the race is over,
Thank God the fight is done.
Together with our Savior
We fought the war and won!
With victory now behind us,
I long to soon abide
In Heaven where you're waiting,
Over on the Other Side.

But I'm happy because you're happy,
Because you're in Heaven, safe at last.
Trials are past, pain is over,
That cocoon's no more your home,
For you, our precious Butterfly, have flown.

Bridge
[He's happy Here much stronger now
And learning things so quickly.
He's so alive! He's still your son.
We'll keep him 'til you come.]

Once I held my treasure
Now you're stored away;
Once I dreamed of Heaven:
It's real to me today!
And though I deeply miss you,
How faint my grief shall seem
When I come to join you
Beyond the rainbow's gleam.

Chorus 2
Yes, I'm happy because you're happy,
Because you're in Heaven, safe at last.
Peace and joy, love and laughter
All abound in that new Home,
Where you, our precious Butterfly, have flown!

Peace and joy, love and laughter
All abound in that new Home,
Where you, our precious Butterfly, have flown!
Yes, you, our precious Butterfly, have flown!
Track Name: Only a Heartcry Away
In the stillness of your silence, the caverns of despair,
When you feel you've been forsaken, with not a soul fully aware
Of the agony within you that makes you want to die;
There in the silence waits a chance to change your life.

When you're trapped by your surroundings, and caught up in all your cares,
The complexities of living are much more than you can bear,
When your every dream has failed you, & the answers have all fled,
There in the madness springs a hope you thought was dead.

Only a heartcry away is comfort to calm you.
Only a heartcry away, love waits to run to you.
With any mountain you face there's a wondrous answer to it all:
There within speaking distance, Heaven waits to help you if you'll call.

(Vocal percussion part:)
[Heaven waits to help you, come unto your rescue, liberate you,
Extricate, emancipate you now….]
[Heaven waits to give a hand, so give a shout, send up a flare,
Lift up your voice, go make that call now……]

When you find yourself in danger, or a loved one, oh, so dear,
And neither friend nor stranger can be called on to be near--
When you need some quick directions to escape some mortal fear,
There in the stillness waits an answer loud and clear.

In a time of isolation, when you're lying all alone
In a bed of pain and suffering, so far away from home--
When the doctors have no answers, and all earthly hope is gone,
There in the shadows lies the strength to carry on.

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Track Name: If You Ever Feel the Need
I can cause a flaming star to send light to your galaxy,
I can make the planet earth be a home of humanity,
I can change a man of clay into a living soul;
--All parts of nature I control.

I can make the crimson sunset glow & light up your skies,
I can make the silver moonlight shine tonight in your eyes,
I can cause a gentle breeze to blow & refresh your mind;
I have created all mankind.

But I cannot make you love Me,
and it makes My heart grieve
To know that you have heard of Me,
but chose to not believe.
No, I cannot make you love Me,
I can only beg & plead.
But I will always be here for you,
if you ever feel the need.

I decide the times & seasons, & the orbit of the globe as it whirls,
I design the hidden reasons, the difference in the boys & the girls.
My influence reaches realms & spheres as yet unexplored.
I write life’s songs, I choose the chords.

But I cannot make you love Me,
and it makes My heart grieve
To know that you have heard of Me,
but chose to not believe.
No, I cannot make you love Me,
I can only beg & plead.
But I will always be here for you,
if you ever feel the need.

Bridge
My emotions make the seven oceans surge & swell.
I can raise a storm or cause the clouds to form at will.
I cry, & the rain pours.
I sigh, & thunder roars.
Stars fall & mountains shake
When My heart breaks.

But I cannot make you love Me,
and it makes My heart grieve
To know that you have heard of Me,
but chose to not believe.
No, I cannot make you love Me,
I can only beg & plead.
But I will always be here for you,
if you ever feel the need.
if you ever feel the need.