Outlook

by Michael Cullen

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Outlook is a musical collage of Michael's musical skills, scholarly experiences, and worldwide adventures. Created over a span of two eye-opening years, Outlook shows Michael's growth as an educational scholar and as a student of life.

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released 23 August 2011

Composed, Recorded, Engineered by Michael Cullen in San Diego.
Recorded at Cullen Studios in San Diego.
Mastered by Drew Cappotto at Masterdisk, NYC.
Produced by Michael Cullen.
Supported by San Diego DJs Productions.

© 2011 Michael Cullen.
℗​ 2011 Michael Cullen.
All rights reserved.

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Michael Cullen Orange, California

Hi! I am Michael Cullen. I'm a web designer at the wonderful ITV Channel 16 currently doing web and graphic design. I am also a Deejay for San Diego DJs Productions, my local DJing company of 4 years strong. I'm a award winning actor/singer with over 80 productions under my belt. I have created works featured on the White House and MTV. ... more

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Track Name: Hold Of Me
When I open my eyes,
I see confusion around me, around me.
When I open my mind,
anxiety surrounds me, surrounds me.

And I don't know how to fix it,
and I'm almost too numb to care.
When not knowing seems normal,
and I am just too scared.

When all you know has happened,
and all you know has passed.
When progress is unending
and nothing seems to last.

I don't know right now, whoa.
Where we are heading, whoa.
So let's freeze time right now,
before the ending,
and before the future
decides to take hold of me.

I know that, this is not what people wanted,
when they dreamed of it then.
And I know that, the world
is in need of change,
but it's so strange in the
middle of it all.

And I don't know how to fix it,
and I'm almost too numb to care.
When not knowing seems normal,
and I am just too scared.

When all you know has happened,
and all you know has passed.
When progress is unending
and nothing seems to last.

I don't know right now, whoa.
Where we are heading, whoa.
So let's freeze time right now,
before the ending,
and before the future
decides to take hold of me.

I don't know where we are going.
I don't even know where we're at.
I've been told that this
is what I've needed,
but that's conceded when
I have no control.

And the world is changing fast,
and I can't fight it.
I can only watch it as I
wave to the past.

And the world is changing fast,
and I don't like it,
I don't know who we are...

I don't know now, whoa.
Where we are heading, whoa.
So let's freeze time right now,
before the ending,
and before the future
decides to take hold of me.
Track Name: Tonight
After all this work, and all this pain, I
know I won't ever be the same 'cause
this is what I have been waiting for...

So let me go in, let me go fight,
I know that I'll win,
'cause tonight is my night.

And I will be strong, and
I will be right, I will not fall.
'Cause tonight is my night.

I've been waiting for this moment all
my life, and I know that this could be my shot, oh.

I've been waiting for this moment all
my life, and I know that I'll
give it all I've got, 'cause...

After all this work, and all this pain,
I know I won't ever be the same 'cause
this is what I have been waiting for...

So let me go in, let me go fight,
I know that I'll win,
'cause tonight is my night.

And I will be strong, and
I will be right, I will not fall.
'Cause tonight is my night.

It’s hard to say, how long I've been
waiting for this day, and how hard I've
tried to never give up.

And it’s hard to say,
how long I've been dreaming this dream,
and how far I've come since I have
risked it all, ’cause...

After all this work, and all this pain, I
know I won't ever be the same 'cause
this is what I have been waiting for...

So let me go in, let me go fight,
I know that I'll win,
'cause tonight is my night.

And I will be strong, and
I will be right, I will not fall.
'Cause tonight is my night.

I cannot doubt,
I must remove all my restraints.
I see it in my mind,
and I see the bright of day.

Now is the time.
Now is the place.
I feel it in my bones.
I'm pumped and ready,
but never forgetting the path
that I will own, 'cause...

After all this work, and all this pain, I
know I won't ever be the same 'cause
this is what I have been waiting for...

So let me go in, let me go fight,
I know that I'll win,
'cause tonight is my night.

And I will be strong, and
I will be right, I will not fall.
'Cause tonight is my night.
'Cause tonight is my night.
'Cause tonight is my night.
'Cause tonight is my night.
Track Name: Damsel in the Night
Red dress, blond curls,
red lips, white pearls,
girl, you are beautiful.

White tee, short shorts,
pigtail, small purse,
girl, you are beautiful.

What's your name?
Where you from?
What you like?
Do you come here often?
My name’s Mike, I'm alright. Would
you like a good night of talking?

'Cause I want to get to know you,
I've got time to spare.
These moments are too short
in this standstill air.

Now I know that we've just met, but
it seems I've known you all the time.
You're like my one and only;
my damsel in the night.

Brown waves, low shirt,
high heels; they must hurt.
Girl, you are beautiful.

Long legs, gold ring;
you like the finer things.
Girl, you are beautiful.

What's your name?
Where you from?
What you like?
Do you come here often?
My name’s Mike, I'm alright. Would
you like a good night of talking?

'Cause I want to get to know you,
I've got time to spare.
These moments are too short
in this standstill air.

Now I know that we've just met, but
it seems I've known you all the time.
You're like my one and only;
my damsel in the night.

Now I know that I might seem upfront.
But girl, I'm just asking for lunch.
And I know, I can't let this moment pass.
'Cause who knows, maybe we'll last.

'Cause I want to get to know you,
I've got time to spare.
These moments are too short
in this standstill air.

Now I know that we've just met, but
it seems I've known you all the time.
You're like my one and only;
my damsel, yea..

I want to get to know you,
I've got time to spare.
These moments are too short
in this standstill air.

Now I know that we've just met, but
it seems I've known you all the time.
You're like my one and only;
my damsel in the night.
Track Name: I Am Right
Opinions differ from different people,
but if we don't have one then,
who are we now?
And I might be naive, but I
believe in what’s right,
and I know that the truth will be
black and white, will be black and white,
will be black and white ’cause I...

Wonder if we are, living our lives if
we don't know who we are and
stand for what’s right.
Now I know now for certain
one day we’ll find that
moment of truth, ’cause I am right.
Oh, I am, I am, I am right.

Now I know that they say my
fate is my fate. But how can that be?
I control my destiny.
And I have a plan,
and I will succeed.
And I know it might be hard, but
I won't secede, no, I won’t secede,
no, I won’t secede ’cause I...

Wonder if we are, living our lives if
we don't know who we are and
stand for what’s right.
Now I know now for certain
one day we’ll find that
moment of truth, ’cause I am right.
Oh, I am, I am, I am right.

And doubters can doubt,
’cause doers will do.
And winners will win,
’cause losers will lose.

And I know that it’s true,
the good don't always win,
but I‘m certain that I will
find that, time will tell, oh, time will tell,
and the truth will prevail! ’Cause I...

Wonder if we are, living our lives if
we don't know who we are and
stand for what's right.
Now I know now for certain
one day we’ll find that
moment of truth, ’cause I am right.
Oh, I am, I am, I am right.
Track Name: Time is Running Out
Are we really full of fear?
Hoping it will disappear?
Knowing it will persevere,
time is running, time is running...

Our own past won't melt away.
'Til we find that final day.
When our world's in disarray,
time is running, time is running...

Is this our true destiny? In our
hurt society, built on pain and built
on greed, built for true prosperity?

Along this road I dare foresee,
a land of true catastrophe.
Built on our atrocities,
for this land of the free.

Every day I have no doubt,
we are heading on this route.
Truth forgotten, long in drought,
time is running, time is running...

Every day I have no doubt,
we are headed on this route.
Truth forgotten, long in drought,
Time is running, time is running out.

We are our own nightmares,
Even god won't hear our prayers.
We should shame our own affairs.
Time is running, time is running...

Yet we are all full to blame,
countless years, full of shame.
Is our work all done in vain?
Time is running, time is running...

Is this our true destiny? In our
hurt society, built on pain and built
on greed, built for true prosperity?

Along this road I dare foresee, a land
of true catastrophe. Built on our
atrocities, for this land of the free.

Every day I have no doubt,
we are heading on this route.
Truth forgotten, long in drought,
time is running, time is running...

Every day I have no doubt,
we are headed on this route.
Truth forgotten, long in drought,
time is running, time is running...

We created a mess we can right,
but bickering just leads to strife.
Our society is full of fright,
of a future that we’re all contrite.

'Cause this is our true destiny, to live
in a society, built on pain
and built on greed,
selfishness is our decree.

A future that I foresee,
when our land is all debris,
forged by our atrocities,
forget this land of the free.

Every day I have no doubt,
we are heading on this route.
Truth forgotten, long in drought,
time is running, time is running...

Every day I have no doubt,
we are headed on this route.
Truth forgotten, long in drought,
time is running, time is running...

Every day I have no doubt,
we are heading on this route.
Truth forgotten, long in drought,
time is running, time is running...

Every day I have no doubt,
we are headed on this route.
Truth forgotten, long in drought,
time is running, time is running out.
Track Name: Down
I can't listen to them.
I can't let them take control of me, oh.
I can't listen to them.
I know who I just want to be, so...

I may struggle. I may fall.
But after it all, I'm still here.

'Cause I'm not perfect,
but I will grow. So there's one
thing that you should know...

Oh, you can't get me down.
No, you can't get me down.
No, you can't get me down.
No, you can't get me down.
No, you can't get me down.

I gotta fight for myself, 'cause if I don't,
I know I won't succeed, oh.
I gotta fight for myself,
’cause if I don't then I won't
ever reach my dreams and...

I may struggle. I may fall.
But after it all, I'm still here.

'Cause I'm not perfect,
but I will grow. So there's one
thing that you should know...

Oh, you can't get me down.
No, you can't get me down.
No, you can't get me down.
No, you can't get me down.
No, you can't get me down.

And through the thick and thin,
And through all that I've been,
I know I've overcome it all.

And through all my life,
And through all the strife,
I know that I am strong.

So bring it on, if the future’s coming,
I won’t be running from it.

So get out of the way, ‘cause
today’s the day that I'm gonna show...

Oh, you can't get me down.
No, you can't get me down.
No, you can't get me down.
No, you can't get me down.
No, you can't get me down.

Oh, you can't get me down.
(No matter how you try).
No, you can't get me down.
(I know that I'll survive).
No, you can't get me down.
(I know that I will thrive today).
No, you can't get me down.
Track Name: I Can't Care
You worry me.
You worry me my friend.

I can't care anymore.
I don't know what to say.
I can't care anymore, I'm sorry. I’m sorry.

How did you come so far,
without going anywhere at all.
I don't know what happened, but I'm so
shell-shocked that I can't figure it out.

I don't why you wanted to change,
and why you think you’re okay.
Your excuses are worthless,
they put you to shame, and I know
you’re better than that.

I know that things change.
There are true mistakes.
We are all trying to find ourselves.

But I know that there is a line,
and you've crossed it, and I don't
know what else to say 'cause...

I can't care anymore.
I don't know what to say.
I can't care anymore, I'm sorry. I’m sorry.

Broken promises, broken dates,
I wish that things had the same.
Don't you remember how things
used to be? What happened?

Things changed and I broke away.
I left you there, and I hoped you would change.
I thought you might realize it yourself.
What happened?

I know that things change.
There are true mistakes.
We are all trying to find ourselves.

But I know that there is a line,
and you've crossed it, and I don't
know what else to say 'cause...

I can't care anymore.
I don't know what to say.
I can't care anymore, I'm sorry. I’m sorry.

I want you know,
that I hope you will be just fine.
'Cause we were close,
and I can explain it,
but now it’s all in the past.

I want you know,
that I hope that things will
turn out right. I just know that...

I can't care anymore.
I don't know what to say.
I can't care anymore, I'm sorry.
I just can't care anymore.
Track Name: Anything
Just another night,
working late again,
trying to finish work,
that never seems to end.

Trying to get through life,
but, it just doesn't seem right,
I know, that it’s not easy.

I know it's hard, oh.
And I know it's rough, oh.
But all this hard work will pay off
sometime, if we keep racing
to the finish line.

I don't know when,
but some day we'll see,
that we will be making history.
I believe in you so believe in me,
that I know that we can be anything.

A couple hours of sleep,
don't help at all,
when the world feels big,
and we feel too small.

We can't give up, no.
We gotta see it to the end.
I know, that it’s not easy.

I know it's hard, oh.
And I know it's rough, oh.
But all this hard work will pay off
sometime, if we keep racing
to the finish line.

I don't know when, but some day
we'll see, that we will be making history.
I believe in you so believe in me,
that I know that we can be anything.

So dream on, oh, dream on just fine,
I know it's hard, but this is our time.
The world has been waiting for a
time of change, and we are
the ones to take the stage.

This is the time that we've been
dreaming for our lives,
so I know that things will
turn out alright.

So remember now ‘cause
we are the change.
This is when the world
will know our name.

I don't know when, but some day
we'll see, that we will be making history.
I believe in you so believe in me,
that I know that we can be anything.
Track Name: I Still Care
I would like to tell you
that I understand you’re mad,
but now things have just
gotten out of hand, oh.

I would like to tell you
that I understand I was wrong,
but I don't think this
should be the last straw.

'Cause in this world, I know you'll find,
just another guy.
But in this world I know I'm right.
Please, one more time.

'Cause in this world where
days are going day by day.
In this world of things unkind,
I will show that I am here beside you,
and I'll show, that I still care.

Now I know you’re mad, and
rightfully so, but, I can't explain
if you’re not listening.

And I don't know how this happened,
but it’s been a nightmare, and it’s
been on my mind every day.

'Cause in this world, I know you'll find,
just another guy.
But in this world I know I'm right.
Please, one more time.

'Cause in this world where
days are going day by day.
In this world of things unkind,
I will show that I am here beside you,
and I'll show, that I still care.

I know that I've made mistakes.
But, I know that I've always been
honest with you.
And I will go, every single day,
to prove that I still care.
I know that things haven't been the same.
Why can’t they just go back?

I'm sorry I'm not perfect.
I'm sorry that I care.
But, I can't get you out of my mind...

'Cause in this world where
days are going day by day.
In this world of things unkind,
I will show that I am here beside you,
and I'll show, that I still care.
Just give me one more chance...
Track Name: Breathe
Let's not let these moments past,
I've been waiting for them too long.
And as one chapter leaves my grasp,
I know that I will live strong, so...

Give me a moment to realize,
to contemplate where we're going.
I need a moment to realize,
that things will never be the same so...

Give me one chance so I just can
believe that my future’s racing forward
and that I just need to breathe. Oh.

I need some time to realize,
that I must go on living without you.
And it doesn't make sense,
but I know that it’s time to be
fresh and new, so...

Give me a moment to realize,
to contemplate where we're going.
I need a moment to realize,
that things will never be the same, so...

Give me one chance so I just can
believe that my future’s racing forward
and that I just need to breathe, so...

Thank you for all the times.
Thank you for the memories.
I've had quite a blast and quite a journey.

So just remember now,
to reach for the stars,
'cause I know that we will win
'cause the future is ours.

It took me some time to just realize,
that this is my life,
and this is my time, so...

Give me one chance so I just can believe
that my future’s racing forward
and that I just need to breathe, oh...

I need one chance so I just can
believe that my future’s racing on
and I just need to breathe.
Track Name: Welcome to the Future
Hello, my name is Michael Cullen,
and it's a pleasure to be here.
I fear no evil, I fear no pain, and
I hear you loud and clear.

Because I've lived so long,
and I've traveled wide, and
I've tried so hard to find some pride.
I don't know where we are,
only where we've been,
and I know just who I am.

Welcome to the future.
Welcome to all humanity.
Welcome to the future,
welcome where people here are free.

Welcome to a society where
we live in the present. Now I
don't know if we’re living our lives,
but I hope that they're well spent.

Because I've lived so long,
and I've traveled wide, and
I've seen the heartless die inside.
I don't know where we are,
only where we've been,
and I know just who I am.

Welcome to the future.
Welcome to all humanity.
Welcome to the future,
where all people here are free.

Welcome to a world where I know
that we won't recognize in years.
And welcome to a future filled with
darkness in which we’ll live full of fear.

Welcome to my life and eternity, yea.
Welcome, welcome at least
I know I’ll be me, and...

Welcome to the future.
Welcome to all humanity.
Welcome to the future,
where all people here are free.

Welcome to the future, yea.
Welcome to all humanity.
Welcome to the future, yea,
where all people here are free.
Oh, welcome... future.

Hello, my name is Michael Cullen,
and it's a pleasure to be here.
Track Name: Right Now
Let's go now. Let's get out and
see the world today.

Let's go now. Let's break out and
live our lives our way. Let's do it...

right now, right now, right now.
Let's do it...
right now, right now, right now.
Let's do it right now.

All my life, I've been waiting,
hesitating, for something to happen.
And all my life, I've been told,
that I am the change.

'Cause this is my time,
this is my place, and
this is when memories happen.

So let’s go, let's say hello,
and show them who we are.
Let's do it...

right now, right now, right now.
Let's do it...
right now, right now, right now.
Let's do it right now.

There's no time to waste,
'cause I gotta chase my dreams
before they leave me behind.
The moment’s mine.
There's no other time,
'cause I can change the world.

'Cause this is my time,
this is my place, and
this is when memories happen.

So let’s go, let's say hello,
and show them who we are.
Let's do it...

right now, right now, right now.
Let's do it...
right now, right now, right now.
Let's do it right now.

There's nothing stopping me
from reaching greatness,
so I gotta take this chance.

There's nothing stopping me
from being all that I can be,
so just watch me dance.

I'm going high over the sky,
and over the treetops below.
'Cause, I gotta shine.
'Cause, this is my time.
Oh, this is my time, so...

Let's go now. Let's get out and
see the world today.

Let's go now. Let's break out and
live our lives our way. Let's do it...

right now, right now, right now.
Let's do it...
right now, right now, right now.
Let's do it right now.