Second Chances

by Metajoker

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about

So this is it, my first album! After a year of work (plus some life on the side) I'm proud to present "Second Chances".

Every song on the album tells the story (or at least delves into the mind) of a different character. Whether it's Chrysalis' internal struggle to balance who she has become with her expectations as a leader, or the two Celestial Sisters and their journey to reconnection, each song encompasses some aspect of Tabula Rasa; a "clean slate". Can we become something greater through our hardest struggles? Not every song answers this question, but through the course of this album I hope that the listener will feel that they, like anyone in life, can find a Tabula Rasa, a "Second Chance", when they need it most.

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This album is dedicated to my dearest Andy, who drew its cover, without whom's inspiration, love and support this album would never have found completion.

My greatest appreciation and admiration to FraGmenTd, who helped with such a great deal of this album's long production. Your mastering work, knowledge, talent and support were key elements to making this album what it has become.

Thanks also to Josh Makosky and my good friend Delve for their assistance. You guys are awesome!

Much thanks and love to the many people who helped, in whatever form, to bring me to where I am today. Your innumerable talents have been of great inspiration to me.

credits

released August 5, 2013

Metajoker: Composition, Writing, Vocals, Piano, Producer
FraGmenTd: Producer, Programmer, Guitar (This Feeling), Irish Whistle (A Better Place), various instruments/backing harmonies
Delve: Melodic Work, strings (The Life I'm After)
Josh Makosky: Guitar (This Feeling)
Cover Art by Andy (Flaminbunny)

FraGmenTd's channel: www.youtube.com/user/FraGmenTd08
Flaminbunny's deviantart: flaminbunny.deviantart.com

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Track Name: I Remember
I remember all those centuries ago,
Back when the world was new
It seemed so flawless, now I know
That no perfection's ever true.
I once considered you a friend,
Before my world went straight to hell
The scars you've cause will never mend
But then, you know that all too well.

Oh, Celestia, my dear,
We used to laugh, we use to play
But now the world has changed, I fear
And all because of that one day.

Its truth seems like mythology
For none recall except us two,
Now misery belongs to me
And perfect bliss resides in you.
The choices that I made perhaps
Were not the wisest, yes it's true
But even so, we used to laugh,
Why did it have to end so soon?

Oh, Celestia, you were my rock
Before the fates led us astray
But now on different roads we walk
I wish that you would turn my way.

You chose to live your royalty
And left your dear old friend behind,
All alone, I'm never free.
For I only wish that you'd be mine,
I thought we were a perfect pair,
I thought those days of bliss were real,
I guess you never really cared,
And now Chaotic hatred's all I feel.

You left me helpless, I consented,
Turned to spreading fear across the earth
Do I regret? Have I repented?
As if my words hold any worth.

Oh, Celestia, my love,
We used to laugh, we used to play
But now you rule the sun above.
I guess there's one thing left to say:
Celestia, I hate you so,
My days have darkened, dull and gray
I wanted you with all my soul
But you just turned and walked away.
Track Name: The Life I'm After (w/ Delve and FraGmenTd, ft. Josh Makosky)
What if I am a broken soul,
Trying to take back the life you stole?
Young of heart but I'm dying for some control

Endless days in the broken stone
You are here, but I'm all alone
You are family only in blood and bone

(Chorus)
Where's the sound of laughter?
Where's the life I'm after?
Endless hoping for a sign
Wondering if the fault was mine.

In the distance, my pining sight
Catches glimpse of a shining light
Bursting for like a bird in an open flight

Now the hope I was praying on
Comes upon me, it's been too long
Singing out to the world in a joyful song

Raise up high your voices
I forgive your choices
Now the world is laughter
Hope that I was after

Where is the sadness in my heart?
Gone in a flash, my life can start
Track Name: Crooked Eyes
I thought I could be
Someone I'm not, happy and free
I just want to be loved,
Become the one I'm dreaming of

But it doesn't make a different,
I see past the lies
The world's so clear now
To these crooked eyes

(Chorus)
And I really hoped
That things would change
But they will always
Be the same
What could I do
When times were tough?
It seems like everything
Was never enough

Sweet daughter of mine
Always so kind, no flaws to find
I know that it's hard
You're dealt this card, you want to restart

But it doesn't make a difference
I can't soothe your cries
The world's so cruel
To these crooked eyes.

(Chorus)
And I really hoped
That things would change
But they will always
Be the same.
What could I do
When times were tough?
It seems like everything
Was never enough.

And what was I to do?
I'm not as perfect as you
It's just not fair
That no one cares
I want to start anew

I really hoped
That things would change
But they will always
Be the same.
What can I do?
I just can't cope
And through it all
And through it all

(Chorus)
I really hoped
That things would change
But they will always
Be the same.
What could I do
When times were tough?
It seemed like everything
Was never enough.
Track Name: Sisters United I - A Lunar Lament
So, now everything is wrong
I know the time of peace is gone
Oh, when I face what I have done
Oh, then the world can finally move on

(Chorus)
And here I stand
A queen inside my soul
And all the land
Is under my control
And though I want to share it
I don't know what to say...

I never thought it'd end this way

(Verse)
Why did I feel so despised
By the leadership I prized
Where was love? It was disguised
Right there, inside Celestia's sparkling eyes

(Chorus)
And here I stand
A queen inside my soul
And all the land
Is under my control
And though I want to share it
I don't know what to say...

I never thought it'd end this way

And here I stand,
I rule the morn and night
At my command
The world is lost to light
And though it's what I've dreamed of
It's not the same you see...

Celestia, return to me
Track Name: Sisters United II - A Better Place (ft. FraGmenTd)
Standing 'neath the evening moon
The echoed silence in my eyes
Every night I wait for you
From dusk till morning rise

Universes, speckled stars
I take another fleeting glance
Past mistakes they brought me here
To find a second chance

(Chorus)
So sister, please return to me, then will we
Raise the morning light
Without your love I'm waiting here
Beneath the fading night

Every breeze is like a sigh,
A call of long forgotten days
Days of innocence and joy
Before we parted ways

Forgive me angel of the dark
And show me that I'm not in shade
Return to me from distant moon
Beneath the sky we made

(Chorus)
So sister, please return to me, then will we
Raise the morning light
Without your love I'm waiting here
Beneath the fading night

So sister, please return to me, then will we
Raise the morning light
Without your love I'm waiting here
Beneath the fading night

So sister, please return to me, then will we
Raise the morning light
And we will face
A better place
When sisters reunite
Track Name: Home Again
Oh Mother, I cannot believe just how
It's been so long,
I wish you still were here
Oh Mother, I can hear you even now,
The quiet songs
You sang to quell my fear

Oh Mother, every lullaby you sang
Put me to sleep
I wish I had that back
'Cause oh, Mother every night it is the same
The Nightmare creeps
My hope is turning black

(Chorus)
I wish that things could change,
I know I'm missing you
But every time I call it love I know it isn't true
I'll never need a lover, and I'll never need a friend
But every day I wish that I could just go home again

Dear Mother, please don't hate me what I've done
It's all I've got
I want to save us all
Dear Mother, can't you see that I have won
And this is what
I dreamed since I was small?

Can't you see that I have done our people well,
I took the love
Of those who thought us lies!
Dear Mother, please won't you come back and tell me
I'm above
The ones who I've defied?

(Chorus)
I wish that things could change,
I know I'm missing you
But every time I call it love I know it isn't true
I'll never need a lover, and I'll never need a friend
But every day I wish that I could just go home again

(Interlude)
But no, you've gone away
You left me all alone
I pray I'll show you all, I did it right,
But maybe love will win this fight

I wanted to prove I'd prevail
To show you all I wouldn't fail
But Mother oh, it hurts my core,
I won the battle, but lost the war

I see it now, it's not about the hate
If only I could learn such love, I wouldn't face this fate
Dear mother I cannot go home again
The place I knew is dead and gone
My time is at its end...

(Chorus)
I wish that things could change,
I know I'm missing you
But every time I call it love I know it isn't true
I'll never need a lover, and I'll never need a friend
But every day I wish that I could just go home again
Track Name: This Feeling (w/ FraGmenTd, ft. Josh Makosky)
In the end, it was easy for my life to break
Every choice that I made was another mistake
But a second chance takes all the world for a turn
One more chance to entrance and to love and to learn

And wo-oh, the world will be free
And wo-oh, you'll be with me
I use to wonder what friendship could be
Now you're here to share it with me

(Chorus)
This feeling is taking me over
This feeling that I can't deny
'Cause through all the pain and the crippling loss
It's so good to know I'm alive
And I won't give in to the sorrow
And I will not rest till I've won
And I'll make a brighter tomorrow
And give you the world when I'm done
And I'll leave you the world when I'm done

Broken hearts can restart
See the light in the skies
Looking into the truth in the depths of your eyes
No more sorrow
Arriving at some better place
Finding home in the heart
And the smile on your face

And wo-oh, the world will be free
And wo-oh, you'll be with me
I use to wonder what my life could be
Now you're here to share it with me

(Chorus)
This feeling is taking me over
This feeling that I can't deny
'Cause through all the pain and the crippling loss
It's so good to know I'm alive
And I won't give in to the sorrow
And I will not rest till I've won
And I'll make a brighter tomorrow
And give you the world when I'm done
And I'll leave you the world when I'm done

This feeling is taking me over
This feeling that I will be free
Cause through all the pain and the weight of the world
It's so good to know you're with me

(Chorus)
This feeling is taking me over
This feeling that I can't deny
'Cause through all the pain and the crippling loss
It's so good to know I'm alive
And I won't give in to the sorrow
And I will not rest till I've won
And I'll make a brighter tomorrow
And give you the world when I'm done
And I'll leave you the world when I'm done
Track Name: Second Chances II
It's so easy before it gets hard
Every window a million shards
Every doorway a lock with no key
Seems tomorrow's forgotten to be

Second Chances come out of the dark
Telling us it's alright to restart
Telling us we can smile again
We can take one more chance now and then

One more chance for us to find a name
One more chance to shield the dying flame
Waiting always till the time arrives
For some second chance to change our lives