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MSA PROJECT
ISTREE

6 Dec 2010
(self-released)

1. Beginnings and endings
2. Masquerade
3. Chant of the lost mariner
4. Rebellion on Planet V
5. Space mountain
6. Eternal Istree
7. Evenodds
8. Birth of a new myth
9. Shadows in the storm
10. In this city tonight
11. Like the wind
12. The wanderer
13. The leak in space and time
14. Two thrones
15. Endings and beginnings


BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes

For billions of years, Istree had dominion --
An immense Empire, corrupted by greed and ambition.
But, unbeknownst to men, other realities thrived,
And soon the thin layer separating them would rip and then...
Who would survive?

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes


MASQUERADE
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

In a glittering room on some shadowy world, something's not quite right...
Foreseeing our doom, hoping to change the past, a man's playing with time.
Under false pretense, he tricked the government into funding his toy.
Now they're onto him and soon they will end his smart little ploy...

All the dials and bulbs
Lighted with colors,
Blinking, flashing white,
Sounding through the night...

On an official quest, in a sliding fast ship, soldiers are coming...
They are ready to act, to alter the facts, take out their target...
They do as they're told, so reckless and cold, restlessly moving...
Only but tools, silly old fools, headed for disaster...

All the dials and bulbs
Lighted with colors,
Blinking, flashing white,
Sounding through the night...

          Dr. Spinoza created a time machine
          To modify and better what has come to pass
          With his masquerade, no one knew what they had seen.
          Oh what a charade, only to save us from ourselves!

With a bang, it shook and came to life,
And suddenly all was bathed in light.
In a flash, time and space were merged and twisted around!
With a clash, it all fell apart.
When they came, the soldiers searched the grounds...
But there was nothing left to be found!

          Dr. Spinoza created a time machine
          To modify and better what has come to pass
          With his masquerade, no one knew what they had seen.
          Oh what a charade, only to save us from ourselves!

          Dr. Spinoza created a time machine
          To modify and better what has come to pass
          With his masquerade, no one knew what they had seen.
          Oh what a charade, only to save us from ourselves!

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


CHANT OF THE LOST MARINER
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

I look at the sky, I look at my feet,
I look all around, I can't stand this anymore now...
I have been here for so many years that I can't think of any
Things that I used to believe in, this I fear now will destroy me.

Stranded and lost,
Homesick and caught in shadows...
Stranded and lost,
And caught...

          Long has it been since I've landed here
          On these shores that I long to leave now forever
          But this is my life and this is my curse
          Yet I retain hope, for hope is all I've got

I was on a ship that sailed here, greatest of an immense army,
Part of the Empire of Istree, writing what would become history.
But our fleet was caught in a trap, set by cunning minds with insight,
All within sight of this hated place where I now lie in despair!

Stranded and lost,
Homesick and caught in shadows... shadows...
Stranded and lost,
And caught...

Istree has dominion over worlds and planets,
Moons and suns revolving, galaxies expanding,
Over lives so many, billion lands aplenty,
Reaching out through heavens, warring with all aliens...

Epic was the battle, cosmic and enthralling,
Leaving out so many drifting off or stranded
Floating in a vacuum, warping space and time,
Until all is over and silence claims its rights...

Istree has dominion, eternal and spreading,
Powerful Empire meant to rule through fear and
Mighty laws to tame all those who hope to break it,
Destiny revealing prophecies to hope in...

Epic was the battle, cosmic and enthralling,
Leaving out so many drifting off or stranded
Floating in a vacuum, warping space and time,
Until all is over and silence claims its rights...

          Long has it been since I've landed here
          On these shores that I long to leave now forever
          But this is my life and this is my curse
          Yet I retain hope, for hope is all I've got

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


REBELLION ON PLANET V
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

In space the brave
Face awesome adventures...
Then THEY appeared,
Through a leak
In time and matter.
News spread like a plague,
Seeds of fear
And of disaster...

Tame and silent,
Gently patient,
Knowing nothing...
Now there's something
They want to see,
To set them all free...

Torches flame
To proclaim
The start of slaughter.
Fires burn,
Vultures turn,
While men yearn
For relief
Where are their beliefs?

But the wisemen,
Who rule everything,
They now join hands
And they begin,
To sing and chant
An ancient hymn...

          For billions of years
          Those words had never been spoken.
          And now through the tears
          Of those who they will kill.
          The secret's revealed
          As the weapon breaches the sphere.
          And now it will heal
          This wound that rebellion has caused...

They wanted to act, oh what a mess,
They acted too fast, now they shall rest,
Now it's too late for changing their fates,
The end is at hand, Death's striking again,

  For now...
    their world...
      will soon...
        be gone!

          For billions of years
          Those words had never been spoken.
          And now through the tears
          Of those who they will kill.
          The secret's revealed
          As the weapon breaches the sphere.
          And now it will heal
          This wound that rebellion has caused...

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


SPACE MOUNTAIN
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

There used to live, laughing and singing,
Next to the rim, creatures and beings of myth.
Then suddenly the earth was shaking,
And destiny made them all strangers and soldiers...

Dehumanized by crystalline light
Reflecting through the rift in space and time.
Dark deicide sentenced them to fight...
They must find who will pay for this horrendous crime!

This is not the way they were meant to die...

          Floating in space, land of the brave, home of their race,
          Torn away from their world...
          Fighting with rage, trying to save all that they crave,
          Hopes and dreams of the young...
          In a great wave, all that they hate will be enslaved,
          What's at stake is their souls...
          Mountain of fate, drifting so straight, until the day
          The breach is closed...

Desensitized by the starlit sky,
Surviving and saving memories from the past...
Seeking for a guide to answer why
The world has swirled and whirled, changing... but will it last?

          Floating in space, land of the brave, home of their race,
          Torn away from their world...
          Fighting with rage, trying to save all that they crave,
          Hopes and dreams of the young...
          In a great wave, all that they hate will be enslaved,
          What's at stake is their souls...
          Mountain of fate, drifting so straight, until the day
          The breach is closed...

Dehumanized... Desensitized...
Dehumanized... Desensitized...
Dehumanized... Desensitized...

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


ETERNAL ISTREE
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

Spreading far and wide, reaching through the night,
Greater than all kingdoms of ancient history.
Feeling like a child in this game of life,
What's left of us is nothing like what once used to be.

Make it all go right, is it just a dream?
Sometimes I can't see how to set us all free...
This is where I hide, deep inside my mind,
Yearning to just scream the truths that we so need...

I'm just a man, I do what I can,
They whisper my name, it's spread by the wind.
I'm not a hero, nor some battered ego,
I go and I grow and sow the seeds of sorrow...

          Eternal Istree, not so eternal,
          Rewriting history, and times to follow,
          Tame all the hysterics, with scenes of tomorrow,
          And burn all the heretics if they dare to show!

Sensing what's about to alter all our ways,
Wishing to shout: let's end this endless tyranny...
Whispered tunes and hymns from forgotten days,
To cleanse our sins and set us now once and for all free...

They built the walls high to protect
They kept us caged within these gold and so cold gates,
Now we all rise, proud to protest,
Let us all march... until we can be free once again...

... it's our fate, I feel the change,
It's not too late if you have faith...
Nothing's the same, I feel the change,
We can create a better world for us all!

          Eternal Istree, not so eternal,
          Rewriting history, and times to follow,
          Tame all the hysterics, with scenes of tomorrow,
          And burn all the heretics if they dare to show!

All the Farleighs in history,
Are remembered, and will always.
Through their actions, life would alter,
Sometimes for worse, often better,
And forever, they have made
Choices that none would believe...

I'm just a man, I do what I can,
They whisper my name, it's spread by the wind.
I'm not a hero, nor some battered ego,
I go and I grow and sow the seeds of sorrow...

          Eternal Istree, not so eternal,
          Rewriting history, and times to follow,
          Tame all the hysterics, with scenes of tomorrow,
          And burn all the heretics if they dare to show!

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


EVENODDS
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

Welcome to Evenodds,
Where cheating is permitted...
(if you don't get caught)

First you search through this dark maze,
Second you check if all seems sane,
Third you hide from camera gaze,
Fourth you try to win this game...
Fifth you reach for what once was yours,
Sixth you hope they won't seal the doors,
Seventh you spring and run for air,
Eighth you realize, you've no time to spare...

Evens are odd and odds are even,
In this world, all bets are off...
Evenodds, ever growing,
Stake your soul, if you dare it...

Odd are the times and even as
All comes falling down on fast,
No matter the way it used to be,
Here so many come to be free...

          Odds are even, one two three,
          Even as odd as hope can be,
          All for one and one for all,
          Take a stand before you fall...
          Welcome friend, to the end,
          Evenodds will help you see
          It's all pretense, understand?
          Play to win, but you never can...

One, you know after the show,
Two, you see it all was rigged,
Three, you hold on to your hopes,
Four, you call out for help...
Five, you fold, then you go,
Six, you think you've been tricked,
Seven, you blow the whistle now,
Eight, the world comes crashing down...

Evens are odd and odds are even,
This is how it's meant to be.
Evenodds, ever growing,
Know your games, know your limits...

Odd are the times and even as
All comes back, it all goes spinning.
No matter the way it used to be,
This is where it all has started...

          Odds are even, one two three,
          Even as odd as hope can be,
          All for one and one for all,
          Take a stand before you fall...
          Welcome friend, to the end,
          Evenodds will help you see
          It's all pretense, understand?
          Play to win, but you never can...

Welcome to Evenodds
Where cheating is...
Where cheating is permitted..
If you don't... get caught!

          Odds are even, one two three,
          Even as odd as hope can be,
          All for one and one for all,
          Take a stand before you fall...
          Welcome friend, to the end,
          Evenodds will help you see
          It's all pretense, understand?
          Play to win, but you never can...

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


BIRTH OF A NEW MYTH
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

Once this world was proud, once this world had life,
Once this world had hope, now it's just so cold...
Through the endless night, water rules supreme,
Due to selfish greed, terraforming might...

Saved by a whale, from a burning wreckage,
Watching his ship sinking deep, a man is adrift on the sea.
Riding the waves, he hears voices in his head,
Telling him to hold on to hope...

          Rising high through the mist,
          Floating on the tip
          Of a rock, standing tall,
          Cathedral of fate...

This planetary engineering,
Instead of creating, spread out destruction.
Many through Istree, angered and dismayed
Sought all together for a solution...

Simon Farleigh gathered all of them here,
Creatures from all realities... Mythlania and Musania...
This wounded world would serve to shelter the
Magic Science Academy.

          Rising high through the mist,
          Floating on the tip
          Of a rock, standing tall,
          Cathedral of fate...

          Headquarter of the wise,
          Here they live and die.
          Searching for a way to heal
          The universe that bleeds.

The castaway has reached the rocky shore he'd seen.
Animals are here...
Greeting him with smiles, rushing him inside...

Within walls of stone, mirrored halls unknown,
Gathering has grown...
He's now one of them, they've accepted him...

          Rising high through the mist,
          Floating on the tip
          Of a rock, standing tall,
          Cathedral of fate...

Union of magic and of science,
Maybe this could be the key...
Looking for new ways to fix that old breach
Seeking for answers that we need.

          Headquarter of the wise,
          Here they live and die.
          Searching for a way to heal
          The universe that bleeds.

Union of magic and of science,
Maybe this could be the key...
Looking for new ways to fix that old breach
Seeking for answers that we need.

Maybe this is the key...

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


SHADOWS IN THE STORM
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

There's an eerie kind of feeling
When my brain starts screaming,
And my heart is bleeding...
For what once was, now's a fading dream...

There's a stinging sort of pain
That burns right through my veins,
I'll never be the same,
The change has begun, all that I've done...

I see the world through eyes awake,
Anger and strife...
I feel the void that in my wake,
Spreads out, dark and live...

          Images and sceneries, all that I see and hear, flashing in the sky,
          Through the storm raging tonight, dreams that I had before, suddenly come to life.
          Shadows slide and pass us by, hiding what lies inside from our prying eyes,
          Shapes and sounds, underground, rising before my old and twisted soul...

There's an ancient road that's leading
To the topmost summit
Of these hills I've vanquished,
To a castle, dark and so tall...

There upon I see,
What once used to be,
A liquid entry
Into voidless seas...

I see the world through eyes awake,
Anger and strife...
I feel the void that in my wake,
Spreads out, dark and live...

          Images and sceneries, all that I see and hear, flashing in the sky,
          Through the storm raging tonight, dreams that I had before, suddenly come to life.
          Shadows slide and pass us by, hiding what lies inside from our prying eyes,
          Shapes and sounds, underground, rising before my old and twisted soul...

I see shadows forming in the storm...
I see shadows forming...
I see shadows forming in the storm...
Oh, shadows in the storm!

I see the world through eyes awake,
Anger and strife...
I feel the void that in my wake,
Spreads out, dark and live...

          Images and sceneries, all that I see and hear, flashing in the sky,
          Through the storm raging tonight, dreams that I had before, suddenly come to life.
          Shadows slide and pass us by, hiding what lies inside from our prying eyes,
          Shapes and sounds, underground, rising before my old and twisted soul...

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


IN THIS CITY TONIGHT
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

Running with the light dimming in the night,
Something's not quite right... but I don't know what.
Feeling fright's tight grip on my guts and heart,
Fearing what might slip through the cracked black gate...

Lightning in the sky, raining down on me,
Breaking through the clouds, thunder clapping loud...
Flames are leaping high, feeding on remains,
Fuming ruins so vile of ancient lores regained...

          I need to see what seeks entry, I need to find my destiny,
          Go beyond the wall... beyond the wall...
          I need to know what broke the world, I need to hold until my soul
          Would just stop to fall... would stop to fall...

Running to be free and escape the city,
Fallen once or twice, never felt the knife!
Fighting for my life, hoping to survive,
Whatever the price, I shall pay tonight...

          I need to see what seeks entry, I need to find my destiny,
          Go beyond the wall... beyond the wall...
          I need to know what broke the world, I need to hold until my soul
          Would just stop to fall... would stop to fall...

          I need to see what seeks entry, I need to find my destiny,
          Go beyond the wall... beyond the wall...
          I need to know what broke the world, I need to hold until my soul
          Would just stop to fall...

Straight ahead, I can see it...
Straight ahead, I can see it...

Rising high...
Light I see...
I am free!

          I need to see what seeks entry, I need to find my destiny,
          Go beyond the wall... beyond the wall...
          I need to know what broke the world, I need to hold until my soul
          Would just stop to fall... would stop to fall...

          I need to see what seeks entry, I need to find my destiny,
          Go beyond the wall... beyond the wall...
          I need to know what broke the world, I need to hold until my soul
          Would just stop to fall... would stop to fall...

          I need to see what seeks entry, I need to find my destiny,
          Go beyond the wall... beyond the wall...
          I need to know what broke the world, I need to hold until my soul
          Would just stop to fall... fall...

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


LIKE THE WIND
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

Castles made of sand, cities in the sea,
Memories of men, things that used to be,
Ancient lores of old, secrets known before,
All the jewels and gold of worlds never known,
Of worlds never known...

All these treasures that hold our identity,
All the wonders that told who we used to be,
All the words and feelings exclusive to our kin,
All are now long gone... like the wind...

Colored streams that shine, vivid skies sublime,
Voices that won't die, echoes in the night,
Oddities of time, hieroglyphs and signs,
Traces of the lives of cultures we survived...

All these treasures that hold our identity,
All the wonders that told who we used to be,
All the words and feelings exclusive to our kin,
All are now long gone... like the wind...

          No matter the race, no matter the world, no matter the ways,
          All that is unique, all that is special, all that is rare,
          Gets twisted around, gets slammed to the ground, gets taken away,
          Until Istree finally crushes all those who dare...
          To be different.

Each world has beliefs, religions to bear grief,
Politics and schemes, cultural divides,
Subtleties to hide all the pain inside,
Reasons to forgive all the shame they lived.

Animals that cry deep into the night,
Howling to somehow reconcile with life.
Warriors march in line, looking all so grim,
Striking like the wind...

          No matter the race, no matter the world, no matter the ways,
          All that is unique, all that is special, all that is rare,
          Gets twisted around, gets slammed to the ground, gets taken away,
          Until Istree finally crushes all those who dare...
          To be different.

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


THE WANDERER
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

In the dark of night, in the midst of fight,
Out where fall the lives of brave men who tried
To think it is right to die in the fields,
Cold and lone inside, for such false beliefs...

          He's walking through the mist,
          Lonely survivor, looking for answers.
          Relentless but adrift,
          Whatever may occur, no matter the weather.
          Wherever he may go,
          No matter his reasons, no matter the way he
          Runs on through the mist,
          Someday he'll find them -- no matter what it takes!

Wounded and hungered, many cried for help,
Grieved and so altered by the horrors of Hell
Hell on Earth, they swear, time for hate and despair.
So many dead in vain, too many wrought with pain...

          Whoever he may be,
          No matter his color, no matter his faith.
          Whatever he has seen,
          No matter his secrets, no matter where he's from.
          Whichever path he takes,
          No matter direction, no matter the season.
          Wherever it shall lead,
          No matter what awaits, no matter how it ends...

Running to be free,
Following the wind,
Reckless yet mourning.
Dancing by the sea,
Feeling the sweet breeze,
Laughing yet aching.
Crying in the rain,
Wondering how he'll live,
Wandering through ruins
Of cities built in sand...
Now crumbled to dust,
So sad and bereft...

          He's walking through the mist,
          Lonely survivor, looking for answers.
          Relentless but adrift,
          Whatever may occur, no matter the weather.
          Wherever he may go,
          No matter his reasons, no matter the way he
          Runs on through the mist,
          Someday he'll find them -- no matter what it takes!

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


THE LEAK IN SPACE AND TIME
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

Silently sliding, gliding throughout the stars...
Shining... rising... daunting... protecting...
Quietly watching, this ship drifted too far,
Breach is opening, whole world is changing...

Visions of the new, scenes from what is to come,
Soldiers fighting, wondering what they've done!
Children now grown old facing their younger dads,
Oh such troubled souls, how's it come to that?

          And out of nowhere a light shone through the night,
          Out from a black hole, like a vortex of sound.
          The light that was there, suddenly it was gone!
          A leak in time and space now showed in its place...

Visions of before, scenes from what once has been,
Creatures of old lores, now all roaming free.
Running in the halls, warriors screaming in fear,
As from their past, ghosts come to haunt here...

          Then out of nowhere a light shone through the night,
          Out from a black hole, like a vortex of sound.
          The light that was there, suddenly it was gone!
          A leak in time and space now showed in its place...

And in the control room the Captain stares ahead
Watching the screen where he sees his dread
A gigantic mountain of doom, looming in the air...
Improbable sight... and yet it's right there!

          Now out of nowhere a light shone through the night,
          Out from a black hole, like a vortex of sound.
          The light that was there, suddenly it was gone!
          A leak in time and space now showed in its place...

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


TWO THRONES
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro

Here within mirrored jewels lies the realm of dreaming,
Here wherein all that was, will forever remain
This is how it's meant to be -- out of reach, out of sight.
This is where it all makes sense -- all our griefs, all our pains.

Deep inside sheltered moons lie the hopes of many,
Deep as pride that some have hidden in their glory,
This is how it's meant to be -- out of reach, out of sight.
This is where it all makes sense -- all our griefs, all our pains.

          A throne of light, a throne of might, of ebony and jade,
          A throne that shines, a throne that hides all fears within its haze.
          Shaping thoughts and nascent dreams of an agonizing queen
          Into shapes and forms that shift to colored streams.

          A sight of worlds, of barren earths, that die before their times,
          A view of lives of solitude that never truly shine,
          All gaping wide, awaiting time to quickly pass them by,
          In hope all stays the same...

Hear the wind whisper tunes over hills and valleys,
Hear it sing of past dues and ancient victories,
This is how we won the wars -- with our pride, with our hopes,
This is where we fought those wars -- in our lands, in our hearts.

This real world, we hold dear, we've bled to believe in,
This old world, with our fears, we've altered and demeaned.
This is how we won the wars -- with our pride, with our hopes,
This is where we fought those wars -- in our lands, in our hearts.

          A throne of hate, a throne of fate, of sorrow and of shade,
          A throne so dark, a throne that harks the heralds of old pains,
          Shaping sounds and haunted hounds that roamed the earth with glee,
          Now soldiers of this ancient enemy...

          Melodies and symphonies and forgotten chants and rhymes,
          All rising now so eagerly to blast the night with life,
          For change is here, the time is near, the things we fear shall die,
          That is what I hear...

Two thrones, two lords... in two worlds, two homes...
Too long to hope, too old to cope, yes.
Shimmer and fade, a shivering daze,
In spiralling ways, look...
Emerald King and Opaline Queen,
Sapphire and gold and obsidian cold, oh!
Altering shapes of crescent arcades
To brighten the days, hey...

Two thrones, two lords... in two worlds, two homes...
Too long to hope, too old to cope, yes.
Shimmer and fade, a shivering daze,
In spiralling ways, look...
Emerald King and Opaline Queen,
Sapphire and gold and obsidian cold, oh!
Altering shapes of crescent arcades
To brighten the days, hey...

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes & Serge Barbaro


ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS
Lyrics: Alex S. Garcia
Music: Michel Fontes

When worlds collide, through space and time,
Moons and suns revolving, galaxies expanding,
Revealing the hearts of men,
All these hopes, cast to the wind.

So many have died, in the blink of an eye,
While others gather together, fighting the lies,
And in the end, through their strength,
All shall unite in a clash of light...

lyrics (c) 2010 Alex S. Garcia / music (c) 2010 Michel Fontes

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Last updated: 7 Jan 2021