Inscribed Sky

by Michael Hicks

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Inscribed Sky is a concept album about love vs. lust and how our insecurities blur the line between them. Instead of learning to love ourselves and find a higher purpose in life a lot of times we look for external things to fill the void.... boy/girlfriends, fame or knowledge etc. But usually those are just temporary fixes, and when they go away we're back to feeling depressed.

The album is basically the journey of realizing that stuff and trying to face those deeper questions head on. Each song almost completely changes sounds, exploring a bunch of genres like rock, rap, jazz, electronic, ambient and more.

Thanks for listening.

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released February 16, 2016

All music written, performed and produced by Michael Hicks

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Hey! I'm a game designer and musician. My game soundtracks and solo projects are released here, so each release usually sounds pretty different. Hope you enjoy. Follow me on Twitter and say hi!

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Track Name: From The Sky, You Taught Me to Fly
I never asked much of you
Especially to leave so soon
I can get what you need
So please come with me
And then we'll be free
Track Name: Selfless, or How to Never Stop Dwelling
Thought of themselves
Never of us
Should you stay?
We all make mistakes, we all grow up

Love is selfless and kind
But where do you draw the line?
How many years?
How many times?

It's worth living
Just to see a smile
Try everything you can
Then let go, see where it all goes
Try everything you can
Track Name: Gasping For Air
With the words echoing down the halls
I will prove to you what I am
You showed me how to traverse this place
Now I'll show you I can win the race
Track Name: Ego, or All or Nothing
Need to prove,
they're flocking to this groove
I'm self-sufficient
and I know the rules,
Thanks to those that came before for
The tools I use, the knowledge in profuse
Been told it's helpless to try
Do what you can to survive
Sometimes I feel like a boxer,
For this chance to live free and prosper
Can't get there without climbing the ladder
Someone's above me, that's no matter
Can I build a way round to the top?
Why haven't others thought that before they rot?
Who would see me building that route?
With their guns aimed, ready to shoot?
Doesn't feel as good, as knocking them down blind
No great feeling when you invest in the mind
But I need some way to prove and keep my honor
So who would go that way, except to prove they walk on water?
A battle of wits is like a battle of blades
Which man's ego will be left to die in the shade?

I took you down, not a sound
Always someone else, in the know
Careful of your back, when push comes to shove
Cause you're nothing that can't be thrown away,
They took me down, not a sound
Grind my flesh into little bits
Take him down, wear the crown
Take, take him down
Track Name: Escape From Void
You take what's sacred, revoke it to dirt
There's a hole in my heart, an empty void
It was filled with love, but now it's a blur
Let's see strangers act out their love
Feel wanted, escape from the truth
That no one wants you, and neither do I

The love I feel has no shape or form
No flesh needed to feel fulfilled
Hear the beast? Would love to kill him
Feel my mind shut off, let's just leave it

Help stop the beast
From tearing me apart
He just takes what he needs
There's no stopping
Let's throw him a bone so the chaos can cease

This is not me
This is not me
This is not me
You take what's sacred and you revoke it to dirt
Track Name: Circle
There's no answers, there's only the search
Seems I can't feel a connection, on this Earth
But if you're truly yourself, who else is like you?
Be ignorant, or search for a truth?

But there's no answers, everything goes in circles
It's the journey, not the end
Sometimes I wonder if the search pushes me away
So in some ways it's better, to just have faith

If you're not improving or causing a change
Then I see no point to live in this place
If you can predict your life, from beginning to end
You're ignoring the beauty, you'll never ascend
The mystery, wonder, discovery of new
It's liberating to break through, what's expected of you

But there's no answers, everything goes in circles
It's the journey, not the end
Sometimes I wonder if the search pushes me away
So in some ways it's better, to just have faith

Everything goes in circles
Everything goes in circles
Everything goes in circles
Track Name: Inscribed Sky
Clear the board, there's new words
What do you see?
I see a candle, a sword, maybe a crown
It's in your mind, in your mind
All this stress, why you down?
What's with that frown?
It's all in your mind, in your mind

If you eat from the tree, the logic is all that you see
What's your purpose, what's your dream?
Why you living, what's your scheme?
I can't fix your problems, neither can he or she
Stuck in a thought prison, you know who holds the key
There's a reason for death, so don't hold your breath

Can't stay static, can't stay the same,
Trust in the system, keep your thoughts tame
It's in your mind, in your mind
It's easy to get so down,
But now you're saying that candle is something round
It's in your mind

Look at the sky
Look at the sky
There's nothing 'til you make something
It's in your mind, in your mind
Look at the sky
Look at the sky
Track Name: The Truth Is Selfish
Wounds from before we met
Can you fix them for me?
I see you moving
Why haven't you replied?

What did you mean by yes?
I doubt everything
I question everything
Planned nothing to meet you,
To love you

But yet made plans to rush you
You came in and sat down
We talked and laughed like years ago
Sent long texts, opened up again

Made plans to see you, I burned red
Happy you said yes, I saw what you said
You made mistakes,
You were learning, just like me

All I want is answers
All I want is answers
The truth seems simple
Truth seems selfish
Will you call it off? And only see me?
It's been three days since we spoke last
What does it mean? What does it mean?

Reference the past
As a kid I dreamed, as a kid I dreamed
Take away the rest
How'd it start? What made this part?
The key's been lost, yet the lock is locked
Humble yourself before God
And learn to let it be, let it be

Truth seems simple
Truth seems selfish
Truth seems simple
Truth seems selfish

I know that it might not happen
But I know I've got to try
The truth seems simple
The truth seems selfish
I know that it might not happen
But I know I've got to try
Got to try
The truth seems simple
The truth seems selfish
I know that it might not happen
But I know I've got to try

Wounds from before we met
Can you fix them for me?