Come to Life (Full Length Album)

by Keram

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(Pixielight Trampled by Demon powers Wasting hours We breathe, so brief We breathe, so brief...) Tell me now Lift me now Show me now Feel me now To be here, without fear Coming clear, I want you near Radical experiment, Lavender, peppermint Rainy days, cloudy nights Manta ray, iolite Here's the test, what's your best? Can you rest? Never night It's my turn Have I learned Do I care Take the stairs Or just breathe Or just bleed Or just leave Lifelike dreams Lifelike fears Lifelike deaths History's silhouettes We breathe so brief Release beliefs that kill me slowly We breathe so brief Release beliefs that kill me slowly (Scream inside, here is life Rage and blast Got no past Pixie lights, Trampled by Demon powers Wasting hours) But I get in my own way but I get in my own way But I get in my own way Continents of faith Oceans of truth (I will lead you to) Continents of faith Oceans of truth
2.
On a rare Hollywood night I saw distant lightning strike Like a star just caught on fire Like sparks from a funeral pyre These hot Santa Ana winds blowing up our piled up sins Carrying our backyard dreams Carrying our silent screams And I know that it ain't right If I still love you The way i do It's a cold November night And I'm bathed in pale moonlight Wishing you were here with me Wishing I could call ya, B but you got lost in their designs Killing days, and living nights Praying for a different line Than the one that gets you high You're going Where I can't follow And I know that it ain't right If I still love you The way I do And I know that it ain't right If I'm still holding on To what is gone Oh sweetie If you leave I'll be where you left me Much stronger, and better But still half the measure Of all that I could be If I had you with me All I hoped and I dreamed Is that you'll be happy Now you're going where I can't follow Now you're going where I can't follow Now you're going where I can't follow Now you're going where I can't follow...
3.
04:35
The persistent, inquisitive bird That believes that the life out of cage Is itself an expression of liberty's, absurd And even when I spoke out of turn I joked that the game wasn't on And yet something in my soul Started to feel broken like an itching reminder That for every trespass you make on your word You will pay tenfold.. And so my thoughts are hijacked By this love song About what I did wrong And I'll never do that again Except maybe just this time I have always insisted that trust Is some kinda vanguard against lust But in case you mistake me for chaste My will's a bust And i'm not sure when I started to make out like A standard and fool's gold And I hate myself for trying to make out Like I gotta reserve on hold I mean like, do i rthink I'm kidding my self-respect While Im just getting older Wghen what is really going is I wrote this song To give you a cold shoulder Like a motherfucking heartbreaking love song About what I did wrong and ill never do that again except maybe just this time Just this time Just this time Cuz even when I spoke out of turn i joked That the game wasn't on With this heartbreaking love song About what I did wrong And I'll never do that again Except maybe just this time With this love song About what I did wrong And I'll never do that again Except maybe just this time Just this time Just this time Just this time, yeah.
4.
05:20
When I first saw you my mouth went dry You pretended that you had a guy I told you I thought we'd met before But it took me a year to unlock your door It's kinda funny now in retrospect All the things about me you reject Are all that reasons that I said goodbye You'd say jump and I would say "how high?" It was nothing that important I just lost my voice You said you might go exploring I say that's a choice... I release you back into the night May your path be blessed May your heart turn bright I release myself I'll repeat myself I release you I release myself So I'm gonna walk this next stretch on my own You say "Baby, I'll see you down the road" Yeah, "maybe catch ya somewhere down the line" I say you put too much faith in time It was nothing that important I just lost my voice You said you might go exploring I say that's a choice... I release you Back into the night May your path be blessed May your heart turn bright I'll release myself I'll repeat myself I'll release you I release myself And so we burn it down, down.
5.
Can you still recall as lucidly? The expectations that you had of me Presumed I lived a life of liberty Within the confines of necessity That I could have been so incredible The wake of a dying star But I have become so terrible A testament to all you are And who pushed it that far? And you pushed me that far So I have changed, I have changed Into something very strange I am Mary Magdalene Whose life you see as sin Hidden from view The underground stream And when you tried to justify the means Scrambled to commandeer the legacy Just like Tiberius you raised your head To armies who’d slaughter the truth instead But I could have been so incredible The wake of a dying star Now I have become the indelible Stain on your heart like a scar And who pushed it that far? And you pushed me that far But I have changed like a dream Into St. John’s head severed by history I am Mary Magdalene Whose life you see as seen Hidden from view The underground stream
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03:36
There is a purpose to free will A reason life will make you ill A reason for the cycles Freedom is in the trials But doctor, doctor help me please I can't face all this dis-ease I'm tired of making up my mind I'm looking for a way out A pill to love A pill to hate A pill to clear your past mistakes A pill to kill A pill to breed A pill to make all those bad seeds Life isn't fair Life isn't kind It begs you to make up your mind All that it gives It takes away It lets you designate the play But doctor, doctor help me please I can't face all this dis-ease I'm tired of making up my mind I'm looking for a way out A pill to love A pill to hate A pill to clear your past mistakes A pill to kill A pill to breed A pill to make all those bad seeds One to remember and forget All the other pills you've had A pill for dreams A pill for fears A pill to live another year... But where's the one that makes you whole Where's the pill to cleanse your soul? You must walk through the fire You just walk through the fire The answers, the answers Running through my veins (It gives me) The answers, the answers Running through my veins (It gives me) The answers The answers The answer's Medicated A pill to love A pill to hate A pill to clear your past mistakes A pill to kill A pill to breed A pill to make all those bad seeds One to remember and forget All the other pills you've had A pill for dreams A pill for fears A pill to live another year...
7.
04:56
Things can change so fast From ecstasy to pain And from first to last And there's no time to think about Reasons for jumping the train No time to blink Before that big light Goes out again One two three Here we go Into that big end Peacefully and I hope Gently my friend Unique aren't we? Of each only one And even the sun Goes And there's no time To think about reason When jumping the train No time to blink Before that big light goes out again So... One, two, three Here we go To be married So we're never alone Through here my friend Danny Did you go into that big end Peacefully? and I hope gently My friend... ...Two three Here we go In to The End
8.
Quietly, Is how we tread this path that drifts so suddenly (my love) And what more can one ask Than the strength to make it To a higher ground When the road is paved by fools? Suddenly This active progressivism seems quite the ruse You can’t see what we are from down here or discern true souls from ingenues and thus with fear imbued.... We move in dark circles As compelled by the darkness are we ever moving towards the light? Is the existentialist calm the beautifullest affirmation of life? Quiet Quiet be Go build your floating castle Who fights for love will bend Can’t play the golden whistle It must play out itself And the fires cold So my story's told What you see in me is not perfect; it’s volatile avatars I call out their names ‘cuz I play games infinitely My little star Do you wonder what you are? Sit quietly at the table and listen from inside Do not listen just be still The planes strip off their hide The fires col ‘Fore my storys tol After bombs blast It sounds at last We move in dark circles Move in dark circles Move in dark circles Moving dark circles...
9.
Despite the things That we expect We are still subject to the test Concerning conduct and intent Integrity and self-respect, I'm not a martyr, I'm not a saint - You're justified in your complaint I'm in the desert And I am prone I got no place that I call home... But I see my girl again Then I see my girl again When I see my girl again I better see my girl again... If you unwrap me you will find A tag attached to my behind That warns the Devil knows me well - I got a credit card in Hell I got a loan I've taken out I don't know I can repay And all his goons Are on my scent But I can make 'em go away When I see my girl again When I see my girl again When I see my girl again I better see my girl again In summary, I do declare, That I have dabbled here and there I've lost the rope, I took the pill I've made mistakes no drink can kill But I doth protest I am strong And I am never gone for long I'm coming back like William Shatner; There's no before, there's only after, I'm coming in like Saracens - I'm coming back to make amends Then I see my girl again Then I see my girl again Then I see my girl again I better see my girl again...
10.
21:09
I get on a train With a pocket of change And all that remains is someone I blame For letting me down Take a look around There was no one left at the station... You're like kerosene On my fever dream A hot lava stream of consciousness bleeds Through my best intent Are you heaven-sent? Or am I just bent over your knee.. Come back to life Cuz we are involved In a fight Come back to life Before we dissolve Into the light... I don't have a stop What if I get caught Riding all night Watching the lights Smearing outside We're crashing again Here comes the rain (It's always the same) Come back to life Cuz we are involved In a fight Come back to life Before we dissolve Into the light... Sometimes we relate and Sometimes we give up, and Sometimes we are HATE, and Sometimes we are LOVE But sometimes you're alone in the middle of the night And realize the end Has always been in sight! (Sometimes you need to look And see all that you've got) We've ridden side by side And all have different stops. So if we know it ends Then nothing can go wrong; Only the present tense Is where it's going on We've known it all along I'm ready to move on... It all goes around no easy way out We either defend Or burn this shit down And who takes the fall? We carry it all And do it again Bring back that refrain Come back to life 'Cuz we are involved In a fight Come back to life Before we dissolve Into the light...

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Canadian musician Keram, an accomplished film and television actor, is an out-of-the-box artist. His new album, Come To Life, executive produced by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, is a sprawling, other-worldly rock adventure that took an army of about 30 musicians, whose collective credits include Coheed & Cambria, Zappa Plays Zappa, Edwarde Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mary Margaret O’Hara, and of course Rush.

The 10-song opus is an unpredictable hybrid of Americana, new age, electronica, roots, rock, theater, experimental, jazz, pop, and then some. It ends with the 21-minute title track.

Recorded in Toronto and LA, Keram chose the musicians for their improvisation skills, including Lifeson who appears on “Devil Knows Me Well,” “Mary Magdalene” and “Moving Dark Circles.” The album was mastered by Andy Vandette (Rush, David Bowie, Dream Theater) and “Mary Magdalene” was mixed by Rich Chycki (Rush, Dream Theater, Aerosmith).

As an actor — who has appeared in the films American History X, Punisher: War Zone, Irvine Welsh’s Ecstacy and Texas Chainsaw 3D and TV shows True Blood, The Mentalist, Saving Grace and The L Word — Keram (last name Malicki-Sanchez) brings that expression to his music too, writing from other people’s perspective — despicable, pompous, even the opposite gender.

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released May 14, 2014

Keram Malicki-Sanchez (producer, recording and mixing engineer, guitars, keyboards, vocals, programming, words and music)
Ryan Brown (drums, percussion)
Josh Joudrie (recording and mixing engineer, producer)
Dan Luperini (recording engineer, mix consultant, guitars, producer)
Alex Lifeson (guitars, executive producer)
John Sharkey (bass)
Wes Styles (bass, guitar, pedal steel)
Jessica Marshall-Gardiner (vocals, lyrics)
Pete Devlin (guitar)
Aimee Lynn Chadwick (vocals)
Ed Maxwell (upright bass)
Hendrik Rik (bass)
Don Garbutt (keyboards, programming)
Natalie John (vocals)
Erin Ann Scott (vocals)
Marty Stelnick (harmonica)
Joe Ayoub (bass)
Eric "Spider" Costello (drums)
D'Arcy McGuire (bass)
Stewart Cole (trumpet)
Marc Thomas (guitars, pedals)
Greg Malicki (violin)
Alex Budman (clarinet, saxophone, flute)
Kathryn Rose (vocals)
Christine Hamilton (vocals)
Bob Sibony (drums)
Rich Chycki (mixing engineer)
Andy Vandette (mastering engineer)

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Keram is an out-of-the-box artist. Keram's unique style is a hybrid of electronic and organic, transposing their respective tendencies so that EDM is played by acoustic instruments and electronic elements are played in organic textural and classical ways. Some call his multi-layered style holographic. ... more

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