Orphan Inheritance

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The title track which was named after the EP, not the other way around. Originally this was two tracks: the 3-minute piano intro and the rest. But I realized that they should exist as one long song.

Which ended up being over 11 minutes long. It is one of the longest songs I have ever written and I am proud of that. It was never meant to be this long but believe me, I trimmed a lot of this.

A lot of this song was inspired by The Dear Hunter and The Mars Volta, mainly both of their first two albums. The drums are very complex while everything else is a little more simple. But I wanted everything to be loud, blaring and just chaotic which is why the guitars are wailing, why the organ is just screeching at times.

The intro buildup was actually inspired by a remix of a Bloc Party song I heard, I liked the idea of an orchestra of just buzzing strings buildup up to just suddenly drop out. The intro vocals are fairly quiet and sound like I am cold. That's because I recorded it when it was maybe only 40º at 2 am. But I wanted that effect, I wanted to sound cold, alone and upset.

The little poem at the ending was sort of a last minute touch that I feel really ties the EP together.

Symbolically this is the start of Sly's story: the night his parents died. It starts right after he is left alone and just the general shock of witnessing a fairly dark and violent event. There's a fine- line of anger and sadness that straddle this song I feel.
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lyrics

I am an orphan boy,
Dwindling sun robbed of joy,
All alone, all afraid, all a wreck,
An empty house, a brittle husk,
Emitting miasmas of dense dusk,
Dirty cash, silver rust, diamond dust,
Does your hate justify your anger?
Does my pain simplify your languor?

But if I see the hint of error-eye red, I won’t let him see the hint of me when i cower,
Nothing can divide me from the thought, effort is lost within the passing hour,
The only thing holding me back is time,

I haunt these words,
In light I manifest these periphery blurs,
So I’ve heard,
An evil cloaked as a swirling flock of birds,
Have you seen?
The sky when the glow of the atmosphere finally dies?
I saw that night
when the glow of life left his and her eyes,

But if I see the hint of error-eye red, I won’t let him see the hint of me when i cower,
Nothing can divide me from the thought, effort is lost within the passing hour,
The only thing holding me back is time,


Translucent in twilight, a shadow of causality,
Casted by the blood on the floor,
Distant and despondent, detached from my holding,
Similar to the busted in door,
O, and they're made of the cruelest things, knives and venom vials,
Remnants of the darkest dreams, those silent screams, the monsters under your bed,
So lie still and don’t speak, they can smell fear on your breath,
Don’t you dare tell me that the threat is only in my head,

It’s only a matter of time before I’m caught,
What violence have you wrought?,
No, there’s nothing left,
I’m the heir to the theft,

Le fantôme masqué noir, il ne dort jamais,
Le royaume où le crépuscule tombe, il est abîmé,
Liability to your sempiternal war, but how you deprecate the son,
An "X" on my chest is a mark i bear for some possible doom,
From a wrathful embrace that once fled this room,

It’s only a matter of time before I’m caught,
What stigma have I self-wrought?,
No, there’s nothing left,
I’m the heir to the theft,


But if I see the hint of error-eye red, I won’t let him see the hint of me when i cower,
Nothing can divide me from the thought, effort is lost within the passing hour,


It’s only a matter of time before I’m caught,
Father, what has your blood wrought?
No, there’s nothing left,
I’m the heir to the theft,

My soul has been lit, and it just won’t quit,
J’aurai ma revanche!

Si je perds une fois,
Je seulement perdrai une fois, seulement perdrai une fois,
Si je perds une fois,
Je seulement perdrai une fois, seulement perdrai une fois,
Si je perds une fois,
Je seulement perdrai une fois, seulement perdrai une fois,
Si je perds deux fois,
Je perdrai toujours, je perdrai toujours,

Upon arcane blood of all past kin,
Child orphaned, the tale begins,
With darkened skies, a siren wails,
Some sleight of hope, when all else fails

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from Orphan Inheritance - EP, released December 30, 2015

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The Master Thief San Diego, California

"I am an orphan boy, and I'm a thief."

Hello all. This is a music project of making a rock opera off of the video game series Sly Cooper. What started off as a fun joke side project is now becoming something worthy of showing. An EP will soon be coming out to showcase what is to come. ... more

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