The Universe in Me

by When Planets Align

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Full-length album from When Planets Align being released on June 23, 2012. Explores epic themes of nirvana and enlightenment, historic war battles and the end of the Mayan calendar in December 2012.

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released June 23, 2012

Written by Mark Nguyen and Juan Andres Lizarazo, with performances by David Lopez, Melissa Suzanne and Maria Aceves. Producers Elias Issa and Joshua "Cartier" Cutsinger. Guest performers Heli Kools, Heather Brewer, Christina Frei, Ginny Luke, Nick Alvarez, Pial Hossain, Yussi Wenger, Gregg Cash, Jeff Lewis and Scott Feldman. Mastering by Elias Issa and Jeff Lewis. Planet LA Records Release 2012.

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When Planets Align Los Angeles, California

L.A. based alternative rock band with global overtones. Releasing their latest album "The Universe in Me" on June 23, 2012.

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Track Name: Scent of an Enemy
Verse 1
Were we rivals in a different life?
Fighting wars amidst great strife
Did you conquer and end my reign?
Doom the armada and might of Spain

Pre-Chorus
There's something about you I just don't trust
What past sins linger between us?

Chorus Repeat x 2
I feel the threat of an enemy
More the eye can see
The scent of an enemy
More than the eye can see

Verse 2
Did you cross the Pyrennes?
On Hannibal’s fierce grey steed?
Or did we cross and clash at Samarkand?
Under the crescent moon at your command?

Repeat Pre-Chorus/Chorus

Bridge

Repeat Chorus and Rideout
Track Name: Crush the Stars
Verse 1
I had drifted across the globe
A grain of sand lifted by the sea
Escaping history in pursuit of hope
No roots bind or limit me

Chorus
Crush the stars
You gotta crush the stars
When the world is in your palm
Oh yeah, I gotta to crush them
Crush the stars
I’ll go an conquer Mars
The galaxy's too small
Oh yeah, I’ve gotta crush them

Verse 2
I still search for the rising sun
In the West, where horizons end
Where dreamers are made and undone
And conviction’s hard to defend

Repeat Chorus

Bridge
Life sometimes moves in reverse
When we see beyond this earth
Past the ocean blue
Futures can come true

Repeat Chorus

Rideout
Track Name: Dream Within a Dream
Verse 1
I woke up in another night
I missed again yet another day
Started to wonder was I still sane?
Barely noticed I had turned so grey

Chorus
Nothing was as it seems, in my dream, within a dream
Nothing was as it seems, in my dream, within a dream
In my dream, in my dream within a dream
In my dream, in my dream within a dream

Verse 2
As day drew near, I lost my sight
You had slipped away, left with some regret
I tried to hope, feel the pain
When I awake, must I forget?

Repeat Chorus
Guitar Solo

Bridge
You had asked me once… was the time not right?
Pleasure was so real… or mind’s trickery?
Then you disappeared… it was dark again
A vision… a mere memory

Repeat Chorus and Rideout
Track Name: Mantra
Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. (to the Buddha for refuge I go)

Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. (to the Dharma for refuge I go)

Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. (to the Sangha for refuge I go)
Track Name: The Universe in Me (free download)
Verse 1
The world was simple, so lush and blue
And then came man, and destruction too
Convenience gave in to want and desire
As man tamed the primal fire

Verse 2
The truth was real, so clear and enlight
Before deception, there was wrong and right 
Circumstance led to crime and war
As he foraged, man only wanted more

Prechorus
Are we bound by life's material passions?
Can we reach nirvana through compassion?

Chorus 1
I’ll keep my eyes to the sky
Give my body to earth
And when my thoughts set me free
I’ll find the universe in me

Verse 3
Man built castles and worships gold
Wives and slaves, bought and sold
He’s trapped in a doom of his own design
The cycle continues in space and time

Repeat Prechorus

Chorus 2
Under the sacred Bodhi tree
His spirit was set free
No more pain, sorrow or greed
One man's heart found its peace

Bridge
The heavens are blinding and vast...
and still be at your grasp
Karma knows and understands...
but can we see plans so grand?

Repeat Chorus 1

Outro/Rideout Lyrics
Under the sacred Bodhi tree, his spirit was set free
I’ll keep my eyes to the sky, give my body to earth
No more pain, sorrow or greed, when my soul's finally set free
I will know and understand, and find the universe in me
I’ll find the universe in me...
Track Name: Nightfall Nemesis
Verse 1
Hey crazy boy I know you´re wondering why the world is upside down
Poisonous arrows seem to be everyday news
Chasing worms outside the apple avoiding the inner part
Yeah little boy, I´m the monster that the world has made of you

Chorus
I´ve become everything I hate
If I hate you then I hate myself
Nightfall nemesis allow me to escape myself

Verse2
Hey crazy boy, I see that you´ve made your first kill
Pressure groups torture you and your spirit is full of doubt
Now watch your future decay in the eyes of your creation
Yeah crazy boy, I´m the monster that the world has made of you

Repeat Chorus

Rideout
Nightfall nemesis tonight I see you fall
Track Name: Story for a Crow
Verse 1
In the illusion of your sadness
I found the road to pain
The mystery of your madness
Is driving me insane

Verse 2
No answers, no solutions
When an omen is so clear
A silly complication
Still makes me crave your love

Chorus
A story for a crow
That opens his black wings
A story for a crow
The sinful cry of things
A story for a crow

Verse 3
A taste of your elixir
A dream that won’t come true
Scotch or just a blue pill
To cleanse or hide what’s real
Surrender to your anger
My heart still feels the chill
The ice has frozen all
I feel dark to the core

Repeat Chorus

Bridge
Sanity is vanity for those who are like me
Your friendship offerings insults my dignity
Despise and horror, is all the comfort I need
No mindless devotion, I must be set free

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: L.A. (I'll Be Back Someday)
Verse 1
Tomorrow's near am I ready to go?
Leave the hills and the glittering coast
From endless sun to where seasons change
Turn away what I wanted the most

Chorus 1
California could I leave you now?
Hollywood’s holding me somehow
Would I leave you now? Even if I could
Would I leave you now? Even if I should

Verse 2
Tomorrow's near, my bags are unpacked
Beyond this land, a new life awaits
Far from this shore, another ocean calls
Settled out West, I still hesitate

Chorus 2
Hey L.A.! I’ll be back someday
To Tinseltown and the starry way
Would I leave you now? Even if I could
Would I leave you now? Even if I should

Bridge
City of Angels, do I have a chance?
For fame and fortune
Shine my way, for just a passing glance?
For a minute, a moment
Please remember me (slow… fast!)

Repeat Chorus 1 & 2
California could I leave you now?
Hollywood’s holding me some how
Would I leave you now? Even if I could
Would I leave you now? Even if I should
Hey L.A.! I’ll be back some day
To Tinseltown and the starry way
Would I leave you now? Even if I could
Would I leave you now? Even if I should

Rideout
Hey L.A.! Hey L.A.! Hey L.A.! I’ll be back someday!
Hey LA! Hey L.A.! Hey L.A.! I’ll be back someday!
Track Name: If the World Ended
Verse 1
The Mayans had before foretold
The sun will someday lose control
And threaten all that we have worth
And unleash its fury on the earth

Verse 2
When time and space suddenly suspend
Does the dawn begin to end?
As we face prophecy and gloom
Will we survive December doom?

Chorus
If the world ended in a flash
If today is the final and the last
What's left, more to say or do?
When living life each day anew
If the world ended in a flash...

Verse 3
Would history be so kind
To forgive the sins of mankind?
Or is the future turning cruel?
Treating past like an old fool

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Chorus and repeat last line “When living life each day anew..."

Repeat Verse 1
The Mayans had before foretold
The sun will someday lose control
And threaten all that we have worth
And unleash its fury on the earth

Rideout
If the world ended… if the world ended… in a flash!