Diamonds

by Nikhil Rao

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A progressive metal solo EP written by Nikhil Rao from Rochester Hills, MI.

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released January 1, 2015

Written and Recorded by Nikhil Rao
Mixed and Mastered by Mick Maslowski at Zoinga Recording

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Nikhil Rao Detroit, Michigan

I'm a student at Michigan State University and a musician. Thanks for listening!

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Track Name: Nothing to Prove
I've spent my whole life looking up towards the stars
It's so hard, but we must refuse to become jaded, bitter, cynical
And history favors the patient, so don't even try to persuade me
This is all I've ever wanted, working since that day so long ago
When I fell in love just trying to finish what was started
I know what I stand for, and what I fight against
This is authentic sincerity, fuck pretension, it's a disease

I've got nothing to prove to you
So why can't I shake this chip off my shoulder
I can't lose sight of why I started this all
Somewhere between the years and dreams
Passion gets traded for ego
and I find myself searching for a reason to carry on

It means the world to me to have your attention
I will never understand how they can take this for granted
It shouldn't be about the accolades or the recognition
Striving for those achievements, a hollow condition
It comes down to the music that makes those chills run my spine
And I'll sing, till the day that I die, just to feel those chills one more time

I've got nothing to prove to you
So why can't I shake this chip off my shoulder
I can't lose sight of why I started this all
Somewhere between the years and dreams
Passion gets traded for ego
and I find myself searching for a reason to carry on

So stop the comparisons please, and focus on the progression
And so we fight to convince, to share our pride and joy

I've got nothing to prove to you
So why can't I shake this chip off my shoulder
I can't lose sight of why I started this all
Somewhere between the years and dreams
Passion gets traded for ego
and I find myself searching for a reason to carry on
Track Name: There's Truth in Cliche
There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said before
But that doesn't make the emotion behind these words any less vivid
If there are some experiences that we all will go through
Then I hope this song can help you, like it has pulled me through

So tell me the truth, though I've grown close to the moon
When will the tides turn?
How long will this last, and in this black sky so vast
When will the sun shine?

It's funny how we watch our lives fall apart,
Real world consequences of a broken heart
Two years I have spent in this hell, with so little progress made
Those beautiful eyes (Haunt my dreams)
And that smile (Haunts my waking thoughts)
But you won't be the end of me, I will release my demons

So tell me the truth, though I've grown close to the moon
When will the tides turn?
How long will this last, and in this black sky so vast
When will the sun shine?
And when the sun rises in the East
Will I find calm? (And peace)
Or is there more of this journey to complete
More mountains for me?

Everyday when I wake up I tell myself
That in time, this passes
Every time I feel that ache in my chest
I know it's a reminder that my heart is still beating

Now that I've seen how it goes
Now that I've seen what life throws

Now that I've seen how it goes
(I will prepare my heart, my mind, and my soul)
Now that I've seen what life throws
(The next time that we meet, I will be free)

So tell me the truth, though I've grown close to the moon
When will the tides turn?
How long will this last, and in this black sky so vast
When will the sun shine?
And when the sun rises in the East
Will I find calm? (And peace)
Or is there more of this journey to complete
More mountains for me?
Track Name: Dear Vices
Welcome to my mind, but don't you dare get comfortable here
There is a world between my eyes
And I have to remember to leave it sometimes
You draw me in with your impact on my mind
When will I learn that I am more than just you?
You find satisfaction in robbing me of my life, and I'm calling you out
Self- pity, anxiety, depression, jealousy
You will not end me

Who do I turn to when the one that I think of doesn't answer my words?
How do I look myself in the mirror and accept that I haven't lived up to my potential?
What do I do when the one thing that is keeping me alive is killing me?
Do I need an answer to these questions or is the point to live on anyway?

A chemical imbalance of the brain, doesn't control me
It doesn't define who I am
We are all so much more than that
We are one, together, we can take back our world

Dear vices of mine, I want you to know
That I thank you for helping me grow
You taught me how to throw myself into what I love
And it's here that I've found life

You will not end me
Recognize that with each high I forget the low
Realize that ups and downs come and go
Sit back, detach, enjoy the ride
Sit back, detach, enjoy the ride (You will not end me)

I need to find a way out of this fog that clouds my mind
I'll fight for that moment of perfect clarity that will set me free
Dear Vices, all I have to say
Thanks for helping make me who I am