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ESC: A Short Story by Kharisma & Ianah Mae

by Kharisma x Ianah Mae

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It's 6:00 am in the morning and you are begrudgingly awoken by the sound of your alarm. Somehow Kendrick Lamar's "I" doesn't sound the same anymore. A song that was once your morning mantra has become nothing more than a reminder of the daily monotony that awaits.

And so you board that train, walk into that workplace, contemplate your life's purpose, yearn for that holiday, and then go home to prepare yourself to do it all over again the next day.

This is what my life has become lately. A year has passed since I had gained full-time employment in the hopes that it would fuel my music career, but instead I had found myself continually pulled deeper into this lifestyle. And while many are content with this way of life, I am learning each and everyday just how unsuited I am for this.

I know that I'm not alone. I know that there are others out there who yearn for something more. I have nothing but respect for those that love this way of life, but I know that I am one among many, that know that our happiness cannot be found on this path.

From the time we are born, we are shown the "blueprint of life". A set of criteria that we are taught to follow in order to find happiness. Go to school, get a job, work your ass off, and then retire to enjoy the rest of your time on Earth. But what if your happiness lies elsewhere?

With that said, I'd like to present you with our getaway plan entitled "ESC". Working on this project has helped me get through the days of endless monotony. It had challenged me to create moments of happiness from inspirations of sadness and purposelessness.

We hope you enjoy it :)

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released November 14, 2016

All songs written and produced by Kharisma & Ianah Mae

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Track Name: Switch Lanes
Switch Lanes

Verse 1
Hey, I see you over there
Living without a care
I wish that I could be like you

Do you feel ever the same
Wishing you could just
switch lanes?

I wanna break this flow
i’ll take it real slow
I’m gonna take control
you will see

there’s a place in the unknown
where my mind runs free
somewhere that we can go
beyond everything we see

Verse 2
Wake up to the sound of an alarm clock
Try to hit the snooze button but it won't stop
Ears keep ringing as I listen to the sound
Of my phone telling me that the time is now

I I I, I gotta go get a move on
Get dressed, put my shoes on
Stressed, but I gotta be strong
Eyelids heavy, struggling to leave bed
Thoughts running through my head like

Is today gonna be the day that things change?
or will it all stay the same?

So tired of this never ending cycle
Daydreaming of the things that I would like to
do with my time, but I’m lost in the cost of a dime
At a desk, stressed hoping that I’ll be next in line
and I wonder, will I be here forever?
And I wonder, will it ever get better?

Chorus
Hey, I see you over there
Living without a care
I wish that I could be like you

Do you ever feel the same
Wishing you could just switch lanes?

Verse 3
I’ve got a lot on my mind
I’m so scared of the feeling that I’ll run out of time
because I’m trying to be
free enough to take flight and grab a hold of my dreams

I downright refuse, to be forced to choose
to keep living a life, when I’ve got so much to lose
I was meant for more, I wasn’t built for this
I was meant for more, I can’t call it quits

I've worked too hard to let this go
And now I know, that sometimes you gotta be brave
To save, everything you worked so hard to grow
You have to show you're strong enough to lead the way

Don't follow your dreams, just make them
Put your pride to the side and just take them
Trying to switch lanes not knowing where it takes me
Desperate for change so I'm hitting the escape key

Bridge/Interlude
When it feels like everyone is trying, to slow you down
When you feeling sick and tired and you're feeling uninspired all you gotta do is
When in need of help, just believe and yourself and just
Put the pedal to the metal and get on another level, you just gotta go and switch lanes

Chorus
Hey, I see you over there
Living without a care
I wish that I could be like you

Do you ever feel the same
Wishing you could just switch lanes?
Track Name: Gotta Go
Gotta Go

Verse 1

I’m looking out the window of a train
analysing my reflection and the way that it has changed
and it’s clear I’m not the same as the person that I once was
looking back to the place that I had come from

I say thanks for the lessons that had brought me here
even though the future is not clear
I often wonder what the universe is keeping in store
Does it acknowledge my plans or does it keep them ignored?

I’m not waiting for the day that I’ll be number one
Truth be told, I know that day will probably never come
so while the sun is up, I’m walking in a different lane
that aspires to achieve what truly cannot be explained

because I know that there’s a lot that I still have to do
and it’s truly up to me to see it through
If you’re searching for direction I am in the same position
come and listen while I tell you how it is
go and sing it like

Chorus
I don’t want to wait
another moment for the day
that I will say it’s just too late

So I’ve gotta go
I’ve gotta go

Verse 2
It’s been a long time since I felt like this
Contemplating my future and the life that I live
Thinking one day, I can confidently say
that I’ve come a long way, from the days I would create

these songs in my bedroom (songs in my bedroom)

Thinking I should go to bed soon (I should go to bed soon)

because I gotta wake up early so I do not miss my train
I wish I didn’t need to, but I need to get paid

Because my wallet gets lighter as my bills stack up
but I know that I’m a fighter, though my skills still suck
I’ve spent a long time feeling down on my luck
but that’s all about to change, everything is looking up

Got a fresh new perspective on the world I see
Feeling positive, knowing it was made for me
Both hands on the wheel, in control of my fate
so I gotta go, because I know my destiny awaits
Track Name: Meant For More
Meant for More

Chorus
As I sit, between these four walls
I know that I was truly meant for more
So where do I go now?
I’m tired of running in place
with no hope of joy or escape
Baby tell me is there no other way?

Verse 1
From the second that I clock in, I feel locked in
and I gotta find a way out
Sit down, take a seat, start a count down
as I watch the hands of the clock, make their way around

my neck, as I sit at my desk
I look at my time and what little is left
I wish I had the strength to get up and be brave
before I lose my drive and my spirit decays

Sitting in the mailroom, hoping I’ll prevail soon
before I feel frail, face paled, from the same rou-
-tine, while I daydream, hoping that there may be
a way to escape this cycle of monotony

What has it gotten me? A bit of currency?
to keep my floating while I dream of where I want to be?
I keep trying to outrun my flaws
because I know, deep down I was meant for more

Chorus
As I sit, between these four walls
I know that i was truly meant for more
so where do i go now
i’m tired of running in place
with no hope of joy or escape
Baby tell me is there no other way?

Verse 2
because I’m really trying to find it
Searching for escape, but I’m feeling so blinded
reminded, that everything I need to be aligned with
is outside these walls that I feel so confined in.

I'm tired of running, I'm getting frustrated

I'm working for nothing, i'm losing my patience

I try to be calm, but every morning
I’m waking up feeling lost, trying to find motivation

To go on, and just fight through the sadness
of knowing that I’m living so far from my passion
Because, I am dressed in these business threads
I’m so stressed, with these thoughts running through my head

My heart aches with the feeling I will never be
who I was meant to be, decaying in a life that wasn’t meant for me
Feeling defeated, when I hear it call
Because I know for sure that I was meant for more

Chorus
As I sit, between these four walls
I know that i was truly meant for more
so where do i go now
i’m tired of running in place
with no hope of joy or escape
Baby tell me is there no other way?

Bridge
Cos I know, who I am
i just don’t understand, why i’m here
or what led me here
'cause I’m down and out of my mind
and i’m scared that i’m out of time
i try so hard but that’s not enough

Verse 3
I’m sick of feeling unfamiliar
Looking at a stranger when I look into the mirror
I see all the changes, and the problems I’m at war with
Afraid of my reflection and the way it’s been distorted

I used to have high hopes of trying to stay inspired
By standing right beside of the people that I admire
Looking

But now everything is changed, and I’m feeling so damn ashamed
I’m fighting the wrong fights, while I’m trying to switch lanes
Trapped in a nine to five that I thought would be the force
that would drive my music further, than it ever has before

But look at me know, beaten down
fallen to the floor and beaten into the ground
until I can’t hear the sound, but I still hear the call
of my inner voice telling me I am meant for more
Track Name: Getaway
Getaway

Chorus
Getaway getaway getaway now,
I just wanna escape
To a faraway place
because they say that time don’t wait
for no one at all

So lets go
to place that nobody knows
to a place only we can go

Verse 1
Grab a back pack, and the car keys
Time to make tracks, to where the stars be
I know you're sick and tired of that routine
Walking into work feeling down because you can't see

Any hope of things getting better
And it feels like forever you've been keeping it together
For the sake of a dollar and the number on a pay check
Courting all the money you ain't made yet

I wanna

getaway to where the sun stays
Feel the warmth of the summer as we're cruising down the highway
Listening to Weezer through the speakers with the windows down
Can't deny the feeling of this freedom that we finally found.

I look to the left and see my girl smile
And suddenly a thought has come across my mind
Even though I know that it has been a while
I'm finally at peace and I can leave all my troubles behind

Chorus
I want to get away, from all of it now
I just wanna escape
To a faraway place
because they say that time don’t wait
for no one at all

So lets go
to place that nobody knows
to a place only we can go

Verse 2
I got my hands on the steering wheel, feeling in control
Of the path that I wanna take, choosing where to go
Tires to the asphalt, hit the open road
With no destination as we look for the unknown

We can go, anywhere that you want to
Just as long, as I know I am beside you
We don’t even need a map, it don’t matter where we are
We can go and set up camp, underneath all of the stars

By the seashore or the mountain side, we can ride
till the sun sets, on the skyline, we can fly
overseas, up into the clouds, till we can’t see
people on the ground, living life, feeling care free

I don’t really care where we end up
I just want to feel alive until our times up
From the cradle to the grave, in the moments in between
there’s so many things to see, as we’re living out our dreams.

Pre Chorus
getaway to where the sun stays
Feel the warmth of the summer as we're cruising down the highway
We don’t need a map, it don’t matter where we are
We can go and set up camp, underneath all of the stars

Chorus
I want to get away, from all of it now
I just wanna escape
To a faraway place
because they say that time don’t wait
for no one at all

So lets go
to place that nobody knows
to a place only we can go
Track Name: Coming Home
Coming Home

Chorus
I know you miss me
it feels like a lifetime
Since the last time
I saw ya.

But don't you worry
it wont be long
until I come home
it wont be long
until I come home

Verse 1
I love her, and I hate to leave her lonely
ring ring went the iPhone it was my lovely
lady back home, I know that she is missing me
Paris Tokyo, in my headphones, listening

To Lupe, trying to get inspired
The journey’s been long and I’m really feeling tired
but I know that when I step through that front door
that the woman I adore, will be waiting with kisses and hugs and everything more

that I could want and that is why I’m feeling so excited
I might just, walk up with a poem and recite it.
Just to tell her, that every night I had spent alone
I was wishing for that instant I would chill with her at home

Damn, whoever thought that someone like me
Would find a love like this, it was unlikely
A future spent with you, is just what I see
Were we born to be together? I think we just might be

Chorus
I know you miss me
it feels like a lifetime
Since the last time
I saw ya.

But don't you worry
it wont be long
until I come home
it wont be long
until I come home

Verse 2 (Sing)
Day and night
Our ships go by,
it never gets easier, wanna be right by your side.
I just wanna be close to you
hold you until we reach our future,
we can finally meet again.
feel my heart, feel the rhythm
Of the better days, when i finally get to you

Verse 2 (rap)
Because the days have been long and the nights have been cold
As we're speaking on the phone, in a different time zone.
I hate leaving you alone, but I know I gotta go
So I'm trying hard to pass the time until I'm coming home
Because I know that you miss me,
I can hear it in the way you speak
wishing I could reach
Far enough across the ocean just to kiss you on the cheek
you know that by your side's the only place I wanna be.

Chorus x2
I know you miss me
it feels like a lifetime
Since the last time
I saw ya.

But don't you worry
it wont be long
until I come home
it wont be long
until I come home
Track Name: Where I've Been (Bonus)
Where I've Been

I remember standing in the doorway of two thousand and fifteen
Just an average joe, with some big dreams
Hoping that I would go on to do big things
Ready for the year ahead and everything it could bring

I made promise to myself, that I would build
a better man before you, while I walk out on the field
where I stumbled and tripped, into the jungle of it
Went back to uni and thought it was just a horrible fit

I was back in the classroom, studying my masters
to be teacher, to inspire but after, I started
I was feeling so half hearted
because I knew exactly where my heart was

Rewind to last year
December to be exact
To an email that would tell me to go and pack
My bags in February, it felt extraordinary
To think, that I would be in Japan was kinda scary

Because, I'd be jumping up on stage
Spitting all these writtens that were living on a page
Make a living getting paid
By the people that would say
I would lift them up when they were being pushed into their graves

It was incredible and I could never forget it
To get a taste of a life that I had never expected.
I never knew from the day that I had begun
That my music would fly me to the land of the rising sun, holy smokes

I still can't believe it happened
To think that every moment I invested in my passion
would open up the gates, with the music that I had made
In my bedroom on the nights I would stay up late

I don’t. know.
I just. Had to. leave.
University because I had believed
That it was time for me, to actually
make moves to a life that I have to lead

and so a gradually, worked steady on my craft
just to get to where I’m at, slowly writing out these raps
I got sad and I got mad, frustrated at the fact
that the next song I wrote could well and truly be my last.

I need a break need a break,
You can see it written all over my face
Thought that I should slow down, so I went and got a job
Bill’s kept coming round, and I needed to get paid.

So, I signed the dotted line to the mailroom
in the hopes that my situation go and change soon
I was getting money, I was staying on my grind
But monotony had got me thinking I had lost my mind

Till I found her, she came at the right time
Till I found her, I was feeling slowly left behind
Till I found her, the mountain felt impossible to climb
But she extended out her hand, saying it will all be fine

and so, in October 2015
My first album came out and it felt like a dream
to see, my work up on that CD shelf
to claim that I had an LP under my belt

was crazy! Shout out to Goontrax and Link 6
MonoCreation, RoS we’ve got this!
I've got friends that are talented people
Talented individuals that consider me equal

Had bouts with self doubt, but I've figured it out
I'm facing the situation and I'm turning it round
I was knocked down, and had my face pushed in the ground
And now I'm back up, and I’m ready with my eyes on the crown

because I’m a king in my own mind, own mind
said I’ll make it in own time, own time
In a race against myself, and I’m in it to win
not stopping till conquer every battle within lets go