Life Like Fiction

by Robert Scott King

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released April 2, 2012

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Robert Scott King Los Angeles, California

I'm a BMI affiliated singer-songwriter based in Southern California. My past musical experiences include playing the local club circuit, receiving airplay on commercial/college radio, and working as a music therapist.

My music can be heard on several networks (e.g., Showtime, MTV, Discovery), in advertising spots (e.g., CIGNA "Go You" campaign), and in some radio markets (Germany, France, Spain).
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Track Name: Careless Self-Promotion
We’re all striving to be seen - Breaking past obscurity
If I could make you notice me - Promote your praise and flattery

If I’ll never be, like some celebrity - Would anyone here remember me?

And it feels so proud - Living life out loud - Among the roar of the crowd
And the minds you tame - And the lives you frame
The adoration’s all around

Parading people on the screen - They’re all striving to be seen
They make such noise and act obscene - They could never be redeemed

If I’ll never be, like some celebrity - Will anyone hear or notice me?

And I feel so proud - Living life out loud - Among the roar of the crowd
And the minds you tame - And the lives you frame
The adoration’s all around

Attention seekers follow me
Where fame’s achieved when you do nothing
Critic indifference might make you bleed
Fame isn’t all it’s made out to be
Track Name: A Sophisticated Mess
There are no criminals in this case
Just sudden strangers - An accomplice betrayed
Feel like a fugitive with past to erase
Shattered alibis - One slow getaway

Acting so estranged - Once partners in crime

Playing the victim - Until you break away

Social experiment destined to break
Left over side-effects we start to crave
Motives don’t mean a lot at this stage
The traits we hide behind overlay the blame

Acting so estranged - Once partners in crime

Playing the victim - Until you break away
Staying the victim - Deserters parting ways

Sensations giving out - Cast aside your pride
It’s time to slip away…

Playing the victim - Until you break away
Staying the victim - Deserters parting ways
Track Name: Nothing Happens While You're Sleeping
Nothing happens while you’re sleeping
The world outside you is barely creeping
Images, ripe and revealing
Cast some light on what you’re dreaming

Yeah, yeah, and you know it - Illusions to throw us
When you dream it - Do you start to believe it?

Everybody wakes up from nightly scheming
The prospects better when you’re dreaming
Imagination ripe and revealing
Thoughts stored inside for safe keeping

Yeah, yeah, don’t you know it? Illusions to throw us
When you dare to conceive it - Do you start to believe it?

Nothing happens while you’re sleeping
Wake up tonight – and continue dreaming

Nothing happens while you’re sleeping
The world looks better when you’re dreaming
A world inside awaits more scheming
You’re never too tired for mindless dreaming

Yeah, yeah, and you know it - The illusions will throw us
Go on and dream it - Dare to believe it…

‘Cause nothing happens while you’re sleeping…
Track Name: I Feel All Right Tonight
No skills required - Be my good luck charm tonight
When the chips are down - I’ll need the spark that you’ll provide
Let’s break this curse - And see what’s compromised

Touch me somehow - Make me want to believe

I feel all right tonight - See it getting better
You and I try to sustain each other

Despair is gone - I feel revived tonight
There’s one less dawn - Seen through bloodshot eyes
I’ll wake up strong - Like I have some new disguise

Touch me somehow - Make me want to believe

I feel all right tonight - See it getting better
You and I try to sustain each other

You touch me somehow - You make me start to believe
Show me something that’s real - I’ll dare to breathe

I feel all right tonight - And it’s getting better
You and I try to sustain each other
I feel more alive - The way love’s delivered
You and I survive
Track Name: Escape Plan
Placed here to play a part - Not sure of where to start
When my mind’s free, I’ll depart, you’ll see

Breaking out of bounds tonight - Plot my escape routes tonight
To be free of thought is all right, it seems

Someday - We’re gonna’ shine
A future’s ours to find
Someday - We’re gonna’ shine, because you’re mine

You found me coming apart
Took awhile deciding where to start
Something was missing at the heart, inside

Someday - We’re gonna’ shine
A future’s ours to find
Someday - You’re gonna’ shine
We’re gonna’ shine…

Someday - We’re gonna’ shine
The future’s ours to find
Someday - We’re gonna’ shine
Our hopes will fuel the climb
Someday - We’re gonna’ shine, because you’re mine
Track Name: Life Like Fiction
You wake to find your unconscious gone
Put a costume on before the curtain’s drawn

We spend a lifetime in our shells
Feed the ego in ourselves
We ploy to resurrect ourselves...

Life like fiction isn’t hard to find (3x)...

We learn our roles, goals curve despair
Life’s plot is a guess, who’s directing here?

We spend a lifetime in our shells
Feed the ego in ourselves
We ploy to resurrect ourselves...

Life like fiction isn’t hard to find (3x)...

We spend a lifetime in our shells
Feed the ego in ourselves
We ploy to resurrect ourselves...

Life like fiction isn’t hard to find (4x)...
Track Name: Shallow
It’s the way that you are, never dig too far, because you’re shallow
Look what you’ve become, the emotions undone, because you’re shallow
When you’re shallow - Contentment’s a breeze - When you’re shallow

Don’t ever dig too deep, just go back to sleep, because you’re shallow
No one cares to ask, if you’re up for the task, because you’re shallow
When you’re shallow - Content and at ease - When you’re shallow

You live this quest for greed - There’s so much need to feed
Because you’re shallow, you’re so shallow

You stayed where you are, never strayed too far, because you’re shallow
Made the most with the least, and you live for the feast
Because you’re shallow
When you’re shallow - Quite pleased and at ease - When you’re shallow

You live this quest for greed - But there’s so much need to feed
Because you’re shallow, you’re so shallow, because you’re shallow

You seem so damn unique - It’s part of your mystique…

Because you’re shallow, you’re so shallow, because you’re shallow…
Track Name: More Alive
I feel more alive, I feel more alive - than usual

I respond to (a sound /a clock) in the morning
Feel I’m conditioned and tamed/shamed
Something has taken me over
I know I’m partly to blame

Let go of the anger - Let go of the rage
Let go of the anger - or you’ll regret it - you better get out of this…

I feel more alive, I feel more alive - than usual

I’m through with running in circles
Tired of speaking in vain
I’m living some social experiment
Feel locked up in a cage

Let go of your anger - Let go of your rage
Let go of the anger - or you’ll regret it - you better get out of this…

Let go of your anger - Let go of your rage
Let go of the anger - or you’ll regret it - you better get out of this…

I feel more alive, I feel more alive - than usual…
Track Name: Everybody Wants a Piece of You
Everybody’s lusting for the view
Everybody wants their piece of you
You sound so good in your reviews
All the pretty pictures are of you
In every way we lose - We’re too caught up in you

Everybody tunes in to get amused
While everybody’s trying to shake some blues
Everyone’s emotions are getting used
Everywhere they buy your point of view
In every way we lose - We’re too caught up in you

Passion and desire are fueling you
Infatuation, lust are coming through
Fools with desire amusing you
We’re craving some private time with you

Anyway we play we lose - We’re too fond of you

Another piece of you
Another piece of you
Another piece of you
We all crave a larger slice of you
Track Name: (I Suppose) It's Not the End of the World
So much hatred covers the world - Makes people sink so low
I’ve seen such bigotry flow inside some minds
And there’s/here’s one more fool who sheds his grief
There’s so many of them, how do you get some relief?

I’m staring down the dregs of this world
Their twisted views thrown on me
I suppose it’s not the end of this/the world
But not the way I want it to be

All the rage they store up inside, ignites, incites
It’s the way they entered this world, reared on lies and hate
All those drinks that they live through make them indiscreet
Those drinks don’t help much when lips start to speak

Remarks of scorn will remind you - A world of contempt still surrounds you

Something said, floored you tonight, all right, make light
A comment makes you suddenly think, but wait, it’s just bait
And there’s one more fool who shares his crude beliefs
When there’s so many out there, how do you get some relief?

I suppose it’s not the end of the world… I suppose it’s not the end of the world…
Track Name: Cartoon Candidate
Grey suit learned his lines well - Handlers trail behind him
Smiling for the camera(s) - Photo-ops with babies
Patriotic talk serves him well - Rolls out the same old platform
Smiling for the camera - A wink for all the ladies

We salute you - Mr. Red, White and Blue
Two political sides - Is what we’re reduced too
Mr. Red, White and Blue

Watch the political cartoon - A spectacle unfolding
As they’re waving at the people - They’ll extol their party(’s) virtues
Do votes change the course of anything?
And who really represents you?
Too busy smiling for the cameras - Photo-ops with babies

We salute you - Mr. Red, White and Blue
A political ride - Teleprompters are cued
Mr. Red, White and Blue

And we’re waiting now for you - To give us your point of view
And we’re waiting out of view - Disenchanted too - We salute you…
Track Name: Martin
Martin shakes his finger at the sky
And an audience obeys him with their cries

There goes Martin, he’s all right
There goes Martin, he’ll get by

He’s the grand manipulator when he tries
No one seems to catch him in his lie

We see Martin, then pass him by
The world owes Martin a goodbye
Track Name: No One's Gonna' Save You
No one’s gonna’ save you
It’s no one’s task to awake you
Let no one’s ruse overtake you
Negativity can’t claim you

Overcome your plight - Go assert your rights

No one’s gonna’ make you
An inner force must shake through
When dour moments overtake you
Spare the pity of those that forsake you

Overcome your plight - Go assert your rights

Sacrifice might redeem you
When there’s nothing more to tap into
Find salvation that liberates you
‘Cause no one here’s gonna’ save you

Get your focus right - Go assert your rights