Finer Times

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One man embarks on an epic journey of science, love, and self actualization to save humanity from itself. Will it all be worth it when he can't make his way back home?

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released May 10, 2016

Prod. by: DeKobe (dekobe.bandcamp.com)
Writing Cory Huber & Andrew Hoelscher
Mixing/Mastering: Razor Boomarang: (razorboomarang.bandcamp.com)
Performed by: Hübris
Image: Copyright NASA ~ Modified for album

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Track Name: Slingshot
“What we wanna do… is change the world.”

When I look back at this place
when I’m in outer space;
I remember finer times
in these lines.
The fact about time is -
it’s limited...
I’ve got this thing to do for everyone.

Yes, now that I got your attention worldwide
You gotta understand I couldn’t land it if I tried.
My little planet looks so peaceful from the outside.
It’s hard to see all the wars and the genocide.
I can’t abide with that so here’s the vision
steal a ship and go to Mars to end all this division
Hook up a shuttle with the ISS and leave
interplanetary piracy’s the only path that I see.
A simple orbit is so easy to keep
But all this going round in circles ain’t changing a damn thing.
Civilization’s been complacent in this generation,
Man I’m losing patience, so I choose a different destination .
I’m sick of waiting for a perfect plan
I’m sick of waiting just to hand the glory over to another man
I finished the calculations up this afternoon
to go to Mars I gotta slingshot around the Moon.

When I look back at this place
when I’m in outer space;
I remember finer times
in these lines.
The fact about time is -
it’s limited...
I’ve got this thing to do for everyone.

Don’t worry my friends, it’s OK...
I can accept a little tragedy.
There’s no safety net I’ll find
worth one small step for mankind.

“The key to the future is not to do less,
it’s to do more with less.
And that, to me, is the future of space exploration.
Now my friends, I am all for everybody flying around in space -
I want to fly in space -
Yes; but Mars...
Mars is a ‘whole nother thing.’”

It's so simple if you think it through:
It's not the place that you’re from that's defining you.
We view the world as if we're different nationalities,
blinded to the fact that we share the same humanity.
‘You can’t take a space station to the promised land.’
Ehh.. you may be right but I’ll be damned if I don’t take the chance
to move man from the Earth to the universe...
or die in space, whatever comes first.

When I look back at this place
when I’m in outer space;
I remember finer times
in these lines.
The fact about time is -
it’s limited...
I’ve got this thing to do for everyone.

Don’t worry my friends, it’s OK...
I can accept a little tragedy.
There’s no safety net I’ll find
worth one small step for mankind.
Track Name: Telescope
Through your telescope,
it's all crystal clear,
it's different paths we travel on.
When you're all alone,
and I'm way up here...
will you be there when I get home?

I’m a grown man and I just learned what love is:
love is a drug that makes a woman flawless;
love is the overwhelming need to be where she is;
love is unlike what they broadcast to me as a kid;
the feel of a warm embrace, kinda makes you appreciate
every blade of grass in the park where you had your first date;
every grain of sand in the beach where she lives;
every wave that crashed to the shore as you first kissed.

Take a step back.
Oh no we need the right parameters...
Take a step back.
We need a heart that bleeds for numbers...
Take a step back.
We need to invent a system that a human can toil in
for decades and never seem to get any wisdom.

We’re raising robots in an outdated model-
Learn when to recite the facts and learn when to follow,
Learn when to crumple to the will of authority, but
forget to love your friends unconditionally.

Through your telescope,
it's all crystal clear,
it's different paths we travel on.
When you're all alone,
and I'm way up here...
will you be there when I get home?


And that my dear is why I have to leave you,
to steal back the heart of mankind the way that thieves do,
to gaffle the baffled minds of the masses,
to teach them what this beautiful life really is.

Life is not being scared of your neighbours;
it’s not shocking headlines in local papers;
it’s not defending industry reeling onward;
it’s not pretending having feelings is awkward.

take a step back
It’s true, that a robot can do what it is that you do
take a step back
they designed automatons built to undermine you
take a step back
but you must trust, with some dumb luck, and careful introspection
that our journey will lead us to love our reflections.

So why did I pack up and fly away,
when I could be there with you as the music plays,
when we could be together, whenever, wherever?
The truth is, I’d rather be remembered forever.

Through your telescope,
it's all crystal clear,
it's different paths we travel on.
When you're all alone,
and I'm way up here...
will you be there when I get home?

“But when I was in college I thought about
What areas that would would most affect the
future of humanity In my opinion, and, the three areas were
the internet, sustainable energy, and space exploration
particularly if humanity becomes a multi planetary species.
There’s kinda like a substantial bifurcation in our
Sort of future if we’re either out there among the stars
on multiple planets, or if we’re confined to earth until
some, obviously eventual, extinction event
Not that I’m pessimistic about life on earth.
I mean, I think things are likely to be good…”
Track Name: Postcard
“The Challenge:
I think societies are like individuals;
We grow when we challenge ourselves,
we stagnate when we do not.
The humans to Mars program would be [a]
tremendously bracing challenge for our society.
It would be tremendously productive, particularly among youth.
Humans to Mars program would say to every kid in school today
‘learn your science and you could be an explorer of a new world.’
The intellectual capital from that would enormously benefit us.
It would dwarf the cost of the program.”

Skimming thin atmosphere when I realize,
Everything I've ever wanted is sitting right before my eyes
Landing safely isn't likely, so let’s emphasize
I'd choose to live forever sooner than I'd choose to stay alive.
The gravity of the situation is literal.
But you don’t see me shivering or looking pitiful.
I am the solitary force moving mankind onward.
Some call me visionary, adversaries looking awkward.
How ‘bout now, you see my vision coming true?
Nearly fifteen minutes till an answers coming through.
"We see you've landed now, so what else you gonna do?"
Whatever the hell I want, my name is Hübris, man, I thought you knew.
And just like that I’m on the surface.
You’re welcome 7 billion earthlings for this service-
and your opinion of me changes from psychotic kamikaze,
to one small step for a man, one giant leap for everybody!

“Mars is the closest planet, that has on it all the resources
needed to support life, and therefore civilization.
If we do what we can do, in our time, to establish that
little Plymouth Rock settlement on mars, then,
five hundred years from now, there’ll be new branches
of human civilization on Mars, and I believe
throughout nearby interstellar space.”

This mission’s been a successful endeavour;
And to make it official, I’ve gone and done something clever
Given myself an address with Mars at the end
sent you a postcard, you know, something to show your friends.
As you pass it around you can let it sink in
That your return address now needs the word ‘Earth’ in it
Commonalities achieved, division nullified
So if I sound at ease, it’s because I’m satisfied.
A celebration lyric is in order let me see...
Now how on Earth will you live up to me?
I am a Martian, marchin’ mankind forward.
You’re perched behind podiums, putting walls on borders.
You'll never know what you got until it's gone-
So you'd better hold her hand while I sing this song.
Remember, nothing lasts forever as a caldera bro...
You'd better fear what's sleeping under Yellowstone.

“I ask any American, ‘what happened in 1492?’
They’ll tell me ‘well, Columbus sailed in 1492’
And that is correct, he did.
But that’s not the only thing that happened in 1492.
In 1492 England and France signed a peace treaty
In 1492 the Borgias took over the papacy.
A lot of things happened.
If there had been newspapers,
those would have been the headlines,
not this Italian weaver’s son
Taking a bunch of ships and sailing off to nowhere.
Five hundred years from now,
People are not going to remember who came out on top in Iraq.
They will remember what we do to make their civilization possible.
So, this is the most important thing we could do.
The most important thing we could do in this time, and
if you have it in your power to do something great, and
important and wonderful, then you should.”
Track Name: Rover
Opportunity-
I wish you would see it sooner.
Curiosity-
Hunting for what makes us human.
Animosity-
Put to rest with one pathfinder.
Ideology-
Spirit of the sole sojourner.

People Die
Can’t change that, man, people die.
You need a parachute to skydive right?
Untrue! Only if you wanna skydive twice.
Footsteps of a lost man, tired
lie next to the tracks of a rover wired
to: Search the the unknown. Report the info.
Dodge the cyclone. Map the cosmos.
Haven’t had a good conversation in months.
Talk to a rover you get no response.
Never Mind our modern day renaissance,
I’d give it all up just to hear your voice once.
Terrible affliction of a passion undecided
when a person pushes, gallant, past the path that was provided.
When he settles with the option that will lead him to unknown...
Will it all be worth it when he can’t make his way back home?

Opportunity-
I wish you would see it sooner.
Curiosity-
Hunting for what makes us human.
Animosity-
Put to rest with one pathfinder.
Ideology-
Spirit of the sole sojourner.

(When I look back at this place, when I'm in outer space... I remember finer times in these lines)
Track Name: Ladder
I feel alone now-
The last man on earth is not hyperbole.
I feel alone now-
Let’s zoom in on the story that is you and me.
Tell me if you loved me dearly, would you still come to hear me,
and would you die for truth or just keep living insincerely?
I feel alone now-
The last man on earth is not hyperbole.
I feel alone now-
Let’s zoom in on the story that is you and me.
Tell me if you loved me dearly, would you still come to hear me,
and would you die for truth or just keep living insincerely?

I was climbing up the ladder, it became depleted.
It’s my own hubris that told me the pattern just repeated.
Empty space there should have been another rung.
I thought how could it be ending now, I’ve only just begun!?
Always skittish around ladders now I know what for.
It’s not like walking down the hallway toward an open door.
It’s not a portal to a different destination,
it takes you where you were just at a higher elevation.
One you can fall from if you’re not inclined to fly.
How many times I’ve hit the ground when aiming for the sky.
“Shoot for the moon, and if you miss end up among the stars... ^_^”
There’s nothing inspirational about being dead on Mars!
Enjoy my last hurrah, and all the change I made.
It’s not like any ghost can boast this kind of dying day.
It’s close to curtain call, and for my final bow.
So with my last breath I must avow...

I feel alone now-
The last man on earth is not hyperbole.
I feel alone now-
Let’s zoom in on the story that is you and me.
Tell me if you loved me dearly, would you still come to hear me,
and would you die for truth or just keep living insincerely?
I feel alone now-
The last man on earth is not hyperbole.
I feel alone now-
Let’s zoom in on the story that is you and me.
Tell me if you loved me dearly, would you still come to hear me,
and would you die for truth or just keep living insincerely?

Forget the mission!
For far too long have I been your satellite;
hanging tough in upper orbit, practicing to get my greeting right.
Keeping you arms reach - more like a mile high!
Feeling dead inside when I see you with another guy.
So in the end, it all comes down to you.
You’re the only person in the world I dread would disapprove.
Radio’s delayed, I was dead before you knew.
I love you.
Track Name: Home
Home

“From this distant vantage point, the Earth,
might not seem of any particular interest.
But for us, it’s different.
Consider again that dot…
That’s here, that’s home, that’s us.
On it… everyone you love, everyone you know,
everyone you ever heard of.
Every human being there ever was, lived out their lives.
The aggregate of our joy and suffering…
Thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines.
Every hunter and forager, every hero and coward,
every creator and destroyer of civilization…
Every king and peasant, every young couple in love,
every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer…
Every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician,
every ‘supreme leader.’
Every saint and sinner in the history of our species,
lived there, on a mote of dust, suspended in a sun beam.
The Earth, is a very small stage, in a vast cosmic arena.
Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors,
So that in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters
Of a fraction,
of a dot...

Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel.,
On the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner.
How frequent their misunderstandings.
How eager they are to kill one another.
How fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self importance…
The delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe…
are challenged by this point of pale light.

Our planet, is a lonely speck in the great, enveloping cosmic dark.
In our obscurity, in all this vastness,
There is no hint that help will come from elsewhere
to save us,
from ourselves.”
Track Name: Postcard (Jabe Remix)
“The Challenge:
I think societies are like individuals;
We grow when we challenge ourselves,
we stagnate when we do not.
The humans to Mars program would be [a]
tremendously bracing challenge for our society.
It would be tremendously productive, particularly among youth.
Humans to Mars program would say to every kid in school today
‘learn your science and you could be an explorer of a new world.’
The intellectual capital from that would enormously benefit us.
It would dwarf the cost of the program.”

Skimming thin atmosphere when I realize,
Everything I've ever wanted is sitting right before my eyes
Landing safely isn't likely, so let’s emphasize
I'd choose to live forever sooner than I'd choose to stay alive.
The gravity of the situation is literal.
But you don’t see me shivering or looking pitiful.
I am the solitary force moving mankind onward.
Some call me visionary, adversaries looking awkward.
How ‘bout now, you see my vision coming true?
Nearly fifteen minutes till an answers coming through.
"We see you've landed now, so what else you gonna do?"
Whatever the hell I want, my name is Hübris, man, I thought you knew.
And just like that I’m on the surface.
You’re welcome 7 billion earthlings for this service-
and your opinion of me changes from psychotic kamikaze,
to one small step for a man, one giant leap for everybody!

“Mars is the closest planet, that has on it all the resources
needed to support life, and therefore civilization.
If we do what we can do, in our time, to establish that
little Plymouth Rock settlement on mars, then,
five hundred years from now, there’ll be new branches
of human civilization on Mars, and I believe
throughout nearby interstellar space.”

This mission’s been a successful endeavour;
And to make it official, I’ve gone and done something clever
Given myself an address with Mars at the end
sent you a postcard, you know, something to show your friends.
As you pass it around you can let it sink in
That your return address now needs the word ‘Earth’ in it
Commonalities achieved, division nullified
So if I sound at ease, it’s because I’m satisfied.
A celebration lyric is in order let me see...
Now how on Earth will you live up to me?
I am a Martian, marchin’ mankind forward.
You’re perched behind podiums, putting walls on borders.
You'll never know what you got until it's gone-
So you'd better hold her hand while I sing this song.
Remember, nothing lasts forever as a caldera bro...
You'd better fear what's sleeping under Yellowstone.

“I ask any American, ‘what happened in 1492?’
They’ll tell me ‘well, Columbus sailed in 1492’
And that is correct, he did.
But that’s not the only thing that happened in 1492.
In 1492 England and France signed a peace treaty
In 1492 the Borgias took over the papacy.
A lot of things happened.
If there had been newspapers,
those would have been the headlines,
not this Italian weaver’s son
Taking a bunch of ships and sailing off to nowhere.
Five hundred years from now,
People are not going to remember who came out on top in Iraq.
They will remember what we do to make their civilization possible.
So, this is the most important thing we could do.
The most important thing we could do in this time, and
if you have it in your power to do something great, and
important and wonderful, then you should.”
Track Name: Ladder (Robotnik One Remix)
Ladder

I feel alone now
The last man on earth is not hyperbole
I feel alone now
Let’s zoom in on the story that is you and me
Tell me if you loved me dearly, would you still come to hear me
And would you die for truth or just keep living insincerely
I feel alone now
The last man on earth is not hyperbole
I feel alone now
Let’s zoom in on the story that is you and me
Tell me if you loved me dearly, would you still come to hear me
And would you die for truth or just keep living insincerely

I was climbing up the ladder, it became depleted
It’s my own hubris that told me the pattern just repeated
Empty space there should have been another rung
I thought how could it be ending now, I’ve only just begun
Always skittish around ladders now I know what for.
It’s not like walking down the hallway toward an open door
It’s not a portal to a different destination
It takes you where you were just at a higher elevation
One you can fall from if you’re not inclined to fly
How many times I’ve hit the ground when aiming for the sky
Shoot for the moon, and if you miss end up among the stars
There’s nothing inspirational about being dead on mars
Enjoy my last hurrah, and all the change I made
It’s not like any ghost can boast this kind of dying day
It’s close to curtain call, and for my final bow
So with my last breath I must avow

I feel alone now
The last man on earth is not hyperbole
I feel alone now
Let’s zoom in on the story that is you and me
Tell me if you loved me dearly, would you still come to hear me
And would you die for truth or just keep living insincerely
I feel alone now
The last man on earth is not hyperbole
I feel alone now
Let’s zoom in on the story that is you and me3
Tell me if you loved me dearly, would you still come to hear me
And would you die for truth or just keep living insincerely

Forget the mission
For far too long have I been your satellite
Hanging tough in upper orbit, practicing to get my greeting right
Keeping you arms reach - more like a mile high
Feeling dead inside when I see you with another guy
So in the end it all comes down to you
You’re the only person in the world I dread would disapprove
Radio’s delayed, I was dead before you knew
I love you, I love you, I love you