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On Display

On Display

Release Date: June 1, 2018
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ON DISPLAY is (18-year-old) Michelle Creber’s first all-original solo album: a multi-faceted collection of new songs by a dynamic emerging artist. On Display contains a blend of acoustic and electronic sounds in rich, sophisticated arrangements, showcasing lyrics that are at once deeply personal and universally relatable. The album features guest vocalists Gabriel Brown (Black Gryph0n) and Natalie Sharp; a variety of guest producers including Nathanael Brown (Baasik) and Fred Mollin; and an array of incredible Vancouver and Nashville musicians.

Click HERE for more things On Display such as…
USB album (includes many extras)
Sheet Music Book (piano/vocal/chord arrangements)
Clothing & Accessories

MUSIC VIDEOS & LYRICS

On the day that we were born they stamped our faces with a barcode
With the most permanent ink, in bold across our foreheads
Scanned and sold to the prison of our everyday
All we want is to scratch the mental scar away

We grow up to disappoint the sure predictions of the ones who
Nailed the fences round our necks but only to protect us
Once they know we’ve ignored their false identities
They’ll freak out, diagnose us with a head disease

But we can’t be blamed, we can’t be blamed
I can’t be, you can’t be, we can’t be blamed

King or queen, you’re royalty
Heart or spade, it’s overplayed
They’ll brand us, scar us, leave us
When they fail to understand us but
King or queen, your love is free
King or queen, your love is free

They don’t know the kind of pain that we endure to keep them at ease
Feel so false our lives are morphing into movies
With no end, the kind to keep its viewers taunted
We act well, despite the circumstances

‘Could you please not be yourself’ is their prescription, more like poison
Frantically outlining that we’re wrong, alone, unwanted
Just a faze, the only rational conclusion
We can change, an impractical solution

Cause we can’t be blamed (we can’t be blamed)
We can’t be blamed (we can’t be blamed)
I can’t be, you can’t be, we can’t be blamed

King or queen, you’re royalty
Heart or spade, it’s overplayed
They’ll brand us, scar us, leave us
When they fail to understand us but
King or queen, your love is free

We deserve to have a throne
Praise to each their own
We deserve to wear a crown
Tell me why do they have to bring us down?

King or queen, you’re royalty
In reality, in reality
Heart or spade, it’s overplayed
We’re humanity, we’re humanity
They’ll brand us, scar us, leave us
When they fail to understand us but
King or queen, your love is free

King or queen, you’re royalty
In reality, in reality
Heart or spade, it’s overplayed
We’re humanity, we’re humanity
They’ll brand us, scar us, leave us
When they fail to understand us but
King or queen, your love is free
King or queen, your love is free
King or queen, your love is free

Held my ground with silence
Never ran astray
Kept it in so tightly
All until today

Now I’m on display
Tied up and judged in every way
And I must obey
Tell me that it gets better someday

Petrified and speechless
As they come observe
Every flaw and weakness
Cause if you haven’t heard

I’m on display
My bones are carved out thoroughly
And my blood is grey
Tell me that it gets better someday

Tell me I’ll escape this torture
Regain colour, rebuild structure
Tell me this is not forever
I can’t breathe, I need an answer

Cause I’m on display
My soul will hang in disarray
Can’t walk away
Tell me that it gets better someday

Tell me I’ll escape this torture
Regain colour, rebuild structure
Tell me this is not forever
I can’t breathe, I need an answer

Cause I’m on display
Cursin’ my weak heart for givin’ way
And I’m not ok
Just tell me that
Just tell me that it gets better someday

Held my ground with silence
Never ran astray
Kept it in so tightly
Lost it all today

I declare this year to be the worst one yet
Walls decayed and left shadows of a kingdom, bet
You a million days from now a laugh has struck the living
For they’re at peace and well

Scared, confused and hurt, stuck in a rewind with all this
Hate, and keeping score, we have to be reminding ourselves
A flower is born amongst the darkness and the rubble
The surface is a triumph it fights for

It’s gonna turn around
And I’m waiting, I’m waiting, I’m waiting on that
Before an up there’s down
And I’m counting, I’m counting, I’m counting on that
Hold onto your seat it’s gonna be a rough ride
But everything’ll turn with time

So prone to forget when you’re in the depths of your despair
Remember when I was in the same boat back there
Sailing waters with certainty I’d surely not recover
But I cried, then learned, and lived

It’s gonna turn around
And I’m waiting, I’m waiting, I’m waiting on that
Before an up there’s down
And I’m counting, I’m counting, I’m counting on that
Hold onto your seat it’s gonna be a rough ride
But everything’ll turn with time

We all know the world has not been in our favour lately though
I’m feeling that a change is lurking close you’ll see, you’ll see
Oh I know it’s hard living holding up a positive facade
When you’re feeling like the joy of life is gone
But you’ll see, you’ll see, you’ll see

It’s gonna turn around
Before an up there’s down

It’s gonna turn around
(It’s gonna turn around)
Before an up there’s down
(Before an up there’s down)
Hold onto your seat it’s gonna be a rough ride
But everything’ll turn with time

It’s gonna turn around
And I’m waiting, I’m waiting, I’m waiting on that
Before an up there’s down
And I’m counting, I’m counting, I’m counting on that
Hold onto your seat it’s gonna be a rough ride
But everything’ll turn with time

A door was shut, the keys were “lost”, you screamed
And so began the saga titled: Sympathy
The lights are off, you’re scared, why hide the switch then
‘Cause that’s the trick, the door was locked by one of us, guess who

You’re cryin’ “I’m all alone, there’s not a living soul who cares now”
But I am just down the hall of this haunted house and you love that
I can’t give up on you, despite the harm you do
A friend is not this worthless

Must be a ghost, hung in your puppet show
Sewn at the mouth, role of invisible
Illusions get attention, house is growing
We’re all trophies in her innocent collection

You sell, we buy, the walls reek with your persuasion
You’re in distress, for best actress the Oscar goes to you

Still cryin’ “I’m all alone, I need a living soul to care now”
When we are just down the hall of this haunted house, had always thought
Maybe her demons are fake, monsters of makeup and paint
That decorate a sweet nightmare

Must be a ghost (what do you need of me when you’re never seein’ me)
Hung in your puppet show (tangled up in your ties, immobilized)
Sewn at the mouth (what do you need of me, why you never seein’ me)
Role of invisible (you’ve written every line and got ‘em memorized)
You’re always craving fresh blood, house keeps growing

Quite a shame though, isn’t it
She has more skulls and dolls than humans to have conversations with
Don’t pity us, oh no, we pity her
You know we really cared
Remember why we walked in here
Why’d she have to lock us here

Now we’re just ghosts, dead in her puppet show
Well say goodbye to control, you’ve lit all of the matches
Home of poison and I’m gonna burn it to ashes

Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait…
The door was never locked, of course
Guess I’ll just go then
I’ll miss you

I grew up in a town, in a home where we all got along
And our color was overlooked
I was taught that a face and a name didn’t make it ok
To put somebody below the rest

Why this hatred, separation
I will never understand it, we’re no better

I don’t see a difference
Enough with the ignorance, wake up
You filter by race, never learned to embrace other shades
Well I don’t care, I play fair
You guard the pedestal I wanna share
While you win and hoard your prize
I’d rather be colorblind

Noon was art, where we’d tidy our desk and begin with a canvas
As white as the winter snow
Answer this, without all of the paints and our big box of pencils
How could we have learned to create

Why this hatred, isolation
I will never understand it, they deserve better

I don’t see a difference
Enough with the ignorance, wake up
You filter by race, never learned to embrace other shades
Well I don’t care, I play fair
You guard the pedestal I wanna share
While you win and hoard your prize
I’d rather be colorblind

Red is to blue is to green is to gold
Owning a beauty that can’t be controlled
Give up allow them to brighten your soul
Unfold, unfold, unfold

White is to black is to brown is to grey
Equally worthy despite what you say
Maybe you’ll turn and retire your ways
Someday, someday, someday

I don’t see a difference
Enough with the ignorance, wake up
You filter by race, never learned to embrace other shades
Well I don’t care, I play fair
You guard the pedestal I wanna share
I see clear, hidden fear
Uneducated, supremacist, coward my dear
While you win and hoard your prize
I’d rather be colorblind, I’d rather be colorblind
I’d rather be colorblind, I’d rather be colorblind

MICH:
Mortals in distress here
Frozen in our own fear
Sickening minds, the trying times have drained our strength

GABE:
People losing their lives
Cause we can never end the fight
The fight over land, an upper hand and full control of all the rules

MICH:
Where are those avengers when we need them
To save us in the noble name of freedom
(GABE HARMONIZED) Lookin’ through a comic I had has a child and wishing they would jump out, wishing they would to come to life

MICH:
God how we could use a superhero

GABE:
Funny that I still feel
That somehow they could be real
(MICH HARMONIZED) And’ll come of hiding, flawless timing binding us

MICH:
Maybe we’ll create one
A superficial superman
(GABE HARMONIZED) Or Thor with his hammer, iron man, a Captain red and white and blue

MICH AND GABE ON LOW HARMONY
Where are those avengers when we need them
To save us in the noble name of freedom
Lookin’ through a comic I had has a child and wishing they would jump out, wishing they would to come to life
God how we could use a superhero

(Ohhhhs super harmonized)

MICH AND GABE
Where are those avengers when we need them
To save us in the noble name of freedom
Lookin’ through a comic I had has a child and wishing they would jump out, wishing they would to come to life
God how we could use a superhero

Just turned seven, half past eleven
She bawlin’ at the bedroom mirror with the curls tied up
How could they know, how could they know

Chest on fire, holds up the wires
She wonders were they meant to be red, no they said blue
How could she know, how could she know

Get up little girl, we’re only minutes from your coronation
The whole family’s attending, bring your best behavior
Concentrated, obedient, she stands
‘Cause what other choice does she have

Princess, gown and all, you got the life she wants
Perfect, beloved, you get everything in your
Fairytale, written in detail, happy ever after
Bear the dress, free the curls
Swear a truth while crossing fingers
She decides, to gain her kingdom
At what price, at what price

Just turned eleven, half before seven
She bawlin’ in the bathroom, avoiding adults at dinner
Nobody knows, nobody knows
Small talk beckons, what’s she gonna tell them
When a little red wire shines amongst the blue
Then they will know, then they’ll all know

Get out little girl, we’re only minutes from your celebration
The whole village is arriving, have a good performance
Dance with balance and elegance
She’s told it’s the only choice so she goes

Princess, gown and all, you got the life she wants
Perfect, beloved, you get everything in your
Fairytale, written in detail, happy ever after
Bear the dress, free the curls
Swear a truth while crossing fingers
She decides, to gain her kingdom

Look at her, insecure
Look at her, so eager to serve, serve
Hiding hurt, look at her, her, her
Somebody tell her, just be yourself
Can somebody tell her, no matter what, what
She is beautiful, could somebody tell her so

Hey princess, gown and all, she’ll live the life you’ve got
Perfect, beloved, more than everything in your
Fairytale, written in detail, happy ever after
Skip the dress, tie the curls
Own your truth with open fingers
She decides, to gain her kingdom
At no price, at no price

Take it in or take it for granted
Half is full, while half of the glass is empty
Same affair, though I’m aware
It’s not what it is but how you choose to see it
And I choose half is full most days

I’ve got home
I’ve got hope
And that’s all I need

Redefine the meaning of sadness
Cut and paste the pain into one big atlas
Focus in and then begin to let it guide
And help you see the bright side of a glass that’s empty

Don’t you know that you’ve got home
You’ve got hope
Faith in love
Well that’s all you need
In the end that’s everything

Step outside of body and mind
Heart open wide, where you’ll realize
That through this life we grow to ignore
Things we could be thankful everyday for

Take it in or take it for granted
Glass is full, glass is empty

We’ve got home
We’ve got hope
Faith in love
No matter what
I’ve got home
I’ve got hope
Faith in love
That’s all I need in the end
Take it in or take it for granted

Soakin’ in the heat of reality
Crackin’ under weight of uncertainty
I’m brave but regrettably crave control, schedule
Chokin’ on the what ifs and I don’t knows

Slow down, let the air flow through your skull
To avoid the panic yell it over and over ‘til your hope has won
You’re still young

Feels like I’m runnin’ out of time
Maybe I’m losin’ my mind
Average dilemmas of millennials, I’m just another one
Don’t jump the gun, you’re still young, you’re still young

Tell me, will I fail or gain a whole whack of success
Why do I need others approval, I guess
I’m free but I’m cravin’ complete rationality
Fail to see the logic in any of this

Slow down, just accept you’ll never know
Try and avoid the panic
Yell it over and over til your hope has won
You’re still young

Feels like I’m runnin’ out of time
Maybe I’m losin’ my mind
Average dilemmas of millennials, I’m just another one
Don’t jump the gun, you’re still young

So many people on this planet
I gotta stand out gotta find my own sound
Seems easy but recently you gotta admit
That our Earth is gettin’ real loud

Slow down, slow down
Slow down, just breathe

Feels like I’m runnin’ out of time
I know I’m losin’ my mind
Average dilemmas of millennials, I’m just another one
Get me to a hospital
I’ve got incurable first world problems disease

Running out of time
Long lost my mind
Don’t call me special ‘cause just like the rest of them
I’ve got my fair share of questions and doubts
Don’t jump the gun, you’re still young
You’re still young

Golden sunset, practically perfect view
Won’t find a single fault or flaw about it
Mesmerizing me, eyes wide and everything
Not the sky, to clarify, I’m staring at you

Always thought it was foolish, writing a love song this young
Romancing is for movies I’ll never want any part in
So how I’d get here, on the grass at the edge of blue water
With this beautiful view but god I’m only looking at you

Caught up in expectation
The rules I put my bets on
Love was nothin’ less
Love was nothin’ less than unexpected
Unexpected

It doesn’t matter where I am babe
It doesn’t matter where I go
I’m never far from your embrace
My soul is wrapped up comfortably

I always thought it was foolish, writing a love song this young
Now I write for the circus, dignity gone, look what you’ve done
But don’t feel too bad on the grass at the edge of blue water
For although I complain, I’d never do it over again

Caught up in expectation
The rules I put my bets on
Love was nothin’ less
Love was nothin’ less than unexpected
I’d been a slow confessor
But you got me hook line sinker
Love was nothin’ less
Love was nothin’ less than unexpected

Whole body paralyzed, when I realized
It’s you, it’s you, who else would it be
If only I could just encourage my past self to see

That if I had paid attention
I would’ve seen this comin’
Love was nothin’ less
Love was nothin’ less than expected
But I had been a slow confessor
When you got me hook line sinker
Love was nothin’ less
Love was nothin’ less than unexpected
Unexpected

So planned out, our excuses
Broke and stuck, I can’t help you
Ask yourself, are you really that held back
Chances are you’re not

We gotta give more
We gotta give more

Hearts keep bleeding, no use pleading
Where’s the fairness, so few selfless
Good souls dying, ones still crying
Families homeless, children helpless
So let’s not be the selfish
Let’s remember one for all

Let’s see change now, let’s be braver
Sacrifices must be made
How could you stand there free of guilt
While they all suffer, I can’t fathom that

We gotta give more
We gotta give more

Hearts keep bleeding, no use pleading
Where’s the fairness, so few selfless
Good souls dying, ones still crying
Families homeless, children helpless
So let’s not be the selfish
Let’s remember one for all

Let’s stand together (let’s stand together)
Be strong together (be strong together)
Let’s stand together (let’s stand together)
Be strong together (be strong together)

Hearts keep bleeding, no use pleading
Where’s the fairness, so few selfless
Good souls dying, ones still crying
Families homeless, children helpless
So let’s not be the selfish
Let’s remember one for all
Let’s not be the selfish
Let’s remember one for all

Raise the stakes
Play for fame
Risk your loves
With no shame

Bet for the stage, aim for the stars, roll for the spotlight
Gamble the praise, carvin’ your name over the top slots
Second is low, second is so far from number one
But when the lottery isn’t dreamy like it seems
Don’t come runnin’ to me
Don’t, don’t come runnin’ to me, to me, to me, to me

Starving skin
Greedy bones
Nothing’s good
Good enough

Bet for the stage, aim for the stars, roll for the spotlight
Gamble the praise, carvin’ your name over the top slots
Second is low, second is so far from number one
But when the lottery isn’t dreamy like it seems
Don’t come runnin’ to me
Don’t, don’t come runnin’ to me, to me, to me, to me

Raise the stakes
(best of luck to ya)
Play for fame
(best of luck to ya)
Risk your love, love, loves
(best of luck to ya, best of luck to ya)
With no shame
(best of luck to ya, best of luck to ya)
Nothing’s ever good enough

Bet for the stage, aim for the stars, roll for the spotlight
Gamble the praise, carvin’ your name over the top slots
Second is low, second is so far from number one
But when the lottery isn’t dreamy like it seems
When the lottery isn’t dreamy like it seems
Don’t come runnin’ to me

I’ve been trying to compose some
Words that fit this melody I wrote
It got fairly stuck in my head
After roughly singin’ it just once

But all the themes are old and used
Originality infused maybe, sort of
So although these words are mine
I am sure they have been rhymed at least a hundred times

I’ve got a confession ‘bout this chord progression
It’s really not new
But what else can I do, but what else can I do
I guess no musician avoids repetition
And I’m no exception so this has to be
Just another song for, just another song for you

They may play it on the radio
Release a music video as well
Built up excitement will die quickly
They’ll be sick of it completely and move on

‘Cause all the themes have been explored
Originality ignored mostly, entirely
With all those customary lines that may be cleverer than mine
Oh shoot, this verse is done, well fine ‘cause

Here’s my confession ‘bout this chord progression
It’s really not new
But what else can I do, but what else can I do
I guess no musician avoids repetition
And I’m no exception so this has to be
Just another song for, just another song for you

Raise your hands up in the air
What a rip off of a pop song if I didn’t say that
Or include a simple chant
Pay attention to the track
Wanna hear you singin’, hear you singin’
Hear you singin’ this back

Just another song, yeah this is just another song
Just another song for you, it’s just another song etc.
It’s just another, it’s just another song for you etc.

I’ve got a confession ‘bout this chord progression
It’s really not new
But what else can I do, but what else can I do
I guess no musician avoids repetition
And I’m no exception so this has to be
Just another song for, just another song for
Just another song for you