Isabella

by Cosmicity

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Cosmicity's 1997 album "Isabella" is arguably his most important release ever. On this 4th studio release, Mark finally found the sound for Cosmcity that he would carry forward permanently. It's very easy to view all of his previous releases (The Vision, The Moment, and Syn) as various song experiments in search of a sound. But with "Isabella", Mark finally found what he'd been searching for.

While this album was not widely noticed in the initial months following its release (Mark actually feared it was a complete flop), about a year later it absolutely took off - especially in clubs along the east coast where the songs "Alone" and "Your Beautiful Lie" became surprisingly popular underground hits. "Visionary" became a favorite of the retro synthpop crowd. And ultimately, "Crucify" and "Isabella" went on to be two of Cosmicity's most enduring and beloved ballads. Isabella is Cosmicity's 3rd best-selling release of all time, after Escape Pod For Two and Pure.

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released January 1, 1997

All songs written and performed by Mark Nicholas (aka Cosmicity).

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Track Name: Crucify
"Seriously, in the 4 years we've known each other, there's always been something else besides just friendship. An unusual attraction."

You take apart my inside and leave me but a piece. You render me indecent. I'm down on my knees. You know you make me suffer. I can not close my eyes. I'm punished by your beauty, and now I realize, you crucify my heart. You penetrate my soul, and I'll never let you go.

You wonder why I love you. I tell you I can't help myself. You own me with your movements and watching you is hell. You cut me with your touches and pierce me with your eyes. The day I fell in love with you is the day you crucified...You crucify my heart. You penetrate my soul, and I'll never let you go.
Track Name: Two Months' Salary
Today I'm gray with thought. My usual self caught by unprovoked fear. It's so hazy, whether or not I'm crazy or finally in love. Think back to the vision, or maybe the moment when you first noticed I'd fallen in love. Did you notice if my hands were shaking? Did you notice if my feet were shifting? I'm pretty sure it was love at first sight. I'm pretty sure I finally got this right.

Today I'm resting my head. I fear what I have said regarding unprovoked fear. It is so insane for me to complain when you're nearly perfection. Think back to the day, or maybe the second, when you first beckoned my kiss to your mouth. Did you notice if my eyes were open? Did you see any promises broken? I'm pretty sure it was love that first night. I'm pretty sure I finally got this right.

I'm just burning away in these thoughts today, and something tells me I might just turn away.

Did you notice if my fingers were crossed? Did you notice my emotions were lost? I'm pretty sure that it's love in my sight. I'm pretty sure I finally got this right.
Track Name: Obvious
She whispers softly to me as we sit on the bathroom floor, counting tiles colored pink; noting rust under the sink. And I'm talking about nothing all at once. Rubbing up against her arm my mind screaming, "What would be the harm?" I'm in love and I think she knows. I want to hide it but it still shows. I try to cover up by playing serious. But I always end up looking obvious.

She was kissing all my fingers slowly, one by one. And I would laugh at her warm breath floating softly past my neck. She said she loved spending time with me... she loved to clear her mind with me. Should I take that as a clue that there's something I should do? I'm in love and I think she knows. I want to hide it but it still shows. I try to cover up by playing serious. But I always end up looking obvious.

I'm so dizzy from the pounding of my heart inside my head. I don't want her to hate me if we end up in her bed. Maybe I'm a fool for not seeing all the signs. "It's so obvious," they tell me. “So obvious.”
Track Name: Thursday
Conversation enters the shallow zone. I feel so alone on this side of the booth. We both play stupid as our feet collide. I watch her eyes for clues I always find. Sometimes life calls for strange solutions. Sometimes life makes us avoid conclusions. But not today.

Every Thursday we meet someplace... someplace out of the way, to say words we don't say. A couple hours, a couple drinks, forcing a glimpse of what the other one thinks. Sometimes life calls for strange solutions. Sometimes life makes us avoid conclusions. But not today.

Why would I wait any longer? Why should it take any longer? The truth is bound to be stronger than any of this.

We sit in silence digesting the calm. It feels so wrong to be holding this in. The truth is out there when my elbow slips. Her red wine tips, and we run from the spill.

But not today. Why would I wait any longer? Why should it take any longer? The truth is bound to be stronger than any of this.
Track Name: The Envelope
Etiquette and elegance and every such extravagance. Of course I will rebel against this lack of common sense. It's not of common decency but calling out the thief in me. Don't ask me to be blind when you need me to see. If time were a water slide, I'd be so slippery and wet. I want to hide away from the bastard light of day.

Everything and anything are said to really mean something, but I don't mean what I say when I say that I'm okay. Truly, madly, sincerely sad, I know that it's not all that bad, but ring me at my soul phone and you'll see I'm out of range. If time were a water slide, I'd be so slippery and wet. I want to hide away from the bastard light of day.

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3... This water's far too cold for me. My boiling point is one degree south of my destiny. If time were a water slide, I'd be so slippery and wet. I want to hide away from the bastard light of day.
Track Name: Visionary
Thinking of you tonight I'm a great visionary: images corrupting my stale, sensible mind. It seems the thought of you turns me inside out, and now there's certainty where there once was doubt. This is incredible, and yet inevitable, the way I love you now. And I'm picturing us together, always.

Laying here by candlelight, I'm a virtual dictionary: spelling out words to explain the change you've made in me. It seems the thought of you turns me upside down. And now there's bliss in places that I once ruled out. This is incredible and yet inevitable the way I love you now. And I'm picturing us together, always.

Colors and lights. Romance and nights. These are the things I picture when I'm alone with you. Day in and night out, let's put the light out and see perfection before us... oh, when I'm alone with you.

And every time I stop and look at the picture I've got in my mind, I fall in love again, and I won't let go. This is incredible and yet inevitable the way I love you now. And I'm picturing us together, always.
Track Name: Alone
Your words are coat hanger thin. Why are you speaking at all? Why are you torturing me? No, I don't want this at all. I see the burn in your cheeks as you change what was truth. You offer pieces of nothing as irrefutable proof. And if the sky does fall down like you tell me it should, I doubt I'd even notice. I doubt I even could. I'm too busy just laughing at the voice in my head that keeps on telling me secrets about what you once said. You've never looked more beautiful. I've never felt so alone.

And as this time passes by I find I'm listening more to this language you're using, but your grammar is poor. I'd swear I heard you say that you loved me way back when. Perhaps a previous lifetime, and this absolves you of sin. And if I had the strength to argue then perhaps I'd beg to differ, but instead I'll nod my head as my muscles get much stiffer. My thoughts are turning away from this ranting that you rave. I find I think of just one phrase, a single thought my mind will save: You've never looked more beautiful. I've never felt so alone.

And if you think you know why I'm here all alone, you are so wrong. You haven't got a clue what I'm trying to do. You've never looked more beautiful. I've never felt so alone.
Track Name: Your Beautiful Lie
I think, therefore I am a bit to cerebral for your sensual ways. You are the definition of aloof. Never seeking truth or even motivations. Oh why would I want to deny your beautiful lie? Why would I want to deny your lie?

I smell your thoughts in the air. Like the scent of your hair it turns me on. Your mystery excites me today, like it does most days, only more than before. Oh why would I want to deny your beautiful lie? Why would I want to deny your lie?

If you want you can tell me strange lies and I'll rest here believing in the world you describe. If you want you can pretend your perverted and I'll rest here believing that you never pretend. If you want you can tell me strange lies and I'll rest here believing in pure fantasy. If you want you can persuade me with passion and I'll rest here believing that I found the real you.

I close my eyes to the truth. It's got nothing on you. I don't want to know. You take my resistance away. I've got nothing to say. Let's go and play. Oh why would I want to deny your beautiful lie? Why would I want to deny your lie?
Track Name: Oblivious
She is oblivious as I flood the room. Rushing around as fluids do. Tasting every wall with the tip of my tongue. Caressing them all in search of just one. She hangs too high for my rapids to reach. Framed in plastic. Painted with bleach. Maniacal motion, the fury of my flood. She still hasn't noticed. We still haven't touched. Being in love is enough. Being in love is enough.

She is oblivious as I blow down the room. Whipping around as winds always do. Lifting paper from walls, upholstery from chairs. Destroying it all to find what's not there. She hangs too high for my winds to feel. Framed in plastic, mounted with steel. Maniacal motion, the fury of my storm. She still hasn't noticed my feelings transform. Being in love is enough. Being in love is enough.

She is oblivious as I burn down the room. Turning structure to ashes as flames always do. Eating every wall with the sharp of my teeth. Ingesting them all to end my grief. She hangs too high for my flames to singe. Framed in plastic, but her edges don't cringe. Maniacal motion, the fury of my fire. She still hasn't noticed my burning desire. Being in love is enough. Being in love is enough.
Track Name: Isabella
Today my time stands still and nothing really matters. I'm blinded and confused by everything she is. Watching her is heaven and torture just the same. It makes my body tremble just to say her name. Isabella, all the time. Isabella, in my mind. Isabella. Will I find Isabella?

Her mystery runs deep like color in her eyes. I play my every card to take down her disguise. She's pyramids and waterfalls, a siren to my soul. I throw caution to the sea so she might stay with me. Isabella, all the time. Isabella, in my mind. Isabella. Will I find Isabella?

Hypnotic with her words, she whispers time and place where we will meet again. But I can't wait 'til then. Isabella, all the time. Isabella, in my mind. Isabella. Will I find Isabella?
Track Name: Crucify (Finale Mix)
"Seriously, in the 4 years we've known each other, there's always been something else besides just friendship. An unusual attraction."

You take apart my inside and leave me but a piece. You render me indecent. I'm down on my knees. You know you make me suffer. I can not close my eyes. I'm punished by your beauty, and now I realize, you crucify my heart. You penetrate my soul, and I'll never let you go.

You wonder why I love you. I tell you I can't help myself. You own me with your movements and watching you is hell. You cut me with your touches and pierce me with your eyes. The day I fell in love with you is the day you crucified...You crucify my heart. You penetrate my soul, and I'll never let you go.