Welcome To The School

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After the release of "Japanese Pop", Tak "Tone" Nakamine became a Christian. This is a concept album about relationship between human and God. It's a fairytale of an imaginary school called "School Of Saviors" where we can learn about faith, love, and God. First half of the album is called "Our Side", with the songs emphasizing on hard rock sound and heavy metal riffs. Second half of the album is called "His Side", focusing more on worship songs and praising God. The reason we parted this record in 2 parts is, because we wanted to depict an inner battle inside human's mind. Because we think, in order to understand God's law, man has to break all the illusions made by human world. That's why "Our Side" is full of hard songs, fighting doubts in his own mind. This album includes band's favorite songs to perform live, like very powerful "Illusions", catchy rock tune "i love you, now ur on your own" and glorious worship song "Only One Wish". All songs are sung in English. This is the first Christian record by Imari Tones. A big thanks to Dr.Manzo, who provided us his secret base to create this record.

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released June 30, 2009

Produced by Dr.Manzo & IMARi ToNES

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IMARi ToNES is a Christian rock band from Japan. They call themselves "the first Christian heavy metal from Japan". They mostly play 1980's styled, old school heavy metal music.

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Track Name: Welcome To The School
Now welcome to the school of the saviors
This school is located in the 8th dimension
Very very close to the place you're born,
But very few people come here

This place is for the limited people only
'Cause everything being taught here can be dangerous sometimes
Junaz, Bulmna, Inidihllam, Conjuck, they all learned here

Here I will teach you ordinary things, common things
I say their secret is not so special, at least once learned
I guess all of you people already know about them
But the only difference of the school of saviors, they actually do common things

I tell you one important thing
You may finish all our classes just in 2 hours
But in your universe, that means 2 billion years
But there's no need to worry, you can be born again, in just 2 seconds

So now welcome to the school of the saviors
Hope you have fun.
Track Name: Illusions
So now welcome to the school of saviors
Here I can tell you nothing but truth
Our dearest father and all his plans
But now, first of all, we got to know what time it is

So can't you see it's all illusion
All the saviors should understand
Why can't you see it's all illusion
This secret should be handled with care
Extreme care

Are you shocked he actually doesn't care about us
He never lend a hand for the ignorance
Yes it's a fact we're all loved by god
But unconditional love also means indifference

Still can't you see it's all illusion
All you people should understand
Why can't you see it's all illusion
This secret should be known to everyone

To everyone
To anyone
We're living in illusions
The king and a beggar
Winner or loser
Nothing stays the same

We're living in illusions
Track Name: God Has No Name
Can you feel it
Can you see it
Can you hear me crying

Torn between rules of men and love

Teach me, teach me
how to be saved
Preach to me, preach to me
Jesus is the only way to heaven
But you can call him by any name
In the first place god has no name

Can you feel it
Can you see it
Can you hear him crying

He's waiting for us to grow up

Tell me, tell me
The price of salvation
Heal me, heal me
Jesus is the only savior
But it takes nothing to enter heaven
In the first place god is free for all

Free for everyone
Free for Muslims
Free for Buddhist
Free for even Japanese

Can you feel it
Can you see it
Can you hear me crying
Track Name: Freedoom
Talking about freedom
Something you can never leave behind

There's no freedom, without the love of god
But you can't come close to him on your own terms

Oh we all crave for freedom
So sweet almost like an addiction
We're given every choice to make even to kill someone
But so many end up grabbing a fake one
So it's called freedoom

Talking about cliche
Something you can never get away

Don't be mistaken
You got to do what you wanna do
You can't come close to him unless you really want

Oh can you die for freedom
So dangerous enough to kill the whole world
We all know we can grow up only when we don't play games
Yes we are sons of god
That's why we're given the power to make choices
So it's called freedoom
Track Name: i love you, now ur on your own
We did the things as we like
Since the day he rang the bell
Like so many pop tunes
Like so many horrible wars
We've always been the same
Can we be more ashamed?
But he's still waiting

Some decades ago he gave us a message
It said, I love you sons and now you're on your own
So come on, come here and love me

A day passes by just as yesterday
Since the day I was born
We build our spaceships
We build our skyscrapers
But he's not waiting there
Are we getting any wise?
He's still smiling

Some decades ago we found a message
It said, I love you guys and now it's your time to sing
So come on, now can we be friends?

Can we be friends?
Can we be friends?
Express your love
Express your love
He's waiting there
With his door open
Track Name: Never Too Late To Learn
Now that we have stepped into the 21st century we have to be sure about our own fate.
So big a turn that we're trying to make, from greed centered to creed centered

Even if it's too late to survive
Just don't worry
It's never too late to learn
'Cause that's what we have to do till the last moment
Never too late to learn

Driven by money and global economies
Politics, arms and information
We're fighting the systems we created
How can we get over our own weakness of mind

Even if it's too late to win
Just don't worry
It's never too late to learn
'Cause that's what we have to do till the last moment
Never too late to learn

Can't you see
There's no time left for us
You say we got to change
But change what?
Our way of thinking
Track Name: He's Still With Us
Please allow me to tell you about the story of my childhood
There was a light that lightened the whole world

I'd always kept hearing about the land of freedom
In 1984, that's the only hope I could see
It was strong, it was bright, and righteous as the eagle

Where is the hero who saved my life
Was it you? Was it me?
Or is it you who killed him
Where is the God who gave me my life
Is he gone? We've done him wrong?
Still I can feel his presence - He's still with us

Now would you hear the story from my teenage days
There was the news that went around the world

I always kept asking people where we're meant to go to
In 1994, I learned that something never comes back
We were weak, we were naive, and left alone like a lonely child

Where is the land of dream that I dreamed of
Is it here? Is it there?
Or just million pieces everywhere
Where is the father who spared me my life
Is he gone? We've done him wrong?
Still I can feel his love - He's still with us

Where is the music that led me to the right way
Has it died? Has it ceased?
Or is it you and me who left it to die
Where is the truth I always believed in since that day
Even though he changed his form
I can't help but feel his presence - He's still with us

I can feel his presence
I can feel his love
I can't help but feel he's still alive
Can you feel his love?
Track Name: Only One Wish
Oh lord Can I ask you just one thing
Oh lord I have only one wish
Oh father I was so bad a child
Oh father I've done many things wrong

But now
I wanna praise you
I wanna thank you
I wanna love you with my whole life

You make me smile, you make me laugh
And let me breathe, let me live
You let me touch, let me feel
And now father please, please let me love you
Ah please father, say yes

Oh lord Can you forgive me I have only one wish
Oh father I don't need anything else
'Cause I've already done so many things wrong

But now
I wanna praise you
I wanna thank you
I wanna love you with my whole life

You make me strong, you make me shine
And let me sing, let me pray
You let me think, let me learn
And now father please, please let me know you
Ah please father, say yes

My friends, now let's pray, pray to our lord
Track Name: V.I.C.
A musical studio is our church
It's not a joke or any kind of metaphor

The first time we came to this studio
We knew it's the special place that god had prepared for us

Oh we're V.I.C. Coolest church in Japan
Oh we're V.I.C. Funniest church in Japan
Oh we're V.I.C. Best church in Japan
We are here to worship him
because "God is good all the time"

Every Sunday, after the church service
We go to the basement floor of Yokohama VIVRE to eat

Every Thursday we go to U's house
We talk about so many things we miss the final train

おお ぼくらはここに
ぼくらのあつまるところに
かみさまもいる

Oh we're V.I.C. Coolest church in Japan
Oh we're V.I.C. Funniest church in Japan
Oh we're V.I.C. Best church in Japan
As you see we're so international, come party with us!
Track Name: First Pop
In the days of the beginning of this world
We were so close to the One who created us

Think like we're in the garden of God
Why can't we get our minds back

This is the first pop song in the world
Someone's joy is everyone's joy
Yes, we are one
So now remember Go and see for yourself
Though we were chased from the garden
He never locked the gate

In the days of the beginning of Rockn'Roll
We could see the origin of human's mind

So you really think that God sent Hendrix as a joke
Why can't you get your life back

This is the first pop song in the world
There's no win or there's no lose
'Cause we are one
So can't you see now
If this is a game, why can't we just have fun
He never changed the rule

Now change your rule.
Change your world.
Track Name: Rockn'Roll is the proof God loves us
Once somebody said beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to prosper.
Now we can add Rockn'Roll to prove it even more
50-somethig years ago, god gave us a gift
It was the ticket that brings us to the new stage

So you can relax now
It's like P & P & JP & JB
Just to catch the tide

Now leave everything, everything you've learned
And start something real, 'cause the time has come
We got to stand by ourselves
To please the one who gave us the Rockn'Roll

It's not a way to make money or fame
It's a simple device to show the way to heaven
Can you hear the beat from above the cloud
You can have fun as much as you like

Anytime, any place
It's like H & M & M & M
You can dance in the garden of god
Full of roses

So why don't you let your hair down
You got to be natural to catch the tide
In the sound of rock is the god himself
Let's please the one who gave us the Rockn'Roll

Why can't you forget all the things unnecessary
Greed, vanity, ego, fear,
Those things prevent you from doing Rockn'Roll
Just drop your thoughts and get simple minded
In the neworld you're free from everything

So you can get so high
It's like J & P & G & R
You can smile all the time if you know you're loved by someone
Track Name: Graduated From The School
It's time to graduate from the school of the saviors
This school is now moved to the 9th dimension
Very very close to the place you're born,
And everyone is here

This place is for each and everyone
'Cause everything being taught here can be useful all the time
You, you, you and me, we're all learners here

Here we learn ordinary things, common things
I say our secret is not so special, at least once learned
All of you people already know about it
But the only difference of us saviors, we actually do it everyday

I tell you one important thing
Everything you learned here might be wrong
But in your universe that means, nothing is really right
But there's no need to worry, you can be saved again, by our Lord

So now it's time to graduate from the school of the saviors
See you on the earth