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The L-Train proudly presents Moonrise: A Symphonic Metal Opera, based on a story from "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic". Moonrise tells the story of the rise and fall of Nightmare Moon, 1000 years ago, and features the talents of many bronies from around the world.

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released 20 February 2014

Music by The L-Train
Lyrics by SkyBolt (www.youtube.com/user/SkyBoltsMusic)

The L-Train - guitars, keyboards, bass, drum programming, orchestral programming
Secret Metal (www.youtube.com/user/SecretMetalFromAbyss) - lead vocals, guitar solo (Scene 4), mixing and mastering
Lukas Lindner (www.youtube.com/user/Lukas666CZ) - guitar solo (Scene 2)
Ponysphere (www.youtube.com/user/Ponysphere) - guitar solos (Scene 5)
GatoPaint (www.youtube.com/user/GatoPaint) - guitar solo (Scene 7)

Featured Vocalists:
The Storyteller - Secret Metal (www.youtube.com/user/SecretMetalFromAbyss)
Princess Celestia - Anna Havránková
Princess Luna / Nightmare Moon - Haylizbeth (www.youtube.com/channel/UCnVw_e4CeYnzMvr8GIVuFrg)

The Moonrise Chorus:
Anna Havránková
Haylizbeth - www.youtube.com/channel/UCnVw_e4CeYnzMvr8GIVuFrg
Okydooky - www.youtube.com/user/OkyDooky
Secret Metal - www.youtube.com/user/SecretMetalFromAbyss
Shaloxeroligon - www.youtube.com/user/Shaloxeroligon1
Swedely - www.youtube.com/user/FlameLionheart
The L-Train - www.youtube.com/user/TheLTrain9000

Artwork by peasantb: peasantb.deviantart.com/art/Moonrise-415249686
Lettering by Haylizbeth: haylizbeth.deviantart.com

Special thanks to Hasbro, DHX and all the folks behind My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Equestria Daily, My Little Remix and Bronies Australia. More special thanks to SkyBolt, to providing some terrific lyrics and putting up with my critiques and rewrites, also to Secret Metal for being even more enthusiastic about Moonrise than I am, and for making the mix sound amazing. Also thanks to Slightly Serious and Kyoga, who were sadly unable to contribute to Moonrise. A very special thankyou to everyone who auditioned, even those who weren't chosen, your talent and enthusiasm are a great inspiration to me. An unthankyou to everyone who said they'd audition and then were never heard from again. Finally, the most special thankyou to the brony community worldwide, particularly all of my friends, fans and followers, without your support and encouragement Moonrise would have never happened, thankyou for listening to me and my ridiculous music about miniature talking equines :)

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Track Name: Scene 1: Prelude
[Choir]
Dies irae, dies umbra (x4)
Gloria, gloria, [in] excelsis Celestia (x2)
Track Name: Scene 2: Harmony
[Storyteller]
Gather ‘round my children, because now the time has come
To tell you of the angels of the dusk and of the dawn
The ones whose very voices hold sway over night and day
And the ponies of their magic kingdom following their ways

[Storyteller + choir]
Land so bountiful, free and beautiful, filled with joy and praise

[Storyteller] (Choir)
Heavenly waltz of the sky, inspire the ones who see (Heavenly waltz inspired)
All the hearts beat as one in Harmony (All hearts beat in Harmony)

[Celestia]
By day the light and warmth bring ease to all their busy toil
The ponies plating for the harvest, from the fertile soil

[Luna]
By night, when work is done, the hours of rest are theirs to keep
To talk and laugh and play with friends, or drift away to sleep

[Celestia] Held so tenderly
[Luna] Kept in harmony
[Both] Loved by night and day

[Celestia & Luna] (Choir)
Heavenly waltz of the sky, inspire the ones who see (Heavenly waltz inspired)
All the hearts beat as one in Harmony (All hearts beat in Harmony)
Faithfully, side by side, the blood that bonds us deep (Faithfully bond admired)
May we rule and love in Unity! (Sit the throne in Unity)

[Instrumental]
[Solos: Lukas, The L­Train]

[Storyteller + choir]
Land so bountiful, free and beautiful, filled with joy and praise

[Storyteller, Celestia & Luna] (Choir)
Heavenly waltz of the sky, inspire the ones who see (Heavenly waltz inspired)
All the hearts beat as one in Harmony (All hearts beat in Harmony)
Faithfully, side by side, the blood that bonds us deep (Faithfully bond admired)
May we rule and love in Unity! (Sit the throne in Unity)
Track Name: Scene 3: Nightfall
[Solo: The L-Train]

[Luna]
Twinkling stars of every size
Adorn the canvas of the skies
Captivate and mesmerize
And usher in the moonrise

Wait! Hold on, don’t close your eyes,
Would you waste this evening so divine?
Would you lie and not arise,
and slumber through creation at its prime?

[Storyteller]
Ruling from a silent throne, her majesty ignored
Leaving her tender breaking heart to fracture all alone

And so a wicked seed began to grow and grow
Twisting up her loving mind with sharp and hateful thorns

[Luna] (Nightmare Moon)
Don’t they see how hard I try? (They don’t deserve you)
Is my night not worthy for them? (Blasphemous foals!)
Do they think they can deny
My royal right?
[Luna & Nightmare Moon]
Let’s see them try to hide! {laughter}

No more will the moon be eclipsed
By selfish, blinding, scorching sunlight!
Gaze upon the dusk of a new age,
The lunar throne shall take its rightful place!

[Solo: The L-Train]
Track Name: Scene 4: Lunar March
[Choir]
Dies irae, dies umbra

[Luna]
What is wrong, my subjects?
Is the moon not to your liking?
Perhaps you just don’t see
The endless sea of black,
And all of the stars so striking,
Do you dare to anger me?

Is it so hard to give up the way things are?
Do you not see the wonders I create?
Why do you hide away from the night and stars?
Did I deserve your fear and hate?

[Luna + Choir]
Well no more, usher the coming storm,
Let darkness flood the morn and swallow ev’ry wayward light
Lay the seas and mountains under blackened heavens,
Bow now citizens, unto the throne of night

[Luna]
Rise now regal moon, all the world consume
Tremble at the sight, the eternal night!

[Celestia]
What’s become of you sister?
Don’t you see your own soul waning?
While this anger burns for me
Please give me a chance
To save all that’s remaining
And end this war, I plea!

[Celestia + Choir]
Stow your scorn, call off your hellish swarm,
Our people won’t be torn because of your fiery spite,
Free them from your vengeance, or you’ll pay the penance,
Must you make me cast the sentence for this blight?

[Celesta]
Dearest sister Luna, what have you done?
Can’t you see the monster you have become?

[Instrumental]
[Solos: Secret Metal, The L-Train]

[Choir]
Sound the battle horn, as all the world will mourn,
When fam’ly love’s forlorn for warriors and might,
Beloved alicorns, the angels we’d adorn
With majesty, will war and we will bear the plight

[Storyteller]
New allegiance will rise, thirsting for demise
The winds will carry the ring of walls crumbling
The stage is set for the clash, the magic is cast
As the battle begins!
Track Name: Scene 6: Daybreak
[Storyteller]
Daybreak comes on a cold lonely morn
Castle in ruins, and tapestry torn
As the moon finally sets all the world’s left to mourn
Princess and people forlorn

[Celestia]
Sister, my dear, I’m all on my own
If I could have saved you, if I could have known,
Though much time will pass I’ll love you evermore

[Celestia] (Choir)
But the sunrise lifts their hearts from the dark
The dawn bringing light, bringing hope (light bringing hope)
We will rebuild, for our spirit is strong,
And Harmony will be restored (Harmony will be restored)
Track Name: Scene 7: Harmony Restored
[Storyteller]
Nightmare Moon sealed away in lunar prison
Life will go on in the kingdom below
All is set right in the world for a season
‘Til her release when this story is closed

The stars will aid in her escape
Return to where the battle raged
The elements will wash away
the darkness and the pain

[Celestia]
My little ponies, the horror has ended
Luna will pay for the crime she has done
Don’t let her sins fill your mind up with hatred
Forgiveness is all I can ask of you now

[Celestia + choir]
For the future is bright
Golden age within sight
If you let love lead the way

Now the sunrise lifts us up from the dark,
The dawn bringing light, bringing hope (light bringing hope)
We will rebuild, for our spirit is strong,
And Harmony will be restored (Harmony will be restored)

[Solos: GatoPaint, The L-Train]

[Storyteller]
Listen now my children, for the meaning of her fall
A heart that’s left abandoned causes sadness in us all
So love your fellow ponies, show a kindness unrestrained
And Harmony will follow you for all of your days

[Celestia + Choir]
Now the sunrise lifts us up from the dark,
The dawn bringing light, bringing hope (light bringing hope)
We will rebuild, for our spirit is strong,
And Harmony will be restored (Harmony will be restored)