In Isolation

by A Lunatic's Daydream

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1.
Launch 05:09
2.
Eclipsed 02:26
Out here, sun eclipsed by the earth Out here, receive our second birth How could we take away our fears How could we leave and escape here Don’t breathe out Don’t break in Don’t hold on for too long Just break out Just breathe in For now we sleep amongst the stars We watched the burn as we set off We left the earth now it’s our past Our past
3.
Explorers 04:57
We were born to be explorers Like our ancestors who’d navigate the globe We’ve already seen its corners So we left the earth to find ourselves a home Mountains and seas are all gone Now the sun’s so distant from us In the empty space we know which way we’ll go And we’re feeling like Columbus On a trip to find our own America So far out here all alone We’ll make our own map of the stars Spend our lives in space so far apart and alone All alone Well the stars are all around us They look to the sky closely and see our path Maybe someone else will join us So we listen for a message from our past Though we still believe it set us free We’ll make a new discovery But we’ll never see our home We’ll make our own map of the stars Spend our lives in space so far apart and alone All alone Alone All alone
4.
Homesick 02:25
I miss the sunrise, the first light on the countryside I miss the cold nights, huddled round a fire And I miss the wind I miss the city, the busy sound of people all around I miss the open sky, the sun’s rays on my skin And we’re homesick
5.
Generations 04:23
6.
Lost lifetimes in deepest space Old pathways that we retraced All planets were empty shells or fiery hells Nowhere to settle down So we turned around Films showing us bluest skies Reality to our eyes Escape from these sterile halls to creature calls And all life will surround us ‘Cause we turned around The old world found ‘cause we turned around In moments we’ll make our pass Eyes pressed up against the glass We’ll count down to our descent and soon we’ll spend Our days under the clouds ‘Cause we turned around We’ll feel the ground ‘cause we turned around
7.
Outside 06:54
Before we look outside The image in your mind Surrender it this moment We’ve arrived Will we believe our eyes and let the visions die? We find it’s not a world we recognise. And they said that we were lunatics with daydreams to touch the stars. But how can we release the cities in our dreams and reconcile the truth with our belief. So we see it’s not our home any more. Is this real? Have we reached the distant shore? Is this real? What if the world is not what we believed in when we were young? When we stared at pictures on screens of a life that just doesn’t exist any more. Just in dreams In our dreams But we just can’t break down and let their daydreams drown. Because we can’t accept this earth we found. And they called our parents lunatics with daydreams to touch the stars.
8.
Our History 03:14
Set on this path since we were born out here Always preparing for our landing And when the planet they called home appeared We found we could not understand it Can we let it go? Spend our lives back out there all alone We’ve been set free No longer tethered to our history We’ve seen the photographs and films they made The work of those historic artists They couldn't show us how the world would change The shifts that came since we departed Can we let it go? Spend our lives back out there all alone We’ve been set free No longer tethered to our history
9.
Our Choice 03:24
10.
Last Message 05:53
So we packaged up their hopes but we watched them one last time. If we send them with a note then will we be free? Will we be fine? So we watched them go away but we’re still inside And we found their dreams weren’t stolen but carried with us as we float. If every action we do for them then how will we see? How will we know? So we sent our last message back to earth so we can leave it all behind. Still we won’t forget it ‘till we die. Now we sit here cold and broken as our plans all fall apart. But there’s an old one we have chosen Now that it’s time we must depart And we’ve sent our last message back to earth so we can leave it all behind. Still we won’t forget it ‘till we die.
11.
Now, we’re far away it’s just a pale blue dot in space. We count the days but their meaning slowly fades. Drifting in this metal cage Heading out toward our fate So we sing: While we’re trapped inside, the stars can’t touch me. So let’s take our lives to another world I don’t know how we spent so long in isolation when there’s so much out there to find. So, let’s make this shell our home for now we’ve got so long to go before we can set down. But now we’re free we’ve reached escape velocity, we’re past the termination shock, on to another ancient rock. And we’ve said all our goodbyes So we sing: While we’re trapped inside, the stars can’t touch me. So let’s take our lives to another world I don’t know how we spent so long in isolation when there’s so much out there to find. While we’re trapped inside, the stars can’t touch me So let’s take our lives to another world. I don’t know how we spent so long in isolation When there’s so much out there to find So let’s set our course for a distant planet. A place out there to make our home. No longer holding on in quiet desperation ‘cause we just watch the stars go by.
12.
Am I set on course through space and time Will I be pulled into your orbit or just watch as we float by Will I drift away towards a distant star Or will the sun pull me back 'round so I can make another pass And I'd give all I knew for one more night with you.

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A concept album about a generation ship.

Recorded in February 2011
Additional overdubs and mixing done in 2012/2013.

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released October 30, 2013

Words and Music by David Ellis

Malik Refaat: Saxophones on 'Our Choice' and 'Last Message'

Artwork by Tom Yorath

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