In Isolation

by A Lunatic's Daydream

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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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Track Name: Eclipsed
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
Track Name: Explorers
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
Track Name: Homesick
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
Track Name: We Turned Around
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
Track Name: Outside
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.
Track Name: Our History
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
Track Name: Last Message
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.
Track Name: Another World
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.
Track Name: Your Orbit (Bonus)
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.