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Earthrise
by Richard Tandy & Dave Morgan

 
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Spaceship Earth
Earth rise
Under the blue / Asteriod
Suddenly
Escape from the citadel
One thousand worlds
Zero zero
The third planet
Ria
Princeton
Pictures in my pillow 
The secret / Earth Rise
4:58
2:05
3:12
3:34
2:47
4:00
3:07
2:32
2:51
5:24
4:01
3:51


The EARTH RISE project began life as a bunch of my demos recorded on a 4-track Teac tape recorder. RICHARD TANDY heard these and was interested in recording them properly, but it wasn't until after the TIME tour of 1981 that an opportunity came up to do that - in Los Angeles a British entepreneur named BRIAN LEAHY became interested and soon after, a deal was struck and recording began in England in 1982. The album was recorded in state-of-the-art studios with contributions from many notable musicians. STEVE LIPSON input his technical talents to EARTH RISE, becoming involved first as a studio in-house engineer, and then as co-producer. Sadly, the finished album never flew with a major label, but it did get released on vinyl in 1986, first in the USA, then in Britain. The current CD version was released in 1992. Dave

 

Magnum biographer Ben Earl's write-up of Earth Rise

Tandy-Morgan    Earthrise

Another album with a themed Science Fiction bent, if you intend to buy this expecting something that sounds like Magnum, then save your money, as some of the songs would not sound out of place Queen's 'Flash Gordon' soundtrack whilst others bring to mind The Buggles.

That said, there are a number of infuriatingly catchy tunes on the album, especially 'Zero Zero' and 'Pictures in my Pillow'. The slower, more reflective tunes work well too, 'Princeton' being especially emotive whilst the whole album fits together as a body of work far better than many more successful albums of the period.

Once again there is an all star cast of guests that appear on the album, but much of the work was recorded by Dave Morgan himself at home, and this helps the listener as it is clear the composer is engaging with his tunes, whilst nonetheless being able to produce tunes of both energy and whimsy with equal aplomb.

Ben Earl  (Magnum biographer)

 
Musicians:

Richard Tandy

Keyboards/Bass Guitar/Guitar

Dave Morgan

Keyboards/Vocoder/Guitar

Jim Simpson

Drums and Guitar

Tony Clarkin

Guitar

Kevin Peek

Guitar

Richard Bailey

Keyboards/Guitar

Bob Wilson

Guitar

Brian Badhams

Bass Guitar

Mike Giles

Drums

Graham Preskett

Keyboards/String Arrangements

Shirley Miller

Vocals

Carl Wayne

Vocals

David Bellinger

Keyboards

The words...  
SPACESHIP EARTH


And when I look out on to everything, 
so blue, as far as the eye can see
If I could hold on to one precious thing, 
it's you, the way it used to be
Communication blackout
just rumours coming in
Like electronic shadows
riding on the wind
Until the hands of time get back to Nineteen ninety-two.

On Spaceship Earth, I once knew
valleys wide, oceans blue
I walked beside them with you, in ninety-two.

I reach to touch you but nobody's there
only a hologram dancing on the air
The clock is spinning like there's 
no tomorrow (maybe there isn't)
Faster, faster, out of all control
The devil take the winner 
and drown him in his pride
and let go the beginner
waiting here inside
And let the hands of time go back to Nineteen ninety-two.

On Spaceship Earth, I once knew
valleys wide, oceans blue
I walked beside them with you, in ninety-two.

I'll never go back home..

To Spaceship Earth, I once knew
valleys wide, oceans blue
I walked beside them with you, in ninety-two.

Spaceship Earth, ninety-two
ages old, futures new
Now I see them, and I see you, forever blue.

Forever blue

Dave Morgan - published by Peer Southern Music
ZERO ZERO


Say good-bye to 
all you know
now the sands of time 
are gonna shift and blow
woah - oh
like I said it - like I said it's so

Better get hotfoot down the doctor 
Get your brain back to ZERO ZERO!


You can pull the shade
you can lock the door
still confusion reigns
confusion gonna pour
(gosub forever together)
like I said it - like I said it's so

Better get hotfoot down the doctor 
Get your brain back to ZERO ZERO!


- SOLO -


Now it's dog eat dog
in a mindless mode
and I just can't stop
now I'm crashing 
in a real time overload
(gosub forever together)
like a rocket you can't stop it no!

Better get hotfoot down the doctor 
Get your brain back to ZERO ZERO!
- brain back to ZERO ZERO!





Dave Morgan - published by Peer Southern Music
EARTH RISE

I'll see the Earth rise
in violet skies
alone in a sea of blue
And if a message come through today
And if a message come through
I hope it's from you

Oh now,
it's been such a long time
since I heard anything from my
home world and life must go on 
I just hope you can hear me


UNDER THE BLUE

When I was a young boy with a bullet for a brain
I used to ride the space patrol across the Martian plain
Zapping all the aliens before they could zap me
You know you can be anything you want to be
When everything under the blue
is waiting for you

I'd travel to a galaxy no man had ever seen
and watch the creatures play there beneath a sky of green
Staying long enough before transporting home for tea
It's true you can be anything you want to be
Cos everything under the blue
is waiting for you


ASTEROID

Look at me now. Oh now, floating free
Guess I've become than man I would be
Look at me now. Oh now, can't you see
I'm a light year away 
from the place I should be

Look at me now
I'm like an asteroid, in a void
never come close to anyone
Guess it's true, 
I've become an asteroid
in a void, 
Asteroid.


Dave Morgan - published by Peer Southern Music
THE THIRD PLANET


I come from the third planet
my sky is blue
All around is great confusion
I don't know what to do


My master knows no way of stopping 
all that is wrong
I work his maths, I do his shopping
I build his bombs 


I come from the third planet
my sky is blue
All around is great confusion
I don't know what to do


If you can hear me oh please answer
in vision or sound
or stars that twinkle like the dancer
on synthetic ground


I come from the third planet
my sky is blue
All around is great confusion
but what can I do?


Should speak in words of danger
or should I watch
a traveller upon a station
that I can't get off


I come from the third planet
my sky is blue
All around is great confusion
I don't know what to do


Deep in the shadows of this lifetime
I feel a glow
Maybe I'll find the things that breathes me
maybe I'll know.

Dave Morgan - published by Peer Southern Music
SUDDENLY


Suddenly I find myself talking 
to my other self
Suddenly I find myself turning 'round
like was someone else
Suddenly I find myself 
I find myself 


Suddenly I find myself slip in
to another scene
Suddenly I notice all this great big world 
is just another dream
Suddenly I find myself 
I find myself 


Suddenly I find a door open
and I'm standing there
Looking at the road and wondering where it goes
and still I don't know where
Suddenly I find myself 
I find myself 


feeling so lonely, 
feeling so blue,
feeling so empty 
like all the distance 
between me and you
feeling so lonely, 
feeling so blue,
feeling so empty 
like all the distance 
between me and you


Dave Morgan - published by Peer Southern Music
RIA


Hey Ria
I want you near
so don't disappear
stay right here
don't let me down
don't turn around
don't let it drown, Oh Ria

Hey Ria
now aint it clear
I need you right here
so don't disappear
open your door
gimmee some more
I'm walking the floor out here

Ooh Ria
when will I see you?
why aint you here?
my beautiful Ria
don't let me down
don't turn around

don't you know I'm hoping and I'm moping 
and I'm croaking and I'm soaking
yes I'm hoping everything is alright
You're coming over tonight

Hey Ria
I want you near
so don't disappear
stay right here
just open your door
gimmee some more
I'm walking the floor out here

Dave Morgan - published by Peer Southern Music

ESCAPE FROM THE CITADEL
 
(The ballad of ZN-102)




It was after the weather war of eighty nine
as we danced in the streets and we drank our wine
With laughter and singing for the sky to see
as I lay with my lady and she with me

Dreaming all the day
if there be sunshine in tomorrow then
Tomorrow be my lucky day



Z said quick now we must not wait
for the future is early, the past is late
Let us take to the road at the twilight's bell
and we'll make our escape from the Citadel

Dreaming all the day
if we find sunshine in tomorrow then
Tomorrow be our lucky day



Don't look back they told us
Wait for no one else
You've only got your own life
You've only got yourself



The thunder rolled and the grey cloud flew
and we turned up a collar to the crimson hue
Travelled to the land of the April sky
lovely ZN-102 and I

Dreaming all the way
if there be sunshine in tomorrow then
Tomorrow be our lucky day



Dave Morgan - published by Peer Southern Music
PRINCETON

If I ever go to Princeton
I'll bow to nature's wisdom
if ever I'm allowed to see 
the wheels within the wheels
I will turn the clock on easy
and ask the ground to leave me
If I ever get to Princeton 
I'll remember how it feels.

We were linked along a sidewalk
lost in a time-warp
We stood and counted UFO's 
tumbling headlong 'cross the sun
And we terrorised the freeway
with a humanising heat-ray
and If I ever get to Princeton 
I'll remember what we've done.

And in the space between the fooling
while the galaxy was cooling
I glimpsed the greater sorrow 
of tomorrow never come
But we cast aside the reck'ning
for stars they were a-beck'ning
and If I ever get to Princeton 
I'll remember every one.

Then a traveller from Venus
set a force field between us
I had the strangest feeling 
I had seen it all before
In a tale by Dennis Wheatley
he saved the world so neatly
and If I ever get to Princeton 
I'll remember what it's called.

If I ever go to Princeton 
I'll bow to natures wisdom
and wonder how on earth
I had the nerve to let it fly
For in Princeton I ran into
a planet I'd not been to
and in Princeton I was happy
for a moment of my life

Dave Morgan - published by Peer Southern Music
ONE THOUSAND WORLDS

Across one thousand worlds
across a universe never ending
Across the frozen blue
in search of knowledge new, never ending
My orders are to find
that door in space and time
beyond which no more starlight shines 
and nothing but your love can reach me
across one thousand worlds

One Thousand Worlds, 
one thousand islands in
a limitless ocean of blue
beyond all imagining
I'm travelling one thousand Worlds, 
searching for only one
never so far from your love
that I just can't go on
'cross one thousand worlds

Alone I travel on
a nomad on the long way to nowhere
Across the frozen blue
in search of knowledge new, might I grow there
To where there is no day
no day, no blue, no grey
no words that can communicate 
what my eyes have seen 
'cross one thousand worlds

One Thousand Worlds, 
one thousand islands in
a limitless ocean of blue
beyond all imagining
I'm travelling one thousand Worlds, 
searching for only one
never so far from your love
that I just can't go on
'cross one thousand worlds

One Thousand Worlds, 
one thousand states of mind
one thousand memories of home 
never so far behind
I'm travelling one thousand Worlds, 
searching for only one
never so far from your love
that I just can't go on
'cross one thousand worlds

Dave Morgan - published by Peer Southern Music
PICTURES IN MY PILLOW

Sun is high
and the people are flashing by
making circles across the sky
and on to journey's end

City wakes
and the message is on the waves
yes the future begins today
the past is no ones friend

Ah - but bad dreams
like a robbers knife
wait to get you in the night
Red lights flashing in your brain
So, we meet again.

Pictures in my pillow at night 
I turn down the light and I see
the ghost of yesterdays pain
again she lies waiting for me


Morning's come
and it's hard to believe my luck
I'm alive and the sun is up
the sky's a pearly blue

and in a daze
can but try for a better way
if the future begins today
the I should be with you

Pictures in my pillow at night 
I turn down the light and I see
the ghost of yesterdays pain
again she lies waiting for me

Oh how she'd love to destroy 
the love and the joy that is you
Hold on, soon the emptiness ends 
there's nothing to see but the blue

and You - you make it all so easy
(so very easy, so very easy)
You - you make it all so very easy
(so very easy, don't ever leave me)
You - you make it all so easy
Don't ever leave me.


Dave Morgan - published by Peer Southern Music

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THE SECRET

Have I come all this way
just to find at he end of the day
that the secret was always inside

Have I travelled so far
just to stand at the doorway to the stars
when the secret was always inside

Just to see the Earth rise
in violet skies
alone in a sea of blue
And if a message come through today
And if a message come through
I hope it's from you

Oh now,
it's been such a long time
since I heard anything from my
home world and life must go on 
I just hope you can hear me

Oh now,
it's been such a long time
since I heard anything from my
home world and life must go on 
I just hope you can hear me

Dave Morgan - published by Peer Southern Music