Satellite

by 4 Track Phantoms

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I had another project called "4 Track Fake Bands" in the mid-90's, and this song is from that period. I wrote and recorded 60ish songs around that time, but many of the cassettes have deteriorated or are lost. Some are left, and a few of 4 Track Fake Bands's songs were pretty good, and this one was always one of my favorites.

This song is about artistic or musical ideas. Where do they come from? For me, they're like these fleeting lights in my mental periphery. Orbiting like satellites but disappearing if you look directly at them. Moving targets. Hard to catch and hard to let go of all at the same time.

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Satellite

I'm alive, I'm alive, I heard it on the radio
Dancing through a vast eternal night
Falling through a black and endless sky
In-between your ideas on your favorite satellite

Rising above what is rhythm and rhyme
Did you see right through it, did you stop and stare?

I'm in, I'm out, I lost my atmosphere
Left it in another state of mind
Staring at a wall of flashing lights
Never asked the question but that's alright

Rising above what is rhythm and rhyme
What is read in-between the lines
Is it time yet? Is anybody prepared?
Can you see right through it, did you stop and stare?

So light, so lost, no body, no breath, no mind
No penetrating this black magnetic field
No days, no nights, no wonder we feel so blind
In-between your ideas on your favorite satellite

Rising above what is rhythm and rhyme
Can you see right through it, did you stop and stare?

credits

released January 7, 2016
Vocals: Melancholy Rose
Gutiar: Riff Randall
Bass: Jane Morris
Drums: Florence Farr

Photo is from 1996 in front of the "bachelorette" studio apartment I recorded all of the material for "4 Track Fake Bands." It was behind the ceramic studio in Dana Point, CA, I worked at and eventually owned.

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4 Track Phantoms San Clemente, California

Hi, I'm Cecily, and this is my project, the 4 Track Phantoms, a kind of diary of a free range singer, songwriter, musician, and spirited art and music fan. Available for vocals.

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