Figuration Of Hope: Impact Event Part One

by Strange Land

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Part one of a story. Can we avoid the fate of all past life on Earth? Will we use our opportunity to go to the stars?

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released July 10, 2017

Strangers on this voyage:
Sean Gill - guitars, bass, vocals, synths, programming
Brittney Schultz - vocals
All songs written by Sean Gill
Vocal melodies by Sean Gill and Brittney Schultz
© Nemo Gravis Publishing
Mixed and mastered by Sean
Mastered for dynamics, turn it up! (turnmeup.org)
Photography by Jaxson Pohlman (jaxsonpohlmanphotography.com)
Layout by Sean
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strange-land.net
soundcloud.com/digitaloraclemusic

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Strange Land has morphed through many forms since it's inception in 1999. Currently a studio project, this incarnation of Strange Land is about to begin releasing new music. These song reflect both a stripped down, raw approach, and a renewed joy in living in the sandbox of the studio environment. ... more

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Track Name: The Star That Was Home
(narration)
Sometimes I go to the observation dome when no one else is around. It’s been decades, but I can still see the star that was home. I think of Earth, ponder the path that got us where we are today.
Track Name: Will
An Asteroid, planet killer
To many remain ignorant
Leave their heads in the sand

(ch)
We have a way
We have the technology
Against all odds
It's a risk we're taking
There is a way
Too many lack the will

We have a chance, there is still time
What is coming, we can act
To stop the threat, to us all

(ch)

(br)
Leaders pandered, failed us all
Let themselves be mislead

(ch)
Track Name: Fool-Idle-Hypotheticals
(Fool)
Do you stand with the meek
Defend the weak
Or are you guilty of the good
You did not do
 
Somewhere out there home is waiting
Through the nebula haze
Across the galactic span
To the stars we turn our gaze

Do you weigh the facts through
Find the balance of true
Or do you run with fools and knaves
Irreconcilable

To the stars we turn our gaze
Save what we can
Time is now, we must go
Save what is worthy of man

Do you not understand
The task at hand
Are you just waiting for the end
Resigned to fate?
  
(Idle)
Idle hands are what I see
I will lead you away from temptation
Idle hands need new plans
I will fill your head with blind assumption

I don’t believe the warnings
Mere mortals cannot know
When the time of change comes
All the signs will show

(Hypotheticals)
People want to feel safe and secure
There’s no time for this
Things are better off
When we make the fear

There are more important matters to discuss
We don’t deal in hypotheticals
It’s almost time for the next election cycle
I’ve got to look my best

People want to feel safe and secure
There’s no time for this
Things are better off
When we make the fear

Nobody wants to interrupt the numbing noise
On television tonight
Let us just wait and see what’s next
I don’t need to worry

(Fool Reprise)
Follow the fool, follow the fool
Who follows you?
Track Name: By Any Means
(narration)
Sometimes it seems weird hiding from Earth. Hiding the most important this we’ve ever done. But there are some who think nothing should be done, this end is our destiny, and they would try to stop us.
Track Name: Plan B
(narration)
I should have known. Even in a crisis the greedy and small stand in the way, only looking for personal gain. This makes things harder, but not impossible. We have a backup plan.
Track Name: Awake
We waited, we talked
Tried to be diplomatic
Followed the proper channels
Votes were taken again
 
Now that we see
You would never agree
All we can do
Is implement plan B

(chorus)
I am awake
I see the lies
No more time
No compromise
I am awake
Eyes to the sky
No more Earth
It’s time to fly

We suspected
That you would drag your feet
We prepared
Another way out for some
 
Only a few
No chance for everyone
We hope it’s enough
To find a new home

(chorus)
Track Name: Parallels
Somewhere out there is a parallel universe
Where time and space allowed us to collide
Not here, not now, maybe never

You and I seem to walk a parallel path
So close but we’ll never intersect
Not here, not now, maybe never

I live in this world
The only one I know
Bittersweet memories
Of what will not be

Now is not the time nor is it the place
For us who stayed behind by choice or need
We can only wish you well
Sending mankind’s hope to the arms of the stars
Never to know if the gamble pays off
Remember us if you can

I live in this world
The only one I know
Bittersweet memories
Of what will not be

I live in this life
The only one I'll have
Bittersweet memories
Of what cannot be
Track Name: Impact Event
(narration)
We were already as far as Mars when it happened. Most didn’t want to see it, but we recorded it anyway. 25 kilometers across. Massive. Even if any life survives at all, there won’t be anything to live for. 
Track Name: One Last Glance
(narration)
One last chance to talk. One last goodbye. Moments like these will burn in my heart forever. Bittersweet pain to fuel my journey. 
“I wish you would come with me”
“I wish you would stay, even for just the time left. I can’t leave my parents, the rest of my family. Please understand.”
“I hope you understand why I have to go. Earth was eventually going to end one way or another. If we don't go to the stars, then all of it, Einstein, the Dali Llama, Van Gogh, The Beatles, literature, art, discovery, everything that makes us human, will have been for nothing. That's why this matters more than you and me." 
Track Name: Terminal
These are the last words you’ll hear
The last time you will look in my eyes
Staring at this terminal, goodbye

We chose our paths without fear
Knowing there was no room for any lies
Understanding this is terminal, goodbye

I have my obligations
to those central to me all my life
Even though this line is terminal, goodbye

At least we have one more moment
Watching Earth come to the end of the line
Staring at this terminal, goodbye

One last glance
To burn in my mind
The pain I will carry
For all my life

One last glance
To hold in my mind
The pain I will burn
For my journey
Track Name: Ad Astra
(narration)
We have no idea what’s out there for us, where we’re going. Maybe other life. Maybe nothing. Maybe we will spend the rest of humanity’s time in the universe on the generation ships, searching. But just maybe we’ll find a home where we can again feel the breeze, touch the ground, and gaze up at the stars.
Track Name: Dare
Let us go, you and I
With the stars spread in the sky
Do we dare disturb the universe?

If it's not meant to be
It was still worthwhile

To the stars
On a tower of fire
To the stars
On the impulse of dreams

Let us go, you and I
Where nebula rub shoulders with the dark
Like yellow fog against the windows

If you think you're free
Don't watch hours flee

To the stars
On a tower of fire
To the stars
On the impulse of dreams