Satellite We Call Home

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You’ve heard of a baker’s dozen. Now get ready for a Neptunian decury of indie rock nuggets!

Direct from our solar system's outermost planet comes earth immigrant's debut album. Eleven original compositions recorded in a stuffy living room on Earth, but capturing that Neptunian vibe. Available on CD, instant download, or any medium you decide to copy it onto.

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released May 25, 2018

All songs written by S N Walsh
Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by S N Walsh
Except: Follow Me and Set The Moon On Fire, Produced by S N Walsh and Velmont, Engineered by S N Walsh and Manuel Carmona

Recorded at Neptune Studios (a living room somewhere in Camarillo, Ventura County, Earth)
Some vocals and guitars recorded in a very reverby entryway in Santa Rosa Valley, and some piano recorded in the adjacent living room
Velmont songs mostly recorded at The Barn, a backyard shed studio in Ventura

Equipment used: MacBook Pro, iMac, Logic 9 and X, Presonus Firepod, Yamaha HS50M Speakers
Microphones: Carvin CM87S, Shure 87A and SM58, MXL R144, Peavey PVM45

Acoustic guitars used: Nathan (Takamine F-360S-LH), Declan (Takamine EG363SC), Laurence (Alvarez 5220 in open D, a.k.a. “Barry-tuning”), Apollo (Epiphone “IB” Texan in high-strung C), Denny (Glen Burton 12-string), Boff (Takamine G220 with flatwound strings), Reese (Fame 747 with electric strings and a missing bridge saddle, resulting in a delightfully tinny sound)

Electric guitars used: Robbie (Fender Squier Stratocaster), Buddy (Squier Stratocaster), Rain (Epiphone Casino), Sir Geoffrey (DIY Kit 12-string Les Paul)

Bass guitars used: Macca (Rickenbacker 4003), Paul (Hofner Violin Ignition Series with flatwounds), Hamish (Fender MIJ Jazz Bass), Colin (Squier Precision Special), James (Fake Fender Frankenbass Jazz with flatwounds), Ron (Fake Fender Frankenbass Jazz 5-string), JD (Fake Fender Frankenbass Precision fretless with flatwounds)

Other named instruments used: Bruce (1920s Regal Tenor Guitar), Al (Kansas Mandolin), Sammy (ukulele of unknown origin), and of course, The Box™ (an old wooden box that looks like it could have held an Enigma machine).

Strings: GHS, Rotosound and LaBella bass, Earthwood and Martin acoustic, Ernie Ball Slinky electric.
Picks: Fender 358 Medium (things with small strings) Dunlop Ultex .73 (things with big strings)
And of course: an Ebow, and a real bow of unknown origin for the fake cello (a.k.a. Hofner bass)

Thanks to Manuel Carmona, Doug Paulin, Gj Torres, Gary Guthrie, John Hoskinson and Bob Breen for coming up with stuff during live performances that eventually became permanent parts of the songs.

Special Thanks to everyone I’ve ever played music with. You’re the most important people in my life, every last one of you.

For my Nanny: I wish you could have heard this.

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Track Name: Autopilot Life
I’m always someone other than who I’m not
Never who I am
I’m always wrapped up in somebody else’s plot
And they don’t give a damn

Help me find my own story
No-one can do it for me
Help me find my own mind
Tell me who I am

I’m always living better than what I’ve got
Idling as I bleed
Defined only by what everyone around me wants
Never what I need

Help me cut my losses
Help me help myself
I can’t find my lost mind
Tell me who I am

Everything, everyone tumbles away
I’m flying blind
Asleep at the wheel
Autopilot life

And I’m always giving in before I’m out of breath
Forgetting how to breathe
Running only ‘til I’m safely hidden from myself
But never ‘til I’m free

Save me from my safety
Save me from myself
I can’t escape my own mind
Tell me who I am
Track Name: Really Truly Absolu'ly
Believe what you want, believe what you were taught
Pass it down like it's all written into stone
Believe what you need, believe what you think you see
And pass it on like it's your own

You've got your loving and your fighting up to speed
You've never known exactly what it is you need
You know that lying to yourself's your greatest skill
I tell you really truly absolu'ly

Winning the argument doesn't make you right
But it's all starting to crumble down deep inside
You talk in circles now, make it make sense somehow
Roadblocked in the cul-de-sac of pride

Your loving and your fighting's up to speed
You've never known exactly what it is you need
You know that lying to yourself's your greatest skill
I tell you really truly absolu'ly

Makes you feel so wise to think that everybody else is wrong
But learning from mistakes is what will truly make you strong

(instrumental chorus)

You used to know it all, then the real world called
Now you're always just a mirror image of the truth
Perspective’s all you need to make your ego bleed
So let go of your willful youth

You've got your loving and your fighting up to speed
You've never known exactly what it is you need
You know that lying to yourself's your greatest skill
I tell you really truly absolu'ly
Track Name: Magic 8-Ball Compass
I keep my compass in a magic 8 ball
I keep a magnet underneath my hat
They're all tricks I learned from a dear old friend
To ensure that I never look back

I go sailing in a plastic teacup
I go flying in a foil balloon
And if I seem a million miles away
Just know I'll be back soon

Because I always know no matter which way I go
I'm bound to end up somewhere
So I shake you up, my magic 8-ball compass
For all I know I'm already there

He leaves a note that he's gone adventurin'
With cash on hand for what it's worth
Well I know I shouldn't worry, it's just
He gets lost and he never looks North

He says if you can find your way with limits
Somehow the journey means more
And sometimes it helps if you don't quite know
Exactly what you're looking for

Just as long as you know no matter which way you go
You're bound to end up somewhere
So just shake it up, that magic 8-ball compass
For all you know you're already there

You know the meaning and you know all the words to say
You know the tune and you know all the chords to play
You know the path and you know if you lose your way
You'll be fine, you just make it up anyway

You know it's all yours so take it
No-one said it's easy but you'll make it
When it gets hard that's when you fake it
Your life is waiting, just take it

Because we'll always know no matter which way we go
We're bound to end up somewhere
So just shake it up, the magic 8-ball compass
For all we know we're already there

Yeah, for all we know we're already there
Oh yeah, for all we know we're already there
Track Name: Set The Moon On Fire
I'm gonna fill the night with colored pairs of light
With hues of red and white, yeah
I'm gonna leave today, with no more hell to pay
And nothing more to say, yeah

They want to make my life mean nothing
They make me walk a wire
I'm gonna make my life mean something
I'll set the moon on fire

It's just a holiday, it's just another day
It's just another way out
To make me see my wrong, to make it last this long
To help me write a song now

They want to make my life mean nothing
They make me walk a wire
I'm gonna make my life mean something
I'll set the moon on fire

Yeah... Set the moon on fire

You see the satellite, it hovers in the night
It gives you hope and light, yeah
It's gonna burn tonight, you see the sky ignite
You see the fiery white, yeah

I'm gonna make my life mean something, I'll set the moon on fire
You'll look up high tonight and see the fireworks in the sky
You're gonna ask yourself 'who's the one who made us all look higher?'
I'm gonna make my life mean something, I'll set the moon on fire

Yeah... Set the moon on fire
Track Name: Follow Me
I've been waiting now but nobody knows me
Nobody knows me the way I want, the way I want, the way I want
And I've been waiting now but nobody wants me
Nobody wants me the way I am, the way I am, the way I am

I don't have the time to wait and see
All the groovy things that might just happen to me

I've been standing here but nobody noticed
Nobody noticed that I was there, that I was there, that I was there
So I tried changing now but nobody noticed
Nobody noticed; what do I care? Or do I care? Why do I care?

I have no responsibility
To follow the world because one day the world's gonna follow me

(solo)

I don't have the time to wait and see
All the groovy things that might just happen to me

I've been talking now but nobody listens
Nobody listens to what I say, to what I say, to what I say
But I'll keep talking now 'cos I believe I've found
I believe I've found a better way, a better way, a better way

I have no responsibility
To follow the world because one day the world's gonna follow me
Track Name: The Music
Smile at me one more time, and I swear
I might never look away again
Seems I’ve known you forever, although
I don’t know where and don’t remember when

I’ve wasted years, I’ve wasted miles
I’ve wasted tears, I’ve wasted smiles
I’ve wasted everything I’ve done if it wasn’t with you

Now I have you, I don’t know what’s worse
that I lost you or I lost control
All the time I was waiting for someone
to find me and to find my soul

I’ve wasted days, I’ve wasted nights
I’ve wasted sounds, I’ve wasted sights
And all the time I knew inside my life was always for you

I will play on each day, the music is my way
within you I will always be, and you will be within me

And when finally again I’m alone
As I’ve always been, will always be
Maybe then I’ll remember this way
and will live for when you’re back with me

You’re all I’ve ever loved
you’ve always shone the only light I’ve ever known
My soul is ever with you, all that kept me alive
Track Name: Learning To Lie To You
If I could not cry to you, I fear what our lives would be
If I had to lie to you, it would be over between us
I'm learning to share with you

I've lost track of what was once inside my mind
I can't remember who I used to be
I'm lost somewhere in Auld Lang Syne
But Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be

If the truth hurts, then I'm protecting you this way
I'm the only one who knows what not to say

So maybe I'm finally beginning to deserve your hue
And that is because I'm learning to lie to you
Ahh... you don't want to know what's true
Ahh... I'm learning to lie to you

You'll never know the feelings that I've had inside
Don't even try to find out what I used to be
I must escape from Auld Lang Syne
'cos Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be

Please, please please, don't leave
When I'm just acquiring the skill to deceive

I'll never forget you; Well that much is true
And that is why I'm learning to lie to you
Ahh... I don't remember what is true
Ahh... I'm learning to lie to you

So I will not punish you for things that you've said to me
And I will not blame you, nor hurt you nor be cruel
And I will not lie to you; (I just lied again)

So I will not cry for you; it's no longer my fault
And I will not cry to you; I'm done with insulting
I'm learning to lie to you; I'm learning to lie to you
Track Name: Nathan's Glasses
Some days he looks vaguely in my direction
I wonder if I'm what he's meaning to see
And most times we talk about others' confusions
'Cos it's something he'd always said to me

Seeing the world through Nathan's glasses
Someday you'll understand
But how can I say what I see when I just see nothing?
And how can I say what I feel when I never learned how?

With lenses so dark I can't tell what he's thinking
While somehow he still seems to see right through me
But if Nathan won't tell me what color his eyes are
Well it's something I never thought could be

Seeing the world through Nathan's glasses
Someday you'll understand
But how can I look in his eyes with so much between us?
And he says "Look with your heart or we'll never see eye to eye"

And there's no point believing that there's no empty singing
'Less you've found ways of freeing your mind
From something inside you that claims to be what you see
But Seeing the world through Nathan's glasses
Someday you'll understand

(solo)

I must admit I sneaked a peek through his glasses
When they fell from his face one sunny day
I had feared he'd be blinded, but he'd fooled me well
Now it's something I never thought I'd say

Seeing the world through Nathan's glasses
Now I can understand
Seeing the world through Nathan's glasses
Someday you'll understand

And every day you're a day more away from someday
Oh-and every step you get closer to farther away

Nathan can see me, and I can see Nathan, 'cos now I can see
Track Name: Turpentine
There are no more words to say good-bye
There is nothing left to make me cry
Nothing left to do that’s not been done
We ran the race, had all the fun

If anyone remembers what we were
It’s only a figment and a blur
Distant memories of the past have gone
They’ve grown up and moved on

And everybody has found a life with someone else
And everybody has found a peace within themselves
And everybody just wants to know they’re not alone
And then there’s me, and I’m still trying to get home

Something triggered deep inside my heart
Always family though we’re worlds apart
I have never been more like myself
Never found a deeper wealth

But still I feel the emptiness inside
Still a giant hole a mile wide
Still I feel I’m clinging to the past
Longing for what cannot last

And everybody, they don’t want anybody else
And everybody will find a peace within themselves
And everybody just wants to know they’re not alone
And then there’s me, and I’m still trying to get home

The tree that died left seeds to plant anew
I find that I can still be me without you

So I wash my soul clean of Turpentine
I find what inspiration once was mine
I turn the earth where I buried my soul
Deep down I find that I’m still whole

And everybody might want to be somebody else
But everybody must be content with something less
And everybody just wants to know they’re not alone
And then there’s me, and I’m still trying to get home
Yeah there’s me, and I’m still looking for my home,
And then there’s me, and I’m still making my new home
Track Name: Dirt
The blood of my family is in the dirt of my old home
From wounds that still guide me when I’m alone
And I don’t know where it will lead me
I will follow

The dirt of my old home is in the blood of my own veins
I carry it with me, the memories, the pains
And I don’t care how it may hurt me
I take it everywhere

The blood of my family is in the dirt of my old home


I dreamed of a journey, a life to call my own
Imagined myself making a new home

But all I know is the blood that I left there
In the dirt of my old home

Carry on, carry on, every day
Carry on, keep getting farther away
Carry all of it with me, believing to this day
That the dirt will carry me home
Carry me home

I want to let it go, but I want to go home
I want to let it go, but I want to go home
I want to let it go, but I want to go home
I want to let it go, but I want to go home


And I will go, ever believing, from dirt I might grow
Hoping to find out someday I’ll be home
Track Name: Zigiamaster
I went to buy a ride, ride from the Zigiamaster
A way to get inside, sideways, around and faster
It's all a crazy game, it's never worth complaining
We're all just strokes and lines within the master's painting
Part of the master's painting, yeah

No need to wait in line, lines are for many others
But I'm the only one, one way to be another
I am the only soul, keeps me from ever waiting
We're all just strokes and lines within the master's painting
Part of the master's painting, yeah

And when we're all gone
We'll be we don't know where
It's such a long way
But we'll make it there, yeah we'll make it there

This world is canvas for four seasons and two sections
Day and night tell us how, how we will see reflections
Our plan will be revealed after our undertaking
We're all just strokes and lines within the master's painting

And when we're all gone
We'll be we don't know where
It's such a long way
But we'll make it there, yeah we'll make it there

I went to buy a ride, ride from the Zigiamaster
A way to get inside, sideways, around and faster
It's all a crazy game, it's never worth complaining
We're all just strokes and lines within the master's painting

Part of the master's painting, yeah
Drawn by the Zigiamaster
I am the Zigiamaster
You are the Zigiamaster, yeah
We’re all the Zigiamaster

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