Satellite We Call Home

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Follow Me 03:35
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
6.
The Music 03:20
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
Turpentine 03:55
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
10.
Dirt 05:46
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
11.
Zigiamaster 04:40
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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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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From 1979-1999, Pluto's eccentric orbit placed it closer to the sun than Neptune. Therefore, earth immigrant (b.1980, Zigian Air Fields, Neptune) indeed comes from the farthest planet in our system. I hate to think we Neptunians are so petty, but support for planetary demotion of Pluto was very high on the blue giant, and I can’t help but think it’s because we like being far out - the farthest! ... more

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