Artwork with this song: “Mercy and Molly” from "Trekker: The Darkstar Zephyr" © 2019 by Ron Randall. Discover more about Mercy St. Clair, intrepid bounty hunter from the future, and my dear friend Ron Randall’s other beautiful work at www.ronrandall.com
I wrote this song thinking about all of you out there scattered round the globe, my tribe. We all must find the souls with a consonant vibe during our short time on earth. They aren't always in our blood families, but they are family nonetheless. I think of you as the "Lovers from Mars:" the poets, the hippie-punks, the dreamers, the artists, the ones who think for themselves and try to stretch a bit beyond, up to the stars. It's for the lovers, despite all the reasons to shut love down.
This song is also a memorial for David Bowie, whose backup singers in the 70s were the Spiders from Mars. Since I was a teenager, I have had dreams about David Bowie. In the dreams we have long and wonderful conversations about interesting things. It's weird. I don't usually dream about famous people that I do not know, and though I love Bowie tremendously, I am not like some uber fan. But it has always felt like I actually knew him, even though I did not. I never even saw him perform.
So it was very strange that I wrote this song, and then heard of his death just three days later in January of 2016. He was a Lover from Mars, for sure, and now he is "back to the stars" as the lyrics go.
It took more than three years to make this song to share, and it was the most difficult to bring to fruition on this album. Even after we had mastered all the songs, Brian and I weren't happy with this one, and had to go back to the drawing board. When I finally realized I needed to rock out on the electric guitar, it all came together. Of course--it's for Bowie!
from The Light Inside You
track released May 19, 2019
Elizabeth: guitar, electric guitar, percussion, vocals
Brian: guitar, percussion, sound textures
Jon Green: bass
Robin Toye: percussion