On the Far Side of the Universe

by @mikeb

Liner Notes

I scribbled some of these lyrics down while I was camping 2 months ago, then ‘found’ them again this week.
I think I can make this work (with some lyrical changes) for my rock opera project – except the length! At 6-1/2 minutes, way too long! I may have to divide it up, ending after the 2nd chorus, then a ‘reprise/part 2’ with the bridge and final chorus.

#psychedelic
#rockopera

This was my first use of the free BBC Orchestra plug-in, for the opening French horns – what a great sound!
Acoustic guitar – Taylor 324ceBE
Electric guitars – 72 Fender Telecaster
Bass – Gretsch Junior Jet
Synth pads – Surge VSTi
Strings – Casio WK7600

Lyrics

On the Far Side of the Universe ©2022 Michael J Birch

Gazing up at a night sky full of stars
Wondering when the world started falling apart
Worry – a knife stabbing into your heart
No apparent solution when things have gone too far

On the far side of the universe
There’s a place for us
Far from our earthbound fears
A million lightyears from here
On the far side of the universe

The answers are no longer all in black and white
Anxiety devours everything from inside
Paranoia is powerful, poisoning minds
Hopelessness in the darkest part of the night

On the far side of the universe
There’s a place for us
Far from our earthbound fears
A million lightyears from here
On the far side of the universe

I dream of walking hand in hand
It seems such a peaceful land
Full of love, and hope and peace

On the far side of the universe
There’s a new world for us
Far from our earthbound fears
A million lightyears from here
On the far side of the universe



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@robs

But how do I get there? Great build up & arrangement!

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First thing I looked for was where the heck you got those horns! The BBC Discover orchestra, which I have and have used (although sparingly, so far). I've been recommending it to people latel, although mistakenly attributing it to Spitfire Audio. Oops. This is WONDERFULLY produced--great vocals/lyrics/arrangement. Really a nice one!

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@panch

A brilliant sonic experience with that big sound and a superb performance all round.
It didn't seem too long to me, it had lots of variation to retain interest and the topic is certainly worthy of a longer song.

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@crisp1

Whatever you've got the bass guitar doing, I love the way it runs through this. You've definitely captured a feeling of wishing for a whole new start in a whole new place -- you've just taken it farther than most of us! ;)

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I really love this sound! And I'm about ready for the other side of the universe!

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you have a grand, epic sound that elevates the work above that of a simple song. reminds me, in scope but not in concept, of the moody blues. i dont know if this is to be a song-cycle form of rock opera, like tommy, or a dramatic narrative like les miserables. so any comments on structure would be useless without knowing your ultimate intention. but as a listener, i did not find it to be too long. not at all.

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@jeff9

Well done, Mike. Made me think a little of the concept for Paul Kantner's "Blows Against the Empire". Seems like this would be a great fit for your magnum opus.