Martian TV

by @spazsquatch

Liner Notes

Ok, a bit long to get here, but I like it and hopefully now I've knocked the cobwebs off the old scrimmage machine.

Written for the #superskirmish, #songskirmish, ss081222b with the prompt #Telephone, #Television, #Radio.

I originally was going for a New-Wave vibe, but I couldn't dial in the right sound so this have more of 80's-retro track than a proper new-wave track. Not much of an arrangement, but the idea is there and I think it will be worth going back to later, which is always my goal with scrimmages.

Lyrics

[VERSE]
Bought a old an old TV at a rummage sale
Plugged it in to see what was happening
Signal coming in was mostly static
And the rest didn’t make much sense

Figures on screen were debating
Neither seemed to have that much to say
Blaming the other one
Seemed to be their common ground

[PRE]
Oh oh oh
Maybe if I play with the rabbit ears
Oh oh oh
Maybe if I moved the set over there

[CHORUS]
There’s an alien signal on the airwaves
And they have my sympathy
It doesn’t seem like anything is working out
On the Martian TV

[VERSE]
Came across a transistor radio
Scanned the dial to see what I could find
Heard the tale of a strange and different world
That didn’t feel like mine
Being on the microphone
Told me everything was wrong
Where I should place my hatred
And the commodities to buy

[PRE]
Oh oh oh
Maybe if I play with the rabbit ears
Oh oh oh
Maybe if I moved the set over there

[CHORUS]
There’s an alien signal on the airwaves
And they have my sympathy
It doesn’t seem like anything is working out
On the Martian TV

[BRIDGE]
Felt a strange curiosity
Perseverance seems to be a theme
It had the spirit of opportunity
But no plan for a return

[CHORUS]
There’s an alien signal on the airwaves
And they have my sympathy
It doesn’t seem like anything is working out
On the Martian TV



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@nadine

I also have no idea how to put off New Wave, but it sounds a lot like the 80s. I like the feel of this one and its damn catchy. Fun lyrics. Rabbit Ears - You mean these antennae? Definitely worth to polish!

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Skirmishing is enlightening. Finding different song styles and musical instruments. This song sounds like it would take me 5 years to mix, and you did it in a skirmish. That is amazing in itself. LIked your pictures and storyline. All in all, enjoyed very much.

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I like this one a lot. You paint a clear picture of your channel surfing/dialing for whatever and just hearing nonsense. Enjoyed your vamp between verses when it came around. The energy is all over. Excellent skirmish.

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Yup always go back. Its good sone really good bones, very enjoyable song, reminds me if something, but whatever its really full and good!

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@tjeff

The intro does sound like martian tv might sound - cool synth tone. I definitely get the new-wave vibe - sounds great. I like the drum backbeat in the chorus. Love the idea of "playing with the rabbit ears" to tune in a martian tv signal, nice writing.