Eclipse of the Earth

Moray Crawford: Drums; Paul Fleischer: Flute; John Hulaton: Trumpet; Masahiko: Bass; Roman Rhodes: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Fills & Percussion programming fills; Tim Wiltshire: Electric guitar;
Words and Music © Roman Rhodes, 2003, Multifolkal Inc. SOCAN


First written as just Eclipse in St.Lazare 1994-6? after sitting out at night in minus 20 degrees weather to watch one. But the present words and music really came with the rewrite after 2nd Gulf war, 2003. The content speaks for itself. I was trying to get that Steve Miller Fly Like an Eagle & Serenade like sound. It became a regular performer immediately and once I tried it with flute and trumpet I knew it needed them but originally had a different sound in mind. . I was also aiming for Pink Floyd's Great Gig in the Sky sound in the climax, but obviously lack Clare Torry's vocal range and power. I still consider that one of the greatest vocal recordings in the history of music across all genres.


Eclipse of the Earth 
© Roman Rhodes, 2003

Between the sun and the earth 
Spun a silent silver moon 
The shadow cast upon our hearth 
Once thought us of our ruin
  On this fragile orbit through space 
  The differences of culture, creed and race 
  Are so small as to not leave a trace; 
  We're here to learn to cooperate.

Between the sun and universe 
Walks this little blue-green earth, 
Are we under some stupid curse 
That we cannot see its fragile worth? 
  This tiny bios-sphere in space, 
  Chances are it can't be replaced. 
  In this spinning cosmic soup of rocks,
  We never know when's the next shock.

It's easy that by some off chance 
This may be your last romance. 
Who knows when your life may end, 
Make every enemy your friend. 
   But darkened minds and darkened hearts 
   Rule this fragile earth of ours, 
   Leading us to endless stupid wars 
   All alone amongst the stars.

How can we teach them, 
These small-minded men of mars? 
How can we reach them, 
Through their thick minds and empty hearts? 
How can we stop them, 
Before they tear this world apart?

Tween golden Venus and red Mars 
Walks this blue green earth of ours. 
Why are we fighting these stupid wars 
All alone amongst the stars? 
All alone amongst the stars. 
All alone amongst the stars.


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