Sunday, December 06, 2009

A Tune for the "Herbed"


This is one song that I've always liked (of course) but I knew bupkis about. It's been on XM49 and the local classic rock station lately, so it's on someone's approved playlist. So, I looked it up.

Luckily, Wikipedia comes through again. It's Children of the Sun by Billy Thorpe, released in 1979. Turns out he was Australian. As in, he passed away in 2007 from a massive heart attack. Well, crap - late to the party again. Seems he also scored Star Trek: The Next Generation, Columbo, Eight is Enough and other television shows through his recording and production studio. He even collaborated with Mick Fleetwood on a side project.

He had me at STNG.

It's a cool song - the quirky effects in the opening make it sound like something is wrong with the Mighty Binder - those pops, cracks and sizzles just make the cab feel wrong. Then, we've got the spacey lyrics:

People of the earth can you hear me
Came a voice from the sky on that magical night
And in the colors of a thousand sunsets
They traveled to the world on a silvery light

The people of the earth stood waiting
Watching as the ships came one by one
Setting fire to the sky as they landed
Carrying to the world children of the sun
Children of the sun

All at once came a sound from the inside
Then a beam made of light hit the ground
Everyone felt the sound of their heartbeat
Every man, every woman, every child

They passed the limits of imagination
Through the door to the world of another time
And on the journey of a thousand lifetimes
With the children of the sun, they started their climb

Children of the sun, children of the sun

No more gravity, nothing holding them down
Floating endlessly, as their ship leaves the ground
Through the walls of time, at the speed of light
Fly the crystal ships on their celestial flight (on their celestial flight)

Children of the sun
What else do ya need for a spaced out rock song, man? Like, wow!

Thank you Algore's intertubes for enlightening my brain once again!


drjim said...

Interesting.....I've always liked that song, too.
I heard "Lunatic Fringe" by Red Rider the other day, and wow...did that one ever take me back to my hot-rod days!

Jeffro said...


We know you're out there indeed!