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Coloring Club Plus — 4/3/19

Apr 3

Apr 3a

What can I say, “Revolution Earth” is one of just a couple of good songs on “Good Stuff.” It’s better than good, it’s friggin’ fantastic! You can light a little incense and zone out listening to this space symphony.

wikipedia says:  Good Stuff is the sixth studio album by new wave band the B-52’s, released in 1992. This is the only B-52’s album in which vocalist Cindy Wilson does not appear. The song is an upbeat, folk influenced song, a radical stylistic departure for the B-52’s. Featuring Kate Pierson on lead vocals, “Revolution Earth” remains a fan favourite despite the fact that it is from an album featuring only three of the original five members of the band. With founding member Cindy Wilson absent from the recording, Pierson sings in harmony with herself – multi-tracking different vocal lines. Fred Schneider sings a brief backing vocal. As with many of the tracks from the Good Stuff album, “Revolution Earth” has a long and resounding intro and outro, as opposed to the band’s earlier songs which always had a definite beginning and ending. “Revolution Earth” was regularly featured in the B-52’s live shows from 1992 up until about 2001. When Cindy Wilson rejoined the band in 1996, she sang backing vocals when the song was performed live. Latter live performances were couched in a faster rhythm and featured Sara Lee (then bass player for the band) on backing vocals, along with Wilson.

Endless distance
Wildlife and stars
Blanket the night
You lying beside me, darling
Eyes wide open
While the wide arc of the globe is turning
We feel it moving through the dark
Hear the hills
Scrape the sky
And our eyes fill with the falling sparks

Then we know that we’re alive
If we weren’t
Sure before
I reach for you by my side and soar

Revolution Earth
On gliding fireworks
Revolution Earth
Rolling under us
The world is turning on gliding fireworks
You beside me
Revolution Earth

Frost on the jungle vine
Melting in sunshine (in summer time)
Snow on the mountain top
Piling high in loving cups!

Then we know that we’re alive
If we weren’t
Sure before
I reach for you by my side and soar

Revolution Earth
On gliding fireworks
Revolution Earth
Rolling under us
High above on gliding fireworks
You beside me
Revolution Earth

You flying beside me, darling
Eyes open wide (eyes open wide)
On a voyage between dusk and dawn
Space and time

Then we know that we’re alive
If we weren’t
Sure before
I reach for you by my side and soar

Revolution Earth
On gliding fireworks
Revolution Earth
Rolling under us
The world is turning on gliding fireworks
You beside me
Revolution – Revolution Earth
On gliding fireworks
Revolution Earth
Rolling under us
High above on gliding fireworks
You beside me
Revolution Earth

Songwriters: Fred Schneider / Kate Pierson / Keith Strickland / Robert Waldrop

 

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