Song Lyric Sunday – 2000 Light Years From Home

I have to admit that I was not excited about today’s prompts for Song Lyric Sunday Songs featuring. Space, Planets and Aliens in the title or lyrics was suggested by Di of the blog pensitivity101. Sorry Di!

I have never been a space fan and could only think of two songs that relate to the prompt, and I am certain they will be picked by someone else. So I did a little research and found this gem from the Rolling Stones – 2000 Light Years From Home. I don’t actually remember it but it fits the prompt and the psychedelic video is awesome. Hope you enjoy it!

The Song

Space exploration was big at the time, and was probably an influence on this song. Pink Floyd was making music with a similar sound.

The psychedelic sound reflected the times. It was the summer of love (1967).

Mick Jagger got the idea for this while in jail on drug charges.

The Stones played this on their Steel Wheels tour in 1989. A show in Atlantic City was broadcast with this song shot in 3D, which viewers could see using those goofy glasses.

Various echo effects and drum sounds were added in overdubbing.

On this track, their lead guitarist, Brian Jones, played a Mellotron, an early synthesizer. Jones played a number of unusual instruments in his time with the band, which lasted from their founding in 1962 until 1969, when he was fired after a number of clashes with his bandmates over his reliability and contributions. Just weeks after leaving the band, the 27-year-old Jones drowned in his swimming pool.

The ’90s psychedelic group The Brian Jonestown Massacre recorded a tribute to the Stones’ psychedelic period (and this song) called Their Satanic Majesties’ Second Request.

The Lyrics

Sun turnin' 'round with graceful motion
We're setting off with soft explosion
Bound for a star with fiery oceans
It's so very lonely
You're a hundred light years from home

Freezing red deserts turn to dark
Energy here in every part
It's so very lonely
You're six hundred light years from home

It's so very lonely
You're a thousand light years from home
It's so very lonely
You're a thousand light years from home

Bell flight fourteen you now can land
See you on Aldebaran
Safe on the green desert sand
It's so very lonely
You're 2000 light years from home
It's so very lonely
You're 2000 light years from home

Writer/s: Keith Richards, Mick Jagger 
Publisher: Abkco Music Inc.
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

  11 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – 2000 Light Years From Home

  1. February 6, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve never heard this Christine. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 6, 2022 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks. Me neither Di. ☺️💕

  2. February 6, 2022 at 8:32 am

    This is such a fun song Christine, and I couldn’t take my eyes off of the video.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 6, 2022 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks Jim. Yes, it was pretty cool ☺️

  3. February 6, 2022 at 3:40 am

    Hi Christine, I love this track it’s from one of my favourite albums of theirs. I have used it before and it’s a perfect track. It was such a shame about Brian he fell foul of drugs as many did in those days. He was the founder member of the group band immensely talented . 💜

    • Christine Bolton
      February 8, 2022 at 10:05 am

      Yes In many ways he was the original driving force. Dies way too young. The song was not familiar to me. I don’t know how I could have missed it in those days. Oh well … thanks Willow ☺️💕

      • February 8, 2022 at 10:22 am

        Loved it ☺️💜💜

  4. February 6, 2022 at 3:19 am

    I don’t know the song. I do recognise the psychedelic music phase of the late 60’s early 70’s – mostly from the soul & funk music genres. I’ll have to check it out. A tricky song prompt but interesting nonetheless.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 6, 2022 at 12:15 pm

      Yes I do t k ow how it is got by me but at least it fit that tricky prompt! 🤣 Lol

  5. February 6, 2022 at 2:37 am

    I don’t remember that song either, but as you said, it does fit the prompt.

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