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The Rolling Stones — 2000 Light Years From Home
Album: Their Satanic Magesty's Request
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Released: 1967
Length: 4:40
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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
Seen you on Aldebaran, safe on the green desert sand
It's so very lonely, you're two thousand light years from home
It's so very lonely, you're two thousand light years from home
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 Bleyfusz wrote:
I often wonder what it must have been like to be a young adult the year I was born.
 
It was a great time, believe me
A lot of Stones-Fans don't like this album. I love it, it shows the versability of this band and it fits totally in these times. Everything was supposed to be psychedelic and it was the answer of the Stones to the Beatles with their Sergeant Pepper album.
 Bozo wrote:
Paul McCartney was on Howard Stern last week and had a great statement about this album  "  We made Sgt. Pepper and the Stones answered it by dressing up in wizard's outfits"  His whole point was that the Stones had to answer the Beatles' every moves.  Fair assumption.
 



                     



How about that,  Bozo . . .
McCartney's a Bozo too !












I often wonder what it must have been like to be a young adult the year I was born.
Most Excellent, "8".....Stones incense and peppermints 
phase......
 Partout où il n´y a rien d´écrit, lisez que vous êtes aimés.
 WonderLizard wrote:

Yes, agree...except that the Beatles self-destructed a couple of years later while the Stones' best work was still to come.
 
I wouldn't say "self-destructed". They broke up.  This was a band with two strong song writing minds and an up and coming third. The Stones never had that kind of dynamic.
Can't compare the two as they were/are totally different entities.
 WonderLizard wrote:

Yes, agree...except that the Beatles self-destructed a couple of years later while the Stones' best work was still to come.
 

Many people think the Stones were leaders. They were actually followers of the Beatles. The Beatles did something new and the Stones followed. It wasn't vice versa. I will say, although the Stones followed, they always had originality to their music, which made them so great and different from the Beatles.
I can only imagine how interminable this would of been when it first came out and a tab or two of purple microdot under your tongue. It's amusing, and not unlistenable, but I'm so glad the Stones brief foray into Tuning In and Turning On was as short as it was, and that they wisely left the field to Floyd and Hawkwind and the other cosmic voyagers.
 DanFHiggins wrote:

Bringing back many a Good Trip.
 

Bringing back both.  This was a psychedelic "go to", along with Piper at the Gates of Dawn, with my old crew.  This song saw us through the good and the bad.  Can still see the air vibrating with its emanations from that old speaker stack.

{#Devil_pimp}so zesty!

 jnesser wrote:
Check out Sky Cries Mary's version of this. It's even better.

 
I wholeheartedly concur. Sky Cries Mary are one of my fave bands, saw them play a couple of times in Toronto in the early to mid 90s.
Everything about this is just perfect. 


                              Keith, behind the scene at photo shoot for the Album Cover.


                           



One of my favorite Stone songs
Oh, I seen what you have done here !

Arctic Monkeys and I want it all lyrics followed by stones and 2000 light years from home !

Epic !

Love you !
Favorite Stones song

 
Love the Stones {#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananajam}
Great use of this in MIB III.
Check out Sky Cries Mary's version of this. It's even better.
it's from Keith Richards favorite album of all time {#Rolleyes} 2nd favorite is Sgt Pepper
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btw, i heard that Richards is lobbying for a job as music critic at FOX News 
Huh, I haven't either, not a big Stones fan but it's pretty good!
Wow never heard tgat before. Very much of '67 and same sounds as early Floyd
 coloradojohn wrote:
Amazing how much it resembles Syd and Roger's early Floyd stuff...and yeah, they were definitely doing the Sgt. Pepper outfit copycat

 
Except that there is nothing on Sgt. Pepper that sounds like this.  Perhaps the album was a Stones take on the Sgt Pepper concept, but certainly not an attempt to make similar music by copying the Beatles.  The two bands sounds had departed well before this point.

Agree that this more resembles early Floyd.
it's been a long time since I heard this tune—reminds me of the glam-rock band that used to play on the Kroft Super Show, "Kaptain Kool and the Kongs"!
 DanFHiggins wrote:

Bringing back many a Good Trip.

 
{#Wink}
Amazing how much it resembles Syd and Roger's early Floyd stuff...and yeah, they were definitely doing the Sgt. Pepper outfit copycat
 Bozo wrote:
Paul McCartney was on Howard Stern last week and had a great statement about this album  "  We made Sgt. Pepper and the Stones answered it by dressing up in wizard's outfits"  His whole point was that the Stones had to answer the Beatles' every moves.  Fair assumption.

 
Yes, agree...except that the Beatles self-destructed a couple of years later while the Stones' best work was still to come.
 Chi_Editrix wrote:
Bringing back many a Baaad Trip.

 
Bringing back many a Good Trip.
Nice seg. A little obvious, though. 
Bringing back many a Baaad Trip.
great sound rivalries with the Beatles those days
Anyone familiar with the Dance Society cover? It's even better :)
This has always been one of my favorite albums by the Rolling Stones. It feels to me like a sincere reflection of the collective spirit of the moment when it was created.
Godlike, mos' def'
I know what the critics said about this LP, and what the Stones themselves came to think of it.

Nevertheless I've enjoyed it ever since it came out. 

Ah, nice segue after the Artcic Monkeys' song that references this song.


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Happy Birthday Keith!
And what are you on boys?
 
Paul McCartney was on Howard Stern last week and had a great statement about this album  "  We made Sgt. Pepper and the Stones answered it by dressing up in wizard's outfits"  His whole point was that the Stones had to answer the Beatles' every moves.  Fair assumption.
Now I know where MMJ got their opening riff for Circuital;)
Mopping cafeteria floors on top of Grouse Mountain at night, just me and the lights of Vancouver below and this cranked up on the Jukebox... Wonderful!
Favorite song when I was 9 years old.  Dig the feedback!
Had to add a comment after another five years. Great Tune! My band was covering this obscure gem last year. It sounded much better after our break. {#Bananajam}
Totally agree with dairyman here this song is a GEM from the early Stones, almost getting to the Pink Floyd level. NEVER hear it on RP nor any radio stations even classic rock ones. First time i've heard it in years tonight on Palladia HD TV. 10/10 timeless classic I forgot the Stones went this psychedelic def need some good drugs to get here.

Wow just noticed this was the first post here in over 5 years.

Here's to the next random guy posting in 2013.  


ediTed wrote:
I remember I bought the album just for the cover art. There wasn't a whole lot going on inside though... Still have the album but gave away the turntable years ago. :hug:
A suggestion: Buy the CD just for the song 2000 Man. Incredible song and COMPLETELY UNDERPLAYED, in fact it's just never played anywhere! Request it on RP!
Besides this song and She's A Rainbow from Satanic Majesties, the other brilliant song that NEVER EVER EVER gets any airplay anywhere on earth is 2000 MAN. INCREDIBLY OVERLOOKED GEM of a song from the Stones. Why doesn't RP play it? That one, I think, would work even better with the other stuff played than 2000 Light Years. Charlie's drumming on it is wonderful, and Keith's playing is just fab - ab-fab, baby!!
Could be one of only a small handful (like maybe 3) Stones songs I actually like. The rest, as the Brits say. \"Rubbish\" And that one bass part that sounds like They Might be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople). Dig that.
Man, I am always hearing something cool on here that I had no clue existed.
Originally Posted by ndanger666: Not one of Mick and Keith's better ideas.
Nope! Kinda catchy in a klutzy, kitschy way, though, an artifact unearthed while rooting around the cellar. Mick and the boys had to wake up from this one and say to themselves, "guys what were we THINKING?"
I remember I bought the album just for the cover art. There wasn\'t a whole lot going on inside though... Still have the album but gave away the turntable years ago. :hug:
You\'re a Thousand Light Years From Home! :eek: :eek: :eek: Love the Theremin. :bounce:
Hilarious. If this doesn\'t prove that these guys are bozos, what would?
GREAT STUFF! :cool:
not one of their better efforts...
Boy, what band DIDN\"T have a psychedlic era?
Proof indeed that the Drugs don\'t work :lol:
Ahhh, a ride back to the '60's. Listened to this and the White Album for the first time in "Headphones". Wow. Much H2O passed under the bridge since this time. Cool feelings evoked with the sounds in the song.
next up, major tom. :)
I\'m glad The Stones tried some trippy tunes :D
Not one of Mick and Keith\'s better ideas.
There are several current indie bands that sound like they based their sound off this song.
Hearing this song for the first time in the late 70s sent me on a multi month search for the album. It was worth the search, but only to catch an odd peice of music history. The album doesn\'t work mostly, it seems forced, insincere, and unfocused with borrowed techniques used not from inspiration but just toss in coulse that\'s what everyone else was doing. Still, this song is a gem as if all the poor intentions and wrong directions in the world couldn\'t keep this talented group from getting it right at least once.
Originally Posted by Caffeine_Kid: :eek: Speaking of Snapshots, I still have the original LP with the 3D cover.
Now that is a collector's item...
Originally Posted by Jacques: I agree with the previous comment... this may be an underrated album and certainly an underrated track by the Rolling Stones. No, psychadelia was not their forte, and they were probably passengers on the hippy bandwagon. Some argue the Beatles were riding along too, but I think they were closer to the driver's seat, but definitely not in it.... The Rolling Stones were probably trying their hand at the newest exciting "thing" and the sixties were papered wall to wall with "the latest thing" moments. No one wanted to be left behind, and Mick Jagger, an astute businessman even then was always keen to ensure the Stones were doing the proper PR thing. They came close to pulling it off with "Satanic Majesty's Request" but it was, ultimately, no cigar. A great snapshot into the period though, and the Rolling Stones, while largely imitating rather than believing in psychadelia, did it better than many who were sincerely motivated to write psychadelic music. It's kind of hard for a deeply blues based band (heavily laden with all the emotional and historical baggage that accompanies the blues) to do a 360 degree turn and suddenly be all hippy-dippy, flowers, tie-die and Donavan in the space of an album or two. Most people didn't buy it... The Beatles, who were constantly evolving and particularly so in the years leading up to 1967 (65-66) showed a tremendous growth and a sincere thirst for the unusual, so the fit with psychadelia was more natural, and hence more credible, and Sgt. Pepper was a seen as a heralding the new wave (not in the musical sense, in the history sense). The Beatles didn't invent psychadelia, nor do it better than anyone else, but they did it as well as anyone else. The rest of this Stones album is also worth a listen, and if Bill is willing, he might spin a few of the other more obscure tracks. Wonderful stuff to hear on radio... Cheers Jacques Radio Paradise: What Radio Could Have Been
:eek: Speaking of Snapshots, I still have the original LP with the 3D cover.
I agree with the previous comment... this may be an underrated album and certainly an underrated track by the Rolling Stones. No, psychadelia was not their forte, and they were probably passengers on the hippy bandwagon. Some argue the Beatles were riding along too, but I think they were closer to the driver\'s seat, but definitely not in it.... The Rolling Stones were probably trying their hand at the newest exciting \"thing\" and the sixties were papered wall to wall with \"the latest thing\" moments. No one wanted to be left behind, and Mick Jagger, an astute businessman even then was always keen to ensure the Stones were doing the proper PR thing. They came close to pulling it off with \"Satanic Majesty\'s Request\" but it was, ultimately, no cigar. A great snapshot into the period though, and the Rolling Stones, while largely imitating rather than believing in psychadelia, did it better than many who were sincerely motivated to write psychadelic music. It\'s kind of hard for a deeply blues based band (heavily laden with all the emotional and historical baggage that accompanies the blues) to do a 360 degree turn and suddenly be all hippy-dippy, flowers, tie-die and Donavan in the space of an album or two. Most people didn\'t buy it... The Beatles, who were constantly evolving and particularly so in the years leading up to 1967 (65-66) showed a tremendous growth and a sincere thirst for the unusual, so the fit with psychadelia was more natural, and hence more credible, and Sgt. Pepper was a seen as a heralding the new wave (not in the musical sense, in the history sense). The Beatles didn\'t invent psychadelia, nor do it better than anyone else, but they did it as well as anyone else. The rest of this Stones album is also worth a listen, and if Bill is willing, he might spin a few of the other more obscure tracks. Wonderful stuff to hear on radio... Cheers Jacques Radio Paradise: What Radio Could Have Been
Love that crazy melotron! It is a great song, in a silly sixties kind of way. It's almost inconceivable any band of their (60's) stature would explore such a radical diversion of their sound nowadays. Probably the label would just refuse to release it. Sad really. The occasional fan club CD single of an obsure cover is about all you can expect now...
Its like the Thunderbirds revisited. Charming and funny. \'Satanic majesties\' is too often compared with \'Sergeant Pepper\', which is kinda senceless. On its own terms, maybe underrated. I think this was the course Brian Jones wanted to go with the Stones. It\'s obvious the glimmer twins didn\'t agree.
Love the Stones but always thought this spacey stuff sounded forced, like they were copying some of the other influential artists of the time. They sure didn\'t stick with it very long.
Now this is the kind of Stones that the heron enjoys!
Originally Posted by Roach: Try this lead-in: Jefferson Starship, Blows Against the Empire: XM
Or "Have You Seen The Stars Tonight"? Blows Against the Empire is a great album. Slick, Kantner, Garcia, Hart, Crosby, Nash and others in the credits.
Originally Posted by Captn_Pea: I think I saw the Stones do this... not really sure, I have poor retention... :lol:
i did! the steel wheels tour back in '89. it was fabulously unexpected! :D
I think I saw the Stones do this... not really sure, I have poor retention... :lol:
Try this lead-in: Jefferson Starship, Blows Against the Empire: XM
It must have been 1968 when I placed two speakers at the head of my bed, with my pillow in between. My intent was to listen quietly to the record, without waking my parents. Much to my surprise, sounds seemed to travel through my head from side to side! I had discovered stereo for the first time, 2000 Light Years From Home!
YES!!!!!!