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T Bone Burnett — Humans From Earth
Album: The Criminal Under My Own Hat
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Released: 1992
Length: 2:33
Plays (last 30 days): 1
We come from a blue planet light years away
Where everything multiples at an amazing rate
We're out here in the universe buying real estate
Hope we haven't gotten here too late

We're humans from earth
We're humans from earth
You have nothing at all to fear
And I think we're going to like it here

We're looking for a planet with atmosphere
Where the air is fresh and the water clear
With lots of sun like you have here
And three or four hundred days a year

We're humans from earth
We're humans from earth
You have nothing at all to fear
And I think we're going to like it here

We bought Manhattan for a string of beads
And we brought along some gadgets for you to see
Here's a crazy little thing we call TV
Do you have electricity?

We're humans from earth
We're humans from earth
You have nothing at all to fear
And I think we're going to like it here

I know we may look pretty strange to you
But we got know how and the golden rule
We're here to see manifest destiny through
And there ain't nothing we can't get used to
We're humans from earth
We're humans from earth
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@longformud: yeah, the lyrics made me wince so hard I had to post a comment.
Dear Bill and Rebecca, 

Earth Theme. Loving it.

Regina Spektor - Blue Lips
Neko Case - Never Turn Your Back
T Bone Burnett - Humans From Earth

Here's a challenge. This Friday. You know. January 20th... Do a 24 hour marathon of songs celebrating the environment, diversity, and tolerance. For the WORLD. 

With Hope, Spiderwoman 
great producer, terrible songwriter!
This sounds great.  Come to think of it, I read a book years ago about humans and androids colonising the universe and that spoke of "manifest destiny' a lot.  Written in the 50's or thereabouts, I think, by Clifford D. Simak.  Main character called Sutton, I believe.  Can't find the book now cos it's buried in the loft somewhere, but I wish I could.  Perhaps T-Bone read it, cos the lyrics seem to fit.
Artists who I know personally get 9's, no exceptions!

Awesome.
if I lived a few light years from here, I would be arming my self......more
Interesting song. 
T-TO THE BONE.   ( we be scarey)
I only ever knew the soundtrack version of this song until now... Quite liking the wailing electric guitar!
 haljordan wrote:
(clipped)
Anyone remember the name of that record store?
 
If you were talking about Atlanta, it could be Criminal Records.  They're still around and still as funky.
That groove is powerful enough to haul 100 rail cars of coal all by itself.
 haljordan wrote:
I first heard this one on a compilation tape I got free in a record store in Little Five Points when I was in college. It was a "Halloween Sampler" ("music so good it's scary" I believe was the subtitle) that also had Shawn Colvin's "Polaroids" on it. Anyone remember the name of that record store?
 
I really love these stories about our personal experiences with particular songs...
Love this song. And most all TBone
LOVE that photo
His version from the Wim Wenders film, "Until the End of the World, is great.  Film was not that great, but the soundtrack is definitely worth picking up - excellent overall!

 

Sweet groove. I'll weigh in with an 8.
A great producer and singer/songwriter, enjoy.
 Jeff09 wrote:

Soundtrack is better.  Movie is one of the more interesting and visionary failures in the last couple of decades...love it.

 
Had a copy of the movie on laser disk, fancy that!  Worked for Pioneer a while back (which invented the laser disk), so got players and disks for cheap.  Don't know what happened to those disks or the player.  Another technology in the dust heap of history.

i LOVE LOVE LOVE THE GUITARS
I rated this an 8 but made no comment. I'm a dork.  I love this song - and looking through the comments, I'm guessing I'll have to watch a few movies to be fully in-the-know.   Can't I just start with "Earth Girls Are Easy"?  Sorry - it's about all I can handle right now.

T-Bone Burnett is an icon - instrumental in so many careers, including his own. I love the heck outta him. So - off to check out the movies cited in this thread. And maybe a couple of days of total oblivion (don't ask.) {#Whistle}
 socalhol wrote:

I fully agree — I like the version on the soundtrack much better.  'Course I may be biased, it is one of my all time favorite soundtracks!  {#Wink}
 
Soundtrack is better.  Movie is one of the more interesting and visionary failures in the last couple of decades...love it.

Thinking about this song last night listening to Coast-to-Coast and this man was talking about us colonizing space...
"Hi there! We're heeeere!"
 Giselle62 wrote:

i wish i could see that movie again. it's not on Netflix and haven't seen it in ages.

 
If you don't mind watching on your computer, you can rent it from Amazon.  Or with a little tech savvy, can probably find a free download.  It's one of my favorites also.

 bitterdave wrote:


An acoustic version of this is on the soundtrack to "Until the End of the World". Overall, a great CD.
 
 Marr wrote:


I think I like that version better than this one. There are subtle differences that I think make it more approachable and a little less cynical sounding.
 
I fully agree — I like the version on the soundtrack much better.  'Course I may be biased, it is one of my all time favorite soundtracks!  {#Wink}
Here's a crazy little thing we call TV!  One of my all-time favorites...


 marlenacb wrote:
Oh, cool! Two songs from the soundtrack to Wim Wenders' "Until the End of the World!" - an awesome collection and movie!
 
i wish i could see that movie again. it's not on Netflix and haven't seen it in ages.

Now this is how you write lyrics criticizing your own species faults!  Sarcastic and slyly.
and there ain't NOTHING we can't get used to...kind of chilling.
 a_genuine_find wrote:
We're humans from earth
We're humans from earth
Bought Manhatten for a string of beads
Brought along some gadgets for you to see
Heres a crazy little thing we call TV
Do you have electricity?

{#Group-hug}

I know we may seem pretty strange to you
But we got know-how and a golden rule
We're here to see manifest destiny through
Ain't nothing we can't get used to

We're humans from earth
We're humans from earth

  Yeah, I agree with you.  It is quite offensive.



This was soooo cool I had to steal it!
We're humans from earth
We're humans from earth
Bought Manhatten for a string of beads
Brought along some gadgets for you to see
Heres a crazy little thing we call TV
Do you have electricity?

{#Group-hug}

I know we may seem pretty strange to you
But we got know-how and a golden rule
We're here to see manifest destiny through
Ain't nothing we can't get used to

We're humans from earth
We're humans from earth

 bitterdave wrote:


An acoustic version of this is on the soundtrack to "Until the End of the World". Overall, a great CD.
 

I think I like that version better than this one. There are subtle differences that I think make it more approachable and a little less cynical sounding.
I first heard this one on a compilation tape I got free in a record store in Little Five Points when I was in college. It was a "Halloween Sampler" ("music so good it's scary" I believe was the subtitle) that also had Shawn Colvin's "Polaroids" on it. Anyone remember the name of that record store?
T Bone rocks so much ass.....
WOW! I can't believe it. I love Radio Paradise. Haven't heard this song for years. I love TBONE. He has sort of dissapeared off my radar. Need to get some more of his stuff. Thanks RP. It's been good today. I've not used this for awhile and it really saved me today.
I AM FROM JUPITER! fuh2 wrote:
This should be followed by Dr. Octagon's "Earth People"!
liser wrote:
Thats cool. I've got to learn how to cut and paste like that!!!
Talking Heads' Burning down the house, then T Bone Burnett's Humans from earth... Someone has been listening to Vim Venders' "Until the end of the world" soundtrack lately... :)
fuh2 wrote:
This should be followed by Dr. Octagon's "Earth People"!
... half shark/alligator, half man.
Good message, tedious composition.
ugh. 2
Love it...
This should be followed by Dr. Octagon's "Earth People"!
Rad...Second T-Bone song today!!!! I like this one a great deal!!!!! This by the way is the 5th 10 I've given in the last hour!!!! 10 - T Bone Burnett - Humans From Earth 10 - Talking Heads - Burning Down The House 10 - Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire 10 - Bob Dylan - Visions of Johanna 10 - Ray LaMontagne - Empty
Oh, cool! Two songs from the soundtrack to Wim Wenders' "Until the End of the World!" - an awesome collection and movie!
birdland wrote:
Ditto.
I'll happily third that. This version is just a little too disjointed for me.
DaWiz wrote:
He does lots of producing. He is masterful on the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.
Talented he may be...but this one sounds like bad 80's junk.
DaWiz wrote:
He does lots of producing. He is masterful on the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.
He also produced several of Bruce Cockburn's albums in the 90s.
cutterjudd wrote:
If my memory serves me correct but I think T-Bone produced the music in the movie "Walk The Line". A talented gent....me thinks.
He does lots of producing. He is masterful on the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.
Ditto. blinkblink wrote:
I preferred the version that was on Until the end of the World sound track, which by the way has got to be one of the best soundtracks of all time.
cdcassaw wrote:
I just vomited in my mouth a little. HORRIBLE.
That IS horrible... hey, what did you think of the song?
He really does a disservice to humanity with this song. I mean now every superior alien race that receives this transmission will immediately obliterate our planet with their cosmic death rays.
I just vomited in my mouth a little. HORRIBLE.
cutterjudd wrote:
If my memory serves me correct but I think T-Bone produced the music in the movie "Walk The Line". A talented gent....me thinks.
Personally, I like his work on the Horse Whisperer soundtrack. He produced a great track for Gillian Welch and the whole album has some kick-ass cowpoke songs (better than the movie really, IMO).
If my memory serves me correct but I think T-Bone produced the music in the movie "Walk The Line". A talented gent....me thinks.
Yeah, definately prefer the soundtrack version. I'd already rated this an 8 before I realized it wasn't the song I was used to. Gave it a listen. Down to 6.
This is from a really good cd, especially if you like Dobro master Jerry Douglas...
majomojo wrote:
that one is in a film by W.Wenders, no? i can't remember... :think:
An acoustic version of this is on the soundtrack to "Until the End of the World". Overall, a great CD.
OK, now I'm missing Hard Day on The Planet....
that one is in a film by W.Wenders, no? i can't remember... :think:
RichardPrins wrote:
:cool:
... I think we're gonna like it here? ... :cool: ...
I preferred the version that was on Until the end of the World sound track, which by the way has got to be one of the best soundtracks of all time.
:cool:
Faithful_Fool wrote:
Ass Kicking set (once again) Mr.G Now Playing: T Bone Burnett - Humans From Earth Loudon Wainwright III - Hard Day On The Planet Zero 7 - Home The Smiths - A Rush and a Push and the Land is ...
This set looks very familiar! Still, it works.
babygirl614 wrote:
The first time I've heard this song where it wasn't played right after Loudon Wainwright's Hard Day on the Planet.
whoops, back to the old routine... i'd like to hear it out of place...
The first time I've heard this song where it wasn't played right after Loudon Wainwright's Hard Day on the Planet.
He was great in that Cuba Gooding, Jr. movie as a convicted felon. He was supposed to be kind of scary. Did a good job:)
This is a far-out, excellent song. Lots going on with T-Bone's instumentation. Unconventional (by my reckoning) song.
Ass Kicking set (once again) Mr.G Now Playing: T Bone Burnett - Humans From Earth Loudon Wainwright III - Hard Day On The Planet Zero 7 - Home The Smiths - A Rush and a Push and the Land is ...
pilgrim wrote:
T BONE!!! I love this tune...there is a great version on the "Until the End of the World" Soundtrack also!
Yes! If it was that version, I would give it a 10! But this version only deserves a 6.
pilgrim wrote:
T BONE!!! I love this tune...there is a great version on the "Until the End of the World" Soundtrack also!
Just my opinion, but if RP listeners can stand to sit through Side B of "Abbey Road" and Side B of "Dark Side of the Moon," someone should try uploading the entire "UTEOTW" album. I wouldn't budge until it was over. It may be the most eclectic album in history.
redeyespy wrote:
And to my ears, that mix is preferable to this one. A bit over orchestrated.
I totally agree - I thought this version was really odd after only hearing the soundtrack version.
pilgrim wrote:
T BONE!!! I love this tune...there is a great version on the "Until the End of the World" Soundtrack also!
And to my ears, that mix is preferable to this one. A bit over orchestrated.
:clap: Great lyrics!
Sounds like something I would have heard on the Miami Vice sdtk.
Great reversal of the old \"evil aliens\" concept!
Originally Posted by pilgrim: T BONE!!! I love this tune...there is a great version on the "Until the End of the World" Soundtrack also!
Indeed. Any or ALL of the tracks on that sound-track would be very much at home here. Not all "Rock" but then that doesn't hold Bill back
Interesting, satirical lyrics in a sexy candy coating.
T Bone seems to be kicking my ass, god I feel like a cold beer now...
yes ! :bounce:
Rockin\' great song. More T Bone, please.
definitely cool. love the voice and the general atmosphere of the tune.
Great song. Plus, I envy him being married to Sam Phillips.
This is a great song from a great album. enuff said!
T BONE!!! I love this tune...there is a great version on the \"Until the End of the World\" Soundtrack also!
This is one of my all-time favorite albums! Please play Criminal Under My Own Hat! What a fine musician/writer/producer!! THANKS Bill!!
I\'ve often thought T Bone would sound good on RP, but thought his solo work might be too obscure even for RP. When I heard him for the first time on another song yesterday I was thrilled, but hearing this rare little gem I\'m totally blown away! BillG, you\'re incredible! :D