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The Loneliest Thing in the World

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A tribute to the NASA team that launched the Mars Rovers. A ballad exploring the feelings we have for these amazing machines and the otherworldly outposts of our collective intelligence.

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The Loneliest Thing in the World
© Jim Ocean/2010

The loneliest thing in the world
Is not on this earth
It’s on another world
So far away
So far from home…

The loneliest sight in the world
Is the bright empty plain
Of a red Martian sunset
Where the weather is cold
And gets into your bones…


And the dust and the ghosts
That cover your world make it hard
Hearing your words
And the earth is just
Another star in the sky…


The loneliest wait
Is the time that it takes
For your voice to travel through space
Twenty minutes of holding your breath
For a view…

And the scene that unfolds
Of a dry ancient sea that’s so old
Water is memory
Lying deep in the ground
Under your feet








And the sound of your wheels
I can hear almost feel
When I close my eyes
From the Earth I’m just
Another star in the sky…

The loneliest thing in the world
Is not on this earth
It’s on another world
So far away
So far from home…

Millions of miles
Is a long way from home.