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We wanted to call this The Metroid Song back when we first wrote it (and some of us still like to refer to it thus). In those days we were sure our songs would be very widely heard one day though, and we feared litigation from a vengeful Nintendo. Seems rather silly now, of course. The idea of this song was to capture that terrifying confused-and-alone feel of the original Metroid game, particularly as felt by Charles and me one night in the depths of a pharmaceutically-induced haze. Comparing that feeling to feelings one might experience in a relationship was very easy, and the song pretty much wrote itself.


I know you're out there
It's been so long now
If I could reach you
I know that I could change your mind
I know you're in here
But I don't know where
Things keep repeating
And I can't tell the end from the beginning

I know you're out there
Somewhere past Norfair
If I could see you
If I could smell you
Maybe this whole thing
Would have some meaning
But it's a red door
And so I'm stuck here

Now as I ride up
This elavator
I stand and wonder
If it's the landing where you're standing there
The door now opens
I feel my heart beat
But it's for nothing
I've entered Ridley's Lair, to my despair

I know you're out there
Somewhere past Norfair
But still your freeze ray
Has left me stranded
I know you're out there
Out in the cool night air
But it's too far now
My tanks are empty


from The Other Nine Planets Are Next, released March 13, 2004


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Matt Humes.
Brad Evans.
Charles Humes.

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