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Mars has long been imagined as a future home for people; The Settlers imagines the colonization of the planet through the eyes of the “new settlers.”

Like the folks who emigrated from Europe to the American West, they are conflicted between hope and homesickness, promise and regret, learning to accept their new home and forgetting their old one.


I know you feel it too
This little buzzing in the air
There’s nothing left to do
But head straight up into the glare
And all the old guys gather ‘round
To watch us lift off from the ground

The curvature so wide
The borealis shimmers sweetly
The great wall that divides
So far below I see it faintly
And all the old guys send their love
As we shine down from up above
Memphis, Paris, Timbuktu
We won’t see anymore of you

I’m gonna write a song
About the space between two places
On red dirt we belong
So uncover all those dusty faces
And see the young girls swim canals
As ice floes melt into water clouds
I’m forgetting all I’ve seen
As the land turns from red to green

In time we won’t even know the names
Of those towns spread out across the plains
Let’s climb that mountain to the western zone
As the sky opens up and soaks our bones


from Songs for the Forgotten Future Vol. 2, released August 8, 2008
Doug Stone—vocals and guitar
Robin Aigner—backing vocals
David Wechsler—piano and backing vocals
Gerald Menke—pedal steel guitar
Joey Weisenberg—mandolin
Claudia Chopek—violin
Jane Scarpantoni—cello
J.D. Foster—bass
Bill Gerstel—drums

Music and lyrics by Doug Stone


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