"Liftoffs and Landings" & "Dancing on the Moon"

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Liftoff, we have liftoff At thirty two minutes passed the hour I’m looking up towards the sky in this dome of glass I hope I get there soon I’ve got my eye on the moon I’m flying away from my family From my home, my town, and my comforts I’m flying away from all of my worries, I hope I stay safe today Liftoff, we have liftoff At half past the sweat on my brow They said, we don’t know what it’s like to be up there In a ship of chrome We want you comin’ back home Orbiting the moon so slowly I’m looking back at the Earth so gently Sitting in the lander, I miss my wife and folks And this time it’s not a hoax Landing, we have landing The eagle’s set its talons down in the dust I said, I don’t know what it’s gonna be like out there All alone Hopping on the moon, singing this song In my spacesuit I feel heavy I have a gravity all my own Here too long, I wasn’t ready I was ready to leave, but I wasn’t ready to roam Liftoff, we have liftoff I’ve made my way back from the lunar surface Landing, soon I’ll be landing Through the Earth’s ozone I’m happiest to be back at home
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I watch you leave from the launch pad so terrified I hope you come home soon I hold the necklace that you gave me clutching it so tight it chokes my throat I head home to our home so empty and cold without you inside and every night whilst you’re gone I pull out the telescope and see if I can find you Just dancing on the moon You’re just dancing on the moon Just dancing on the moon You’re just dancing on the moon please come home soon Just dancing on the moon I hear no words from you been so long without you here I take a new stride And as the nights go by your pillow takes a new shape by my side Some days I sit and wallow but everyone says you’re a hero in their eyes I pull out the telescope and see if I can find you and then I smile You’re just dancing on the moon Just dancing on the moon You’re just dancing on the moon You’re just dancing on the moon We’re just dancing on the moon Together on the moon We’re just dancing on the moon We’re just dancing on the moon We’re just dancing on the moon Together on the moon
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This cassette features a brand new Gravey Train song, Liftoffs and Landings, recorded warmly using a field recorder, and a lo-fi version of BATTS' Dancing on the Moon, written directly in response to Liftoffs and Landings from the point of view of a character from the song.

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When I first heard BATTS’ debut album, The Grand Tour, I reveled in its warmth - and its space effects! I wanted to live in the world Tanya had created. It was obvious I had to work with her in some capacity, and, of course, it had to be with Gravey Train, my moon-themed country folk comedy duo. We’ve had this song, Liftoffs and Landings, knocking around for a few months. It was about an astronaut’s thoughts and fears as he blasted off into space: would he be ok? How could he leave his family for so long? Was the loneliness of space worth the science he was progressing? The song was so gentle and sweet, I wanted to treat it carefully.

So I wrote to BATTS out of the blue with the song, and she surprised me by writing back - the next morning - with a brand new song she’d sat down and written in response to Liftoffs and Landings, from the perspective of the astronaut’s wife. A kindred spirit in all ways, our split cassette was born, and I feel incredibly blessed to have worked with someone so talented and kind as BATTS!

- Joe

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released October 2, 2020

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This & That Tapes is a cassette and zine label based in East Falls, Philadelphia, that emphasizes high quality, DIY products.

T&TT is run by Joe Carlough of the zine press Displaced Snail.

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