Miles From Far Away 
Words & Music by Mick Armitage and Stuart Ward

 Audio sample
I wrote most of this song back in 1978, but having got it about three-quarters finished, was struggling for a few more verses. By March 1979 I was writing and recording with Stuart Ward. Stu helped me assemble the last few verses to complete it. It is one of my few humorous songs - the tale of meeting some aliens who had come down to have a look around our world. I wondered how to make the alien's dialogue distinctly 'different'. Firstly, I decided to give them 'hippy' words i.e. - 'Hi man' - that sort of thing; and secondly, I recorded their 'speech' in 'chipmunk' voices! Well, what more can I say? - here it is - they don't come much dafter than this:


Miles from far away there came a spaceship,
With creatures from another world,
Down to Earth they came - so silent as could be,
They came out of their spaceship and came right up to me.  

I introduced myself to their fleet captain,
Said "where on earth in space do you come from"?
He gave me no reply - just stared at me instead,
Then from out - of the blue, this is what he said: 

CHORUS (alien voice):
"Hi man, what's the scene?
We dig your skies of blue and trees of green:
So peaceful and serene,
It's really in the groove and man it's clean!"

        ****

I said "welcome to our world - I'm so delighted,
To greet you on this very special day",
He said "don't make a fuss, no, don't treat us in this way,
'Cos we're just ordinary guys who've come from far away".  

I said "Pop home for tea, you're all invited",
They said "Gee thanks that's great, we're so excited".
So through the streets we walked, and all the people fled,
But one guy he came up to them, and this is what they said:  

CHORUS (alien voices):
"Hi man, what's the scene?
We dig your skies of blue and trees of green:
So peaceful and serene,
It's really in the groove and man it's clean!"

        ****

Well it weren't long after that when we arrived home,
And we all sat and had a cup of tea,
The biscuits were passed 'round, much to their delight,
They said "it's so kind of you, we'd love to stay the night!"

I said I'd have to have a word with my wife,
She'll be -- arriving home soon;
When through the door she walked, AARRGH! she cried,
"What the hell is this lot here?", and promptly they replied:    

CHORUS (alien voices):
"Hi man, what's the scene?
We dig your skies of blue and trees of green:
So peaceful and serene,
It's really in the groove and man it's clean!"

        ****

Now, the wife said they could stay until the morning,
And so we all had a good night's sleep.
Feeling so refreshed, when we awoke next day,
But now we're feeling very sad - they're going home today.  

We stood and waved goodbye as they ascended,
Their spaceship disappeared into the sky.
In my diary I will write, about this special day;
We never will forget them, and what they had to say
                                                                    - when they said: 

CHORUS (normal voice):
Hi man, what's the scene?
We dig your skies of blue and trees of green:
So peaceful and serene,
It's really in the groove and man it's clean! 

All together now -  

(Repeat chorus twice - normal and alien voices)

 Miles From Far Away  -  1 min. 3 seconds audio (Wave) sample (1·4Mb). Click on the icon to download/play.
(Main vocals - Mick Armitage.
Alien vocals and guitars - Mick Armitage and Stuart Ward)

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