The Sky is Calling

by Kim Boekbinder

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about

An album inspired by the cosmos. Including songs abut space and also songs not about space at all. First and foremost a brilliant pop album with well crafted songs and gorgeous production. A work of love.

"We are in the universe, and the universe is in us." Neil deGrasse Tyson

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released 21 June 2013

All songs written and performed by Kim Boekbinder
Produced by Joel Hamilton and Kim Boekbinder
Assistant engineer Francisco Botero
Recorded and mixed by Joel Hamilton at Studio G, Brooklyn
Mastered by Myles Boisen (The Sky is Calling mastered by Brian Gardner)
The Big Bang is a sonification by Mark Whittle, other space sounds provided courtesy of NASA, and Tamitha Skov.

Performers on the album:
Kim Boekbinder, synthesizers, loops, hammer dulcimer, electric guitar, mbira, drums, percussion, and voices
Lucio Menegon, guitar and bass
Matthias Bossi, drums, percussion, voice
Meredith Yayanos, theremin and violin
Hand claps: Francisco Botero, Michael Jinno

Space advisors: Phil Plait and Matt Everingham

Album artwork and design by Jim Batt and Kim Boekbinder

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Track Name: Stellar Alchemist
I'll take two elements and fuse them at my core,
As the pressure builds I'll fuse more and more,
Ever heavier the elements do grow,
And I will spread them when I buckle and explode. 

I am a stellar alchemist, my heart is an iron fist.
I am a stellar alchemist, my heart is an iron fist,
It goes boom boom boom, it goes boom boom
It goes boom boom boom, it goes BOOM

And when I go you will get gold, you will get gold
And when I go you will get gold, you will get gold.

Born in a nebula, a ball of burning hydrogen
The gravity of my embrace, keeping all the tension
Billions of years of the fiercest glow
A blinding shaft across the universe when I do explode

I am a stellar alchemist, my heart is an iron fist.
I am a stellar alchemist, my heart is an iron fist,
It goes boom boom boom, it goes boom boom
It goes boom boom boom, it goes BOOM
Track Name: Fix You Good
We're gonna fix your problems, Oh oh, Oh oh

And if you don't have problems, Oh oh, Oh oh

We're gonna give you problems, Oh oh, Oh oh

We've got lots of problems, Oh oh, Oh oh 

We're gonna give you lots of food,

we grew it in a lab it will taste so good.

We're gonna give you animals,

we made ourselves in test tubes.

We're gonna make your babies strong, 

bet you didn't even know you were doing it wrong.

Don't be afraid of a little bit of progress, 

before we clean it up, we gotta make a mess.

We're gonna fix you, fix you good, yeah. Oh oh, Oh oh

Track Name: The Sky is Calling
The sky calls to us,
and we go, and we go.
We're getting signals from the stars,
and we go, and we go.
There are whispers in the stratosphere,
the planets say "come hear, come here."
and we go, and we go,
and we go, and we go.

The sky is calling.
The sky is calling.

The sky calls to us,
and we go, and we go.
In our fractal universe,
and we go, and we go.
Planets spin across the sky,
around their suns like nuclei,
and we go, and we go,
and we go, and we go.

The sky is calling.
The sky is calling.
The sky is calling.

The sky calls to us,
here we go, here we go.
And it feels like going home,
here we go, here we go.
We're all made of stars,
our brittle bones, our beating hearts,
here we go, here we go
here we go, here we go.

The sky is calling.
The sky is calling.
The sky is calling.
The sky is calling.
Track Name: The Drake Equation
How many planets, how many stars?
Were we born on Earth or did we come from Mars?

How many planets, how many moons?
Is there other life, will they get here soon?

Will we fight them, if we're not alone?
Will they come to take our home?

Will we hate them, or will we love?
Will they come from below, or will they come from above?

Are we alone?

How many beginnings, how many firsts?
How many planets just like Earth?

If we find one, will it be ours
If we can make it across the stars?

How will we get there? Will we even go?
Is it enough just to know?

Not to hot and not too cold, 
the perfect gravity to hold us.

Are we alone?
Track Name: Hand to Mouth
Will I ever be happy? Look at me now,
I've got it all, I'm still sad somehow.
Always finding a reason to not be enough,
So hard on myself. I've got to be tough.

Hand to mouth,
I am trying,
to break your heart,
make you open.

Will I ever be present? Look at me now,
Lost in the distance, never myself.
Always finding a reason to not be here,
If I'm never around I can't disappear.

Hand to mouth,
I am trying,
To make you smile,
Forget where you are.

Will I ever be equal to all my desires?
All of my storms haven't put out the fires.
Still burning for something I've never seen.
Smoke signals to someone I've never been.

Hand to mouth,
I am trying...
Hand to mouth,
I am trying...
Track Name: Falling Apart
Why do you think it's so easy for me?
All of the things that you just cannot see.
You think I know how to weather a storm, but I don't.
You think I've got it all together, but I don't.

I'm falling apart at the seams just like you do.
I'm falling apart just like you do.

You've always been so perfect to me.
All of the things that I just cannot see.
You're so pretty, so young, so smart, and so fun.
Everyone wants to be around you like I do.

You've falling apart at the seams just like I do.
You're falling apart everyday just like I do.

I may seem strong when you look at me
and it's to know that's what you're seeing,
you hold it all together oh so well

I know I'm not the only one whose struggling to just get by
and I know it's not the worst things
but the uncertainty it feels a lot like

falling apart…

Why do you think it's so easy for me?
All of the things that you just cannot see.
You think I know how to weather a storm, but I don't.
You think I've got it all together, but I don't.

I'm falling apart at the seams just like you do.
I'm falling apart just like you do.
Track Name: Animal
You've got to hear the animal,
before you feel the animal.

If you want to feel,
you've got to feel the animal.

I made myself a robot
gave her extra g-spots
she's my sweet A.I.
I fill her up with hard drives
she gets everything she wants
instant upload/download slots
but she's never happy
I say "What gives, baby?"

She says "If you want to feel,
you've got to feel the animal."

She's my cold lady
slick metal baby
engineered in Germany
pneumatic parts for you and me
she gets everything she wants
instant upload/download slots
but she's never happy
I say "What gives, baby?"

She says "If you want to feel,
you've got to feel the animal."
Track Name: Alien
It’s bitter, it’s salty, it’s sweet.
It helps us grow strong and good,
To do the right thing just like we should.

When we are so removed,
We are alien.

When we can’t eat the food,
We are alien.

We are alien

We are alien
Track Name: To Be Touched
What if I've forgotten how to be touched?
What if it's all a bit too much?
It's been so long that I've been alone
and I've been so strong I didn't need anyone.

Now I need.

What if I've gone too far,
and I can't be reached at the end of my own universe?
I didn't know how far I'd go
just to be ok, keep pushing away.

Now I need
Track Name: Planet 216
Here I am on this lonely planet,
In my solitude I wrote three commandments:
You will be fierce, you will be fragile, you will be free.

You get lost, you fall down,
You get up, you get found,
You find the lifeline you left yourself
Made a promise to no one else:
You will be fierce, you will be fragile, you will be free.

Here I am on this lonely planet,
In my solitude I wrote three commandments:
You will be fierce, you will be fragile, you will be free.