Major Tom (Coming Home)
(c) 1983 by Peter Schilling

Standing there alone, the ship is waiting
All systems are go... are you sure?
Control is not convinced,
but the computer has the evidence
No need to abort.
The countdown starts

Watching in a trance, the crew is certain
Nothing left to chance, all is working
Trying to relax, up in the capsule
"Send me up a drink.", jokes Major Tom
The count goes on

4, 3, 2, 1
Earth below us,
drifting, falling, floating weightless
calling, calling home

Second stage is cut
We're now in orbit
Stabilizers up, running perfect
Starting to collect requested data
"What will it affect when all is done?"
thinks Major Tom

Back at ground control
there is a problem
"Go to rockets full"
Not responding.
"Hello Major Tom, are you receiving?
Turn the thrusters on
We're standing by"
There's no reply

4, 3, 2, 1
Earth below us
drifting, falling, floating weightless
calling, calling home

Across the stratosphere, a final message
"Give my wife my love"
Then nothing more

Far beneath the ship, the world is mourning
They don't realize, he's alive
No one understands, but Major Tom sees
Now the light commands
this is my home, I'm coming home"

Earth below us,
drifting, falling
Floating weightless
coming home

When Susanna Curtis joined C.O.G. in summer 2014, she brought with her the idea of covering this tune - specifically the brilliant 'Shiny Toy Guns' version, which I hadn't heard before. I liked it, but thought we could do better; they took all the guitars out of the piece!

After figuring the chords out, we got the tune ready for live performance and started recording. The two guitars divvied up the bulk of the song, with Joe doing the more distorted parts and Chris handling the clean parts. Billy contributed some nice pad synth sounds with his Juno. I made the bass more interesting by copying it and providing an additional bass part with distortion, filtering and delay.

The video above comes from the first (and I believe only) time we got to perform this one, at Southport Hall in Jefferson, LA.

Vocals.............Susanna Curtis
Bass...............Jim Fairchild
Guitars............Chris Lenox, Joe Panno
Synthesizer........Billy Riecke
Drums..............Lewis D'Aubin
Recorded and mixed December 2014 at C.O.G. Secret Lab, Harahan LA