Motherland

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If there was a genre called ‘Kremlin Country’, then this song would be it.
The Motherland Hears, explores the life and impact on the Soviet era’s first cosmonaut (& rockstar) Yuri Gagarin. The Russians got the initial points in the Cold War space race, by sending former foundry worker Yuri into space. Early American reports cast doubt into the veracity of the mission as they were clearly pissed at being beaten. The Russians were also pretty keen to let the God-fearing yanks know that Yuri hadn’t seen any God out in space!

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Motherland
(words: john Holton/Steve Lane. Music: Steve Lane)

Saw his earth for the first time
A shining penny through the eye of Vostok 1
No bigger than his own thumbnail
The place where he drew his first breath

The motherland hears, the motherland knows
Where her son flies, the old song goes
The motherland hears, the mother land knows
Just where he goes

That glowing disk and sidekick moon
Flung into space like cosmic two-up
And that lowly foundry man now cosmonaut
Possessed a smile that lit up the cold war

The motherland hears, the motherland knows
Where her son flies, the old song goes
The motherland hears, the mother land knows
Wherever he goes

The motherland hears, the motherland knows
Where her son flies, the story goes
The motherland hears, the mother land knows
‘Poekhali! Let’s go!’

But he didn’t see any God out there

credits

from The Revenge Of The Lawn, released July 7, 2017
words: john Holton/Steve Lane. Music: Steve Lane
Recorded by Steve Lane and David Carr at Rangemaster Studio (The Patch, Victoria) and Trouble Waters Studio (Emu Creek, Victoria)
Mixed by David Carr at Rangemaster.
Mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Mastering (Thornbury, Victoria)

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