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This song was originally written and recorded by a trio I played with back in the 70s (with Don Wrege and Chris Lee). I recently arranged and rerecorded this. It seems appropriate for the space race 2009. The song is a whimsical sci-fi piece describing a honeymoon on the planet mars.

I played all of the parts, except the intro which I salvaged from the original 70s recording (Don playing some analog synths with some embellishment from me).

If you like this, please listen to "the Sphunx": http://www.macjams.com/song/54834
Chris wrote the lyrics to that one also. It was written around the same time as "Honeymoon" and performed
by the same trio. Hope you enjoy it.
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Honeymoon on Mars (lyrics by Chris Lee)

Phobos they say is made of golden honey
Thus sticky sweet, to feed your cuddle bunny
and double moons make double tunes and slurpy spoons
and juicy joons and countless other groovy boons.

So pack your pillow we'll hop a rocket
I'll pack my plug, you tote your socket
It's good old tab A in good old slot B
for you and me... Eternally...

Honeymoon on Mars
Fly me to the stars

The red hot rhythms that you rumba to
are like some science fiction dream come true
Why you and me can boogaloo supreme
In oceans of absynthe whipped cream

And all the creatures of this peculiar planet
will not deplore it, censor it or ban it
if the maiden dance of the martian fire ants
should cause us both to wet our pants



Honeymoon on Mars
Fly me to the stars

Down those canals that folks most seldem use
doing things they seldom dare
All the ecstasy is real, luxuriating without care
its just too bad there isn't any air.

And if some sexy saucaline should spy us
maybe they will land and maybe try us
If they like us they may fly us far away
to where the sexy saucy saucer people play

Honeymoon on mars
Fly me to the stars

Honeymoon on mars
Fly me to the stars

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Uploaded: Oct 05, 2009 - 11:03:45 PM
Last Updated: Oct 14, 2009 - 01:53:55 AM Last Played: Sep 13, 2017 - 07:01:48 PM
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Feter said 2989 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Honeymoon on Mars
Wo ..this is so weird spacey music ...very
progressive ..reminds me of Passion play of
JT ,great vocal work ...impressive actually !!
amazing playing ..I like it really ...just
far out ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Space music
I loved Passion Play. This was originally written around 1972 (maybe earlier...), just before Passion Play, but the same vintage and certainly subject to many of the same influences.

Funny about the vocal work. I played this remake to one of my original band members. He liked it, but said the vocals didn't quite have the youthful sound they did 30+ years ago. Some things get better with age, some don't...

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Calchas said 2989 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Hah! Awesome effects...
...a little like the old "Outer Limits" series, only BETTER!

Very cool tuneage. DEFINITELY prog!!! Love it!

Be well friend!
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Thanks.
I love the sound of those vintage analog synths in the intro. They were from the original recording. I added some shiny new digital filters and delays to punch them up a bit, but the coolness is from the original sounds.

Thanks
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ramonaji said 2989 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
this is great, yeah!
Reminds me of the best of 70's music! And yet so fresh and NOW for me, too!


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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Thanks, Ramona
That is exactly what I was going for. I redid three songs from that trio. I uploaded this one, the Sphunx and I'll upload the third soon (Damballa). I'm glad you enjoy them. I had a great time putting my mid-life crisis energy into re-living this time of my youth. I did the sports car thing a few years ago, now its guitars and music!
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Ex_Silentio said 2989 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Sexy saucer people
Lots of complexity hidden (well, not that well hidden) behind the whimsical nature of this tune. I think the lyrics are quite clever, and make good reading even if the great music was absent. Thanks for unEarthling this very cool piece and redoing it. Great addition to SRC.
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Sex sells!
The Sexy Saucy Saucer People know this well. The tourism trade on Phobos is a living testimonial!
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Reinholt56 said 2989 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Hi Steve......
This song is just brilliant and I only wihs that I could song along with it but my voice clears airport transit lounges!!

Wonderful lyrics and backing. Very fresh sounding but I hear the song's roots.

Take care.

Paul
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Thanks
Everyone can sing along with this one. After all, there isn't any air on Mars so don't be ashamed of clearing transit lounges on earth. On Mars you can sing to your heart's content without bothering your neighbors ;)
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Willywagga said 2989 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Like it
Great fun, love the funky skewed tones, lyrics are sharp and witty.
Everything works well together.
Voice is great

very nice work.


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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Many thanks, Willy
This tune brings back great memories. I'm glad you liked it.
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Daugrin said 2989 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Smiling Moon
Red hot honeymoon going on here. Arrangement is built for space travel with seemless keys and guitars. Outstanding vocal harmonies Steve, I love your quirky guitar stylings as well, great tune!

Daug
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Phobos, sweet nectar
Interplanetary honeymooning. My wife and I have been married for over 30 years now. Phobos is high on our list, just after Niagra Falls for our next 3rd and 4th honeymoon destinations.

As for the quirky harmonies and guitar. I try to play them straight, but they always come out quirky. There has to be a digital filter somewhere that can translate for me...
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TERRAPLANE said 2989 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
smoking keys
Awesome arrangement here & very tight production,,, well done! This tune has a B52 flavor for me.. thanks for the dL,T
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Fly a B52 to Mars?
Hmm.. Sign me up!
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Halloween-2009-Challenge said 2988 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Outstanding Song
Some great lyrics, especially considering the subject matter. Love the synth work, Actually I love all of it. Great vocals too.

Ed
tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Many thanks
Seemed like a good time to dig this one out of mothballs. Glad you enjoyed it.
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richard13 said 2988 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
It grew on me
This is a fun, funky piece: quite different fom the other entries.Well done.
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Space is the place
where the sexy saucy saucer people play. Thanks for listening. Glad you enjoyed it.
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lengold said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Loved this
well written and crafted song.
Great skills.
Cheers
Len

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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Many thanks
I had great fun doing this, reliving some cherished musical moments of my high school days.
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Doug Somers said 2987 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Love the 70s feel
that has been updated but still retains the influences from its roots. Great performance and mix. Love that bridge!!

Be well,
Doug
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Stuck in the 70s.
As hard as I try, everything I do has that 70s feel. I still love the stuff. Luckily, I'm not alone.

Glad you enjoyed it.
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Skean said 2984 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
Fresh
70's music is most be unique, and yes it is, great stuff... Peace
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
I love the 70s
It was a great decade for music. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks.
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davajonah said 2984 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Space prog!
And good too. Love the lyrics.
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Progs in Space
Something about space and prog that goes together. Glad you enjoyed it.
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ic42 said 2982 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
space-kink!
yes. this is weirdly delicious, like the B-52s merged with Robert Palmer. great singing, wonderfully twisted space-kink lyrics (that should be a new genre, sign me up.) When I book our next vacation, you want me to pick you up a couple tickets too? :-) wildly inventive stuff!
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Space-kink.. I like it.
Absolutely. Phobos is the place to be!
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magnatone said 2982 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Honeymoon on Mars
starts off reminding me of the theme music to "Outer Limits" (oh, i see Mike said that already LOL) - anyway, love how the real song then starts, and off we go on a wild, fun ride. so glad you pulled this out of the archives - great tune - much fun for this challenge!
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Those vintage synths...
They really resonate the imagination beans in the brain. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.
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TracyVosh said 2981 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Zappa ditty in space
This very much reminds me of Zappa. How fun is this? I love it!!
tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
I love Zappa
He was a big influence in my musical life. I'm flattered you hear it in my music. Many thanks.
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Gaylen75 said 2981 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
cool
For some reason I cant help but like it. It is complex and well put together. I love the lyrics.
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tonestones said 2981 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Thanks
This is one of those tunes that has been in my head every since high school. It does grow on you.
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davisamerica said 2976 days ago (October 18th, 2009)
wow....
seriously
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tonestones said 2976 days ago (October 18th, 2009)
Seriously
Now we wouldn't want to get all serious now would we?
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MarkHolbrook said 2975 days ago (October 19th, 2009)
Man
How do you get these ideas for these sounds!? Wow... this is amazing good! Man!
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tonestones said 2975 days ago (October 19th, 2009)
Thanks, Mark
I appreciate it. I hate to attribute it to this, but I'm just old. I lived through the 60's and 70's music scene which is where I learned everything useful. Now i just use modern tools to make sound.
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kassia said 2975 days ago (October 19th, 2009)
lol
it's like a hoedown in the middle of the X Files. this is awesome. love all the synth stuff. great vocals - very tightly put together. nice layers throughout the song. very cool.
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tonestones said 2975 days ago (October 19th, 2009)
Martian ants dancing
You have to give those little ants lots of room to dance. They love a good hoedown.
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Martin_Leroy said 2969 days ago (October 25th, 2009)
Ha Ha ... Love this
I really dig the pauses and strange factor is a big plus.
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tonestones said 2968 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Strangeness factor
Thanks, Martin. Subconsciously I think we all strive for a little strangeness factor in our daily lives. I'm glad you found some of it here.
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MarkHolbrook said 2955 days ago (November 8th, 2009)
Just nominated this
for MJ song of the year man! Steve you drive me crazy man... I gotta learn how to be this strange!!!! :-)
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tonestones said 2955 days ago (November 8th, 2009)
Be careful what you wish for...
Mark, you have such an nice, flowing style to your music. Mix in my insanity and you might ruin a great thing. I'll be happy to lend it to you and do a collab with you when you have time.

Thanks again.
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TobinMueller said 2889 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
Saucy Saucer keys
This has a pre-prog feel, like something done in 1970... Oh, wait, it was! The instrumentation has a lightness, due to choice of instruments. I think I'd like to hear a version with bugger bass, larger depth synths, and a more epic feel; yet, the light synth keys you've chosen aid the humor aspect of the tune. I've always wanted to go to Mars, been kind of sad we aren't terraforming the place. Maybe someday...
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tonestones said 2880 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
pre-prog...
When this song was written we were all in high school, heavily influenced by Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. I have the original recoredings, carefully preserved. I remember Don Wrege had an Arp 2600 which he used for much of the light synth sounds. The intro was added a few years later with a moog (not sure of the model). I'm glad you like it. I had a great time redoing it. We had some other tunes from that era that I'd love to redo when I have the time.
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MarkHolbrook said 2880 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Steve
this song just blows my mind... Gawd I love this... I keep coming back to it man... GREAT TUNE!!!
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tonestones said 2880 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Thanks, Mark
I had a great time redoing this. It brings back fond memories of my early days in music. This was originally done by a trio (Don Wrege, Chris Lee and myself). Chris wrote the lyrics and was a real talent with a very oddball sense of humor. I dug this up a while ago (actually, Don unearthed the original basement recordings and sent them to me). I redid them with modern recording equipment and replayed all the parts. It was a real exercise in reliving my youth. Very therapeutic.

I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
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alackbass said 2789 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
I love that rubbery guitar tone
Verse 1 is like a Savoy Truffle for the new age. Great guitar sounds and parts. I love the plinky sound at 2:13. The instrumental section is amazingly tight. I love the double time shifts between verse and chorus. It's just plain fun, well written, interesting, and extremely well produced. I'm late to the party again!
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MarkHolbrook said 2653 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Back again...
I get all sticky listening to this man!!! Outstanding Steve... This is #1 killer perfect. Top of my favs in iTunes!!!
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hackneybloke said 2516 days ago (January 21st, 2011)
honeymoon
i must stop listening to your music whilst skype-chatting with you....it's very distracting (the chatting). i seem to remember telling you how great this was....so i'm sticking to that.
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awigze said 2516 days ago (January 21st, 2011)
incredible
I wonder what the barbeque sauce tastes like on Phobos... uhn... nevermind. dig the references to Zappa. but this is essential Tonestones Chris did a cool job on those wacky lyrics.
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