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"yes! i am a long way from home"
from mogwai young team (1997)

personnel

  • dominic aitchison bass guitar
  • stuart braithwaite electric guitar
  • martin bulloch drum kit
  • john cummings electric guitar
  • brendan o'hare guitar, organ, glockenspiel
  • barry burns monologue
  • mari myren monologue
  • paul savage production

    production

    produced at mcm studios in hamilton, scotland during the july to august 1997 sessions for mogwai young team. recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by paul savage and mogwai.

    composition and writing

    composed by mogwai bassist dominic aitchison. 5 minutes and 58 seconds long, in 4/4 time and the key of a major. monologues written by mari myren and barry burns.

    trivia

  • first documented live performance: 06/04/97
  • last documented live performance: 2009
  • went under the working title of "new dom" on several setlists throughout 1997
  • title came from an exclamation by lee cohen, a chicago-native friend of the band, on brighton pier in may 1997
  • bassline can be heard faintly at the start of "stereodee" from 4 satin (1997)


    tablature

    instrument filename by
    electric guitar yesmogwai.txt graeme tait


    lyrics

    the following monologue appears at the beginning of the track, and is spoken by mari myren from bergen, norway; a friend of the band who helped organise a trip to norway, which was the first time the band ever played outside the uk. she was reading a preview of the band's gig from a bergen student newspaper. the speech is followed by the sound of clapping.

    'cause this music can put a human being in a trance-like state, and deprive them of the sneaking feeling of existing. 'cause music is bigger than words and wider than pictures. if someone said that mogwai are the stars, i would not object. if the stars had a sound, it would sound like this. the punishment for these solemn words can be hard. can blood boil like this at the sound of a noisy tape that i've heard? i know one thing, on saturday, the skies will crumble together with a huge bang to fit into the tape.

    the following monologue is a reversal of the backmasked works that appear near the end of the track. they are read by barry burns before he became a member of the band. the speech is following by the sound of laughter.

    [REDACTED]

    external links

  • "yes! i am a long way from home" on wikipedia

    page created by thom campbell, november 2008.