I wrote this song late at night on a beach in Biloxi, MS, in June 1990. Earlier in the vacation, we'd been in Mexico Beach, FL, with friends. One of the highlights was running around with their toddler on the beach at night chasing sand crabs with a flashlight. Another was going out on a pontoon boat and feeding fish to dolphins.
Then we went to Biloxi to visit Barbara's sister and family, and one night I took my guitar down to the Gulf. I was alone, looking at the stars, wondering about life in outer space, and life on Earth, and the chances of humans surviving, and whether the crabs and dolphins would outlast us silly humans. Are we the only things alive in this unimaginably vast universe? Seems improbable, but with such incredible distances between us, how will we ever know each other?
Of course, there are parallel themes right here on Earth.
I've had a good time playing this song at the Skunk Hollow Tavern open mic Wednesday nights, and here's a video of me playing it at the "Brownsville's Got Talent" show in June 2012.
This recording from 2007, mangobananas studios, Ithaca, NY. All sounds by me except Jon Morse on drum kit.
Thanks for listening!
the only things alive a toddler laughing chasing crabs with a flashlight beam, we run along the crashing whitenoise surf that pounds my mind into a song baby, let's take a walk down to the moonlit sea we don't even have to talk let's just see what we can see the stars are so deep tonight is there life in outer space or are we the only things alive just trying to survive drink at the sea, live in a hole I'll use my claws if I have to fight the bigger creatures so I can eat the little creatures if I want to the sea is in everything the sea and the sun the sun feeds the cycle the sun feeds the plants the plants feed the animals the plants in the earth the earth is an organism the earth lives but how but how will this world survive and are we the only things alive? I can see the dolphins swim the undertow pulls my heart reaching out into that space we are so far apart ©1990 Andy Wyatt music and lyrics written 24, 26, 29 June 1990