Bombay Beach

by Cats on Mars

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Bombay Beach is a song that took five years to write, record, and release. I would have written “five years to complete,” but it’s still not complete, and it will never be complete, which is fine. I am releasing it today, at 6:29pm, which is sunset in the town of Bombay Beach, CA (pop. 225), exactly five years to the minute from the events depicted in the song.

The song is dedicated to my best friend forever, Natalia Alexeeva. For the in-depth story behind this song, see: wpo.pw/bb-notes

lyrics

We stood on the beach made of rainbows and bones
At the shoals between life, between death
A half-sunken dock beckoned us to the foam
But we knew we had so much more left

We walked and we wandered along desert roads
And played every game deep inside the casino
We climbed up the mountain made of Styrofoam
And looked out at what was left we could afford to own

Don't leave me on the shores of the beach
Stay with me; keep your self within reach
Don't leave me with my head in the sand
Someone take my hand

At infinite Mecca, you left me alone
and the color all drained from the sea
I gazed at the salt; all the lives I could lead
and how colorless they would all be

Smeared blue on our faces and black on our brows as
We walked through the forest of skeletal houses
How yellow the moon as we ate red and green
and we poked the nonexistent cities in-between

Don't leave me on the shores of the beach
Stay with me; keep your self within reach
Don't leave me with my head in the sand
Someone take my hand

The mall so abandoned; the scum in the park
We play videogames on our phones in the dark
I came here to lose you and yet you were there
Oh how long have I wanted
I'm begging
I'm waiting on you

Don't leave me on the shores of the beach
Stay with me; keep your self within reach
Don't leave me with my head in the sand
Someone take my hand...

Don't leave me...
Stay with me...
Don't leave me...
Stay with me...

We wandered alone and then we went back home
Bid farewell to the dinosaur trees
And though we may roam along disparate roads
I know you'll meet me back at the sea.

credits

released September 29, 2017
For Natalia Alexeeva

Tommy Pedrini - Composition, Vocals, Marimba, Rhodes, Synth
Jake "virt" Kaufman - Production, Vocal Arrangement, Piano, Synth Strings
Robbie Altschuler - Recording Engineer
e.D. Xu (forgottentreehou.se) - Artwork
Chiyoko Yamasato - Production Assistant

Recorded at Mint Potion Productions in Valencia, CA. (mintpotion.com)

Special thanks to: Charleett Romero, James Montagna, Enrique Moreno, David Brown, Seth Boyer, and all of our other friends and family.
Extra special thanks to the live members of Cats on Mars (who, sadly, aren't featured in this particular recording): Laura Serafine (Vox/Keys), Aron Ortega (Guitar), Julie Gibbs (Bass), and Yuichi Ikeda (Drums)

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Cats on Mars Los Angeles, California

Cats on Mars is an electronic/rock band from Los Angeles founded by composer and performer Tommy Pedrini and a diverse group of talented musicians. Featuring evocative, narrative lyrics and catchy but clever musical twists, the band chronicles the journeys of everyday universes, from life in the city to love in the stars. ... more

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