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United Dictators of Mars
Alternate Dimension

Music: Hensley, Words: Harris

United Dictators of Mars - Questions for God
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If you listen very close you can hear the echoes low. Sensors vibrating sending cold chills up your spine. Are you in a trance? Will you ever live a life inside the norm? Will you never conform?

Look to the sky and let your spirit flow.
Let good feelings come your way and always let them show. If you don't make a stand you'll die by your own hand. This rage inside your helpless mind, dramatic in it's find.

Always seeking in your mind. Searching for a peaceful place. Standing in the shadows of your past. If you're asking forgiveness, make a stronger bond in thought. Let your mind at ease. Feel your floating soul.

Leave this world behind. You've got to take the control in your mind.


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Tom Mody song liner notesI surprised Jeff with a few of these acoustic versions of older songs from our past. This song however I didn't write. It actualy predates my partnership with Jeff as they played this back in Lynx in 1987. It was written muscially by Todd Hensley who has a few credits on this album and was my guitar partner back in Harbinger and Archivon in the early 90's. This is the 4th official release of this song and 3rd studio version. It fit well into the acoustic trip we were on and I had always felt in previous recordings Jeff never had the best vocal performance to give justice to these haunting melodies. Either he was rushed in recording or trying too much for the high pitched vocal style of the times and frankly not pushed to make his performance just right. When we played this song in previous bands I never actually played the mellow parts so it was fun to go back and learn Todd's chordings. On the Archivon recording in 1993 he ripped one his most famous guitar solos ever and I certainly wasn't going to try and replicate that on acoustic but I did try and keep the start of the solo intact and came up with an interseting acoustic solo that's a little choppier than his flowing masterpiece. Another little addition to the song is the booming low synth accents which play well against the melodic guitar phrasing. I remember my good musician friend , Matt Zaia, was in the studio the night Jeff did his first tracking of the song. Matt would give me a look here and there as Jeff was trying to make the melody transition of his words to acoustic and I told Matt at the time he's just figuring things out for now. Matt has since not heard the finished product so I'll be interested to get his assessment since that first night.


Jeffrey Harris song liner notes

What can I say about this song that hasn’t already been said? Hmmm…okay, thank you Tom for giving opportunity to record it unplugged so to speak…and I would like to point out that Matt Z had nothing to say about it with regard to what Tom had mentioned in his liner notes so must be he was totally unimpressed. With that said, in recent years I have made note that my children’s educators allow test corrections to bring their grade up to a more appreciated score. So I was thinking that sine Matt gave us an A- on the compilation, an we go back and make corrections on Comatose so that we might receive an A+ ? Just wondering… So yeah, wrote this in nineteen eighty something when the wheel was invented and it’s been released like a bazillion times or something. I like the song and thank Tom for adding it to the acoustical repertoire. I recall a degree of difficulty in attempting to create a diverse melody and structure and what one hears is the end result. It was very pleasing that Tom translated to acoustic smoothly and seamlessly what was originally intended as a metal ballad. I am especially fond of the solo piece he has introduced to the song which I believe to be my favorite part of the recording. Kudos to him.


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