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Space Rocker: The Rock Opera
by Michael Steenbergen
Copyright 1981 -2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
 

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Basement music tapes (mostly from a portable Yamaha keyboard) to sample the melodies, songs, lyrics and poetry of Space Rocker. Free wav files and free mp3 files to download. New studio recorded version due for release in 1st quarter of 2011


Merchants of War
(mp3) 1.6 meg

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Merchants of War

To all the children of the world, with a promise of peace ...

Merchants and barters of our souls,
listen, listen, listen to the rock and roll.
You use our hands to make the steel
that forms the shell 'round big bombs that kill!
Merchants of war, merchants of war,
merchants of war your blood runs cold!

Man is fighting, blood on the ground,
little children lying all around.
The milk of mothers, slain as they feed.
Man will pay for this evil deed!
Merchants of war, merchants of war,
merchants of war your blood runs cold!

Merchants and barters of our souls,
money, money, money! That's your goal!
The blood of the children, slain in vain,
cries out with hate your wicked names!
Merchants of war, merchants of war,
merchants of war your blood runs cold!

Michael Lee Steenbergen

Copyright 2001 Michael Steenbergen

 

Space Rocker(wav)
Space Rocker (mp3 - 900 K)
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Title song and main theme to the rock opera.
NEW Vocal to Space Rocker (2700 K) * by Michael Steenbergen, accompanying himself on the Portable Yamaha.  From the Two Wells Garage Tapes with Michael Sean Humphries. 

*Copyright by Michael Steenbergen February 24, 2001 USA ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Copyright February 2000
by Michael Steenbergen
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Space Rocker

Light skimmer, Light walker...
Smooth talker, Space Rocker....

White silver clouds and deep blue sky
will you open up and let us pass by...
A safe place in the universe...
Will we find it in our search?

Light skimmer, Light walker...
Smooth talker, Space Rocker...

Going past the furthest stars...
there's no question that we're going far...
but when we get there can we survive
the bombs and the poisons that we derive?

Light skimmer, Light walker...
Smooth talker, Space Rocker...

Oh, Holy God, won't you fill my soul?
And show me what's the everlasting goal...
Is it life? Is it love? Is it clear to see...
just what could last through eternity?

Light skimmer, Light walker...
Smooth talker, Space Rocker.

written in 1979 by and copyright 1993, 1999 by
Michael Lee Steenbergen
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Know Yourself (wav)
Know Yourself (mp3)
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Words and Music by David Lyons and Michael Steenbergen 1980 Austin Texas
Part of the body of the Space Rocker rock opera, this song tries to point out the healing involved by resolving conflicts in feelings of self worth.
Copyright February 2000
by Michael Steenbergen
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

"Know Yourself
"

You only know yourself,
yet yourself can't really know you.
You only show yourself,
Yet yourself can't really show you

How to be a mirror image
of what you think you see.

How to change your misconceptions
become what you will have be

How to change your broad illusions
into reality.

You don't love you.
How come I do?
 
Every Smile (wav)
Every Smile (mp3)
words and music by
Michael Lee Steenbergen copyright 1983,1993, and 2000 by Michael Lee Steenbergen ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
A simply song about non possessive love. One of several songs about relationships and caring, one of the rock opera themes.
 
EVERY SMILE


words and music by Michael Lee Steenbergen 1978
copyright 1983,1993, and 2000 by Michael Lee Steenbergen


{ VERSE 1:}
I've tried so hard to say in so many
different ways...
I wish that you understood I love you
and that...
I'd be good...
....good for you.

{ CHORUS:}
It's the truth that's behind every smile
beneath every mile we walk...
I'd like to hold your hand
and then stand in the sun...
I'd like to run through the sands of time
call you mine for just a while...
....see you smile.

{ VERSE 2:}
Walk with me one more mile and I'll make
you smile again.
I'll show you love that is pure
as fallen snow...
Please let's go...
....let love show.

{ CHORUS:}
It's the truth that's behind every smile
beneath every mile we walk...
I'd like to hold your hand
and then stand in the sun...
I'd like to run through the sands of time
call you mine for just a while...
....see you smile.

{ VERSE 3:}
If our paths do not cross once more
before the song is over...
Please remember me loving thee...
for eternity...
loving you.
Loving you...
...see you smile.
Small House (wav)
Small House (mp3)
words and music by
Michael Lee Steenbergen 1980
copyright 2000 by Michael Lee Steenbergen ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
The very first song with both lyics and music written by Michael Steenbergen, after he and David Lyons decided they would both expand their creative efforts. David the musician would try to write lyrics and Michael the poet, would try to write music.
  Small House

I live in a small house
but I'm a rich man.
Bring no hatred with you,
you won't find any within.

I live in a small house
furnished only with love
Good earth below me.
Blue skies above.
Anthem of Seasons (wav)
Anthem of Seasons (mp3 - 900 K)
words and music by
Michael Lee Steenbergen 1978
copyright 1981 and 2000 by Michael Lee Steenbergen
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Overall, this song best presents the philosophy of moral optimism found in Space Rocker. Despite the the failings in human nature, love and the unity of human spirit will prevail, guiding us in our struggle to reach the stars.
 
Three Moon City from Space Rocker
ANTHEM OF SEASONS

Look, my brothers, the sunrise
above the broad horizon.
When it sets we will live in peace:
No war! No hate! No guns!
Through the dark of the deepest night
you can see the glorious day.
Truth and justice will give us life.
Love will guide the way.
Take my hand and I'll take yours.
Together we will span
the endless space of the universe
with the brotherhood of man.
 
Lay by My Side (wav)

Lay By My Side

 

I could be pope or president, I could drive a Mercedes Benz. 
I been downtown in my limousine and I know I'm going back again.
But , darling, if you asked me where I want to be, I 'd tell you I'm there and don't want to go.  Just stay here with me.

Will you lay by my side in the night.  Will you lay down beside me on a thousand starry nights.  Will you lay by my side in the night. 

I been around and up on stage I think I was a superstar

My moma she loves me for all that I am and all that I ever will be

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