Letters from the Lunar Outpost

He who is brave in daring will be killed. He who is brave in not daring will live. Of these two, one is advantageous and one is harmful. Who knows why Heaven dislikes what it dislikes? Even the sage considers it a difficult question...
- Lao-Tzu, Chinese Philosopher, Founder of Taoism (fl. B.C. 600)

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Turn out the lights the party’s over
They say that all good things must end
Call it a night the party’s over
And tomorrow starts the same old thing again

What a crazy, crazy party never seen so many people
Laughin’ dancin’ look at you, you’re havin’ fun
But look at me I’m almost cryin’ but that don’t keep her love from dyin’
Misery ’cause for me the party’s over

Turn out the lights the party’s over
They say that all good things must end
Call it a night the party’s over
And tomorrow starts the same old thing again

Once I had a love undyin’ I didn’t keep it, wasn’t tryin’
Life for me was just one party and then another
I broke her heart so many times had to have my party wine
Then one day, she said sweetheart the party’s over

Turn out the lights the party’s over
They say that all good things must end
Call it a night the party’s over
And tomorrow starts the same old thing again
And tomorrow starts the same old thing again


Words & Music by Willie Nelson


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I had a friend request some tab for the bass line, so here’s the transcription:

Country Hip-Hop Bass Line to The Party’s Over

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10 Responses to The Party’s Over

  • “and tomorrow starts the same ol’ thing again”, is right!

  • Willie Nelson is a leftist border line libertarian with strong views on world peace, marijuana legalization and large corporate vampires. He supported Dennis Kucinich’s campaign in the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries. I do not believe his lyrics for this song has anything to do with your interpretation. Sorry but the man is the epitome of what you consider wrong with America. Makes great music though.

    • As a libertarian, I’m a supporter of Willie’s crusade to legalize marijuana, tax the heck out of it, release non-violent offenders from the prisons, reduce the roles of federal agents and cops who’ve got nothing better to do than bust people wanting to get high, I’m with William F. Buckley, Jr. on legalizing it and giving up on the failed war on drugs.

      More importantly, the song is a perfect anthem for our times, so whether Willie and I see eye-to-eye on a host of other issues, I can draw the distinction between some of his beliefs that contradict with mine and some of his songwriting which strike a perfect chord with me.

      It’s like all the shit Paul Ryan got for being heavily influenced by the writings of Ayn Rand. Oh my goodness, Ryan had a revelation reading Rand and it shaped his out look on the role of government in a free and prosperous society, but RAND WAS AN ATHIEST! Ryan supports an atheist writer. Who gives a damn if she’s an atheist, it’s not like saying that she was a genius as a political writer means you’re forced to accept her belief in a lack of God. There’s no law that says you must take the one with the other or be a hypocrite.

      Rand was a political visionary who grew up in Communist Russia and understood what made America the most prosperous nation on earth – freedom, individualism, entrepreneurship and rejection of the collectivist, government controlled economy. This was her genius. Her belief in atheism diminishes none of this.

      • I don’t consider you a hypocrite for enjoying Willie Nelson’s music or even finding common ground with some of his political positions. I don’t consider you a hypocrite at all. In retrospect art it meant to be interpreted by the individual and folk music, which I loosely classify Willie’s outlaw country music as, is meant to be living and fluid.

        I completely agree with the American emphasis on freedom, individualism, entrepreneurship and rejection of the collectivist, government controlled economy. What I can’t wrap my head around is deregulation without strict enforcement of an individual’s right to breath clean air and not have toxic contaminants spewed on their private property. Corporations and individual’s that think their right to make money trumps any right to clean air, soil and water are just wrong.

        I am for deregulating everything as long as there is strict enforcement of the folly’s of greed. When a CEO goes to prison for poisoning another person’s property or a Corporation loses everything and is forced to close down because of callous disregard for the safety of their workers or neighbors then there will no longer be an excuse to add more laws and regulation.

        This is what I find faulty with the current Republican emphasis on deregulation. It seems to be purely profit motivated with no talk of responsibility.

        On a final note, I believe it is God’s right to have multiple myths and any movement to place one myth above the other is a slippery slope to theocracy.

        When Republicans take these concerns seriously I will vote for them.

        • I have a lot of respect for the faith of the evangelicals and I respect their place as a relatively small but important faction in the GOP, unfortunately when the leftist media gleefully made Akin and Mourdock’s comments on rape the two most widely repeated sound bites of the entire election, they succeed in their goal of fear-mongering the entire party no matter how much the party as a whole disavowed the candidates and their comments. It boggles my mind that our media is so corrupt that they could take two ill-advised comments from two senate candidates and make it one of, if not the, most important story during in a presidential election year. I definitely do not want an American Theocracy any more than I would hope for Sharia law taking hold as it is in sections of the U.K. with their Sharia courts, but I do respect the faith of the Christian right in our party and hope the GOP can do a balancing act between keeping them energized and motivated without completely alienating the secularists.

          Re: the environment and soulless corporations willing to plunder the Earth for profit, don’t forget it was Nixon who created the EPA and without a doubt, the world nation we live in now is a dozen times cleaner and healthier than it was in the 70s, but I think, especially with this administration, the pendulum has swung way too far in the other directions, with the EPA ruling by fiat to destroy coal and fracking where it can be done safely, creating jobs in a disastrous job market and helping us become energy independent of nations which despise us.

  • Love the song, Mike, even if it is so tragic!

    Here is a website you might enjoy. It is a discussion site for people of all persuations.


    • Thanks, Alainnah! Glad you liked it. I was pretty glum for the past week and thought this song was a perfect fit for the mood, but we’ll get through this, who knows, maybe it was all meant to be so that by 2016, we’ll see Marco Rubio put this great nation back on course.

      Thanks for the link, bookmarked!

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