TUNE Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate - Nostalgia For Infinity (radio edit)
This is the radio edit. There is a longer intro on the album version.
Tracks six to ten of Nostalgia For Infinity make up the Redemption Ark suite. These tracks are all inspired by Reynolds’ Revelation Space novels.
In this universe, humanity has fractured into competing factions defined by their relationship with technology, but all threatened by the Inhibitors, ancient machines aiming to preserve life in the long run, by destroying civilisations that become too intelligent.
The suite ends with Nostalgia For Infinity, named after the spaceship which becomes fused with its captain through the effects of the Melding Plague. As ship and captain progressively merge, it becomes architecturally more unpredictable and organic. The ship/captain, equally plagued by guilt at his past actions, withdraws from contact from his crew. The song is sung from the perspective of a character persuading the elusive captain to re-engage with humanity, by acting as an ark to preserve the species from the Inhibitors.
Nostalgia For Infinity
You don’t like what you’ve done,
And I don’t like what you’ve done,
But we don’t get to choose who we become.
You don’t want to know what you could do,
You’d keep yourself to ghosts if you could,
Chose to come to life what could you do?
Nostalgia For Infinity, look at you.
The dripping walls are listening in,
I know you’re there,
You’re showing me,
There’s a part of you that still wants to be seen.
It won’t make me forgive you, it’s not up to me to forgive you,
But there’s no redemption anyway for anyone
We’re all flawed all broken, I’m sorry if you don’t approve,
But I did what I thought I had to do, I let you thaw and spread
Don’t now withdraw, I’m talking to you.
Nostalgia for Infinity, look at you.
from Nostalgia For Infinity, releases May 6, 2020
Written and performed by Malcolm Galloway/Mark Gatland/Kathryn Thomas