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"Space Invaders" by Player [1] (Player One) (Written by Dunlop and Brown)

(Thanks to Robert C. for cracking the lyrics to the almost encrypted last two lines of the first verse. And Olivier Gravel for the "Rabbit" part of the final lyrics, which were then recorrected by Robert La Ferte using a critique of pure reason. Andrew C for the clarification on the first line. As well as Michael M for giving the correct title of the group from the original vinyl as Player [1].)

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"Space Invaders" by Player One

  • Lachlan's Note: This took a long time to track down. Clues where slim - only memories of hearing the song during a mis-spent youth kept me going. Much of (the mis-spent youth) which was spent watching others playing Space Invaders. (to play cost money, man!)


Space Invaders album cover images provided by Andrew C. (6th May 2007)

Album cover for Game Over Album by Player 1 . . Australian album cover for Space Invaders by Player [1] . . USA album cover for Space Invaders by Playback (Player [1])
  1. Album cover for Game Over Album by Player 1
  2. Australian album cover for Space Invaders by Player [1]
  3. USA album cover for Space Invaders by Playback (Player [1])



Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 15:59:39 +1100
Subject: Space Invaders Lyrics
From: boodie 
To: lachlanc@magma.ca

Hi there, I found your website with the lyrics to Space Invaders, a
much loved song from my youth, I have the version of Space Invaders
which goes for 5.20, it appeared on a compilation album released in
Australia in the mid 90's.. The lyrics to this are different to the
lyrics that you have shown, these are the lyrics;

Space Invaders: 5.22 version.

enjoy 8-)

teddy

"Space Invaders" by Player [1] (Player One) (Written by Dunlop and Brown)

"Space Invaders - 5.22 version"


(Long intro Music, various space invader sound effects)

Through dark sunken eyes
I see another pale sunrise
surrounded by soldiers
glued to the screens
hold back the invaders
their infernal machines.

We fight to survive
running to stay alive
our bodies aching and tired
there's no where to hide
our covers' been blown away

Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders ooooooooooh

They're closing in on me
dark forces cold and unseen
Oh my hip pocket nerve is aching again
I must go back in and fight it out to the end

Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders ooooooooooh

(musical interlude, more space invader sound effects)

They're closing in on me
dark forces cold and unseen
Oh my hip pocket nerve is aching again
I must go back in and fight it out the end.

We fight to survive
running to stay alive
our bodies aching and tired
there's no where to hide
our covers been blown away

Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
We fight to survive
Space Invaders
running just to stay alive
Space Invaders
oooh oooh ooohh hooo
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
oooh hoo hoo hoo
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
oooh hoo hoo hooo
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders (fade)

Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 19:17:50 +1100
From: "Jason Munro" 
To: lachlanc@magma.ca

Hi.

Im not sure if you might be interested, but I have the original vinyl 7"
to this track.

While no way are they perfect, the recordings are very good.
Also (IMHO) the "B" side "A menacing glow in the sky" is just as good as
space invaders.

Regards,
Jason Munro

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Attempt by Lachlan follows to decode the lyrics, followed by
corrections by Jason Munro for :

A Menacing Glow In The Sky by Player [1] (Player One)

Oh my
What's that bright light in the sky?
It's up about hundred feet high
What is that light in the sky?
What is that light in the sky?

Well it shimmers
With a menacing glow
Its moving now too and fro
What's that menacing glow
Should we stay or should we go

A menacing glow in the sky
Apprehension as time goes by
A menacing glow will it stay or go
A menacing glow in the sky

And it's moving
Down to Earth in slides
The covers turned red on its sides    (covers could also be colour's)
Alien Friend of Foe
In a second or two we we'll know

A menacing glow in the sky
Apprehension as time goes by
A menacing glow will it stay or go
A menacing glow in the sky

.
.
.

A menacing glow in the sky
A menacing glow in the sky
A menacing glow in the sky
A menacing glow in the sky
A menacing glow in the sky
A menacing glow in the sky


"Space Invaders" by Player [1] (Player One) (Written by Dunlop and Brown)

"Space Invaders"

It's a dark, sunken night,                             [Lyrics corrected thanks to a suggestion from Michael M] 
                                                       [then corrected back thanks to Andrew C]
I see another pale sunrise
Surrounded by soldiers, glued to-the screens,          [Lyrics corrected thanks to a suggestions 
Hold back the invaders, their infernal machines.        from Austin Cooper and Robert C]

We fight to survive, 
Running to stay alive
Our bodies aching and tired
There's nowhere to hide
Our cover's been blown away

Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 Space Invader hoooooo

They're closing in on me
Dark forces cold and unseen 
Oh my hip pocket nerve, is aching again              [Michael M suggested this should be "Oh my hip pocket there" ]
I must go back in and fight it out to the end

Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 Space Invader  hoooooo

[musical interlude including space invaders game sound effects]

Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 We fight to survive
Space Invaders
 Runnin', runnin' to stay alive            [Lyrics initial corrected thanks to a suggestion from Olivier Gravel -
                                             but recorrected by Robert La Ferte using a critique of pure reason]
Space Invaders
 Hee hoo hoo hoo haa (???)
Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 Space Invaders haa haa
Space Invaders
 ????
Space Invaders
 boo hoo hoo haa haa ????
Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 Space Invaders
Space Invaders
 boo hoo hoo hoo hoo
Space Invaders

Space Invaders
 Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders


Feedback

Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 14:50:35 +1000 (AUS Eastern Standard Time)
From: "Ash" 
To:  lachlanc@magma.ca 
Subject: Space Invaders Meaning

Although not the lyrics or a suggestion, I just had an idea that
confirms the lyrics you have made.
 

 It's a dark, sunken night, 

 I see another pale sunrise

 (This probably refers to those crazy people who stayed up all night
 playing)

 Surrounded by soldiers, glued to-the screens, (Meaning all the other
 space invaders players in the arcade)

 Hold back the invaders, their infernal machines. ("Player One" is
 getting sick of the repeated gameplay and wants to stop but can't. The
 Infernal Machines are the arcade cabnets)

 We fight to survive, 
 Running to stay alive
 Our bodies aching and tired
 There's nowhere to hide
 Our cover's been blown away (There are no more of those green base
 things to protect your laser, and everyone is tired from playing the
 game)

 They're closing in on me
 Dark forces cold and unseen (Nightime.)

 Oh my hip pocket nerve, is aching again 

 I must go back in and fight it out to the end (He is starting to ache
 from standing up and bent over playing Invaders)

 Just though this would help.


Feedback from  Andrew C.

From:  Andrew C
To:  Lachlan Cranswick" [lc@bluehaze.com.au]
Subject: SPACE INVADERS INFO
Date: Sun, 6 May 2007 19:25:49 +0930

Hi again Lachlan, 

I checked your Space Invaders page again this arvo and I must say a huge
thanks for posting my input. I am a big fan of the song (my all time
fav!) and I stumbled across your excellent site yesterday. I don't know
how much info you want to collect about the song but I can help if you
like. I have been collecting many different releases of this song over
the years, both local (Australia) and overseas. This is my collection at
the moment: 

'SPACE INVADERS' by PLAYER (1)   7" Single AUSTRALIAN release (1979 WEA)
'SPACE INVADERS' by PLAYER (1)  12" Maxi-Single GERMAN release (1979 WEA Germany) 
'SPACE INVADERS' by PLAYBACK  12" PROMO Release AMERICAN release (1980 Ariola America)
'SPACE INVADERS' by PLAYBACK  12" Supersound Single Limited Edition AMERICAN release (1980 Ariola America)

Also, the song is on the fabulous 12" Compilation Album 'FULL BOAR',
released by CBS Australia & K-tel in 1979. 'SPACE INVADERS' is Track 2
on Side 1. I have only come across one release of the song on CD,
'CLASSIC RARE HITS OF THE 80s' by CEL Music Australia.

'SPACE INVADERS' by PLAYER (1) entered the Australian chart from memory
at # 32 and peaked at # 3, and stayed in the charts for 23 weeks in
1980. The song was the fourth (4th) highest selling single of that year.
How cool is that! I remember watching the video clip on ABC TVs
'COUNTDOWN'. However, I have no idea how well the song charted overseas
but I have read somewhere that it was a hit on the US Dance charts. I
have attached some pictures of various releases for you Lachlan to help
in your research of rarer songs. 

Cheers for now, Andrew C


Feedback from  Anthony McG.

From: Anthony McG
Subject: Space invaders
Date: Sun, 6 May 2007 11:03:01 +1000

Hi  Lachlan,

Just checked out your 'Space Invaders Page'.

I have been transferring my old cassettes to the computer and had
been searching for the name of the artist behind this blast for my
youth -  I had was ready to give up but Thanks to you the search is
now complete!

I was hoping to be able to add a suggestion to the ??? in the lyrics
but my recording was taken from the radio ( as was the norm in the
70's/80's ) and the ending was lost with the Dj's voice over.

Thanks for the reference - I'll go fish through your links for a bit
more nostalgia.
All the best

Anthony


** Before a suggestion by Andrew C, lyrics of first verse
were stated as being:
(Date: Sat, 5 May 2007 12:04:33 +0930):

Through dark, sunken eyes
I see another pale sunrise
Surrounded by soldiers, glued to-the screens,   
Hold back the invaders, their infernal machines.  

hi there. just adding some input into the lyrics page of the Space
Invaders song. In my opinion the first line is 'It's a dark, sunken
night'. However, after 27 years of listening to this tune, you have
finally clarified the third and fourth lines from the first verse for
me. They make sense and fit the song, and prove to me that I had got
those lines wrong for a very long time. Thankyou to all who have
contributed to the lyrics page. 

Cheers Andrew C


** Before a suggestion by Michael M, lyrics of first verse
were stated as being:
(Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 10:47:34 -0400):

It's a dark sunken night, 
I see another pale sunrise
Surrounded by soldiers, glued to-the screens,   
Hold back the invaders, their infernal machines.  

I found your web site this morning.  Just a suggestion from
someone in the States, I think the first line of the song is:

Through dark, sunken eyes

At least that's the way I used to sing it when it played in the
clubs over here.  Also I think it makes more sense, referring
to people who stayed up all night playing the game and are
now seeing "another pale sunrise".

Michael M  


** Before a suggestion by Austin Cooper, lyrics of first verse
were stated as being (though who can tell which are correct??)
(Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2004 16:40:31 -0500):

It's a dark sunken night, 
I see another pale sunrise
Surrounded by soldiers, gudes(??) and screens
We'll back(??) the invaders, their infernal machines


** A suggestion by Austin Cooper, lyrics of first verse
were stated as being (though who can tell which are correct??)
(Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2004 16:40:31 -0500):

It's a dark sunken night, 
I see another pale sunrise
Surrounded by soldiers, boos(**) and screams(**)
We'll back(??) the invaders, their infernal machines


*** Before a suggestion by Robert

It's a dark sunken night, 
I see another pale sunrise
Surrounded by soldiers, dudes(**) and screens(**)
We'll back(??) the invaders, their infernal machines

After a suggestion by Robert:

It's a dark sunken night, 
I see another pale sunrise
Surrounded by soldiers, glued to-the screens, 
Hold back the invaders, their infernal machines.  


Date: Wed, 06 Oct 2004 22:45:52 +0900
From: Robert C 
To: lachlan@melbpc.org.au
Subject: Space Invaders

Hi,

I came across your webpage on the Space Invaders lyrics.  I think the 
lyrics to the last two lines of the first verse go more like:

Surrounded by soldiers, glued to the screens,
Hold back the invaders, their infernal machines.

At least this way the lyrics make a little more sense ; )

Cheers,

Robert


*** Before a suggestion by Olivier Gravel  

   Space Invaders
    We fight to survive
   Space Invaders
    Rabbit-her rabbit-the spacer (??????)
   Space Invaders
    Hee hoo hoo hoo haa (???)
   Space Invaders


Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 10:29:46 -0800 (PST)
From: Olivier Gravel  
Subject: Space invaders lyrics
To: lachlan@melbpc.org.au

Wow! most part of this song where phonetic sounds, now
thanks to your page, I got words for these sounds.
Cool!

But then I got a suggestion, at the end we here
"Rabbit-her rabbit-the spacer".

I think it's more like; "Rabbit-her rabbit to stay alive"

Rabbit-her makes sense if you think of the intensity
of hitting the "fire" button, to stay alive and get
that high score!

Thanks again

Olivier


*** Before a suggestion by Olivier Gravel  

Space Invaders
 We fight to survive
Space Invaders
 Rabbit, [pause] rabbit to stay alive
Space Invaders
 Hee hoo hoo hoo haa (???)
Space Invaders


Robert La Ferte uses a critique of pure reason

From: "Robert La Ferte"  
To: l.m.d.cranswick@dl.ac.uk
Cc: Olivier
Subject: Space Invaders lyrics...
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 2004 03:30:05 -0500

Hi!

This is a follow-up to my friend Olivier about the lyrics to that particular 
song.

After examining the structure of the song, we finally agreed that the part 
he mentioned:

Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
We fight to survive
Space Invaders
Rabbit, [pause] rabbit to stay alive      [Lyrics corrected thanks to a suggestion from Olivier Gravel]
Space Invaders

Was probably more like this:

Space Invaders
Space Invaders
Space Invaders
We fight to survive
Space Invaders
Runnin', runnin' to stay alive
Space Invaders

The phrase "We fight to survive" is used, and is most probably followed by 
the same "runnin', runnin' to stay alive" that follows it in the second 
verse.

After you hear it with these words, you'll see (well, you'll hear!) that it 
fits perfectly! :-)

Thanks for the memories, this is one of our favourite songs!

Bob


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