“Out of Gas” is one of my favorite episodes of Firefly. It was before I started the In the ‘Verse podcast, and even more so now. It’s because of that line at the beginning of the episode, “Treat her properly. She'll be with you for the rest of your life.”
That's how Malcolm Reynolds treats his ship. That's how he treats his crew. That's how he treats life. It's about loyalty and respect, no matter the challenges. That's the direction I took for my song “Breathing” from the episode.
I try to slip in deeper meanings each time I write a song. So this one contrasts love and relationships with fighting to stay alive and keep that relationship strong. It's about sticking with someone through thick and thin. It's about fixing the broken engines of our lives to keep love strong.
And it's about breathing.
I meditate a lot these days. It helps to calm my fractious soul. I need quiet time to just breathe. Deeply. It clears my head of worries. It gives me rest.
“Out of Gas” is a symbol of out of breath… on the verge of losing that life, meditating and breathing give me more life.
I hope you will take a deep breath when you listen. Find some peace and enjoy singing along with me.
You wanna keep breathing, don'tcha,
Breathing in and out?
Gotta remember the reason, won'tcha,
The reason you take her out?
Treat her properly.
She'll be with you the rest of your days.
But it all starts with breathing, deeply,
Breathing in and out
It all began looking past what was
To what our life could be.
That's where I found so much Freedom
And a little Serenity.
An explosion knocked us to the ground.
But we got back on our feet.
Turned back the clock, to remember why
And what our life could be.
Some face life's challenges
With a little bit o' prayer.
Others turn, face it head on.
That's how they take in air.
Sometimes it's sad to face what's true
And try a different tack.
We gotta keep on breathing.
There ain't no turning back.
You better believe that I'll fight on
Through space, though I might fail.
I'll boost the signal through the night
Even if I'm feeling frail.
When at last you answer my call,
We'll fix our damaged hearts.
Together we'll keep on breathing
And we will never part.
released February 14, 2022
Lyrics and music Marc Gunn. Marc Gunn - autoharp, lead vocals. Jamie Haeuser - vocal harmonies. Nathan Deese: bass, percussion, rain stick, whistle. Mixed and mastered by Mitchell Petersen.
Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats--Sci F'Irish
He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans alike for its unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic....more