Good Planets Are Hard To Find (2017 Remix)

by Steve Forbert

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I wrote “Good Planets” back in 1995 after first seeing the phrase on a bumper sticker while loading out of a venue up in Burlington, VT.

As mentioned in my memoir, Big City Cat (to be published early next year before a Spring 2018 UK/Holland/Scandinavian tour), I've played the song in most of my shows since releasing it in 1996 on a CD called Rocking Horse Head. At the moment I'm waiting for my friend Joey Spaminato to overdub bass onto a solo version I recorded in late May at a Bob Dylan Tribute in Warwick, NY.

However, one thing leads to another in life and I have recently had the opportunity to remix the original Rocking Horse track here in New Jersey. We decided to omit some instruments, but to (of course) still feature the pedal steel playing of the great Al Perkins. And that's the late, great Jay Bennett (from the early lineup of Wilco) on electric guitar.

The subject matter here is more in the news now than ever before. This free download is a solid rock'n'roll version of the bumper sticker I saw over twenty years ago. Good Planets Are Hard To Find!

And, yes, we do have a brand-new “Good Planets” t-shirt available if you'd like to help us!

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released July 20, 2017

SF--vocal, acoustic guitar
Ken Coomer—drums
Brad Jones—bass
Clay Barnes---electric guitar
Jay Bennett—electric guitar
Al Perkins--pedal steel guitar

Remix by John Allen at Studio 609, Toms River, NJ
Mastered by Amy Marie at Yes Masters

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Steve Forbert Nashville, Tennessee

Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert had his first major hit in 1979 when he was only 25 years old, shortly after moving to New York City from his hometown of Meridian, Miss where he had been working as a truck driver Thirty-plus years later, he’s still writing acclaimed songs and has released 14 studio albums, including a Grammy-nominated tribute to another Mississippi legend, Jimmie Rodgers. ... more

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Track Name: Good Planets Are Hard To Find (2017 Remix)
Good Planets are hard to find now
Temp'rate zones and tropic climes
True currents in thriving seas
Winds blowin' through breathing trees
Strong ozone and safe sunshine
Good Planets are hard to find

Good Planets are in demand
Clean beaches and sparkling sand
Land masses with room to spare
Jet streams and perfect air
High forests and low wetlands
Good Planets are in demand

And the mind don't know
If the heart can't see
Let the blind man go
To his destiny

Good planets are rare indeed
Rain fallin' on crops and seeds
Big rivers and good topsoil
Fuel sources from cane to oil
Green gardens of all we need
Good planets are rare indeed

And the mind don't know
If the heart can't see
Let the blind man go
To his destiny

Good planets are scarce and few
Earthworms and caribou
Strong food chains and tasty meals
Textiles and plants that heal
Iron mountains and skies of blue
Good planets are scarce and few