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Amanda Palmer "Astronaut" Live at Paradise Rock Club Boston

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Published on Jun 28, 2007

Amanda Palmer plays "Astronaut" from her upcoming solo debut, "Who Killed Amanda Palmer."

Recorded at The Paradise Rock Club on November 27, 2006.

Recorded by Johnny Onasis, ToolDVN, Tom Buehler, James Holland, Erik Holland, and Peter Sand.
Edited by Peter Sand.

Comments • 240

Rant Bandini
great great performance... but i still don't get what this song is about. could someone please explain? :)
Jesse Colton
+Rant Bandini Taken from Amanda's blog: “astronaut” is, i think, my favorite song on the album, mostly because of how beautiful and slammingly perfect ben folds’ production turned out. i love his drum playing, the manic synths, the crashy percussion.i wrote this song away from home, which is rare for me. i remember what came first: it was what we called the vamp…the poundypoundy section that intros the song and keeps returning. I mut have come up with it during the dolls “no virginia” tour, because i was always banging it out during soundcheck, it had such a satisfying sound. i went to record with …and you will know us by the trail of dead around that time, in austin, and i was banging out the vamp on the grand piano in the studio and conrad said: “is that yours?” and i said yes and he said “finished?” and i said “no” and he said “but it’s goin’ to be good” and i thought “hell yeah, it does sound like he beginning of an awesome song.” then i had to write it and make sure it was awesome.the chorus hit me one day (but you are, my love, the astronaut) and the pieces started slowly formatting. i wasn’t sure where the astronaut came from. he sounded good. it made sense enough to me to fit him into my non-relationship of the moment. i had a terrible crush on a singer from a band. we had been dating but he vaguely vanished into thin air. he was unfindable, literally…he had no phone. he was handsome and smart and i’d finally let myself fall a little tiny bit in love for the first time in years. i felt gypped. i’d drawn his right arm, the back of it, which had a tattoo on it that I was attached to, one day when we were on a picnic by the river.so some of the lyrics had come together, but i hadn’t quite finished. i’m bad at finishing. he was coming to see the dolls at a show in portland, oregon, at the crystal ballroom, because his band was in town playing the next night. things had already torn apart quite far, and i was hoping the relationship was salvagable, and there is nothing to motivate the finishing of a song like an audience of one for whom it is intended. so i hauled my practice keyboard into the brewery room of the crystal ballroom (where the huge painted beer vats were, smelled very malty) and forced myself to finish it before the show come hell or high water. and i did. he heard it. i don’t think it did much good.sometimes you write songs and you know what you mean and sometimes you just don’t and sometimes it’s both.
Sean Carter
I am going to see Amanda in Edinburgh this year and I need to ask her what she was singing when it sounds like "but thy couldn't they like hiding"
John Rutherford
If I could learn how to play this song, just this song, I'd be happy and content for the rest of my life. Amanda Fucking Palmer is spectacular, and the worst-kept secret of the music world. 
Celestial
I need to pee
Sean Carter
2k15 and I still can't get enough of this performance <3
Jacob Van Wie
<3
Terra McClain
so much emotion in this song AFP is perfect
octabreaker
I LOVE Amanda Palmer, her voice is the same regardless of if it's on her records, or in person, she is such an amazing artist and I wish I could meet her and shake her hand and thank her for her amazing music which has helped me through my recent break up!
KPYIB R
You're right, there are plenty who do that, although they're probably massively outnumbered by those who don't. I obviously didn't quite get the bike rack comment ha! They're pretty funny! Take it easy man.
David Loving
There are artists everywhere "who makes an effort to write, perform, produce, etc. all her own material." Hat's off to her for figuring out a way to make a living out of it. I thought the bike rack by David Byrne hit the bulls-eye. Ever seen one? Google it. All the best to you.
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