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"Beyond Antares" was a 23rd century love song.

Lieutenant Uhura was fond of the song, and sang it on a couple of occasions while serving on the USS Enterprise. When she performed the song in the rec room, in 2266, she accompanied herself on the Vulcan lute. (TOS: "The Conscience of the King", "The Changeling")

Lyrics Edit

The skies are green and glowing
Where my heart is!
Where my heart is,
Where the scented lunar flower is blooming:
Somewhere, beyond the stars,
Beyond Antares.

I'll be back, though it takes forever:
Forever is just a day!
Forever is just another journey,
Tomorrow a stop along the way.

And let the years go fading
Where my heart is,
Where my heart is!
Where my love eternally is waiting:
Somewhere, beyond the stars,
Beyond Antares...

The music for this song was written by Wilbur Hatch with lyrics by Gene L. Coon. (Star Trek Encyclopedia 2nd ed., p. 44) The song's backing track included piano, played by Marl Young, harp, played by Catherine Gotthoffer, and guitar, played by Laurindo Almeida. Uhura actress Nichelle Nichols once described the song as "a very ethereal thing" and went on to say, "We had a rendition of it that was out of sight, but it was too now, too hip. It had just the tinge of sultriness and it could have gone wrong [...] I should have recorded it. Anyway, when I took it just a little lower, it had a throaty quality." Nichols thoroughly enjoyed the process of recording the song. "What was marvelous about it was that we had Laurindo Almeida and full accompaniment," Nichols enthused. She also described Almeida's guitar background as "beautiful beautiful." (The World of Star Trek, 3rd ed., p. 114)
An instrumental version of the song additionally appeared on Leonard Nimoy's album titled Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space.

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