Alphaville:Afternoons in Utopia

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“Afternoons in Utopia”
Artist: Alphaville
Albums: Afternoons in Utopia (1986)
Composers: Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, Ricky Echolette
Lyricists: Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, Ricky Echolette

Acrobats and comets floating by so fast
Children's faces S.M.I2.L.E. like suns at last
Lilac butterflies are cruising without fear
All inviting you to stay and rest here

You can halt your car
For an afternoon in Utopia
We shall stop the wars
On those afternoons in Utopia

Mighty Maomoondog drifts across the grass
Healing lullabies for Easter time on Mars
Paint your hats and shoes with flowers and with stars
Singing in metropolitan operas

You can halt your car
For an afternoon in Utopia
We shall stop the wars
On those afternoons in Utopia

Notes

"S.M.I2.L.E." is an acronym coined by Timothy Leary that stands for "Space Migration, Intelligence Increase, Life Extension." Starting with Afternoons In Utopia (1986), Alphaville often used "S.M.I2.L.E." in place of "smile" when printing lyrics in their liner notes. The difference is only apparent in writing; the word is pronounced exactly like "smile" when spoken or sung.

The lyrics and melody of the chorus are also heard in IAO.

The lyrics are also referred to in (and parodied by) Sensations. Referring to one song in the lyrics of another would eventually become a hallmark of Alphaville songs.

Mighty Maomoondog is referred to in Ivory Tower, though not by name.