The Jobraith space rock jam appears on Moz’s “California Sun” covers album.
While he didn't touch down in a flying saucer, Morrissey got super spacey on The Tonight Show on Monday night (May 13) when he took the stage to perform a cover of glam-rock icon Jobraith's 1973 ballad "Morning Starship." Wearing a black suit and his signature look of bemusement disinterest, the singer gripped the mic stand and made eye contact with the camera as he crooned the song's wistful, wonder-filled lyrics over his band's rocked-up arrangement of the gentle original.
"The crystal glint of the turning glass/ The creaking sound of the rusted latch/ As she slowly opened the door/ The darkness told me nothing more/ Except to say that she was near my morning starship," Morrissey sang over an insistent beat, fuzzed-out electric and calliope-like keyboard accompaniment.
The song appears on Moz's upcoming album of 1960s and 70s covers, California Sun (May 24), which features the former Smiths singer's versions of tunes by Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick and others, with appearances by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, the Regrettes' Lydia Night, Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste and Young the Giant's Sameer Gadhia.