So long ago—another life.
I can feel your heartbeat.

It's not a dream—remember us.
I can see it in your eyes.

We'll find our place in time,
A place in time beyond the sun.

We'll find our place in time,
A place in time to call our own.

--Amanda Abizaid--"A Place In Time"

Free "A Place in Time"! That's not an advertisement, but an imprecation. If you watched The 4400, a fun science fiction TV series (started last year and—hooray!—picked up again for this year), you'll have heard the gorgeous song in its intro. Lebanese-American Amanda Abizaid (viva emigrante!), a totally small-time (but shouldn't be) singer/songwriter composed and performed this brief ditty (the above are the entire lyrics of the munit or so that make up the song).

If you haven't heard it you can listen to it on the Bosshouse Music Web page Flash intro.

She starts off humming the extremely haunting bars that form the backbone of the song, and croons softly through the verse that's ostensibly a love lyric, but carries a very gothic edge to it because of the way the minor key clutches at your ear. It's soft rock, but hardly as forgettable as you'd expect from that genre. It almost feels as if she's going to break into major key for the chorus, but somehow it loses none of its creepy feel despite the modulation. Lori and I actually used to sing "We'll find our place in time, in space and time..." when we heard it on the series, because of the theme of the series, and the fact that the lyric felt as if it should treat on something at least as exotic as the space/time continuum. Abizaid only hints at such a stretch when she says "A place in time beyond the sun."

So gorgeous song, right? Time to go buy the CD, right?
Uh, nuh-unh. It turns out that, unfortunately, the only way you can hear the song is by watching the show or going to the Boss House Web site. Viacom/Paramount, those notorious IP churls, are holding on to the song with a vise grip. I'm not sure why; the response to the song was tremendous, and people are fairly clamoring to buy it. This should be good promotion for the series. Here's's just one of the forums discussing the matter. Abizaid, when contacted by e-mail was originally very generous in sending people MP3s of the song, but then, in her words:

Thank you for your kind words about "A Place In Time". As much as I would like to [send out the MP3], unfortunately, I got a call from Viacom/Paramount Pictures this weekend saying I am not allowed to give out an MP3 since I do not own the song. If there's any way to get the song, they would be the one's to get in touch with. I hope you understand. Hopefully with all this interest in the song, there will be a longer version. Keep your fingers crossed.

Oh, they're crossed, alright. There's a lot more that's crossed, as well. Sometimes you just want to roach-stomp Big Media. Let's hope Viacom comes to their senses and release a soundtrack with a longer version of "A Place In Time", or at least free Abizaid to include it in an album. Until then, if we want polymer rather than bits, we have to content ourself with Abizaid's EP The Great Plan, which is very good, but not really offering anything quite as breathtaking as the 4400 theme song.

[Uche Ogbuji]

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i wish i could get that songs
I'm a guy from Chinese, and I like this song very much as same as the TV series, they're so great!
God, the song is gorgeous. And it fits the series perfectly.
When I first heard the song, i felt it was kind of sad song, and I still do. I relly like the feeling I get when listen to the song.

I also currently reading the book "The Time Travelers Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger, for those who havent read it. Do it! Its good.

When I heard the song "A place in time" I felt it fits very vell to the story. For those who have read the book, I believe you think what I mean. To bad there isnt a movie og mini-series of this book.
That site may not be an MP3 of the song, but you can turn it into one. If you download the .swf file, by linking its URL in a webpage, and then change the filetype to .mp3, it can be easily converted (with a good music player?). I have a Mac and opened it in iTunes, and now I have it on my playlist.
its amazing and trully fits the description of the series 4400.. u did great amanda
I want a full song for that. It is so amazing, I love it so much. I really don't like what those people are doing. Why not let it go? They could make so much money off that song!!! Hopefully Amanda Abizaid will instead though.

3 words: Truly breathtakeningly beautiful.
I was dissapointed too. But I found a site that has the file in Google.


He must have gotten it before Amanda had her wrist slapped.

Hopefully it'll be around for a while. With enough dissemination it'll defintely end up in file sharing apps. :)
Hey, I got this song in Ares, since september 2005, its a great song, if you like it so much why dont you just search it?, the mp3 its a high quality one.
Like this song very much,but i dont find where it can be downloaded.I'm in South China,morose!