"That's fuckin' John Denver. That's "Take Me Home, Country Roads"."
"You've got to be kidding."
"Oh, no. I'd never kid about John Denver."
Tennessee and Sgt. Lopé (from Alien: Covenant)
Rogue transmission

The rogue transmission, discovered by USCSS Covenant pilot Tennessee Faris while conducting extravehicular repairs to the damaged colony ship, was an audio/video transmission depicting a woman operating an alien ship while humming a song. When geometric data within the transmission was traced, it lead the crew of the starship to Planet 4.



The rogue transmission originated from a Juggernaut ship piloted by the survivors of the doomed Prometheus expedition to LV-223. The transmission depicts Elizabeth Shaw, piloting an Engineer ship while humming the tune of the country song "Take Me Home, Country Roads".

Discovery by the USCSS Covenant[]

While undertaking a spacewalk to conduct exterior repairs, pilot Tennessee picked up a fragmented, distorted transmission via his suit's communications systems. When the message was analyzed on board, the crew were able to discern an unidentified human humming a classic country song within the image. Ship's computer Mother was able to trace the rogue transmission to its source, they found that it originated from a nearby planet perfect for human habitation, better even than the predictions for Origae-6. Presented with a seemingly perfect home just a few weeks away and with none of the crew wanting to re-enter hypersleep after witnessing the late Captain Branson's fate, the crew's new Captain, Oram, elected to investigate.


  • The song being hummed by Shaw in the rogue transmission was "Take Me Home, Country Roads" from John Denver's 1971 album Poems, Prayers & Promises.
  • The Covenant's discovery of the rogue transmission and the events that followed highly resemble the Nostromo's discovery of an acoustic beacon that lead them to LV-426 in the film Alien.