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David Benkert

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Hello,

I hope this isn't a silly topic, but I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on some songs involving astronomy and or physics. I have listed a few examples of what I am looking for below (all Rush for me), and am curious if there are others that I am missing.

(All are Rush and I know there are others I am missing by them so please list!)

Cygnus X-1

Chain Lightning

Earthshine (this inspired me to ask this question)

Natural Science

Gosh, I know there are so many more, but this is hopefully a start.

Thanks for any help!

David

"The more we think we know about, the greater the unknown" - Peart
 

MartinTeller

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I'll come up with a lot more tomorrow when I have more time, but for now, here's the first one that sprung to mind:

Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd
 

Mike Broadman

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Jethro Tull has a song called Astronomy, I think, but if you hear it, please don't judge Tull by that one- it is truly awful.

Starship Trooper- Yes

Inca Roads- Frank Zappa (though this one is a bit silly and probably has some metaphorical double meaning. Or not.)

Walking On The Moon- The Police

NP: King Crimson, Epitaph, Volume 4, CD
 

Jeff Kleist

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They Might be Giants covered a very old song, I forget the original artist, but it starts out

The Sun is a mass of incandesent gas

A great big nuclear furnace

Where hydrogen turns into helium

At a temperature of millions of degrees
 

Darren_N

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Jupiter Crash by The Cure (from the Wild Mood Swings album).

Not too many references but there are a couple, although not too in depth:

SHE FOLLOWS ME DOWN TO THE SOUND OF THE SEA

SLIPS TO THE SAND AND STARES UP AT ME

"IS THIS HOW IT HAPPENS? IS THIS HOW IT FEELS?

IS THIS HOW A STAR FALLS?

IS THIS HOW A STAR FALLS?"

THE NIGHT TURNS AS I TRY TO EXPLAIN

IRRESISTABLE ATTRACTION AND ORBITAL PLANE

"OR MAYBE IT'S MORE LIKE A MOTH TO A FLAME?"

SHE BRUSHES MY FACE WITH HER SMILE

"FORGET ABOUT STARS FOR A WHILE... "

AS SHE MELTS...

MEANWHILE MILLIONS OF MILES AWAY IN SPACE

THE INCOMING COMET BRUSHES JUPITER'S FACE

AND DISAPPEARS AWAY WITH BARELY A TRACE...

"WAS THAT IT? WAS THAT THE JUPITER SHOW?

IT KINDA WASN'T QUITE WHAT I'D HOPED FOR YOU KNOW... "

AND PULLING AWAY SHE STANDS UP SLOW

AND ROUND HER THE NIGHT TURNS

ROUND HER THE NIGHT TURNS...

YEAH THAT WAS IT

THAT WAS THE JUPITER CRASH

DRAWN TOO CLOSE AND GONE IN A FLASH

JUST A FEW BRUISES IN THE REGION OF THE SPLASH...

SHE LEFT TO THE SOUND OF THE SEA

SHE JUST DRIFTED AWAY FROM ME

SO MUCH FOR GRAVITY...
 

KeithH

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"Moon Over Bourbon Street" -- Sting

Not so much about the moon, but there is the reference.

I immediately thought of "Astronomy Domine" by Pink Floyd too.
 

ChrisMatson

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Dave Matthews Band: "One Sweet World"

Nine planets round the sun

Only one does the sun embrace

Upon this watered one

So much we take for granted

So let us sleep outside tonight

Lay down in our mother's arms

For here we can rest safely

If green should slip to grey

But our hearts still bloody be

And if mountains crumble away

And the river dry Would it stop the stepping feet

Take all that we can get

When it's done

Nobody left to bury here

Nobody left to dig the holes

And here we can rest safely

One sweet world

Around a star is spinning

One sweet world

And in her breath I'm swimming

And here we will rest in peace
 

Vince Maskeeper

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Big Dipper - Built to Spill (OK- not technical, but cool song anyway).

I think Man or Astroman has tons of songs about physics. Check their record "Made from TECHNETIUM".

-Vince
 

Mike Broadman

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I once saw an opening band called the Star People, and everything they sang about involved space and/or the Rat Pack.

NP: King Crimson- ProjeKct Two, Space Groove, CD
 

Philip Hamm

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Bruce Cockburn: Loner

"I'm always living and I always die / On the Event Horizon of your eye"

NP: Paul McCartney: Driving Rain
 

KeithH

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"Man on the Moon" -- R.E.M.

"Space Truckin'" -- Deep Purple

From Spacehog Resident Alien:

"Spacehog"

"Starside"

"Space is the Place"

From Spacehog Hogyssey:

"Jupiter's Moon"
 

John Beavers

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Clint Black - "Galaxy Song"



When you’re feelin’ inside out and insecure, [mmm, huh],

Life keeps gettin’ you down,

When all life’s daily worries, hurry through your head,

You don’t wanna even get up, you just lie around in bed

When you feel you just can’t take it anymore, [I can’t take it!]

And you wonder what on earth is this all for,

Your love life’s like a war zone, your TV’s on the blink,

It’s enough to drive a drinkin’ man to stop and take a think...



Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving,

Revolving at nine hundred miles an hour.

It’s orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it’s reckoned,

The sun that is the source of all our power

Are moving at a million miles a day,

In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,

Of the Galaxy we call the Milky Way



Our Galaxy itself contains, a 100 billion stars

It’s 100,000 light years side to side,

It bulges in the middle, 16,000 light years thick

But out by us it’s just 3,000 light years wide

We’re 30,000 light years from galactic central point,

We go ‘round every 200 million years

And our Galaxy is only one of millions and billions,

In this amazing and expanding Universe



Our Universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding

In all of the directions it can whiz

As fast as it can go, the speed of light you know,

12 million miles a minute, and that’s the fastest speed there is

So remember when you’re feeling very small and insecure

How amazingly unlikely is your birth

And know that there’s intelligent life, somewhere up in space

‘Cause I’m afraid that we’ve been cheated here on Earth




 

Brian Vaughan

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Well, there's 'Black Hole Sun' by Soundgarden.
Cheers, Brian
ps. This does not mean I actually like the song! ;)
 

Jeff Rosz

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time-floyd- i really like the part about....racing around to come up behind you again

Eclipse-floyd- a stretch, but in the end the sun always gets eclipsed by the moon

children of the sun-billy thorpe
 

StephenL

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The Word by The Moody Blues (Graeme Edge)

(A poem rather than a song)

This garden universe vibrates complete.

Some, we get a sound so sweet.

Vibrations reach on up to become light,

And then through gamma, out of sight.

Between the eyes and ears there lie

The sounds of color and the light of a sigh.

And to hear the sun, what a thing to believe,

But it's all around if we could but perceive.

To know ultra-violet, infra-red, and x-rays,

Beauty to find in so may ways.

Two notes of the chord, that's our full scope,

But to reach the chord is our life's hope.

And to name the chord is important to some,

So they give it a word, and the word is OM.
 

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