Songs involving astronomy/physics in lyrics?

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  1. David Benkert

    David Benkert Stunt Coordinator

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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
     
  2. 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
     
  3. Greg_Y

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    Astronomy by Blue Oyster Cult, later covered by Metallica
     
  4. 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
     
  5. 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
     
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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...
     
  7. 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.
     
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    Dave Matthews Band: "One Sweet World"

     
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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
     
  10. Matt Stryker

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    David Bowie - Space Oddity (Major Tom)
     
  11. 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
     
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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
     
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    "Rocketman" -- Elton John

    NP: "Let it Be" from the Beatles 1 CD
     
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    Almost anything by Magma. All their music is about some space aliens with their own language.
     
  15. 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"
     
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    Clint Black - "Galaxy Song"



     
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    Well, there's 'Black Hole Sun' by Soundgarden.
    Cheers, Brian
    ps. This does not mean I actually like the song! [​IMG]
     
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    "Mr. Spaceman" -- The Byrds
     
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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
     
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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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