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Astronomy songs


Let's check out the music of the spheres.

I'll start the ball rolling with "Cassiopeia" by Sara Bareilles.

"Anchored home in her interstellar sea but
Poor lonely Cassiopeia
So she sighs and she burns with desperation
Learns to cry over love of constellations"
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"The Stars that Play with Laughing Sam's Dice" - Jimi Hendrix
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Planet X (about Pluto) by Christine Lavin

https://christinelavin.com/songs/Shi...n_the_Moon/233


Also Shining my Flashlight on the Moon from the same album

https://christinelavin.com/songs/f/S...n_the_Moon/221
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Grateful Dead, Standing on the Moon

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Frank black - places named after numbers

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“The Galaxy Song” from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.
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"Theme to Fireball XL-5."

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Does instrumental music count? Gustav Holtz's suite The Planets covers all members of the Solar System (except Earth) that were known in 1913.

Minor nitpick: The music is supposed to represent each planet's astrological aspect, but what the hell. A planet is a planet.

Mars, the Bringer of War is my favorite. I once fell asleep listening to this through headphones. Scared the crap out of me!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXOanvv4plU
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Blue Oyster Cult Astronomy

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Yakko Warner's "It's a Great Big Universe"

They Might Be Giants' "The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas", and its sequel "The Sun is a Miasma of Incandescent Plasma"
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Does the theme song for The Big Bang Theory count?
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Moon Songs (and other spaced out songs)


Been there done that recently...

https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=879075

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“The Galaxy Song” from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.
And, as covered by Stephen Hawking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfcC6FYyL4U

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Interplanet Janet -- Schoolhouse Rock (Lynn Ahrens)
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It's astronomy from the right perspective...

Third Stone From the Sun - Jimi Hendrix Experience
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Two more instrumentals: Debussy's "Claire de Lune" and, by association, "Arabesque No. 1," which was for many years the theme to PBS's Star Hustler series (later known as Jack Horkheimer, Star Gazer).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvFH_6DNRCY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVYH-7QGE-A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSB5RCQUfOA
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Muppets, I don't want to live on the moon.
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Two from The Tornados: "All the Stars in the Sky" and "Telstar" (the first "active" instead of "passive" communications satellite):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wamb1UnRDs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6NEqCbnBeI
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Two more from The Tornados: "Red Rocket" and "Life on Venus":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFlepimy4dg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAY6wLaS1Z8
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"Blue Star" by The Shadows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWxZEFm4pck

"Lullaby of the Stars" by The Tornados

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQQCEQrNhso
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It's astronomy from the right perspective...



Third Stone From the Sun - Jimi Hendrix Experience
Which brings to mind "Third Rock from the Sun" by Joe Diffie.

"California Stars" by Wilco
"Recovering the Satellites" by Counting Crows
"Bad Moon Rising" by CCR
"Landed" by Ben Folds includes the line "If you wrote me off/I'd understand it/'Cause I've been on some other planet" but that may not qualify.
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"Venus and Mars" by Paul McCartney and Wings
"Space Oddity" by David Bowie
"Fly Me to the Moon" by Sinatra
"I Don't Know a Thing About Love" by Conway Twitty
"Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett (Kind of prescient about Sally Ride, if you ask me...)
"Starship Troopers" by Yes
"Sirens of Titan" by Al Stewart
"Faith of the Heart" by Rod Stewart (just because of what it was used for)

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Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons - Pixies

Andromeda - Paul Weller

Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
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"What a Swell Party It Was," from High Society:

Have you heard? It's in the stars,
next July we collide with Mars!
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Linda Goes To Mars - John Prine

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"Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" by Klaatu (covered by the Carpenters).

"Major Tom (Coming Home)" by Peter Schilling.

"Saucerful of Secrets", "Interstellar Overdrive", "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", by Pink Floyd.

"Spaceman" by Harry Nilsson.

"Rocket to Uranus" by the Vengaboys.
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The B-52's - There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon)

Augury - Cosmic Migration

For a full album of technical death metal about stuff in space, there's Obscura's Cosmogenesis
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They Might Be Giants - Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JdWlSF195Y

There's also the excellent Sleeping Satellite by Tasmin Archer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGL2lcaRYqk
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"Rocket Man," "interpreted" by William Shatner:

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Several astronomy songs are in the playlist of "Space Songs" sung by Tom Glazer (where TMBG got their song from). Note: all are from "Ballads for the Age of Science" by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zjN...VhMj-g&index=1
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Stardust, recorded by many, this one by Nat King Cole
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"Red Planet" by Alvvays

"Emily" by Joanna Newsom:
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That the meteorite is the source of the light
And the meteor's just what we see
And the meteoroid is a stone that's devoid of the fire that propelled it to thee
And the meteorite's just what causes the light
And the meteor's how it's perceived
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“The Galaxy Song” from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.
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And, as covered by Stephen Hawking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfcC6FYyL4U

I came to mention Clint Black's cover from his D'lectrified album because there's a story.

I was going to a friend's home for dinner, where I understood Clint Black would be present. Not a huge country fan, and not wanting to be embarrassed, I scrambled around on YouTube, listening to as much of his work as I could find. I enjoyed some of his harmonica playing and I loved his cover of The Galaxy Song.

So, after a nice meal we were sitting around drinking and chatting. I brought up his harp playing and mentioned some of my favorite blues harp players. I was sort of surprised that he knew the artists I liked. Then, I mentioned that Galaxy was my favorite Clint Black song.

He laughed and slapped my back. Apparently my favorite was the favorite of everyone who wasn't a country music fan. We all had a good laugh. Clint autographed a C Harmonica and gave it to me for being a good sport.
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More than 40 posts, and no-one mentioned Bowie's Life on Mars?
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More than 40 posts, and no-one mentioned Bowie's Life on Mars?
I'd argue that's not a song about astronomy, it merely mentions mars in context of the emo girl complaining about wanting to get away.

My contribution:
Jethro Tull - Orion
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Great song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA54NBtPKdI
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Another one that rhymes "stars" with "Mars" - Stars by Hum.

She thinks she missed the train to Mars
She's out back counting stars
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From almost four years ago, A Child's Introduction To Outer Space.

The Wandering Stars
Mercury
Venus
Earth and Mars
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus
Neptune and Pluto!
The Wandering Stars!


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I remember this, in fact, I have been searching on and off for a long time.

The lyrics and tune I remembered were "Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars..." but it was useless to search because the lyrics are so common!

Thanks for finding it.

The other lyrics I remember is:

"Seven miles a second
Seven miles a second
A rocket ship could make the trip in
Seven miles a second"

I found it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eliDhERy3E and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwmGiPvEWbA
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I'd argue that's not a song about astronomy, it merely mentions mars in context of the emo girl complaining about wanting to get away.

My contribution:
Jethro Tull - Orion
Excellent!
Many answers are casting a very wide net. Maybe I should have narrowed it to constellation songs. But then the thread would be a lot shorter.

I felt I had to start the thread because: Eustacia went to a dark-sky park with a telescope the other weekend. When she came back she asked me about the pronunciation of that constellation that looks like a W. I said /ˌkæsiəˈpiːə/, of course. She said someone had criticized another astronomer there for pronouncing it that way, insisting the stress accent should go on the 3rd instead of 4th syllable: /ˌkæsiˈoʊpiːə/. Well, that guy was wrong. So I wondered how Sara Bareilles had pronounced it, and I went and played the song loud. She adjusted the pronunciation to the melody and meter of the line: /kæsiˌoʊpiːˈɑː/. (Artistic license.) Because she put stress on the O, I speculated that the mispronunciation guy had gotten it from the song.

So anyway, ever since then the song has been stuck in my head, remaining extraordinarily persistent for much longer than the usual song-stuck-in-my-head. I started this thread out of desperation, hoping that externalizing it here might help get it out of my head. (Didn't work.) I like the song, but too much is more than enough already. I'm going to listen to Tull's "Orion" again and any other constellation song you guys come up with.
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Eight foot two, solid blue,
Five transistors in each shoe,
Has anybody seen my gal?
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