Songs From A Pale Blue Dot

by Kraken Not Stirred

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released April 12, 2019

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Track Name: For All Mankind
Something looked up through the water
to gaze upon the sky
looking for a meal
to live, and breed and die
but finding points of light
not knowing at the time
that a distant relative
millennia down the line
would follow the starshine
and leave its world behind
to evolve into another kind

Something broke the surface tension
and crawled up on the land
Looking for survival
for food and shelter and
hoping to pass on
genetic information
multiply, adapt, survive
and try out new mutations
It crawled out of the brine
And left its world behind
to evolve into another kind

We turn our gaze up, skyward
and marvel at the stars
Hungry for more knowledge
and reaching out to Mars
then beyond our solar system
and beyond our galaxy
like our distant relative
emerging from the sea
No more prisoners of gravity
We'll leave our world behind
and go in peace for all mankind
Track Name: From Fiction to Fact
As shepherds watched their flocks by night and gazed up at the sky,
A grain of dust hit a gravity well and briefly lit the night.
Then came news that the King had died,
So they decided that the fireball was a sign,
from God.

Don't fault them, they were only theorizing.
Bored at work, while livestock supervising.

Science has the answers
We just don't have all the science
we're piecing it together
but the code still isn't cracked
Every answer we discover
asks another hundred questions,
As fallacy is left behind
and fiction turns to fact

In our modern age, we think that we know better now.
But everywhere you turn, con artists abound.
Flat earth, "psychics," pyramid power
healers who claim they channel their power
from God.

Faulting them is fine - they know they lie
Taking wallets while they pull wool over eyes

Science has the answers
We just don't have all the science
we're piecing it together
but the code still isn't cracked
Every answer we discover
asks another hundred questions,
As fallacy is left behind
and fiction turns to fact

Imagination makes sense of,
patterns our brains fake sense of.
Imagination makes sense of,
patterns our brains fake sense of.

Science has the answers
We just don't have all the science
we're piecing it together
but the code still isn't cracked
Every answer we discover
asks another hundred questions,
As fallacy is left behind
and fiction turns to fact
Track Name: And Yet It Moves
A tool of war aimed at the sky
A tube, two lenses, and an eye
Sunspots and mountains on the moon
More than ideas; valid proof
With an instrument of warfare turned toward the sky

And yet it moves

Celestial examinations
Solar and lunar observations
proved Earth to orbit the Sun
moonlight just a reflection
With an instrument of warfare turned toward the sky

And yet it moves

Interrogation for discovering the truth
Condemnation for substantiated proof
By fanatics who were fervent in their faith
The men in power had to keep the masses in a daze

Crushed beneath the Inquisition's hand
They fanatically refused to understand
that the centre of our universe
is not a planet or a church
With an instrument of warfare turned toward the sky

And yet it moves
Track Name: Promised the Moon
You mastered aviation, records broken, proving you the best
You passed the Rorshach, psycological, and isolation tests
You passed the medical, the centrifuge and airbourne EKGs
Matching or outperforming every man in Project Mercury

You had the right stuff but you had the wrong time
You passed the tests but you didn't get to fly

You were promised the moon
and the stars
but you didn't get that far
You were promised the sun
and the sky
but they wouldn't let you fly
You were promised a legacy worthy of fantasy
but you were prisoners of policy
You were promised a chance to show what you could do
You were promised the moon

At a time when twenty-five percent of women weren't employed
You were ready, willing, and able to launch into the void
One small step in policy is all that it would take
One giant leap in an era before the ERA

Tens of thousands of hours of documented flight time
You broke the sound barrier, but not the gender divide

You were promised the moon
and the stars
but you didn't get that far
You were promised the sun
and the sky
but they wouldn't let you fly
You were promised a legacy worthy of fantasy
but you were prisoners of policy
You were promised a chance to show what you could do
You were promised the moon
Track Name: Poyekhali! (Light This Candle)
A man sits atop a rocket
In a land devastated by war
In a hand-painted, still-wet helmet
They seal the capsule door

A classified, unannounced launch
Of a secret single-orbit flight
Only two of seven previous
unmanned capsules survived

At launch he yelled "Let's Go!"
It became became a rallying cry
108 minutes of history
Where science and dreams unite

Poyekhali!
Let's go!
Poyekhali!
Let's go!
It isn't anything that you can't handle
So fix your problems and light this candle
Poyekhali!
Let's go!
Poyekhali!
Let's go!
Climb aboard and get on with the show
Let's go!

Kindle your imagination
Until your dreams ignite
Unrelenting persistence
Is your price for paradise

Your countdown has begun
Your effort is inertial
It's T minus a lifetime
and guidance is internal

One small step or a giant leap
For yourself or for all mankind
You just have to find the place
Where effort and dreams unite

Poyekhali!
Let's go!
Poyekhali!
Let's go!
It isn't anything that you can't handle
So fix your problems and light this candle
Poyekhali!
Let's go!
Poyekhali!
Let's go!
Climb aboard and get on with the show
Let's go!
Track Name: The Loneliest Astronaut
Looking back at Earth from a quarter million miles
Small, serene, and blue and white, and fragile
Boundaries vanish and all borders disappear
When your thumb can cover all that you hold dear

The Loneliest Astronaut

The most distant traveller humankind has got
he nods a brief goodbye to that pale blue dot
No ideologies or politics in sight
Just a tiny planet shining blue and white

The Loneliest Astronaut

"Blue and white
not capitalist or communist
Blue and white
not rich or poor
Blue and white
not envious or envied"
Just blue and white
Just blue and white

Three billion plus two outside of his steel cocoon
One plus God knows what as he flies behind the moon
Everyone who ever lived, obstructed by a stone
out of sight and out of contact, truly alone

The Loneliest Astronaut
Track Name: One Small Step
Floating in the evening sky
subject of myths and cause of tides
Muse for works of fantasy
and prisoner of gravity

Not long ago that satellite
was our sole nighttime source of light
A jewel in the darkened sky
Mysterious and terrifying

One inch from freezing, airless death
a man by taking one small step
left our world behind
and went in peace for all mankind

One small step onto the lunar sands
the world in awe as the Eagle lands
Seconds from a fatal crash
A computer glitch and out of gas

One giant leap for humankind
An image burned into our minds
A grainy picture of a man
stepping onto the lunar sands

The cold war at its peak
Constant paranoia
Threat of nuclear holocaust

Hope amid the fear
Proof that we can save ourselves
Science trumps the war machine

Forgetting threats of burning death
as one all people held their breath
We left our world behind
and went in peace for all mankind
Track Name: Tranquility
Instrumental
Track Name: Martian Sunrise
The Fire Star is calling us
Because we can, because we must
for reason and for science,
for logic, not for violence
to learn what we will find
to go in peace for all mankind

We'll terraform a new home
and walk upon its sands
A giant leap for science
and a baby step for man
We'll breathe the Martian air
We will swim the Martian seas
We'll grow beyond our planet
And into the galaxy
We'll look upon our old home
shining in the sky
As we stand in the Martian sunrise

The fire star is calling us
To stand on its red dust
Not to conquer, to explore
For peace and not for war
together, not as rivals
For our very survival

We'll terraform a new home
and walk upon its sands
A giant leap for science
and a baby step for man
We'll breathe the Martian air
We will swim the Martian seas
We'll grow beyond our planet
And into the galaxy
We'll look upon our old home
shining in the sky
As we stand in the Martian sunrise

Further than we've ever been from our pale blue dot
200 times farther than the Loneliest Astronaut
We'll stand on the red sand underneath the distant sun
Everything you've ever known, covered by your thumb.
We'll look upon our old home, shining in the sky
As we stand in the Martian sunrise
Track Name: Guidance is Internal
We are all astronauts
Spiraling through emptiness
Dragged along by gravity

Listening for signals
Watching out for signs
We orbit other entities

Floating out of control
We look for guidance externally
Finding nothing to console
We must design our own paths intelligently

No cosmic judge and jury
No punishment infernal
No compass, map, atlas or diagram
Because guidance is internal

We are all abstract thoughts
Reaching through the nothingness
Hiding in our own imperfect cells

The image we display
Distorted and inaccurate
A Mercator projection of ourselves

Floating out of control
We look for guidance externally
Finding nothing to console
We must design our own paths intelligently

No cosmic judge and jury
No damnation eternal
No compass, map, atlas or diagram
Because guidance is internal