Dec 132011

Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving,
and revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
that’s orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it’s reckoned,
a sun that is the source of all our power.”

The Galaxy Song, written and performed by Pythoner Eric Idle is one of those rare sci-fi songs that actually gets the science right while it’s entertaining with a clever ditty. Eric of course had written most of the best Monty Python songs, along with creating recording with the faux Beatles parody band The Rutles, but this tune for 1983′s The Meaning of life is a high point (although another Meaning of Live song, The Accountant’s Shantys is similarly amusing and nearly as instructive.)

“The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
Twelve million miles a minute, and that’s the fastest speed there is.”

The song takes us from the Earth to the galaxy the ends of the universe, before bringing us back to the whole, ironic and amusing point.

“So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure,How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space,’Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth.”

(Of course the whole point is to have the woman donate her liver while she’s still using it, but that’s another story.)

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