The Galaxy Song

Album: Monty Python Sings (1983)
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  • Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown,
    And things seem hard or tough,
    And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft,
    And you feel that you've had quite eno-o-o-o-o-ough,

    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,
    'Round the sun that is the source of all our power.
    The sun, and you and me, and all the stars that we can see,
    Are moving at a million miles a day,
    In an outer spiral arm, at fourteen thousand miles an hour,
    Of a galaxy we call the Milky Way.

    Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars;
    It's a hundred thousand light-years side to side;
    It bulges in the middle sixteen thousand light-years thick,
    But out by us it's just three thousand light-years wide.
    We're thirty thousand light-years from Galactic Central Point,
    We go 'round every two hundred million years;
    And our galaxy itself is only one of millions of billions
    In this amazing and expanding universe.

    The 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,
    Twelve 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 pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
    'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!

Comments: 5

  • Edward from Henderson, NvThe melody of this song reminds me very much of Bent Fabric's "Alley Cat."
  • Nady from Adelaide, AustraliaI like it when he crawls out of the fridge "Does life ever get you down Mrs. Brown??"
  • Garry from Fairfax, VaWhat are the real facts to this song?
  • Martijn from Helmond, Netherlands"On top of that this song was written when we didn't know too much about the universe and space and most of the lyrics of things like the distantce and speed and etc etc were random guesses. Most of them suprisingly accurate."
    BS. All the numbers in the song are derived from scientific sources that were readily available, even back then. The seventies weren't the Middle Ages, you know. Man had already set foot on the moon by the time Idle wrote this.
  • Obzcure from Auckland, New ZealandThe song is actually called 'The galaxy song'. The great cartoon series 'Animaniacs' did a spoof version (prehaps more of a homage) titled 'The universe song'. On top of that this song was written when we didn't know too much about the universe and space and most of the lyrics of things like the distantce and speed and etc etc were random guesses. Most of them suprisingly accurate.
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