mot (symmys) wrote,
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Song-A-Week Project Week 32: Astronaut

The Song-A-Week Project continues with week 32
32. Astronaut
I'm not sure how I came up with the idea for this song — the first lines I had written were the anti-inspirational chorus—"for most of us the stakes are lower than we know." I worked from that line to fill out a brief pop song about how we matter less than we like to think (we being the speaker, I guess, tempted—ironically enough—to generalize to an all-inclusive first-person plural).

The lyrics follow:

When you were a kid, you thought you'd be an astronaut
or maybe just be president
Look at you now, look at everything you're not
Hey we all have to live with it

(chorus)
For most of us the stakes are lower than we know
Just one life, just one mind, just one lonely road to go
We won't make history, we won't change the world
If it's a wonderful life, that's for us to know

[bridgy-thing]
There is no angel coming, there is no master plan
There's just the slow becoming of an ordinary man

When you first saw your girl, you felt like the first man alive
who really knew what eyes were for
And when you first broke her heart, you thought the sun wouldn't rise
after what you'd done to her

[bridgy-thing]
There is no angel comin, there is no judgment day
So if you failed at loving, that's for you to say

(chorus)

When you were a kid, you thought you'd be an astronaut
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