Shoulders of Giants

"Shoulders of Giants", a song commissioned by the Johannes Kepler Project, written and arranged by Padi Boyd, and performed by The Chromatics, specifically for the International Year of Astronomy 2009

Shoulders of Giants
Padi Boyd
It was a calm and cloudless night but it was all still a blur
A shaking of our Universe was just about to occur It was Summertime... 1609 when Galileo used his telescope for the very first time and he saw mountains and craters on the moon and a Milky Way with thousands of stars and he saw Jupiter, with four tiny moons he was the only man on Earth that night who knew That Copernicus was right come outside with me tonight and I can show you wonders of the world to surprise and delight I've got my telescope with me just wait until you see that on the Shoulders of Giants.... ... we'll see beyond! The world turns round and round now around 400 years have flown since Galileo's telescope first focused the unknown Now we use bigger glass to peer into the past And we're discovering the Universe's secrets at last And there are geysers on Saturn's icy moon and planets circling hundreds of stars while all the Universe expands like a balloon from Galileo's tiny scope we've come so far Galileo was right when he looked out in the night and he discovered wonders of the world to surprise and delight I've got my telescope with me just wait until you see we'll stand on the Shoulders of Giants... And every step follows the one before and opens up a new frontier to explore our 'scopes are dancing in space to see the beauty and grace Oh, Galileo would approve, that's for sure And still for me and you we can join in on this too Just climb up here with me where we'll see more It's a calm and cloudless night come outside with me tonight and I can show you wonders of the world to surprise and delight I've got my telescope with me just wait until you see (oh, wait until you see) we'll stand on the Shoulders of Giants (Galileo knew) That Copernicus was right (Johannes) Come outside with me tonight (Kepler found those) and I can show you wonders of the world (planetary motions on the) to surprise and delight (Shoulders of Giants) I've got my telescope with me (And Isaac) Just wait until you see (Newton found his) we'll stand on the Shoulders of Giants (Universal Laws) (He stood on the Shoulders of Giants...) ...to see beyond!

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