Astronomy Nerds In Love

Two of my favourite song writers have revealed themselves as astronomy nerds in love songs.

Frank Black in “Sir Rockaby” (1994):

How many stars girl
Can you both count
And then classify?
I’m standing here in this big swirl
Singing this lullaby

Robert Schneider of the Apples in Stereo in “7 Stars” (2007):

Seven stars in the sky
You’re feeling sociable
Silver stars in your eyes
You feel emotional
And you don’t even know my name
And I know every constellation


  1. #1 megan
    October 6, 2008

    and don’t forget bird dream of the olympus mons by the pixies.

  2. #2 Martin R
    October 6, 2008

    Oh yes! Love that song! How cool is it to come up with the idea of a bird that dreams about the tallest mountain on Mars?

    Frank Black’s solo work is so different from his Pixies stuff that I don’t compare the two. Love both for different reasons. The best FB album imnsho is Dog in the Sand.

  3. #3 DianaGainer
    October 6, 2008

    Say, if you want some inspired silliness in song, check out an Irish singer named Shay Black on YouTube. He’s come up with some goofy lyrics in this hysterical election season for why people should vote for African-American candidate, Barack Obama:

    O’Leary, O’Reilly, O’Hare and O’Hara,
    There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama!
    From the ol’ Blarney Stone to the green hills of Tara,
    There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama!

    It includes such inspired rhymes as “He’s Cuchulainn, not fish, gnu, nor Brahma, There’s no one as Irish as Barack Obama!” and “Whether apostrophe or inverted comma, There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama!” My favorite line goes like this: “McCain and Bush are all ignorama, There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama!”

    Well, it’s hard finding rhymes and I love it when people who really know the language bend it to their purposes!

  4. #4 Martin R
    October 6, 2008

    Another good political satirist, Roy Zimmerman, has “Eine Kleine Barackmusik” on his latest album.

  5. #5 russell
    October 17, 2008

    …and how could you forget “Part Fenian, Part Kenyan” ?

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