Friday, September 11, 2009

Come Sail Away - The Universe is Full of Wonders

As I said in yesterday's post, people haven't changed all that much in the last several thousand years - including our capacity for pursuing dreams and recognizing wonders.

The song "Come Sail Away," performed by Styx in - 1977, I think - appealed to me then, and still does. Particularly the sections starting at 2:26, 4:23.

"STYX come sail away- lyrics"

aquwaman2021, YouTube (October 15, 2007)
video, 5:50

Naturally, being a bit on the geeky side, two lines that particularly appealed to me were
"...We climbed aboard their starship, we headed for the skies

Singing, come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me lads....

A Science Fiction Song? Hardly

These comments or observations about "Come Sail Away" are, I think, sensible:
"Come Sail Away is about reaching for your dreams (not about UFOs and alien encounters). The angels and the aliens are figurative voices encouraging you to "come sail away" to wherever your dreams would take you."
"The Grand Illusion / Come Sail Away"
Unofficial Styx Lyrics Archive
And touching:
"When I was in 7th grade, my best guy-friend Jacob used to sing this song constantly...he died that November in an ATV accident and this song was played at his funeral...It brings me to tears everytime I hear has so much meaning to me because of him, and I think of him everytime i listen to it..I'll always love this song because of him
"[offtopic] I miss you Jake... Nov. 9, 1990-Nov. 29, 2003"
kimberloo, comment on "Styx - Come Sail Away Lyrics" LetsSingIt

Given a Choice, I'll Pick a Sense of Wonder Over Mutant Frogs

The Wildly-optimistic Utopias of early-20th-century science fiction were fun, but I don't see me trying to write something like that. On the other hand, I do hope to capture some of the sense of wonder I experience when learning more about this creation we're in.

As someone in the Babylon 5 said: "I am both terrified and reassured to know that there are still wonders in the Universe."

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