Song Lyric Sunday: M or A – ‘Astronomy Domine’

Week two of Song Lyric Sunday’s mini-series of letters of the alphabet gives us M or A.

It occurred to me that if Jim can have a short season, so can I, so here is another song by Pink Floyd.

‘Astronomy Domine’ is rather different from last week’s ‘Green Is The Colour’, although I suspect that this ‘space-rock’ classic – eery rather than ethereal –  is the kind of thing most of us signed up for in the first place. It’s appropriate, therefore, that this was the first track on their first album, 1967’s ‘The Piper At The Gates of Dawn’ and was often played as an opening number.

I was fortunate enough to see Pink Floyd on several occasions and they certainly performed this in 1969 and again in 1994. Personally, I never tire of it.

Lime and limpid green, a second scene
A fight between the blue you once knew.
Floating down, the sound resounds
Around the icy waters underground.
Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda and Titania.
Neptune, Titan, Stars can frighten.
Lime and limpid green, a second scene
A fight between the blue you once knew.
Floating down, the sound resounds
Around the icy waters underground.
Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda and Titania.
Neptune, Titan, Stars can frighten.
Blinding signs flap,
Flicker, flicker, flicker blam. Pow, pow.
Stairway scare, Dan Dare, who’s there?
Lime and limpid green, the sounds around
The icy waters under
Lime and limpid green, the sounds around
The icy waters underground.

Written by  Syd Barrett

Song Lyric Sunday 10 January 2021

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