People on the Moon

I’ve been thinking about writing a post about this song for a while. Then yesterday I read this poetic post on a blog that I really like:

http://thiscuriouslife.me/2013/08/24/memories-for-the-people-of-the-moon/

And so I figured it was time to write about this People on the Moon song.

The song has a bit of an outer-space theme, and it was fun to write about the moon and Mars, and to rhyme (more or less) “interstellar void” and “astronomic noise.” It’s a playful attempt to express my feeling that this life and our universe are much more mysterious and fertile than our consensus reality generally suggests. Particularly in Western science, we hold the provincial belief that humans are the only conscious beings, and that carbon-based life forms like those on Earth are the only possible kind of life. But many of us suspect that, as Shakespeare’s Hamlet says:

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

The physicists are catching up to the mystics, beginning to recognize that consciousness is a fundamental feature of the universe. The duality between mind and matter is destined to fade away, I believe, as we realize that all is one on the deepest level. Behind the forms of space and time is the one consciousness from which all springs – far more vast than we can comprehend, an ocean of limitless possibility…

And so why not “Red rock folks living on Mars” and “Gas beings inside the Sun?”

I chose some less-common chords to go with the offbeat lyrics. It’s not hard to play if you don’t mind a bunch of bar chords. But if you drop everything by a half-step, the Eb becomes a D, the Ab becomes a G, and most of the bar chords disappear.

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/people-on-the-moon

People on the Moon

There are people on the earth                Gm       Eb
There are people on the moon               Bb        F
Red rock folks living on Mars                 Gm        Eb
Gas beings inside the sun                      Bb         Ab
Oh oh oh oh oh oh                                Gm        F        Eb

Every star is a child
Every tree has a heart
No stone is left unloved
By the mountain of which it’s part
Oh oh oh oh oh oh

Don’t make it so scientific                                          Bb      Eb     Bb     Eb
Don’t leave me alone in this interstellar void             Bb     Ab    Gm    F     Eb
Don’t take it so damn terrific                                     Bb     Eb     Bb     Eb
Don’t leave me to drown in the astronomic noise     Bb     Ab    Gm    F     Eb

There are people on the ground
There are people in the sky
Blue dreamers in the sea
Lava gods flying high
Oh oh oh oh oh oh

Every word is a wish
Every day has a night
No time is left for good
No place is out of sight
Oh oh oh oh oh oh

Don’t make it so scientific
Don’t leave me alone in this interstellar void
Don’t take it so damn terrific
Don’t leave me to drown in the astronomic noise

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