Friday, January 9, 2009

Astronomy Domine

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, Titania,
Neptune titan stars can frighten
Blinding signs flap
flicka flicka flicka blam pow
Stairway scare, Dan Dare, who's there?
Lime and limpid green, the sound surrounds the icy waters underground
Lime and limpid green, the sound surrounds the icy waters underground

Its working title was "Astronomy Dominé (An Astral Chant)", although the accented "é" is an improper spelling. "Domine" ("Lord" in Latin) is a word frequently quoted in Gregorian chants.

- Domine

- As of 2008, Uranus is known to possess 13 inner moons. Their orbits lie inside that of Miranda. All inner moons are intimately connected to the rings of Uranus, which probably resulted from the fragmentation of one or several small inner moons. Uranus has five major moons: Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania and Oberon. The first two moons to be discovered, Titania and Oberon,

- William Herschel, instead of assigning names from Greek mythology, named the moons after magical spirits in English literature: the fairies Oberon and Titania from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

- The song opens with the voice of the band's manager at the time Peter Jenner, reading the names of stars through a megaphone. The intention of this opening is to replicate the feeling of outer space, with Jenner's voice sounding like an astronaut's over an intercom. Reference

- At 0:26, (Nick) Mason's distinctive drum fills emerge, followed closely by (Syd) Barrett's bluesy, sinister-sounding guitar (perhaps reminiscent of Duane Eddy) in a figure suggestive of the brass motif from "Mars, the Bringer of War" in (Gustav) Holst's The Planets.

- (Video of Gustav Holst's "Mars, the Bringer of War")

- The last time the song was ever performed with Roger Waters was on 20th June, 1971 at the Palaeur, Rome, Italy.

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