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IYA Song: Shoulders of Giants

This song was commissioned by the Johannes Kepler Project for the International Year of Astronomy 2009. "Shoulders of Giants", which celebrates Galileo's first glimpse of the heavens through his telescope -- and the astonishing pace of discovery ushered in by his observations -- will be used for Kepler's Astronomy Music Video Contest. You are encouraged to use the song for non-commercial uses. To obtain permission to use this copyrighted material for commercial purposes, please contact the copyright holder at johanneskepler@att.net


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AstroCappella: Shoulders of Giants

Music and Lyrics by Padi Boyd
© 2008, The Johannes Kepler Project

It was a calm and cloudless night but it was all still a blur
A shaking of our Universe was just about to occur
It was Summertime... 1609
when Galileo used his telescope for the very first time

and he saw mountains and craters on the moon
and a Milky Way with thousands of stars
and he saw Jupiter, with four tiny moons
he was the only man on Earth that night who knew

That Copernicus was right
come outside with me tonight
and I can show you wonders of the world
to surprise and delight
I've got my telescope with me
just wait until you see
that on the Shoulders of Giants....
	... we'll see beyond!

The world turns round and round now around 400 years have flown
since Galileo's telescope first focused the unknown
Now we use bigger glass to peer into the past
And we're discovering the Universe's secrets at last

And there are geysers on Saturn's icy moon
and planets circling hundreds of stars
while all the Universe expands like a balloon
from Galileo's tiny scope we've come so far

Galileo was right
when he looked out in the night
and he discovered wonders of the world
to surprise and delight
I've got my telescope with me
just wait until you see
we'll stand on the Shoulders of Giants...

And every step follows the one before
and opens up a new frontier to explore
our 'scopes are dancing in space to see the beauty and grace
Oh, Galileo would approve, that's for sure
And still for me and you we can join in on this too
Just climb up here with me where we'll see more

It's a calm and cloudless night come outside with me tonight
and I can show you wonders of the world to surprise and delight
I've got my telescope with me just wait until you see (oh, wait until you see)
we'll stand on the Shoulders of Giants (Galileo knew)

That Copernicus was right (Johannes) 
Come outside with me tonight (Kepler found those)
and I can show you wonders of the world (planetary motions on the)
to surprise and delight (Shoulders of Giants)
I've got my telescope with me (And Isaac)
Just wait until you see (Newton found his)
we'll stand on the Shoulders of Giants (Universal Laws)
(He stood on the Shoulders of Giants...)
	...to see beyond!