The Galaxy Song

by Eric Idle, Monty Python

revisions by Steve Rose

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving,
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour.
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's rekon'd,
A star that is the source of all our power.

The Sun, and you and me, and all the stars that we can see,
Are moving fifteen million miles a day,
Near an outer spiral arm, at five hundred thousand miles an hour,
Of a galaxy we call The Milky Way.

Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars,
It's a hundred thousand light years side to side,
It bulges in the middle sixteen thousand light years thick,
But out by us it's just three thousand light years wide.

We're thirty thousand light years from Galactic Central Point,
We go round every two hundred fifty million years,
And our galaxy is only one of hundreds of billions,
In this amazing and expanding Universe.

The Universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding,
In all of the dimensions it can whiz,
As fast as it can go, the speed of light you know,
Twelve million miles a minute,
And that's the fastest speed there is.

So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely was your birth!
And throughout your precious life,
Be grateful -- even for the strife.
At least you have the luck to Be, on Earth.

And to other Beings out in space,
Greetings from the Human Race,
We hope you have a place as nice as Earth.

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