Sunday, March 20, 2011

LPSC Blues

OK, here's the other song I played at the Goose's Acre party that people asked me to post:  LPSC Blues.

This one has a bit of a long history. Jury Rig used to play it straight (as Summertime Blues with the arrangement by The Who), then we adapted it to be the LPL Blues, which Science Diet inherited.  When Science Diet started playing at LPSC we changed around some of the words again and all took a verse.  We never could get Joe Spitale to sing his verse, but that's another story.  I wasn't originally intending to sing this one at the party but a day or two before playing I decided it'd be a crowd pleaser (plus I came up with the second verse and realized I had to do it). 

I just kind of slapped this down quickly tonight, a couple of guitars (and my hands were killing me with the barre chords-- I'm out of practice).  The effect on the punchlines is true-ish to The Who and the original Eddie Cochran, though not so much for the way we played it, exactly.

You're probably here for the words, so here goes:
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I'm gonna raise a fuss, I'm gonna raise a holler
I've been working the whole fiscal year to try to earn a dollar
I wrote off to NASA to try and get a grant, they said
"We'd like to help you son, but Congress says we can't."
I don't know what I'm gonna do but there ain't no cure for the LPSC Blues

I've been working on a mission and I'd love to see it flying
We've been studying it for twenty years, I'm kind of sick of trying
Went to the Decadal Survey to try to get it famous they said
"I guess it's kind of interesting, but we'd rather probe Uranus."
I don't know what I'm gonna do but there ain't no cure for the LPSC Blues

As long as I'm in Houston I must make a confession
I'm supposed to give my talk tomorrow in the morning session
Went to my coauthors, here's what they said to me:
"Go ahead and blow it off, it's just LPSC."
I don't know what I'm gonna do but there ain't no cure for the LPSC Blues

Sunday, March 13, 2011

We Didn't Start The Science (lyrics)

I had the pleasure of performing a 3-song set at Barbara's birthday party at LPSC with the inimitable Pat McGovern joining me for this song.  I'm going to try and get a version of the LPSC Blues recorded, but also was asked to post the lyrics to We Didn't Start the Science.  I first wrote the words (but, you know, not the music) c. 2000 with a version posted here.  I did an update a couple of years ago (found here), but mostly just tweaked the words.  Since the real song ends in the 80s and devotes something like a half of a verse to the 1970s and 1980s I figured it was keeping closer to that spirit to remain 10 years out of date... 

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armstrong aldrin alan bean and apollo 17
taurus-littrow hadley rille  megaregolith
magma ocean ree giant impact theory
kreep tio2 kubrik's monolith

venus swingby mariner 10 caloris basin
chryse plains viking 2 and the sky on mars is blue
utopia and big joe carbon dioxide snow
jim pollack dry valleys ansmet que

we didn't start the science--we've always been learning since the world's been turning
we didn't start the science, if it weren't for newton we'd all be out looting

carl sagan cosmos mission lost at phobos
bow shock bart bok velikovsky
magellan sar side looking radar
aphrodite terra high emissivity
io sulfur volcanoes europa grooves callisto
ring spokes shepherd moons giant storms on neptune
halley vega giotto craf iue eso
pluto mutual events near earth asteroid defense


we didn't start the science--we've always been learning since the world's been turning
we didn't start the science, kepler's equation amazed all the nations

small comet grl lafos apl
arecibo and seti nicmos 55 cancri
sl9 string of pearls hga will not unfurl
posters still at lpi jovian atmosphere's too dry...

stable polar barchan dunes ida has a tiny moon
ulysses studies the sun pioneer 11
hyakutake hale bopp iras araki alcock
spacewatch linear armegeddon impact fear


we didn't start the science--we've always been learning since the world's been turning
we didn't start the science, galileo did it, the pope won't admit it

clementine dod geographos not to be
lpsc chili bash lunar observer crash
sample return aerobot venus is so freaking hot
window through all titan's haze hst is all the rage
chixculub h2so3 iridium kt boundary
martian bugs alha what else do i have to say?


we didn't start the science--we've always been learning since the world's been turning
we didn't start the science, there was gerard kuiper when we were in diapers

deep space 1 cassini exobiology
mountains found in io metric stuff on mco
superrotating atmosphere mathilde visited by near
europa subsurface ocean leonids back again
yogi airbags monster pan versailles for the acm
jgr ads moc mola and tes
mars observer blown to shards iss still in the cards
nasa's budget a tough sell better faster cheaper hell!


we didn't start the science--we've always been learning since the world's been turning
we didn't start the science, and we'd like to do some though it may be gruesome...