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Carl Sagan “A Glorious Dawn” ft Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed)

Amazing work by melodysheep, Autotune put to good use! Download the MP3 here. Now sing with us:

[Sagan]
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch
You must first invent the universe

Space is filled with a network of wormholes
You might emerge somewhere else in space
Some when-else in time

The sky calls to us
If we do not destroy ourselves
We will one day venture to the stars

A still more glorious dawn awaits
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns
The rising of the milky way

The Cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths
Of exquisite interrelationships
Of the awesome machinery of nature

I believe our future depends powerfully
On how well we understand this cosmos
In which we float like a mote of dust
In the morning sky

But the brain does much more than just recollect
It inter-compares, it synthesizes, it analyzes
it generates abstractions

The simplest thought like the concept of the number one
Has an elaborate logical underpinning
The brain has it’s own language
For testing the structure and consistency of the world

[Hawking]
For thousands of years
People have wondered about the universe
Did it stretch out forever
Or was there a limit

From the big bang to black holes
From dark matter to a possible big crunch
Our image of the universe today
Is full of strange sounding ideas

[Sagan]
How lucky we are to live in this time
The first moment in human history
When we are in fact visiting other worlds

The surface of the earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean
Recently we’ve waded a little way out
And the water seems inviting

[via Brudna, thanks!]

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  1. Jenny September 24th, 2009 11:56 pm

    This is strangely beautiful. I hope we keep going to space. I won’t be the one to see a galaxy rise first hand but I hope some part of the human race will.

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  3. John September 26th, 2009 9:01 pm

    I’ve heard devoutly religious people expressing pity for scientists for having what they think must be a dry and pragmatic view of life, the world and the universe around us. You have only to listen to Sagan. Hawking and dozens of other articulate scientists to hear wonder and awe enough to fill lifetimes.

  4. brunhildr October 5th, 2009 1:07 am

    never realized carl sagan was such a poet. wow.

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