Pale Blue Dot – a song

The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft (launched 1977) when it reached 6 billion kilometres (3.7 billion miles) from Earth in 1990. In the photograph, Earth is shown as a tiny dot (0.12 pixel in size) against the vastness of space. The Voyager 1 spacecraft, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and to take a photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of Carl Sagan. I wonder what she was thinking as she looked at her home so far away…never to return…

UPDATE: 19th July 22:27 BST, Cassini the Saturnine spacecraft will turn its camera towards our planet, be ready to wave!

Pale Blue Dot

Although I know that the world keeps turning
It never stops, my stomach’s churning
But, I worry about how much we’re burning

The fantasy of a global village
We pull together in some kind of New Age
But there are those set on rape and pillage

I took a trip, a billion miles I was to roam
Looking back on the place that we call home…

This old planet is broken in two, f you like it or not
Some with panic deep in their hearts, Others won’t stop the rot
This old planet is broken anew, If you like it or not
But, I’m worried about it, our pale blue dot

Although I know that we can heal the divides
It will take time coming up to size
Beyond our world she won’t hear our cries

Something happened and we don’t know why
When we look up, we can’t see the sky
And in the end it means we just might die

This old planet is broken in two
Whether you like it or not
There is panic deep in our hearts
I’m just worried about you, our Pale Blue Dot

You can learn more about the NASA image here. The sound with which the song fades is a snippet from the NASA Voyager 1 audio repository with a little added digital delay echo just for fun. I hope it evokes the feeling of Voyager racing endlessly away from our planet. At the time of writing, the space probe was almost 18.5 billion kilometres from Earth, about 125 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun.

UPDATE: Had some nice comments from the singer-songwriters on songstuff.com:

Monostone – “Great concept. Your voice and guitar sound great too. And ‘Pale Blue Dot’ is a brilliant hook.”

PBoaz – “You cannot escape Bowie comparisons . Very well recorded and performed piece. I think this is a very good piece.”

HoboSage – “I very much dig your guitar playing and singing – as I always do. I also really like the music for this – very cool. I think Pale Blue Dot is a great title and hook, and I dig the serious theme.”

GocartMoz – “I love this. To me, the music carries this one. It has just a fantastic groove. I am also digging your vocals and the guitar break was spot on.”

ClaireCreekProject – “Dig this a lot! Lot’s of neat little surprises… like the fade-outs. Very easy to follow along with and imagine what you had in mind. AND…. it’s totally unique! (that always score high on my like-O-meter) Awesome vocals & guitar work too. Sorry, nothing to whine about…. keep up the good work!”

Ferry0123 – “…your voice reminds me of Julian Lennon, especially when you sing ‘dot’.”

JanHutchinson – “I really like your lyrics, we’re so insignificant when looking at the size comparisons within the universe.”

pskains – “As soon as I saw the title, I had to come in for a listen, being a huge Sagan fan. It’s a good tune. Love the instrumental guitar break. Again, I must say, your voice has a really great quality to it. Really nice stuff.”