Originally posted by mkue
I've never heard of that song, now I will have to listen to it.
Thanks ! I like the lyrics.
The kinda surreal thing about it is that I live less than a mile from Ellington Field where the astronauts practice their flying (you've seen them in their skinny jets (T-38's) I'm sure). So close, in fact, that, on their landing approach, they rattle the windows of the gym. The road that accesses the airfield is the same road I drive to go to the gym. I think I may have picked the CD because of that without realizing it.
If you listen to the song (check your favorite P2P client), the band included radio chatter from the launch into the song. Its always been a fave of mine on the album. Its my understanding that they were present at the launch.
I had a friend in HS that was quite the artist. He took the stanza "Venting vapours, like the breath Of a sleeping white dragon" and drew a picture based on it... the gasses venting from the shuttle forming a wispy dragon arouund it as it sat on the pad. I still see it in my mind's eye whenever I see the shuttle on the pad.
This side of the city has had quite a time of late - the psycho mom was here, the dentist who drove over her hubby in a fit of jealous rage is on this side of town, NASA is here. Not a happy place to be the past few years...