You have to admire the people who fly the shuttle. There
you are, sitting on top of two oversized roman candles and enough
hydrogen to make the Hindenberg look like a wienie roast, secure in the
knowledge that the whole thing is controlled by a million lines of
computer software, and that every component of this complex and
dangerous system was made by the lowest bidder.
When the rocket stands before us like a
tower of glass and steel
words in any language can ex
press the way we feel
joy and hope and terror as we're
starting on our
sider that it
just might help to
So pray to great green Mother Earth and the
grim old god of Space,
gods of flame and metal whom we've
summoned to this place.
gods of flight and physics, now you
have us in your
hope that you will
listen to a
(spoken) This verse is dedicated to the management of Morton Thiokol.
So first let's pray to Vulcan, ugly god of forge and flame,
And also wise Minerva, now we glorify your name,
May you aid our ship's designers now and find it in your hearts
To please help the lowest bidders who've constructed all her parts!
(spoken) This verse is dedicated to whoever is in the most trouble this week.
As we're lifting off it's Mercury who'll help us in our need
Not only as the patron god of health and flight and speed
We hope that he will guard us as we're starting on our trip
As the god of Thieves and Liars, like the ones who built this ship.
If we make it into orbit where the sky is starry black
We'll have time to praise old Mother Earth and hope she wants us back
And tell all the other deities who've helped us on our way
That it's nice to visit Heaven, but we didn't come to stay.
Now we're coming down from orbit back to where the air is thick
With no engines and the glidepath of a highly polished brick
And with nothing but those tiles between our hides and flaming Hell,
Better pray to Hell's own Pluto that they glued those suckers well.
So now we're back on Earth again; the sky's a lovely blue.
All you deities we didn't name, you know we love you too.
We hope that you're not angry and you'll keep us in your grace;
We may need your help the next time that we're heading into space.