Jim Post, Lighten Up

Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown, And things are hard and tough, And people are stupid, obnoxious, and daft, And you feel that you’ve had quite enough [enough, enough, enough, enough, enough, enough]:

Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving, And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour. It’s orbiting at ninety miles a second, so it’s reckoned, ‘Round the Sun that is the source for all our power.

The Sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see Are moving at a million miles a day In an outer spiral arm at forty thousand miles an hour In the galaxy we call the Milky Way.

Now, the galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars. It’s a hundred thousand light years side from side. It bulges in the middle sixteen thousand light years thick, And out by us, just three thousand light years wide. We’re thirty thousand light years from galactic central point, And go around every two hundred million years, And our galaxy is only one of millions and billions In this amazing and expanding Universe.

Now the Universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding, And in every direction it can whiz, As fast as it can go, the speed of light, you know, Twelve million miles a minute, and that’s the fastest speed there is. So remember when you’re feeling very small and insecure,

How amazing unlikely was your birth. And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up above, For there isn’t any down here on Earth!

Lighten up! There are stars in the sky. Lighten up! It’s a good question why. But you don’t know the answer, and neither do I. So, meanwhile let’s just all lighten up.

And remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving, And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour. It’s orbiting at ninety miles a second, so it’s reckoned, ‘Round the Sun that is the source for all our power.

The Sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see Are moving at a million miles a day In an outer spiral arm at forty thousand miles an hour In the galaxy we call the Milky Way.

In an outer spiral arm at forty thousand miles an hour In the galaxy we call the Milky Way.

 

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2 Responses to Jim Post, Lighten Up

  1. Jeri Staley-Earnst says:

    Have loved this song for decades and it has never been so true…

  2. Susan Johns says:

    We need this perspective at all times. Not to make us feel small and insignificant but to be grateful to be here at all!

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