Rocket Science © 2007 David Roth
an autumn 2007 invitation from Gail Williams to speak/sing at NASA’s Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, MD launched this song, premiered there that morning

It’s fifty years since Sputnik, when the Russians shocked the world
With an orb and two antennae Earth would never be the same
Fueling our worst fears that we’d be vulnerable and weak
If we did not respond in kind, we’d lose the game

So we got our act together, and Explorer One went flying
But not before the Russians sent a dog up into space
If I said I knew why they thought dogs should fly, I would be lying
They were caught up in some kind of human race

A race to the furthest star
A race to the galaxies above
If a little bit of fear can go so far
Imagine what a world could do with love

Gagarin took a spin around the globe in 61 and
He was followed ten months later by an astronaut named Glenn
Alexei took a spacewalk, Captain Kirk, he took our TV
And I’ve never been the same since then

A race to the furthest star
A race to the galaxies above
If a little bit of dreaming goes so far
Imagine what a world could do with love

Imagine human footprints on a distant lunar plane
Imagine floating science labs where gravity is gone
Imagine the potential that our species could contain
If we were drawn...to love again

I heard a scientist declare the world as we know it
Is destined to be swallowed up in some gigantic hole
And nothing that you do on earth will outlast or survive this
Is there any point in trying to take control?

Just another baby boomer, writing poems
Putting flowers into rifles, hugging trees and singing songs
And the questions in the air aren’t rocket science:
What’s the point and where on Earth do we belong?

In our race to the furthest star
A race to the galaxies above
If a little bit of vision goes so so far
Imagine what a world could do with love