Fire In The Sky
Copyright © by Dr. Jordin Kare- All rights Reserved
Used by Permission
Prometheus they say brought god's fire down to man
And we've caught it, tamed it, trained it since our history began
Now we're going back to Heaven just to look Him in the eye
And there's a thunder 'cross the land and a fire in the sky.
Gagarin was the first, back in 1961,
When like Icarus undaunted, he climbed to reach the Sun.
And he knew he might not make it, for it's never hard to die,
But he lifted off the pad and rode a fire in the sky.
Yet a higher goal was calling, and we vowed to reach it soon,
And we gave ourselves a decade to put fire on the Moon.
And Apollo told the world we can do it if we try,
And there was one small step and a fire in the sky.
Now two decades past Gagarin, twenty years to the day,
Came a shuttle named Columbia to open up the way.
And they said "She's just a truck", but she's a truck that's aiming high!
See her big jets burn. See her fire in the sky.
Yet the gods do not give lightly of the gifts that they have made
And with Challenger and seven, once again the price was paid.
Though a nation watched her falling, all the world could do was cry
As they passed from us to glory, riding fire in the sky.
Now the rest is up to us. There's a future to be won.
We must turn our faces outward. We will do what must be done.
For no cradle lasts forever; every bird must learn to fly.
And we are going to the stars. See our fire in the sky.