The Pegasus Awards

Shooting Star

Michael Longcor

Pegasus Award

Award Year Category
2003 Best Filk Song
 
"If we die, we want people to accept it. We're in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life."
-Gus Grissom

Shooting Star

Music and Lyric Copyright © 2003 by Michael Longcor
Lyric posted by permission of the author

We were twelve minutes out from landing when the sensors twitched and died
And shrieking, tearing metal let the Hell that was out inside
No screams, no fear, just blast and heat and noise of torn machine
And a half-lifeís glimpse of blazing space with nothing in between

I donít want to leave my children, and the cool, green hills still call
But Iíve flown so fast and high and free, itís worth the final fall
I could die anywhere, any time, on Earth. It was worth going out so far
To end my life above the sky and die like a shooting star

I could have been most anything. My choice was astronaut
I remembered there was danger after all of you forgot
Iíve floated free in micro-G and danced to a weightless tune
Iíve looked down on Fujiyama, and out across the Moon

I donít want to leave my family, and the cool, green hills still call
But the things Iíve seen and the things weíve learned are worth the final brawl
Itís always a fight to reach the height, and fights always leave a scar
So Iíll end my life above the sky and die like a shooting star

Iím not the first, wonít be the last to fly out past the edge
With shining heroes lining up to leap out from the ledge
Iíve got a date with Christa, with Gus, and Valentin
To raise a glass with Icarus and see whatís past the rim

I donít want to leave the living, but the cool, green hills draw near
Too fast for pain, too fast for grief, too fast for doubt or fear
A voyage ends, and one begins. It was worth going out so far
To end my life above the sky and die like a shooting star

Iíve lived my life above the sky and Iíll die like a shooting star

 	  

 

 
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