The Galaxy Song

taken from Monty Python: The Meaning of Life

This article is part of the PPSA Online Magazine
Volume 6 Number 2

Just remember that your standing on a planet that's evolving,
     Revolving at nine hundred miles an hour.
It's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so its reckoned,
     a sun that is the source of 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,
     of a galaxy we call the milky way.
Our galaxy, itself, contains a hundred billion stars.
     It's a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
     but out by us it's just three thousand light years wide.
We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
     We go round every two hundred million years.
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions 
     in this amazing and expanding universe.
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
     in all of the directions 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 amazingly unlikely is your birth;
And pray that there's intelligent life out there in space
     because there's buggeralls down here on earth.

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