Last Spaceship

from The King's Lute by Cat Faber

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A friend of mine came to visit me, early in a vacation that consisted of driving around to see different things over a couple of weeks. The last few days of his journey were going to depend on whether the last launch of the space shuttle was expected to happen on time or not a few days out (it was two or three days' drive to see it, so he had to decide a few days before.) One phrase kept popping up as we discussed his prospective journey, and the day after he left, I wrote a song about it.


Last Spaceship
Lyrics and Melody by Catherine Faber, 2011

There are friends I see too seldom, there's so much I want to do
See the sights and make strange music there, and better yet, with you
So I'll meet you in two weeks, in that exotic foreign clime
If the last spaceship leaves on time.

If the ship's engines blaze without holds or delays--
Why that boat could amaze in its prime!--
Fortune smiles on strays and audacity pays
If the last spaceship leaves on time!

In the rocket's mighty roar I hear the future's siren call,
From its earliest beginnings I have learned about it all
It's my last big chance to see it, giving up would be a crime--
If the last spaceship leaves on time.

So I'm hazarding adventure, though its nature does depend,
On the luck that follows travelers, not always as a friend,
But I'll dare the deal of fortune, even put it all in rhyme--
If the last spaceship leaves on time.


from The King's Lute, released July 28, 2012




Cat Faber Tennessee

I write music about science fiction and fantasy subjects, commonly referred to as "filk."

I write much faster than I can record. Recent songs may be found at my website--the URL is given below.

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