No Space Agency Yet, But Australia Leads the World in Using Space Lyrics

Pink Floyd, Bowie, Elton, Kate Bush, Lou Reed, Savage Garden, Deep Purple, John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney…and Old Blue Eyes himself, Mr. Frank Sinatra?

The Australia Senate Standing Committee on Economics interspersed its recent analysis calling for a national space agency with almost every popular song about space travel that anyone’s ever heard of.

Just look at Chaper 4 here, the one that reviews space tourism, space elevators, and Australia’s work on hypersonic engines. If you ever wondered what Major Tom had to do with whether Woomera is a viable launch complex, wonder no longer.

That’s the most interesting – and pretentious – government report I’ve seen in a while. Most of the U.S. and European ones I’ve seen are so bland as to….zzzzz….


Suffice to say, these are not the overused quote everyone read a zillion times from some dead Russian guy about how Earth is the cradle of humanity and….blah….blah…fraking…blah…

I didn’t get a chance to puruse the entire report, which seems to be overstuffed with song excerpts, but just in case they somehow missed The Doors, let me excerpt something from Moonlight Drive:

Let’s swim to the moon, ah ha
Let’s climb through the tide
Penetrate the evenin’ that the
City sleeps to hide
Let’s swim out tonight, love
It’s our turn to try
Parked beside the ocean
On our moonlight drive.

The should out do it. Thank your lucky stars that I’m not adding audio to this post. I’d treat you to my karoake versions of Elvis, Jim Morrison and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Consider yourselves warned!