"Astronomy (8th Light)" as written by and Dante/kweli Smith....
Against the canvas of the night
Appears a curious celestial phenomena
Called Black Star, but what is it?

Black people unite and let's all get down
We got to have what? We got to have that love

What is the Black Star?
Is it the cat with the black shades, the black car?
Is it shining from very far, to where you are?
It is commonplace and different
Intimate and distant
Fresher than an infant

Black, my family thick, like they're striped molasses
Star, on the rise, in the eyes of the masses
Black is the color of my true love's hair
Star's are bright, shining, hot balls of air

Black like my baby girl's stare
Black like the veil that the muslimina wear
Black like the planet that they fear, why they scared?
Black like the slave ship that later brought us here
Black like the cheeks that are roadways for tears
That leave black faces well traveled with years
Black like assassin cross hairs
Blacker than my granddaddy armchair
He never really got no time to chill there
Cause this life is warfare, warfare

Deep on the front lines, and blacks is all there
Black like the perception of who, on welfare
Black like faces at the bottom of the well
I've been there before
To bring the light and heat it up like "la cocina"
Make without imagine happen but maybe I'm just a dreamer
I love rockin tracks like John Coltrane love Naema

Like the student love the teacher
Like the prophet love Khadeja
Like I love my baby features
Like the creator love all creatures

Who acknowledge truth and peace seekers
We on point like heat seekers
Targeting the black marketing strategists
Run up on em with the heaters
Everybody following with no leaders
Feeling like we killing ourselves
Because I know they can't defeat us
It don't stop til we complete this, keep this fly
There's so much to life when you just stay Black and God

Blacker than the nighttime sky of Bed-Stuy in July
Blacker than the seed in the blackberry pie
Blacker than the middle of my eye
Black like feh-lah man cry
Some man wan ask "Who am I?"
I simply reply, "The U.N.I., V.E.R.S.A.L. Magnetic"
Work to respect the angelic, climb the mountaintop
And tell it til the valley's enveloped
You're full of big chat but you nah know me
I'm dark like the side of the moon you don't see
When the moon shine newly

You know who else is a Black Star? (Who?) Me
You know who else is a Black Star? (Who?) Me
You know who else is a Black Star, who we? (And we)
Be shining and shining, when we rhyming and rhyming
We be shining and shining, when we rhyming and rhyming

Now everybody hop on the one, the sounds of the two
It's the third eye vision, five side dimension
The 8th Light, is gonna shine bright tonight
It's the third eye vision, five side dimension

You know the light
Go from the dark
The other way is ass-backwards
It's absurd
Make you want to crow like a blackbird
That's right
You living from your first day to your last night
Sometimes you show your ass like
Lint on your clothes
When you froze in
The black light
Dead that
Before you get your head wrapped
Like Badu
We see through your voodoo
Just like Eve's Bayou, you dealing with that black magic
Try to civilize you
Not walk on by you
Like civil-(lies do get you black listed) it'll
Be unlucky for you like a black cat
A panther
Revolution is the answer
That's what we need
Greed plague my people like the cancer
True indeed

Now black people unite, and let's all get down
Now everybody hop on the one, the sounds of the two
It's the third eye vision, five side dimension
The 8th Light, is gonna shine bright tonight
Everybody hop on the one, the sounds of the two
It's the third eye vision, five side dimension
The 8th Light, is gonna shine bright tonight
It's the third eye vision, five side dimension
Equaling up to eight, light shine bright


Lyrics submitted by ButNeverOutgunned

"Astronomy (8th Light)" as written by Dante Smith D Dewgarde

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    General CommentWell it is the beginning of the Fibonacci sequence, where each number is the sum of the previous two: 1+1 = 2, 1+2 =3, 2+3 = 5, 3+5 = 8 and so on.

    As you get higher in the sequence, the value a number in the sequence divided by the previous number approaches the golden ratio, which has many, many interesting properties - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Relinquo1on April 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Now everybody hop on the one, the sounds of the two"

    [1's and 2's are referring to the turntable. He telling everyone to get into the music.]

    "It's the third eye vision"

    [A frequent theme in hip-hop, the 3rd eye referring to seeing the truth.]

    "five side dimension"

    [I'm not sure about this, but I'm thinking maybe the 5 pillars of Islam.]

    "The 8th Light, is gonna shine bright tonight"

    [Someone help me out with this one. The only "8th light" I'm familiar with is the 8 candles of a Menorah, used by Jews to celebrate Chanukah.]
    smithjacon December 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know why he uses 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8?
    smithjacon December 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat mos and kwe try to capture with this song is the universal potential religion among people has. The artists are able to shed positive 'light' on the matter of religion. the people are all one people, whether they follow the five pillars of islam or are followers of Christianity, there is a Universal Magnetic force uniting them all under one ,eternally burning astronomical light.
    mosdefin8on March 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can NOT get this song out of my head.
    It's not on my iPod, so I have to hurry home to listen to the CD.
    RayneKamikazeon March 04, 2009   Link

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