"Galileo (Someone Like You)" as written by Declan Edward O'rourke and Seamus Paul Mary Cotter....
Galileo fell in love as a Galilean boy,
And he wondered what in heaven who invented such a joy.
But the question got the better of his scientific mind,
And to his blind and dying gaze,
He looked up high and often sighed,
And sometimes cried,

Who puts the rainbow in the sky?
Who lights the stars at night?
Who dreamt up someone so divine?
Someone like you and made them mine?

Love can make you ask some funny questions now and then.
But just remember the alternatives for I remember when
I was lonely and unhappy,
And my lips were cold as ice.
But you kissed me, and good heavens,
Now I'm here in paradise,
So if ever I'm not kissing you or looking in your eyes.
I won't be blind, and I won't cry.
I'll look up high and gladly sigh,
And thank the guy,

Who puts the rainbow in the sky?
Who lights the stars at night?
Who dreamt up someone so divine?
Someone like you and made them mine?
Someone like you and made them mine?


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"Galileo" as written by Seamus Paul Mary Cotter Declan Edward O'rourke

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    General CommentCan't believe no one has commented on this song!
    It's got to be one of the greatest love songs ever written. I think it fairly self explanatory.
    Paul Weller was asked, if he could pick one song in the past twenty years that he'd liked to have written, he pick this song.
    robbyrne21on March 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree, it seems that no one knows that this song actually exists. I first heard it on that Paul Weller mix he made for Uncut Magazine and loved it right from the beginning. This is definitely a song that everyone in the world should hear at least once. Hopefully it will get the acclamation it so obviously deserves.
    Themactatoron February 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentReally great song. I absolutely love the lyrics.
    Squirt_gunon January 05, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionThis song annoys me every time I hear it because it makes complete travesty of Galileo's life. He was a scientist and astronomer who championed the heliocentric view of the universe in contrast to the earth-centered view then endorsed by the Vatican.
    I'm pretty sure that he did not "wonder who put the rainbow in the sky" because everyone in those days "knew" it was God who did these things. His interest was in making objective, scientific observations (he discovered the moons of Jupiter) of the solar system and other physical phenomena. For his troubles he was subject to the Inquisition and forbidden from publishing by the Vatican for the rest of his life.
    These are facts that we know about the man which are much more interesting than the romantic whimsy which this songs imagines about him.
    Is it just because he has a poetic name with 4 syllables?
    Pick on someone else...
    macanucaireon May 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all the song made me think a lot. Then I got a book about Galileo and found out about him and contrary to many opinions he was a deeply religious man who also happened to be an outstanding thinker. Incidentally many catholic officials supported him and his scientific theorems. Sadly for him he also made many powerful enemies in the catholic church who used their position to attack him probably out of jealousy. It does not necessarily follow that these injustices prove anything about God as many seem to reason. Of course the fact that many men act badly only proves that men are often bad.
    About the song I puzzle over where Declan O'Rourke got this brilliant idea from, that the question of where does love come from could be investigated by a scientist. Does a scientist have to strictly materialistic or is he actually able to look at things of a spiritual nature like love without fear of ridicule.
    He suggests that the young Galileo is led into astronomy by wondering who was responsible for his lady and the way that she made him feel. He comes to the conclusion in the song that there is intelligence behind it all and devotes his life to studying that intelligence with confidence. It seems to me that that is the kind of person Galileo actually was.
    Not only that but any one who could dream up the exquisite delights between lovers must be a benefactor worthy of extreme admiration.
    If Galileo were alive today would he be persecuted by the Athiestic lobby in place of the Jesuists?
    thiscarecrowon July 17, 2013   Link
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    General CommentYou guys are taking things way to literally. There is no history lesson needed about Galileo... LOL...

    This is just a love song taken from the stance of someone like a scientist. Someone that like's to map things out, know how things work, and/or have everything in its place.

    Sometimes you just meet someone that makes you feel like... "how did I get this freakin' lucky?"

    That's it. Very simple.

    This song is amazing.

    If you take the lyrics literally as if it is a song about one confused Galileo that doesn't know that a rainbow is a refraction of light...etc... you probably shouldn't listen to music.
    tgrobon April 15, 2014   Link

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