"Moonshot" as written by and Buffy Sainte Marie....
off into outer space you go my friends
we wish you bon voyage
and when you get there we will welcome you again
and still you'll wonder at it all
see all the wonders that you leave behind
the wonders humble people own
I know a boy from a tribe so primitive
he can call me up without no telephone
see all the wonders that you leave behind
enshrined in some great hourglass
the noble tongues, the noble languages
entombed in some great english class
off into outer space you go my friends
we wish you bon voyage
and when you get there we will welcome you again
and still you'll wonder at it all

an anthropologist he wrote a book
he called it "myths of heaven"
he's disappeared, his wife is all distraught
an angel came and got him
his hair was light, his eyes were love, his words were true,
his eys were lapis lazuli
he spoke in a language oh so primitive
that he made sense to me
off into outer space you go my friends
we wish you bon voyage
and when you get there we will welcome you again
and still you'll wonder at it all


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    General Commentthis song makes me thing of a fairy tale, one of those sad stories about someone who has to leave their home and never look back. such an a amazing song.
    theAliceon January 01, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that it is about the death of an anthropologist. And more metaphorically, the death of anyone.

    Dean sings beautiful poetic appreciations of cultural relativism:
    "I know a girl from a tribe so primitive
    She can call me up without no telephone"

    and
    "an anthropologist he wrote a book
    he called it "myths of heaven"
    he's disappeared, his wife is all distraught
    an angel came and got him (he died)
    his hair was light, his eyes were love, his words were true,
    his eys were lapis lazuli
    he spoke in a language oh so primitive
    that he made sense to me"

    At first I thought it was another person from a tribe who spoke in a language so primitive that he made sense to the narrator. But now I believe he's saying the anthropologist's book - though written in English (presumably) - spoke in a language or manner so primitive (simple, natural - not the usual negative connotation to primitive) and of truth, compassion and humanity.

    Just an anthropolgoy major's take on it.
    chrisanderon April 24, 2016   Link

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