"Countdown" as written by and Seung Ho Lee....
Lit up with anticipation
We arrive at the launching site
The sky is still dark, nearing dawn
On the Florida coastline

Circling choppers slash the night
With roving searchlight beams
This magic day when super-science
Mingles with the bright stuff of dreams

Floodlit in the hazy distance
The star of this unearthly show
Venting vapors, like the breath
Of a sleeping white dragon

Crackling speakers, voices tense
Resume the final count
All systems check, T-minus-nine
As the sun and the drama start to mount

The air is charged, a humid, motionless mass
The crowds and the cameras
The cars full of spectators pass
Excitement so thick, you could cut it with a knife
Technology high, on the leading edge of life

The earth beneath us starts to tremble
With the spreading of a low black cloud
A thunderous roar shakes the air
Like the whole world exploding

Scorching blast of golden fire
As it slowly leaves the ground
Tears away with a mighty force
The air is shattered by the awesome sound

Excitement so thick, you could cut it with a knife
Technology high, on the leading edge of life
Like a pillar of cloud, the smoke lingers
High in the air
In fascination with the eyes
of the world we stare

Lyrics submitted by shed27, edited by TheGreatSkeeve

"Countdown" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart


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  • +2
    General CommentI first heard this song as a young teenager and it gave me goosebumbs. it was so loud and energetic. It really painted a picture. twenty years later, when the Columbia re-entry disaster occured I must have listened to it five times straight at full volume in my living room singing it out loud with tears running down my face. Though the song is still conceptually hopeful and inspiring, it has for me become also a memorial to epic feats and their occassional consequence. It is difficult for me ever since to not listen to this song and not see the twenty years between those two moments in my life as the bookends of a transitive period. From the immortality and limitlessness of youth to the known boundaries and realities of adulthood. Both happy and sad.
    Brendanboyon April 25, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti was there that day in `81..on holiday from the uk..we got as close as we could get.."the sky is dark,nearing dawn,on the florida coastline"...to this day its still the most awe inspiring thing i have ever seen...
    dirklerxtpraton January 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'Bout the impressive magnitude of a shuttle launch...Duh. It's an awsome song to be the last track on the album.
    smuzzyon May 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song from a great cd ! i always like to put in my dvd player the first episode of 'lost in space'...and watch the jupiter 2 blast off while i'm playing this song. 'scorching blast of golden fire, as it slowly leaves the ground, tears away with a mighty force, the air is shattered by the awesome sound.'
    xl5ronon June 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is not simply about the Shuttle launch - but about the band's special invitation from NASA to view the first launch of SST-1 Columbia (RIP) and the feelings generated by the experience. An amazing song, that literally makes the listener feel as if they too were there at Kennedy Space Center with them (and I wish I was...) The video produced for this song has some amazing footage provided by NASA of the shuttle and of mission control. These are no actors - it's the real thing.
    drrhythmon January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsorry..it was `82 not 81`.....my old brain is too tired to give me the right date.
    dirklerxtpraton January 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song!
    its soo nerdy but great! its my second favorite from sigals
    geddyleerocksmysockson August 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    Brendanboyon April 25, 2013   Link
  • -2
    Lyric CorrectionInstead of 'The air is shattered by the awesome sound' I believe it is 'the air is shattered by the loss of sound'.
    valkenon September 23, 2010   Link

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