Clock strikes twelve and moon drops burst
Out at you from their hiding place
Like acid and oil on a madman's face
His reasons tend to fly away
Like lesser birds on the four winds, yeah
Like silver scrapes in May
Now the sands become a crust
And most of you have gone away (hm, yeah gone away)

Come Susy dear, let's take a walk
Just out there upon the beach
I know you'll soon be married
And you want to know where the winds come from
Well it's never said at all
On the map that Carrie reads
Behind the clock back there you know
At the four winds bar (hm, yeah)

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Four winds at the four winds bar
Two doors locked and windows barred
One door let to take you in
The other one just mirrors it
Hey, hey, yeah! hey, hey
In hellish glare and inference
The other one's a duplicate
The queenly flux, eternal light
Or the light that never warms
Yes the light, that never, never warms
Yes the light, that never, never warms
Never warms, never warms

The clock strikes twelve and moon drops burst
Out at you from their hiding place
Miss Carrie nurse and Suzy dear
Would find themselves at the four winds bar
It's the nexus of the crisis
The origin of storms
Just the place to hopelessly
Encounter time and then came me

Hey, hey, hey, hey

Call me Desdenova, eternal light
These gravely digs of mine
Will surely prove a sight
And don't forget my dog, fixed and consequent

Astronomy, a star
Astronomy, a star
Astronomy, a star
Astronomy, a star

Astronomy


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    Calm down Bean man...Baby was probably refering to the fans who don't like anything post-MOP.

    Jeez...take some Ridilin or something.

    Prodigalon July 17, 2002   Link
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    alright - enough. this is really supposed to be about the MEANING of the song, not a place to talk about how cool it is. anyway, nobody seems to know the meaning, which surprises me. it's about how, during the Holocaust, Jews used the stars to navigate to hiding. the end.

    desdinovaon April 22, 2004   Link
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    "Billed as the "bedtime story for the children of the damned," all the lyrics were penned by the band's manager, Sandy Pearlman, a ceremonial alchemist, who also was the producer. The liner notes contain the "Random Access Myth," a supplement to the actual lyrics, which links all the songs.

    As a concept album, Imaginos is great for Lughnasad as the story happens on that date. The title character, Imaginos, also called "Desdinova," is an agent of "Les Invisibles," whose purpose is to change the course of history by tilting the axis of destiny at strategic points in time. The tale concerns the discovery of a magic mirror by Spanish explorers in a chamber of jade. The "Magna of Illusion," carved of darkest obsidion tempered with blood, was allegedly used by Queen Elizabeth's alchemist, Dr. John Dee, to destroy the spanish power. Dee spoke with spirits through the mirror, and the album's story traces incarnations of Imaginos and the mirror from the discovery of the new world to World War I."

    learn to google metallicats

    love sarah xx

    discordianchickon February 02, 2005   Link
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    Very mature, my good sire. But unfortunately because you can't get through an argument without cussing at me, I suppose that you're not really worth my time.

    Blue Oyster Cult are a great band, and Astronomy was a great song by them. It's the same story with Seger's Turn The Page.

    Metallica didn't do those songs any favors...

    Hetfield should stick to what he's good at; lyrics. Covering songs isn't what makes Metallica worth listening to. It's original ones like "Fade to Black" "One" and "Ride The Lightening" that do that.

    Mr. No Nameon April 13, 2006   Link
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    I always thought this was a dark and stormy time (reflecting emotional turmoil) almost set back a couple hundred years. In this case the women would be chosen who and when to marry. In the story we have the emotional turmoil surrounding the young woman going to marry a man not of her choosing meanwhile she is in love, (or at least the guy is) with someone else. She contemplates a decision where her reasons tend to fly away and she seems distant while later the guy wants to take at least one last walk with her and have sex. This inner turmoil leads her to this (possibly literal, ie moving between towns, or theoretical in reference to 4 paths and no straight line) to the Four Winds hotel where her paths are barred and shes forced to choose between two paths, one easily possible and the other more hopeful (hence only a mirror or a reflection). They go out and watch the stars. In response to the whole lesbian/threesome, given the time period it would be perfectly acceptable if this young lady had a Miss Carrie Nurse accompany her on her journey to her betrothed.

    kavanagson February 22, 2010   Link
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    This song is great!

    seanbon01on May 14, 2002   Link
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    This is quite simply one of the rockinest tunes that Metallica has recorded to this date. Ya ya, I know what you're going to say, it's a cover, it's post Master of Puppetz, I hear ya, but just listen to it...It's a greatly improved version on the original Blue Oyster Cult tune and when Het yells HEY! it just makes me go stir fuckin' crazy...

    babytexon June 13, 2002   Link
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    Can somebody tell me exactly what this song is saying? If you want to you can e-mail it to me:

    mx91w@hotmail.com

    Guitariston July 03, 2002   Link
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    This is gotta be one of Metallica's 10 best songs even though they didn't write it. I love near the end right before Jaymz starts singing "Astronomy - a star" and there's the quiet part and then Lars goes boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom babababababababa on the drums. I know it's not as good when you write it down but this song is so fucking awesome! The original is really boring. Hardly any drums, very little guitar, a wimpy singer, and just piano which reapeats to many times. Tallica did a great job rockin' this song up. Same with a lot of the other songs from Garage Inc.

    AeroLed286on July 25, 2002   Link
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    It was the second Tallica song I downloaded and it is still on my list as the first Metallica song always then comes Enter Sandman

    AeroLed286on July 25, 2002   Link

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