"Galileo" as written by and Emily Ann Saliers....
Galileo's head was on the block
The crime was lookin' up the truth
And as the bombshells of my daily fears explode
I try to trace them to my youth

And then you had to bring up reincarnation
Over a couple of beers the other night
And now I'm serving time for mistakes
Made by another in another life time

How long 'til my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of Galileo king of night vision
King of insight

And then I think about my fear of motion
Which I never could explain
Some other fool across the ocean years ago
Must have crashed his little airplane

How long 'til my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of Galileo king of night vision
King of insight

I'm not making a joke
You know me I take everything so seriously
If we wait for the time 'til all souls get it right
Then at least I know there'll be no nuclear annihilation in my life time
I'm still not right

I offer thanks to those before me
That's all I've got to say
'Cause maybe you squandered big bucks in your lifetime
Now I have to pay

But then again it feels like some sort of inspiration
To let the next life off the hook
Or she'll say look what I had to overcome from my last life
I think I'll write a book

How long 'til my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach the highest light
Except for Galileo, God rest his soul
King of the night vision, king of insight
How long (until my soul gets it right)
How long (until my soul gets it right)
How long


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"Galileo" as written by Emily Ann Saliers

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    General CommentMan, can I ever relate! Though I do not believe in reincarnation, the thought it proposes is intriguing none-the-less. My favorite verses:

    "Galileo's head was on the block
    The crime was lookin' up the truth
    And as the bombshells of my daily fears explode
    I try to trace them to my youth"

    And...

    "I offer thanks to those before me,
    That's all I've got to say"

    I think she is both appreciating the knowledge that Galileo contributed to the world ("I offer thanks to those before me...""kind of nightvision, king of insight") and in her own quest for the truth, feels as though she has comitted some crime when, indeed she can trace this part of herself way back to her youth.

    That realization this many years later (since I loved this song before) nearly makes me cry. Life can become so bizarre and complicated sometimes that it's book worthy.
    driftingdreameron June 15, 2012   Link

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