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Radio III, side B, track 3: “Under The Milky Way” by the church

Oh, the church, you guys were cool, and I wanted to hang out with you.  I didn’t know anything about you except for this song, but I pictured all of us hanging out on some grassy hill and looking up into the night sky while you guys just talked and said nothing but mind-blowing stuff and I would listen with rapt attention as you altered my perception of the world.  And hearing you now, the church, you remind me that one thing I really took for granted as a kid was indeed the Milky Way.  I lived in the country, and the only light for literally miles around was our one yard light, and so you could see the entire night sky, including the Milky Way, and if you looked real long and thought real hard, you could imagine how small you were and how big the universe was and wonder what else was out there and was there someone or something out there amongst those stars looking up and thinking the same kinds of things.  And while I hated (HATED) getting up at 6 AM in the middle of winter to feed the cows, there is one thing that I always loved, no matter how miserable and cold I was, and that was the night sky and how the stars stood out so brilliantly in the frigid cold.  I don’t know if that’s what you were singing about, the church, but thank you for helping me remember it.

“Under The Milky Way”

Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty
Sound of their breath fades with the light
I think about the loveless fascination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Lower the curtain down in Memphis
Lower the curtain down, all right
I got no time for private consultation
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

And it’s something quite peculiar
Something shimmering and white
It leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

And it’s something quite peculiar
Something that’s shimmering and white
Leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

Under the Milky Way tonight
Under the Milky Way tonight
Under the Milky Way tonight

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