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28 October 2013

fly into the sun / Lou Reed

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As the Vleeptron High Non-Junk Science Council recently reported, there is controversy among astronomers about what Comet ISON will do after it passes Earth and dives toward the Sun.

Some believe it will behave as almost all comets behave and whip around the Sun in a highly eccentric elliptical orbit, and then head back into far space, never to return in our human lifetimes.

But some think ISON will be drawn directly into the Sun's huge gravity field, and will smash into the Sun. And so ISON will cease to exist as a comet. Its constituent atoms will be absorbed into the Sun.

On Thursday Lou Reed died, age 71, at his Long Island home after a long struggle with liver disease. 

This was one of my favorite Lou Reed songs, maybe my favorite.


fly into the sun

from the 1984 album
"New Sensations"

by Lou Reed

I would not run from the holocaust
I would not run from the bomb
I'd welcome the chance to meet my maker
And fly into the sun
fly into the sun, fly into the sun
I'd break up into a million pieces
and fly into the sun

I would not run from the blazing light
I would not run from its rain
I'd see it as an end to misery
As an end to worldly pain
An end to worldly pain
I'd shine by the light of the unknown moment
To end this worldly pain

Fly into the sun, fly into the sun
I'd shine by the light of the unknown moment
And fly into the sun

The earth is weeping, the sky is shaking
The stars split to their core
And every proton and unnamed neutron
is fusing in my bones

And an unnamed mammal is darkly rising
As man burns from his tomb
And I look at this as a blissful moment
To fly into the sun
Fly into the sun, fly into the sun
I'd burn up into a million pieces
And fly into the sun

To end this mystery answer my mystery
I'd look at this as a wondrous moment
To end this mystery
Fly into the sun, fly into the sun
I'd break up into a million pieces
And fly into the sun


PatFromCH said...

According to wiki it is expected that the Comet can
be seen from the beginning of November untill around January with the naked eye, but be careful kids, this could be a standard candle. It will pass Mars and astronomers are having much fun debating wether the bugger will only pass the sun, plunge into it or be torn apart. I can remember the controversy around Shoemaker-Levy 9 and in the end it was absolutely spectacular so we will see. Let’s just hope it won’t be pissing cats and dogs over the skies in CH. The weather for activities like these in this country is lousy, I sometimes wonder how Herschel managed to cope with the weather in England.....

I also would like to give a shout to Lou with 2 cover versions:

Maybe he was an annoying bastard, a horrible man full of self-hatred, arrogance and an ego the size of Mount Everest but they don't make 'em like this anymore.

Vleeptron Dude said...

i am at this very instant, i happily and proudly found it in the Clean Clothes basket and wore it into town yesterday, my Hale-Bopp t-shirt personally signed by both Bopp and Hale.


Comet Hale–Bopp (formally designated C/1995 O1) was perhaps the most widely observed comet of the 20th century and one of the brightest seen for many decades. It was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months, twice as long as the previous record holder, the Great Comet of 1811.

Hale–Bopp was discovered on July 23, 1995, at a great distance from the Sun, raising expectations that the comet would brighten considerably by the time it passed close to Earth. Although predicting the brightness of comets with any degree of accuracy is very difficult, Hale–Bopp met or exceeded most predictions when it passed perihelion on April 1, 1997. The comet was dubbed the Great Comet of 1997.
Okay, we are getting into Important Matters here because with the appearance of great comets -- great enough to make souvenir t-shirts of -- is also intimate association with the births and deaths of kings, and the winning and the losing of great battles.


so i got nothing to do today, maybe we move this discussion up from deep in the Comment Sewer of Vleeptron, and elevate it to its own Illustrated post. See next post.

But comets is Big Stuff.

Our Vice-President, Uncle Joe Biden, is regularly letting forbidden vulgarities and curses fly out of his mouth and into live microphones.

So when President Obama gave the opening remarks at the annual National Press Club dinner -- an event notorious for Bad Public Behavior By The Rich & Powerful, accompanied by much alcohol-lubricated laughter -- he said:

"I didn't want to come tonight, but Vice President Biden told me, "Mister President, this is a big fucking deal!'"

dunno what lurid art i gonna do yet, so this may take a few hours.