The Green Hills of
Words: Robert A. Heinlein -- writing as “Rhysling”
Additional words: Frank Gasperik
ttto: Gilligan's Island theme (slowed down)
Frank wrote additional words to add to those that Robert had written. He played them for Robert at a Los Angeles Science-Fiction Society meeting. Robert said: "That's exactly what I had in mind."
bright soil of [G]Luna,
still as the [G]grave,
Is [C]not a place for [G]Earth-folk whose [Am]landings there were [G]made.
is a [G]Hellish
place. We [Am]retch
at her tainted [G]breath.
It’s [C]not for a race of [G]Earthfolk, we must [Am]travel further [G]yet.
Martian [G]desert; her [Am]shifting,
Is [C]not home to the [G]Earth-man, who [Am]on her surface [G]stands.
Ares and [G]Jove;
Are [C]but a simple [G]starfield for the [Am]Earthmen who will [G]Rove
through the [G]heavens, his at- [Am]tendants
come in [G]style;
Four [C]major planets [G]just as moons. A [Am]place to stop a [G]while.
Then the [Am]gaudy
rings of [G]Saturn, cold as [Am]ice
It’s a [C]beautiful place, a [G]beautiful sight; but it’s [Am]not the home we [G]love.
through the [G]gas giants, Past [Am]Pluto
and the Oort cloud [G]far.
[C]That’s the road Earth [G]folk will take that [Am]leads us to the [G]stars.
that shine a-[G]round
us are just [Am]torches
on the [G]road
To the [C]ebon night for-[G]ever that we [Am]with great peril [G]sowed.
must travel [G]onward,
then out a-[G]gain,
Ex-[C]ploring further [G]reaches far be-[Am]yond the realm of [G]men.
turns home in [G]longing
the voids be-[G]tween,
To [C]know beyond the [G]spaceship that the [Am]hills of Earth stay [G]green.
But we’ll [Am]check
each spinning [G]space-mote and we’ll[Am]reckon
its true [G]worth
‘Til we [C]come again to the [G]home of men, and the [Am]cool green hills of [G]Earth.
fresh breezes [G]heal
me as they [Am]rove
around the [G]girth
Of our [C]lovely mother [G]planet and the [Am]cool green hills of [G]Earth.
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