The Galaxy Song

The Galaxy Song from Monty Python’s ‘The Meaning of Life’

Whenever life gets you down, Mrs Brown

and things get hard or tough

and people are stupid, obnoxious or daft

and you feel that you’ve had quite enough . . . 

……. just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving

and revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,

that’s orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it’s reckoned,

a sun that is the source of all our power.

The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see

are moving at a million miles a day

in an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,

of the galaxy we call the ‘Milky Way’.

Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.

it’s a hundred thousand light years side to side.

It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,

but out by us, it’s just three thousand light years wide.

We’re thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.

We go ’round every two hundred million years,

and our galaxy is only one of millions of billions

in this amazing and expanding universe.

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding

in all of the directions it can whizz

as fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,

twelve million miles a minute, and that’s the fastest speed there is.

So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure,

how amazingly unlikely is your birth,

and pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space,

’cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth.