Space and song

Lyrics in English. space.
Some things shouldn't need to be explained.

10 February 2017 (LEDs 4 ISLs)

You've been down before
You've been hurt before
You got up before
You'll be good to go, good to go
-- Fifth Harmony, That's My Girl (deconstructed)
Camila leaves Fifth Harmony - requiem for a foursome.

4 September 2016 (SaVi 1.5.0 released and my colleague must get a new ringtone.)

all my lazy teenage boasts
are now high precision ghosts
and they're coming round the track
to haunt me
-- Prefab Sprout, The King of Rock and Roll.

30 January 2016 (SaVi 1.4.9 released)

this is
as good as it gets
this is
the best
-- Pop Will Eat Itself, X, Y & Zee

9 November 2015 (Omer Cetin and Guray Yilmaz are finally banned for three years from IEEE publication for plagiarism)

the final chapter
prophetic, poetic
when I'm done
this calls for anaesthetic
-- KLF, What Time is Love?

29 April 2015 (Rory's funeral)

and this is how it feels to be
on the payroll company
your every scene is in the round
we don't need to hang around
-- New Order, Chemical.

10 January 2015 (++ungood; revitalised)

I fought a war
with my counterfeit
I fought it
alone

-- The Presets, Goodbye Future.

1 December 2014 (SaVi development update)

I can see what it is you believe in
I can see you've got so much to hide
Everything you touch there's no feeling
You need something to keep you alive
-- Robin Loxley and Oliver Jackson, Be what you want (Squizzy Underbelly promo)

8 July 2014 (TechDemoSat-1 launch)

Nothing in this world
Can touch the music that I heard
When I woke up this morning
It put the Sun into my life
It cut my heartbeat with a knife
It was like no other morning
-- New Order, Dream Attack.

7 November 2013 (Saratoga at the IETF)

When I look up to the sky today
I can feel you looking down on me
it brings a smile to my face again
satellite.
-- Payable On Death, Satellite.

5 August 2012 (nothing much.)

Please forgive me if it all sounds so familiar
I'm sure you've heard this all before
I'm only one voice in a world of billions
and no idea's original no more
-- Illy, Heard it all.

1 October 2011 (Choices and decisions.)

I can't get to sleep / I think about the implications
of diving in too deep / and possibly the complications
especially at night / I worry over situations
I know will be alright / perhaps it's just imagination
-- Men at Work, Overkill.

21 July 2011 (telling Surrey about our research)

In my beginning there was nothing
so empty, in the space between
And you came in, turned the lights on
and created what it's come to be
-- Cheryl Cole, Promise this.

5 July 2011 (back from the Arthurs)

I choose my friends only far too well
I'm up on the pavement, they're all down in the cellar
with their government grants and my IQ
they brought me down to size, academia blues
-- Lloyd Cole, Perfect Skin.

11 January 2011 (Saratoga astronomy paper)

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'.
-- Monty Python, The Galaxy Song.

10 November 2010 (UK-DMC nears end of life)

And all the satellites in your atmosphere
They burn for you, but you're cold as Mars
I know you see the light in the sky like I do
But for you they're just dying stars
-- Minnie Driver, Stars and Satellites

27 September 2010 (Mum's song)

and it's a long long way
from where you want to be
and it's a long long way
but you're too blind to see
-- Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Pandora's Box

20 June 2010 (Father's Day)

Papa if you can hear me
I regret every bad thing that I said
please forgive me if you hear me
never knew how much I loved ya
till you was dead
-- N-Dubz, Papa can you hear me?

30 May 2010 (I didn't watch)

Like a satellite
I'm in an orbit
all the way around you
and I would fall out into the night
-- Lena Meyer Landrut, Satellite.

19 March 2010 (commuting)

I like driving in my car,
it's not quite a Jaguar.
I like driving in my car,
I'm satisfied I've got this far.
-- Madness, Driving in my car.

6 June 2009 (writer's block)

think less but see it grow
like a ride like a ride oooh
not easily offended
know how to let it go
-- Phoenix, Lisztomania.

11 March 2009 (describing a bundle of problems)

we're looking at the Big Sky
you never understood me
you never really tried
-- Kate Bush, The Big Sky.

21 January 2009 (SSX3 Gravitude multiple platinum)

We scan our eyes across the lines
In frozen time we're left behind
The ride is our mystery find
In search of life we are assigned
-- Alpinestars, Snow Patrol (Part 1).

12 January 2009 (another xmas, another SaVi)

I wish I were British
maybe then I'd seem clever
at least I'd have an accent
a fair trade for shitty weather
-- Mark Nicholas, I wish.

19 December 2008 (outtahere.)

I'm going to Barbados
back to the palm trees.
I'm going to see my girlfriend
in the sunny Caribbean sea.
-- Typically Tropical Barbados.

1 November 2008 (hitting all the deadlines.)

Here's my key
philosophy:
a freak like me
just needs infinity.
-- Guru Josh Project, Project Infinity

15 January 2008 (glad I didn't wait for the MacBook Air - no stereo speakers!)

Just say goodbye.
I live and I'll die
hooked on a star,
enraptured by the sky,
in love with a satellite.
-- Blaqk Audio, Semiotic Love (61)

5 October 2007 (CLEO starts its fifth year in space)






-- Familjen, Hög Luft (remix 2)

24 July 2007 (Saratoga slides hit Chicago IETF)

sometimes
it's hard to know where I stand
it's hard to know where I am
well maybe it's a puzzle
I don't understand
-- Keane, Is it any wonder?

12 April 2007 (the Slashdot effect)

what you touch you don't feel
do not know what you steal
destroy everything you touch today
please destroy me this way
-- Ladytron, Destroy everything you touch (Rob Schrab's Rockin' Reinterpretation)

23 March 2007 (CLEO slides, journal paper)

but everything looks perfect
from far away
"come down now"
but we'll stay...
-- The Postal Service, Such Great Heights.

16 December 2006 (a gold card's worth of jetlag.)

even an angel can end up falling
don't you cry because you're crawling
start again, it's a beautiful morning
for satellites
-- September, Satellites.

7 May 2006 (remembering the dead.)

believe the sun will rise
when I reach the light
I will see you
on the other side
-- Paul Van Dyk, The Other Side.

11 February 2006 (Seriously.)

you can live your life lonely
heavy as stone
live your life learning
and working alone
-- Pet Shop Boys, Love comes quickly.

27 October 2005 (Chinese DMC launch.)

satellite satellite satellite
satellite satellite satellite
into the endless night
-- Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Boom Boom Satellite.

18 April 2005 (Hobbit's back catalogue turns up.)

deep in deepest space
with Martian canal lines
and a hint of polar ice
When did the planet go cold?
-- MJ Hibbett, Looking at my hands.

4 November 2004 (election aftermath.)

on a cloudy day,
it's more common than you think
he's my first...
mistake.
-- Vanessa Carlton, White Houses (youtube).

28 July 2004 (recognising Murtuza in Metro.)

life is but a fragile thing, so delicate and pure
an accolade bestowed on us, paper thin
so contemplate the skull, the skull beneath the skin
one day we'll all die, we're paper thin
-- Fry/White, Paper thin.

16 July 2004 (home again.)

Do you ever question your life?
Do you ever wonder why?
Do you ever see in your dreams...
all the castles in the sky?
-- ian van dahl, Castles in the sky (video).

30 June 2004 (router tested.)

satellite's gone
up to the sky
things like that drive me
out of my mind
-- Lou Reed, Satellite of Love (video).

22 April 2004 (voiceovers at Trident.)

you're a half a world away
but in my mind I whisper every single word you say
and before you sleep at night
you pray to me, your lucky star, your singing satellite.
-- OceanLab, Satellite (video).

21 January 2004 (lunch to the UoSAT-2 launch video.)

four three two one
Earth below us, drifting falling
floating weightless, calling calling
-- Peter Schilling, Major Tom (coming home).

19 January 2004 (a whole new week, a whole new world.)

but somewhere in a private place
she packs her bags for outer space
and now she's waiting for the right
kind of pilot to come
-- Savage Garden, To the moon and back (original video)

27 September 2003 (Launch finally happens.)

there goes my love rocket red
shoot it up
shoot it up
shoot it up
-- Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Love Missile F1-11 (video)

6 January 2003 (uploading SaVi vacation work.)

but as the stars are going out,
and this stage is full of nothing,
and the friends have all but gone,
for my life, my god, I'm singing.
-- Steve Hillier, Stars (video)

8 May 2002 (realising I'd forgotten Dad's birthday.)

and when we shoot for the stars
what a giant step
have we got what it takes
to carry the weight of this concept?
-- Tasmin Archer, Sleeping Satellite (video)

23 April 2002 (St George's Day)

I saw two shooting stars last night
I wished on them but they were only satellites
is it wrong to wish on space hardware
I wish, I wish, I wish you'd care
-- Billy Bragg, New England (Kirsty MacColl)


Lloyd Wood (L.Wood@society.surrey.ac.uk)
there. then.