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Lyr/Chords Req: Galaxy Song (from Monty Python)

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GALAXY SONG
THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE


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Clinton Hammond2 14 Apr 00 - 02:32 PM
Charlie Baum 14 Apr 00 - 02:57 PM
Jon Freeman 14 Apr 00 - 03:31 PM
Clinton Hammond2 14 Apr 00 - 05:40 PM
GUEST,Steve Latimer 14 Apr 00 - 07:14 PM
Clinton Hammond2 14 Apr 00 - 07:20 PM
GUEST, A.C. 14 Apr 00 - 08:03 PM
Rick Fielding 14 Apr 00 - 09:39 PM
GUEST, A.C. 14 Apr 00 - 10:12 PM
GUEST, A.C. 14 Apr 00 - 10:20 PM
GUEST, A.C. 14 Apr 00 - 10:37 PM
Jon Freeman 14 Apr 00 - 10:41 PM
catspaw49 14 Apr 00 - 10:52 PM
The Beanster 15 Apr 00 - 01:27 AM
Mooh 15 Apr 00 - 09:39 AM
Hollowfox 15 Apr 00 - 10:14 AM
Lanfranc 15 Apr 00 - 10:29 AM
Brendy 15 Apr 00 - 10:52 AM
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Subject: Monty Pythons Universe Song???
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 02:32 PM

Global View, I think it's called??

Eric Idle is a hell of a guitar player no? For an old fat comedian, as he put it the other night on Pollitically Incorrect! LOL!!

But I'm keen to learn the Universe song, with all the bar chords and way-up-the-neck stuff that he does, can anyone here help me with, I donno tab or what ever that'd be??? Maybe a link to another site that has such??

Thanks folks!
Keep folking around with each other eh!! {~`


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 02:57 PM

The lyrics are right here in the Digital Tradition--just put "universe" in the "DigiTrad Lyrics Search" box above, and you'll be taken a list of songs that contain the word universe. Or if you're lazy, click here.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 03:31 PM

The lyrics are easy to find but Clitnon seems to be looking for a specific set of chord patterns. I have searched but have been unable to come up with anything beyond C/ G7 type notation.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 05:40 PM

Ya... Lyrics I got... Thanks anyway, but it's the chords I'm looking for... This song has been my 'ear-worm' lately and I gotta get it outa my head or I'm gonna go nuts!! LOL!!!

Anyone else??

{~`


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 07:14 PM

Allright, so I'm a huge Python fan, but I'm not familiar with this one. What's it from?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 07:20 PM

The song towards the end of The Meaning Of Life... a cruddy movie at best, but the song is fantastic...

"Just remember that yer standing on a planet that's evolving
Revolving at 900 miles an hour..."

I gotta get it out of my head before I freak out totally!!

LOL!!
{~`


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: GUEST, A.C.
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 08:03 PM

Clinton.

Get a recording of him, listen to his progressions, visualize where he's at, and you wont be far off the mark.
It took me 14 hours to figure out Steve Goodman's accompaniment to Judy Collins' 'Buddy can you spare a dime'. When you learn it you will never forget it.

Even better, find a video of him singing it; I have seen one or two (can't remember where though) and the few glimpses you might get of his left hand will make the detective work a lot easier.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 09:39 PM

AC has a good point, but some songs are diabolical in their complexity. The old E Y Harburg classic "Brother (Buddy) Can you Spare a Dime" gave me fits as well AC. I first heard the Bing Crosby recording from my folks record collection and the tune just stuck in my mind. It was written for a Broadway show in the twenties and was apparently a HUGE seller. I next heard Fred Hellerman's fantastic version with the Weavers and didn't have a clue what the chords were! I sat with that sucker for hours and hours trying to figure it out...and when I finally found the sheet music...it was nothing like I'd figured out. I kept my version though...too much work to throw away.

I'd help if I could on the Eric Idle song, but other than a few snatches running around my brain, I can't really remember it. I think the chords were in a logical order though...no weird surprises..like "Buddy"!

Rick


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: GUEST, A.C.
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 10:12 PM

Yo! If the song is called 'The Meaning of life Song', then the 'complete' song is downloadable form www.montypython.net

If it's not the song, there are sound clips from the film and other famous sketches. It will take you off the subject in hand, but I think everybody could do with a visit to this site whenever people and places get you down.

Co-incidentally my 'Exit Windows' sound file on the home computer is the signature tune from the 'Flying Circus'. It gives the shutdown a touch of dignity.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: GUEST, A.C.
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 10:20 PM

The midi of The Galaxy song. Doesn't give you any tips as to chord progressions up the neck or otherwise, but again, it's a measure of reference. You could spend hours in there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: GUEST, A.C.
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 10:37 PM

Sorry about the multiple posts, but I've been getting gradually nearer each time. BINGO!!!!

It shouldn't bee too complicated Clint.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 10:41 PM

Clinton, I don't know what you have in the way of MIDI software or whether this is of any use but cutting all everything except the guitar and bass line from the MIDI in the link that A C gave yeilds this: http://members.tripod.co.uk/jonbanjo/galaxy.mid.

If it is of any use, I could send to you the dots as a .gif but you would have to work out the tab.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 10:52 PM

One of my favorite Python songs....I know the words, but never tried to play it.

BTW Steve, its from "The Meaning of Life" and is in the section on "Live Organ Donor Transplants." I love the flick, but the Python's hated the movie.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: The Beanster
Date: 15 Apr 00 - 01:27 AM

Love that song. If ever someone asks me about the Milky Way (How many stars are in the Milky Way?) I always run that song through my head and get access to the figures...makes me sound smart! hahaa

And A.C., thanks for that Python site. Even the titles of the sketches make me laugh--Penguin on the Television, The Death of Mary Queen of Scots, Argument Clinic, Men's Eating Crocodile Contest, Lifeboat... funnnneeeeee!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Mooh
Date: 15 Apr 00 - 09:39 AM

While we're on the subject, anyone know "Every Sperm Is Sacred"? Thanks. Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Hollowfox
Date: 15 Apr 00 - 10:14 AM

I just heard yesterday (Fresh Air/National Public Radio) that Eric Idle has just released a CD called something like "Eric Idle sings songs of Monty Python" It won't help with chords, of course, but it might help with lyrics to some of the other songs we're all half-hearing in our heads. Also, I believe that Faith Petric has the universe song on one of her recordings (I'm not at home, so I can't check for sure. The title is something like "hen did we have broccoli?" You could write her at 885 Clayton Street, San Fransisco, California 94117). And I think she's going tto be at the Old Songs Festival in upstate New York``in June.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Lanfranc
Date: 15 Apr 00 - 10:29 AM

Having listened to the Python Site (Thanks for the pointer!), I reckon it's played in Bflat, which makes it more interesting to play, though you could cop out and transpose it into A to make it easier. Just busking you can get away with A, A7, D, E and E7. I'm about to add it to my repertoire, so if I get round to it, I'll post a fuller version in due course.

"Buddy can you spare a dime" is a good guitarist's challenge - I recall Chris Newman doing a storming version. For another, dig out Peter Paul and Mary's "Whatshername" from Album 1700. It's a really elegant descending sequence that's quite straightforward when you suss it out.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Brendy
Date: 15 Apr 00 - 10:52 AM

Mooh!:

That song is also on that Python site! So is "Isn't it awfully nice to have a penis?"

Happy singing!!!

B.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 15 Apr 00 - 12:03 PM

Well... thanks folks... But the wav I have, the midi I avoid like the plague and sitting down with the CD has proved fruitless which is the only reason why I posted here... Hoping that one of the brave souls here would be able to help....

And when I have seen Eric play this song, his chord changes are wicked fast and freaky wierd!! I haven't much experience playing up the neck except simple bar chords and bone-head power chords... so this has got me stymied...

So, anyone else???

{~`


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 15 Apr 00 - 01:13 PM

Clinton if you ever get impressed by watching a guitarist, if you ever get the chance, go and see Chris Newman that Alan mentioned. He once performed in one of our local folk clubs with Maire NiCatheseigh. They both had me spellbound. As for the guitar playing, I kept on having to get closer to see what he was doing as I couldn't believe that he was playing all the notes that he was and so cleanly...

Jon


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Mooh
Date: 15 Apr 00 - 05:21 PM

Brendy, Thanks ever so much. That song just cracks me up, 'cause I'm not RC, among other reasons.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 15 Apr 00 - 06:07 PM

This thread just seems to prove that we'd better

"pray that there's intelligent life,
Somewhere up in space,
'cos there's bugger all down here on earth......!

LTS

And why haven't Finland adopted that wonderful song as their national anthem...?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 15 Apr 00 - 06:43 PM

John... Don Ross does that to me!!

The first night Iever saw him play, I came home, got down on my knees befor my guitar on the stand, and begged forgiveness... 'cause if -HE'S- a guitar player, then I don't know what the hell I am!! LOL!!!!

Maybe one day I'll get good enough to figure out his song "The First Ride" just because it's the happiest instrumental song -I've- ever heard!

But all that still doesn't help me with the chord request that this post started off as?!?! LOL!!!!!

Take Ye All Care Eh!

{~`


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Apr 00 - 01:43 PM

The advice is already there Clinton. Nobody can play it for you.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: GUEST,GMT
Date: 17 Apr 00 - 03:29 AM

Clinton

I,ve just picked up on this post. I have the chords at home if you still need them.

Gary (amI still a guest ?)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: GUEST,GMT
Date: 17 Apr 00 - 03:30 AM

Yes I am. Anyone know why I reverted to Guest status ?

Gary


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: GUEST,franz
Date: 17 Apr 00 - 06:47 AM

Since html isn't really the language with which to place tabs I put a small text file on my page. Since I did that without a guitar in my hands expect some surprises - hope it helps anyway.

franz


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 17 Apr 00 - 12:38 PM

Franz... Ta' very much...

GuestGMT... I'd still like to see yer interpretation of the song, so if ya could post yer chords, or email 'em to me or something, I'd be very grateful!

Once again, thanks!

{~`


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: GALAXY SONG (Eric Idle, J Du Prez)
From: GUEST,GMT
Date: 18 Apr 00 - 04:12 AM

Clinton, I'm no guest, but I'm being recognised as one for some reason and I'd like to lose the tag.

Anyway here's how I have it (The Universe Song that is). Fingers crossed for format!

"THE UNIVERSE SONG" from The Meaning of Life by Eric Idle

Intro (Spoken)

Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown
And things seem sad or tough
And people are useless, or obnoxious, or daft,
And you feel that you've had quite enough... (G)

G    G7
Just re-
C
member that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
C                                  G
revolving at nine hundred miles an hour
G7
And orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
                                C
A sun that is the source of all our power.
C
Now the sun and you and me, and all the stars that we can see
A7                           F
Are moving a million miles a day
F7                               C
In an outer spiral arm at forty thousand miles an hour
G7                              C
of the galaxy we call the Milky Way.

Our galaxy itself contains a hundred million stars,
It's a hundred thousand light-years side to side,
It bulges in the middle, sixty 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 itself is 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 whiz,
As fast as it can go, the speed of light, y'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.

Hope this helps Clinton (hope it comes out).

Regards
Gary (bewildered Guest)


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: GALAXY SONG (Eric Idle, J Du Prez)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Apr 00 - 04:19 AM

Ok, second shot at formatting. Iguess you could figure
the changes anyway Clinton but practise makes perfect
(for me anyway)

Cheers Gary

"The Universe Song" from The Meaning of Life by Eric Idle


Intro(Spoken)

Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown
And things seem sad or tough
And people are useless, or obnoxious, or daft,
And you feel that you've had quite enough... (G)

G----G7
Just re-
C
member that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
C----------------------------------G
revolving at nine-hundred miles an hour
G7
and orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
------------------------------------C
a sun that is the source of all our power.
C
Now the sun and you and me, and all the stars that we can see
A7---------------------------F
Are moving a million miles a day
F7-------------------------------C
In an outer spiral arm at forty thousand miles an hour
G7------------------------------C
of the galaxy we call the Milky Way.


Our galaxy itself contains a hundred million stars,
it's a hundred thousand light-years side to side,
it bulges in the middle, sixty thousand light-years thick,
but out by us it's just three thousand light-years wide.
We're thiry thousand light-years from galactic central point
We go 'round every two hundred million years,
and our galaxy itself is 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 whiz,
as fast as it can go, the speed of light, y'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.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: GMT
Date: 18 Apr 00 - 08:43 AM

Reset Cookie - how much easier could that be.

Just thought I'd let you know :)

Gary


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Áine
Date: 18 Apr 00 - 09:22 AM

Well done, GMT!! I was hoping someone would share the chords for this, it's one of my favorite Idle songs. Can't wait to get to the guitar to figure it out -- Thanks so much!

-- Áine


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: GUEST,ron
Date: 11 May 04 - 12:20 AM

Try this link for the Eric Idle song http://www.guntheranderson.com/v/data/galaxyso.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 11 May 04 - 01:52 AM

Ron, I think that's what Clinton was looking for, lo these 4 years! Hope he sees this...

Aloha,
Mark

(Now I'm gonna try it...thanks!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Monty Pythons Universe Song??
From: GUEST,csteen
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 09:31 PM

right on dude, thats it exactly and as I have been searching for the correct chords , I might ad that I am very thankful for the link... Great Job........


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Subject: Lyr Add: GALAXY SONG--NEW BIOLOGICAL VERSION
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Jan 13 - 09:24 PM

A new "biological version" of Eric Idle's GALAXY SONG is being used by BBC Two to promote its new series "Wonders of Life." You can see the trailer on YouTube, and read an article by Eric Idle describing how it was written at Nerdist.com


GALAXY SONG—New Biological Version
© Idle/Du Prez
As sung by Eric Idle in BBC Two promo.

Just remember you're a tiny little person on a planet
In a universe expanding and immense,
That life began evolving and dissolving and resolving
In the deep primordial oceans by the hydrothermal vents.
Our earth which had its birth almost five billion years ago
From out of a collapsing cloud of gas,
Grew life which was quite new and eventually led to you
In only three-point-five billion years or less.

Deoxyribonucleic acid helps us replicate
And randomly mutate from day to day.
We left the seas and climbed the trees and our biologies
Continue to evolve through DNA.
We're ninety-eight-point-nine percent the same as chimpanzees,
Whose trees we left three million years ago
To wander swapping genes out of Africa, which means
We're related to everyone we know.

Life is quite strange; life is quite weird.
Life is really quite odd.
Life from a star is far more bizarre
Than an old bearded bloke they call God;
So gaze at the sky and start asking why
You're even here on this ball,
For though life is fraught, the odds are so short,
You're lucky to be here at all.

Standing on a planet which is spinning round a star,
One of just a billion trillion suns,
In a universe that's ninety billion light-years side to side,
Wondering where heck it all came from,
You've a tiny little blink of life to try and understand
What on earth is really going on
In biology and chemistry, which made you you and made me me,
But don't ask me; I only wrote the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Galaxy Song (from Monty Python)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 11 Jan 13 - 04:28 AM

I love parodies & re-workings.
This is a worthy addition to the original.

GRRRREAT!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Galaxy Song (from Monty Python)
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 03 Jun 18 - 01:05 PM

I didn't notice a yt link above ...

https://youtu.be/buqtdpuZxvk 
&
The Stephen Hawking rendition
https://youtu.be/XfcC6FYyL4U 


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