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Galaxy Song Lyrics

Artist: Monty Python
Album: The Meaning Of Life

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.
Comments/Interpretations
by Jessii on 6/10/2008 2:51am
random o.o
by Lord Elfie Similon on 6/18/2008 1:31pm
no, brilienteai
by Oogie Carmichael on 6/19/2008 2:17pm
What's more amazaing: my given name or the concepts contained herein?
by Cru on 6/25/2008 2:37pm
Yay

I love how he says expanding in the song

expaynding
by lewis on 6/25/2008 2:59pm
i love monte
by maTT on 6/26/2008 7:30pm
so true the lyrics
by Sarah on 7/1/2008 3:12pm
Haha! I love monty.

And it's a good study tool for astronomy too.

All those facts and figures.
by moop on 7/2/2008 5:31am
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth

:)
by etexts on 7/4/2008 10:13pm
now I'm ready for 9 grams of seconal in half glass of water !!
by me on 7/14/2008 1:34pm
I want to be Eric Idle when I grow up.
by Air on 7/15/2008 12:26pm
I love the accent. Bravo!! I love the begining. Watch this on u tube
by Chris on 7/16/2008 12:59pm
So... can we have your liver then???
by random on 7/16/2008 11:44pm
hmmmm i remember this song and it is quiet true.. this song told me alot when i was a kid.. great song i like lumberjack better thou
by lololololololoolololol on 7/17/2008 3:26am
the song is the awesomest thing ever and i too wish i wuz Eric Idle. lolololoeloleoleoeoeloeoeooloololoolo. moush.
by Jake on 8/6/2008 11:33am
Has anyone else noticed that he hits his head on the fridge (or whatever it is) when he gets back in at the end of the song? It's hilarious once you notice.
But yeah this song is the best EVER!
by greg on 8/10/2008 6:48pm
hmmmm... Eric Idle and growing up in the same sentence ... (lol).

The proof that intelligent life exists somewhere in the uiniverse is that they have avoided coming here.
by liz on 9/4/2008 1:40am
i love how eric idle delivers that song.....lol
by Ria on 9/6/2008 9:01am
At 1st i thought this song was aload of crap but when i started listeniung to it i realisesd it has meaning and i love eric idle. I also love da joke at da end.lol lol.Top of da charts. bravo
by arc on 9/9/2008 6:43am
by Chris on 7/16/2008 12:59pm
So... can we have your liver then???

oh.. go on then you've convinced me.
by priya on 9/16/2008 1:28pm
lol soo true i wish i was eric. hE IS HELERIOUS WATCH THVIS ON UTUBE HIS VOICE IS HELERIUS
by terah on 9/17/2008 3:56pm
random :)
by Eve on 9/23/2008 5:58pm
it all seems to make you very smal and insignificant really

so can we have your liver then?

oh ..go on, you've convinced me!
by Leah on 10/19/2008 10:17am
Were doin this 4 our school assembly but were not aloud 2 do the second verse cuz it has bugger in it.LOL
by JayKay on 11/3/2008 3:54pm
ty for the lyrics:)
by ginger neville on 11/4/2008 4:11pm
Ha ha its funny aint it and rhymes all them nummers n stuff
by DameEdithDivine on 11/20/2008 9:10am
Amazing! I idolize Eric Idle.
by morgan on 11/30/2008 11:32am
hahaha awesome song!I idolize Eric Idle.Amazing!
by Lucy on 12/31/2008 8:47pm
I love this song! He writes such great song!
by Katie on 1/2/2009 3:15pm
I love monty python so much :)
This song is dead good too.
by Amanda on 1/11/2009 3:06pm
Love it
by JEFFREY ARCHER on 1/23/2009 6:51pm
i wrote that song back in the 60s
by GuyFromKharkiv on 2/2/2009 5:19am
If u only new how small is the amount of people who watched Monty (or even heard the name) in my native country, Ukraine, u would realy just weep! It is imposible to translate it without loosing half of the jokes, maybe that's the reason. But, oh, we Ukrainian's have lost a lot couse of the Soviet propoganda and censure in the 60-80... No D&D, no Monty, and though things are different now, i think Monty is way to clever for some of them to understand and like... Meself is very happy that i had a period of Monty-watching in my life,
Monty Lives!
by ReBeL on 2/8/2009 3:29am
my mum used to sing it to me when i was little, she also used to sing me the "always look on the bright side of life" song, then when i got to about 10 mum let me watch all the movies, and you know, im sooooooooo in love with them, i need a good laugh now im studing at uni and monty deliver the goods. no matter how old you are there is something for you by monty! MONTY WE LOVE YOU!
by jason on 2/9/2009 3:03pm
sik blud. luv da song sooooo true. lol
by Mrs Brown on 2/13/2009 12:28pm
Yes you can have my liver now.....
by Often pregnant woman on 2/18/2009 11:35am
Pick that up for me will ya' Diedre?
by :) on 3/6/2009 12:28pm
My grandmum used to sing this to me.

Monty. <3
by Zac on 3/19/2009 2:28am
This is great coz im doin a space project at school and all these figures are true.

Im gunna sing it to my class as part as my project
by eagle1970 on 3/19/2009 10:46am
Great song. Good thing they did not go metric yet. Miles sounds much smoother.
by >=P on 3/24/2009 7:24pm
Love you python whacked but intelligent!

immortal in your own right!
by Ally girl on 3/31/2009 5:52pm
This song is todally getting me an A!!!
by la on 5/4/2009 8:51pm
I love this song it is amaising.
by Montyfan001 on 5/21/2009 3:51pm
I love this song... helped me out in astronomy more times than I can count.
by Jamie on 6/13/2009 10:53pm

Some little pricks have been tearing apart this song for it's innaccuracies and I've checked them they're not far off so I don't know why people are complaining.
by Serena Hammond on 7/3/2009 8:10am
I think this song is amazing :) I love listening to it in maths and at home. THankyou so much mr thompson for itntroducing me to the world of monty python :)
by (: TALLALALA on 7/3/2009 8:11am
There once was a boy named toast he had a crusty face. Another boy was his best friend, he was nicknamed SNOW due to a lot of dandruff. Apparently they are gay together:) And then there was wood, Crab, Panda, Pigeon etc..
by plamka on 7/23/2009 1:30pm
I really like this song :)It's very nice :))
by Syzygy on 7/31/2009 10:52pm
Love the song. One inaccuracy though. Actually there are a lot more stars in the Milky Way Galaxy than a 100 billion, there are somewhere between 200 and 400 billion stars, and probably closer to 400 billion. Doesn't change the fact that the song is terrific.
by mjs on 8/23/2009 8:23pm
yikes there are many flaws but who cares. the song is brilliant.
by frankisbored on 9/16/2009 5:23pm
"Makes you feel so insignificant"
"Yeah, can we have your liver then?"
"Allright"
by herring lumberjack on 10/9/2009 6:43am
NEE!
by Big Jim on 10/17/2009 8:12am
SETI= Search Extra Terrestial Intellegence, First I want them to prove that intellegent life exists on Earth, (except for those whom feel Monty Python is funny)
by Chauncey on 10/17/2009 9:12pm
Say no more, say no more...wink wink nudge nudge...know whatimean?
by montypythonrules on 10/22/2009 11:54am
i also wish i was eric. this song is fab
by TERRORISM on 3/30/2010 11:10pm
python. deep. intense. amazing. nuf said.
by arty dodger on 5/12/2010 8:40pm
I think the Galaxy Song would make a perfect theme song for the Keith Olberman show.
by ally the great on 6/8/2010 6:28pm
has anyone watched the clip for this? its funny, and i lov this song
by grahamchapmanlives on 7/7/2010 12:34pm
If all of the singers nowadays had a fraction of the talent Idle did, I wouldn't have anything to complain about music-wise. I, too, want to be Eric Idle when I grow up... The fact that I'm a girl is completely irrelevant.
by Parro on 8/25/2010 4:53pm
LOL Buger all down ere on earth.

Dunno what it means but lol
by gdemos on 9/8/2010 2:37pm
Congratulations.
by Montyfan on 10/14/2010 10:33am
I'm substitute teaching an earth science class right now. Students are studying the galaxy. This would be a good tool to help them remember the facts, because it's funny, which would appeal to their immature brains. However, it can't be used, since it's also considered racy at the end.
by mlbg on 10/23/2010 1:17pm
i saw this moving years after graduating from college. i just watched it again with my 18 year old daughter, she was thought is was funny, bizarre and the ending very right for living life. very cool!
by omnomnomnomnom on 10/23/2010 4:21pm
i just learnt all the words to this off-by-heart so that i ace my physics mock next week :D LOL. (oh and 'Parro', bugger all is britsh for nothing, i know this cos i say it all the time :3 WOO BRITAIN!LOL.) x]
by Morgan on 10/26/2010 7:03pm
@Monyfan
There's an American twangy county cover of this song you can find on YouTube. It changes the end to "Cuz I'm afraid that we've been cheated here on Earth"
by naia on 11/26/2010 12:40pm
I have an asteroid named after me
actually AFTER me
the universe is always expanding
by Dave on 12/6/2010 3:12am
Morgan,
What a shame the Americans have to spoil a brilliant piece of work by spoiling the song and lyrics. The Eric Idle version is the original and the best.
by Amelia on 1/1/2011 12:20pm
I TGOUGHT IT WAS THE LYRICS OF ALL OF THE SONGS THAT GALAXY HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!
by Americans should stop being prudes on 2/11/2011 9:05am
A cuss word can't actually hurt your children.

And yes, I *am* an American, so I have every right to criticize the prudish attitudes of my country. The Religious Wrong has no problem letting kids watch violent TV shows, but they get their knickers all in a twist if someone says a cuss word or shows a nursing mother on a medical documentary.

Priorities, people.

But back on topic... Monty Python is the best thing to have happened to comedy in two generations, and this song is among their best works.
by D.P. Gumby on 3/16/2011 3:27pm
Amazing song c':
by jazzy on 5/13/2011 4:01pm
i like ur song
by larry quitoriano on 6/25/2011 6:10am
I like the way u r
by JUSTIN BIEBER on 7/20/2011 3:16am
hi ANY ONE WONT TO TALK
by Miss Who on 8/5/2011 4:53am
Monty Python shows off the best of British comedy, especially this song and 'Always look on the bright side of life'. I've watched 'The Meaning Of Life' several times and the scene with this song is absolutely halarious, don't you agree?
by NitrocideX100 on 9/8/2011 7:15am
Love it.
by beeblebrox on 10/3/2011 12:32pm
yes
by Bernie Gay on 10/18/2011 9:19pm
This song is in a class all by it's self, I hope to have it played at my wake when I pass and ask everyone to really listen to the lyrics.It is a classic!!!!!
by Bob on 11/15/2011 3:54am
LOL!!!
by Pamela on 12/4/2011 6:46pm
A BEAUTY
by DARIAN on 12/11/2011 7:19am
HW!!!! :(
by abbyamadan on 12/21/2011 8:03am
the whole family from youngest to oldest sing this song all the time, wonderful.
will have it and always look on the bright side played at my funeral
by HenryV on 1/16/2012 6:35pm
I'm a bit late getting on to this internet thingy-just discovered this website-so i apologise in advance if i'm going over old ground.I'm just watching an old dvd of the time bandits.Does anyone else agree that David Warner playing the baddy is hilarious?
by HenryV on 1/16/2012 7:42pm
What i would like to know is how come i've learnt more info about writers,artists,philosiphers,religion,different types of cheeses including Venezeulan Beaver cheese,and all the rest from Monty Python than i did from fifteen years at school.Or is that just me?
by J. Hugh Millithorpe on 1/24/2012 6:05am
I am an umbrella repairman and I use this song to placate my customers while they wait for me to compose their estimates. It has brought me many positive compliments, except for the part about the planet evolving since God and Jesus and the bible and the raaaaapppttuuurrreeeee. Thank yoy Mr. and Mrs. Python for having so many wonderful and talented children, and I hope there are more insightful comments here about the part that you liked with the liver and my head wound is making iy harf to tyuop
by J. Hugh Millithorpe on 1/24/2012 6:10am
I am an umbrella repairman and I use this song to placate my customers while they wait for me to compose their estimates. It has brought me many positive compliments, except for the part about the planet evolving since God and Jesus and the bible and the raaaaapppttuuurrreeeee. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Python for having so many wonderful and talented children, and I hope there are more insightful comments here about the part that you liked with the liver. I have to go now as my head wound is making iy diffyucilt to tyuop
by Espe on 3/1/2012 2:02pm
Monty Python's Flying Circus was first aired on TV when I was 10. I was not allowed to watch TV at night with the exception of MPFC, which only reinforces my belief that my dad was a genius. I have brought up my two boys with MP and they are "believers" who have ALWAYS understood this humor. When ever I meet someone who does not like MP it always makes me think that they either have no sense of humor or they are not very bright or both.
by liv on 6/12/2012 4:01am
Love the song we are doing it at scdool.(:
by andrewm on 6/22/2012 3:14am
It's a beautiful.funny song with an important message.It brings home our utter insignificance in a universe massive beyond any of our thoughts.
Liv,if it's taught at your school,I salute your and your teachers' inelligence.
by richard on 6/23/2012 3:41pm
that song will never die !!
by Coachlou601 on 7/25/2012 3:19pm
This is a great "fact" song. It helped my kids pass many a science quiz in grade school. We have the cassette tape sung by Sharron, Lois and Bram from circa 1989...before Monty Python's version. But both are great!
by Chomp on 8/2/2012 3:15pm
Nice one. Thankings.
by yojama on 8/6/2012 10:56am
i love this song
by Miss Malfoy on 9/9/2012 3:25pm
I really want to be Eric Idle when I grow up... I'm Welsh and my catchphrase is 'What abaout a pointed stick' XD
by Throat Warbler Mangrove on 9/15/2012 4:18pm
Say he came at you with a banana...
by Jenifer C on 9/29/2012 4:14am
I remember watching this on VHS and rewinding and rewinding because I wanted to memorize it.
by DeepThought on 10/10/2012 1:58am
All you teachers and patents who don't like the language of the second section or have to be careful of it - why not just do a bit of bowdlerizing? "there's none at all down here on Earth" for example.
by Punch on 12/2/2012 11:22pm
For the most part, considering when the song was written it's very accurate. I actually sent it to an astronomer and asked.
by OuterSp8ceGirl on 12/14/2012 1:55am
Brilliant! Absolutely Brilliant!
by kid on 1/1/2013 5:41am
monty python rocks
by black guy on 1/14/2013 1:18pm
this song sucks dick
by willjohn on 3/3/2013 10:41am
"Bugger all" means none.
by tannat on 3/7/2013 3:29pm
I think MP used accurate information that was available at the time - they are all very bright boys - and anyway it so pedantic to split hairs about huge numbers, 100 or 400 billion?? I can't get a grip on the vastness of either - it is the soul of the song that is important. I am miss brown and you can have my liver
by ogr81 on 3/27/2013 9:37pm
Listen...you don't neeed them...you're all individuals...
by evree1 on 3/27/2013 9:53pm
We're ALL individuals!
by nunison on 3/27/2013 10:00pm
We are all individuals!
by ogr81 on 3/27/2013 10:06pm
Splitter!
by evree1 on 3/27/2013 10:09pm
Splitter!
by nunison on 3/27/2013 10:10pm
Splitter!
by gokuguy on 5/8/2013 7:03am
i do indeedly-do love this song
by Waltz on 5/8/2013 10:05am
Great Song indeed
by Indiggy on 6/13/2013 12:19pm
I love how he rhymes years with
universe!!
by Alec on 6/20/2013 7:48pm
Its not random, its actually well thought out comedy. Quit saying its sooo random, you make it sound bad.
by robertbickley92@yahoo.com.au on 6/22/2013 7:36pm
love all the humour, pity to never meet the cast for absurd boredom john cleese batts the Spanish manual for.
by Arcangel7 on 7/14/2013 5:23pm
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.
???? wow. amazing
by Monty's next door neighbour on 11/2/2013 12:09am
I'm English, hence the surplus"u":P Monty pythons galaxy song (despite the inconsistencies is a brilliant song. Talented chap,Mr Python. ( with a bit of help from a certain Eric Idle of course) heh
by ML on 12/4/2013 3:07pm
by Coachlou601 on 7/25/2012 3:19pm
This is a great "fact" song. It helped my kids pass many a science quiz in grade school. We have the cassette tape sung by Sharron, Lois and Bram from circa 1989...before Monty Python's version. But both are great!


I'm sure you meant after Pythons version as it was written by Eric Idle and released in '83
by JFK on the move 30k/sec on 12/11/2013 8:21pm
and we have only been round our Milky Way 25 times... clever dinosaurs had one complete revolution ..that's where the intellegence was. Birds can testify.
by BYRON on 1/6/2014 12:47am
I loved watching monty python when it first came to tv my father loved some of it we lol this is my favorite song then the ssong the minsetral sang to sir robin how he ran away.from the holy grail
by Eric Idle on 2/8/2014 1:13am
Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!
by Monty Python Fan on 2/8/2014 1:27am
I really want to be Eric Idle when I grow up, in fact it would be the best day of my life when I sing songs like this and "Bright Side of Life" on stage as the title 'Eric Idle,' it would be so... EPIC! :) ;0 :> :D XD
by chylabius on 3/10/2014 12:38am
I really love the song especially the lyrics.
by Augustus Q. Swarlston on 3/16/2014 3:29pm
I love how he steps out of the fridge.
by Biev on 4/29/2014 11:32am
Best educational song ever.
by phrenzee on 8/8/2014 11:39am
Love this song. Rememerbing it actually made me pass my first year astronomy exam in university.
by Blake Hole on 10/5/2014 3:28pm
the best performance of this great song was in "One Down, Five to Go" it featured Prof. Brian Cox & Stephen Hawking. I wet myself I was laughing that much.
by CJ on 10/23/2014 6:30pm
I love this song! It is my favorite Python song, and has my favourite line out of any movie. "Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space, 'cause there's bugger all down here on earth!"


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