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Pioneer's Song

This song is by Julia Ecklar and Leslie Fish and appears on the compilation Minus Ten and Counting (1983).

We sent them out to the planets
To worlds beyond our own
Where frail men dared not venture
They traveled on alone
Though they may be no more than robots
To the stars they steer
And we wish them on our journey
All the luck of the pioneer

They set their course for Jupiter
The ruler of the worlds
To gain their speed from his mighty pull
As from a slingshot hurled
They stole for us his image
His secrets guarded dear
But gave in turn a royal gift
To the luck of the pioneer

Then on and out to Saturn
The ringed queen of skies
And through the very rings themselves
They carried our distant eyes
We feared then for their safety
But they could know no fear
And they left their name on the gap they found
By the luck of the pioneer

The sun grows dim behind them
A billion miles or more
The stars are e'er before them
A glittering distant shore
An age will pass before a day
A stranger sun draws them neer
And till that day we'll raise a toast
To the luck of the pioneer

But should some other find them
As the galaxy they roam
And study these strange craft of ours
And seek to learn their home
Why, they carry our maps upon them
In friendship written clear
And we give to the race that reads them
All the luck of the pioneer

And when men someday follow
To the places they have been
We'll take the paths they've marked for us
And see the sights they've seen
To Jupiter and Saturn
To the stars themselves we'll steer
And we pray that God but grant us then
The luck of the pioneer

And we pray that God but grant us then
The luck of the pioneer

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