Looking once again at the horrors of the world…

May 4, 2006

So now that this blog's been reincarnated, I suppose I should post something. My normal bloggy habits were to read or see something horrible, become obsessively aggravated by it, procrastinate tremendously on my real work by doing an absurd amount on research on it, and then finally write a post that usually included just a teeny-tiny fraction of all that obsessive work. (Did ya check out the references on the bottom of my Hiroshima and Nagasaki post? I really went out and looked for just the right table in the US Strategic Bombing Survey. I have Excel analysis of it—cross-referenced against Morris's Fog of War documentary to boot—that I didn't include since, well, that'd just make y'all think I'm clinically obsessive. 🙂 )

Thus, I think this time around I should actively try to check this habit or, failing that, at least try to keep it to manageable proportions. So this post is about a teeny-tiny horrible thing, rather than a world-historical horrible thing. But, man, it's horrible in its own special way…

You may have heard that Gene Roddenberry wrote lyrics for the theme to the original Star Trek. You may have also heard they're bad—really bad—and hence were never used. Until tonight, that's all I knew about 'em myself. But tonight, in the course of flipping through a "fake book" (that is, a compilation of abbreviated musical scores that just have the melodies and the chord changes and not some sort of false book), I saw the lyrics, and wow! They're mind-boggingly bad. Stupendously bad. Theodicy-necessitating bad. Really bad. Behold, but don't say I didn't warn you.

Beyond the rim of the starlight,

my love is wandering in star flight.

I know he'll find in star clustered reaches love,

strange love a starwoman teaches.

I know his journey ends never;

His star trek will go on forever.

But tell him while he wanders his starry sea

remember, remember me.

(NB: This blog has a free comments policy. But anyone who dares claim the theme to Firefly is nearly this bad will be banned!)


One Response to “Looking once again at the horrors of the world…”

  1. Karen Says:

    Ouch… that *is* pretty awful.

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