Science Fiction Inspired Song: Nektar’s ‘Astronauts Nightmare’ (1972)

Nektar, an English band founded in Germany, is another virtually forgotten group restricted mostly to the more esoteric of psychedelic music circles.  Their debut album, Journey to the Center of the Eye (1972), is sci-fi themed throughout (I’ll post more songs over the coming weeks).  ‘Astronauts Nightmare’ is my favorite of the very solid album.  The line ‘This is Robot 13 speaking / planet Earth is turning round’ gives me chills…  The detachment… The loss…. The view of earth…  Wonderful.

Lyrics

This is Robot 13 speaking
planet Earth is turning round

Although my mind is gently weeping
I know my hope is coming to an end

Evil is in your heart now
Disillusion is in your soul

Oh my dear god can you really hear me?
If so, then please help me find a way

Although my eyes are gently sleeping
I know my mind is coming to an end

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3 thoughts on “Science Fiction Inspired Song: Nektar’s ‘Astronauts Nightmare’ (1972)”

  1. Space or spaced lyrics are alive and well. I can’t stand this Lady Gaga etc. “music” scene so I go all over for stuff I like. Last year Norway’s Motorpsycho put out “Heavy Metal Fruit.” One song:

    X-3 (Knuckleheads in space) / The Getaway Special

    I wanna go I wanna get up and go man, I need a lift off and I crave the sky
    I’ve been chomping at the bit for several weeks now, I’m so ready I need to get high
    My adrenaline’s up beyond the scales man‚ you couldn’t kill me cause I’d never feel a thing
    I might seem like I’m ??? to you and thats cool and hear they’re really singing

    It’s gonna feel so good
    like we always knew it would
    In this glorious pursuit
    we’re getting in our suits

    Won’t you fly us
    past the bright shining stars
    Won’t you fly us
    to the X-3 pulsar

    There’s nothing wrong there’s nothing wrong with all this brute force flinging metal to the eye in the sky
    Inertial forces mass bullet skywards fighting gravity’s hold on nuclei
    I’m gonna try I’m gonna try and make it matter, theres no excuses at the level we’re at
    We’ll fly the flag and I know we’re representing humanity and democracy and all that

    But hey!

    It’s gonna feel so good
    like we always knew it would
    Cause in this glorious pursuit
    we’re getting in our suits

    Won’t you fly us
    to the bright shining stars
    Won’t you fly us
    past the moon and past Mars
    Won’t you fly us
    Won’t you fly us
    Won’t you fly us
    to the X-3 pulsar

    ??? it’s hotter than a pistol
    A high energy ray gun in the swan
    It’s really true it’s made of quarks man, I guess it’s just not your standard
    neutron that’s at the core of this wonderful creation
    A gas sucking binary star
    Thirty seven thousand light years, man that’s really way too far

    Won’t you fly us
    past the bright shining stars
    Won’t you fly us
    past the moon and past Mars
    Won’t you fly us
    to the bright shining stars
    Won’t you fly us
    past the moon and past Mars
    Won’t you fly us
    past the bright shining stars
    Won’t you fly us
    to the X-3 pulsar
    Won’t you fly us
    Won’t you fly us
    Won’t you fly us
    Won’t you fly us

  2. I don’t know the band or the album, but the lyrics are sad…

    The lyrics of A-ha’s ‘Start the Simulator’ (from their album ‘Foot of the Mountain’) are all phrases from space exploration or travelling – “give the tanks a stir” and “the bright ejecta blanket”, etc.

    1. Ela: I’ve never been a fan of a-Ha, but you’re right — it does have some sci-fi phrases… Thanks for the comment! I always love seeing how sci-fi permeates various cultural spheres — music included….

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