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Galileo Lyrics By Indigo Girls Songs Album: Rites Of Passage Year: 1992 Galileo's head was on the block The crime was lookin' up the truth And as the bomb

Indigo Girls - Galileo
Indigo Girls - Galileo


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Album: Rites Of Passage
Released: 1992

Galileo Lyrics


Galileo's head was on the block
The crime was lookin' up the truth
And as the bombshells of my daily fears explode
I try to trace them to my youth

How long 'til my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of Galileo king of night vision
King of insight

And then you had to bring up reincarnation
Over a couple of beers the other night
And now I'm serving time for mistakes
Made by another in another life time

How long 'til my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of galileo king of night vision
King of insight

I'm not making a joke
You know me I take everything so seriously
If we wait for the time till all souls get it right
Then at least I know there'll be no nuclear annihilation in my life time
I'm still not right

And then I think about my fear of motion
Which I never could explain
Some other fool across the ocean years ago
Must have crashed his little airplane

How long 'til my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of galileo king of night vision
King of insight

I offer thanks to those before me
That's all I've got to say
'Cause maybe you squandered big bucks in your lifetime
Now I have to pay

How long till my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of galileo king of night vision
King of insight

But then again it feels like some sort of inspiration
To let the next life off the hook
Or she'll say look what I had to overcome from my last life
I think I'll write a Book

How long 'til my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of galileo
King of night vision king of insight

How long 'til my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach the highest light
Except for Galileo, God rest his soul
King of the night vision, king of insight
How long
How long

Writer/s: SALIERS, EMILY ANN
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Galileo
  • Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls wrote this song. She told us: "I was talking with my friend about reincarnation, what we believe. Does it mean that you come back as a dog or a tree or whatever, another human being, and the exchange of souls and all that stuff. And that just got me thinking about it. I wanted to write a song that was upbeat, that sort of took the whole subject sort of in a lighthearted way, even though I was thinking about it very seriously. There's this one point in the song where, as I understood reincarnation, you know it's a regeneration of souls for the betterment of all creatures and things over time. And I was thinking, you know, I'm so far from being the perfect soul that at least the world isn't going to experience nuclear holocaust while I'm alive, because I have to have my soul be regenerated at least once. So it was kind of like taking a heavy subject and sort of having fun with it.

    I don't know if I believe in the exchange of souls, but I'm not a firm believer in reincarnation, and that I'm going to come back and be a dog, or another creature. I have a different belief system now, but back then, my friend really believed that we come back as something else, and it is a regeneration of souls until we reach Nirvana." (Here's the full Emily Saliers interview )
  • Galileo Galilei was a brilliant Italian astronomer who championed the belief that the Earth revolved around the sun, and not the other way around. Since the church believed the Earth was the center of the universe, they tried Galileo for heresy in 1633, and he spent the end of his life under house arrest, where he continued to write.

    Says Saliers: "I was thinking about him because he came up with such great truths. He was like this pinnacle of light and truth, and the church made him recant. So I was thinking, he's a great role model for a truth seeker, and with reincarnation being a spiritual pursuit and its relationships to the church, I was just sort of lumping those things together. His name just popped in my head. I thought he was such a brave guy, and then to have to recant that, and then of course we all know what he discovered is true now, or as true as we can believe it to be, so he just became the focal point."
  • Regarding the lyrics, "I think about my fear of motion which I never could explain, some other fool across the ocean years ago must have crashed his little airplane," Saliers says: "The fear of motion was mostly about the fear of speed. Like, I do not like flying, although I do it all the time, I'm used to it now. But there was a time when I hated it. And I don't like skiing, I don't like things that take me downhill fast. If reincarnation were true, then this guy who crashed his plane in the ocean a generation ago and came into my soul, that's why I have that, and I still have to work on that."

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