©1994 by Steve Macdonald
It’s a long, long road
To leave our planet’s hold.
Destined to reach our goal
Walk step by step
Mile by dusty mile
‘Till the stars we’ve won
As we look to our past
It took sweat and grit to last.
Da Vinci knew it could be done
Were first to find a way
Balloons rising with the new day.
The Wrights learned to fly free
And gave the gift to you and me.
Orbit the skies and see
You know the road is long and hard
With pitfalls in the way.
And for some the burden is heavy and long
And high is the price they paid.
But for all those we’ve lost
And for all those we’ve won
We’ll remember them long
We’ll remember out past our Sun.
Apollo and Moon-land
Columbia glides in to land
We’ve strived to rise and see
Achieve orbit- then go free! (old lyric: The Clipper will set us free!)
The push for space is not an individual or national goal- it’s a racial one. Many have contributed to Mankind’s push to go higher, faster, and farther. This is for all who share that dream.
The Clipper in the old lyric refers to the McDonnell Douglas DC-X, and was in the conceivable future when this song was originally written. The new line was written when it became clear that the DC-X project would not be fulfilled by the early part of the 2000’s.