The people on the Pioneer plaque

from by Kaffe Matthews and Mandy McIntosh

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lyrics

The People on the Pioneer plaque.

To The Woman and The Man
(Just the man raised his hand)
That are scratched on a surface of gold
And united forever
Through space, interstellar,
so naked so outlined, so bold.

It was the wife of Carl Sagan
the woman who drew them,
cos no-one had thought to address,
the notion that others
space sisters and brothers
might stumble on mons veneris.

Carl made the suggestion,
a message from humans
should go with the Pioneer craft.
T'was the first man made item
to flee our sun’s system
to not say hello would be daft.

So there's her and there's him
the sign for hydrogen,
a map of the planets and pulsars.
There's Binary digits,
but here, wait a minute,
the woman is missing her vulva.

It was a bone of contention
a small line to mention
to avoid the offending of NASA.
But Carl later admitted
was a shame to omit it
Because NASA weren't bothered their arses.

So there's her and there's him
the sign for hydrogen,
a map of the planets and pulsars.
There's Binary digits,
but here, wait a minute,
the woman is missing her vulva.

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from Yird Muin Starn, released March 14, 2013

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