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"Astronomy" is the eighth track from Blue Öyster Cult's third studio album, Secret Treaties. Its lyrics describe Suzy Dear and a character named Carrie Nurse seeking out knowledge from Desdinova.

Personnel

Blue Öyster Cult

  • Eric Bloom - lead vocals, stun guitar, keyboards
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - lead guitar
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards, synthesizers, guitar
  • Joe Bouchard - bass, vocals
  • Albert Bouchard - drums, vocals

Production

  • David Lucas - producer
  • Murray Krugman - producer
  • Sandy Pearlman - producer
  • Tim Geelan - engineer
  • Jerry Smith - engineer
  • Lehman Yates - recording
  • Lou Schlossberg - recording

Blue Öyster Cult

  • Albert Bouchard – vocals, guitar, percussion
  • Eric Bloom – vocals
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser – guitar, vocals
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards
  • Joe Bouchard – keyboards, vocals
  • Production

    • Sandy Pearlman – producer, engineer, mixing
    • Corky Stasiak – basic tracks engineer
    • Paul Mandl – engineer
    • Steve Brown – mixing

    Lyrics

    Clock strikes twelve and moondrops burst
    Out at you from their hiding place
    Like acid and oil on a madman’s face
    His reason tends to fly away
    Like lesser birds on the four winds
    Like silver scrapes in May
    And now the sands become a crust
    Most of you have gone away
    
    Come Susie dear, let’s take a walk
    Just out there upon the beach
    I know you’ll soon be married
    And you’ll want to know where winds come from
    Well it’s never said at all
    On that map that Carrie reads
    Behind the clock back there you know
    At the Four Winds Bar
    
    Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
    
    Four winds at the Four Winds Bar
    Two doors bought and windows barred
    One door to let to take you in
    The other one just mirrors it
    
    Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
    
    Hellish glare and inference
    The other one’s a duplicate
    The Queenly flux, eternal light
    Or the light that never warms
    Yes, the light that never, never warms
    Or the light that never
    Never warms
    Never warms
    Never warms
    
    The clock strikes twelve and moondrops burst
    Out at you from their hiding place
    Miss Carrie nurse and Susie dear
    Would find themselves at the Four Winds Bar
    
    It’s the nexus of the crisis
    And the origin of storms
    Just the place to hopelessly
    Encounter time and then came me
    
    Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
    Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
    
    Call me Desdinova
    Eternal light
    These gravely digs of mine
    Will surely prove a sight
    And don’t forget my dog
    Fixed and consequent
    
    Astronomy
    A star
    Astronomy
    A star
    Astronomy
    A star
    Astronomy
    A star

    The clock strikes twelve and moondrops burst
    

    Out at you from their hiding place Like acid and oil on a madman’s face Reason tends to fly away Like lesser birds on the four winds Like silver scrapes in May Now the sands become a crust And most of you have gone away

    Come Susie dear, let’s take a walk Just out there upon the beach I know you’ll soon be married And you’ll want to know where wind comes from Well it’s never said at all on the map that Carrie reads Behind the clock back there you know At the Four Winds Bar

    Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey!

    Four doors at the Four Winds Bar Two doors locked and windows barred One door’s let to take you in The other one just mirrors it

    Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey!

    In hellish glare and inference The other one’s a duplicate The queenly flux, eternal light Or the light that never warms Or the light that never, never warms Or the light that never, never, never, never, never warms

    The clock strikes twelve and moondrops burst Out at you from their hiding place Miss Carrie Nurse and Susie Dear Find themselves at the Four Winds Bar

    It’s the nexus of the crisis And the origin of storms Just the place to hopelessly Encounter time and then came me

    Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey!

    Call me Desdinova Eternal light These gravely digs of mine Will surely prove a sight And don’t forget my dog Fixed and consequent

    Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey! Hey—hey hey!

    Astronomy…a star Astronomy…a star Astronomy…a star Astronomy…a star

    A star!

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