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"Astronomy" is the eighth track from Blue Öyster Cult's third studio album, Secret Treaties. Its lyrics describe Desdinova's realization that he was born as a result of Les Invisibles' intervention and accepting his fate as their eternal servant.

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!

Trivia

TBA

Songs
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Teen ArcherMistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)
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Cultösaurus Erectus Black BladeMonstersDivine WindDeadlineThe Marshall PlanHungry BoysFallen AngelLips in the HillsUnknown Tongue
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The Revölution by Night Take Me AwayEyes on FireShooting SharkVeinsShadow of CaliforniaFeel the ThunderLet GoDragon LadyLight Years of Love
Club Ninja White FlagsDancin' in the RuinsMake Rock Not WarPerfect WaterSpy in the House of the NightBeat 'Em UpWhen the War ComesShadow WarriorMadness to the Method
Imaginos I Am the One You Warned Me OfLes InvisiblesIn the Presence of Another WorldDel Rio's SongThe Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein's Castle at WeisseriaAstronomyMagna of Illusion
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Bad Channels Demon's KissThe Horsemen Arrive
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Real WorldLive For MeStill Burnin'
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