silent key

Silent Key

Positive Songs For Negative People - 4:40
On the 28th of January 1986 Christa McAuliffe
Gazed in horror as the O-rings failed,
And she died, and she died, and she died.

For the next agonising two minutes and forty-five long seconds
She called out the truth on a broken radio:
“I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive”.

It came as some surprise to realise that
As she lost everything
The world was revealed in a transmission so real
That she understood everything:
You're still alive.

Four thousand nautical miles as the crow flies away
A home-made ham radio in the loft of a Hampshire family home
Came alive, came alive, came alive.

And so the four year old amateur operator thus became
The only person to hear Christa’s last desperate communique:
“We’re alive, we're alive, we’re alive”.

It came as some surprise to realise
While he didn’t catch everything,
The world was revealed in a transmission so real
That he understood everything:
You're still alive.

And Christa said:

“The darkness up above
Led me on like unrequited love,
While all the things I need
Were down here in the deep blue sea.”

At four years old I heard the truth on my radio,
So now I keep a moment's silence for my Silent Key.

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