Dave recently took part in the concert organized by the Coalition for Music Education, at the Ontario Science Center, in which Chris Hadfield led 700,000 young people in singing the “Is Somebody Singing” song — from orbit.
Dave led the choir from the Chris Hadfield Public School in singing “Big Smoke”, which he wrote in 1994 for Chris’ first launch, on the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Big Smoke (key of E) © 1995 by Dave Hadfield
Big smoke, standing in the morning.
Big smoke, pointed at the sky.
Big smoke, take aboard our brother
Lift him up and show him how you fly.
Big smoke, louder than the thunder.
Big smoke, taller than the storm.
Big smoke, rise above these troubles.
Lift us up and keep him safe and war
I don’t know why we ride on the flame, [Chorus]
‘cause sometimes we’re riding blind
All I know is the future is waiting out there for us to find.
Big smoke, ten thousand years a-building,
Big smoke, all the careful plans.
Big smoke, pure imagination.
Lifted by a million steady hands.
Big smoke, riding on the future.
Big smoke, growing from the past.
Big smoke, holding out a promise.
Not the first to rise and not the last.
Big smoke, no one says it’s easy.
Big smoke, more fragile than you seem.
Big smoke, carry precious cargo.
Show us how to fly and how to dream.
Big smoke, dropping from the heavens,
Big smoke, returning to your birth.
Big smoke, bring us what we cherish,
Bring us joy and bring him back to Earth.
Big smoke, bring us back our brother,
Bring us joy, and bring him back to Earth.
The CBC coverage of the entire event is here; my own wee bit singing Big Smoke starts at 21:00 min.