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November 10, 2006

Can you tell me the name of the Monty Python movie song and who performs it?

Hello. While listening to MPR on the way home from work, in the morning, I heard you play a song that originally came from the Monty Python movie "The Meaning of Life", which begins "Imagine that your're standing on a planet that's evolving, revolving at 900 miles an hour...", and I was wondering if you could tell me the name of the musician/band that does the version you guys play. Great song and would like to get it myself if I can find it.

St. Paul, MN

Dear Tom, the song you're thinking of is called "The Galaxy / Lighten Up" by Jim Post. It's been a staple of the Morning Show's musical diet for more than two decades, and it was included on the first Keepers CD, now long out of print.

However, you can still find it on the Morning Show's super-duper-uber-compilation disc, Best of Keepers.

If Jim Post strikes your fancy, you might want to check out "The Crooner From Outerspace", and his other CDs here.

Should you have trouble finding these discs, Tom, you might end up feeling down and discouraged. If that happens, I hope you'll take the following words to heart:
Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour, That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned, A sun that is the source of all our power.

The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see Are moving at a million miles a day In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour, Of the galaxy we call the 'Milky Way'.
Thanks for writing in.

Michael Popham
Minnesota Public Radio Member Listener Services