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Surprise!

This song is by Leslie Fish and appears on the compilation Minus Ten and Counting (1983).

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This song has been covered by Gunnar Madsen under the title "Surprise!".
Remember the fifties, those fat complacent days
When the future seemed a century away?
Then up went Sputnik, gave the world a butt-kick
And made it clear tomorrow starts today

Beep-Beep. Boop-Boop. Hello there! (Эй жопу!)
Sputnik sails, giggling, through the skies (Эй! Эй! Эй!)
Red flags, red faces, jump in the race, as
The space age begins with a surprise. (Сюрприз!)

You generals once thought Von Braun a waste of cash
And Goddard needed treatment really bad
Then that global shotput gave you the hotfoot
And - beep beep - you're blasted off the pad

Beep-Beep. Boop-Boop. Hello there!
Sputnik sails, giggling, through the skies
Red flags, red faces, jump in the race, as
The space age begins with a surprise

Done for a threat, propaganda or prestige
The point is, the thing was in the sky
It made the generals frown and put their money down
And meet that bet or know the reason why

Beep-Beep. Boop-Boop. Hello there!
Sputnik sails, giggling, through the skies
Red flags, red faces, jump in the race, as
The space age begins with a surprise

That's how it started, all those years ago
The push that got us climbing into space
Cynic beginnings, greed for big winnings
But look at all we've gotten from that race!

Beep-Beep. Boop-Boop. Hello there!
Sputnik sails, giggling, through the skies
Red flags, red faces, jump in the race, as
The space age begins with a surprise

Sputnik wore out, and spiraled back to Earth
On re-entry it burned up very soon
Hail and goodbye to that upstart in the sky
And in twelve more years a man walked on the Moon!

Beep-Beep. Boop-Boop. Hello there!
Sputnik sails, giggling, through the skies
Red flags, red faces, jump in the race, as
The space age begins with a surprise

And the space-age began with that surprise

Credits

  • Music and lyrics by Leslie Fish
  • Performed by Leslie Fish, Roy Torley, Julia Ecklar

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