Eric Idle and Brian Cox rewrite Monty Python's Galaxy Song
Tim Clark12 November 2012
Eric Idle has teamed up with professor Brian Cox to rewrite Monty Python’s ‘Galaxy Song’ from the film The Meaning Of Life.
Idle got together with the former D*Ream keyboard player to tweak the some of the song’s lyrics, such as changing the line, the Earth is 'revolving at nine hundred miles an hour'. Brian has corrected that to 1,038 miles an hour.
Idle's other inaccuracies are that the Sun is 'the source of all power'. Three sources are actually not from the sun.
Idle also incorrectly pointed out that we are 'thirty thousand light years from galactic central point'. It is really 25,000 light years. He also got the size of the galaxy wrong in the song.
In his blog, Eric Idle explained the changes: “There's just one thing that is problematic,' he said, after listening to the track. And remember, this was the keyboard player from D:Ream. Was he going to dislike the way I sang it? The backing? What?
'It's the number of stars in the Universe. You say 'Two thousand billion suns.' It doesn't seem right to me. It seems way under, I mean there are fifty billion galaxies and if each has a hundred million stars.'
He picked up a pencil from the control desk and started to work on some figures. Andre and I exchanged an amazed look. Were we really seeing this? After a moment or two he said 'that's more like a billion trillion suns.'
'Oh, that's much better' I said, 'I like that.'
'And the width of the Universe, you say 'fifteen billion light years,' but some people argue that while we are observing the light from it, it has been expanding during the time it took that light to reach us, and so by now in real time' - he reached for the pencil again - 'it's more like ninety billion light years.'
The new version of Galaxy DNA Song will feature in Brian's upcoming BBC show 'The Wonder of Life'.