A spaceman came traveling on his ship from afar ‘Twas light years of time since his mission did start And over a village, he halted his craft And it hung in the sky like a star, just like a star
The opening lines of the song A Spaceman Came Travelling by Chris de Burgh from his second album Spanish Train and Other Stories (1975). Though not a chart hit, it’s continued to be popular and still features in most Christmas compliations.
Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face And stars fill my dream I’m a traveller of both time and space To be where I have been
The opening lyrics of Kashmir from English rock icons Led Zeppelin from their sixth studio album Physical Graffiti (1975). Features one of the all-time escalating builds ups, the song is considered by the band to be their most definitive. You can find the 8 minute and 30 second song here, along with another seven of my favourite lengthy music pieces.