Song Lyric Sunday – 21 November 2021 – Go! (The Eagle has landed)

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Lion, Tiger, Bear, Eagle, Shark.

 If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

This week I immediately thought of “The Eagle has landed”, that oh so exciting moment when US astronauts from the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon over 50 years ago.  They were pushing the boundaries in so many ways, using technology that had the capacity and speed of operation so much less than we all carry in our pockets today. 

The journey to the Moon was not all plain sailing. Before landing, a series of alarm messages sounded that none of the astronauts had previously heard.  The alarms were caused by ‘executive overflows’ as a result of the guidance computer not being able to complete all of its tasks and having to postpone some of them. After checking the alarm, computer technicians on the ground reassured the crew that it was safe to land.

“We heard the call of 60 seconds, and a low-level light came on. That, I’m sure, caused concern in the control centre…They probably normally expected us to land with about two minutes of fuel left. And here we were, still a hundred feet [30 m] above the surface, at 60 seconds.”

Luckily, Armstrong was able to land with only seconds left to spare.

All of the drama, and excitement, is performed here by Public Service Broadcasting, a group that at its inception, in August 2009, comprised a single member! You can find out more by following the link above, and, if you are really interested, here is an informative TED talk by J Willgoose esq, the founder of Public Service Broadcasting,  but, for now, let’s listen to them performing live at Brixton in November 2015.

Go!

Public Service Broadcasting

This is Apollo control at 102 hours
Into the flight of Apollo 11
It’s grown quite quiet here in mission control
A few moments ago, flight director Gene Kranz
Requested that everyone sit down
Get prepared for events that are coming
And he closed with a remark of good luck to all of you

12 minutes now until ignition for powered descent
Everything’s still looking very good at this point
Okay, all flight controllers go no go for powered descent

Retro?
Go!
Apollo?
Go!
Guidance?
Go!
Control?
Go!
TELCOM?
Go!
GNC?
Go!
ECOM?
Go!
Surgeon?
Go!

CAPCOM, we’re go for powered descent
We’re off to a good start play it cool

Okay flight controllers I’m going around the horn
Okay!

Retro?
Go!
FIDO?
Go!
Guidance?
Go!
Control?
Go!
TELCOM?
Go!
GNC?
Go!
ECOM?
Go!
Surgeon?
Go!
Retro?
Go!
Apollo?
Go!
Guidance?
Go!
Control?
Go!
TELCOM?
Go!
GNC?
Go!
ECOM?
Go!
Surgeon?
Go!

CAPCOM we’re go for landing
Okay, everybody let’s hang tight look for the landing radar

75 feet down a half
12:02 alarm
60 seconds
We’re, we’re go on that flight
We’re go on that alarm?
30 feet down two and a half
It’s, if it doesn’t recur we’ll be go!
30 seconds
12.01
12.01
Roger 12.01 alarm
12.01 alarm
Same type we’re go flight
Okay, we’re go

We’ve had shutdown

Houston, uh
Tranquility base, here The Eagle has landed

Okay, keep the chatter down in this room
T-one standby for T-one

Stay no stay all flight controllers
Retro?
Stay!
Apollo?
Stay!
Guidance?
Stay!
Control?
Stay!
TELCOM?
Stay!
GNC?
Stay!
ECOM?
Stay!
Surgeon?
Stay!

Retro?
Go!
Apollo?
Go!
Guidance?
Go!
Control?
Go!
TELCOM?
Go!
GNC?
Go!
ECOM?
Go!
Surgeon?
Go!

Retro?
Go!
Apollo?
Go!
Guidance?
Go!
Control?
Go!

Retro?
Go!
Apollo?
Go!
Guidance?
Go!
Go!
Go!
Go!
Go!
Go!

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: J. Willgoose Esq

A second version here with only two live performers!

23 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 21 November 2021 – Go! (The Eagle has landed)

  1. Peter, I loved this – it gave me chills. It seems nothing gets people excited anymore. Those were tense moments and it all seemed miraculous! I think we miss amazement in our lives these days. Wonderful choice today – I had never heard this before.

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