Standing on the Moon – Challenge #188

Michael Jackson did the Moon Walk and 12 men have walked on the moon, but Jerry Garcia was not among them. All of these astronauts were part of the US Apollo program and these lunar landings occurred between July 1969 and December 1972. I guess it might be fun to collect some interesting moon rocks and drive around in that lunar rover and maybe take some selfies with the Earth in the background, but if I went there, the only thing on my mind would be getting back home. A total of six flags have been planted on the Moon, one for each US Apollo landing. Unfortunately, Apollo 11’s flag was too close to the landing module and it was knocked over by the exhaust when the module launched again.

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‘Standing on the Moon’ was written by Robert Hunter and sung by Jerry Garcia and recorded on the thirteenth and final studio album by the Grateful Dead Built to Last, which was released in 1989.  This song is said to be about a homesick space traveler, and it incorporates solitude which is sad and solemn, but it has a message of love and it carries a political statement, as it is considered to be an anti-war song that begs us to hear the cries of children.  Robert Hunter stated this song came to him all at once, and he jotted it down on paper with no changes, like it came “Out of the head of Zeus, full-born and clad in armor.”  Jerry didn’t like to go back to songs and redo parts of them, so when Hunter handed the lyrics to Garcia, they had to be a finished product.

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