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06-The Star (for Arthur C. Clarke)

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A not very cheerful Christmas song I wrote for the RPM Holiday Challenge. Based on the classic Arthur C. Clarke science fiction story “The Star”.

Light years out and an eternity back to visit a dead star
We found the vault where the people had laid
The relics of the lives they had made
They knew time was short and nowhere to run
And their time would end soon with the exploding sun

It was so long ago but just an instant
In the cosmic scheme
And why would a God who loves all
Use this star to call our world so distant?

Now I’ve read the plates and watched the tapes they left
I’ve made my report and worked it out
And I know there can be no doubt
The mystery is solved at last
Now my faith in God is shaken, so many lives were taken

Of all the stars in the sky
Why did these people have to die
So the light of their dying sun
Would shine over Bethlehem?
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OHHO said

Nice tune. He was and still is one of my favorite authors.

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Johnny Stone said

Wow Kavin this is really cool mate. Top guitar mate.

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Wildgeas Music said

Makes me wonder if it was really a star. Well done. Fine guitar playin'.

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richardlaceves said

very cool,,, im a big A C Clarke fan myself,, sort of grew up on him and Azamofff and Heinline ( i know my spellings bad/wrong)i'll need to look this up,, these guys are the ones responsiable for me being able to read,, not spell, but read,, well played

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Guest said

Gorgeous work, Kavin!!

Guest said

Oh my goodness, I shall look this up. Beautifully done Kavin, yeah! Awesome playing there too.

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Reefwalker said

wow, great playing and rendition of this story. Interesting short story too, hadnt heard of it..

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Rick Phillips said

Pulled me right in to Arthur's story with this excellent musical interpretation! Great stuff!!

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mmi said

Wow. Just wow.