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Mr. Galileo

Born in Pisa 1564
Son of a Florentine musical transcriber
He was the eldest of 7 children
Formal education ended at 21

But he carried on alone
His studies at home
In gravity and mechanics
And an optical instrument
Which makes distant things
Seem close by

Mr. Galileo
What did you see-o
In that telescope of yours
Oh Mr. Galileo
I hope you know
That you opened many doors

He agreed with Copernicus
And Tycho Brahe
They knew the way the planets
Moved around the sun

In mathematical ways
Describing planetary motion
To find out
That finding out is so much fun!

But the man in Rome
Would not leave our friend alone

New ideas enraged him
"Please understand
I don't ask, I demand
And the rack
Is my persuasion"

Mr. Galileo
What did you see-o
In that telescope of yours
Oh Mr. Galileo
I hope you know
That you opened many doors

Now with 70 years of life
Unfolded behind him
At threat of physical pain
He retracted all his words
Placed under house arrest
And terribly broken hearted
He finished one last book
Then he left this world he served

Mr. Galileo
What did you see-o
In that telescope of yours
Oh Mr. Galileo
I hope you know
That you opened many doors

Can't stop the motion
We are the motion
Can't stop the motion
We are the motion

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