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Apollo 11 (Homecoming)

By Glyn Lehmann (music), Phil Cummings (lyrics)

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Piano Accompaniment, Choir, SATB - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Glyn Lehmann (music), Phil Cummings (lyrics). Neo-Classical, Rock, R&B. 11 pages. Published by Glyn Lehmann (S0.370837).

Item Number: S0.370837

The final song from SPACE RACE - a song-cycle celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on 20 July 1969. Other songs are Gagarin (Beyond Blue Sky), Space Race (To Every Question) and The Children of the World (July 1969). More information at https://glynlehmann.com/Space-Race

The Apollo 11 mission was the culmination of years of dedication and experimentation in the attempt to land a man on the moon. This song traces the tense journey back home to Earth made by the Apollo 11 astronauts as they leave the moon's surface - ultimately returning as heroes.

The subdued drama of the verses climaxes with the gospel-influenced triumph of the choruses.

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Apollo 11 (Homecoming)
Words by Phil Cummings, Music by Glyn Lehmann

Verse 1
Time to leave Tranquillity Base
For the finish line the end of the race
Moon-dusted suits, deep black skies
On a dark horizon see Earth rise
A cargo of rocks, soil and dust
Strapped in the module, feel the thrust

Chorus 1
After days and days of being alone
The astronauts were coming home
They were coming home
After days and days of being alone
The astronauts were coming home
They were coming home

Verse 2
The module falls, the angle is right
And the heat shield is burning bright

Interlude
Radio silence into the atmosphere
No voice of calm, no voices to hear
Those that wait on the ground
Hold their breath, don’t make a sound
Then from the silence a voice is clear
Calling for the world to hear
Control room erupts with shouts and cheers
High in the sky the module appears

Chorus 2
This is the homecoming, this the homecoming
Those brave men are coming, coming home
After days and days of being alone
The astronauts were coming home
They were coming home
After days and days of being alone
The astronauts were coming home
They were coming home

Coda
Home, they were home
Our home

Lyrics © 2018 Phil Cummings


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