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Gagarin (Beyond Blue Sky)

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

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Piano Accompaniment, Choir, SA - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Glyn Lehmann (music), Phil Cummings (lyrics). Neo-Classical. Octavo. 8 pages. Published by Glyn Lehmann (S0.350405).

Item Number: S0.350405

The opening song from the SPACE RACE song cycle, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, July 1969. Words by Phil Cummings, music by Glyn Lehmann. Other songs are Space Race (To Every Question), The Children of the World (July 1969) and Apollo 11 (Homecoming).

In 1961 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human to enter space and orbit the Earth. The song ebbs and flows as the story of Gagarin's life unfolds; from humble beginnings to his historic journey into space. More information at

More SPACE RACE song-cycle songs on SheetMusicPlus

1. Gagarin

2. Space Race

3. The Children of the World

4. Apollo 11 (Homecoming)

Gagarin (Beyond Blue Sky)
words by Phil Cummings, music by Glyn Lehmann

Back in April nineteen sixty one
Yuri Gagarin was the chosen one
To climb through a cold silver door
And go where no one had gone before

A farmer’s son, a humble man
Childhood memories of dirt on his hands
Standing and gazing at the starry skies
Worlds of wonder there behind his eyes

The first to fly beyond air
The first to fly beyond blue
To drift in endless dark space
That surrounds me and you
The first to take a breath
Where none can ever breathe
To live a dream, a powerful dream
And make a world believe…
in endless possibilities

Around the world humanity stood
All waiting, wondering if he could
Survive the flames of wild fire
As the rattling rocket roared higher and higher

Vostok soared beyond atmosphere
Gagarin shouted for the world to hear
For the first time in history
A man saw fragile humanity

Gagarin returned to Earth
To the water, the air, the dirt
To a world that began to dream
To work, to imagine, to scheme
To ponder, to study, to strive
For the conquest beyond blue sky

Vostok soared beyond the atmosphere
Gagarin shouted for the world to hear
For the first time in history
A man saw fragile humanity

In vast darkness blacker than the night
A fragile planet bathed in light
The land, the rivers and the sea
Earth spins … precariously

Lyrics © 2018 Phil Cummings

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