My name is Sammy Passenger, I ride a star clam now
And I've flown this Universe from end to end
If you wonder how I got here I'll be glad to tell you how
You know, it's interesting the way it all began
Stardiver-- Star Clam and I are one
Stardiver-- we do what must be done
We're ready to make our run
We're going to dive into the center of the sun.
I was hitchhing on the road alone across the USA,
(This was many years ago, I'm much older than I seem)
When I saw a UFO land, in fact, right in my way
Amazed, I saw it was alive, and not just some machine
Stardiver-- it was a great big flying CLAM
Stardiver-- about the size of a V-dub van,
All chromed and glowing and
when it opened up I saw that inside it was a man
There he did stand
He'd disentangled himself from the clam's innards and stood up,
naked and gooey with clam-juice. He looked to be about my age.
"Can you tell me, sir," he asked in rather old-school English,
"just what year it is?" "Sixty-nine," I told him. "How odd," he
said, "I thought I'd been gone much longer than that--it's really
Seems he'd been off with that Clam for more than a century
Serving the Stars Themselves as a Messenger Of The Gods
Still young because Time does not count in that reality.
"And it's been a fabulous experience, but now--
would you like to have the job?"
Stardiver (it's easy!) you link up with the Clam
Stardiver (anyone can do it!) and that makes your brain expand
You see, it takes the intelligence of a man
For the Clam to understand Where to go and what's the plan.
Which is quite grand...
That sounded pretty cool. I wasn't acually sure where I was going anyway,
having just come from a gloriously mind-blowing Rock Festival and now
finding myself on my way to who-knows-where. So I thought: Interstellar
Pony Express? Exploring the universe with unlimited speed & power?
Not getting old? I'll take it! I have a feeling this might blow my mind
even more than Woodstock did.
I gave the guy my clothes and stuff, so now he could be me.
Then I sat down in the middle of the clam to try it on
Mullosk muscle clenched my body, and then sorta swallowed me
I freaked at first, but then all my human frailty was gone
Stardiver-- up out of the atmosphere-- KA-BOOM!
Stardiver-- and then we banked around the moon
So fast and easy, I mean, ZOOOOOOOM!
So that the entire solar system seemed like a cozy little room.
And yet, the external distances between star systems are far too far to fly,
even at speeds far exceeding that of light. However, the internal warp-
connections between stars is instantaneous, so we stardivers fly into one star
and out of another on the other side of the universe, carrying messages,
synapses of a vast cosmic brain. For the stars are Gods Indeed--alive and
conscious-- but they need US to communicate.
And that's been my life since '69, from star to star I fly
And in between my missions I get to play with friendly aliens
So I'm not about to quit this job and come down from the sky
But hey, look me up in 50 years, maybe I'll be ready then
Stardiver--Star Clam and I are one.
Stardiver--getting ready to make our run
We're going to do what must be done
We're going to dive into the center of the fun.
Oops, I meant "sun"
Or maybe fun.
first verse Monroe, Washington, about 1977
finally completed Copenhagen, Dk, July 2013