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In the year of thirty-nine
Assembled here the volunteers
In the days when lands were few
Here the ship sailed out into the blue and sunny morn
The sweetest sight ever seen
And the night followed day
And the story tellers say
That the score...

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    anonymous
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    Mar 6th, 2013 3:54pm report


    It's about World War II, which started in Europe in 1939. Which would explain the volunteers, ships, and heavy hearts.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 2nd, 2012 4:44pm report


    Its about a guy going into space and ageing a year while the earth has aged hundreds of years.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 19th, 2011 8:24am report


    Not taking into account acceleration and deceleration, or stopping to discover the new worlds, to make the physics work, the rocket would have to be travelling at 299984999.6 m/s, or 671047332.1 mph. For comparison, the speed of light is 300000000 m/s, or 671080887 mph.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 8th, 2011 6:23am report


    This song is the most painless introduction to Einstein's relativistic physics and the concept of time dilatation available.

    The song is about a space travel on speeds near the speed of light. A group of volunteers go on a spaceship which leaves Earth on year '39 - the century is not mentioned. "And many a lonely day/sailed across the milky seas" - this is a hint. "Seas" does not rhyme with "day", but when replaced with a word which does - "way" the enigma will open. Milky Way means the galaxy - the volunteers hunted for habitable planets in the galaxy.

    The ship returned one hundred years later - on Earth time. The time dilatation on the high speeds has taken its effect, and only one year has passed in the spaceship time. While they brought good news - they found habitable planets - the voyage was a personal tragedy for the protagonist. His all friends and relatives have died, and only his daughter, who was baby back then and now most likely a grandmother herself, is alive. He himself is nothing but a ghost from the past and all his life still ahead, but he feels like a stranger in a strange land.

    Brian May is an astrophysicist, and he wanted to do a folk song for a new era. According to him, the bridge of the song describes the voyage itself.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 1st, 2011 4:20am report


    Brian May eventually went on to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics. It's a song about travelling through time in outer space.




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