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A biographical tribute to John Lowry Dobson who founded the Sidewalk Astronomers organization to raise consciousness about the universe. A beautiful, passionate ballad.

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The Sidewalk Astronomer
Copyright / Jim Ocean / 2010

On a clear San Francisco night
When the fog’s way out past the Farallons
And there’s a sliver of a moon shining on Berkeley
John Lowry Dobson calls to me
From the sidewalk he says:

“Come see the moon tonight.”
“Come see the Universe and all the light.”
“It’s traveled for so long.”
“Oh please don’t turn away.”
“Come see the turning of the Milky Way.”

“It’s playing like a song…
It’s playing like a song…
Just like a song.”

He shows me the mountains on the Moon… he says:
“They’re as high as the Andes…”
And though it’s cold tonight he’s alright
There’s a light inside him burning bright
I feel it, then I say goodnight
And to the next curious eyes he says:

“Come see the moon tonight.”
“Come see the Universe and all the light.”
“It’s traveled for so long.”
“Oh please don’t turn away.”
“Come see the turning of the Milky Way.”

It’s playing like a song…
It’s playing like a song…
It’s playing like a song…
It’s playing like a song…
Just like a song.”

On a clear San Franciscan night
I saw the shadows of the mountains
The mountains on the Moon.
The Sidewalk Astronomer
Copyright / Jim Ocean / 2010

On a clear San Francisco night
When the fog’s way out past the Farallons
And there’s a sliver of a moon shining on Berkeley
John Lowry Dobson calls to me
From the sidewalk he says:

“Come see the moon tonight.”
“Come see the Universe and all the light.”
“It’s traveled for so long.”
“Oh please don’t turn away.”
“Come see the turning of the Milky Way.”

“It’s playing like a song…
It’s playing like a song…
Just like a song.”

He shows me the mountains on the Moon… he says:
“They’re as high as the Andes…”
And though it’s cold tonight he’s alright
There’s a light inside him burning bright
I feel it, then I say goodnight
And to the next curious eyes he says:

“Come see the moon tonight.”
“Come see the Universe and all the light.”
“It’s traveled for so long.”
“Oh please don’t turn away.”
“Come see the turning of the Milky Way.”

It’s playing like a song…
It’s playing like a song…
It’s playing like a song…
It’s playing like a song…
Just like a song.”

On a clear San Franciscan night
I saw the shadows of the mountains
The mountains on the Moon.