More Than Meets the Eye

by Sandy Cash

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A ten year old astronomer threw off her nighttime covers Tip-toed to her window so she could see the sky And as winter turned to summer, she watched the constellations Spin in orderly procession round the northern star so high She built a homemade telescope together with her dad Took astronomy in college and she was far from done Left waiting by the mailbox for that catalog from Princeton The program would not let a woman in 'til 1971 Looking at the stars we are looking back in time A picture of a billion years gone by Vera Rubin did much more than hold up half the sky Showed us there is so much more out there than meets the eye She found another program where she gazed up at the galaxies Looking for the secret of the stable life they led Remembering the counselor who told her back in high school To be ladylike she might consider painting stars instead Just weeks after her son was born an academic conference Cradling her data, her professional debut She shared her observations and the scorn was universal The evidence was clear: she was a girl, and only 22 It takes a calculating mind to take the measure of the cosmos A steady sense of self to hunt for what you just suspect Something out there holding every galaxy together Something out there in the dark that no one could detect With her dark matter discovery she made her mark on science Painted a new picture of when the world was new Vera wrote a book called "My Grandmother's an Astronomer" To tell the next child looking at the stars that she could do it too Looking at the stars we are looking back in time A picture of a billion years gone by Vera Rubin did much more than hold up half the sky Worked the numbers hard enough called the universe's bluff She showed us there is so much more out there than meets the eye.
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I don't have memories Not really memories I don't get memories Just hints What may have happened Or not have happened Stayed a mystery Ever since So I don't look down and I keep on track And if scenes well up I blink them back 'Cause a closing eye is a child's only friend And you'll never know and you'll never see That I'm not as fine as I seem to be Even I can't see what I'm trying to defend I don't have patience i try for patience I can't find patience For love He says he loves me He shows he loves me And I get that He does But as he reaches out I pull back instead And I run like hell from what's in my head And I kiss him from a million miles away Caught up in what may have been I get lost to him and the world we're in It's a memory but of what I couldn't say Don't you want me baby...don't you dare And I don't look down and I keep on track And if scenes well up I blink them back 'Cause a closing eye is a woman's only friend And you'll never know and you'll never see That I'm not as fine as I seem to be Even I can't see what I'm trying to defend I don't have memories I don't get memories I don't want memories Do you?
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My little girl begs for her favorite book The words swim a bit but I don't need to look I've read this one so many times before So I face away, and keep my voice all smiles Let her make-believe, just a little while That there's no big bad wolf outside her door And to tell you the truth, everything's alright The siren only went off once last night And our shelter's just a few steps down the stairs Daniel called from his captain's phone Said he might get 24 hours home All depends on how many fall, and where Hold on dear, he tells me I'll be there With the older ones, well it's no damn use They've seen it all on the evening news But they don't talk much, sparing me the scene The dishwasher sounds like a passing plane As they streak out over my roof again Bound for targets, those who target me And I don't know how to make things right But I know that we will get through, and I'll get through this night And to tell you the truth everything's alright But the siren went off twice tonight So I gave up trying to close my weary eye My blanket's wrapped round my daughter now She won't sleep in her own bed anyhow So I settle in, wait for the sun to rise The only thing I know the sun will rise The only thing I know the sun will rise.
4.
Either or, watch this war, or choose to see no evil Radio, high or low, tension by the earful Hard times, hard time, coming 'round my door Oh hard times come again, no more, no more All alone, fortress home, safety in surrender Headline news, TV crews, scenes that I remember Hard times, hard time, coming 'round my door Oh hard times come again, no more, no more No front lines, no battlefields remain I just watch my back and scan the faces on the train Just a passing phase, or so they say Still I catch my breath, and say a prayer, and hope we find our way So it goes, heaven knows hard times that we live in Short on trust, so we must try hard not to give in Hard times, hard time, coming 'round my door Oh hard times come again, no more, no more
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Standard orbit, steady as she goes We're sailing round the sky where the solar wind blows And we're all dressed up in aluminum clothes And it's steady as she goes, as she goes Steady as she goes We're all topsy-turvy and turning around Don't know which way's up and the other way's down It's nothing like having your feet on the ground And it's steady as she goes, as she goes Steady as she goes Sundown, sunrise an hour away But it's easy to take on an astronaut's pay And Einstein says we stay younger this way And it's steady as she goes, as she goes Steady as she goes So heads up, Florida, here we come With a double sonic boom flying out of the sun We'll pass around the jar when the job is done And it's steady as she goes, as she goes Steady as she goes Standard orbit, steady as she goes We're sailing round the sky where the solar wind blows And we're all dressed up in aluminum clothes And it's steady as she goes, as she goes Steady as she goes

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released March 1, 2020

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Sandy Cash Israel

From the Midwest to the Middle East, American-born singer-songwriter Sandy Cash is a musical storyteller whose thoughtful – and theatrical – performance style is rooted in the songs on which she grew up back in her native Detroit.

Sandy draws on history and present-day politics, while exploring themes such as the sustaining love of family, a commitment to community, and a healthy sense of humor.
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