Timescape

Verse 1
Back at the start, at the beginning of the universe,
From the smallest little particle came all the stars, planets and the Earth.
Hotter than an oven at ten billion degrees,
Making the biggest cake you’ll ever see.
Protons, neutrons and electrons, a lovely recipe, I’m sure you’ll agree.

On and on and on, it expands,
On and on and on, as far as it can.

Chorus
We’re on a big bang planet, big bang planet,
Big bang planet and we’re gonna keep on singing,
On our big bang planet, big bang planet,
Big bang planet yeah!
We’re on a big bang planet, big bang planet,
Big bang planet and we’re gonna keep on singing.
It’s the start of history and I don’t wanna miss a thing.

Verse 2
There’ve been many theories about who, what, when and why.
Were we put here on this Earth by a higher being,
Or just fell from the sky.
Or if by chance was it the perfect conditions,
For life to flourish in this land?
As it spreads across the galaxy, never ending, it will always expand.

On and on and on, it expands,
On and on and on, as far as it can.

Chorus
We’re on a big bang planet, big bang planet,
Big bang planet and we’re gonna keep on singing,
On our big bang planet, big bang planet,
Big bang planet yeah!
We’re on a big bang planet, big bang planet,
Big bang planet and we’re gonna keep on singing.
It’s the start of history and I don’t wanna miss a thing.

On and on, on and on, part of the master plan,
On and on, on and on, stretching out as far as it can.

We’re on a big bang planet, big bang planet,
Big bang planet and we’re gonna keep on singing
On our big bang planet, big bang planet,
Big bang planet yeah!
We’re on a big bang planet, big bang planet,
Big bang planet and we’re gonna keep on singing.
It’s the start of history and I don’t wanna miss a thing.

The Mayans,
The Mayans,
They disappeared, they did!
And nobody quite knew where they’d gone.

First they were there, searching the sky,
Mapping the path of the stars.
Then they were gone,
No one knows why,
The Mayans.

Their sense of beauty may seem strange,
Foreheads were made to slope back.
Being cross-eyed was highly admired,
Does it seem strange to you?
The Mayans.

Do you like silver?
Do you like jade?
How about feathers all dusted in gold?
Showered with riches,
Yes that sounds nice.
But first some advice:
They believed in human sacrifice!

The Mayans,
The Mayans,
They disappeared, they did!
And nobody quite knew where they’d gone.

Verse 1
Ever wondered what it would be like,
To be a soldier of Ancient Rome?
The Roman army was a powerful force,
Conquering lands far from home.
The Roman Empire it spread far and wide,
The soldiers carried out their role with pride,
Wherever they went.

The soldiers’ training it was so intense,
Marching twenty miles a day.
They had a vast array of heavy gear,
They had to carry all the way.
And if a soldier chose to misbehave,
The consequences they were very grave:
He might end up dead!

Chorus
This is what life was like in the Roman army,
This is what the soldiers had to undergo.
Dedicating their lives to serving Rome,
To make the empire grow.

Verse 2
The Roman soldiers had to be prepared,
Lest a battle should commence.
They practised how to fight with swords and spears,
And learnt formations for defence.
And Roman soldiers weren’t allowed to quit,
Once in the army they were stuck with it,
For twenty-five years!

Chorus
This is what life was like in the Roman army,
This is what the soldiers had to undergo.
Dedicating their lives to serving Rome,
To make the empire grow.


Part 1
This is what life was like in the Roman army,
This is what the soldiers had to undergo.
Dedicating their lives to serving Rome,
To make the empire grow.
This is what life was like in the Roman army,
This is what the soldiers had to undergo.
Dedicating their lives to serving Rome,
To make the empire grow.
The Roman army!


Part 2
excercitus Romanorum,
ad victoriam,
ad victoriam,
victoriam.
excercitus Romanorum,
ad victoriam,
ad victoriam,
victoriam.

Verse 1
From the cold winds of Valhalla,
To old England’s icy seas,
You’ll know when we come ‘cause you’ll hear it from our drums,
We are the Viking fleet.
We are the fierce invaders,
From Nordic lands afar,
With our pointy hats and our fearsome axe,
And our dragon’s screaming roar!

Chorus
This is our longboat song,
We’ve sailed so far, we are so strong,
You’ll hear our cry, with our gods from the sky,
We are the Vikings!

Verse 2
We came to loot and pillage,
To burn and fight you see,
We are the wild Norse men,
And we came for your monast’ries.
With our god of thunder,
Thor he’ll lead us on.
Loki will cheat, like a liar and a sneak,
With Odin the battle’s won.

Chorus
This is our longboat song,
We’ve sailed so far, we are so strong,
You’ll hear our cry, with our gods from the sky,
We are the Vikings!

Verse 3
Through the dark and scary times,
Vicious Vikings sail,
Cross the sea to find new lands,
Conquer and prevail.

Chorus
This is our longboat song,
We’ve sailed so far, we are so strong,
You’ll hear our cry, with our gods from the sky,
We are the Vikings!
We are the Vikings!
We are the Vikings!

Look to the future, it’s still unseen,
Somewhere we’re heading, not where we’ve been.
It’s mysterious there, like a dream,
And not ev’rything is what it all seems.
Such an odd sort of place, in time and space.

You can’t know the secrets that it holds,
Or see its stories till they unfold,
Nobody knows what’s there.

Gaze at the night sky,
There’s a million floating stars,
The future’s there.
New days are dawning,
The Sun will shine on everyone,
The future’s bright.

It’s mysterious there, like a dream,
And not ev’rything is what it all seems.
Such an odd sort of place, in time and space.

You can’t know the secrets that it holds,
Or see its stories till they unfold,
Nobody knows what’s there.
Nobody knows what’s there.

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Verse 1
When you're dead you mustn't worry,
Try not to be blue,
The embalmers will take incredible care of you.
There will be no more decaying,
'Cause when they are through,
Your remains will still remain for a century or two.

Chorus
Rip out all your insides fill you with stuffing,
Put your vital organs into a jar!
Wrap you up in bandages and fling you in a tomb,
What a wonderful sort of mummy you are!

Verse 2
Take the heart out, leave the rest in,
Fill the canopic jars.
Stomach, liver, guts and lungs, are separate by far.
Don't forget to soak in natron,
Forty days will do.
Amulets will keep you safe so stick in one or two.


Chorus
Rip out all your insides fill you with stuffing,
Put your vital organs into a jar.
Wrap you up in bandages and fling you in a tomb,
What a wonderful sort of mummy you are!
Don't forget to have a coffin,
Tutankhamun had four!

Chorus
Rip out all your insides fill you with stuffing,
Put your vital organs into a jar!
Wrap you up in bandages and fling you in a tomb,
What a wonderful sort of mummy,
You're simply gorgeous and slightly scrummy,
A rather wonderful sort of mummy you are!

Ever wondered why we have to learn history?
Ever heard the complaint "This means nothing to me"?
We are here to disabuse,
You of such despicable views.
Spend some time with us and soon you'll see.

Can't separate modern life from the times gone by,
Yesterday has an impact and you'll see why.
Take a look at the world you see,
It's all rather Greek to me.
Spend some time with us and you'll agree.

When you see a building with columns stretching up to the sky,
Well that's Greek!
When you see a play at the theatre that might make you cry,
Well that's Greek!
When you watch Olympic athletes try to win,
The marathon or Greco-Roman wrestling,
None of these things are unique,
They're just Greek!

When your doctor gives you some pills for some nasty disease,
Well that's Greek!
When he takes the oath they all make by Hippocrates,
Well that's Greek!
When you place an X for the person you want to elect,
Or write to your MP and say you object,
None of these things are unique,
They're just Greek!

When you go to school and you learn how to read and to write,
Well that's Greek!
When you see the stars in the sky on a cloudless night,
Well that's Greek!
Even learning the alphabet A to Z,
Or alpha to omega as Homer said,
None of these things are unique,
You see them each day of the week,
These are the reasons you seek,
They're just Greek!

Verse 1
England is at war!
The Vikings knocking at your door!
Who is gonna help the rich and the poor?
England needs a hero!
Born in eight forty-nine,
He wasn’t even next in line,
Would he ever get his time?

Chorus
Alfred, Alfred, Alfred the Great,
Will he be the King of England?

Verse 2
When he was a boy,
He travelled all the way to Rome.
He met the Pope and it was announced,
Someday you will be King!
One by one his brothers were gone,
And maybe the king he will become?
Alfred for the throne!

Chorus
Alfred, Alfred, Alfred the Great,
He’s gonna be the King of England!

Verse 3
Alfred fought the Danes,
The Vikings stopped attacking the lands.
There was peace throughout the land,
England’s found its hero!
The navy was his greatest masterpiece,
Forts, and laws, and currency,
He made England great!

Chorus
Alfred, Alfred, Alfred the Great,
He was the greatest King of England!
Alfred, Alfred, Alfred the Great,
He was the greatest King,
He was the greatest King,
He was the greatest King of England!

Chorus
Southsea Castle watching over the sea,
Thick stone walls, shrouded in mystery.
Southsea Castle watching over the sea,
Unlock your secrets, tell me your history.

Verse 1
Like how Henry the Eighth had you built in fifteen forty-four,
In case the French should try to invade this shore,
To defend England during forthcoming wars

Chorus
Southsea Castle watching over the sea,
Unlock your secrets, tell me your history.

Verse 2
Like how barely a year had the castle been complete,
When Henry saw the advance of the French fleet,
And called to battle all his navy's elite.
In the battle that arose,
His flagship the Mary Rose,
Sank beneath the waves.

Chorus
Part 1
Southsea Castle,
Watching over the sea.
Southsea Castle,
Watching over the sea.
Southsea Castle,
Watching over the sea.
Southsea Castle,
Watching over the sea.
Southsea Castle,
Watching over the sea.
Tell me your history.

Part 2
Southsea Castle,
Watching over the sea.
Southsea Castle,
Watching over the sea.
Southsea Castle,
Watching over the sea.
Southsea Castle,
Watching over the sea.
Southsea Castle,
Watching over the sea.
Tell me your history.

Part 3
Southsea Castle,
Watching over the sea.
Thick stone walls, Shrouded in mystery.
Southsea Castle, Watching over the sea,
Unlock your secrets, Tell me your history.