Onward, Happy Humanists

A secular filk song to be sung to the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers (with acknowledgement to Sabine Baring-Gould and Arthur Sullivan).

With thanks to Humanist Rod Bower for starting this project by writing Verse #1.

Onward, Happy Humanists,
Dancing ‘cross the floor
Evidence and Reason
Proudly to the fore.
Dignity for all who live,
is the way to go,
Love and help each other and
true happiness you’ll know!

Refrain: Onward, Happy Humanists,
Dancing ‘cross the floor
Evidence and Reason
Proudly to the fore.

Like a mighty army
Science marches on;
Humans, we’re still learning
Knowledge found and won.
We are not divided;
All in clarity:
One in hope and science
And in one humanity.

Refrain: Onward, Happy Humanists,
Dancing ‘cross the floor
Evidence and Reason
Proudly to the fore.

Dedicated activists,
Pride and strength unfurled;
Lend to us your talents
Let’s go change the world:
In this one life that we have,
Part of nature’s reign;
We can make a difference
And a legacy we gain.

Refrain: Onward, Happy Humanists,
Dancing ‘cross the floor
Evidence and Reason
Proudly to the fore.

© 2022 Rod Bower and Geoff Allshorn

Footprints on the Moon

Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean prepares to set foot on the Moon, 19 Nov. 1969.
Credits: NASA

To be sung to the tune of Jingle Bells (With acknowledgement to James Lord Pierpont).

Launching into space
In a shiny spaceship pod,
Leave the clouds behind,
Still no sign of god.

Stars shine steadily
In the cosmos and its call,
Live in microgravity,
Radiation and freefall.

Oh decompress! Then egress,
Space walk and have fun.
Count the stars and wave at Mars
And approach aphelion.

Fly, explore! Then seek more!
Heading into space.
Working hard to stay alive
And establish a Moonbase.

Apollo 17 spacewalk on 17 Dec. 1972.
Image Credit: NASA

Knowledge costs a lot
Of resources, time and lives,
The quest for science and for space
Is what compels and drives.

We climbed out of the trees,
And emerged out of the cave,
But our gaze has been the skies
Our destiny we crave.

Oh decompress! Then egress,
Space walk and have fun.
Count the stars and wave at Mars
And approach aphelion.

Alarm bells, lightning swells,
SCE to AUX
Aiming high, see how we fly
In our capsules and airlocks.

Apollo 11 lunar footprint (NASA photo)

Footprints on the Moon
And then heading onto Mars,
We explore deep into space
Aiming for the stars.

From stardust we came,
To the stars we shall return.
Forging our own future
We have so much to learn.

Oh decompress! Then egress,
Space walk and have fun.
Count the stars and wave at Mars
And approach aphelion.

Fly, explore! Then seek more!
Heading into space.
Oh what fun to lead the world
And inspire the human race.

‘Earthrise’ photo, Apollo 8, Christmas Eve 1968. NASA photo.

Once upon a time
All the astronauts were men,
All white and full of right stuff,
Let’s not go there again.

We seek equality,
Humanity is core.
A better species reaches out
Into future life we soar.

Oh decompress! Then egress,
Space walk and have fun.
Count the stars and wave at Mars
And approach aphelion.

Fly, explore! Then seek more!
Heading into space.
Oh what fun to lead the world
And inspire the human race.

Sally Ride. By Unknown author or not provided – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain.

© 2021 Geoff Allshorn

Using Science, Men of Old

Based on the old Christian hymn, “As With Gladness Men of Old”
(public domain) by William Chatterton Dix

Image by Norbert Pietsch from Pixabay

Using science, men of old
Did the stars and skies behold.
Curiously they sought its light
Leading onward, beaming bright.
So with utmost confidence
Do we now seek evidence.

Using wisdom, women too
Sought guidance from knowledge new.
And with determination
They fought discrimination.
An enlightened world their goal,
Equity for every soul.

Their progress was hard not swift,
Our improving world their gift.
So may we use common sense,
Cast aside our ignorance.
All our greatest knowledge share,
Claim their legacy we dare.

So humanity at last
Leaves behind its narrow past.
Gender and sexuality,
Rights and self-autonomy.
New critical thinking thrives
And compassion in our lives.

In our scientific age
Need we no dogmatic rage.
Learning from both the sea and sky
We evolve when’er we try.
So forever may we strive
Give our world a better life.

© 2021 Geoff Allshorn

Oh Glorious Sun!

A “HYMN” for Sunday Assembly by guest blogger,
Rod Bower (Secretary, Humanists Australia).
Presented here in celebration of the Solar Eclipse on 10 June 2021

Joshua Earle on Pixabay .

One of the reasons for the early success of the Salvation Army was their “borrowing” popular songs of the day and putting new “Salvationist” words to them. Thinking about Sunday Assembly I thought it might be time to return the favour, so here’s a start, using a tune that I used to love singing beside my grandfather as an adolescent visitor to his church…

(Sung To the tune, “How Great Thou Art”)

Oh Glorious Sun, when I perceive the wonder
Of nature’s beauty, powered by your rays
You rule all life on land and sea and under,
You give us light, and tides, and rainy days

CHORUS:
With wonder filled I marvel at your power
Oh Glorious Sun! Oh Glorious Sun!
I love to sing and revel in your power
Oh Glorious Sun! Oh Glorious Sun!

In awe I see the galaxies and stars shine,
And through the year, your arc move low and high
The planets’ glow, reflects your light at night time
As does the Moon, migrating ‘cross the sky

With wonder filled I marvel at your power
Oh Glorious Sun! Oh Glorious Sun!
I love to sing and revel in your power
Oh Glorious Sun! Oh Glorious Sun!

In times of doubt when signposts all have shifted,
I look for answers and a sense of peace.
I feel your rays, and with my spirits lifted
and body warmed, my heart is more at ease.

With wonder filled I marvel at your power
Oh Glorious Sun! Oh Glorious Sun!
I love to sing and revel in your power
Oh Glorious Sun! Oh Glorious Sun!

And when at last my time of life is over,
as for all lives, and death has set me free,
Back to the Earth I’ll go, but not forever
Because your power will make new lives from me!

With wonder filled I marvel at your power
Oh Glorious Sun! Oh Glorious Sun!
I love to sing and revel in your power
Oh Glorious Sun! Oh Glorious Sun!

© 2021 Rod Bower/Geoff Allshorn
All rights returned to Rod Bower.