Another one is Rocket Man off The Use of Ashes which is about an astronaut's wife and son who never know if the father is going to come home from space. One day they see the sun flare and they realise that his spaceship has fallen into the star. After that they only go out when it rains.
The final verse is really wonderful:
"Tears are often jewel-like
My mother's went unnoticed by my father
For his jewels were the stars
And in my father's eyes I knew he had to find
In the sanctity of distance something brighter than a star..."
Bernie Taupin admitted that he stole the title for the Elton John song.
When I was a nipper in the early 70s my mum and dad used to get me good music books for xmas etc.
One book was Future Rock by David Downing which explores various SF/music related themes and that was how I first heard of Tom Rapp as he writes a bit about him in the book.
Then my friend Lyndon (he of the enormous record collection as a 16 yr old) lent me some Pearls Before Swine albums back around 1977.
One album was called Beautiful Lies You Could Live In ..... and has one of Tom's greatest songs 'A Life' which hit me like a falling anvil back then.
I have written 596 reviews on Discogs (apparently). I don't know why I bother really .... but nice that you've seen a couple and feel moved to comment!
Read all 596 and I will send you a prize.