Traveler


my task was simpler in the past
no matter though the world was vast
discovery was easily in reach
when any fool conquistador
could set sail for an unmarked shore
& plant his flag on someone else's beach
all the maps are set in stone now
& it's easy to pretend
we can never go adventuring again
far be it from me
to say no wonders are left to see
cause I finally found the last frontier
hiding silent inside of me

(chorus)
so watch me I'm climbing
higher & higher
to reach that horizon
gotta pass through the fire
soaring & circling
far from my home
a satellite sailing
through the unknown

I'm standing at the launching site
the countdown starts, soon I'll ignite
& fly away with rocket-powered speed
let separation be the test
re-entry takes care of the rest
& burns away whatever I don't need
if I make it into orbit
I will see things differently
hardly anything between the stars & me
I know the danger
my fear reminds me what can go wrong
but a new excuse, try as it might
isn't going to make me strong

(chorus)

& I know that I can't turn back anymore
farther from anything than I've ever been before
the point of no return has passed but the only thing I can see
is a growing sense of wonder at the traveler I will be

(chorus 2x)

Sputnik as a metaphor for a leap into the unknown. Sort of.

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