Give Us a Tune: The Mekons

“Ghosts of American Astronauts”

Up in the hills above Bradford
Outside the Napalm factory
(They’re floating above us)
Ghosts of American astronauts
Glow in the headlight’s beam

It’s just a small step for him
It’s a nice break from Vietnam
(Filmed in a factory)
Out on the back lot in Houston
Who says the world isn’t flat

A flag flying free in a vacuum
Nixon sucks a dry martini
Ghosts of American astronauts
Stay with us in our dreams

John Glenn drinks cocktails with God
In a cafe in downtown Saigon
(High above them)
Ghosts of American Astronauts
Are drifting too close to the sun

A flag flying free in a vacuum
Nixon sucks a dry Martini
Ghosts of American astronauts
Stay with us in our dreams