Alan Lomax

Sacred Harp 112: ‘The Last Words of Copernicus’

Another Lomax recording, this one from the 1959 United Sacred Harp Convention.

Ye golden lamps of heav’n, farewell, / With all your feeble light, / Farewell, thou ever changing moon, / Pale empress of the night.
And thou, refulgent orb of day, / In brighter flames arrayed, / My soul which springs beyond thy sphere, / No more demands thy aid.

This is the one Springsteen based the melody of Wrecking Ball’s “Death to My Hometown” on, which is one of the more unsubtle tunes from a very unsubtle album. As you can see in this live video, featuring Tom Morello: